Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5 & Z170N-WIFI

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BIOS/UEFI

The Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5 and Z170N-WIFI have near identical BIOS menus with all the same major features and settings. For these two boards, Gigabyte only offers the old school "classic mode" that is heavy on text and light on graphics. On previous Gigabyte Z170/Z97/Z87 models I've used, a vided a simplified alternative was offered with a pleasant consolidated UI to keep less advanced users out of trouble.


Advanced frequency settings.


Advanced CPU Core settings.


Voltage options.

The frequency and voltage options lack the daunting variety of competing enthusiast models but all the basics are present for casual overclocking, if you dare to try it on a mini-ITX board with a fairy basic voltage regulation system and limited VRM cooling.


Audio LED options.

The behavior of the audio LED can be changed in the BIOS and with a utility in Windows, but on the Gaming 5 model, the "pulse" setting does not work, and neither the "pulse" or "beat" options function on the WIFI version. Obviously Gigabyte is reusing the same menu across their board lineup regardless of the audio LED's capabilities on each particular board, but if a model doesn't support a feature, it shouldn't be displayed as an option.


Fan control options.

Two 4-pin fan headers are provided on the top edge of the board, with the CPU fan header performing PWM control only, while the single system fan header relies on voltage control. Automated control via the BIOS is slope-based so the fan curve is a straight line with the only option being its steepness. There are a trio of presets to choose from and if you prefer manual control, the number of options expands to eight. For more dynamic options, you'll have to use software.



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