Gigabyte recently revealed their upcoming Z710 Gaming G1 Series motherboards at Computex 2015. The new Gigabyte Z710 Gaming G1 motherboards feature a new socket LGA 1151 supporting the upcoming 6th Generation Intel Core Skylake processors. It also features Intel’s soon to be released 10 Series Express Chipset supporting DDR4 memory and more. The upcoming gaming motherboard series is headed by the company’s flagship, Gigabyte GA-Z170X Gaming G1, followed by the GA-Z170X Gaming 7, GA-Z170X Gaming 5 and GA-Z170X Gaming 3. Both the Gigabyte Z170X Gaming G1 and Gaming 7 features a White, Red and Black color scheme (White as the dominant color) and fresh looking heatsink design. Meanwhile, both the Z170X Gaming 5 and Gaming 3 features a Black and Red color scheme with a less aggressive looking heatsink design. More details below.
Gigabyte Z170X Gaming G1 LGA-1151 Motherboard
The Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming G1 is the company’s upcoming flagship gaming motherboard designed to support Intel’s 6th Generation Skylake Core processors. Some of its highlighted features include the following:
- Dual Channel DDR4 with 4 DIMM slots
- Intel USB 3.1 with USB Type-C support Power Delivery 2.0 for up to 35W
- 4-Way Graphics support with Exclusive Ultra Durable Metal Shielding over the PCIE Slots
- PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 Connector with up to 32Gbps Data Transfer Speed (Supports both PCIe and SATA SSD)
- 3x SATA Express Connectors
- HDMI 2.0 for 4K @ 60Hz and 21:9 aspect ratio
- Creative certified Sound Blaster ZxRi 120+dB SNR
- Killer DoubleShot Pro X3 for the best networking experience possible
- LED Trace Path with 7 Color Choice
- Water Cooling Ready heatsink design with G1/4 threaded fittings
- Gigabyte UEFI DualBIOS with Q-Flash Plus USB port
Truly, the Gigabyte Z170X Gaming G1 motherboard is something to really watch out for. Looking at the picture alone, the motherboard is screaming with features. Black and Red themed motherboards usually blend with your casing, specially if you have a black casing. But this one, it wants to be noticed and wants to show off itself.
There is one thing that I failed to see in this flagship motherboard. I wonder where Gigabyte placed the WiFi component. I’m pretty sure it will have a WiFi/Bluetooth component, since their current flagship GA-Z97X G1 Gaming WIFI BK has one (although it’s an add-in-card). I hope so, otherwise it would be a disappointment if the flagship motherboard didn’t have WIFI connectivity.
Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7 Motherboard
Following the flagship motherboard is the Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7. It looks somewhat similar with the flagship motherboard but comes with slightly fewer features. For starters, the SATA ports are black and the audio component used is also different. It only has three PCIE slots, fewer SATA ports, and the fewer power-phase components.
Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 5 Motherboard
Next in the Gaming series is the Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 5 motherboard. We don’t see the white shroud and heatsink anymore; instead the dominant color in this motherboard is black and red. The heatsink design looks simple as well.
The Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 5 features three PCIE x16 slots with Ultra Durable Metal Shielding, 4x PCIE x4 slots and even fewer SATA ports. However, it does have two M.2 PCIE slots, an AMP-UP audio component, and it looks like it has an 11 (or 12) phase power design.
Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 3 Motherboard
Finally, at the bottom of the Gaming series is the Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 3. It still features a black and red color scheme, but the heatsink design is somewhat different compared to the Gaming 5’s heatsink. It’s more subtle and simple, and honestly I think it looks better compared to the heatsink design on the Gaming 5. The board only has 7 (or 8) power phase design and it doesn’t have any debug LED code or onboard power/reset buttons either.
Basically, what you get with the Z170X Gaming 3 is the just basic features of a gaming motherboard and should be enough specially if you are in a tight budget.
Expect that these new Gigabyte Z170X Gaming motherboards will be released as soon as Intel officially launches the Intel 10 series chipset together with the 6th Generation Intel Core Skylake processors.