The Z170XP-SLI has a single BIOS mode, known as the Advanced Mode, and it's what I like to use when I have multiple options in GIGABYTE's UEFIs. It offers every option you need for overclocking and system control, and surprisingly the Z170XP-SLI isn't missing anything. It carries all the same OC setting as boards such as the Z170X-UD5, which is a bit surprising. The board also provides control over all five fan headers, and you have the same control options as other GIGABYTE motherboards.
You can set a manual static PWM slope, or you can go to Windows and set the fans up with more precision and with variable trigger points. The BIOS also allows for the ability to control the LEDs located in the audio divide. There is also LLC provided on this motherboard that is a nice touch, and which I will cover in the overclocking section. Overall the BIOS was quite solid, and I didn't run into any issues.
GIGABYTE provides software that is accessible through the APP Center. This includes; EasyTune, System Information Viewer, @BIOS, Ambient LED, Home Cloud, Smart Backup, USB Blocker, Smart Timelock, and Smart Backup.
I was able to get GIGABYTE's TweakLauncher to work on this motherboard, but the board isn't meant for extreme overclocking. GIGABYTE also has two custom CPU-Z skins in case you want to use one.
PRICING: You can find the GIGABYTE Z170XP-SLI (Intel Z170) Motherboard for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The GIGABYTE Z170XP-SLI (Intel Z170) Motherboard retails for $136 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The GIGABYTE Z170XP-SLI (Intel Z170) Motherboard retails for £111 at Amazon UK.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and Z170XP-SLI Overview]
- Page 3 [GIGABYTE Z170XP-SLI Circuit Analysis]
- Page 4 [GIGABYTE Z170XP-SLI 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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