Gigabyte launches a Z270 motherboard salvo of its own


— 2:22 PM on January 3, 2017

Oh, so you thought that the Gigabyte motherboard onslaught was over? Not so. The company is firing on all cylinders, and it's complementing the Aorus lineup of Z270-based motherboards with a few offerings under its own brand. Let's dig in.

The GA-Z270X-Ultra Gaming motherboard is the top dog in Gigabyte's own lineup, and it packs support for three-way graphics setups, both M.2 and U.2 connectors, and Gigabyte's RGB Fusion LED lighting system. The audio section is driven by a Realtek ALC1220 codec with a headphone amp, and should that not be enough, gamers can get an external solution and plug it into the board's two USB ports with Gigabyte's DAC-UP noise reduction.

The motherboard also has the requisite Type-A and Type-C USB 3.1 ports, and there's additional support for Thunderbolt add-in cards. Network connectivity comes by way of an Intel Gigabit Ethernet controller. All of the mobo's fan headers support Gigabyte's Hybrid Fan tech, meaning they should automatically detect the type of fan or water-cooling device that's plugged to them.

If the model above is a little too big for you, how about the GA-Z270MX-Gaming 5? This microATX model packs most of the previous model's accoutrements, except it uses a Killer E2500 Ethernet adapter in place of the Intel one. Going further down Gigabyte's Z270 food chain, we find the GA-Z270-Gaming K3 and GA-Z270-Gaming 3 models. These boards offers support for two-way graphics card configurations, and a single M.2 slot. They also drop the RGB Fusion LED system for Gigabyte's simpler "Ambient LED" setup.

The GA-H270 Gaming 3 motherboard, like its name implies, is based on the H270 chipset. It offers two graphics card slots, two M.2 connectors, and an audio combo comprised of a Realtek ALC1220 with Sound Blaster X-Fi MB5 enhancements. The RGB Fusion LED setup makes a return here, too.

The lineup is complete with the GA-Gaming B8 board, based on the B250 chipset. Though it's not as fancy a model as the previous ones, it's by no means tame. There's support for two-way graphics setups, an Intel Ethernet adapter, and RGB Fusion LEDs.

Whew, that was a ton of boards. We don't have pricing or release date information just yet, though we expect these mobos to be out relatively soon.

Tip: You can use the A/Z keys to walk threads.
View options