GIGABYTE unveiled a new high-end socket LGA1151 motherboard, the X170-Extreme ECC. The board targeted towards the high-end workstation desktop market, this board is based on Intel C236 chipset, and comes with support for Intel Xeon E3-1200 V5 processors and 6th generation Core “Skylake” processors, with that supports DDR4 ECC memory.
Other features include two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 (x8/x8 with both populated), a third PCI-Express 3.0 x16 (electrical gen 3.0 x4, wired to the PCH), and three other PCIe 3.0 x1 slots, an Intel-made 2-port USB 3.1 controller, which connects to the PCH over PCI-Express 3.0 x4 ensures consistent 10 Gb/s bandwidth dedicated to each of the two ports, without any bandwidth loss to overhead. The board offers one each of type-A and type-C ports, wired to this controller. Also on offer is a 40 Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 port, with DisplayPort 1.2 passthrough. There are two gigabit Ethernet ports, one driven by an Intel I219-V controller, and another by a Killer E2400.
Storage connectivity comprises two 32 Gb/s M.2 slots, and four SATA-Express 16 Gb/s connectors, which break out as eight SATA 6 Gb/s ports. The onboard audio solution powered by a Creative SoundCore 3D processor, TI Burr Brown OPA2134 OPAMP (user-replaceable), ground-layer isolation, and Nichicon Muse electrolytic capacitors. The board also has GIGABYTE’s Dual-UEFI BIOS tech, with auto-switching redundant BIOS chips. no pricing revealed, but it won’t be cheap.