The Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 7 is a very complete motherboard, targeted to the enthusiast that is building a gamer computer or workstation, using a sixth generation (“Skylake”) Core i3, Core i5, or Core i7 CPU, but do not want to spend a small fortune on a high-end motherboard.

Actually, offering a high-end audio interface, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, nine USB 3.0 ports, two USB 3.1 ports, eight SATA-600 ports (supporting up to three SATA Express connectors), and two M.2 slots (accepting both SATA-600 and PCI Express 3.0 x4 SSDs), the only thing that lacks on the Z170X-Gaming 7 to call it a high-end motherboard is a slot configuration that could support SLI with three or four video cards and Crossfire with four video cards.

So, if you are building a desktop computer based on a sixth generation Intel Core i CPU, and want a high-end sound, want to use two M.2 SSDs, and don’t intend to install more than two video cards, the Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming 7 is an excellent motherboard.