Harness Green SUPERMICRO C7Z170-OCE gaming Motherboard today
Supermicro C7Z170-OCE is aimed squarely at the three-GPU user on Skylake. The PLX8747 chip splits the PCIe lanes into x16/0/x16 or x16/x8/x8, leaving the chipset enough space to add in an M.2 slot for up to PCIe 3.0 x4 bandwidth and plenty of space on the bottom to make sure all the headers can still be used when dual slot cards are in play. We have tested the PLX8747 before, and found that the chip does not noticeably (sub-1%) reduce performance when in use. As SuperMicro is still feeling its way around the consumer motherboard space, we are seeing features that enthusiasts are used to being promoted as positive points. So for example this board also gets some buttons for pre-overclock modes in the top right, and promotes features such as ‘SuperFlash’ which other motherboards have had for almost half a decade.
Supermicro C7Z170-OCE Audio is provided by a Realtek ALC1150, and networking via Intel I219-V and Intel I210-AT controllers. Due to the use of dual Intel controllers, Supermicro lists teaming, fail over and load balancing as features of this combination. USB 3.1 is given on the rear in a Type-C configuration through the ASMedia ASM1142 controller, although it seems a little odd that only one port of this controller is being used.
|Learn More About||SUPERMICRO C7Z170-OCE Intel Z170 SATA 6Gb/s ATX LGA 1150 Motherboard
Product Type Gaming Motherboard
|Hardware Specifications||Socket LGA 1151
Memory DIMMS 4 (up to 64GB)
Storage 8 x SATA 6Gb/s & M.2
Expansion PCI-E 3.0 x 8
Chipset Intel Z170 Express PCH
Network Dual Intel i210AT Gigabit