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Thread: GIGABYTE Z170X-SOC Force (Intel Z170) Motherboard Review

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    Default Re: GIGABYTE Z170X-SOC Force (Intel Z170) Motherboard Review

    This board is an intriguing option with 3 m.2 ports, built-in water cooling plus dual PCIe x16 slots. I'm giving it serious consideration, but haven't been able to find out if it will be Thunderbolt 3 compatible like Gigabyte did retroactively with the Gaming G1, Gaming GT and Gaming 7 models.

    See this for reference:

    GIGABYTE Adds Thunderbolt 3 Support to Existing Z170 Motherboards | PC Perspective

    I called Gigabyte and asked them, and they said you could purchase possibly an add-on card to get Thunderbolt. The tech I talked to didn't seem to know if they could just roll out an update like with the other models, or if that wasn't in the works.

    This SOC Force board seems like an awesome choice with the 3 m.2 slots running in RAID, plus liquid cooling and it is a bit cheaper than the G1. All in all, a very solid looking offering. I'd like to pull the trigger on it if Thunderbolt 3 support is available via software update or at some point in the future.

    Question: If one were to run a RAID setup with 3 m.2 drives plus use a dual SLI config with graphics cards, would there still be enough total available lanes to do this? I'm trying to find out what the limitations might be before I buy this. Any tech gurus, your help would be appreciated. :)

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