Features and Motherboard Layout
Courtesy of ECS
- Windows 10 Workable support
- 3-Way multi-graphics solution
- 12 Phase Power Design
- Supports Intel® K Series unlock CPU
- Applied 100% Solid capacitor design to maximize component reliability
- ECS Durathon Technology ensure the stability, reliability and performance of system.
- ESD Protection prevents computers from electrostatic discharge damage to enhance its durability and lifespan
- ECS EZ charger provides a fast way to charge your smart devices, even if the PC is off
- Supports GUI UEFI for tweaking BIOS in Graphical interface within a multi language environment
- ECS MIB X – A friendly interface for overclocking, especially for gamer
- Supports HDMI 2.0 Technology ( resolution up to 3840 x 2160 pixels )
- Microsoft Windows 8.1 Certified
- Intel® 14nm 6th generation Multi-Core CPU support
- Supports DirectX® 12 to enhance graphical performance
- Supports AMD CrossFire™ to expand your system’s graphics capabilities.
- Supports Intel® HD Graphics
- Supports Display Port 1.2 Technology
- ECS Intelligent EZ Utility : eBLU, eDLU, eSF
The Z170-Claymore motherboard features an enthusiast-friendly aestetic with a flat black PCB, black plastic ports and slots, and black heat sinks. The heat sinks are adorned with gold high lights with the chipset heat sink sporting ECS' L337 Gaming logo. The board layout was well thought out with more than enough room around all components.
The back of the board contains nothing other than the normal board trace lines and solder points. This remains true in the area directly behind the CPU socket, which is fully clear of any constricting components.
The Z170-Claymore has the following ports integrated into it's rear panel: PS/2 keyboard and mouse ports, four USB 2.0 ports, four USB 3.0 ports (blue colored), two USB 3.1 Type A ports (teal colored), an RJ-45 Realtek GigE NIC port, an HDMI video port, a DisplayPort video port, and six analogue audio ports.
The Z170-Claymore motherboard has a total of five device ports – five PCI-Express x16 slots. For the integrated PCI-Express x16 slots, the board supports full x16 bandwidth with a single card, x8 bandwidth with cards in the primary and tertiary slots, and x4 bandwidth provided to slots 2, 4, and 5. The CMOS battery is located in between the lower parts of the secondary and tertiary PCIe X16 slots.
In between the primary and secondary PCIe x16 slots is the integrated PCIe x2 M.2 slot. The M.2 slot supports a PCIe-style M.2 SSD up to 80mm in length.
The audio components are located just above the PCIe x16 slots, contained on an isolated PCB to cut down on distortion and crosstalk between the audio components and other board-integrated components. The front panel audio header is located just above PCI x16 slot 3.
In the upper left corner of the board are the Trusted Module port header, the S/PDIF output header, the Along the lower left of PCIe x16 slot 2 are the integrated M.2 SSD port, the speaker header, the clear CMOS jumper, the chassis intrusion header, and the case speaker header (BZ).
Along the lower outside portion of PCIe x16 slot 5 are a system fan header and a USB 2.0 header.
In the lower left corner of the board are a USB 2.0 header, the front panel header, a 2-digit diagnostic display, the power and reset buttons, a removable BIOS chip, the chassis intrusion header, and the CMOS clear jumper. The headers above the CMOS clear jumper and above the removable BIOS chip are debug headers used for factory board validation. The diagnostic display can be used to troubleshoot board initialization issues by cross-referencing the code with the table provided at the back of the motherboard manual.
The Intel Z170 Express chipset cooler is a black colored, low profile aluminum heat sink just below the PCIe X16 slots. The heat sink features the ECS L337 Gaming logo.
ECS integrated a total of four on-board SATA 6 Gb/s ports and one SATA Express 10 Gb/s ports into the port block located just under the chipset cooler, making for a total of six SATA 6 Gb/s ports if the SATA-Express ports are used individually. All ports are controlled by the Intel Z170 chipset and have no use restrictions, no matter what other devices are plugged into the board (including M.2 SSDs and PCIe-based cards).
The board's four integrated DDR4 memory slots are located just below the CPU socket in the lower right quadrant of the board. Dual Channel memory mode is enabled by seating memory modules in slots 1 and 3 or slots 2 and 4 with slots 2 and 4 being the primary slot set. The board supports up to 64GB of memory running at a maximum speed of 3200MHz. Note that memory speeds above 2133MHz are considered overclocked speeds and are outside of the official Intel stock memory speed specifications. Just below the memory slots are the USB 3.0 header, the 4-pin CPU fan header, a 4-pin system fan headers, and the 24-pin ATX power connector.
To the upper right of the DIMM slots are the secondary CPU fan header and an unlabeled debug header used for factory board testing.
The CPU socket area is clear of obstructions with heat sinks cooling the CPU VRM chips above and to the right of the socket. ECS chose to power the CPU with an impressive 12-phase digital power circuitry to ensure stability under all operation conditions.
To the upper left of the CPU socket is a 4-pin system fan header.
The 8-pin ATX12V power connector is located to the upper right of the CPU socket.