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.
The Z170X-GAMING 7 overclocks where I expected it to; I was able to use GIGABYTE's GTL to change clock speeds on-the-fly.
On the Z170X-GAMING 7, I was able to run 4.8GHz with XMP and 4.2GHz cache.
The Z170X-Gaming 7 has onboard voltage read points for checking the real voltage level of different rails. BIOS F6 and previous BIOSes provide good LLC even with just two levels. However, BIOS F7A is a special BIOS which allows BLCK overclocking of non-K SKU CPUs, and it introduced adaptive mode by default and reacts much differently to AVX, so just keep an eye out.
Compatible Memory Overclocking Kits
Test 1: 4x8GB (32GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX 2666MHz C16
The board was able to boot up on four of these sticks at XMP.
Test 2: 4x4GB (16GB) Corsair Dominator Platinum 3200Mhz C16
This kit worked just fine with this board and XMP.
Test 3: 2x4GB (8GB) G.Skill Trident Z 3733MHz C17
This kit worked with XMP as well, which is great. This board does cost over $200, so I do expect higher speed DDR4 kits to work with XMP at this level of cost.
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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]
- Page 3 [GIGABYTE Z170X-GAMING 7 Circuit Analysis]
- Page 4 [GIGABYTE Z170X-GAMING 7 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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