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GIGABYTE Z270X-Gaming 5 Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Introduction

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With the release of Intel Z270 chipset, GIGABYTE is unveiling its AORUS line of products. The AORUS branding will be used to differentiate enthusiast and gamer friendly products from their other product lines, similar to how ASUS uses the ROG branding to differentiate their high performance product line. The Z270X-Gaming 5 is among the first to be released as part of GIGABYTE's AORUS line. The board features the black and white branding common to the AORUS product line, with the rear panel cover and chipset featuring the brand logos. The board is designed around the Intel Z270 chipset with in-built support for the latest Intel LGA1151 Kaby Lake processor line (as well as support for Skylake processors) and Dual Channel DDR4 memory running at a 2400MHz speed. The Z270X-Gaming 5 can be found in retail with an MSRP of $189.99.

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GIGABYTE integrated the following features into the Z270X-Gaming 5 motherboard: three SATA-Express ports; one U.2 32Gbps port; two M.2 PCIe x4 capable ports with Intel Optane support built-in; two RJ-45 GigE ports - an Intel I219-V Gigabit NIC and a Rivet Networks Killer E2500 NIC; three PCI-Express x16 slots; three PCI-Express x1 slots; ASMedia 8-Channel audio subsystem; integrated DisplayPort and HDMI video ports; and USB 2.0, 3.0, and 3.1 Type-A and Type-C port support.

Continue reading our preview of the GIGABYTE Z270X-Gaming 5 motherboard!

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With the Z270X-Gaming 5, GIGABYTE included a variety of fan headers and temperature sensors normally only seen on the higher-end motherboards. They integrated temperature sensors into the CPU socket, VRMs, and chipset. Additionally, there are monitored fan headers spread throughout the board's surface, all supporting high current devices (fans or water pumps).

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GIGABYTE supercharged the USB 3.1 ports integrated into the Z270X-Gaming 5, using an ASMedia 2142 controller chip. This controller chipset offers up to 16Gb/s bandwidth (PCIe 3 x2) per port instead of the 10Gb/s bandwidth (PCIe 2 x2) normally available via USB 3.1 Gen 2 connections.

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Technical Specifications (taken from the GIGABYTE website)

CPU Support for 7th and 6th generation 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® Z270 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 4000(O.C.) / 3866(O.C.) / 3800(O.C.) / 3733(O.C.) / 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.)

Onboard Graphics Integrated Graphics Processor-Intel® HD Graphics support:
1 x DisplayPort, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096x2304@60 Hz
* Support for DisplayPort 1.2 version.

1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096x2160@24 Hz
* Support for HDMI 1.4 version.

Maximum shared memory of 1 GB

Audio Realtek® ALC1220 codec
Support for Sound Blaster X-Fi MB5
TI NE5532 operational amplifier
High Definition Audio
2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
Support for S/PDIF Out
LAN 1 x Intel® GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)(LAN1)
1 x Killer™ E2500 LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit) (LAN2)
* Teaming is not supported.
Expansion Slots 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16)
* For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16 slot.

1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8)
* The PCIEX8 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX16 slot. When the PCIEX8 slot is populated, the PCIEX16 slot operates at up to x8 mode.

1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4)
* The PCIEX4 slot shares bandwidth with the M2P_32G connector. The PCIEX4 slot operates at up to x2 mode when an SSD is installed in the M2P_32G connector.

3 x PCI Express x1 slots
* The PCIEX1_3 slot shares bandwidth with the SATA3 1 connector. The SATA3 1 connector becomes unavailable when the PCIEX1_3 is populated.
(All of the PCI Express slots conform to PCI Express 3.0 standard.)

Multi-Graphics Technology Support for NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI™ and 2-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ technologies
Support for AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ and 3-Way/2-Way AMD CrossFire™ technologies
Storage Interface Chipset:
1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 SATA and PCIe x4/x2 SSD support) (M2M_32G)
1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280 SATA and PCIe x4/x2 SSD support) (M2P_32G)
1 x U.2 connector
3 x SATA Express connectors
6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10

* Refer to "1-10 Internal Connectors," for the installation notices for the PCIEX4, M.2, and SATA connectors.

USB Chipset+ASMedia® ASM2142 USB 3.1 Gen 2 Controller:
1 x USB Type-C™ port on the back panel, with USB 3.1 Gen 2 support
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A port (red) on the back panel

Chipset:
8 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (4 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB headers)
6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB headers)

Internal I/O Connectors 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
1 x U.2 connector
2 x M.2 Socket 3 connectors
3 x SATA Express connectors
6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
1 x CPU fan header
1 x water cooling CPU fan header
2 x system fan headers
1 x system fan/water cooling pump header
1 x front panel header
1 x front panel audio header
1 x S/PDIF Out header
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 headers
2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header
1 x RGB (RGBW) LED strip extension cable header
1 x Thunderbolt™ add-in card connector
1 x Clear CMOS jumper??
1 x ECO button
1 x OC button
1 x audio gain control switch
Back Panel Connectors 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
1 x DisplayPort
1 x HDMI port
1 x USB Type-C™ port, with USB 3.1 Gen 2 support
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A port (red)
4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 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, Line Out, Mic In)
I/O Controller iTE® I/O Controller Chip
H/W Monitoring Voltage detection
Temperature detection
Fan speed detection
Overheating warning
Fan fail warning
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™
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
  • AutoGreen
  • BIOS Setup
  • Color Temperature
  • Cloud Station
  • EasyTune
  • Easy RAID
  • Fast Boot
  • Game Boost
  • ON/OFF Charge
  • Platform Power Management
  • RGB Fusion
  • Smart Backup
  • Smart Keyboard
  • Smart TimeLock
  • System Information Viewer
  • USB Blocker
  • USB DAC-UP 2
  • V-Tuner

Support for 3TB+ Unlock
Support for Q-Flash
Support for Xpress Install

Bundle Software Norton® Internet Security (OEM version)
Intel® Smart Response Technology
cFosSpeed
Operating System Support for Windows 10 / 8.1 64-bit
Support for Windows 7 32-bit / 64-bit

* Operating systems supported may vary depending on your processor model.
* Please download the "Windows USB Installation Tool" from GIGABYTE's website and install it before installing Windows 7

Form Factor ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm
Box Contents GA-Z270X-Gaming 5 motherboard
Four SATA cables
Motherboard driver disk
I/O Shield
User's Manual
One G Connector
Quick Installation Guide
One RGB (RGBW) LED strip extension cable

February 23, 2017 | 10:14 AM - Posted by khanmein

Mr. Morry Teitelman what's wrong with the CMOS battery placement? the major issue u didn't mention is related to the auto vcore? the new bios really fixed the problem? thanks.

February 23, 2017 | 10:21 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

It'd be cool if a long term motherboard review was done to test the reliability of various mobos.

February 23, 2017 | 11:35 AM - Posted by CNote

Cool it has the 2 M.2 slots

February 23, 2017 | 12:42 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

what's the point of reviewing this,ryzen is here. lol.

February 24, 2017 | 11:58 AM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

You're funny.

Don't worry, the Ryzen board reviews will be here soon enough...

February 28, 2017 | 09:38 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Silver award with only 1 weakness? Oh come on!

This is supposed to be a review not a marketing puff piece.

Tell us what the downsides of this motherboard are!

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