Gigabyte recently released a few motherboards based on the Intel C232 and C236 chipsets, and today the company added a new ingredient to that formula: ECC DDR4 support. This new recipe comes baked into the X170-Extreme ECC, X150-PRO ECC, and X150M-PRO ECC motherboards.
These boards support not only Xeon E3-1200 v5 CPUs, but also processors in the Skylake i3, Pentium, and Celeron lineups. The DIMM slots can take in as much as 64GB of ECC DDR4 clocked at 2,133 MT/s. We should note that ECC support is limited to select CPU models. As befits any high-end motherboard these days, Gigabyte also includes M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 slots and SATA Express ports in these boards' storage complements. NVMe drives are supported, too.
One of the most interesting bits is in the peripherals department. Gigabyte is tapping the power of Intel's Alpine Ridge USB 3.1 controller, blessing both the Type-C and Type-A ports on these boards with 10Gbps connectivity. Although there's no official word, it's possible that these ports could receive Thunderbolt support in the future.
Networking is provided by an Intel Gigabit Ethernet adapter in the X150M-PRO model (and, we presume, the X150-PRO), while the higher-end X170-Extreme ECC mobo draws on the power of Killer's E2400 controller. There's no word yet on pricing or availability, but I'm certainly looking forward to the combo of ECC RAM support alongside the Alpine Ridge controller chip.
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