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PRODUCT REVIEW

GIGABYTE™ GA-Z170MX-Gaming 5

By: Staff Writer

10/14/2016
 

GIGABYTE™ GA-Z170MX-Gaming 5

GIGABYTE™ GA-Z170MX-Gaming 5

Expansion Slots 1x PCI Express x16 slot using PCIEX16, 1x PCI Express x16 using PCIEX8, 1x PCI Express x16 using PCIEX4, 1x PCI Express x1 slot

*All using PCI Express 3.0 standard

PCI slots for motherboard. More sockets mean better expandability.
Processor Support: Intel® Core™ i7 Motherboard supports processor up to Core™ i7 6th Gen.
Form Factor: Micro ATX (244 x 244mm) Motherboard size. Smaller form factor means smaller footprint, which provides additional space for other peripherals.
Memory Slots 4x DDR4 DIMM Sockets (with maximum 64GB RAM) RAM slots. More Random Access Memory means more data load that can be kept at a time.
USB Ports 2 x USB 3.1 (one standard and one Type-C), 6 x USB 2.0, 7 x USB 3.0 Universal Serial Bus ports. Greater numbers and better diversity of USB ports mean more connections to external hardware, such as webcams, printers, or even external HDDs.

Storage Interface 1 x M.2 Socket 3 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280 SATA & PCIe x4/x2/x1 SSD support)

3X SATA Express connectors, 6X SATA 6Gb/s connectors

Data storage ports, be it for an optical drive, a hard disk drive, or a solid-state drive.
Video Output 1x D-Sub Port (up to 1920 x 1200@60MHz), 1x DVI-D Port (up to 1920 x 1200@60MHz), 1 x HDMI Port Up to 1.4 Version (up to 4096 x 2160@24Hz)

*Maximum of 3 displays can be used simultaneously.
Display output connections. More connectors allow for more visual displays, whether in the form of LED TVs, monitors, or projectors.
Why use the GIGABYTE™ GA-Z170MX-Gaming 5?

The GIGABYTE™ GA- Z170MX-Gaming 5 motherboard is exceptional in that it is equipped with an exclusive Intel® USB 3.1 Controller, which utilizes 2 PCIe Gen3 lanes, thus making it capable to transfer data with up to 16GB/s. More so, the USB Type-C Connector, which is the world’s next universal connector, makes it highly convenient to connect to a wide range of new generation devices.

Integrated with the ALC1150 Multi-Channel High Definition Audio Codec, Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3 software, and Japan-made Nichicon professional audio capacitors, the GIGABYTE™ GA-Z170MX-Gaming® 5 delivers the highest sound quality resolution that makes gamers more engaged and fully immersed in their battles.

Not to mention, the GIGABYTE™ GA-Z170MX-Gaming 5 boasts the Killer™ E2200 Gaming Ethernet Controller, a high performance adaptive gigabit Ethernet controller that makes the board bandwidth-perfect for network-based gaming.

Simulation:

We tested the GIGABYTE™ GA-Z170MX-Gaming 5 on a SONY® X80D 4K HDR with Android TV, and we’re glad to say that the results didn’t disappoint us. We were certainly blown away by how we witnessed the games and videos as they seamlessly played throughout our multimedia session.

Verdict:

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For the ultimate gameplay experience, the GIGABYTE™ GA-Z170MX-Gaming 5 definitely calls for a great shot. Its integration of high-end audio components makes it absolutely ideal for gamers to take part in intense actions as they are provided with the most realistic sound effects possible. Coupled with the Killer Ethernet 2200 LAN makes it an entirely new gaming experience.

Testbed Specifications:

Intel® Core™ i7 6700 3.4GHz

GIGABYTE™ GA-Z170MX-Gaming 5

PALIT® GeForce® GTX 1060 Dual

CORSAIR® LPX Vengeance 16GB DDR4 2400MHz

CORSAIR® VS650

COUGAR Solution AF-2

ADATA Premier Pro SP900

 
 
 
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