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Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 7 Review: Everything and Then Some

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Test System and Testing Procedures

ItemNameProvided by:
ProcessorIntel Core i7-6700K (ES)Intel
CPU Cooler
Noctua NH-D15S with NT-H1 Thermal CompoundNoctua
Power Supply
Corsair HX850W 80 Plus Gold PSUCorsair
MemoryKingston HyperX Fury DDR4 2x8GB @ 2666MHz 15-17-17-35 2T (XMP)Kingston
StorageSilicon Power S80 240GB SSD (OS)Silicon Power
GraphicsIntegrated CPU Graphics, Gigabyte GTx 960 Windforce 3x OCGigabyte
DriversIntel (Z170), Intel (Z97), AMD Catalyst 15.7 WHQL (FM2+), NVIDIA 353.62 WHQL (Discrete)
RouterCisco E3200 stock firmware with 2x 6ft Cat5E cables for network testing
Motherboard(s)EVGA Z170 FTW (BIOS v1.03), Gigabyte Z170-Gaming 7 (BIOS F2)
Operating SystemWindows 10 Enterprise*

Latest working BIOS, updates and drivers were used at the time of the review. Each test was conducted at least three times for accuracy with the exception of PCMark 8 which already does three sets per benchmark run. *All performance benchmarks in this review and all reviews going forward will be using the Windows 10 operating system. **Thanks to our sponsors who provided hardware for the test system.

System Benchmarks

  1. Aida64 Engineer 5.30
  2. SiSoft Sandra Lite 2015 SP2b
  3. CineBench R15
  4. PCMark 8 v2.4.304
  5. WinRAR 5.01
  6. x.264 FHD 1.0.1
  7. x.265 0.1.4

Subsystem Testing

  1. CrystalDiskMark 5.0.3 for Storage tests
  2. LatencyMon for DPC monitoring
  3. Rightmark Audio Analyzer 6.4.1
  4. Passmark Performance Test 8.0 – Network Speed Graph

Gaming Benchmarks

  1. 3DMark Firestrike (Default)
  2. Unigine Heaven 4.0 (Max Settings, 1920 x 1080)
  3. Bioshock Infinite (Lowest Settings @ 640 x 480, Max Settings @ 1920 x 1080)

Motherboard Specifications:

Memory Support
4 DIMM Dual-Channel up to 64GB DDR4 4133MHz (F5a BIOS)
Storage– 6x SATA 6G (Z170)
– 2x SATA 6G (ASM1061)
USB5x USB 3.0 (Z170), 4x USB 2.0 (Z170), 4x USB 3.0 (Renesas D7210210)
Ethernet1x Intel i219-V Gigabit NIC, 1x Killer E2400
AudioCreative Core 3D
Displays1x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI
Fan Headers5
Expansion Slots
  1. PCI-E 3.0 x1 via Z170
  2. PCI-E 3.0 x16 via CPU (x16, x8 when slot 4 is populated, switched by ASM1480)
  3. PCI-E 3.0 x1 via Z170
  4. PCI-E 3.0 x16 via CPU (x8)
  5. PCI-E 3.0 x1 via Z170
  6. PCI-E 3.0 x16 (x4 via Z170, shares bandwidth with second M.2 slot)
DimensionsATX 12 x 9.6 inches (304.8 x 243.8mm)

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Ron Perillo

Ron is a non-binary tech writer that presently identifies as a reviewer but is currently transitioning toward modding.

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