Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming 7-EK Socket LGA1151 HDMI DisplayPort ATX Motherboard

  • Intel Z170 Express Chipset
  • GIGABYTE X EKWB Water Block Limited Edition
  • Intel Socket LGA1151
  • ATX Form Factor

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    Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming 7-EK Socket LGA1151 HDMI DisplayPort ATX Motherboard Product Description

    Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming 7-EK Socket LGA1151 HDMI DisplayPort ATX Motherboard 

    Designed and engineered in co-operation with EK Water Blocks, this monoblock uses award winning EK-Supremacy EVO cooling engine to ensure best possible CPU cooling. This water block directly cools Intel LGA-1151 socket type CPU and power regulation (MOSFET) module as water flows directly over all critical areas. It is a very high flow water block that can be easily used with the system using weaker water pumps.
    Base of the monoblock is made of nickel-plated electrolytic copper while the top is made of quality acrylic glass material. The nickel plated brass screw-in standoffs are pre-installed and allow for easy installation. Unlike other solution on the market, this is a true one-piece, sturdy and reliable liquid cooling product which requires only two connector fittings for proper operation (not enclosed).
    EK-TIM Ectotherm, best in-class thermal compound (electrically non-conductive) is enclosed. High quality thermal pads are used on voltage regulator modules to improve cooling performance of the monoblock and ensure you the best possible overclocking and thermal performance.

    Intel Thunderbolt 3 Certified Motherboard
    GIGABYTE X EKWB Water Block Limited Edition
    Supports 6th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor
    Dual Channel DDR4, 4 DIMMs
    Intel® USB 3.1 with USB Type-C - The World's Next Universal Connector
    3-Way Graphics Support with Exclusive Ultra Durable Metal Shielding over the PCIe Slots
    Dual PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 Connectors with up to 32Gb/s Data Transfer (PCIe NVMe & SATA SSD support)
    3 SATA Express Connectors for up to 16Gb/s Data Transfer
    Integrated HDMI 2.0 support
    Creative SoundCore™ 3D Gaming Audio
    Killer E2400 and Intel Gaming Networks
    LED Trace Path with Multi-Color Choice
    APP Center Including EasyTune™ and Cloud Station™ Utilities
    GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™ Technology

    CPU Support for Intel Core i7 processors/Intel Core i5 processors/ Intel Core i3 processors/Intel Pentium processors/ Intel Celeron processors in the LGA1151 package
    L3 cache varies with CPU
    (Please refer "CPU Support List" for more information.)

    Chipset Intel Z170 Express Chipset

    4 x DDR4 DIMM sockets supporting up to 64 GB of system memory * Due to a Windows 32-bit operating system limitation, when more than 4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed will be less than the size of the physical memory installed.
    Dual channel memory architecture
    Support for DDR4 3866(O.C)/3733(O.C)/3666(O.C) /3600(O.C.) /3466(O.C.) /3400(O.C.) /3333(O.C.) /3300(O.C.) /3200(O.C.) /3000(O.C.) /2800(O.C.) /2666(O.C.) /2400(O.C.) /2133 MHz memory modules
    Support for ECC UDIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8 memory modules (operate in non-ECC mode)
    Support for non-ECC UDIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8/1Rx16 memory modules
    Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules
    (Please refer "Memory Support List" for more information.)

    Onboard Graphics
    Integrated Graphics Processor-Intel® HD Graphics support:
    1 x DisplayPort, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096x2304@60 Hz
    * Support for DisplayPort 1.2 version. ŠŠ Integrated Graphics Processor+MegaChips MCDP2800 chip:
    1 x HDMI 2.0 port
    Requires the latest Intel® Graphic Driver from GIGABYTE website.
    Maximum shared memory of 512 MB

    Creative® Sound Core 3D chip
    Support for Sound Blaster Recon3Di
    TI Burr Brown OPA2134 operational amplifier
    High Definition Audio
    Support for S/PDIF Out

    1 x Intel® GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)(LAN1)
    1 x Killer E2400 chip (10/100/1000 Mbit) (LAN2)
    * Teaming is not supported.

    Expansion Slots
    1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16)
    * For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16 slot.
    1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8)
    * The PCIEX8 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX16 slot. When the PCIEX8 slot is populated, the PCIEX16 slot will operate at up to x8 mode.
    1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4)
    * The PCIEX4 slot shares bandwidth with the M2H_32G connector. The PCIEX4 slot will become unavailable when an SSD is installed in the M2H_32G connector.
    3 x PCI Express x1 slots
    (All of the PCI Express slots conform to PCI Express 3.0 standard.)

    Multi-Graphics Technology
    Support for NVIDIA Quad-GPU SLI and 2-Way NVIDIA SLI technologies
    Support for AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX and 3-Way/2-Way AMD CrossFire technologies

    Storage Interface
    2 x M.2 Socket 3 connectors (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280 SATA & PCIe x4/x2/x1 SSD support)
    3 x SATA Express connectors
    6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3 0~5)
    Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
    * Refer to "1-10 Internal Connectors," for the supported configurations with the M.2, SATA Express, and SATA connectors.
    ASMedia® ASM1061 chip:
    2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3 6~7), supporting AHCI mode only

    5 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports on the back panel
    4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (available through the internal USB headers)
    Chipset+Renesas USB 3.0 Hub:
    4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (available through the internal USB headers)
    Chipset+Intel Thunderbolt 3 Controller:
    1 x USB Type-C port on the back panel, with USB 3.1 support
    1 x USB 3.1 Type-A port (red) on the back panel

    Internal I/O Connectors
    1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
    1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
    2 x M.2 Socket 3 connectors
    3 x SATA Express connectors
    8 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
    1 x I/O shield audio LED power connector
    1 x CPU fan header
    1 x water cooling fan header (CPU_OPT)
    3 x system fan headers
    1 x front panel header
    1 x front panel audio header
    2 x USB 3.0/2.0 headers
    2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
    1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header
    1 x serial port header
    1 x Clear CMOS jumper
    1 x power button
    1 x reset button
    1 x Clear CMOS button
    1 x ECO button
    1 x OC button
    1 x audio gain control switch
    Voltage Measurement Points
    1 x BIOS switch

    Back Panel Connectors
    1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
    1 x DisplayPort
    1 x HDMI port
    1 x USB Type-C port, with USB 3.1 support
    1 x USB 3.1 Type-A port (red)
    5 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
    2 x RJ-45 ports
    1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
    5 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Line In/Mic In, Line Out, Headphone)

    I/O Controller iTE® I/O Controller Chip

    H/W Monitoring
    System voltage detection
    CPU/System/Chipset temperature detection
    CPU/CPU OPT/System fan speed detection
    CPU/System/Chipset overheating warning
    CPU/CPU OPT/System fan fail warning
    CPU/CPU OPT/System fan speed control
    * Whether the fan speed control function is supported will depend on the cooler you install.

    2 x 128 Mbit flash
    Use of licensed AMI UEFI BIOS
    Support for DualBIOS
    PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0

    Unique Features
    Support for APP Center
    * Available applications in APP Center may vary by motherboard model. Supported functions of each application may also vary depending on motherboard specifications.
    3D OSD
    Ambient LED
    Cloud Station
    Easy RAID
    Fast Boot
    Smart TimeLock
    Smart Keyboard
    Smart Backup
    System Information Viewer
    USB Blocker
    Support for Q-Flash
    Support for Smart Switch
    Support for Xpress Install

    Bundle Software
    Norton Internet Security (OEM version)
    Intel Smart Response Technology

    Operating System
    Support for Windows 10/8.1 64-bit
    Support for Windows 7 32-bit/64-bit
    * Please download the "Windows USB Installation Tool" from GIGABYTE's website and install it before installing Windows 7.

    Form Factor  ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm

    Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming 7-EK Socket LGA1151 HDMI DisplayPort ATX Motherboard Product Reviews

    Technical Specifications


    Product Type Motherboard - ATX
    Chipset Type Intel Z170 Express
    Processor Socket LGA1151 Socket
    Max Processors Qty 1
    Compatible Processors Pentium, Celeron, Core i5, Core i3, Core i7

    Supported RAM

    Max Size 64 GB
    Technology DDR4
    Bus Clock 2133 MHz, 2800 MHz (O.C.), 2666 MHz (O.C.), 2400 MHz (O.C.), 3000 MHz (O.C.), 3200 MHz (O.C.), 3300 MHz (O.C.), 3400 MHz (O.C.), 3333 MHz (O.C.), 3466 MHz (O.C.), 3733 MHz (O.C.), 3600 MHz (O.C.), 3666 MHz (O.C.), 3866 MHz (O.C.)
    Supported RAM Integrity Check Non-ECC
    Registered or Buffered Unbuffered
    Features Dual channel memory architecture, Intel Extreme Memory Profiles (XMP)


    Graphics Controller MegaChips MCDP2800
    Max Allocated RAM Size 1024 MB


    Type HD Audio (8-channel)
    Audio Codec Creative Sound Core3D
    Compliant Standards High Definition Audio


    Network Interfaces 2 x Gigabit Ethernet

    Expansion / Connectivity

    Expansion Slots 1 x CPU ¦ 4 x DIMM 288-pin ¦ 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 ( x16 mode (x8 mode if PCI Express 3.0 x8 slot is occupied) ) ¦ 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 ( x8 mode ) ¦ 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 ( x4 mode ) ¦ 3 x PCIe 3.0 x1
    Storage Interfaces SATA-600 / PCIe 3.0 -connectors: 6 x 7pin SATA, 2 x M.2, 3 x SATA Express port - RAID 0 / RAID 1 / RAID 10 / RAID 5 ¦ ASMedia ASM1061: SATA-600 -connectors: 2 x 7pin Serial ATA - 2 devices
    RAID Features Intel Smart Response Technology
    Interfaces 2 x LAN (Gigabit Ethernet) ¦ 1 x HDMI ¦ 5 x USB 3.0 ¦ 1 x DisplayPort ¦ 1 x audio line-out - mini-jack ¦ 1 x audio line-in - mini-jack ¦ 1 x microphone - mini-jack ¦ 1 x audio line-out (rear) - mini-jack ¦ 1 x audio line-out (center/subwoofer) - mini-jack ¦ 1 x PS/2 keyboard / mouse ¦ 1 x USB 3.1 ¦ 1 x USB-C ¦ 1 x TOSLINK
    Internal Interfaces 4 x USB 2.0 - header ¦ 4 x USB 3.0 - header ¦ 1 x audio - header ¦ 1 x serial - header
    Power Connectors 24-pin main power connector, 8-pin ATX12V connector


    BIOS Type AMI
    BIOS Features WfM 2.0 support, UEFI BIOS, SMBIOS 2.7 support, DMI 2.7 support, ACPI 5.0 support, Dual BIOS
    Hardware Monitoring CPU core temperature, chassis temperature, CPU fan tachometer, chassis fan tachometer, system voltage, CPU overheating protection
    Hardware Features Q-Flash, AutoGreen, NVIDIA Quad SLI Technology Support, NVIDIA 2-way SLI Technology Support, Ultra Durable, AMD CrossFireX technology support, AMD Quad CrossFireX technology support, AMD 3-way CrossFireX technology support, Easy RAID Installer, 4K Ultra HD ready, GIGABYTE AMP-UP Audio, Gold Plated Audio Hardware, Black Solid Capacitors, Clear CMOS Button, GIGABYTE USB DAC-UP, upgradable OP-AMP, GIGABYTE Smart Switch, TI Burr Brown OPA2134 operational amplifier, GIGABYTE Ambient LED, Turbo B-Clock, LED Trace Path, Ultra Durable PCIe Metal Shielding


    Included Accessories I/O back cover, EK water block
    Cables Included 4 x Serial ATA cable ¦ 1 x SLI bridge
    Software Included Drivers & Utilities, Norton Internet Security, @BIOS, EasyTune, Cloud Station, Xpress Install, GIGABYTE USB Blocker, GIGABYTE App Center, Smart TimeLock, SBX Pro Studio, GIGABYTE Fast Boot, GIGABYTE Smart Keyboard, GIGABYTE Smart Backup
    Compliant Standards Plug and Play
    Width 30.5 cm
    Depth 24.4 cm

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