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Supermicro C7Z170-SQ Motherboard Review

Rating: 6.0.

Hitting the mid-high end market hard is the Supermicro C7Z170-SQ. Taking inspiration from the past and adding modern components is sure to rock the competition with server grade components, high-speed M.2 and USB-C 3.1 included. 

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Perched precariously at £210, the Supermicro C7Z170-SQ looks to be the motherboard that has been thrown unprepared into a market saturated by RGB lights and features that would make NASA technicians quiver at first sight. However, it’s not all about additional utilities, sometimes a great performing unit only needs top quality components derived from servers and that’s what Supermicro is betting on with this addition to the line up.

Unlike a lot of the competition, the feature list is short and safe. Networking is being handled by the Intel I219V and the Realtek ALC1150 codec handles audio. Alongside these, the C7Z170-SQ packs a high-speed M.2 port for the highly popular NVMe SSDs and a USB-C 3.1 port for future functionality.

With a rich heritage, has Supermicro packed enough into the C7Z170-SQ to be considered as a worthy option? Let’s find out.

Features:

  • Up to 64GB DDR4 3000MHz+ support.
  • USB 3.1 Type-C for up to 10GBps data transfer.
  • Single M.2 slot to utilise super faster NVME SSD performance of over 10GB/s.
  • Intel I219V Gigabit networking for fast and consistent networking connection.
  • Realtek ALC 1150 sound codec provides ultra clear audio for all scenarios.
  • Server heritage providing years of experience and the best components.
  • Onboard speaker and DEBUG LED: Simplified audible troubleshooting combined with easy to read codes.

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