GIGABYTE Z170X GAMING G1
Overclocking comprises the cornerstone of performance for any enthusiast-level board, and the E-ATX Z170X Gaming G1 incorporates a 22-phase digital power delivery design to help with overclocking stability. This includes a combination of IR digital power controllers and PowlRstage ICs to detect the current accurately.
The VRM heatsinks themselves are armed with built-in G1/4 fittings that will work with the majority of water-cooling components.
Gigabyte has gone all out in every aspect of the board’s features. All four PCIe 3.0 x16 slots are reinforced with metal. In addition, there are also two PCIe 2.0 x1 slots.
What really helps the board distinguish itself from the pack is its use of a PLX PEX8747 PCIe lane switcher, which allows Gigabyte to direct the PCIe lanes however it wants to run, making it possible to run four-way graphics setups in x8/x8/x8/x8 mode.
The onboard audio solution is a similarly extravagant affair. The Gaming G1 uses a dedicated quad-core Creative Sound Core 3D audio processor and features a Burr-Brown 127dB DAC that supports 192kHZ/24-bit audio and upgradeable op-amps. The entire configuration is Creative Sound Blaster ZxRicertified, and should get you good audio quality even if you plug your headphones into the front panel.
The flagship also has the most comprehensive networking solution among the competition. The dual Gigabit Ethernet ports rely on the latest Killer E2400, albeit without support for teaming. But together with the Killer Wireless-AC 1535 network adapter, they do support the Killer DoubleShot-X3 Pro technology, an intelligent control system that optimizes your network connection for the lowest latency by prioritizing network traffic and sending the highest priority packages over the fastest interface.
The board, likewise, has a selection of onboard buttons and switches to allow enthusiasts to tweak their systems easily. The OC button automatically loads an optimized configuration for your hardware, providing a one-click boost to performance. On the other hand, the ECO button saves power by reducing the overall power consumption according to the current system load.
Lastly, Gigabyte has thrown in a USB 3.1 in the front panel with Type-A and -C ports.