Intel’s latest desktop chipset is here and, for the most part, it’s similar to the familiar Z170 it replaces. Don’t be wary though, as unlike with the change from P67 to Z68, there are some key differences between the chipsets that may come in handy for a number of users.
What the Z270 chipset offers is a platform that allows Intel to effectively re-launch Skylake CPUs under the Kaby Lake revision. These two revisions of the Core architecture are mostly identical. In fact, there’s no difference between the two in terms of IPC. That, however, will be covered in the Core i7 7700K review.
For now, you should look at all Z270 motherboards as a second attempt by all vendors at the LGA 1151 CPUs. As you’d expect, things are much better all around. While the Z170 boards didn’t always live up to expectations, the Z270 series boards are vastly improved and this is true for GIGABYTE, or AORUS if you prefer.