Gigabyte Announces 100-Series Motherboards Lineup For Skylake, Options For Every Budget

Gigabyte announced a series of 100 series motherboards to go along with Intel's 6th generation Core (Skylake) processors launched this week. The company has 10 boards available now, with more on the way.

The company has released boards in two of its three different segments. Gigabyte said the Ultra Durable line of boards are built with long-lasting, high-quality components. G1 Gaming boards are catered towards those who prioritize graphics and audio above all. Gigabytes SOC Force lineup is meant for serious overclockers.

Ultra Durable

There are six different options to choose from in the Ultra Durable series. The features in the UD boards range from the most basic board, the GA-Z170-HD3, which offers little in the way of features, to the GA-Z170-UD5, which features metal reinforced PCIe slots and dual M.2 drive support, as well as dual Intel Gigabit LAN adapters.

Some of the boards support SLI, but all of them support Crossfire. Each board in the UD series supports up to 64 GB of DDR4 running at speeds as high as DDR4-3200 MHz. Gigabyte has also built one mATX board with the Z170 chipset (the GA-Z170M-D3H) which fits in this series.


GA- Z170- HD3 (rev. 1.0)GA- Z170- HD3P (rev. 1.0)GA- Z170M- D3H (rev. 1.0)GA- Z170XP- SLI (rev. 1.0)GA- Z170X- UD3 (rev. 1.0)GA- Z170X- UD5 (rev. 1.0)
Chipset
Intel Z170 ExpressIntel Z170 Express
Intel Z170 ExpressIntel Z170 ExpressIntel Z170 ExpressIntel Z170 Express
CPU Support6th Gen i3, i5, i7, Pentium, Celeron6th Gen i3, i5, i7, Pentium, Celeron6th Gen i3, i5, i7, Pentium, Celeron6th Gen i3, i5, i7, Pentium, Celeron6th Gen i3, i5, i7, Pentium, Celeron6th Gen i3, i5, i7, Pentium, Celeron
SocketSocket LGA 1151Socket LGA 1151Socket LGA 1151Socket LGA 1151Socket LGA 1151Socket LGA 1151
Memory Support
Up to 64 GB Dual Channel DDR4 3200 - Support ECC, Non ECC - Support XMP Profiles
Up to 64 GB Dual Channel DDR4 3200 - Support ECC, Non ECC - Support XMP ProfilesUp to 64 GB Dual Channel DDR4 3200 - Support ECC, Non ECC - Support XMP ProfilesUp to 64 GB Dual Channel DDR4 3200 - Support ECC, Non ECC - Support XMP ProfilesUp to 64 GB Dual Channel DDR4 3200 - Support ECC, Non ECC - Support XMP ProfilesUp to 64 GB Dual Channel DDR4 3200 - Support ECC, Non ECC - Support XMP Profiles
Audio
Realtek ALC887 codec - HD Audio 2/4/5.1/7.1
Realtek ALC887 codec - HD Audio 2/4/5.1/7.1Realtek ALC892 codec - HD Audio 2/4/5.1/7.1Realtek ALC1150 codec - HD Audio 2/4/5.1/7.1Realtek ALC1150 codec - HD Audio 2/4/5.1/7.1Realtek ALC1150 codec - HD Audio 2/4/5.1/7.1
LAN
Realtek GbE LAN Chip
Realtek GbE LAN ChipRealtek GbE LAN ChipIntel GbE LAN Chip   
Intel GbE LAN Chip    Intel GbE LAN Chip    
Expansion Slots
1x PCI Express x16
1x PCI Express x16 running at x4
2x PCI Express x1
2x PCI slots
1x PCI Express x16
1x PCI Express x16 running at x4
2x PCI Express x1
2x PCI slots
1x PCI Express x16
1x PCI Express x16 running at x4
2x PCI slots
1x PCI Express x16
1x PCI Express x16 running at x8
1x PCI Express x16 running at x4
2x PCI Express x1
2x PCI Slots
1x PCI Express x16
1x PCI Express x16 running at x8
1x PCI Express x16 running at x4
3x PCI Express x1

1x PCI Express x16
1x PCI Express x16 running at x8
1x PCI Express x16 running at x4
4x PCI Express x1

Multi GPU Support
2-Way CrossFire
2-Way CrossFire2-Way CrossFire3-Way CrossFire/ 2-way SLI
3-Way CrossFire/ 2-way SLI3-Way CrossFire/ 2-way SLI
Storage
1x M.2 Socket 3 connector
3x SATA express
6x SATA 6Gb/s
Supports RAID 0/1/5/10
1x M.2 Socket 3 connector
3x SATA express
6x SATA 6Gb/s
Supports RAID 0/1/5/10
1x M.2 Socket 3 connector
3x SATA express
6x SATA 6Gb/s
Supports RAID 0/1/5/10
1x M.2 Socket 3 connector
3x SATA express
6x SATA 6Gb/s
Supports RAID 0/1/5/10
2x M.2 Socket 3 connector
3x SATA express
6x SATA 6Gb/s
Supports RAID 0/1/5/10
2x M.2 Socket 3 connector
3x SATA express
6x SATA 6Gb/s
Supports RAID 0/1/5/10
2x SATA 6Gb/s on ASMedia ASM1061 chip
USB
8x USB 3.0 - 4 on back, 4 expandable
6x USB 2.0 - 2 on back, 4 expandable
Asmedia ASM1142 chip - 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, 1x
USB 3.1 Type-A
7x USB 3.0  - 4 on back, 4 expandable
6x USB 2.0 - 2 on back, 4 expandable
8x USB 3.0 - 4 on back, 4 expandable
6x USB 2.0 - 2 on back, 4 expandable
Asmedia ASM1142 chip - 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, 1x USB 3.1 Type-A
7x USB 3.0 - 4 on back, 4 expandable
6x USB 2.0 - 2 on back, 4 expandable
Intel USB 3.1 controller - 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, 1x USB 3.1 Type-A
7x USB 3.0 - 4 on back, 4 expandable
6x USB 2.0 - 2 on back, 4 expandable
Intel USB 3.1 controller - 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, 1x USB 3.1 Type-A
7x USB 3.0 - 4 on back, 4 expandable
6x USB 2.0 - 2 on back, 4 expandable
Rear Panel Connections
1x PS/2
1x D-Sub
1x DVI-D
1x HDMI
4x USB 3.0/2.0
2x USB 2.0/1.1
1x RJ 45
6x Audio Jacks
2x USB 2.0/1.1
1x PS/2
1x D-Sub
1x HDMI
3x USB 3.0/2.0
1x USB 3.1
1x USB 3.1 Type-C
1x RJ 45
6x Audio jacks
1x PS/2
1x D-Sub
1x DVI-D
1x HDMI
4x USB 3.0/2.0
2x USB 2.0/1.1
1x RJ 45
6x Audio Jacks
1x PS/2
1x D-Sub
1x DVI-D
1x HDMI
1x USB 3.1 Type-C
1x USB 3.1
3x USB 3.0/2.0
2x USB 2.0/1.1
1x RJ 45
6x Audio Jacks
1x PS/2
1x D-Sub
1x DVI-D
1x HDMI
1x USB 3.1 Type-C
1x USB 3.1
3x USB 3.0/2.0
2x USB 2.0/1.1
1x RJ 45
1x Optical S/PDIF
5x Audio Jacks
2x USB 2.0/1.1
1x PS/2
1x DVI-D
1x Display Port
1x HDMI
3x USB 3.0/2.0
1x USB 3.1 Type-C
1x USB 3.1
2x RJ 45
1x Optical S/PDIF
5x audio jacks
Form Factor
ATX
ATX
Micro ATX
ATX
ATX
ATX

G1 Gaming

Gigabyte has also launched four new boards in the G1 Gaming series. Each of the G1 Gaming boards come equipped with metal reinforced PCIe slots. Gigabyte said the reinforcements offer significantly more strength and are better suited to handle the heaviest graphics cards around. In durability tests, the company found the shearing resistance (picture the slot cracking and folding open like a book) to be as much as 1.7x stronger, and retention force was measured to be as much as 3.2 times stronger than traditional plastic slots. 

The entry-level G1 Gaming 100 series board is the GA-Z170X-Gaming 3, which includes a bevy of features including SATA Express, two M.2 slots, two USB 3.1 ports (one has a Type-C connector), and a Killer E2201 Gigabit LAN connection. The top of the line GA-Z170X-Gaming G1 features a number of extras, including dual E2400 LAN adapters, along with a Killer 1535 Wi-Fi card with support for 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.1. It even has built-in water cooling components.


GA-Z170X-Gaming 3 (rev. 1.0)GA-Z170X-Gaming 5 (rev. 1.0)GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 (rev. 1.0)GA-Z170X-Gaming G1 (rev. 1.0)
ChipsetIntel Z170 Express
Intel Z170 ExpressIntel Z170 ExpressIntel Z170 Express
CPU Support6th Gen i3, i5, i7, Pentium, Celeron6th Gen i3, i5, i7, Pentium, Celeron6th Gen i3, i5, i7, Pentium, Celeron6th Gen i3, i5, i7, Pentium, Celeron
SocketSocket LGA 1151Socket LGA 1151Socket LGA 1151Socket LGA 1151
Memory SupportUp to 64 GB Dual Channel DDR4 3200 - Support ECC, Non ECC - Support XMP ProfilesUp to 64 GB Dual Channel DDR4 3200 - Support ECC, Non ECC - Support XMP ProfilesUp to 64 GB Dual Channel DDR4 3200 - Support ECC, Non ECC - Support XMP ProfilesUp to 64 GB Dual Channel DDR4 3200 - Support ECC, Non ECC - Support XMP Profiles
Audio
Realtek ALC1150 codec
TI Burr Brown OPA2134 operational amplifier
HD Audio 2/4/5.1/7.1
Supports S/PDIF Out
Realtek ALC1150 codec -
HD Audio 2/4/5.1/7.1
Supports S/PDIF Out
Creative Sound Core 3D Chip
Support for Sound Blaster Recon3Di
TI Burr Brown OPA2134 operational amplifier
HD Audio 2/5.1
Supports S/PDIF Out
Creative Sound Core 3D Chip
2x JRC NJM2114 and 1x TI Burr Brown OPA2134 operational amplifiers
HD Audio 2/5.1
Supports S/PDIF Out
LAN
1x Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2201 LAN Chip
1x Intel GbE LAN chip
1x Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2201 LAN Chip
1x Intel GbE LAN chip
1x Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2400 LAN Chip
2x Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2400 LAN Chip
Expansion Slots1x PCI Express x16
1x PCI Express x16 running at x8
1x PCI Express x16 running at x4
3x PCI Express x1
1x PCI Express x16
1x PCI Express x16 running at x8
1x PCI Express x16 running at x4
4x PCI Express x1
1x PCI Express x16
1x PCI Express x16 running at x8
1x PCI Express x16 running at x4
3x PCI Express x1
2x PCI Express x16
2x PCI Express x16 running at x8
4x PCI Express x1
Multi GPU Support
3-Way CrossFire/2-way SLI3-Way CrossFire/2-way SLI3-Way CrossFire/2-way SLI4-Way CrossFire/2-way SLI
Storage
2x M.2 Socket 3 connector
3x SATA express
6x SATA 6 Gb/s
Supports RAID 0/1/5/10
2x M.2 Socket 3 connector
3x SATA express
6x SATA 6 Gb/s
Supports RAID 0/1/5/10
2x M.2 Socket 3 connector
3x SATA express
6x SATA 6 Gb/s
Supports RAID 0/1/5/10
2x SATA 6 Gb/s on ASMedia ASM1061 chip
2x M.2 Socket 3 connector
3x SATA express
6x SATA 6 Gb/s
Supports RAID 0/1/5/10
2x SATA 6 Gb/s on ASMedia ASM1061 chip
USB
Intel USB3.1 controller - 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, 1x USB 3.1 Type-A
7x USB 3.0/2.0 (4 on back, 4 expandable)
6x USB 2.0/1.1 (2 on back, 4 expandable)
7x USB 3.0/2.0 (4 on back, 4 expandable)
6x USB 2.0/1.1 (2 on back, 4 expandable)
2x USB 2.0/1.1 Genesys Logic internal header
Intel USB 3.1 controller - 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, 1x USB 3.1 Type-A
5x USB 3.0/2.0
6x USB 2.0/1.1 (2 on back, 4 expandable)
4x USB 3.0/2.0 Renesas Hub (expandable)
1x USB 3.1 Type-C
1x USB 3.1 Type-A
4x USB 3.0/2.0
6x USB 2.0/1.1 (2 on back, 4 expandable)
7x USB 3.0/2.0 Renesas Hub (3 ports on back, 4 expandable)
1x USB 3.1 Type-C
1x USB 3.1 Type-A
Rear Panel Connection
1x PS/2
1x D-Sub
1x DVI-D
1x HDMI
1x USB 3.1 Type-C
1x USB 3.1 Type-A
3x USB 3.0/2.0
2x USB 2.0/1.1
1x RJ 45
1x Optical S/PDIF
5x Audio Jacks
1x PS/2
1x Display Port
1x HDMI
1x USB 3.1 Type-C
1x USB 3.1 Type-A
3x USB 3.0/2.0
4x USB 2.0/1.1
2x RJ 45
1x Optical S/PDIF
5x Audio Jacks
1x PS/2
1x Display port
1x HDMI
1x USB 3.1 Type-C
1x USB 3.1 Type-A
5x USB 3.0/2.0
2x RJ 45
1x Optical S/PDIF
5x Audio Jacks
1x PS/2
1x HDMI
1x USB 3.1 Type-C
1x USB 3.1 Type-A
7x USB 3.0/2.0
2x USB 2.0/1.1
2x RJ 45
1x Optical S/PDIF
5x Audio Jacks
2x MMCX Antenna connectors
Form Factor
ATX
ATX
ATX
E-ATX

Gigabyte included software with the G1 board called Killer DoubleShot-X3 Pro that can use all three connections together. The software can route packets from different sources to specific ports. One NIC could be dedicated to gaming, and another to streaming video, for example.

The GA-Z170X-Gaming G1 comes equipped with discrete add-in card level audio processing hardware. It features a quad-core Creative Sound Core3D audio processor paired with a Burr-Brown 127 dB DAC. Gigabyte said the onboard audio has been certified to deliver 120+ dB SNR signal through the headphone jack.  The company used WIMA and Nichicon audio grade Fine Gold capacitors normally found in premium-grade audio home audio systems.

The lineup of 10 boards Gigabyte announced does not include a single entry from the SOC Force lineup. Gigabyte did not make clear when these models will be available, but it announced the series, so expect to see more soon. The first bunch are available now from various retailers.

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  • 3ogdy
    I totally love the new design Gigabyte's given their Z170 motherboards. Keep it up, Gigabyte!
  • frankpc
    Is the HDMI port rated for HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2?
  • jaber2
    Yes, SATA Express And 3.1 USB