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GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z170N-Gaming 5 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
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Pros: Tiny, no-hassle setup, great feature set (future-friendly), snappy Wi-Fi. Red light (if you're looking for a red light of course - can be disabled).

Cons: Only one system fan header (plus CPU header, of course), one thing I didn't look for. Would be nice to have two or more.

BIOS is a bit young (small things), but always is this early. (Missing BIOS settings include hiding specific keyboard shortcut options on startup, changing boot up logo to custom, disabling external-facing ports on a per-port basis, etc. Luxuries, sure. Might come with updates.)

Count how many USB ports you need and make sure you're set here.

Other Thoughts: Going with mATX for future option to throw into a small Steam Machine build or what not. I personally don't SLI, I don't overclock (or need extra space for cooling), and this comes with good Wi-Fi baked in, there's really no need for anything bigger. This can support lean beef.

The feature set here is really a robust, "some of everything" approach. USB 3.1, Type-C, M.2, Sata Express; all should be useful (and relevant) at some point in the board's lifespan.

The only thing that kind of nags me is that the LED color is not changeable. Sure, you can fade it or sync it to your Kenny G jams, but at this point I'm kind of expecting RGB with programmable options. Not worth an egg, but if we're doing LED purely for aesthetic, let's do it for _any_ aesthetic.

Intel Core i7-6700 8M Skylake Quad-Core 3.4 GHz LGA 1151 65W BX80662I76700 Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 530
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Pros: Speedy, cool, lower TDP than K series, cheaper than K series, comes with adequate (if unsexy) fan

Cons: No overclocking, but you already know this :)

Requires new platform. (Engineers: backwards compatibility is a thing, just throwing that out there...)

Other Thoughts: I bought over K series because of the lower TDP and low-maintenance setup. Saving a couple bucks helps. (Yes, I could have underclocked and used another fan, but I don't have the time I used to have for tinkering... No-brainer for a non-tweaker...)

Slices through software like butter, speedy virtual machines, compiling sloppy and broken code, obviously games as good as it gets really... My 2500k lasted since 2011 (and still ticks fine), I assume this will take me to 2020 at least.

Yes, this is a worthy upgrade from the 2500k _IF_ you can tolerate the platform upgrade cost. The gains in speed and features are noticeable and future-friendly.

Ballistix Sport LT 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Memory Model BLS2K8G4D240FSB
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Pros: No hassle, good aesthetics

Cons: Requires me to enter a con when reviewing it...

Other Thoughts: Out of package, works as advertised. Timings, speed, etc.


Nicholas W.'s Profile

Display Name: Nicholas W.

Date Joined: 03/02/09

  • Reviews: 13
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  • First Review: 04/04/10
  • Last Review: 10/02/15
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