X99 vs Z170: While Intel clearly winning the battle for making better computer chipsets, but inside Intel, the battle still continues. With more than 20+ categories of chipset down the line, the choice of the ideal continues, it narrows down to the X99 and Z170 chipsets. Taking on the huge task to find out which is better, we did a detailed analysis of both the chipsets and pointed out the following.
X99 vs Z170: CPU
The choice of processors differs from person to person based on either budget or requirements. Both the chipsets offer a variety of processors but the z190 clearly wins by offering a ton of them.
The X99 offers support for Intel i7 processors and the Intel Xeon series processors.
While X99 offer only two processors, the Z190 is offering a better choice by supporting Intel i7 7th and 6th generation processors, Intel processor, Intel i3 processors, Intel Pentium and Intel Celeron processor.
More RAM means smoother user experience and runs heavy tasks.
The X99 motherboard supports 8 DDR4 DIMM slots and comes with a four channel architecture. The memory is expandable to 128GB, giving the user must opportunities.
While the X99 offers 8 slots, its counterpart, the Z170 is offering only 4 DDR4 DIMM slots with the memory only expandable to 64GB.Overclocking is available in x99 for unlocked variants of the supported processors. Thanks to the features of integrated memory controllers (IMCs) of supported processors, the X99 platform also supports dual- and
quad-channel memory layouts, with optional support for registered ECC memory.
The Z170 chipset offers only dual memory channel and overclocking is available in supported processors.
Clearly, in the Memory section, X99 wins. In the gaming war of X99 vs Z170, X99 will win clearly because of its more RAM slots.
In this battle of X99 vs Z170, Graphics is an area where both are good competitors but some of in spite of doing well in the internal graphics, the Z170 lags behind the X99.
The Z170 comes with an integrated Intel HD Graphics with a maximum shared memory of
1024 MB, whereas the X99 lacks any such characteristics. Where the X99 leaves behind Z170 are the support for external graphics. Both of them supports Nvidia Quad Core GPU SLI and AMD Quad Core GPU Crossfire but X99 offers both 3/2 way technologies while
Z190 is offering only 2 ways technologies.
Both the X99 and Z170 features dame amount of storage connectors which includes same number of connectors SATA express and 6gb s connectors and M2 and U2 connectors. SATA Express and M.2 are also supported, providing the ability for interfacing with PCI Express-based storage devices. Each of the X99’s SATA Express ports requires two PCI Express 2.0 lanes provided by the chipset, while the M.2 slots can use either two 2.0 lanes from the chipset itself, or up to four 3.0 lanes taken directly from the processor. As a result, the X99 provides bandwidths of up to 3.94 GB/s for connected PCI Express storage devices.
The Z170 comes with Dual PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 Connectors with up to 32Gb/s Data Transfer (PCIe NVMe vs SATA SSD support) and 3 SATA Express Connectors for up to 16Gb/s Data Transfer.
Clearly in the storage section also the X99 outruns the Z170 motherboards.
The X99 and Z170 offer the same amount of PCI slots, so there’s no competition in that. But when it comes to WIFI thee X99 offer an extra Killer E2500 Lan chip with the in the box Intel GbE Lan chip which also comes with the Z170. The X99 also provides an extra M2 connector for WIFI.
Regarding USB mores the X99 offers more USB 3.1 and Type C USB
3.0 ports than the Z170. Both the motherboards offer an equal number of connectors for cooling purposes but somehow the X99 ends up providing some extra SATA 6gb s connectors.
The X99 chipset supports Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (Intel VT-d), which provides hardware support for virtualization by implementing an input/output memory management unit (IOMMU). The chipset also integrates a Low Pin Count (LPC) interface, supporting interrupt controllers, timers, power management, super I/O, real-time clock(RTC), etc. Integrated Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) allows interfacing with devices such as Trusted Platform Modules (TPMs) and serial flash devices. System Management Bus(SMBus) is also provided, with additional support for I2C devices. The X99 comes with PCIe and has 1,2,4 configurations and 8 lanes. It offers Gen 2 PCI express revisions.
The Z170 comes with four USB 2.0/1.1 ports (available through the internal USB headers), four USB 3.0/2.0 ports (available through the internal USB headers), a USB Type-C port on the back panel, with USB 3.1 support and a USB 3.1 Type-A port (red) on the back panel.
It supports Norton Internet Security (OEM version) and Intel Smart Response Technology but lacks other platforms required for VR and other uses. The Z170 lacks the PCIe but offers
3.0 PCI EXpress revision. It also offers 1, 2,4 configurations and 20 lanes.
With the X99 vs Z190 ordeal coming to an end, let’s move to the price section.
The pricing varies based on the model numbers both the motherboards come within 40K INR depending on the variant you will be taking.
To conclude the X99 vs Z170 chapter, it seems that X99 defeated Z170 in every section except the processor choice. It seems that the X99 is more powerful and future proof. For gaming and VR, the X99 is simply outstanding. One should comfort the X99 in the long run.