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As far as the BIOS goes, all the usual settings are available through Gigabytes easy to use, intuitive interface.  Most users will find themselves in the M.I.T screen for major tweaking/overclocking but Q-Flash is another useful feature, allowing us to update our BIOS from USB drive with ease.

Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 7 Review – Performance

Test systems:
i7-6700K, Z170X-Gaming 7/Z170A GM7, 2x8GB DDR4-2666 (Corsair)
i7-4790K, Z97, 2x8GB DDR3-2666 (Corsair)
i7-5960X, X99, 4x8GB DDR4-2800 (Corsair)
FX-9590, 990FX, 4x8Gb DDR3-2133 (Corsair)

All with:
Windows 10
GTX 980 Ti OC
Corsair H100 Series Cooler
Corsair AX1500i PSU
Samsung 850 Pro SSD (SATA Testing)
Plextor M6e (M.2 Testing)
OCZ Revodrive 350 (PCIe Testing)
And Samsung T1 SSD (USB Testing)

On a Dimastech EasyXL Test Bench with the BenQ BL3201 4k Display

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Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 7 Review – Conclusion

As is always the case with Gigabyte we have a board which has a high level of build quality to build around. In the case of the Gaming 7 it’s Ultra Durable components which include the likes of gold plated CPU socket pins, solid capacitors and enhanced PCIe slots with metal covers which provide strength and protection over time. The audio solution too is high spec, a Creative chip, upgradable op-amp, dedicated audio capacitors, amp and dedicated control panel. Gigabyte also offer voltage read points, dedicated tuning IC (Turbo B-Clock) and high spec Network controllers.

Thought has also been given to the board layout, for example having extra space between the main PCIe and the slot below it. This allows us to install dual slot GPUs (SLI/Crossfire are supported) without losing a slot. Connectors are located in sensible areas, the USB 3.0 connectors on the right edge making wiring easy as one example and Gigabyte add some extra style (and quality) via gold plated connectors and back panel LED lighting.

Connectivity is good, both internal and external. We could pick fault that there are three SATA Express connectors because no-one uses them… but seriously, its nice to have them and not need them than to need and not have. Eight SATA ports will be more than enough for most and two high speed M.2 connectors means we have more than enough storage options overall. Back panel connectivity is ideal, all USB 3.0/3.1 (with backwards compatibility for 2.0) and Dual high spec GB LAN ports.

Combine all of the above with solid overclocking, support for the latest components, good software suite and class leading performance and we have a board which is more than worthy of our gold award. An exceptional Z170 board.

Gold Award

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Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 7
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5

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Stuart Davidson