Gigabyte's RGB Fusion software worked well and colours were bright and accurate with plenty of effect modes to choose from.
Its overclokcing software was easy to use and provided per-core overclocking and all the tweaks you need for a decent overclock including loadline calibration, most of which can be adjusted without a restart.
Gigabyte's Smart Fan 5 puts other Windows-based fan control to shame with the ability to select from one of multiple input sources to control your fans - something you can't do with MSI or Asus to this extent. It might be overkill for some but you could in theory connect a coolant probe to one of the sensors and have your radiator fans react to that instead of CPU temperature. There's also a clear ability to stop system fans below certain temperatures, which is useful if you want to have a silent system at low loads.
Gigabyte's EFI isn't bad, but it lacks the finesse of MSI and Asus in resolution and layout - they just look more modern and are easier to use, while Gigabyte has options spread over several pages, even for a basic overclock. We can't fault its fan-control section, though, as it again has unrivaled tweakablility that will delight cooling aficionados.
January 24 2020 | 12:00