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Gigabyte unveils high-end Intel Z170-based mini-ITX mainboard

Gigabyte Technology has introduced its new mini-ITX mainboard for Intel Corp.’s “Skylake” processors with premium features. The new platform supports a number of advanced technologies, including Creative SoundBlaster audio enhancements, USB 3.1 type-C port, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and so on.

The Gigabyte GA-Z170N-Gaming 5 mainboard based on the Intel Z170 core-logic with LGA1151 socket is designed for Intel’s latest Core i-series “Skylake” microprocessors and has high-quality five-phase voltage regulator module (VRM). The motherboard features 24-pin ATX main power connector and 8-pin ATX 12V power connector.

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The new GA-Z170N-Gaming 5 mainboard sports two DDR4 memory slots, one reinforced PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot for graphics cards, one high-performance M.2 connector (with PCI Express 3.0 x4 interface) for advanced solid-state drives, two SATA Express connectors, six Serial ATA-6Gb/s ports, 8-channel Realtek ALC1150 audio with Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi MB3 software enhancements, six USB 3.0 ports, one USB 3.1 type-C port powered by an Intel USB 3.1 controller and so on.

The new mini-ITX mainboard features advanced networking connectivity capabilities, such as a Killer E2200 Gigabit Ethernet controller that speeds up gaming traffic and minimizes latency. In addition, the mainboard is equipped with an Intel mini PCI Express card with Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2 support. The Wi-Fi solution has two antennas and supports bandwidth of up to 867Mb/s.

The GA-Z170N-Gaming 5 mainboard uses high-quality components, including solid-state chokes and capacitors to improve durability of the product. Like other Intel Z170-based motherboards, the mini-ITX mainboard from Gigabyte supports basic overclocking capabilities.

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Pricing of Gigabyte’s GA-Z170N-Gaming 5 is unknown, but do not expect it to be affordable. The mainboard features a number of high-end technologies and will naturally belong to the list of Gigabyte’s premium products.

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KitGuru Says: The Gigabyte GA-Z170N-Gaming 5 will allow to build very high-end systems in a very small form-factor. In fact, the only technology that the mainboard does not seem to support is Thunderbolt 3, which is supported by larger motherboards based on Intel Z170 from Gigabyte.

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