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GIGABYTE Z270X-Designare Motherboard Review (Page 11)

By: Steven Bassiri from Jun 27, 2017 @ 11:10 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Here are key points about the GIGABYTE Z270X-Designare.

What's Hot

Unique Asthetics: The Designare line is built to be used in modded rigs and unique builds, and the Z270X-Designare delivers. The white PCB matched with the RGB LEDs is a light show waiting to impress anyone and possibly anyone who enjoys their electronics lighting up in new and exciting ways. You also get an RGBW/RGB LED header.

USB Variety: Sure you get USB 3.1 type-A and type-C on the rear along with USB 3.0, but the Designare also offers a bit more. Two of your rear USB 3.0 ports, the two yellow ones, offer GIGABYTE's DAC-UP 2 technology, which allows you to increase voltage or disable power it for data-only mode. The Z270X-Designare also offers a built-in USB 3.1 internal header for type-C devices, along with your typical USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 header.

Simple: There is only one M.2 slot, one U.2 port, and zero switches for moving around PCH bandwidth. That means you won't lose U.2 or your last x4 PCI-E 3.0 slot if you are using M.2, and vice versa. The simple links between the PCH and ports should also result in better performance, as the switches add a bit of latency.

Intel NIC: Surprisingly enough GIGABYTE didn't put a Killer NIC on this gamer/modder centric motherboard, it's nice to find the premium Intel NIC included.

What's Not

Mainly for the Looks: The Z270X-Designare is a solid motherboard, don't get me wrong, but trade-offs have been made on the motherboard, so it trades overclocking features for better aesthetic appeal. If you want a motherboard with more overclocking features rather than RGB LEDs and looks, then there are other options from GIGABYTE.

Final Thoughts

The GIGABYTE Z270X-Designare is a unique and stunning motherboard, with a brilliant white/silver PCB and RGB LEDs in every nook and cranny, to satisfy you need to breed visually stunning hardware effects. The RGBW header is a nice touch as well. When it comes to features, the Z270X-Designare focuses on USB 3.1 for the rear ports and internal type-C header, along with USB 3.0 DAC-UP ports on the back of the motherboard, and M.2/U.2/PCI-E x4 slot for RAID of NVMe storage devices.

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The motherboard is not without its caveats, after all, you don't get everything for $175. You only get a single M.2 slot, and the rear IO could feature some more ports instead of the large DVI connector. If you are an overclocker and want high overclocks, the motherboard is actually capable, but you will need active VRM cooling.

Overall, the Z270X-Designare has a very specific market, that market knows who they are, and the Designare is there to satisfy their needs so that they can show off the beautiful hardware in their builds.

Performance93%
Quality89%
Features92%
Value90%
Overall TweakTown Rating91%

The Bottom Line: GIGABYTE's Z270X-Designare is designed and marketed to those who need a uniquely beautiful motherboard to show off the beastly hardware inside their builds.

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