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GIGABYTE Z170XP-SLI (Intel Z170) Motherboard Review (Page 5)

By Steven Bassiri | Oct 28, 2015 09:17 am CDT
Rating: 90%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

BIOS

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.

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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.

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Software

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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.

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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.

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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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