Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming G1
Gigabyte is a brand which, in our experience, has rarely disappoints. Whether graphics cards or motherboards, the company has long had a reputation for producing some of the most reliable and productive pieces of hardware out on the market. With Intel's Skylake CPUs now widely available, we got a chance to take one of Gigabyte's high-end motherboards to the limits: the Z170X-Gaming G1.
If there's anything to be said about the Z170X-Gaming G1, it's that it just looks absolutely wicked. The motherboard sports some really stylish covers that are painted in a strong redand-white motif, so much so that it is absolutely striking and stunning to look at. Honestly, if Gigabyte's intention was to actually make the motherboard stand out, there's no doubt that they've done it right with the Z170X-Gaming G1, as the chassis can be illuminated with a choice of seven colors.
Needless to say, the Z170XGaming G1 has been peppered with all sorts of new features as well. For starters, it's got not one, but two Ultra M.2 Socket 3 connectors, meaning that essentially, you could easily create a RAID 0 setup directly on the motherboard without the need of an external drive. Like so many other Z170 motherboards that are coming into the market, the Z170XGaming G1 provides support for the latest USB 3.1 and USB Type-C configurations directly on the motherboard itself.
The dual LAN ports that the Z170X-Gaming G1 is built with also gives you a sense of just how much priority Gigabyte has placed into making this a gamer's motherboard. Long story short: the dual LAN ports