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Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming G1 Review


Published by Marc Büchel on 17.09.15 (23870 reads)
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Conclusion

General   + -
The GA-Z170X-Gaming G1 from Gigabyte leaves an excellent impression, but considering its price of a staggering 500+ Euro, that was to be expected. We like the individual design of this board, which is completely new. Apart from that this is the only Z170-based motherboard with PLX Chip. There are two M.2 slots and you can even integrate this board into a custom watercooling loop. Furthermore we like the high-end onboard audio, which is based on a Creative Core 3D chips as well as a Burr-Brown DAC and high-end capacitors. What's at least equally impressive like the audio solution is the 22 phase power design, which is simply overkill. So far there is no other manufacturer offering a Z170 motherboard with this many features and this high quality. But apparently and like we already mentioned, this comes at an exceptionally high price.   - Design
- Layout
- Features
- Price
       
Layout   + -
The layout of the Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming G1 is very well thought. The onboard power and reset buttons as well as the debug LED are once more practical additionas an so are the overclocking buttons as well as the voltage read-out points. There is a total of four reinforced, full-sized PCI Express slots, which are wired using x16, x8, x16 and x8 lanes. This is possible thanks to the PLX PEX 8747 Chip, which offers 48 PCI Epxress Gen 3 lanes. We also like the fact that there are two M.2 slots, which can be found in between PCI Express slots. In general there is aboslutely nothing to complain about regarding the layout of this motherboard. But a such a high price that is something that can be expected.   - Angled SATA connectors
- Space around the CPU socket - Placement of PCIe slots - Number of different storage connectors
- 2 x M.2 x4 Gen 3
- PLX PEX 8747
- 4 x Full-Size PCIe Slot
 
       
Performance   + -
Calculating the average of all 3D as well as all 2D benchmarks we find this board on the fifth spot in both cases. On another note, we had a look at power consumption and since this board comes with an armada for features, energy efficiency below average and the G1 Gaming from Gigabyte ranks 6th so far.   - Super Pi - Power consumption
       
Overclocking / BIOS   + -
The GA-Z170X-Gaming G1 comes with a massive 22 phase digital power design which with the right BIOS settings can push a 6th generation Intel Core CPU to its absolute maximum. Apart from that you get a feature rich BIOS. In our opinion the entry screen is excellently structured and designed, that unexperienced users easily find their way. Apart from that there is the classic mode, which allows experienced overclockers to for example quickly push their CPU to 5 GHz stably.   - Sheer amount of options
- Design
 
       
Recommendation   + -
The Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming G1 is without a doubt the most feature-packed Z170 motherboard available these days. If the price is of no concern to you - which is rather unlikely given the fact, that this board costs 520 Euro - then you get an insanely well equipped motherboard and you simply couldn't ask for more. Nevertheless we're hoping that future BIOS revisions will add a little more performance every here and there.   - Price - Gaming
- Enthusiast
- Overclocking
 
       
Rating
We give the Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming G1 very good 4.5 out of 5 stars.





Page 1 - Introduction Page 14 - SiSoft Sandra 2
Page 2 - Specs and Delivery Page 15 - UC Bench
Page 3 - Features Page 16 - Super Pi 1M / 32M
Page 4 - Layout Page 17 - wPrime 1024M Multi Core
Page 5 - Connectors and I/O Page 18 - Cinebench
Page 6 - BIOS Page 19 - Tomb Raider
Page 7 - Test setup Page 20 - Metro Last Light
Page 8 - Preview / Gallery Page 21 - Sleeping Dogs
Page 9 - 3D Mark Page 22 - Power Consumption
Page 10 - 3D Mark 11 Page 23 - Performance Rating
Page 11 - 3D Mark Vantage  Page 24 - Price Comparison
Page 12 - PC Mark 8 Page 25 - Conclusion
Page 13 - SiSoft Sandra 1  




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