Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7 Motherboard Review: Page 4 of 8

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Posted by Heath Coop on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 8:00am

System Configuration and BIOS

Testing Hardware

  • Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7 Motherboard
  • Intel Core i7 6700K Processor
  • Kingston HyperX Fury 2666MHz DRR4 Memory
  • PowerColor Radeon R9 285 TurboDuo Graphics Card
  • Crucial M550 256GB Solid State Drive
  • Spotswood Small Tech Station
  • XFX PRO850W XXX Edition 850w Silver Power Supply


  • Radeon Catalyst 15.7

CPU Cooling:

  • XSPC X20 750 pump/reservoir combination
  • XSPC RS360mm Radiator
  • 6 Corsair 120MM .38A fans in push/pull configuration

Testing Operating System:

  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home

General System Benchmarks:

  • PCMark 8
  • Super Pi

CPU Benchmarks:

  • Fritz Chess
  • Handbrake
  • Cinibench R15
  • 7-Zip

Memory Benchmarks:

  • AIDA64 Engineer
  • Passmark Performance Test 8.0
  • SiSoft Sandra

Storage Benchmarks:

  • ATTO Disk Benchmark
  • CrystalDiskMark 3.0
  • AS SSD
  • Passmark Performance Test 8.0

Game Benchmarks:

  • 3Dmark
  • Bioshock: Infinite
  • Metro: Last Light
  • Thief
  • Tomb Raider


Oddly the Z170X Gaming only came with what is referred to on the Z97 and X99 as “Classic Mode” UEFI BIOS.

Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7

Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7

Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7

Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7

Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7

Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7

Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7

All the basic, as well as some more advanced settings are here. It operates very much like the arrow key operated BIOS of not too long ago. I found the BIOS to be flexible and easy to use. Most of the time I did not have any difficulty finding the settings that I wanted to change and everything seemed to be logically laid out. I did miss the formally included search feature is a great additional and very helpful.


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