Gigabyte Z270X-Gaming 7
This is a fully featured, powerful motherboard that comes with a few quirks but largely delivers. There’s certainly little missing in terms of design. A matt PCB? Check. RGB lighting? Check. IO shrouding? Check. Full colour coordination? Check.
1Not that the result is quite to my liking. It’s smart and premium-looking but I prefer the darker shades of the Asus Code. It is packed with features, though. Two M.2 slots, buttons for power, overclocking, eco mode, turbo mode and XMP mode, a POST readout display, excellent hybrid fan headers, strip lighting headers and much more.
Connectivity is also excellent. There are six USB Type-A ports of various sorts, USB Type-C, two gigabit Ethernet ports and quality surround sound.
It’s a different story when it comes to the UEFI. It was the only board on test that had a problem with mouse movement. I also struggled with manual overclocking, instead resorting to the quick “upgrade” options, which managed to push the CPU to 4.8GHz but not 5GHz. I’m sure this board could do better but it shouldn’t be such a struggle. Also, it had by far the most aggressive nonoverclocked settings, bumping the CPU to 1.32V at stock speed, when every other board hovered around 1.2V.