Gigabyte GA-Z170X-GAMING G1 (Intel LGA-1151) Review 14

Gigabyte GA-Z170X-GAMING G1 (Intel LGA-1151) Review

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It is very easy for me to summarize Gigabyte as a company through their products. Simply put, they are the hipster of the PC-hardware world. Their products are very much their own; there is no mistaking a Gigabyte motherboard from years ago. Since Apple moved into the x86 realm, adopting Intel processors into their products, Gigabyte has been the only board maker with a bunch of options on each platform with which you can easily build a "Hackintosh". They've got a multi-GPU external watercooler, keyboards and mice, coolers and PSUs, motherboards and GPUs in their line-up, and even had cases in the past.

It is because of Gigabyte's long past heritage I am always excited to see what they send me, eager to push the limits of what they got. That widespread experience and hipster focus Gigabyte tucks into their belt brings with it a unique set of board products that have had users talking time after time. Those gun-shaped heatsinks, which did get one user into a bit of trouble with shipping a board through customs, came after having slots of every known color all on the same blue PCB board, but now, we have a completely different focus in Gigabyte's board products.

The Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming G1 motherboard has a name that some might associate with black and green, but these days, we're talking about white and a hint of red splashed onto a black background, and references to high-speed racing cars on the box. Those black and green boards still exist, but the Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming G1 is different, better. There's an audio design with replaceable OP-AMPs, Dual BIOSes with single BIOS mode, dual LAN, a ton of overclocking features, and, thanks to the inclusion of a PLX PCIe chip, support for Quad-SLi and Quad Crossfire. THIS is Gigabyte's high-end gaming solution.


CPU SUPPORT:6th Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors and Intel Pentium/Celeron Processors for Socket LGA-1151
POWER DESIGN:CPU Power: 22 Phase
Memory Power: 2 Phase
CHIPSET:Intel Z170 Chipset
INTEGRATED GRAPHICS:Dependent on Installed CPU
MEMORY:4 x DIMM, Max. 64 GB, up to DDR4-3866+(OC)
BIOS:Dual AMI UEFI BIOS with 2 x 128 Mb Flash ROM
SLOTS:4 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (x16/N.C./x16/N.C.; x8/x8/x8/x8)
3 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots
HDD CONNECTIVITY:6 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s (support RAID 0/1/5/10; Intel)
3 x SATA Express port (Intel)
2 x M.2 Socket 3
4 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports (ASMedia; AHCI only))
NETWORKING:2 x Killer E2400 chips
1 x Killer Wireless-AC 1535
PORTS:1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
1 x HDMI port
1 x USB Type-C port, with USB 3.1 support
1 x USB 3.1 Type-A port (red)
7 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
2 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
2 x RJ-45 ports
1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
5 x audio jacks
2 x MMCX antenna connectors (2T2R)
AUDIO:Creative Sound Core 3D chip
FAN HEADERS:6 x 4-pin
FORM FACTOR:E-ATX Form Factor (305 mm x 264 mm)
  • APP Center
  • 3D OSD
  • @_BIOS
  • Ambient LED
  • AutoGreen
  • Cloud Station
  • EasyTune
  • Easy RAID
  • Fast Boot
  • Smart TimeLock
  • Smart Keyboard
  • Smart Backup
  • System Information Viewer
  • USB Blocker
  • Q-Flash
  • Smart Switch
  • Xpress Install
  • Intel® USB 3.1 with USB Type-C
  • 4-Way graphics support with Exclusive Ultra Durable Metal Shielding
  • Dual PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 connectors (32Gb/s; PCIe NVMe & SATA SSD support)
  • 3 SATA Express connectors for up to 16Gb/s data transfer
  • Integrated HDMI 2.0 support
  • Creative certified Sound Blaster ZxRi 120+dB SNR
  • Killer DoubleShot-X3 Pro
  • LED Trace Path with Multi-Color choice
  • Water Cooling Ready Heatsink Design with G1/4 threaded fittings
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