Gigabyte Z170X-Ultra Gaming Motherboard Review: Page 4 of 15

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Posted by Heath Coop on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 8:00am

A Closer Look

Gigabyte Z170X-Ultra Gaming

Gigabyte has not chosen to reinvent the wheel cosmetically wise. The Z170X-Ultra Gaming does sports an armor design, but it is metal, not the plastic version like on the G1 Gaming line. Overall, the look is very similar to other Gigabyte motherboards, but with an all-black theme.

Gigabyte Z170X-Ultra Gaming

Gigabyte Z170X-Ultra Gaming

Gigabyte Z170X-Ultra Gaming

Gigabyte Z170X-Ultra Gaming

A quick walk around the motherboard shows there is certainly no shortage of connectors. We will get to those in detail later.

Gigabyte Z170X-Ultra Gaming

There are total of six SATA ports. Four of which can be combined into two SATA Express ports. There are also two U.2 ports. These support drive at speeds up to 32 Gb/s

Gigabyte Z170X-Ultra Gaming

Nothing complicated here. One is LED lighting that surrounds the COU socket and also lights up the memory slots. Just below the socket is the M.2 connector, which supports speeds up to 32Gb/s.

Gigabyte Z170X-Ultra Gaming

Gigabyte Z170X-Ultra Gaming

The lower end of the motherboard contains most of the front panel connections.

Gigabyte Z170X-Ultra Gaming

There four USB 3.0 ports, as well as a Type-A and Type-C USB 3.1 ports. A PS/2 keyboard/mouse port allows for legacy input device connectivity. The RJ-45 port is driven by Intel GbE LAN with cFosSpeed. A S/PDIF Out and 5 audio jacks provide option for audio connections. There is a DisplayPort in port, though we are not aware of its purpose. Finally, there are a full set of video outputs.

Gigabyte Z170X-Ultra Gaming

There are quite a few accessories. First up the User’s Manual and a Do Not Disturb sign.

Gigabyte Z170X-Ultra Gaming

 

There is a driver disk and a Multilingual Installation Guide.

Gigabyte Z170X-Ultra Gaming

Four SATA cables, front panel quick connector, and cable labels.

Gigabyte Z170X-Ultra Gaming

The rear I/O shield, SLI bridge, and hook and loop cable management straps.

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