Gigabyte Intel Z270X Designare Kaby Lake ATX Motherboard
GIGABYTE's 200 series motherboards boast the most advanced LED system in the market today. With more customizability than ever and a convenient and intuitive UI thanks to the RGB Fusion App, you’ll have a blast making your GIGABYTE your own. LED enthusiasts now have even more options with the ability to customize multiple zones independently. For a more functional use, the bright and vibrant LEDs can be configured to display the PC’s temperature or load. For even more LED goodness RGBW strips are now supported for more true and vibrant whites.
Multi-Zone Light Show Design
• 16.8M RGB Colours.
• 2 Programmable Sections.
• 7 Different Lighting Effects.
• 1 RGBW Light Strip Pin Header.
• Accent LED with Interchangeable Overlay.
• Advanced Mode for Extreme Customizability.
Lighting zone, programmable sections, wave mode may vary by model.
• Colour Cycle.
GIGABYTE RGB Fusion App
Don't just make your PC shine, make it a work of art that friends will envy. With the GIGABYTE RGB Fusion mobile app users can watch as they control the lighting within their gaming PC. This gives users ease of access as they try and adjust colours and speeds for different modes, all this can be done away from the keyboard and monitor of their PC.
Now offering more LED customizations than ever, users can truly adapt their PC to represent their lifestyle. With full RGB support and a redesigned RGB Fusion application, the user has complete control over the LEDs which surround the motherboard.
Swappable Overlay for Accent LED
GIGABYTE brings even more colour and life to your system with an Accent LED Overlay. This overlay complements the RGB Fusion technology in GIGABYTE Motherboards adding more flare and style to your gaming machine. With the swappable overlay users can utilize different patterns and designs to make their system their own.
Supports RGBW Light Strips: Independently Programmable On-board Pin Header for RGBW LED Strips
Not bright enough? You can install standard 12V external RGB or RGBW light strips on the RGBW pin header and control its colour from the RGB Fusion software. With RGBW light strips that have a dedicated white colour LED, you can have brighter and more vibrant colours.
No need to worry when choosing light strips as the GIGABYTE motherboards support a wide variety of RGBW light strips on the market thanks to the RGB Fusion software that allows users to redefine the pin location for the R/G/B Signal.
RGB Fusion (Advanced Mode)
With the all new RGB Fusion software, users have access to different preset LED lighting configurations with choice of colours. You can even set the LEDs to synchronize with your favourite music or have them change colours to indicate the CPU temperature.
For true lighting experts there is an Advanced Mode, which can be fully customized by individual area with its own effects and colour transitions, along with specific duration and transition times.
Once done, it’s simple to save and share your lighting profile with others.
• Independent Control: Customise different colours for different sections of board.
• Synchronize with GIGABYTE Graphics Cards: Synchronise colours with select GIGABYTE graphics cards to complete the feel of your system.
• Fully Customizable: Adjust lighting animation with colour stops, colour duration, transition period, and colour effects.
• Lighting Profile: Save, export and import profiles to quickly change effects based on your preference and to share with others.
Smart Fan 5
With Smart Fan 5 users can ensure that their gaming PC can maintain its performance while staying cool. Smart Fan 5 allows users to interchange their fan headers to reflect different thermal sensors at different locations on the motherboard. Not only that, with Smart Fan 5 more hybrid fan headers that support both PWM and Voltage mode fans have been introduced to make the motherboard more liquid cooling friendly.
• 5 Fan/Water Pump Connectors.
• 6 Temperature Sensors.
• All Fan Pin Headers Upgraded to Hybrid Fan Headers.
• Supports High Current Fans up to 24W (2Ax12V) with Over-Current Protection.
• Intuitive UI for Fan Control.
All Hybrid Fan Pin Headers
• All Hybrid Fan Headers can automatically detect the type of cooling device whether it be fan or pump with different PWM or Voltage mode.
• Supports up to 2 amps with built-in overcurrent protection—a must for high-end high current fans.
• Supports Closed Loop Watercooling, CPU Fans, System Fans, & Watercooling Pumps.
New Smart Fan 5 Software
Choose from different modes, Quiet to Full Speed, to match your system usage scenario. For each fan or pump, you can use the intuitive fan curve to define trigger thresholds and corresponding fan speeds.
Interoperable Sensors and Fans
Each fan can be customized to operate at different speeds according to any defined temperature source input (except the CPU fan).
Customize fan curves based on specific temperatures with the intuitive graphical UI.
Enhanced BIOS Interface
The enhanced BIOS interface also has the advanced features seen in the Smart Fan 5 UI, such as: the ability to set triggers based on different temperature sensors on the board, fan curve definition and the temperature interval setting, which can prevent fan rotation noise caused by sudden temperature change—all without having to load Windows.
Front USB 3.1 Gen 2 Header
Equipped with next generation connectivity on-board GIGABYTE Motherboards already support the cases of the future. On-board headers for USB 3.1 makes access convenient when connecting a USB 3.1 drive or charging your new mobile device.
GIGABYTE Extreme USB 3.1 Motherboards
The ASMEDIA 2142 USB 3.1 controller utilizes 2 PCIe Gen3 lanes, offering a total of up to 16 Gb/s, which means you have extra bandwidth to take full control of the 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 ports. With twice the bandwidth compared to its previous generation, and backwards compatibility with USB 2.0 and 3.0, the much improved USB 3.1 protocol is available over the new reversible USB Type-C™ and the traditional USB Type-A connector for better compatibility over a wider range of devices.
Connecting the Future: USB Type-C™
• The World's Next Universal Connector.
• Reversible USB Type-C™ with USB 3.1 Gen 2.
ALC 1220 120dB SNR HD Audio with Smart Headphone Amp
ALC 1220 120dB SNR HD Audio
The ALC1220 is a high-performance multi-channel High Definition Audio Codec with up to 120dB SNR for crystal clear audio and features such as Smart Headphone Amp, 114dB SNR recording for precise voice chats and hardware decoding of DSD128, ensuring users get the best possible audio quality from their PC.
Smart Headphone Amp
Automatically detects impedance of your head-worn audio device, whether earbuds or high-end headphones to provide optimal audio dynamics—preventing issues such as low volume and distortion.
High-End Audio Capacitors
GIGABYTE motherboards use high-end audio capacitors. These high quality capacitors help deliver high resolution and high fidelity audio to provide the most realistic sound effects for gamers.
USB DAC-UP 2
AORUS improves upon USB DAC-UP technologies with USB DAC-UP 2. USB DAC-UP 2 continues to provide clean, isolated and low-noise power while adding the ability to compensate for voltage drop.
Virtual reality pioneers and gamers alike can rest assured that their expensive accessories and peripherals will not encounter connectivity or power deficiency issues with the AORUS USB DAC-UP 2. With Gaming Gear drawing large amounts of power and having firm specification requirements USB DAC-UP 2 is up for the challenge.
• Adjustable Voltage USB Port with Dedicated Power Design.
• Voltage Compensation for Better USB Compatibility.
• Accessories that benefit from USB DAC-UP 2:
- VR Headset.
- External HDDs/SSDs.
Immersive VR Gaming Experience
To create a seamless VR experience GIGABYTE Motherboards offer the best features to make your virtual reality feel like your actual reality. With technologies such as NVMe support via M.2 or U.2 and a one piece metal shielding to brace for heavier discrete graphics cards it's obvious that GIGABYTE has the tools you need to start your journey in VR. To set the mood GIGABYTE Motherboards include RGB Fusion to put you in the center of action.
• VR requires more performance than Full HD graphics for a steady 90FPS or greater.
• Only Gaming PCs can provide the best VR experience.
Intel® GbE LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Networking
Intel® GbE LAN features cFosSpeed, a network traffic management application which helps to improve network latency and maintain low ping times to deliver better responsiveness in crowded LAN environments.
U.2 Onboard (NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4) NVMe Performance for PCIe SSDs
The new Intel 750 series SSDs offer an incredible increase in performance over SATA drives. Using the NVMe protocol which takes advantage of the fast bandwidth of PCIe Gen3 x4 lanes (32 Gb/s), the drives are a clear advantage for users looking to boot their OS faster, load their games in a flash and access large files without waiting. By implementing the U.2 port onboard to support the 2.5” Intel 750 Series drive, GIGABYTE ensures that the users can benefit from the best performance.
*SSDs and cables not included.
Fast Onboard Storage with NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 110mm M.2 (Up to 32 Gb/s)
GIGABYTE' M.2 solution offers considerably faster storage performance and support for both PCIe and SATA interfaces for M.2 SSD devices.
NVIDIA® QUADRO® Professional Graphics Supports
NVIDIA® QUADRO® 3D Workstation Professional Graphics Solutions are designed and built specifically for artists, designers, and engineers, NVIDIA Quadro GPUs power more than 100 professional applications across a broad range of industries. Professionals trust them to enable their best work using applications such as Adobe® Creative Cloud, Avid Media Composer, Autodesk Suites, Dassault Systemes, CATIA and SOLIDWORKS, Siemens NX, PTC Creo, and many more.
2-Way SLI™ / 3-Way CrossFire™ Multi Graphics
Multi-graphics configuration offers better graphics performance for gaming enthusiasts who demand the highest frame rates without compromising on resolution.
Diagnostic LEDs: Hardware Troubleshooting at a Glance
On-board LEDs controlled by the system BIOS indicate if a malfunction is occurring, allowing users to quickly diagnose which major component (CPU/DDR/VGA/HDD) is malfunctioning so they may take action promptly.
Support for DDR4 XMP Up to 3866MHz and Beyond*
GIGABYTE is offering a tested and proven platform that ensures proper compatibility with profiles up to 3866MHz and beyond. All users need to do to attain this performance boost is to ensure that their memory module is XMP capable and that the XMP function is activated and enabled on their GIGABYTE motherboard.
What is XMP?
DDR4 memory modules are available at a stock frequency of 2133MHz, but as frequency tweaking requires a considerable amount of effort and knowledge, memory vendors encode XMP profiles which can automatically modify the timings of the supported memory modules to work with your CPU and to achieve increased performance.
* XMP Profile support may vary depending on memory module. Please visit www.gigabyte.com to see the complete validated memory support list. Product features may vary by model.
Silver Alloy Coated PCB
GIGABYTE’s Designare Motherboard is built for designers and content creators. As such, this board has creative flare all around it. From the decals on the front of the board to the grand designare logo on the back this board shouts out to the creative minds. To add more zest, this board contains actual silver alloy in the coating of the PCB.
With the silver alloy coating on the PCB it only made sense to have matching silver armour around the rear I/O and on the heatsinks, where you will also find matching decals to the board.
Industry Leading Ultra Durable PCIe Armour
The innovative one-piece stainless steel shielding design from GIGABYTE reinforces the PCIe connectors to provide the extra strength required to support heavy graphics cards.
GIGABYTE Patented Double Locking Bracket
• First Lock: Inserted from the top for better retention.
• Second Lock: Soldered for a stronger bond.
Dual Armour DIMM and PCIe Metal Shielding
Never worry about your heavy graphics card damaging your motherboard again. GIGABYTE's proprietary Ultra Durable PCIe Metal Shielding reinforces the PCIe connector to prevent slot damage due to heavy graphics card. The DIMM and PCIe metal shield also provides extra strength for when you forget to release the lock while replacing your component, adding a fool proof option which can save your PC's life.
Ultra Durable™ PCIe Armour
Enhanced Strength PCIe Design, Support for Heavy Graphics Cards for Extreme / VR Gaming Station.
Ultra Durable™ Memory Armour
GIGABYTE's exclusive one piece stainless steel shielding design prevents against PCB distortion and twist, plate bending, in addition to preventing any possible ESD interference.
Anti-Sulfur Resistor Design
Sulfur compounds in the air can penetrate tiny on-board resistors creating chemical change and causing these resistors to open or short. If either of these occurs the motherboard will fail to function. By equipping resistors with an Anti-Sulfur Design GIGABYTE gives Ultra Durable Motherboards a whole new meaning.
Refreshed BIOS Easy, Smart, and Friendly
The BIOS is essential for users during initial setup to allow for the most optimal settings. With a new GUI and easier to use functionalities, GIGABYTE has been able to reinvent the BIOS to give users a better experience while setting up their new system.
GIGABYTE APP Center
The GIGABYTE APP Center gives you easy access to a wealth of GIGABYTE apps that help you get the most from your GIGABYTE motherboard. Using a simple, unified user interface, GIGABYTE APP Center allows you to easily launch all GIGABYTE apps installed on your system, check related updates online, and download the latest apps, drivers, and BIOS.
GIGABYTE's EasyTune™ is a simple and easy-to-use interface that allows users to fine-tune their system settings or adjust system and memory clocks and voltages in a Windows environment. With Smart Quick Boost, one click is all it takes to automatically overclock your system, giving an added performance boost when you need it the most.
Overclocking to Boost Your Frame Rates
Get the highest levels of performance from your PC with easy-to-use GIGABYTE overclocking features.
System Information Viewer
GIGABYTE System Information Viewer is a central location that gives you access to your current system status. Monitor components such as the clocks and processor, set your preferred fan speed profile, create alerts when temperatures get too high or record your system’s behaviour; these are the possibilities of the System Information Viewer.
The GIGABYTE @BIOS app allows you to update your system’s BIOS from within Windows using a simple and slick graphical user interface. @BIOS can automatically download the latest version from the GIGABYTE servers or you can update your BIOS from a file on your computer. @BIOS also allows you to save your current BIOS to a file, recover your previous BIOS from an image and backup your BIOS to an image.
3D OSD automatically detects and displays your system information during games, allowing you to easily get a hold of your system information without switching between screens.
GIGABYTE Patented DualBIOS™ (UEFI) Design
GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ motherboards feature GIGABYTE DualBIOS™, an exclusive technology from GIGABYTE that protects arguably one of your PC's most crucial components, the BIOS. GIGABYTE DualBIOS™ means that your motherboard has both a 'Main BIOS' and a 'Backup BIOS', protecting users from BIOS failure due to virus, hardware malfunction, improper OC settings or power failure during the update process.
Long Lifespan Durable Black™ Solid Caps
GIGABYTE motherboards integrate the absolute best quality solid state capacitors that are rated to perform at maximum efficiency for extended periods, even in extreme performance configurations. With ultra-low ESR no matter how high the CPU load, this provides peace of mind for end users who want to push their system hard, yet demand absolute reliability and stability. These exclusive capacitors also come in customized jet black, exclusively on GIGABYTE motherboards.
Easy to Install "G Connector" Design
The tiny cables of the front panel connectors can be hard to manipulate as space is restricted and indicators being tiny. With the G Connector, you can connect all the FP cables at once, simplifying the process of building your next PC and saving you some frustrations.
Supports High-Performance EK Monoblock
Designed and engineered in co-operation with EK Water Blocks, this monoblock uses the award winning EK-Supremacy EVO cooling engine to ensure the best possible CPU cooling. It directly cools the CPU and power regulation (MOSFET) module as water flows directly over all critical areas. It is a very high flow water block that can be easily used with a system using weaker water pumps.
* Not included, sold separately
4K Ultra HD Support
4K resolution is the next technological milestone in high-definition content delivery, utilizing approximately 4,000 pixels on the horizontal axis, more than four times today's standard HD pixel density. GIGABYTE motherboards provide native 4K support with integrated Intel® HD Graphics via HDMI.
* 4K display support is dependent on CPU
HDMI™: The Next Generation Multimedia Interface
HDMI™ is a High-Definition Multimedia Interface which provides up to 5Gb/s video transmitting bandwidth and 8-channel high quality audio all through a single cable. Able to transmit superior, uncompressed digital video and audio, HDMI™ ensures the crispest rendering of digital content up to 1080p without the quality losses associated with analog interfaces and their digital-to-analog conversion. In addition, HDMI™ is compatible with HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection), allowing the playback of Blu-ray/HD DVD and other protected media content.
XSplit Gamecaster + Broadcaster: Cast Your Game Anytime, Anywhere
Now set up your stage and share the greatest gaming moments with XSplit Gamecaster + Broadcaster! Fully optimized social media integration is ready for real-time chats—keeping you notified yet focused in the game. It takes just one click to stream your gameplay to Twitch. Host your game like a pro!
*Free 14 days XSplit Gamecaster + Broadcaster Premium License.
TriDef® SmartCam | Custom Stream Modding
To facilitate being the full streaming solution each GIGABYTE motherboard includes TriDef® SmartCam software, you are now able to remove backgrounds without the hassle of using a green screen. Through the SmartCam application you can now apply live filters, and fully control your background, not only while streaming, but also through other video applications such as Skype.
*Free 1 month TriDef® SmartCam License. Features • Supports 7th/ 6th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors.
• Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs.
• Front USB 3.1 Gen 2 Header.
• Fast USB 3.1 Gen 2 with USB Type-C™ and Type-A.
• 3-Way Graphics Support with Dual Armor and Ultra Durable™ Design.
• Dual NVMe PCIe SSDs in RAID 0 Support.
• NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 U.2 Connector.
• Ultra-Fast M.2 with PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA interface.
• Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready.
• ALC1220 120dB SNR HD Audio with Smart Headphone Amp.
• Intel® GbE LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Software.
• USB DAC-UP 2 with Adjustable Voltage.
• RGB FUSION LED Light Show Design.
• Swappable Overlay for Accent LED.
• Smart Fan 5 features Multiple Temperature Sensors and Hybrid Fan Headers.
• Silver Alloy Coated PCB Design.
• Lightning-Fast Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3 AIC Support.
• GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™.
• APP Center Including EasyTune™ and Cloud Station™ Utilities.
|RAM Memory Support|
|Memory Channel||Dual (2)|
|Memory Type (ECC)||Non-ECC|
|Memory Type (R/U)||UDIMM (Unbuffered)|
|Memory Speed (Mhz)||
|Max. Memory Capacity||64GB (4x16GB)|
|Audio||Realtek ALC1220 7.1 HD Audio|
|Primary GPU Interface||PCIe 3.0 (x16)|
|SLI Support||2-Way SLi|
|Crossfire Support||3-Way CrossFire|
|On-Board Graphics Connectors||
|SATA Support||SATAe / SATA3 / M.2|
|RAID Support via||SATA|
|Storage Mode Support||
|Network Interface Type||Wired Gigabit LAN (10/100/1000)|
|Network Chip/Modules||1 x Intel (Gigabit LAN)|
|Rear I/O Connectors||
|Other Motherboard Specifications|
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