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GIGABYTE Z170X-GAMING 7 (Intel Z170) Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: Jan 8, 2016 8:39 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

BIOS

 

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The Z170X-GAMING 7's BIOS is quite mature. There is a single BIOS operation mode that simplifies operation and reduces confusion of which mode to use. Overclocking is straight forward, and the auto rules make overclocking pretty straightforward concerning Turbo Mode and Power Settings. There are also built-in OC profiles if you are into that. A new setting I found in the latest BIOS release is a mouse sensitivity level, and it made a huge difference to the speed of the mouse and its usefulness.

 

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Apart from the basic and advanced memory overclocking settings found on most boards, GIGABYTE has included a memory enhancement setting. The "Relax OC" option makes a pretty big difference by allowing for huge margins by totally loosening up timings, so you can see how far your DDR4 frequency margins can go. For the LEDs on the board and the IO panel, GIGABYTE has included an LED Hue feature allowing you to select a color.

 

 

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Software

 

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GIGABYTE provides many software titles including @BIOS, Ambient LED, USB Block, Home Cloud, APP Center (with auto update), Home Cloud, EasyTune, System Information Viewer, Fast Boot, Smart Backup, and Platform power management. There are some more, such as firmware update programs for the Thunderbolt 3 and HDMI 2.0 controllers, and some server/client Home Cloud applications.

 

Apart from GIGABYTE's own software is Killer's Network Manager, which can be installed if the user wants, separate from the driver installation. Creative's Sound Blaster Pro Studio is also included for the Core3Di audio processor.

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