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SUPERMICRO C7Z170-SQ Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: SUPERMICRO

Introduction and Technical Specifications


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SUPERMICRO's latest venture into the consumer realm is the C7Z170-SQ motherboard, featuring an appealing black and red enthusiast-friendly aesthetic and a gamer-friendly feature set. Centered on the Intel Z170 chipset, the board offers fully support for the Intel Skylake-S processor line as well as DDR4 memory in Dual Channel mode. At a competitive $219.99 MSRP, the SUPERMICRO C7Z170-SQ motherboard is competitively-priced considering its features and performance potential.

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The C7Z170-SQ was designed with an 8+1 phase digital power delivery system to power the CPU and integrated graphics. SUPERMICRO integrated the following featured into the board: six SATA 3 ports; a PCIe X4 M.2 slot; an Intel i219-V Gigabit NIC; three PCI-Express x16 slots; three PCI-Express x4 slots; 2-digit diagnostic LED display; on-board power, CMOS clear, and BIOS restore buttons; and USB 2.0, 3.0, and USB 3.1 Type-C port support.

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Technical Specifications (taken from the SUPERMICRO website)

Product SKUs
Motherboard C7Z170-SQ
Physical Stats
Form Factor ATX
Dimensions 12" x 9.6", (30.5 cm x 24.4 cm)
CPU Intel® 6th Gen Core i7/i5/i3 series processors; CPU TDP support up to 160W TDP
Single Socket H4 (LGA 1151)
System Memory
Memory Capacity 4 x 288-pin DDR4 DIMM slots
Supports up to 64GB DDR4 Non-ECC Un-Buffered memory (UDIMM) in 4 DIMM slots
Memory Type Frequency up to 3200MHz (OC) non-ECC DDR4 SDRAM 72-bit, 288-pin (UDIMM) gold-plated DIMMs
Support overclocking up to 3200MHz*

* Please check the operation manual for supported components

DIMM Sizes 16GB, 8GB, 4GB, 2GB, 1GB
Memory Voltage 1.2V
On-Board Devices
Chipset Intel® Z170 Express Chipset
SATA SATA3 via PCH w/ RAID 0, 1, 5, 10
Network Controllers Intel® i219V Controller
Supports 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, and 1000BASE-T, RJ45 output
Audio RealTek ALC1150 High Definition Audio
Input / Output
Serial ATA 6 x SATA3 (6Gbps) ports
LAN 1 x RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet LAN port
USB 6 x USB 3.0 ports (2 rear, 4 via headers)
6 x USB 2.0 ports (2 rear, 4 via headers)
1 x USB 3.1 (10Gbps) Type C port (rear)
1 x Thunderbolt AIC header
Audio 7.1 HD Jacks
Display 1 x DVI - D, 1 x DP (Display Port), 1 x HDMI
Serial Port / Header 1 x COM port (header)
Expansion Slots
PCI-Express 2 PCI-E 3.0 x16 (1 x16 or dual x8) slots
1 PCI-E 3.0 x16 (x4) slot
1 PCI-E 3.0 x4 slot
2 PCI-E 3.0 x1 (in x4) slots
1 PCIe M.2 (PCIe x4 2260 / 2280 / 22110)
System BIOS
BIOS Type 128Mb SPI Flash EEPROM with AMI BIOS
BIOS Features DMI (SMBIOS) 2.7
ACPI 5.0
USB Keyboard support
Software SuperDoctor® 5
Power Configurations ACPI / ACPM Power Management
Main Switch Override Mechanism
Power-on mode for AC power recovery
Internal/External modem ring-on
PC Health Monitoring
Voltage Monitors for CPU Cores, +12V, +3.3V, +5V, +5V Standby, VBAT, HT, Memory, Chipset Voltages.
5-Phase-switching voltage regulator with auto-sense from 0.8375V-1.60V
FAN Total of five 4-pin fan headers supporting up to 5 fans
5x fans with tachometer status monitoring
Status monitor for speed control
Status monitor for on/off control
Support 3-pin fans (w/o speed control)
Low noise fan speed control
Pulse Width Modulated (PWM) fan connectors
Temperature Monitoring for CPU and chassis environment
CPU thermal trip support
FC temperature sensing logic
Thermal Monitor 2 (TM2) support
LED CPU / System Overheat LED
+5V Standby alert LED
Other Features Chassis intrusion detection
Chassis intrusion header


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January 8, 2016 | 02:25 PM - Posted by zaodrze244 (not verified)

jumpers everywear and I love it :P

January 8, 2016 | 04:14 PM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

at least the PCB's not tan ;)

January 8, 2016 | 04:50 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I wish it was - I love "ugly" boards that look like they're from 15 years ago

January 12, 2016 | 04:33 PM - Posted by zaodrze244 (not verified)

I miss the old school boards in green color

January 8, 2016 | 05:07 PM - Posted by Tucker Smith (not verified)

It does look good. The Superdot logo is a bit cheesy. But it's got the right ins-and-outs and such for a competitively priced Skylake rig. And they had an H170 board involved in some serious overclocking with an i3 (DHENSZJHEN).

I've been looking to upgrade from an old potato lappy and PS3 and building a Skylake rig seems to be my path. I welcome healthy competition in the motherboard sector. Especially one that doesn't have LEDs (a statement that completely contradicts my stance in this post's opening, [re: complaints about the logo, "Superdot."]).

Although that tan B150 30th anniversary (MSI?)looks nice, I can't see the appeal of a B150 board if it can't push a locked Skylake. It's Z170 or Haswell, right?

Unless you're a Mr. Beefcake Computer that, of course, wouldn't deign to use a SuperMicro component in the first place.

That's what I'd like to hook up to my living room TV.

I can OC it in a couple years. I can swap out the VGA card with the next generation. I'm guessing that, given the trend towards power efficiency, we'll have another card like the 750ti which can be powered solely by PCIe soon and I can make a swap when that one starts to show it's age.

I think there are a few good mobos to fit the bill, and I'd be willing to consider SuperMicro if they build and price smartly.

January 9, 2016 | 02:03 AM - Posted by Hakuren

I was really hoping that if there is one manufacturer then it must be a SuperMicro without red and black motherboard.

Last bastion has fallen! But at least there is plenty of jumpers to play around, ha, ha.

'Gaming motherboard' and 'SuperMicro' in one sentence that's like oxymoron and antichrist combined. :D

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