Gigabyte's talented entry level LGA 1151, the Z170X-UD5

Subject: Motherboards | January 28, 2016 - 03:41 PM |
Tagged: gigabyte, Z170X-UD5, LGA 1151

What is special about the Z170X-UD5 that would make you pick it over other boards?  A $190 price tag is impressive for a Z170, the design is very clean and would look great in a windowed case, USB 3.1 including a Type-C connection, a pair of M.2 slots along with eight SATA and three SEx ports and it even supports three way GPU setups.  Not a bad list of features, though it is missing the Thunderbolt support of its more expensive sibling.  [H]ard|OCP found it easy to overclock using either EZ-Tune or doing it manually and the watchdog system was great when things did not work out so well.  Check out the full review to learn more about this board that matches up affordability with a nice list of features.

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"GIGABYTE’s mid-range Z170X-UD5 has some impressive specifications, a lengthy feature set, and comes in with a sub-$200 street price. This motherboard has all the ingredients for a spectacular enthusiast option on paper. But how does it do in the real world when you put it to the test? It actually does very well."

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January 28, 2016 | 05:06 PM - Posted by axium (not verified)

I only had to read up to the port configuration on this board to figure out that this article was written by Jeremy. SEx ports, lol.

January 28, 2016 | 06:12 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Man, if a $190 Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 is entry level, what's a $105 Z170-HD3, never mind the cheaper mATX B and H series stuff? Poverty level?

January 28, 2016 | 06:29 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

Economy level Z170 ... the B and H ones classed as a different board family?  Struggling to find way to be polite when I am describing the $300 ones. 

January 28, 2016 | 06:48 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I'm just messin' with you.

Though to be serious, I always thought of their UD3 as the base/mainstream model. Wonder what sales look like across the range.

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