Gi­ga­byte Z270X-Gam­ing 7

www.gi­ga­byte.com £215

PC GAMER (UK) - - Hardware -

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.

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