Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5 Mini-ITX Motherboard Review

System Overview & Testing Procedures
The Z170N-Gaming 5 was installed in our test bench, which we use to test all of our motherboards. All of the hardware besides the motherboard stays the same to keep things uniform.

Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5 Mini-ITX Motherboard

Test System Specs
Processor: Intel Core i7-6700K
Video Card: MSI GTX 770 Gaming
Motherboard: MSI Z170A SLI Plus
Memory: 16 GB Crucial DDR4
Storage: 120GB Kingston HyperX 3K
Power: Corsair AX860i
Cooling: Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme
Case: HighSpeed PC Top Deck Tech Station

First off we will running the processor and motherboard and the default optimized settings in the BIOS (as if you would restore the defaults on the board). We feel that this is how most users will have their systems configured. So everything will be on auto.

We will be comparing the following motherboards:

ASRock Z170 Extreme 7+
Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5
Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming G1
MSI Z170A Gaming M5
MSI Z170A SLI Plus

Our testing procedures have been updated, I have organized them into the following sections below.

Overall System Testing
PCMark 8
– Home Benchmark
– Work Benchmark
– Creative Benchmark
PCMark 7
SiSoftware Sandra
– Overall System Benchmark

CPU Testing
SiSoftware Sandra
– Processor Arithmetic
– Processor Multi-Media
CINEBENCH R11.5 64-bit
x264 HD Benchmark 5.0

Graphics Testing
– Fire Strike Extreme Benchmark
– Fire Strike Benchmark
– Sky Diver Benchmark
Heaven Benchmark 5.0

SATA, USB & Network Testing
SiSoftware Sandra
– Network (LAN) Benchmark

Now let’s get to testing!

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