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ECS Z170-Lightsaber Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: ECS

Introduction and Technical Specifications


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The ECS Z170-Lightsaber motherboard is the newest offering in ECS' L337 product line with support for the Intel Z170 Express chipset. The Z170-Lightsaber builds on their previous Z170-based product, adding several enthusiast-friendly features like enhanced audio and RGB LED support to the board. With an MSRP of $180, ECS priced the Lightsaber as a higher-tiered offering, justified with its additional features and functionality compared to their previous Z170-based product.

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ECS designed the Z170-Lightsaber with a 14-phase digital power delivery system, using high efficiency chokes and MOSFETs, as well as solid core capacitors for optimal board performance. The following features into the Z170-Lightsaber board: six SATA 3 ports; one SATA-Express port; a PCIe X2 M.2 port; a Qualcomm Killer GigE NIC; three PCI-Express x16 slots; four PCI-Express x1 slots; 3-digit diagnostic LED display; on-board power, reset, Quick overclock, BIOS set, BIOS update, BIOS backup, and Clear CMOS buttons; Realtek audio solution; integrated DisplayPort and HDMI video port support; and USB 2.0, 3.0, and 3.1 Gen2 port support.

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For the integrated audio solution, ECS designed the Z170 Lightsaber with an enhanced audio subsystem designed around the 8.1 channel Realtek chipset using a swappable audio amplifier chip and Nichicon sourced audio capacitors.

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Technical Specifications (taken from the ECS website)

CPU Supports 6th gen Intel® Core™ family/ Pentium / Celeron series processors for LGA 1151 socket
14 Phase Thermal Design Power
100% Solid capacitor design
Intel® K Series Unlock CPU Support
ECS Digital Power Design
CHIPSET Intel® Z170 Express Chipset
Supports Intel® Rapid Start technology
Supports Intel® Smart Response technology
GRAPHICS Supports DirectX® 12
MEMORY Dual-channel DDR4 Memory architecture
Supports DDR4 2133 non-ECC, Un-buffered SDRAM Memory
Supports up to 3200+(OC)
4 X 288-pin DDR4 DIMM socket
Support up to 64 GB*
Intel® extreme Memory Profile (XMP) 1.3/1.2 Memory Modules
EXPANSION SLOT 3 X PCI Express X16 Gen 3.0 slot(s)
(x8+ x8 + x4)
4 X PCI Express X 1 Gen 3.0slot(s)
Supports AMD CrossFire™ Technology
1 X M.2 slot for SSD
For 2242/2260/2280 SSD
Storage 6 X Serial ATAIII 6Gb/s
1 X SATA Express
Compatible with 2 X Serial ATAIII 6Gb/s port(s)
RAID0, RAID1,RAID5, RAID 10 configuration
Audio 8-Channel HD audio CODEC
Realtek ALC1150 8-channel High Definition audio CODEC
Onboard TI NE5532AP EAR Phone Amplifier IC
LAN Killer E2400 Gigabit Fast Ethernet Controller
USB Support by Z170 Express Chipset
6 X USB3.0 port(s) up to 5Gb/s
8 X USB2.0 port(s) Up to 480 Mb/s

Support by ASMedia ASM1142 Controler
2 X USB3.1 port(s) up to 10Gb/s

REAR PANEL I/O 1 X PS/2 combo connector
1 X Audio port (Line-in,4x Line-out, Mic in)
1 X HDMI port(s)
1 X Display port
1 X Optical S/PDIF Out port(s)
2 X USB3.1 port(s)
6 X USB3.0 port(s)
4 X USB2.0 port(s)
1 X Clear_CMOS Button
CONNECTORS & HEADERS 1 X 24-pin ATX Power Supply connector
1 X 8-pin ATX 12V Power Connector
2 X 4-pin CPU_FAN connector
2 X 4-pin SYS_FAN connector
1 X Power on button
1 X Reset button
1 X Front Panel switch/LED header
1 X Front panel audio header
1 X Speaker header
1 X USB 3.0 header
Support additional 2 USB ports
2 X USB 2.0 header
Support additional 4 USB ports
8 X SATA III 6Gb/s connector(s)
1 X CLR_CMOS header
1 X 7S-LED Display
1 X Chassis intrusion header
1 X 80P Switch button
1 X Quick OC button
1 X BIOS set button
1 X ROM Backup button
1 X BIOS Update button
SYSTEM BIOS º Supports M.I.B X Utility
AMI BIOS with 64 MB SPI Flash ROM
Supports M.I.B X Utility
F7 hot key for boot up devices option
Graphic OC Support
Dual Display
Plug and Play, STR (S3) / STD (S4) , Hardware monitor, Multi Boot
Multi-Language BIOS
* Adjustable CPU Voltage
* Memory Voltage Adjustable
* Support CPU over-clocking function: Adjustable CPU Clock Multiplier
305mm x 244mm
OS Support Windows 7 32-bit
Windows 7 64-bit
Windows 8.1 64-bit
Windows 10 64-bit
Certifications CE/FCC Certification
WHCK Certification
Bundled Software ECS Intelligent EZ Utility : eBLU, eDLU, eSF
Free Bundle: CyberLink Media Suite

Video News

February 14, 2017 | 10:22 AM - Posted by John H (not verified)

Are we going to see Z270 working with Coffeelake but Z170 being magically incompatible?

February 15, 2017 | 04:00 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

"... justified with its additional features and functionality compared wieh thier previous Z170-based product"
Wieh whier?

February 15, 2017 | 09:46 AM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

Fixed, thanks...

February 15, 2017 | 04:26 AM - Posted by zme-ul

I'd like to see DPC latency tests, just like Anand does

February 15, 2017 | 11:06 AM - Posted by Wingman (not verified)

Is it just me, or is the list of Rear Panel I/O wrong? I only see 10 USB ports, but 12 are listed (2x 3.1, 6x 3.0, 4x2.0) and the network RJ-45 is not listed in the Rear Panel I/O.

February 16, 2017 | 11:41 AM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

Yeah, that does seem odd but it is taken directly from ECS' webpage for the board...

February 15, 2017 | 11:20 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Also, where the heck do you see a DVI port that you mention in the article ?
I only see DP and HDMI.

February 16, 2017 | 11:40 AM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

fixed, thanks...

February 17, 2017 | 01:40 AM - Posted by Blair (not verified)

Too bad they're going to get sued by Disney over the name they've chosen.

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