• Slot: Intel LGA1151
  • CPU: Intel Z170
  • RAM Slots: 4 RAM Type: DDR4 (Dual Channel)
  • Ports: USB 3.0 x6, USB 3.1 x 1 (Type A), HDMI x1,
  • KillerLAN RJ-45 x2
  • Connectivity: SATA III x6, Ultra M.2 SATA x2, PCIe 3.0x16 x4
  • Pros:
  • Performance
  • Built-in watercooling options
  • Cons:
  • Price
  • Benchmark Results
  • PCMark 8 (Home): 4,648 points
  • PCMark 8 (Creative): 5,121 points
  • PCMark 8 (Work): 4,954 points

There’s No Kill Like Overkill

Every once in a while, we get to see PC component manufacturers go completely crazy on a new processor platform, throwing anything and everything they can into a product that screams “Because we can”. GIGABYTE seems to get the right idea in going crazy with one of their high end Intel Z170 motherboards in the form of the GIGABYTE Z170X Gaming G1.

The Gaming G1 motherboard comes equipped with four DDR4 DIMM slots, capable of supporting up to 64GBs of DDR4 memory, which you can also overclock to a whopping 3,600MHz, assuming the RAM supports it. It has two M.2 SATA connectors, with transfer speeds of up to a whopping 32Gbps, six SATA III 6.0Gbps ports, and four PCIe 3.0 slots, which supports both 4-way NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFireX multi-GPU configurations.

The motherboard features a wide selection of I/O ports for users

The motherboard features a wide selection of I/O ports for users

The PCIe slots are also reinforced by GIGABYTE’s Ultra Durable Metal shielding, which helps to provide the slots with extra strength to support the heavier graphics cards, reducing the fear of the cards bending, or the slots themselves breaking. At the back, the I/O ports consist of six USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports which also double as DAC Up ports, which can be used to connect USB DACs to, a USB 3.1 Type C port, a HDMI port and two Killer LAN RJ45 ports.

Describing each and every one of the features on board the Gaming G1 is a monumental task, but one thing this motherboard has that the rest this month definitely doesn’t is a front panel bay for USB 3.1 Type A and Type C ports. This board is also designed with water-cooling in mind, as it features water block tube connectors and threaded fittings, tailor-made for both custom-built and off-the-shelf water-cooling systems.

The Turbo B-Clock feature allows overclockers to tweak the BCLK value at a finer level

The Turbo B-Clock feature allows overclockers to tweak the BCLK value at a finer level

Speaking of overclocking, the Gaming G1 also comes with a feature called Turbo B-Clock which allows users to change their BCLK frequency to a value that they want. With Turbo B-Clock, frequency values of 90 to 200MHz are now possible, so you’re not just limited to increments of 5.0 percent ranges of the processor clock speed.

Looking to optimise your PC’s performance in just a few clicks? The GIGABYTE EasyTune does everything for you, and during our short time with the motherboard, we were able to optimise various settings without having to toy with the BIOS at all. Performance-wise, the Gaming G1 motherboard is a beast.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The GIGABYTE Z170X Gaming G1 motherboard is a beast of a motherboard. The company went all out and this one and it shows not only in terms of features, but performance as well.

(previously published in issue September 2015)

GIGABYTE Z170X-Gaming G1