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Gigabyte Z170XP-SLI Motherboard Review

3DMark

We used 3DMark‘s ‘Fire Strike Ultra’ benchmark which is designed to be used on high-resolution gaming PCs.

3dmark

Sandra Processor Arithmetic

sandra arith

Sandra Memory Bandwidth

sandra mem band

Solid performance is shown by Gigabyte's board in the 3DMark Physics and Sandra CPU arithmetic tests.

The Sandra memory bandwidth result is about 10GB/s off the mark of the competing pair, so this gives an indication that Gigabyte currently has a BIOS bug which is hampering memory performance.

We used the latest F4b BIOS, which is technically in beta form, although we have seen Gigabyte use its beta BIOS profiles as the latest updates for many months on some motherboards. The issue is present on the Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 operating systems that we tested, with multiple memory kits, and while using different overclocked settings.

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