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The new Z170 chipset motherboards run the pricing gambit; coming in around $500, like the Gigabyte Gaming G1 we reviewed a short time ago, to the more affordable like the Z170XP-SLI we are reviewing today. The Z170XP-SLI supports 6th Generation Intel Core processors and dual channel DDR4. There is a PCI-E Gen3 x4 M.2 connector with up to 32Gb/s data transfer and three SATA Express connectors for up to 16Gb/s data transfer. 2 way SLI and 3 way Crossfire are supported. On the networking side, Intel Gbe Gigabit LAN does the duties Realtek ALC1150 115dB SNR HD Audio supplies your audio needs.
The Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7 was the first Z170 motherboard we have had on the test bench and was obviously designed to impress. The Z170X Gaming G1 raises the bar even further. For starters, the Z170X Gaming G1supports 6th Generation Intel Core processors and dual channel DDR4. There are dual PCI-E Gen3 x4 M.2 connectors with up to 32Gb/s data transfer and three SATA Express connectors for up to 16Gb/s data transfer.
Integrated CPU motherboard (SOC) combinations are becoming quite popular. Biostar has recently released the N3150NH ITX form factor SOC motherboard in response. It features a preinstalled passively cooler Intel N3150 quad-core CPU running at 1.6 GHz.
Based around Intel’s Z170 chipset, the Gaming Z170X supports 5th Generation Intel Core 1151 socket processors. There is 3way AMD CrossFire support. Storage is supplied by 6 SATA ports, 1 SATA Express port, and two SATA/PCIe compatible M.2 slots. The Gaming Z170X also supports 10 Gb/s USB 3.1
ASRock not too long ago released a new Mini-ITX motherboard with an integrated CPU. These new integrated CPU motherboard combinations are becoming quite popular. Do to their low power requirements, they are perfect for applications where desktop processors either create too much heat or are simply overkill.
The Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7 is the first Z170 motherboard we have had on the test bench. Gigabyte has decided to make some major cosmetic changes to their Z170 Gaming line, especially on the upper end. New white motherboard armor with red and silver details adorns these new motherboards. A new LED RGB Trace Path lighting system also makes a debut as well. The new cosmetics have a feel that is more reminiscent of a race car that a computer part.
The ASRock Z170 Gaming K6+ is the first Z170 motherboard we have had the privilege to review. Besides the aforementioned changes, a new cosmetic design debuts with ASRock’s Z170 motherboards. The higher end mother boards get heatsinks are mostly black with anodized aluminum inserts in one of three colors, depending on the series and there is also ASRock’s new I/O Armor that covers most of the left side of the board. It all adds up to a radical departure from ASRock’s previous cosmetic designs.