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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
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TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

System IO Benchmarks

 

CrystalDiskMark SATA6G:

 

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CrystalDiskMark M.2:

 

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CrystalDiskMark USB 3.0:

 

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ixChariot Network Throughput:

 

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The Z170X-GAMING 7 has good all-around IO performance, and there isn't much difference between the two NICs regarding pure bandwidth.

 

Audio RMAA 5.5:

 

I disable all audio features, set the correct bitrates, and then test the audio with a loopback test.

 

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Sound Judgment by Ear: Creative has their own testing guide for RMAA, and it seems to perfect the results every time. I think it's Creative's way of giving RMAA the finger, since testing any other way results in quite odd results, but nevertheless, I ran the test the way Creative guide dictates. The implementation is quite nice, and the Creative chip produces high-quality audio, and GIGABYTE' AMP-UP feature is nifty as well. I liked the audio output, and I would rate it as excellent. There are five ratings for audio: 1. Problems, 2. Okay, 3. Acceptable, 4. Very good, 5. Excellent

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