( 4.6 Average / 37 Ratings )
Think of this board as the poor man's Maximus VIII Gene, since it's about the cheapest SLI-capable mATX Z170 board out there. Great onboard audio solution (more important at smaller form factors, since you may not be able to just pop in a sound card).
OCs well - my 6600K is happily humming along at 4.4GHz and it picked up the RAM's XMP profile immediately. While the UEFI is a bit retro looking, it's easily navigated and things are where you'd expect them to be.
The board is definitely picky about RAM, so look at Gigabyte's QVL list before buying.
Good looks paired with a pleasantly rational layout and an amusing glowing LED trace. I also appreciate the heatsinks around the CPU socket not being ridiculously huge, since I still love big air coolers.
Very nice, not alot fan headers, and 1 pin on my USB 3 is bended, but i fix it my self. but overll its very good and i like the LED on the motherboard
Extremely full featured mATX board, as well as one of the nicest looking motherboards I've ever laid eyes on. The HOTS box is a little bit gimmicky though.
Very nice motherboard, I like that all the SATA ports face the side rather than the front, that really helps with cable management. The on board audio doesn't leave much to be desired and if it did you can just swap out OP amps to suit. Killer Ethernet is great so far. And it's the only board I found that will do SLI for under $180. The only downfall I have run into so far is that the PCIe 1x slot is unusable with a 2 slot video card.
Excellent motherboard. Allowed me to quickly and easily XMP my RAM and overclock my CPU.
Being a mATX mobo as well, it allows me to possibly get a second video card while still retaining a small form factor.
I wanted a mATX board with on-board audio that could replace my ASUS DG sound card. I’ve used a half-dozen Gigabyte boards, and their QC is top-notch. This board is no exception, with quality capacitors, heat sinks, and board work. I've been especially please with the BIOS, which is light years ahead of my previous Gigabyte P43 (LGA775) chipset board.
I thought this is one of those MATX mobos that supports SLI until I realized I probably won't ever need to SLI anything. Solid build, as is known, with all ports functionality working well. Has a vide range of extentions you can later use. A bit pricey though.
Works as advertised. Ports have a solid feel to them. BIOS interface is intuitive and make overclocking easy. Settings are easy to find.
Great motherboard, easy to use BIOS and good features.
Despite it's mATX size it could easily accommodate a large double tower Noctua NH-D14 cooler and a GTX 970 GPU. Has Audio LED track lighting that can pulse in time to music that looks neat if you have a case with clear viewing windows. The onboard soundcard seem to sound good enough to me.
Comes with plenty of USB 3.0 on the I/O as well as headers for the front input in USB 3.0 and 2.0. Comes with 1 USB 3.1 for super fast file transfers to an external drive. Of course has the run of the mill outputs for DVI, HDMI, and VGA, and general audio.
Also come with software that should make it easy to overclock on unlocked CPUs. The Sata express port will probably never be used since that technology has not become very mainstream, but is compatible with Sata 3 devices. The M.2 connector.....while a nice thought, is shoved between the CPU port/Cooler and the 1st PCIe slot. In my setup it would never fit, and if it did it would end up with a lot of heatsoak from both the CPU and GPU.