Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 Socket 1151 Motherboard
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 01-12-2016
Provided by: Gigabyte
A Closer Look

The Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 sports a black PCB with matching black and gold heatsinks. All of the heatsinks are held in place with spring-loaded screws, not plastic push-pins, which gives a much more sturdy mounting.

Along the front edge of the board we find three SATA Express connectors, with a 32Gb/s M.2 x4 PCI-E slot hidden behind the heatsink. Front panel connectors are located in the corner with a system fan header and clear CMOS jumper and button beside it. All the fan headers are 4-pin PWM control. To the right, there are four DDR4 slots as well as two CPU and one system fan headers. There's also three USB 3.0 connectors and another 32Gb/s M.2 x4 PCI-E slot. Onboard OC, ECO and Power/Reset buttons allow controlling motherboard functions without needing access to the BIOS or wired switches. A two-character diagnostic readout can be helpful in troubleshooting POST failures.

The rear of the board has an 8-pin CPU power socket, a third system fan header, legacy PS/2 port, two USB 2.0 and three USB 3.0 ports, one USB 3.1 type A and one type C port, DVI-D, HDMI and DisplayPort, dual Intel RJ-45 jacks, S/PDIF optical and five audio out jacks. The Realtek ALC1150 AMP-UP audio components are isolated along the rear edge of the board, which is marked with amber LED path lighting. The three PCI-E x16 slots have metal shielding which Gigabyte claims provides better support and slot protection from heavy video cards.

Next let's have a look at the BIOS.

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