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Gigabyte Z270X-Ultra Gaming Motherboard Review

We will be outlining the Gigabyte Z270X-Ultra Gaming motherboard’s performance with the Core i7 7700K CPU and 32GB of 3200MHz G.Skill Trident Z DDR4 memory.

By default the Gigabyte Z270X-Ultra Gaming motherboard applies a multi-core turbo (MCT) state and forces the 7700K to a constant 4.5GHz when XMP is enabled. Overclocked performance will be outlined later in the review.

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Z270 Motherboard Test System:

Comparison Z270 Motherboards:

  • ASUS ROG Maximus IX Formula
  • Gigabyte Z270X-Ultra Gaming

Drivers and UEFI:

  • Intel Chipset 10.1.1.38
  • Nvidia GeForce 376.33 VGA drivers.
  • Gigabyte UEFI F2

Tests:

  • Cinebench R15 – All-core CPU benchmark (CPU)
  • HandBrake 1.0.0 – Convert 6.27GB 4K video recording using the Normal Profile setting and MP4 container (CPU)
  • SiSoft Sandra 2016 SP1 – Processor Arithmetic Test (CPU) and Memory Bandwidth Test (Memory)
  • 7-Zip 16.04 x64 – Built-in 7-Zip benchmark test (CPU)
  • AIDA64 Engineer 5.80.4000 – System stress test and cache & memory benchmark (Memory and Power)
  • 3DMark Fire Strike v1.1 – Fire Strike (1080p) test (Gaming)
  • Ashes of the Singularity – Built-in benchmark tool CPU-Focused test, 1920 x 1080, Extreme quality preset, DX12 version (Gaming)
  • Metro: Last Light Redux – Built-in benchmark tool, 1920 x 1080, Very High quality, SSAA, AF 16X, Tessellation: High (Gaming)
  • ATTO – M.2, USB 3.0, USB 3.1, and SATA 6Gbps transfer rates (Motherboard)
  • RightMark Audio Analyzer – Record and playback test using a line-in to line-out loopback with a 3.5mm audio cable (Motherboard)

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