GIGABYTE Z170X-Ultra Gaming Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅22-06-16
Test Setup & Methodology

Test Setup
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K
Cooling Corsair H100i GTX
Motherboard GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Ultra Gaming
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 3200MHz
Graphics XFX R7970 Black Edition
Storage OCZ Vector 180
PSU Corsair HX1050 80 Plus Gold Certified PSU

Cinebench R15 – CPU/OpenGL Score
x264 HD 4.0 – 1st and 2nd pass encoding
SiSoftware SANDRA 2014 – CPU & Memory benchmarks
AIDA64 – CPU benchmarks
PCMark 8 – Home Suite
3DMark FireStrike – DX11 3D Benchmark
Games – Tomb Raider, THIEF

Other Software
Temperature Analysis: Real Temp
Stress Testing Software: AIDA64 Stability Test
CPU Specification Monitoring: CPU-Z


Overclocking with Skylake is now fully flexible since we can adjust many variables including BCLK and ratio/multiplier.

Our current milestone is 4.8GHz with the Intel Core i7-6700K – unfortunately, the Ultra Gaming wasn’t able to attain this frequency. Instead, we managed to achieve 4.7GHz; which isn’t too shabby at all. At 4.7GHz (100x47) we required a CPU core voltage of 1.34v.

Reaching this mark was easy thanks to the intuitive UEFI BIOS. GIGABYTE has re-designed the layout and we feel it’s much more streamlined – making it easy to find specific settings.

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