There are many motherboards available from a range of manufactures all sporting different features. Every month, we aim to gather the best three motherboards on the Intel socket 1151 Z170 chipset which offer an attractive balance between price, features and performance.
The Gigabyte GA-Z170XP-SLI motherboard is a great value motherboard which offers a range of features for a reasonable price. It supports new features such as the M.2 storage interface and USB 3.1 while offering an attractive design. As a bonus, this Skylake motherboard is SLI compatible and offers a wide range of expansion slots which helps make it a solid foundation for future expansion.
If you are looking for a few more features then the Asus Z170 PRO is certainly worth considering. With 4 SATA 6Gb/s ports, USB 3.1 support, Intel Ethernet and powerful audio it is clearly a feature packed motherboard. This model is backed with a three year warranty and with plenty of PCIE slots it offers great upgradability overtime.
The gaming series from Gigabyte using the Z170 chipset on the 1151 socket has a design you either love or hate. If you are a fan of the design, this motherboard can be perfect for a gaming system. A big selling point for this model is the Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2201 Ethernet chip which helps reduce online pings by prioritizing the games packets. If your not a fan of the E2201 chip, there is another Ethernet port powered by a Intel controller which is a fantastic addition. The Z170X GAMING 5 also offers Realtek® ALC1150 sound, 6 SATA 6Gb/s connectors and 3-Way graphics Support.