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GIGABYTE Z170X-SOC Force (Intel Z170) Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: Oct 26, 2015 2:23 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

BIOS

 

It seems that GIGABYTE has done away with multiple BIOS modes and has stuck to the advanced mode that has everything you need for overclocking and configuring system settings. All the OC features you might need are provided, and you can type in values. Fan control is also provided, and you have a few preset options to choose from as well as a manual mode.

 

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The manual mode is useful if you want to set the PWM slope manually, but you are locked into fixed slopes instead of variable ones with critical temperature points that some other brands provide. If you want those variable points and more fan control options, GIGABYTE's SIV (System Information Viewer) provides that functionality.

 

GIGABYTE's UEFI provides everything you might want including the FLCK clock that many people have been chatting about lately. There is also an endless list of PWM tuning and IMC control parameters available.

 

 

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Software

 

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GIGABYTE provides a lot of software accessible through their APP Center. This includes EasyTune, System Information Viewer, @BIOS, Ambient LED, Home Cloud, Smart Backup, USB Blocker, Smart Timelock, Smart Backup, and HW OC, which I will cover below.

 

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You can see SIV's fan tuning options above as well as the custom CPU-Z skin and GIGABYTE TweakLauncher, which provides quick and easy in-Windows OC tuning.

 

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GIGABYTE's new HW-OC program allows for on-the-fly system monitoring and control through a tethered Andriod or iOS device. You need to read the instructions in the manual to properly setup the connection between the phone and motherboard.

 

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You need to plug into the white USB port and press the SOC Link button on the back of the motherboard in the proper order to make a connection, but once it is made you can make on-the-fly OC adjustments. I tested it out, and it works quite well.

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