The Z170X-UD5 TH has a single BIOS mode that contains every setting you might need to overclock the system, configure devices, and monitor system parameters. Overall, the BIOS is quite functional, and layout is intuitive.
Overclocking settings are plenty, everything you might need for overclocking the CPU and memory are present and in full force. Even settings you might not find on most boards, such as IMC timing control, are available for user tweaking.
Fan control is present, but it's a bit basic. You can set a fixed linear curve for the fans, but the reference temperature is pre-determined. Thunderbolt 3 also has its own set of parameters that are available for tweaking, but since I do not have a Thunderbolt 3 device to test with I am not able to determine exactly what the settings do. Overall, the BIOS feels stable, and overclocking was quite simple.
GIGABYTE provides a lot of software under their APP Center application. Home Cloud, Smart TimeLock, Smart Backup, Cloud Station, Ambient LED, @BIOS, USB Blocker, EasyTune, and System Information Viewer are just a few of the programs. System Information Viewer can be used for Windows based fan control, and it offers much more extensive features than the BIOS.
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United States: The GIGABYTE Z170X-UD5 TH (Intel Z170) Motherboard retails for $214 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The GIGABYTE Z170X-UD5 TH (Intel Z170) Motherboard retails for £163 at Amazon UK.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and Z170X-UD5 TH Overview]
- Page 3 [GIGABYTE Z170X-UD5 TH Circuit Analysis]
- Page 4 [GIGABYTE Z170X-UD5 TH Circuit Analysis Continued]
- Page 5 [BIOS and Software]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup]
- Page 7 [Overclocking]
- Page 8 [CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks]
- Page 9 [System IO Benchmarks]
- Page 10 [Thermal Imaging and Power Consumption]
- Page 11 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]
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