Gigabyte Z270-Designare motherboard specs, UK price
This motherboard’s special sauce is, as the name suggests, that it allows you to customise your hardware. It does this through a variety of clever lighting schemes.
It’s not all show and no go, either!
Power and looks
The new Z270-powered Designare motherboard has been fully validated and optimised for NVIDIA’s high-end Quadro workstation and high-end graphics cards.
Let there be lights!
The Designare is packing 16.8M RGB Colours. There are two programmable sections, seven lighting effects, accent LED with interchangeable overlay and an advanced mode for extreme customisability.
If you need to add more lights, the board even has a dedicated RGBW light strip pin header.
You also get SATA 6 Gb/s (from which four convert to two 16 Gb/s SATA-Express ports), one 32 Gb/s U.2 port, and one 32 Gb/s M.2 slot.
It’s also cool to see not only USB 3.1 being catered for, but USB Type-C.
An important aspect for me is the audio quality. Nothing to worry about here. The ALC1220 is a high-performance multi-channel High Definition Audio Codec. It can dish out up to 120dB SNR for crystal clear audio and features such as Smart Headphone Amp.
The Smart Headphone Amp automatically detects the impedance of your cans or buds. That means no matter if you’re rocking earbuds or high-end headphones you’ll get optimal audio dynamics—preventing issues such as low volume and distortion.
Gigabyte Z270-Designare price and availability
Ebuyer has this rather sexy motherboard up for preorder at £219.99.
Head to the Gigabyte website for more information.
Gigabyte Z270-Designare motherboard specifications
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 and 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