The Gigabyte GA-Z179X Gaming 7 motherboard is an enthusiast gaming platform. This board is expensive at $220.
- Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3 Certified Motherboard
- Supports 6th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor
- Dual Channel DDR4, 4 DIMMs
- Intel® USB 3.1 with USB Type-C™ – The World’s Next Universal Connector
- 3-Way Graphics Support with Exclusive Ultra Durable Metal Shielding over the PCIe Slots
- Dual PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 Connectors with up to 32Gb/s Data Transfer (PCIe NVMe & SATA SSD support)
- 3 SATA Express Connectors for up to 16Gb/s Data Transfer
- Integrated HDMI 2.0 support
- Creative SoundCore™ 3D Gaming Audio
- Killer™ E2400 and Intel® Gaming Networks
- LED Trace Path with Multi-Color Choice
- APP Center Including EasyTune™ and Cloud Station™ Utilities
- GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™ Technology
The Gigabyte GA-Z179X Gaming 7 is a great contender for extreme gaming. Loaded with the new Samsung 960 SSD and the i7-6700K this board can handle the most ambitious video cards out there.
The Thunderbolt technology still has not gained much traction in the market. Now its being integrated into USB 3.1 with the new universal reversible connector,. The Z170 provides 4 PCI Express lanes to power the Alpine Ridge USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt.
The Gaming 7 provides a 12-phase power delivery system hidden under the two VRM heatsinks. This makes it easy to overclock the K versions of t5 and i7 processors.
The sound quality is excellent on the Gaming 7 with the Creative Soundcore. The soundtrack is important for gaming and Gigabyte went for the best available.
Thanks to DDR4’s higher-density modules, up to 64GB of RAM can be installed with all four slots populated. Gigabyte uses slots with locking mechanisms on only one end, which can make life easier when swapping DIMMs in crowded cases.
Gigabyte’s cowling over the regulator has several LED lights to provide lighting inside the case. The color varies depending on the model of motherboard. The Gaming 7 has RFB color so it can change as desired. The cowling can be removed.
There’s a lot to like about Gigabyte’s Z170X-Gaming 7. The board makes full use of the resources the Z170 chipset offers. The slots are spaced properly so that x1 devices can still be used. Gigabyte was clearly thinking with this design. The Gaming 7 is definitely a fine choice for extreme gaming.
This board easily fits into most chassis easily. The triangle on the CPU should point at the circle on the CPU socket.
Installing a M.2 SSD makes perfect sense with the Gaming 7. The Samsung 960 Pro 2TB is ideal for gaming.