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
Lacks SLI support
Gigabyte Z170 Gaming K3
The Gigabyte Z170 Gaming K3 motherboard is available to purchase from Scan Computers.
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