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Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5 Mini-ITX Motherboard Review

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Price and Availability

The Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5 motherboard is now widely available, both local and online stores. At the time this review was published, the Z170N-Gaming 5 comes with a retail price of around $155 USD, £132 or Php 9,000. You also get a limited 3 year warranty from the manufacturer.

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Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5 Review: Conclusion

The Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5 is a special type of motherboard and despite its small size, it is fully loaded with lots of features and potential. There’s no denying that the Z170N Gaming 5 is geared towards small form factor builders and/or PC gamers who want a gaming rig with a small footprint.

The Z170N Gaming 5 features a Killer LAN instead of an Intel. Some users not like it, but for others a Killer E2200 LAN is no problem at all. The good thing is, aside from a wired network connection, you also get a WiFi + Bluetooth connection, which I think is a must on ITX motherboards and small form factor build. I haven’t experienced any WiFi/Bluetooth connection drops so far, but at least it’s good to know that wireless connection is working as expected.

Overclocking with this motherboard is not that difficult. But remember this is primarily a gaming motherboard. So for those who are into heavy overclocking, there might be some options (for ultra-fine tuning) in the BIOS which are not present. Not to mention, I wasn’t able to get my Core i7-6700K stable at 4.7GHz given the set of components I installed. Although other reviewers reported that they were able to run their 6700K stable at 4.7GHz.

With this motherboard, you also get an M.2 for PCIe NVMe and SATA based SSDs. Other ITX motherboards don’t have an M.2 and I think this is a must feature specially for mid to highend ITX motherboards. However, I would like to point out that my Samsung 950 PRO wasn’t able to perform to its fullest potential with the Z170N-Gaming 5. It was able to reach its expected peak performance at around 2500MB/s sequential read and 1500MB/s sequential write, but most of the time the performance was not at top notch. At this point I am not sure if it’s a driver issue or a hardware issue. Probably it may need some BIOS updating to further improve NVMe SSD performance and compatibility.

When it comes to gaming and other general purposes, the Z170N-Gaming 5 performed as expected. The results I got with this motherboard using the Zotac GTX 980 Ti AMP! Edition was pretty much similar on the Z170X-Gaming 7. There is no doubt that this tiny motherboard is equally capable when it comes to gaming. Audio quality is great for an onboard device and the optical out and gold plated audio ports are a welcomed feature as well.

Overall, the Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5 is a very competitive ITX gaming motherboard, and I consider it as one of the best 100 series ITX motherboards currently available. Most of the features found on a mini-ITX or full sized ATX motherboards are also present in this little motherboard. You get lots of connectivity options and a nicely looking black/red themed motherboard with a matte finish surface. If you are planning to build a small form factor gaming machine, consider the Z170N-Gaming 5 on your top list.

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3 thoughts on “Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5 Mini-ITX Motherboard Review”

  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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