The higher-end members of Gigabyte's Z170 motherboard lineup tend to be decked out with sporty white plastic shrouds and RGB LED accents, but bright white isn't to everybody's taste. For those whose preferences run toward the dark side, Gigabyte's GA-Z170-Gaming 6 might be just the ticket. This board trades its stablemates' white cladding for a more sinister black-and-red paint job, and the result sure looks nice.
The Gaming 6 isn't just about looking cool, though. This board is tricked out with Intel-powered USB 3.1 ports, including one Type-C connector. Dual Gigabit Ethernet controllers—one backed with Killer's E2200 controller, the other with an Intel NIC—should provide more wired bandwidth than most will ever need.
Realtek's premium ALC1150 audio codec, an isolated signal path, and Creative X-Fi audio software look like they'll deliver a high-quality listening experience. Gigabyte includes a pair of "DAC-UP" USB ports that purportedly offer cleaner power to external DACs than the average USB port, as well.
Twin PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slots and three SATA Express connectors offer plenty of room for next-gen storage on the Gaming 6. The first and second PCIe slots are positioned to allow breathing room for graphics cards in SLI or CrossFire, and the insane can plug in a third graphics card in the bottom PCIe slot for even more pixel-pushing power.