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ECS Z370 Lightsaber Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: ECS

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Introduction

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The ECS Z370 Lightsaber motherboard is the latest offering in ECS' L337 product line, offering support for the Intel Z370 chipset. Similar to previous iterations of the Lightsaber board, the Z370-Lightsaber builds on the those board by adding dual-m.2 slot support, enhanced power support, as well as support for the latest Intel Coffee Lake-based processors. With an MSRP of $199, ECS priced the Z370 Lightsaber to be price-competitive with other mid-tier Z370-based offerings.

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ECS designed the Z370 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 Z370 Lightsaber board: six SATA 3 ports; two PCIe X2 M.2 ports; a Rivet Networks Killer E2500 GigE NIC; three PCI-Express x16 slots; three PCI-Express x1 slots; a 3-digit diagnostic LED display; on-board power, reset, Quick overclock, BIOS set, BIOS update, BIOS backup, and Clear CMOS buttons; a dual BIOS switch; Realtek audio solution; integrated DVI 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 used a Realtek chipset on a separate PCB to minimize audio crosstalk and interference. The also include a removable audio amplifier chipset and high-end Nichicon audio capacitors for a superior audio experience.

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The Z370 Lightsaber's rear panel contains the following integrated ports: USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and 3.1 ports, a Rivet Networks Killer E2500 RJ-45 GigE port, a CMOS clear button, DisplayPort and HDMI video ports, and both digital and analogue audio ports.

Technical Specifications (taken from the ECS website)

CPU 14 Phase Thermal Design Power
100% Solid capacitor design
Intel® K Series Unlock CPU Support
ECS Digital Power Design
CHIPSET Intel® Z370 Express Chipset
Supports Intel® Rapid Start technology
Supports Intel® Smart Response technology
GRAPHICS Supports DirectX® 12
MEMORY Dual-channel DDR4 Memory architecture
Supports DDR4 2400 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)
3 X PCI Express X 1 Gen 3.0slot(s)
Supports AMD CrossFire™ Technology
1 X M.2 slot for SSD
For 2242/2260/2280 PCI-e x4 / SATA SSD
Supports Intel® Optane™ technology
1 X M.2 slot for SSD (Optional)
2242/2260/2280 PCI-e x4 SSD Support
Storage Support by Intel® Z370 Express Chipset
6 X Serial ATAIII 6Gb/s
Located in SATA3_1/2,SATA3_3/4,SATA3_5/6 Port
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 E2500 Gigabit Fast Ethernet Controller
Wake-On-LAN
USB Support by Z370 Express Chipset
6 X USB3.0 port(s) up to 5Gb/s
Back Panel 4 port(s)
Onboard 2 port(s)
* 2 port(s) with EZ Charger

7 X USB2.0 port(s) Up to 480 Mb/s
Back Panel 4 port(s)
Onboard 3 port(s)

Support by ASMedia ASM1142 Controller
2 X USB3.1 port(s) up to 10Gb/s
Back Panel 2 port(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 4-pin PWR_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 3 USB ports
6 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
4 X RGB header
SYSTEM BIOS AMI BIOS with 128 MB SPI Flash ROM
Supports M.I.B X Utility
ACPI & DMI
F7 hot key for boot up devices option
Over-Clocking
Dual Display
Support ECS EZ BIOS
Support GUI UEFI BIOS
Plug and Play, STR (S3) / STD (S4) , Hardware monitor, Multi Boot
Multi-Language BIOS
Dual BIOS
* Adjustable CPU Voltage
* Memory Voltage Adjustable
* Support CPU over-clocking function: Adjustable CPU Clock Multiplier
FORM FACTOR ATX Form Factor
305mm x 244mm
OS Support Windows 10 64-bit

* Intel 8th Generation CPUs support Windows 10 64bit only

Certifications CE/FCC Certification
WHCK Certification
Bundled Software ECS Intelligent EZ Utility : eBLU, eDLU, eSF

Review Terms and Disclosure
All Information as of the Date of Publication
How product was obtained: The product is on loan from ECS for the purpose of this review.
What happens to the product after review: The product remains the property of ECS but is on extended loan for future testing and product comparisons.
Company involvement: ECS had no control over the content of the review and was not consulted prior to publication.
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April 16, 2018 | 04:01 PM - Posted by Anonymouse (not verified)

Golden audio connectors!!!

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