Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 6 Motherboard Review
Posted by Heath Coop on Thursday, December 24, 2015 - 8:00am
Gigabyte has decided to make some major revisions and expand on their Gaming line recently. We have seen no shortage of new Gaming motherboards coming from them. It seems since Skylake was released, there has been a new motherboard teased by Gigabyte at least once a month. Some of these may or may not come to the US market, but today we will be looking at one that did, the Z170X-Gaming 6. The Z170X-Gaming 6 falls squarely between the previously released Gaming 5 and Gaming 7, both in features and in price.
The Z170X Gaming 6 supports 6th Generation Intel Core processors and dual channel DDR4. 3-Way Graphics Support with a new meta EMl shielding over the PCI-E Slots. 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. Gigabyte’s Amp-up Audio is powered by the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3 audio and features an upgradable OP-AMP. All in all there are quite a few new features to get excited about.
Gigabyte's take on the Z170X-Gaming 6
Extreme Intel® USB 3.1 Controller
The Intel® USB 3.1 controller utilizes 2 PCIe Gen3 lanes, offering a total of up to 16Gb/s, which means you have extra bandwidth to take full control of the 10Gb/s USB 3.1 ports. With twice the bandwidth compared to its previous generation, and backwards compatibility with USB 2.0 and 3.0, the much improved USB 3.1 protocol is available over the new reversible USB Type-C™ and the traditional USB Standard-A connector for better compatibility over a wider range of devices.
Reversible USB Type-C™ with USB 3.1
The USB Type-C™ is a new reversible connector that is loaded with useful features such as USB 3.1 support for 10Gb/s transfer speed. Powered by the Intel® USB 3.1 controller, this little port provides the best USB Type-C™ experience possible.
Realtek ALC1150 115dB SNR HD Audio
The ALC1150 is a high-performance multi-channel High Definition Audio Codec that delivers an exceptional audio listening experience with up to 115dB SNR, ensuring users get the best possible audio quality from their PC.
The ALC1150 provides ten DAC channels that simultaneously support 7.1-channel sound playback, plus 2 channels of independent stereo sound output (multiple streaming) through the front panel stereo outputs. Two stereo ADCs are integrated and can support a microphone array with Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC), Beam Forming (BF), and Noise Suppression (NS) technologies. The ALC1150 incorporates Realtek proprietary converter technology to achieve Front differential output 115dB Signal-to-Noise ratio (SNR) playback (DAC) quality and 104dB SNR recording (ADC) quality.
Additional Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3
GIGABYTE G1™ Gaming motherboards also include Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3 software suite. Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3 software suite is a powerful audio platform offering premium audio quality, effects and features for gamers. It features SBX Pro Studio™ suite of technologies, which is designed to give you the fullest audio experience.
GIGABYTE Exclusive : Upgradable OP-AMP
- Users can choose audio quality based on individual listening preferences.
- Wide availability of additional OP-AMPs.
Low Cost way to dramatically improve audio quality
- Improve audio dynamics and overall sound-quality with little cost.
- No need for expensive speakers or high-end audio equipment.
Exclusive onboard 'Gain Boost' selector switches
- Select either standard 2.5x or high-amplification 6x mode.
- 6x mode is ideal for high impedance speakers and headphones
High End Audio Capacitors
GIGABYTE G1™ Gaming motherboards use high end, Japanese branded Nichicon audio capacitors. These professional audio capacitors deliver the highest quality sound resolution and sound expansion to create the most realistic sound effects for professional gamers.
GIGABYTE USB DAC-UP provides clean, noise-free power delivery to your Digital-to-Analog Converter. DACs can be sensitive to fluctuations in power from the other USB ports, which is why GIGABYTE USB DAC-UP takes advantage of an isolated power source that minimizes potential fluctuations and ensures the best audio experience possible.
Killer™ E2200 Gaming Network / Intel® Gigabit LAN
Killer™ E2200 is a high-performance, adaptive gigabit Ethernet controller that offers better online gaming and media performance compared to standard solutions.
Intel® Gigabit LAN networking, a popular choice with gamers, delivers several performance-enhancing features such as advanced interrupt handling to help reduce CPU overhead and Jumbo Frame support for extra large data packets.
2-Way SLI™/3-Way CrossFire™ Multi-Graphics
Multi-graphics configuration offers better graphics performance for gaming enthusiasts who demand the highest frame rates without compromising on resolution.
Industry Leading Ultra Durable™ PCIe Metal Shielding
The innovative one piece stainless steel shielding design from GIGABYTE reinforces the PCIe connectors to provide the extra strength required to support heavy graphics cards.
Dual PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2
With two PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 connectors onboard, GIGABYTE brings to the user PCI-Express connectivity for SSD devices. Delivering up to 32 Gb/s data transfer speed per connector, the dual M.2 provides an ideal storage solution as it also supports RAID modes.
Thanks to the onboard TURBO B-Clock Tuning IC, GIGABYTE Motherboards enable Overclockers to have the ability to change their BCLK Frequency to a desired value of their choice. With the new linear range adjustment option of the Tuning IC, ranges from 90MHz to 500MHz are now possible, so that overclockers are not limited to the 5% ranges of traditional straps.
There are so many features, that we simply can list them all here. Let us take a look at the product packaging and full specifications next.