Earlier this month we showed you Colorful’s Z170 concept motherboard. Recently the Chinese manufacturer held an event to show off their next generation motherboards based on the Z170 chipset that feature the LGA1151 socket that will support Intel’s upcoming Skylake processors.
At the event the company showed off not one, but three Z170-based motherboards. The only board that was labeled is the one that you see above, which is the iGame-Z170-U but that is not the final name for the product. Seeing these board should confirm that we will see quite a lot of Z170-based motherboards at Computex.
The first motherboard is the same concept design that we saw a few weeks ago. The board will feature the very attractive white armor and will have four DDR4 DIMM slots, which will support up to 64GB of memory at native speeds of 2133 MHz. The PCB has a matte black design and a 14-phase power design. The entire VRM block is cooled by a large thermal armor layout that extends throughout the motherboard.
Storage will include six SATA 6GB/s port and two SATA Express ports on the final design. Expansion includes three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots and three PCI-Express 3.0 x1 slots and a single M.2 slot. Colorful has their own PCB isolated audio solution called Gamer Voice. Other features include the Killer E2201 and Intel 1211-AT.
These also seems to be a black version of this motherboard with similar features.
The last motherboard is the one we showed above that does not have the Thermal Armor, but does have aggressive black and red heatsinks.
Since we are seeing real Z170 motherboards that are all but completed it is safe to say that we will see Skylake launched in Q3 of this year. And as I said it will be no surprise to see many Z170 motherboards at Computex. Stay tuned!