Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 Ultra Durable Motherboard Review: Affordable, Uncompromising
Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 Layout And Features
The GA-Z170-UD5 sports a gold-on-black motif throughout, which is subtle and elegant. An ambient LED feature compliments the color scheme even further. This is a snazzy strip of light that runs along the lower left portion of the board around the AMP-UP audio chip. It can be customized via the included software to assume a variety of colors. It also can be set to pulse or even beat in tandem to your music. The complete board is set atop what the company is calling a "2x Copper PCB" design. What you get is a multi-layer PCB sandwiched between two double-thick layers of copper (.07mm versus .035mm traditionally, to be exact). The layout is mostly forgiving—offering adequate space and room to seat components without a blood sacrifice from builders.
Moving from right to left here, we have more black capacitors dotting the upper-right portion of the board. The large red power button is set furthest right near the Post Coder debugging LED. Use the resulting codes to assess issues which may prevent your system from posting. To the left of this is the overclocking and ECO buttons for single-click boosts to performance or power efficiency. Just above these we find the black Clear CMOS button and a white system Reset button. Completing this sections is the 24-pin header for the PSU, another 4-pin system fan header and a pair of USB 3.0 headers that support four front panel USB 3.0 ports.
Gigabyte has tossed in a high definition audio chip dubbed AMP-Up Audio. It is a Realtek ALC1150 8-channel audio codec that kicks out stellar audio in games, movies and music. Above this we have the Dual Intel GbE LAN component. The included software allows customization of the GbE LAN to favor or restrict traffic for specific applications as needed. The Turbo B-Clock, at the top of this image, allows users to set irregular BCLK frequency ranges. Ever wanted to go below a 100x multiplier. The Turbo B-Clock allows for ranges from 90Mhz to 500Mhz.
The Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 motherboard may not be as flashy as its Gaming-G1 sibling. Still it shows some flare of its own in a more subdued and well-equipped with a host of features that go beyond what its price point might suggest. The layout is clean and stylish with plenty of room to build. Now lets checkout the UEFI BIOS and get this puppy overclocked.