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GIGABYTE Z170X-UD3 Ultra Motherboard Review (Page 1)

GIGABYTE Z170X-UD3 Ultra Motherboard Review

GIGABYTE's Z170X-UD3 Ultra motherboard packs in some great features and storage and connectivity options considering its reasonable price tag.

Steven Bassiri | Oct 25, 2016 at 3:49 pm CDT - 1 min, 0 secs time to read this page
Rating: 90%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE


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Intel's Z170 platform has matured, and while it's been just a year since its initial launch, many vendors have released refreshed Z170 motherboards to target parts of the market that might have been overlooked. GIGABYTE's Z170X-UD3 Ultra brings back their iconic blue color theme matched with white. The PCI-E slots and memory DIMMs have been reinforced and a U.2 connector has been added. GIGABYTE has also loaded the Z170X-UD3 Ultra with blue LEDs and the ability to RAID three NVMe-based devices.

The many PCI-E 3.0 lanes from the Z170 PCH make it possible for RAID of x4 PCI-E 3.0 devices, something that is very niche but interesting nonetheless. The motherboard carries many of the features we have come to expect from Z170 motherboards and a few extra ones from GIGABYTE. However, this motherboard isn't meant to be the flagship GIGABYTE Z170 motherboard, but instead a lower cost product.


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The Z170X-UD3 Ultra supports 2-way SLI and CrossFireX, x4 PCI-E 3.0 U.2, x4 PCI-E M.2, two SATA Express connectors, Thunderbolt 3.0 support with 100W power delivery, and even an Intel NIC.


The Z170X-UD3 Ultra is available from many large retailers for $169.99.

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