Gigabyte Z270X Gaming 7 Review
The previous generation of Gigabyte motherboards found them slightly losing their way in our opinion. They had rapidly gone from being amongst the very best to having a few curious design decisions that made them slightly difficult to wholeheartedly recommend.
With the Z270 release Gigabyte have certainly come back with a bang, bringing all of the current in vogue features to the table, building upon the already excellent underlying chipset. We have two of their Gaming range of motherboards in the office, and our full review is going to the always popular Gaming 7. Supporting the full RGB customisation that has rapidly found itself applied to all manner of PC hardware, and combining this with a redesigned heatsink and PCB arrangement, we're sure that Gaming 7 will find favour amongst everyone disappointed with some of Gigabytes recent efforts.
The Gaming 7 is replete with all the fashionable technologies and some things unique to the Gigabyte brand. As well as the regular elements of the Z270 chipset - USB 3.1, M.2 NVME, 7th Generation CPU etc - the Gaming 7 has a U.2 connector for even faster storage support, RAID 0 support for the aforementioned NVMe drives and Thunderbolt 3, should you have a Thunderbolt compatible device.
Perhaps the big two changes of the Gaming 7 over the other Z270 motherboards we're looking at today is the inclusion of the KillerNIC networking protocol and the switch from regular RealTek audio to Creative SoundCore 3D. This could very well be enough to tempt the indecisive across to the manufacturer from Xindian District.