4 mid-range Z170 motherboards review

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 Specifications, photos and BIOS screenshots

Down below you can find the specifications of all the boards and any photos/BIOS screenshots we've made.

General
 
BrandASRockASUSGigabyteMSI
Product nameZ170 Extreme6Maximus VIII RangerZ170X-Gaming 5Z170A Gaming M5
Product codeZ170 EXTREME690MB0LX0-M0EAY0GA-Z170X-GAMING 5-EU7977-001R
DetailsProduct infoProduct infoProduct infoProduct info
Processor / Chipset / Memory
Form factorATXATXATXATX
Supported processor(s)Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7
CPU socketSocket 1151Socket 1151Socket 1151Socket 1151
Processor bus typeDMIDMIDMIDMI
ChipsetIntel Z170Intel Z170Intel Z170Intel Z170
Memory
Memory typeDDR4DDR4DDR4DDR4
Module typeDIMMDIMMDIMMDIMM
Memory ratingDDR4-4133DDR4-4266DDR4-4133DDR4-4133
Number of memory channels2222
Memory slots4
Intel XMP compatible
Maximum internal memory64 GB64 GB64 GB64 GB
DDR3 SODIMM slots0000
DDR3 DIMM slots0000
DDR4 DIMM slots4444
Integrated graphics card
D-Sub (VGA) output
DVI output
HDMI output
DisplayPort output
Expansion slots
PCI Express x16 slots3333
PCI-Express x8 slots0000
PCI Express x4 slots0000
PCI Express x1 slots3344
Available lanes for all PCI-Express x16 slots20202020
Mini PCI Express connectors0000
PCI slots0000
Multi-GPU
Nvidia SLI compatible
Nvidia SLI (2-way)
Nvidia SLI (3-way)
Nvidia SLI (4-way)
ATI Crossfire compatible
AMD CrossFire (2-way)
AMD CrossFire (3-way)
AMD CrossFire (4-way)
Connectivity
USB 2.0 - Total4666
USB 2.0 - Back connectors0422
USB 3.0 - Total8676
USB 3.0 - Back connectors6234
USB 3.1 - Total2222
USB 3.1 - Back connectors2222
IEEE 1394
IEEE 1394 - Back connectors0000
Bluetooth
Thunderbolt
Storage
Serial ATA connectors (total)8666
Serial ATA II connectors0000
Serial ATA III connectors8666
Serial ATA Express connectors2232
eSATA connectors0000
mSATA connectors0000
M.2 connectors1122
M.2 slot typePCIe 3.0 x4 (4 GB/s)PCIe 3.0 x4 (4 GB/s)PCIe 3.0 x4 (4 GB/s)PCIe 3.0 x4 (4 GB/s)
U.2 connectors0
Extra PATA (RAID) controller
Extra SATA (RAID) controllerASMedia ASM1061
RAID 0 support
RAID 1 support
RAID 5 support
RAID 10 support
Audio
On-board audio - Channels7.17.17.17.1
On-board audio - Codec chipRealtek ALC1150Realtek ALC1150Realtek ALC1150Realtek ALC1150
Onboard audio - Codec typeHDAHDAHDAHDA
S/PDIF in
S/PDIF out
Dolby Digital Live
DTS Connect
Audio software includedSupreme FXCreative X-Fi MB3Nahimic
Network
Number of network connections1121
LAN - ChipIntel WG-I219VIntel WG-I219VKiller E2201Killer E2400
LAN - Speed1000 Mbit/s1000 Mbit/s1000 Mbit/s1000 Mbit/s
LAN 2 - ChipIntel WGI219V
LAN 2 - Speed1000 Mbit/s
Cooling / Overclocking
Fan connectors (total)6755
Fan connectors (4 pin)6755
Fan connectors (PWM)1711
Temperature controlled fan speed
Mosfet coolerPassivePassivePassivePassive
Chipset coolerPassivePassivePassivePassive
CPU power phases12101212
Maximum FSB frequency350 MHz500 MHz500 MHz655.25 MHz
CPU voltage tweaking (maximum)1.52 V1.7 V1.8 V1.55 V
Memory voltage tweaking (maximum)1.8 V2.0064 V2 V1.8 V
North bridge / PCH voltage tweaking (maximum)1.3 V1.8 V1.3 V2 V
VCCSA voltage tweaking (maximum)1.35 V1.8 V1.3 V2 V
I/O Digital voltage tweaking (maximum)1.5 V1.8 V1.3 V2 V
Bundled Windows software for overclocking
Multiplier changeable
Heatsinks on voltage regulators
CPU Turbo Modus on/off switching
HyperThreading on/off switching
Cores on/off switching
PCI-Express slots can be disabled
Voltage of voltage points on motherboard
Heatsink mountingScrewsScrewsScrewsScrews
bClk aanpasbaar
Other
Onboard speaker
100% Solid Capacitors
BIOS typeEFIEFIEFIEFI
Dual BIOS
Boot menu in BIOS
Flash software in BIOS
BIOS profiles
Problem diagnosis
On-board Power / Reset switch
On-board Clear CMOS switch
Trusted Platform Module
BIOS chip(s) replaceable
Lucid VirtuMVP software
Direct-to-BIOS button
Intel turbo spec

ASRock Z170 Extreme6

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ASUS Maximus VIII Ranger

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Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 5

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MSI Z170A Gaming M5

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