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GIGABYTE Z170X-Gaming G1 (Intel Z170) Motherboard Review (Page 6)

By Steven Bassiri on Aug 13, 2015 10:21 am CDT - 1 min, 42 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 95%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Test Setup

A big thanks to Corsair for sponsoring the case, fans, SSD, USB drive, and PSU! A big thanks to Seek for sponsoring the Thermal Camera. You can find my review of the camera here.

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This is the new test bench, and it is designed to test every aspect of the motherboard and IO. I have designed it so that the motherboard sits in a case and is cooled by fans always on at a constant rate to keep the conditions similar for all tests. I have cut out part of the case behind the motherboard so I can get thermal images of the back of the PCB where the VRM heat spreads. System and CPU power measurements are now digitally logged.

I am also using a Netgear Nighthawk X4 AC2350 for our network (including wireless AC) tests. The latest M.2, SSD, and USB technologies are also being utilized to test the maximum potential of the motherboards that are being tested.

RGB LEDs

There are more colors available than just red, green, and blue, but I chose these three as these are the most popular colors. The LEDs look much better in person as it is very hard to capture good LED pictures. The back panel also looks really great with green, as the labeling comes up as orange and it's a color contrast I can't really show in pictures. If you use green, it matches the GeForce GTX lighting on high-end NVIDIA GPUs really well.

Red:

GIGABYTE Z170X-Gaming G1 (Intel Z170) Motherboard Review 87 | TweakTown.comGIGABYTE Z170X-Gaming G1 (Intel Z170) Motherboard Review 88 | TweakTown.com

Green:

GIGABYTE Z170X-Gaming G1 (Intel Z170) Motherboard Review 89 | TweakTown.comGIGABYTE Z170X-Gaming G1 (Intel Z170) Motherboard Review 90 | TweakTown.com

Blue:

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Steven Bassiri

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Steven Bassiri

Steven went from a fledgling forum reader in 2003 to one of the internet's brightest stars by 2010. Armed with an information systems degree, a deep understanding of circuitry, and a passion for tech, Steven (handle Sin0822) enjoys sharing his deep knowledge with others. Steven details products down to the component level to highlight seldom explained, and often misunderstood architectures. Steven is also a highly decorated overclocker with several world records under his belt. He brings that knowledge and experience to TweakTown.

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