Gigabyte has just unveiled their new Gaming G1 Series Z170 motherboards at Computex 2015. These have to be some of the most impressive motherboards we have seen so far at Computex! These motherboards feature a brand new color design that has an all black PCB, with white and red accents that just looks awesome! The three motherboards that Gigabye was showing off include the Z170X-Gaming G1, Z170X-Gaming GT, Z170X-Gaming 7, Z170X-Gaming 5, Z170X-Gaming 3, and H170-Gaming 3.
Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming G1
The Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming G1 will be the flagship motherboard in the Z170 Gaming series. It features an impressive 20 phase power design (16+4 phases). The power delivery components are covered by large heatsinks that actually have liquid cooling channels in them with G1/4 threaded fittings. This will allow you to easily add the motherboard to your custom cooling loop. There are four DDR4 DIMM slots that are color coded (red / black) for dual channel operation. At the top corner of the board we have power and reset buttons, OC button, ECO button, along with a post code display.
As far as expansion slots go you have four PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots that are spaced perfectly for 4-way SLI and CrossFire configurations. There are also two PCI-Express x1 slots and two M.2 (32GB/s) ports. Gigabyte has done something no one else has done on a motherboard, they have added metal shielding to the PCI-Express slots, which looks awesome!
As far as storage goes you have three SATA Express ports and four SATA 6GB/s ports. But of course if you are not using the SATA Express connectors you can make use of two of the SATA connections on each SATA Express connector, so in total you have the ability to have 10 SATA 6GB/s ports. Also the SATA ports are all white, which matches with this board perfectly. There are also two USB 3.0 headers located at the above the SATA ports.
Other noteable features of this motherboard is that it makes use of the new Intel Thunderbolt and USB 3.1 controller so it has a USB Type-C connection on the rear I/O. The board has a 3-way KILLER NIC setup, so you have two wired Killer NIC Ethernet ports and Killer wireless. The audio solution is a Creative certified Sound Blaster ZxRi 120+dB SNR.
Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming GT
The Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming GT is slightly cut down version of the G1. Gone is the hybrid liquid cooling for the power components, you only have three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots, the network solution is Killer + Intel, you have slightly less power phases, and the audio chip has also been slightly cut down with less features.
Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 7
The Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 7 is slightly cut down even more with less power phases for the CPU and a single M.2 slot. This is also the last motherboard in the higher-end part of the Z170 Gaming G1 series. All of the rest of the motherboards do not have a cover over the rear I/O and audio solution. The other models also don’t have much white in them, take a look.
Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 5
Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 3
Gigabyte H170-Gaming 3
Gigabyte will also have an H170-based gaming board as well. It will only support 2-way graphics card solutions. The OC and ECO buttons are not present as overclocking will not be enabled on the H170 chipset.
Here is a shot of all the new gaming motherboards!
Images courtesy of 4Gamer, itFree4u.