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Gigabyte Z170 Gaming K3 Review – Performance

Test systems:
i7-6700K, Z170/H170/B150, 2x8GB DDR4-2666 (Corsair)
i7-4790K, Z97, 2x8GB DDR3-2666 (Corsair)

All with:
Windows 10
GTX 980 Ti OC
Corsair H100 Series Cooler
Corsair AX1500i PSU
Samsung 850 Pro SSD (SATA Testing)
And Samsung T1 SSD (USB Testing)

On a Dimastech EasyXL Test Bench

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Gigabyte Z170 Gaming K3 Review – Conclusion

Starting with the build quality of the board we have a model which utilises the tried and trusted Gigabyte Ultra Durable tech and adds to the standard we expect with tweaks such as that reinforced PCIe slot. Design wise the layout is good, headers intelligently placed, some top notch LED work and nice little touches such as the extra space beneath the main PCIe slot allowing us to use dual width cards without covering up a 1x PCIe.

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USB 3.1 support is present, keeping our system up to date, as is M.2 and SATA Express…so all the latest connectivity that we would need. It would have been ideal for the second of the full length PCIe slots to be 8x rather than 4x for those who want to benefit from CrossFire/Multi-GPU though.

As far as performance goes. The K3 sits exactly where we would expect a good quality Z170 board to sit, just above the H170 and B150 while offering the full features of Z170/socket 1151 systems. Overclocking was also decent, our CPU hitting over 4.7GHz without issue.

Summary: A good quality Z170 board with all the key features the average gamer needs.

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About Author

Stuart Davidson

Stuart Davidson is Senior Editor at HardwareHeaven having joined the site in 2002.