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GIGABYTE Z170X-Gaming G1 Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Introduction

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As the flagship board in their Intel Z170-based G1 Gaming Series product line, GIGABYTE integrated all the premium features you could ever want into their Z170X-G1 Gaming motherboard. The board features a black PCB with red and white accents spread throughout its surface to make for a very appealing aesthetic. GIGIGABYTE chose to integrate plastic shields covering their rear panel assembly, the VRM heat sinks, the audio components, and the chipset and SATA ports. With the addition of the Intel Z170 chipset, the motherboard supports the latest Intel LGA1151 Skylake processor line as well as Dual Channel DDR4 memory. Offered at at a premium MSRP of $499, the Z170X-Gaming G1 is priced to appeal to the premium user enthusiasts.

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GIGABYTE over-engineered the Z170X-Gaming G1 to take anything you could think of throwing at it with a massive 22-phase digital power delivery system, featuring 4th gen IR digital controllers and 3rd gen IR PowerIRStage ICs as well as Durable Black solid capacitors rated at 10k operational hours. GIGABYTE integrated the following features into the Z170X-G1 Gaming board: four SATA 3 ports; three SATA-Express ports; two M.2 PCIe x4 capable port; dual Qualcomm® Atheros Killer E2400 NICs; a Killer™ Wireless-AC 1535 802.11AC WiFI controller; four PCI-Express x16 slots; three PCI-Express x1 slots; 2-digit diagnostic LED display; on-board power, reset, CMOS clear, ECO, and CPU Overclock buttons; Dual-BIOS and active BIOS switches; audio gain control switch; Sound Blaster Core 3D audio solution; removable audio OP-AMP port; integrated voltage measurement points; Q-Flash Plus BIOS updater; integrated HDMI video port; and USB 2.0, 3.0, and 3.1 Type-A and Type-C port support.

Continue reading our review of the GIGABYTE Z170X-Gaming G1 motherboard!

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For the integrated sound solution, GIGABYTE paired the Z170X-Gaming G1 board with the Creative Sound Core3D™ quad-core audio processor, a Burr-Brown 127dB DAC, high-end Japanese-sourced Nichicon audio capacitors, and a removable OP-AMP for a superior and customizable integrated audio experience.

 

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For the PCIe slot design, GIGABYTE redesigned the PCIe slots on the Z170X-Gaming G1 for strength and durability. The base plastic PCIe slots were reinforced with steel overlays fixed in place with thru-board anchor points for added strength. These steel overlays gives the slots addition retention and side-to-side durability to maintain slot integrity when using the heavier PCIe graphics cards with the board.

Technical Specifications (taken from the GIGABYTE website)

CPU Support for Intel® Core™ i7 processors / Intel® Core™ i5 processors / Intel® Core™ i3 processors / Intel® Pentium® processors / Intel® Celeron® processors in the LGA1151 package
L3 cache varies with CPU

(Please refer "CPU Support List" for more information.)

Chipset Intel® Z170 Express Chipset
Memory 4 x DDR4 DIMM sockets supporting up to 64 GB of system memory
* Due to a Windows 32-bit operating system limitation, when more than 4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed will be less than the size of the physical memory installed. Dual channel memory architecture
Support for DDR4 3666(O.C) / 3600(O.C.) / 3466(O.C.) / 3400(O.C.) / 3333(O.C.) / 3300(O.C.) / 3200(O.C.) / 3000(O.C.) / 2800(O.C.) / 2666(O.C.) / 2400(O.C.) / 2133 MHz memory modules
Support for ECC UDIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8 memory modules (operate in non-ECC mode)
Support for non-ECC UDIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8/1Rx16 memory modules
Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules

(Please refer "Memory Support List" for more information.)/span>

Onboard Graphics Integrated Graphics Processor+MegaChips MCDP2800 chip:
1 x HDMI port
* HDMI feature is currently limited. Visit GIGABYTE website for future updates.
Maximum shared memory of 512 MB
Audio Creative® Sound Core 3D chip
2 x JRC NJM2114 and 1 x TI Burr Brown® OPA2134 operational amplifiers
Support for Sound Blaster Recon3Di
High Definition Audio
2/5.1-channel
Support for S/PDIF Out
LAN 2 x Qualcomm® Atheros Killer E2400 chips (10/100/1000 Mbit)

* Teaming is not supported.

Wireless Communication module Killer™ Wireless-AC 1535
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, supporting 2.4/5 GHz Dual-Band
Bluetooth 4.1
Support for 11ac wireless standard and up to 867 Mbps data rate

* Actual data rate may vary depending on environment and equipment.

Expansion Slots 2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x16 (PCIEX16_1, PCIEX16_2)
* For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16_1 slot; if you are installing two PCI Express graphics cards, it is recommended that you install them in the PCIEX16_1 and PCIEX16_2 slots.
2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x8 (PCIEX8_1, PCIEX8_2)
* The PCIEX8_1 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX16_1 slot and the PCIEX8_2 slot with PCIEX16_2. The PCIEX16_1/PCIEX16_2 slot will operate at up to x8 mode when the PCIEX8_1/PCIEX8_2 is populated.
3 x PCI Express x1 slots

(All of the PCI Express slots conform to PCI Express 3.0 standard.)

Multi-Graphics Technology Support for 4-Way / 3-Way / 2-Way AMD CrossFire™ / NVIDIA® SLI™ technology
Storage Interface Chipset:
2 x M.2 Socket 3 connectors
3 x SATA Express connectors
6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3 0~5)
Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10

* Refer to "1-13 Internal Connectors," for the supported configurations with the M.2, SATA Express, and SATA connectors.
2 x ASMedia® ASM1061 chips:
4 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3 6~7, GSATA3 8~9), supporting AHCI mode only

USB Chipset:
4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports on the back panel
6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB headers)

Chipset+2 Renesas® USB 3.0 Hubs:
7 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (3 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB headers)

Chipset+Intel® USB 3.1 Controller:
1 x USB Type-C™ port on the back panel, with USB 3.1 support
1 x USB 3.1 port on the back panel

Internal I/O Connectors 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
1 x PCIe power connector
1 x I/O shield audio LED power connector
2 x M.2 Socket 3 connectors
3 x SATA Express connectors
10 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
1 x CPU fan header
1 x water cooling fan header (CPU_OPT)
5 x system fan headers
1 x front panel header
1 x front panel audio header
2 x USB 3.0/2.0 headers
2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header
1 x Clear CMOS jumper
1 x power button
1 x reset button
1 x Clear CMOS button
1 x ECO button
1 x OC button
2 x audio gain control switches
2 x BIOS switches
Voltage Measurement Points
Back Panel Connectors 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 port
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 (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Line In/Mic In, Line Out, Headphone)
2 x MMCX antenna connectors (2T2R)
I/O Controller iTE® I/O Controller Chip
H/W Monitoring System voltage detection
CPU/System/Chipset temperature detection
CPU/CPU OPT/System fan speed detection
CPU/System/Chipset overheating warning
CPU/CPU OPT/System fan fail warning
CPU/CPU OPT/System fan speed control

* Whether the fan speed control function is supported will depend on the cooler you install.

BIOS 2 x 128 Mbit flash
Use of licensed AMI UEFI BIOS
Support for DualBIOS™
Support for Q-Flash Plus
PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0
Unique Features Support for APP Center
* Available applications in APP Center may vary by motherboard model. Supported functions of each application may also vary depending on motherboard specifications.
  • 3D OSD
  • @BIOS
  • Ambient LED
  • AutoGreen
  • Cloud Station
  • EasyTune
  • Easy RAID
  • Fast Boot
  • Smart TimeLock
  • Smart Keyboard
  • Smart Backup
  • System Information Viewer
  • USB Blocker

Support for Q-Flash
Support for Smart Switch
Support for Xpress Install

Bundle Software Norton® Internet Security (OEM version)
Intel® Smart Response Technology
Operating System Support for Windows 10 / 8.1 / 7
Form Factor E-ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 26.4cm

 


October 2, 2015 | 09:24 PM - Posted by Tyler (not verified)

These boards that use white + a color are really starting to grow on me, They remind me of all the various Gundamn anime I watched long ago.

October 2, 2015 | 10:06 PM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

I can see that.  No mind control helmet nor lasers though :{

October 2, 2015 | 10:29 PM - Posted by Chaitanya Shukla

There is a typo on first page: specifications should be taken from Gigabyte website and not Asus website.

October 3, 2015 | 02:14 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Nice to see a 500 $ Mainboard with misplaced power connectors. Modern pc cases tend to place the psu beneath the motherboard but mainboard designs still place power connectors in the upper half of the mainboard. Case and fp connectors in the lower half of the mainboard but most modern cases have fp and additional ports in the upper front of the case. Isn´t that a pain in the ass?

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