Throw a Quadro card on Gigabyte’s Z270X-Designare

Gigabyte's Designare branding is reserved for boards at the top of the company's range. The company says these boards are aimed at content creation professionals, and the just-announced Z270X-Designare ATX motherboard should fit that bill easily. Like most high-end motherboards, it's covered in fancy features. It's also fully validated for use with Nvidia's Quadro graphics cards.

This board isn't quite as out-there as the X99-Designare EX that we reviewed last November. That's mostly because this model is based on Intel's Z270 desktop chipset rather than the X99 high-end platform. With the Z270X-Designare, you still get four DDR4 DIMM slots supporting transfer rates up to 3866 MT/sec, M.2 and U.2 sockets with PCIe 3.0 x4 connectivity, and a trio of USB 3.1 ports. One of those ports is an internal header that can be used for a front-panel USB 3.1 connector, while the other two are standard Type-A and Type-C ports located on the rear panel. Like other companies have been doing lately, Gigabyte's moved to ASMedia's 2142 USB 3.1 controller to let users run two devices at up to 8Gbps simultaneously. Curiously, Gigabyte also included two SATA Express connectors.

The Z270X-Designare includes all of Gigabyte's usual builder conveniences including my favorite feature, the "G Connector" front-panel header sleeve. All five of the Z270X-Designare's fan headers are "hybrid" headers that can intelligently adapt to run a CPU fan, a case fan, a water pump, or whatever else you plug into them. All of the memory slots and PCIe x16 slots are heavily reinforced with stainless steel, too.

The board supports Gigabyte's newly-redesigned RGB Fusion application for controlling its onboard RGB LEDs, as well as RGBW light-strips and the lighting on Gigabyte graphics cards. Onboard audio is provided by Realtek's top-end ALC1220 codec and includes Gigabyte's custom-designed headphone amplifier. Meanwhile, an Intel chip offers Gigabit Ethernet connectivity. It doesn't look like Gigabyte's latest effort has hit online retailers yet, but don't expect it to be cheap when it does.

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    • jackbomb
    • 3 years ago

    That name belongs on a dishwasher, not a motherboard. 😛

      • MOSFET
      • 3 years ago

      How are folks pronouncing this?

      Design-Air
      Design-err
      Dezig-nar-ay

        • derFunkenstein
        • 3 years ago

        Dezig-[url=http://www.naircare.com<]nair[/url<]. No idea if it's right, but I don't really care.

    • NoOne ButMe
    • 3 years ago

    “content creation professionals… RGB
    wut?

    • Clint Torres
    • 3 years ago

    Problem is the economics of content creation makes the purchase price of this mobo prohibitive. Trust me I build systems for graphics folks all the time and this is not the class of hardware that’s being consumed by said content creators. Apple Macs are disappearing from studios as well.

    Maybe in the 90’s when the budgets were good…

      • Takeshi7
      • 3 years ago

      Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. I figured most professionals would choose less expensive, less flashy hardware for their work. Then again some designers are very nitpicky about aesthetics, so maybe this is being marketed towards that niche.

      • mdkathon
      • 3 years ago

      Exactly. When you have a budget all the money is going to where it’ll make the most impact. Blue LEDs do not make the bits move faster, neither does a silly name like Designare.

    • chuckula
    • 3 years ago

    [quote<]Throw a Quadro card on Gigabyte's Z270X-Designare[/quote<] OK I did. It bounced off.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      It’s a typo in the headline. You’re supposed to slap it on there, not throw it.

        • chuckula
        • 3 years ago

        BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD!

        • DPete27
        • 3 years ago

        Slap it on? Like [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhJQp-q1Y1s<]this?[/url<]

        • tipoo
        • 3 years ago

        [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b85h_ujZ_vg[/url<]

          • DPete27
          • 3 years ago

          Not sure why, but I busted out laughing at this so loud my co-worker came over to see if I was ok.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 3 years ago

          wtf did I just watch

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