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GIGABYTE Z270X-UD5 Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: Feb 23, 2017 5:16 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Packaging and Overview

 

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GIGABYTE's box design is very similar to that of their previous generation products. Packaging is not as impressive as some of GIGABYTE's higher-end motherboards, but it will get the job done.

 

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The accessory package includes cable stickers, two Velcro cable ties, IO shield, G-Connector, HDMI/DisplayPort dust plugs, two external temperature sensors, four SATA6Gb/s cables, Ultra Durable case badge, manual, and driver DVD.

 

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GIGABYTE offers six 4-pin PWM/DC mode fan headers circled in red. All the fan headers support up to 2A, auto detect between PWM and DC, and can use one of many temperature sensors as a reference. There are two external temperature inputs circled in green. Fan control is provided through the UEFI and Windows, and the UEFI based fan control is good enough that you won't need to use GIGABYTE's Windows software to setup your system.

 

The motherboard's aesthetics are much different than anything GIGABYTE has offered in the past. The heat sinks and shields are all silver, which is an interesting choice. It has grown on me, and I assume it is this way so that you can use whatever color accessories. The back of the motherboard doesn't have any components on it, which is a good thing.

 

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The rear IO panel features PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, DisplayPort, two Intel NICs, USB 3.1 type-C, USB 3.1 type-A, three USB 3.0 ports, and audio outputs with S/PDIF out.

 

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The PCI-E layout is quite simple. The first and second x16 slots share x16 PCI-E 3.0 from the CPU. They operate at x16/x0 or x8/x8. The last x16 slot gets its x4 PCI-E 3.0 from the PCH and shares the bandwidth with two of the x1 PCI-E slots. The x16 slots are reinforced by a single piece metal shield, and each slot uses a metal lock notch that is soldered to the PCB. The motherboard has a single x4 PCI-E 3.0 M.2 slot located right below the CPU socket.

 

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Four SATA6Gb/s ports are located below the U.2 port. The other two SATA6Gb/s ports are SATA DOM ports, and SATA DOM power is included. I believe you can use the SATA DOM ports as normal SATA as well.

 

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There are two USB 3.0 internal headers, and a USB 2.0 type-C header located right below the 24-pin connector. USB ports like the single USB 2.0 port can be used for a variety of things, but some high-end software have keys that are on USB sticks and must always be plugged in to use the software. The motherboard does have overclocking features such as voltage read points, POST Code display, OC button, ECO button, Clear CMOS button, Reset button, and power button.

 

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The motherboard also features a single BIOS mode switch, an integrated speaker, and boot LEDs located near the front panel headers. The motherboard features two COM ports, two USB 2.0 internal headers, and a TPM header.

 

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The heat sinks and shields are all screwed into the motherboard.

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