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GIGABYTE Aorus GA-Z270X-Gaming K5 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z270 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Motherboards - Intel
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Pros: Lots of the latest greatest features
Large selection of CPU's
Leds built in
Video built in

Cons: A bit pricey if you wanted to use in an office system, but who would do that?

Other Thoughts: Technology is advancing every year and I think this is a nice motherboard for a gamer or an office environment. You can easily use a inexpensive Celeron with integrated graphics like I did or a high end i7 with its integrated graphics or add a nice high end video card. The 1151 socket supports both the 6th and 7th generation CPU so soon your CPU choices will double early 2017. I used a ocz 480gb revodrive for my testing, 4gb ddr4 ram and a DVD drive.
Installation of windows 10 went smoothly and after using the included DVD to finish the install it was time to test reliability. I've had a lot of problems with windows 10 on my older Asrock x79 extreme 11 motherboard and I was hoping this board would be different. So far it's doing great. Well after almost a weeks use I've only had one bsod right before a windows upgrade and since then its been rock solid.
The board is equipped with a lot of nice features and comparing it to my over the hill extreme 11 this board looks simple till you look closer. First you only get one pcie x16 lane, I'm used to 4 pcie x16 lanes with plans to use 4 high end graphics card when I bought that board but to be truthful 1 good card works just great. My pcie SSD is 4 lane so I'LL never use that 8 lane pcie and both my Wi-Fi and tv card are single lane, don't need the 4 , 16 lane pcie.
If you look closely you will see m.2 slots between the pcie slots those people will use . Another feature is the USB C connector on the board, only one though. My tablet uses USB C port and I love how easy it is to connect to and how fast it charges.
I was surprised to see a red USB port,3.1, but I didn't have any 3.1 devices to check that out. I'm looking forward to the higher transfer speeds. Also the HDMI is supposed to be able to support 4k but I didn't have any monitors to check that out. Movies did play great at 1080p with no lag even with my lowly Celeron.
I don't recommend installing the antivirus software that comes on the CD, I've always relied on Microsoft and they have had a good record with me. Also the DVD has a lot of software on it you don't need so uncheck programs you don't need or want. No need to install extra junk you don't need.
Overall I like this board as it has the best of the latest features including super speed network along with the 3.1 USB gen 2. The led system is a cool feature for a windowed case and the audio system has more options then you really need, gamers will love it. The fact that Windows 10 is so stable tells me that gigabyte spent some time getting all the drivers dialed in.

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GIGABYTE Aorus GA-Z270X-Gaming 5 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z270 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Motherboards - Intel
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Has all the latest greatest connectors on it
Has built in leds
Large selection of compatible cpu's
Large video options
Great sound system

Cons: waiting for gen 7 club's to be released

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Silicon Power Blaze B05 16GB Retractable USB 3.0 Flash Drive Peach
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: none

Cons: not reliable

Other Thoughts: too many write failures with these. they can be used for simple file transfers but unable to make bootable installer drives with them. way too much hassle to return to manufacturer, one error on web form makes you start all over again. I do not recommend any silicon power products

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Display Name: Gary B.

Date Joined: 05/13/06

  • Reviews: 26
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  • First Review: 02/20/16
  • Last Review: 01/09/17
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