In this episode of our weekly tech podcast we talk about our review of Gigabyte’s Z170N-Gaming 5 Mini-ITX motherboard, Intel moving to the 10nm manufacturing process in 2017, AMD’s progress on Zen, HMB2 production ramping up and more!
The mini-ITX form factor is becoming extremely popular with gamers who will be using a single graphics card because it allows them to build a system with premium components that is small and easy enough to take with them to LAN parties or other events. The problem with mini-ITX motherboards has been that they lack many features that their larger ATX counterparts offer. Well Gigabyte is changing that with their Z170N-Gaming 5 motherboard that has all of the features you would want in a full-size ATX motherboard, but in the tiny mini-ITX form factor. Gigabyte was able to pack in Killer E2200 gaming networking, Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3 support, a PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 slot, two USB 3.1 ports (1x Type-C, 1x Type-A), and even 802.11ac dual band wireless. Gigabyte wants this to be the perfect board for gamers building in the mini-ITX form factor. Is it? Let’s take a look and find out!
Traditionally Gigabyte is known as one of the go to gaming and overclocking board manufacturers. In fact their entire Z170 launch was focused entirely on the G1 Gaming line. Well as we know and expect there are always more boards to come in a second wave a few months or so after every new chipset launch. In this case we are getting a whole set of workstation motherboard from Gigabyte.
Gigabyte’s Z170 G1 Gaming series has been very successful thanks in part to the awesome feature set as well as the great color choices and aesthetics. The line is fairly well filled out with board options, but there has been a gap in boards between the G5 and the G7 gaming boards.
For years Gigabyte has been a leader in aftermarket cooling for GPU with their Windforce line. More recently they added the G1 Gaming line and stepped up the performance just a little bit more. And now towards the end of the lifespan of Nvidia’s 9 series GPU, they are releasing a brand new series of cards called Xtreme Gaming.
EK Water Blocks, Ljubljana based premium liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is proud to release GIGABYTE Z170X motherboard monoblock – EK-FB Z170X Monoblock. It’s compatible with three GIGABYTE Z170X motherboard models – Gaming 5, Gaming 7 and UD5 TH.
With the successful debut of the GTX 950 XTREME GAMING graphics card, GIGABYTE, the world’s leading premium gaming hardware manufacturer, is ready to roll out five more high-end cards in its premium XTREME GAMING lineup, each crafted with overpowering performance, astonishing design, and added gamer-centric features to take gaming experience to a whole new level.
Gigabyte has released another Z170 motherboard in its coveted G1.Gaming series, the Z170X-Gaming 6. The board is of course targeted at gamers and enthusiasts. The ATX board gets power from a combination of 24-pin and 8-pin EPS connectors and features an 11-phase CPU VRM. There are large heatsinks that cover the VRM area and a large cover on the I/O area.
GIGABYTE, the world’s leading premium gaming hardware manufacturer, today announced the GeForce GTX 980 WATERFORCE (GV-N980WAOC-4GD) that comes with an all-In-one, closed-loop liquid cooler. Built on the performance-proven GTX 980 Maxwell GPU, the GTX 980 WATERFORCE combines GIGABYTE exclusive technologies, high-quality components, and innovations to deliver the smooth gaming at ultimate 4K resolutions in a virtually silent operation compared to conventional air cooling.
Gigabyte finally decided to roll out their Radeon R9 Fury WindForce graphics card (model: GV-R9FURYWF3OC-4GD). Gigabyte keeps the card cool with their triple-fan WindForce 3X cooling solution, which is much like the one found on their GTX 980 Ti offerings. The card features a full-length custom PCB board, not AMD’s shorter reference-design board.