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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

Steven's Motherboard Test System Specifications

 

 

 

This is the new test bench, and it is designed to test every aspect of the motherboard and IO. I have designed it so that the motherboard sits in a case and is cooled by fans always on at a constant rate to keep the conditions similar for all tests. I have cut out part of the case behind the motherboard so I can get thermal images of the back of the PCB where the VRM heat spreads. System and CPU power measurements are now digitally logged.

 

I am also using a Netgear Nighthawk X4 AC2350 for our network (including wireless AC) tests. The latest M.2, SSD, and USB technologies are also being utilized to test the maximum potential of the motherboards that are being tested.

 

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I tried both red and orange cable combs, and I would say that most orange and some red accessories will match the color theme of the Z170X-SOC Force. The motherboard looks quite amazing in person, and below you can see the theatrics from the orange LEDs in both the IO panel and audio PCB area.

 

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There are 32 orange LEDs in the audio area that illuminate the audio PCB divide, SOC Force label, and back of the motherboard. There are more LEDs built into a special IO shield that illuminate it evenly.

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