The Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming G1 (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.
|CPU Socket||LGA 1151||Graphics Card Interface||PCIe v3.0|
|CPU Compatible Make||Intel||SLI Support||2 graphics cards|
|CPU Chipset||Intel® Z170 Express||Crossfire Support||4 graphics cards|
|Form Factor||E-ATX||Onboard GPU||yes|
|Max RAM||64 GB DDR4||PCI Slots||-|
|RAM Slots||4 x DDR4||SATA 1.0||0|
|Memory Channels||2||SATA 2.0||0|
|Compatible RAM Speeds||SATA 3.0||0|
|USB 2.0 Internal Slots||4||RAID Support||yes|
|USB 2.0 Rear||2||Internal I/O|
|USB 3.0 Internal||4||Back Panel I/O|
|USB 3.0 Rear||7|
The Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming G1 (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-Z170X-Gaming G1 (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-Z170X-Gaming G1 (rev. 1.0) has 9 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-Z170X-Gaming G1 (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 0 PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard. The Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming G1 (rev. 1.0) supports up to 2 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-Z170X-Gaming G1 (rev. 1.0) has 6 USB 2.0 slots and 11 USB 3.0 slots. USB 3.0 slots are theoretically capable of data transfer speeds of up to 5 Gbit/s, which is over 10 times faster than the USB 2.0 top speed of 480 Mbit/s. Although USB 2.0 slots alone currently serve as well as ever, an upgrade would better future-proof your system as more USB 3.0 compatible peripherals emerge. USB 3.0 is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0, which means you do not even have to use the newer slot functionality if you do not wish to.