Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5 Mini-ITX Motherboard Review

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Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5 Benchmark Results

AIDA64 Engineer “is a streamlined Windows diagnostic and benchmarking software for engineers. AIDA64 Engineer provides a wide range of features to assist in overclocking, hardware error diagnosis, stress testing, and sensor monitoring. It has unique capabilities to assess the performance of the processor, system memory, and disk drives. AIDA64 is compatible with all current 32-bit and 64-bit Microsoft Windows operating systems, including Windows 8.1 Update 1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Update 1.”

GA-Z170N Gaming 5 AIDA64 Memory Benchmark GA-Z170N Gaming 5 AIDA64 GPGPU Benchmark

CINEBENCH “is a real-world cross platform test suite that evaluates your computer’s performance capabilities. CINEBENCH is based on MAXON’s award-winning animation software CINEMA 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation. MAXON software has been used in blockbuster movies such as Iron Man 3, Oblivion, Life of Pi or Prometheus and many more.”

GA-Z170N Gaming 5 Cinebench Benchmark

MaxxMEM2 “is a benchmark designed to help you measure your memory’s performance. It uses current technologies like sse, mmx, scheduled threading and further techniques, including an accurate time measurement that provide reliable consistent results. All this will precisely reflect the performance of your system. Every little change done on the benched system will take place on the received results.”

GA-Z170N Gaming 5 MaxxMEM2 Benchmark

For the storage test, I used ATTO disk benchmark and CrystalDiskMark (both 3.0.3 and 5.1.0 versions). Below are the results:

GA-Z170N Gaming 5 ATTO Disk Benchmarks

Both the Klevv Urbane SSD and Seagate Enterprise 8TB HDD seemed to perform well and as expected based on ATTO benchmark results above. However, the Samsung 950 PRO’s performance dived at 128KB and doesn’t seem to perform at its best. This wasn’t the case when I tested the Samsung 950 PRO on the Z170X-Gaming 7.

GA-Z170N Gaming 5 Klevv Urabane SSD Benchmarks

Below are the benchmark results I got for the Samsung 950 PRO tested on the Z170n-Gaming 5. Again, the results are lower compared to when the 950 PRO was tested on the Z170X Gaming 7. Sequential read/write speeds were consistently at around 2300-2500MB/s and 1550MB/s respectively with the Gaming 7.

GA-Z170N Gaming 5 Samsung 950 Benchmarks

Realbench 2.4 “is a benchmark that uses open source applications and simple scripting to simulate real-world performance of a PC system. It’s designed for to show the difference: Before and after a PC upgrade. To gauge the real effect of an overclock.”

GA-Z170N Gaming 5 RealBench Benchmark

PassMark PerformanceTest “allows you to objectively benchmark a PC using a variety of different speed tests and compare the results to other computers. It can: Find out if your PC is performing at its best; Compare the performance of your machine to similar machines; Measure the effect of configuration changes and upgrades; Avoid paying big bucks for poor performance; Make objective independent measurements on which to base your purchasing decision; and Use the advanced tests to create you own benchmark scenarios.”

GA-Z170N Gaming 5 PassMark Performance Benchmark

GA-Z170N Gaming 5 PassMark Summary

PCMark 8 Creative benchmark “includes workloads typical of enthusiasts and professionals who work with media and entertainment content. With more demanding requirements than the Home benchmark, this benchmark is suitable for mid-range computer systems. PCMark 8 Creative includes web browsing, photo editing, video editing, group video chat, media transcoding, and gaming workloads.”

GA-Z170N Gaming 5 PC Mark 8 Creative Conventional Benchmark

GA-Z170N Gaming 5 PC Mark 8 Creative Accelerated Benchmark

The PC Mark 8 benchmarks conclude my tests for overall system performance. The next page shows the benchmark results I got using the Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Edition installed on the Z170N-Gaming 5 ITX motherboard.

Latest pricing and availability of the Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5 here:
For US visitors: check it at Newegg here or B&H Photo Video here
For UK visitors: It’s available at Amazon UK here
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3 Comments
  1. colbyrbt says

    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.

    1. Jeff says

      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.

      1. colbyrbt says

        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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