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Old 17th May 2017, 13:30   #1
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Gigabyte Z270N-Gaming 5 Review

Gigabyte looks to undercut Asus in the premium mini-ITX motherboard space.

https://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/20...ing-5-review/1
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It's nice apart from the fact it honks "orange" and has RGB LED. That is confusing to me. Why tie it to a certain colour combo if you can pretty much light it up any colour you desire?

It would look lovely in an orange and black build though.
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It would look lovely in an orange and black build though.
I doubt you'll be able to see any of the orange trim once you've filled the board up with GPU, Ram & heatsink.
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Was between this and the Z270 Strix for a while. Settled on the Asus for the more understated look, dual M2 slots and better rear IO connectivity.

Only complaint I have is the god-awful fan header locations. Literally impossible to get to once you install any hardware!
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It's nice apart from the fact it honks "orange" and has RGB LED. That is confusing to me. Why tie it to a certain colour combo if you can pretty much light it up any colour you desire?

It would look lovely in an orange and black build though.
It's a tricky call but I'm a little more in favour of going with some sort of colour. The all-black of the MSI ITX board is a little too bland tbh and a splash of colour really helps to boost the aesthetics. I agree about the addition of RGB, though, as as soon as you add colour you lose the colour neutrality so colour matching goes out the window.
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Was between this and the Z270 Strix for a while. Settled on the Asus for the more understated look, dual M2 slots and better rear IO connectivity.

Only complaint I have is the god-awful fan header locations. Literally impossible to get to once you install any hardware!
yeah I'll second this; the AIO "fan" header is almost impossible to get to even before installing anything else; I had to resort to using long needle-nosed pliers to plug that in!
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yeah I'll second this; the AIO "fan" header is almost impossible to get to even before installing anything else; I had to resort to using long needle-nosed pliers to plug that in!
Yep, which is an ironic oversight as it's the AIO that completely covers it:



No chance!

Fan headers should ALWAYS be either on the right hand or bottom edges of a motherboard - IE as far away as possible from any cooler or fans.
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The Z270N-WiFi looks like the better choice really. Better layout and dual ethernet.
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