It's no secret that motherboard makers are zoomed in on gamers as their primary target audience for the Intel Z170 chipset. The push by board makers is part of Intel's push towards gamers with their Skylake CPU since PC gaming is expanding and more gamers are building systems with the latest in computer hardware. To meet this rise of 'The Gamer', manufacturers have started to make gaming focused motherboards, but what does that even mean?
A motherboard is a circuit board designed to support the functionality of other components. It isn't a performance producer, but rather a facilitator. Meaning the motherboard is responsible for unhindered performance and support of other components. A gaming motherboard should be designed to support gaming functionality. Including better support for GPUs, higher quality audio, higher quality networking, overclocking support, and even aesthetics that gamers might appreciate.
It's no secret that gamers also like fancy things, they customize characters in almost every game from WoW to GTA: V, so why wouldn't they want to customize their motherboard? The GIGABYTE Z170X-Gaming 7 takes aim at the high-end gamer, let's see what GIGABYTE has done for 'The Gamer.'
The GIGABYTE Z170X-GAMING 7 has some premium features such as ThunderBolt 3.0 through a Type-C connector that also works as USB 3.1. There is also a USB 3.1 Type-A port, multiple USB 3.0 ports, many SATA6Gb/s ports, two M.2 32Gb/s slots, Core3Di audio, and dual 1Gbit NICs (one Killer/one Intel).
The Z170X-GAMING 7 is available from many large retailers for roughly $225 which put's it at the mid to high-end of Z170 motherboards.
PRICING: You can find the GIGABYTE Z170X-GAMING 7 (Intel Z170) Motherboard for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The GIGABYTE Z170X-GAMING 7 (Intel Z170) Motherboard retails for $225 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The GIGABYTE Z170X-GAMING 7 (Intel Z170) Motherboard retails for Â£172 at Amazon UK.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and Z170X-GAMING 7 Overview]
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- 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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