James (Aibophobia) noted not a moment ago that Gigabyte had released the page for the GA-Z270N-Gaming 5 motherboard. This is a much awaited Z270 board, with a plethora of features and a ‘Phoenix‘ like aesthetic (which I love, personally!).
The manufacturer lists the following features;
- Supports 7th/ 6th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors
- Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 2 DIMMs
- Supports PCIe x16 slot bifurcation in 2×8 mode by riser card
- Fast USB 3.1 Gen 2 with USB Type-C™ and Type-A
- Support OC Touch Panel for Extreme Overclocking
- Ultra-Fast M.2 with PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA interface
- Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready
- ALC1220 120dB SNR HD Audio with Smart Headphone Amp
- 802.11ac Dual Band 867Mbps wireless supports MU-MIMO and BT4.2
- Intel® GbE LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Software
- RGB FUSION LED Light Show design
- Smart Fan 5 features Multiple Temperature Sensors and Hybrid Fan Headers
- GIGABYTE UEFI BIOS™
- APP Center Including EasyTune™ and Cloud Station™ Utilities
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An analysis! The motherboard features a black and orange theme, but oddly includes (App enabled..) RBG lighting under the board, as well as around the chipset and VRM heatsinks. I find it a bit odd that they would let someone pick their own colour to clash with the orange!
Nothing new or exciting in the layout of this product, but that can be considered a good thing – why change it if it works perfectly fine? The usual slot armour is to be found on this product, as is the norm for higher end products now.
The rear IO features a gorgeous looking shield around it (I’ve always hated the look of the IO stacks) that hides a moderate selection of rear ports. Also note that the CMOS battery is impossible to replace with the motherboard installed in a case.