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Thread: Difference between Z170X-Gaming 5 and Z170X-UD5 TH?




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    Default Difference between Z170X-Gaming 5 and Z170X-UD5 TH?

    I am trying to decide which board to go with. Those mentioned in title are the ones that I cant decide between. They are priced differently, but I cant see why.
    Compared to the Gaming 5, the UD5 has less LAN ports, less M.2 ports, 1 more USB port, it has Thunderbolt and you cant change the amp chip on it and there are no dip switches for the sound, yet it costs more.
    Why? Is it more reliable? Is it the 2x copper PCB design? The Gaming 5 doesnt have that?
    Thank you.
    Last edited by GDM; 10-27-2015 at 03:12 AM.

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    Default Re: Difference between Z170X-Gaming 5 and Z170X-UD5 TH?

    Anandtech did a good summary of Gigabyte range on launch day here: GIGABYTE Z170: Gaming ATX - Intel Skylake Z170 Motherboards: A Quick Look at 55+ New Products

    Although they mention the "standard" UD5 without the TH (what's code for Full Thunderbolt Support) although it now looks like gigabyte are now adding support to other motherboards in their range with firmware/bios update's.

    like you at the time was wondering to go the UD route or Gaming route (my previous setup was a Q6600 running on a X48-UD motherboard). In the end went the Gaming 7 route as that pretty much has the benefits/strengths of UD5 and Gaming 5 range combined i.e. 8x SATA Dual M.2 Dual LAN, enhanced on-board Audio d now looks like Full thunderbolt support too if I will ever use it in the future is another matter and its only 10-15 more than the Gaming 5.

    Peter

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    Default Re: Difference between Z170X-Gaming 5 and Z170X-UD5 TH?

    The 7 has not enough USB ports and the Creative chip is an unknown component to me, and its hard to find any reviews on it, plus its only 5.1 and I need 7.1. I have good experience with the ALC1150, so I rather not change.
    The only viable options for me are Gaming 5 and UD5. But seeing the UD5 is pretty much nowhere available, I guess Ill go with the Gaming 5.

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    Default Re: Difference between Z170X-Gaming 5 and Z170X-UD5 TH?

    The Gaming 6 could interest you I'm guessing it should be cheaper than the 7 loose the Creative sound Hardware but keep most of the other stuff and even has more USB ports at the back that you wanted

    Peter

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    Default Re: Difference between Z170X-Gaming 5 and Z170X-UD5 TH?

    Yeah, I saw it already, but honestly, I dont see a difference to the Gaming 5.

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