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GigaByte GA-Z270X-Gaming 9 (rev. 1.0)

The GigaByte GA-Z270X-Gaming 9 (rev. 1.0) is compatible with Intel processors with the LGA 1151 socket.

It has 64 GB DDR4 maximum RAM and conforms to the E-ATX form factor standard.

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GigaByte GA-Z270X-Gaming 9 (rev. 1.0)

help iconCPU SocketLGA 1151help iconSLI Support4 graphics cards
help iconCPU Compatible MakeIntelhelp iconCrossfire Support4 graphics cards
help iconCPU ChipsetIntel Z270 Expresshelp iconOnboard GPUyes
help iconForm FactorE-ATXhelp iconPCI Slots
  • 2 x PCIe x1 v2.0
  • 2 x PCIe x8 v3.0
  • 2 x PCIe x16 v3.0
help iconMax RAM64 GB DDR4help iconSATA 1.00
help iconRAM Slots4 x DDR4help iconSATA 2.00
help iconMemory Channels4help iconSATA 3.00
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
  • DDR4 2133 MHz
  • DDR4 2400 MHz
  • DDR4 2666 MHz
  • DDR4 2800 MHz
  • DDR4 3000 MHz
  • DDR4 3200 MHz
help iconRAID Supportyes
help iconUSB 2.0 Internal Slots2help iconInternal I/O
  • 1 x 24 pin power connector
  • 1 x 8 pin power connector
  • 1 x 4 pin fan connector
  • 6 x fan header
  • 1 x S/PDIF connector
  • System Panel Connection
help iconGraphics Card InterfacePCIe v3.0help iconBack Panel I/O
  • Display Port">Display Port
  • 1 x Serial Port
  • Line In Connector
  • Line Out Connector
  • Mic In connector
  • 7.1 Surround Sound
  • Audio Input Output
  • PS/2 keyboard connector
  • PS/2 mouse connector

GigaByte GA-Z270X-Gaming 9 (rev. 1.0) compatibility review

The GigaByte GA-Z270X-Gaming 9 (rev. 1.0) uses the Intel LGA 1151 CPU socket. Any compatible Intel CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the DDR4 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 3200 MHz, and 0 DDR4 slots allowing for a maximum total of 64 GB RAM.

The E-ATX GigaByte GA-Z270X-Gaming 9 (rev. 1.0) uses a less common standard than the traditional ATX you most often see. As such, you should be wary of its compatibility with other cases, as well as the compatibility of PSUs with the case you choose.

The GigaByte GA-Z270X-Gaming 9 (rev. 1.0) has 8 SATA 3.0 hard drive slots. These allow for theoretical data transfer speeds of up to 6GB/s, as opposed to the 3GB/s of SATA 2.0. Generally speaking, only high performance hard drives, specifically solid-state drives, will be able to take advantage of the bandwidth potential of SATA 3.0 ports, though it is backwards compatible, so you do not have to take advantage.

The GigaByte GA-Z270X-Gaming 9 (rev. 1.0) supports onboard graphics. This allows for integrated graphics when paired with a compatible CPU that supports them. Integrated graphics are a cheap alternative to using a graphics card, but should be avoided when frequently using modern applications or games that require intense graphical processing. There are 2 PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard. This means it is perfectly capable of accommodating the latest graphics cards, although it is important to try and use a graphics card with the same graphics card interface of PCIe v3.0, as anything below will not reach the motherboard's potential, and anything above will have its performance slashed to the bandwidth maximum of the GigaByte GA-Z270X-Gaming 9 (rev. 1.0)'s PCIe v3.0. The GigaByte GA-Z270X-Gaming 9 (rev. 1.0) supports up to 4 Nvidia SLI connected graphics cards or up to 4 AMD Crossfire connected graphics cards for improved overall graphical performance at the cost of multiplied graphics-based power consumption as well as the price of the cards themselves.

The GigaByte GA-Z270X-Gaming 9 (rev. 1.0) has 2 USB 2.0 slots but no USB 3.0 slots. While USB 3.0 slots are so far by no means necessary, and with a plethora of USB 2.0 peripherals to choose from, the USB functionality on this motherboard should be fine. With so few slots, however, you would have to use a USB expansion hub. As such, we would highly recommend a different motherboard, preferably with USB 3.0 functionality as well.

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