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Review: Gigabyte Z170-Gaming K3

by Tarinder Sandhu on 2 March 2016, 13:20

Tags: Gigabyte (TPE:2376)

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Conclusion

It could be argued that the good looks, above average audio and decent LAN arrive at the expense of SLI and, to some extent, a more enthusiast-focused BIOS.

£100 appears to be a seminal price point for manufacturers looking to entice users towards the Intel Z170 chipset. The great thing for the buyer is that manufacturers have different interpretations of the best board for this kind of money. Some go for all-round goodness, others add as many features as possible, and a few prioritise particular themes above all else.

The Gigabyte Z170 Gaming K3 is a good example of thematic positioning. It could be argued that the good looks, above average audio and decent LAN arrive at the expense of SLI and, to some extent, a more enthusiast-focused BIOS.

Yet Gigabyte has been clever in hitting its target audience with a board whose sub-£100 price point makes it undeniably attractive. Those wanting to build a good-looking, quality system with a single graphics card - the vast majority, if you will - should certainly see merit in the Gaming K3.

The Good
 
The Bad
Great price
Attractive board
Overclocks well

 
Lacks SLI support



Gigabyte Z170 Gaming K3

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I'm sorry, but how can any self respecting company release a ‘gaming’ motherboard without SLi support out of the box? Am I missing something here?
The logical thinking would be that someone spending under £100 on a ‘gaming’ motherboard isn't going to want to spend the extra money to SLi or CrossFire anyway. They also are probably people like me who can't be bothered with the expense and hassle and just buy a better single card, then sell that and upgrade to an even better single card later.
adam0r
I'm sorry, but how can any self respecting company release a ‘gaming’ motherboard without SLi support out of the box? Am I missing something here?

Other video card manufacturers are available.
Can someone explain to me why MB's are still putting sata express ports onto the boards. I still haven't seen a drive being sold for this port, and besides, today's SSDs now need faster ports. So it looks like outdated and underutilized tech to me.