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GIGABYTE Z270X-GAMING SOC Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: May 12, 2017 4:35 am
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Here are key points about the GIGABYTE Z270X-GAMING SOC.

 

What's Hot

 

Overclocking Trinkets and Features: Onboard overclocking features include buttons to change the ratio and even engage a Turbo profile. Of course, you still get the basic power, clear CMOS, and reset buttons, but on the rear IO, you also get OC Ignition. OC Ignition provides the system with power without engaging system IO so that you can turn the motherboard's ports and lights on without a CPU installed, in case you want to test out your water cooling loop or keep fans going when doing LN2 overclocking. The motherboard also carries GIGABYTE's dual BIOS disable and selector switches. The OC Touch Panel connector expands the overclocking features of the motherboard, and I will cover that below.

 

 

True 8-Phase Digitally Controlled VRM: The International Rectifier IR35201 8+0 phase PWM is used to control eight IR3553 40A integrated power stages for a true 8-phase VRM, something you can't find that often. GIGABYTE went one step above and added in another IR35201 for four iGPU phases, and an IR3570 for the VCCSA and VCCIO, as well as another IR3570 for the main and VPP memory rails.

 

Unique Orange and Black Aesthetics with RGB LED Support: While the default color of the RGB LEDs on the motherboard match its orange aesthetic, you can change the color to whatever you like. The motherboard even has an RGBW LED header that supports RGB, RGBW, and UV LED strips. Some of the DIMMs and the PCI-E slots are orange, while the rest of the motherboard is black, resulting in head-turning aesthetics.

 

OC Touch Panel: GIGABYTE's OC Touch Panel allows overclockers to control the CPU's multiplier, BCLK, mode, and iGPU without having to touch the motherboard. It also offers GIGABYTE's Clear Battery button, which clears the CMOS as if you removed the battery. Six extra full speed fans headers are present for extreme overclocking, where you want your fans to run full speed. You also get a large variety of voltage read points.

 

What's Not

 

OC Touch Panel Not Included: A lot of overclockers like buttons and switches that can control their hardware, and the OC Touch Panel provides just that, but it doesn't come bundled with the motherboard.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

The GIGABYTE Z270X-GAMING SOC is on the premium side of Z270 motherboards, and while it's an overclocking centric product, it still maintains consumer features. Features such as USB 3.1, U.2, M.2, and upgraded audio are of little use to extreme overclockers, but they are a requirement for most consumers who might want to try subzero overclocking down the line.

 

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GIGABYTE's Z270X-GAMING SOC is priced at the $250 price point, and while it does offer very high-quality VRMs and some unique OC features, it is not the most affordable motherboard on the market. The Z270X-Gaming SOC is a solid motherboard that would be excellent for anyone looking for high-quality components, unique aesthetics, or overclocking features.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance93%
Quality94%
Features94%
Value88%
Overall TweakTown Rating92%

The Bottom Line: While the Z270X-Gaming SOC offers a wide variety of overclocking features and solid VRM quality, it can also be used in a heavily overclocked daily driver.

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