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Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5 UEFI BIOS

The Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5 features the company’s UEFI DualBIOS. The user interface is actually pretty much the same with the other Gaming motherboards, just like the Z170X-Gaming 7. You get a clean looking user interface with a hint of classic design. It’s fairly newbie friendly and easy to navigate as well. However, I do wish Gigabyte would upgrade their BIOS and integrate more features like customized fan controls and precision tuning.

GA-Z170N Gaming 5 BIOS-07

Below are more screenshots of the Gigabyte UEFI DualBIOS. This is the F3 version of the BIOS by the way, but during the tests I have already updated it to F4.

Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5 App Center

Gigabyte’s new 100 series motherboards feature a new, updated/upgraded version of their App Center. The Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5 also comes with this feature and you can further customize or control your system via the App Center. One thing I like about the new App Center is you get to (fully) control how the fans on your system behave by simply adjusting the curves. There are also several handy-dandy functions that the App Center has to offer, like the Cloud Station, Smart BackUp, OSD and many more. I guess the only thing not available here is the Ambient LED effect. You can change how the LED path on the motherboard behaves, but you can’t change the color.

Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5 Apps

Just to point out, you can also monitor your system via your Android or iOS smartphone. Simply install the Cloud Station feature and setup everything from there. Using Gigabyte’s Cloud Station will give you access to your system’s information like temperature, fan speed, voltages and etc.

In addition to Gigabyte’s App Center, the software bundle also includes the Intel Extreme Tuning Utility. Intel XTU, for short, is a simple Windows-based performance tuning software for novice and experienced enthusiasts to overclock, monitor, and stress test the system. The utility also gives you some information about your system. However, I don’t feel comfortable using the utility to tweak or overclock the system. I still prefer to use the good old UEFI BIOS whenever I want to tweak the CPU or memory speed.

Let’s proceed to the next page for the test setup and benchmark results.

Peter Paul
I love computers since I was a kid. I’m always fascinated with new technology, especially in the PC world. Many years ago, I was curious if the reviews I read were true and real. So, why not test them myself and share my first-hand experience? And thus, here we are. Thanks for reading!

3 COMMENTS

  1. I run the same motherboard(Ga-Z170N Gaming 5) and Cpu (intel 6700k) and I have it overclocked to 4.91ghz at 1.47V and it has ran with perfect stability for the last week through several stress tests with CPUZ, Several benchmarks on Geekbench, and several passmark benchmarks. I think you got a poor silicon sample.

    • Lucky you! No, my 6700k is not a sample, it’s a retail one we bought. I wasn’t really expecting that it would overclock high though. Getting a CPU with good overclocking potential is not a guarantee. Lucky for those who got ES or CPU direct from Intel.

      And I think it is the same case with Kaby Lake. Not all i7-7700k will go up to 5GHz easily as claimed by other reviewers, they got ES so I’m not surprised about it. Some people I know who bought retail 7700k are struggling to get even 4.9Ghz stable.

      • What I mean by silicon sample is just the small amount of silicon they used for your chip in your batch, Ive always just called it a silicon sample. Yeah as far as I’ve seen accross the internet most I7-6700k chips average at 4.5ghz so Im very happy with my chip.

        That makes me less frustrated with the fact that I did not look for any new upcoming chips when I bought mine and so I bought mine after the 7700k had come out at the same price point. lol

        Im personally very curious to see if manufacturers are able to resolve the large gap between the performance of the lowest quality chips and the highest. Hopefully at some point they will come out with better consistency.

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