I have decided to reduce the CPU VCore to 1.4v applied (I will measure real VCore at the output capacitors), and see how high I can validate. On most boards it's 5.0. I have also decided to add real voltage levels compared to what is set for all motherboards, if they don't have voltage read points I will mark where I read the voltage.
The Z170N-WIFI is doing 4.9GHz for a validation, which isn't too bad considering it only has a three-phase VRM, and the board isn't made for overclocking.
On the Z170N-WIFI, I was able to run 4.6GHz with XMP and 4.2GHz cache. I am limited by the VRM and the 4-pin power connector, but GIGABYTE clearly states this isn't an overclocking motherboard, but they do give you room to play around a little bit. If you want to overclock higher, the Z170N-Gaming 5 should do that job a bit better since it has an 8-pin power connector (same VRM) but heat sinks on the MOSFETs.
I have measured VCore LLC on the board at 1.3v and 1.4v; the board is very good with voltage regulation.
Test 1: 4x4GB (16GB) Corsair Dominator Platinum 3200MHz C16
The Corsair Dominator Platinum is kit meant for X99, but it worked fine on this Z170 motherboard, granted only two DIMMs were used.
PRICING: You can find the GIGABYTE Z170N-WIFI (Intel Z170) Mini-ITX 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 Z170N-WIFI (Intel Z170) Mini-ITX Motherboard retails for $145 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The GIGABYTE Z170N-WIFI (Intel Z170) Mini-ITX Motherboard retails for £105 at Amazon UK.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and Z170N-WIFI Overview]
- Page 3 [GIGABYTE Z170N-WIFICircuit Analysis]
- Page 4 [GIGABYTE Z170N-WIFICircuit 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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