GIGABYTE's Z170 UEFI is standardized among all of their models. An advanced mode provides all the settings you need to change, and for the most part, the UEFI is quite stable, and there aren't many bugs. It has been a while since Z170 launched, so I expect the UEFI to be stable. GIGABYTE has added features as time goes on to improve user experience, one of them is the "mouse speed" option below.
The UEFI also has all the overclocking settings you need to overclock Skylake. Overclocking is straightforward, and there are more options than you will need, but it's simple enough so you won't be overwhelmed.
Fan control is quite basic compared to competitors in the UEFI, so if you want more than a few PWM settings, then you should look into GIGABYTE's in-Windows "System Information Viewer" program.
While the Z170X-Gaming 6 doesn't have a Creative chip onboard, GIGABYTE did license the Sound Blaster X-Fi3 MB software for extra features. Killer's Network Manager is also included for the Killer NIC.
GIGABYTE provides @BIOS, Ambient LED, USB Block, Home Cloud, APP Center (with auto update), Home Cloud, EasyTune, System Information Viewer, Fast Boot, Smart Backup, and Platform power management.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and Z170X-Gaming 6 Overview]
- Page 3 [GIGABYTE Z170X-Gaming 6 Circuit Analysis]
- Page 4 [GIGABYTE Z170X-Gaming 6 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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