Top-end Skylake motherboard with elite-level features
The Gigabyte Z170X Ultra motherboard provides enthusiasts and anyone new to PC building with a range of top-level features for their new gaming PC at a reasonable price. Investing $160 in the Z170X Ultra allows you to craft a high-quality Skylake gaming PC featuring Intel’s sixth generation of processors and fast DDR4 RAM. Read on to find out more about Gigabyte’s Z170X Ultra board.
The board is feature-packed, giving anyone who wants to get into PC building and gaming plenty of toys to play with, while at the same time coming in considerably cheaper than a motherboard based on the X99 chipset.
So, a top Skylake motherboard? Let’s take a closer look and find out.
The board is impressively styled, rocking a clean and high quality matte-black and graphite look, that is emphasized by eye-catching red LEDs. It’s solid and well built too.
Here’s a Gigabyte Z170X Ultra PC to get you gaming for $830
The Gigabyte Z170X Ultra uses Intel’s latest chipset and supports socket 1151 processors, allowing you to choose a processor from the sixth generation of Intel CPUs, from the top of the range i7-6700K to the more conservatively priced i3-6100, and everything in the middle.
Plus, with Intel’s Kaby Lake processors – expected to release early in 2017 – also supporting socket 1151, investing in the Z170X Ultra gives you a clear upgrade path if you want to test out the 7th generation of Intel chips.
Build a Z170X Gaming PC – The Parts
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Total price: $830
The Gigabyte Z170X Ultra supports the latest DDR4 RAM, with the board sporting four memory slots allowing you to install a maximum of 64GB of memory.
The board supports RAM modules up to DDR4 3866MHz.
It boasts a host of other features too, including:
- 2-way SLI and CrossFire multi GPU set-ups
- Intel Thunderbolt 3 certified – Thunderbolt 3 uses USB-C technology to deliver lightning-fast performance, and to combine data, video and power signals in a single hardware interface
- Intel USB 3.1 support
- A dedicated NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 22110 M.2 Interface & U.2 Interface for Intel SSD 750 – to allow for the installation of ultra-fast storage devices
- Gigabyte Dual BIOS technology
- Ambient LED lighting to make your PC look GOOD
What does it sound like?
With a superb range of connectors and functionality you might wonder whether the board’s audio is any good.
Rest assured, the Z170X Ultra comes equipped with high definition audio powered by Realtek ALC892, that delivers clean and crisp audio playback.
The board features high-quality gold capacitors, and the onboard audio circuitry is on a section of the motherboard that is electronically separated from the rest of the board, reducing interference, and delivering great sound.
The result is great audio whether you’re listening to music, gaming or watching a movie.
And the BIOS?
The BIOS on the Z170X Ultra features a new look for Gigabyte, with the manufacturer adding flyout menus and generally updating the traditional Gigabyte look.
Navigation is a little tricky as there’s no discernible trail to follow in and out of the various menus, but everything you need is there.
You just might need to do a little digging to find it.
For enthusiasts, there’s all of the expected voltages and frequencies to adjust and everyone will benefit from the included preset cooling options.
This award-winning board delivers excellent performance and plenty of features for the price.
I’d recommend it to anyone building a gaming PC for the first time, as well as enthusiasts who are looking to build their second or third rig.
It’s Time to Build
If this Gigabyte Z170X Ultra build is your first PC, firstly congratulations! Building a gaming PC saves you a tonne of cash, plus you’ll learn a few things too.
There’s a tonne of reasons you should build your own PC and not buy pre-built.
But if you’re a little unsure about where to start, I’ve pulled together a comprehensive step-by-step guide, and a series of very short and simple to follow videos.
If you click the icon in the top left of the below window you’ll bring up the video playlist where you can watch everything from installing a CPU fan to adding a hard drive to your system.
If you’ve got any questions about building a gaming PC, leave a message in the comments section below, or tweet us directly.
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