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GIGABYTE Z170N-WIFI (Intel Z170) Mini-ITX Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: Dec 24, 2015 7:05 pm
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Overclocking Results

 

CPU Overclocking

 

I have decided to reduce the CPU VCore to 1.4v applied (I will measure real VCore at the output capacitors), and see how high I can validate. On most boards it's 5.0. I have also decided to add real voltage levels compared to what is set for all motherboards, if they don't have voltage read points I will mark where I read the voltage.

 

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The Z170N-WIFI is doing 4.9GHz for a validation, which isn't too bad considering it only has a three-phase VRM, and the board isn't made for overclocking.

 

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On the Z170N-WIFI, I was able to run 4.6GHz with XMP and 4.2GHz cache. I am limited by the VRM and the 4-pin power connector, but GIGABYTE clearly states this isn't an overclocking motherboard, but they do give you room to play around a little bit. If you want to overclock higher, the Z170N-Gaming 5 should do that job a bit better since it has an 8-pin power connector (same VRM) but heat sinks on the MOSFETs.

 

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I have measured VCore LLC on the board at 1.3v and 1.4v; the board is very good with voltage regulation.

 

Memory Overclocking

 

Test 1: 4x4GB (16GB) Corsair Dominator Platinum 3200MHz C16

 

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The Corsair Dominator Platinum is kit meant for X99, but it worked fine on this Z170 motherboard, granted only two DIMMs were used.

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