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With companies finding ways to pack more and more features into Mini-ITX motherboards the small form factor market has flourished over the past few years. We are finally seeing a lot of people running smaller builds at events as LAN rigs and the idea of a higher end build doesn’t require a case that hardly fits in your car and needs a backbelt to pickup anymore. In fact, even when looking past the smallest builds we have been seeing cases designed for Mini-ITX that are still more mid tower designs. This is because most builds only need a single video card these days and built in NICs have improved in quality, ITX boards now sometimes have wireless, and even onboard audio has improved (and some people have moved to USB audio). All of that means most people don’t really need huge builds. I already took a look at MSIs Z170 ITX gaming board and today I’m checking out the Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5, Gigabytes highest featured ITX board to see what they have packed into the ITX form factor.

Product Name: Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5

Review Sample Provided by: Gigabyte

Written by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes

Amazon Link: HERE

 

Specifications

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

Chipset Intel® Z170 Express Chipset
Memory

2 x DDR4 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory

Dual channel memory architecture

Support for DDR4 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

Onboard Graphics

Integrated Graphics Processor-Intel® HD Graphics support:

1 x DVI-D port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200@60 Hz

* The DVI-D port does not support D-Sub connection by adapter.

1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096x2160@24 Hz

* Support for HDMI 1.4 version.

Maximum shared memory of 512 MB

Audio

Realtek® ALC1150 codec

Support for Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3

High Definition Audio

2/4/5.1/7.1-channel

Support for S/PDIF Out

LAN Killer E2201 chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Wireless Communication module

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, supporting 2.4/5 GHz Dual-Band

Bluetooth 4.2, 4.1, BLE, 4.0, 3.0, 2.1+EDR

Support for 11ac wireless standard and up to 867 Mbps data rate

Expansion Slots

1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16

(The PCIEX16 slot conforms to PCI Express 3.0 standard.)

1 x M.2 Socket 1 connector for the wireless communication module (M2_WIFI)

Storage Interface

Chipset:

1 x M.2 Socket 3 connector on the back of the motherboard (Socket 3, M key, type 2260/2280 SATA & PCIe x4/x2/x1 SSD support)

2 x SATA Express connectors

6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors

Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10

USB

Chipset:

2 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports available through the internal USB headers

5 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (3 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB header)

Chipset+Intel® USB 3.1 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

6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors

2 x SATA Express connectors

1 x M.2 Socket 3 connector

1 x CPU fan header

1 x system fan header

1 x front panel header

1 x front panel audio header

1 x USB 3.0/2.0 header

1 x USB 2.0/1.1 header

1 x S/PDIF Out header

1 x speaker header

1 x Clear CMOS jumper

1 x chassis intrusion header

Back Panel Connectors

1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port

1 x HDMI port

2 SMA antenna connectors

1 x DVI-D port

1 x USB Type-C™ port, with USB 3.1 support

1 x USB 3.1 Type-A port (red)

3 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports

1 x RJ-45 port

1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector

5 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Line In, Line Out, Mic In)

I/O Controller iTE® I/O Controller Chip
H/W Monitoring

System voltage detection

CPU/System temperature detection

CPU/System fan speed detection

CPU/System overheating warning

CPU/System fan fail warning

CPU/System fan speed control

BIOS

2 x 64 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

3D OSD

@BIOS

AutoGreen

Cloud Station

EasyTune

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

Intel® Wireless Display

Operating System

Support for Windows 10/8.1 64-bit

Support for Windows 7 32-bit/64-bit

Form Factor Mini-ITX Form Factor; 17.0cm x 17.0cm
Box Contents

GA-Z170N-Gaming 5 motherboard

Motherboard driver disk

Two SATA cables

User's Manual

Quick Installation Guide

One antenna

I/O Shield

Wireless module driver disk

 

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garfi3ld replied the topic: #37705 26 Feb 2016 16:14
Today I have a look at the top Z170 ITX option from Gigabyte as I continue to look at options for our upcoming Lunchbox build

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