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Gigabyte Z170XP-SLI Motherboard Review

Rating: 7.5.

Gigabyte’s Z170XP-SLI is aiming to tempt users looking for a motherboard that offers the Z170 platform’s core features, but without requiring a significant cash outlay. In the Z170XP-SLI, Gigabyte offers one of the lowest cost boards to support SLI, while also retaining features such as USB 3.1, USB Type-C, and a 32Gbps M.2 connector.

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Gigabyte manages to cut costs and squeeze SLI certification into the Z170XP-SLI motherboard’s ~£110 price tag by minimising the number of add-on features. Intel’s healthy Z170 chipset makes such a design methodology possible, although noticeable divergences from the low-cost approach come in the way of an upgraded audio system, USB 3.1 ports, and no less than three SATA-Express connectors.

Can the Z170XP-SLI prove that jumping onto the Skylake platform does not have to be a costly activity?

Features:

  • Fast USB 3.1 with USB Type-C™ – The World’s Next Universal Connector
  • 3-Way Graphics with Premium PCIe Lane
  • PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 Connector with up to 32Gb/s Data Transfer (PCIe & SATA SSD support)
  • 3 SATA Express Connectors for up to 16Gb/s Data Transfer
  • 115dB SNR HD Audio with Built-in Rear Audio Amplifier
  • High Quality Audio Capacitors and Audio Noise Guard with LED Trace Path Lighting
  • Intel® GbE LAN with cFos Speed Internet Accelerator Software
  • APP Center Including EasyTune™ and Cloud Station™ Utilities
  • GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™ Technology

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