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Pros: I was super stoked to be selected to review this board. This Board is absolutely beautiful to behold and has a plethora of features designed to please everyone. Firstly the RGB features of the board whick I should mention is actually RGB(W) as the onboard header at the bottom of the board support the newer standard for RGB(W) which allows you to get a true white color versus the older bluish white that most RGB can only do. It also allows the use of the new cablemods RGB(W) led strips for full control of your lighting in the case. The software included for the rgb functions has a vast number of ways to adjust your lights and I can only imagine Gigabyte will add more as time continues. Gigabyte hit it out of the park with these boards in my honest opinion. You also have the smart fan 5 software that is just super easy to use and allows for very nice fine tuning of all your fans. Not to mention the hybrid fan pin design which allows the board to determin if you need DC or PWM control of your fans. Then theres the diagnostic leds that help you determine where your system may be hanging at during boot. It'll tell you by simple look if its your CPU memory VGA or your boot drive. The PCI-E and DIMM armor looks very sweet and adds an extra layer of protection to large graphic cards to keep them from sagging on the board side. XMP for supporting DDR4 upwars of 4000MHz is another very nice feature. Another super sweet feature is their G-Connector unlike other brands where they put another height of pins to it Gigabyte made theirs to where you slip them inside the connector and then that easily plugs on to your board Simply genius if you ask me, cause now you dont have a double height stack there. Now I have not played with every thing that comes included with it as far as software is concerned but I expect from what I have done they are just as great for those who need those features.
I wanted to talk about the Dual NMVe PCIe Gen3 X4 separately cause I like raid 0 always have and always will lol. Whenever I can I run raid 0 simply because I like fast fast fast. This board capability of raid 0 on the NMVe ports gave me goose bumps. But its not for the faint of heart cause its alot more time consuming to setup than a SSD or HDD raid. The instructions for setting up raid 0 are very well detailed in the manual so please read it and understand it prior to trying you will also need to have the raid drivers on a separate flash drive or cd to be able to see the array when installing windows. I used the drivers from the cd included with the motherboard. Needless to say its just not simply enter bios set to raid reboot go into raid bios setup raid and whammo done. NMVe raid is done thru IRST and requires several reboots to set it up. This all being said there is no real benefit to raid 0 on NMVe drives except for a bench score. My computer boots no faster 1 NMVe over 2 in raid 0. My apps do open like .5 seconds faster but lol thats not double fast. Anyway I like it I love it so I did it and I'm not regretting it. I do not own any U.2 devices to test out that function but I'm certain given the way the rest of this board has been it works great.
OK I was going to retest it all with a Kaby Lake 7700K after my runs with my 6700K but after reading alot of reviews on the 7700K I'm sticking with what I have. Dont want a load of tear downs due to a hot Kaby Lake processor I've already tammed my Skylake proc by delidding it. I run a custom water cooled rig and when I went skylake on a Asus Z170-A my temps were horrible. Dont want a repeat of that I just wanna game.
Intel 6700K processor
Gigabyte Z270X Gaming K5
2x8Gb Kingston Hyper X Savage 2400MHz
2 Intel SSD 600p NMVe M.2 256Gb in raid 0
Cons: Bios and booting about my only con with this board was the bios at first it gave me fits first not wanting to show and display then after resetting the bios twice via the onboard jump pins it finally started behaving properly. But I have no keyboard support until I enter windows which makes trying to overclock a minor chore but I found one of the apps in the included software allows me to go to bios after reboot so its not to bad now. once in the bios everything you want or need is there you'll just have to click around til you find what your looking for. Also first thing you need to find is mouse control to manuver around the bios lol its a little daunting at first.
Other Thoughts: Would I recommend this board to anyone else??? Without reservation I would. The K5 is on the lower end of the Gigabyte Gaming range but its chock full of everything even enthusiast want/need. I had to go to Gigabyte website to find the differences between the boards and well lets just say its minimal what you lose on this board over the others. If I hadnt been given this board as a review item and was looking for a Z270 chipset board after researching everything like I normally do I would of picked this one for its BANG FOR BUCK value.
Gigabyte keep up the good work keep listening to what people want on their boards and you will remain KING OF GAMING for a long time to come.
Pros: Firstly let me say this is my second DEEPCOOL Gamer Storm item to review I previously reviewed the Captain 240 non EX model and was pleasantly surprised by it. This model has the upgraded mounting system with it but I'm not so sure I'd call it an upgrade. Call me old fashioned but I like the four corner method for better clamping force. Visually this thing is fun to look at while its running on your system. It pulsates a red led thru the tube that comes off the pumps center which also allows you to see the coolant flowing. I tested this puppy out on my 6700K build that I was having heat issues with on my custom loop to help me determine if my custom block was the issue or if I just had a hot cpu. with my custom loop running dual 360mm rads my temps spiked to 73c on the hottest core. I set the Captain 120Ex up to run alone on my cpu and saw only 70c on the hottest core both tests were ran using Asus's RealBench stress test. To say the least I was amazed at the performance differences. My cpu was run at 1.25vcore @4.3GHz yes overclocked but under volted as well as the stock vcore for my cpu showed to be 1.29 vcore prior to making bios changes. BTW I have since changed cpu blocks and I'm frosty. But thats another story. The tubing they use on these units is of good quality albeit a bit stiff but easily manageable to setup in any orientation. They improved the fans static pressure with the EX models but I would of liked to see 2 fans included as most if not all 120mm rad systems benefit from the extra air flow.
Cons: I'm going to call the mounting system a con do not get me wrong it works fine and is easy to install but having a system where you only tighten left/right is not as good as the four corner methods. And lastly lack of a second fan I'd call a con as well.
Other Thoughts: Very nicely built unit that will keep your stock to mildly overclocked cpu from getting super hot during your fraggin sessions. 2 minor cons that really do not detract from the overall experience. Easy to install and sexy to look at while its running. I'd recommend this to anyone looking to replace a stock cooler any dayREAD FULL REVIEW
Pros: Nice upgrade for my i7 laptop turned it into a bigger beast than it already was. Already running an ssd with it but this ram made things seem a little more snappy when multi tasking. Wish there was more to brag on but memory in a laptop is well just memory. It works as advertised and i am totally satisfied with it. Cost per gb is also great.
Cons: none at all
Other Thoughts: highly recommend this memory if your laptop can support 8GB sticks, be sure you check with manufacturer before hitting the buy button. I ran a full suite of memory tests after upgrading and it passed every one without a hitch.READ FULL REVIEW