Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5 Mini-ITX Motherboard Review
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.
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.
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.
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