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Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming G1 (rev. 1.0)

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.

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Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming G1 (rev. 1.0)

help iconCPU SocketLGA 1151help iconGraphics Card InterfacePCIe v3.0
help iconCPU Compatible MakeIntelhelp iconSLI Support2 graphics cards
help iconCPU ChipsetIntel® Z170 Expresshelp iconCrossfire Support4 graphics cards
help iconForm FactorE-ATXhelp iconOnboard GPUyes
help iconMax RAM64 GB DDR4help iconPCI Slots-
help iconRAM Slots4 x DDR4help iconSATA 1.00
help iconMemory Channels2help iconSATA 2.00
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
  • DDR4 2133 MHz
  • DDR4 2400 MHz
  • DDR4 2666 MHz
  • DDR4 2800 MHz
  • DDR4 3000 MHz
  • DDR4 3200 MHz
help iconSATA 3.00
help iconUSB 2.0 Internal Slots4help iconRAID Supportyes
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear2help iconInternal I/O
  • 1 x 24 pin power connector
  • 1 x 8 pin power connector
  • 1 x fan header
  • 1 x S/PDIF connector
  • System Panel Connection
  • TPM Chip
help iconUSB 3.0 Internal4help iconBack Panel I/O
  • Line In Connector
  • Line Out Connector
  • Mic In connector
  • 7.1 Surround Sound
  • Audio Input Output
  • PS/2 keyboard connector
  • PS/2 mouse connector
help iconUSB 3.0 Rear7

Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming G1 (rev. 1.0) compatibility review

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.

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