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Supermicro C7Z170-OCE Review – Performance

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Supermicro C7Z170-OCE Review – Conclusion

Given the experience (and impressive reputation) Supermicro have in the server marketplace it should come as no surprise that the build quality level on the C7Z170-OCE is high. Quality components can be found across the PCB however

As far as design goes, again very positive. The green design used here does remind us of some funky old DFI boards from a while back, no bad thing, and they do help this motherboard to stand out, as well as tie in nicely with NVIDIA hardware if you are creating a themed build. The slot layout is intelligent, also allowing space between the larger slots for dual width GPUs and we get some nice extras such as the debug LED, onboard buttons for one touch overclocking and the latest USB support in the form of 3.1 type-C.

Of course nothing is perfect and Supermicro could make a few tweaks to enhance things a little, helping the board compare favorably on all levels with all competitor models. Some significant such as the inclusion of a headphone amp, some are small, for example adding in a quality shield for the back panel. The BIOS, though responsive and functional, could be re-skinned to be a touch cleaner and it would be ideal if Supermicro included some more advanced tweaking software for use in Windows…oh, and a couple of extra USB 3.0 ports on the back panel wouldn’t have hurt.

As far as performance goes, the C7Z170-OCE sits at the high end of the market. All of the key performance areas show great results and the board offered decent overclocking, taking our CPU up to 4.8GHz with DDR4 running without issue at over 3000MHz. Supermicro also go that extra mile with the inclusion of that PLX controller for our PCIe slots. That guarantees some multi-GPU performance which is class leading and the fact that this board retails for significantly less than other boards with the same controller is a real bonus.

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Supermicro C7Z170-OCE
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Stuart Davidson

Stuart Davidson is Senior Editor at HardwareHeaven having joined the site in 2002.