In the past testing USB and SATA was a lot more important because a lot of the boards used different controllers but with Z170 the built in Intel controllers for both are top notch so the differences between the boards are minimal at best. The Gaming 5 was within a few MB/s compared to all of the Z170 boards I tested. In USB 3.0 testing the results were similar with the Gaming 5 actually being the fastest out of the bunch with the exception of when using USB 3.1 Boost on the MSI board.

SATA3 Read Speed
MSI Z170A Gaming M5 435.6
Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7 442.8
MSI Z170I Gaming Pro AC 444.4
Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5 438.2
USB 3.1 Read Speed
MSI Z170A Gaming M5 220.3
Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7 251.5
MSI Z170I Gaming Pro AC


280.9 w/USB 3.1 Boost

Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5 254.6


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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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