GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 and GA-Z170X-Gaming G1 Motherboards Reviewed
The feature that continues to separate GIGABYTE's Gaming Series motherboards is the OP AMP audio. Throughout each game genre, the music, voices, and action packed scenes just seem to come alive. There really does seem to be so much more going on when you've got a high quality headset like the Kingston HyperX Cloud connected. That extra audio and volume just makes everything pop!
GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Gaming 79.5
GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Gaming G19.5
  • Excellent audio performance
  • Top notch stability
  • Looks great and fast performance
  • Premium price on the Gaming G1
9.5Overall Score
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GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 BIOS Notes

At launch, the BIOS on the Gigabyte Gaming 7 and Gaming G1 weren’t quite as polished at launch as we liked. In fact, most partners had some issue though we didn’t hear of any inoperable boards. The glitches we found were DDR4 RAM code and USB driver related. Thus, we wanted to give Gigabyte (as well as any Intel partner for that matter) time to polish up the BIOS. We’ve found the best BIOS for the Gaming 7 to be the F4 BIOS and Gaming G1 using the F4p BIOS. You can expect another BIOS update in the next couple weeks.

The BIOS is very similar, if not identical in most respects, to the previous Z97 generation UEFI BIOS. The layout and design really hasn’t change. Everything is in a familiar place which is good news for overclocking enthusiasts or tweakers. The DDR4 kits all topped out at about 2800MHz and CPU at 4.8GHz.

GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Gaming G1 BIOS Notes

Where is my orange or red BIOS? Granted, this is a beta that required testing that is thus far void of the serious bugs like microcode and DDR4 incompatibility. The important thing here is that the BIOS is very similarly laid out as the other boards. This makes it a lot easier to navigate. If this were the OC series BIOS, it would have quite a few more detailed settings that would require a stack of engineering white papers to really understand.

Fortunately, all the DDR4 kits worked with this board and BIOS. It seems this CPU is destined to max out the integrated memory controller around 2800MHz. The CPU topped out at 4.9GHz which is par for the upper course. Just make sure you have high end CPU cooling because it will absolutely get hot!

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