Gi­ga­byte Z370 Aorus Gam­ing 7

Wel­come to your disco in a box.

APC Australia - - » Intel Z370 Motherboards -

Oh, dear... If you want your PC to look like a disco, this ‘ board has you cov­ered. Aorus has gone to town with the RGB light­ing, with six dif­fer­ent zones, each of which can be pro­grammed to have a unique colour. It’s called ‘RGB Fu­sion’ and should work with the ma­jor­ity of other com­pany’s RGB prod­ucts so you can have one big flashy PC, mouse, key­board and even mon­i­tor.

It’s a stan­dard ATX sized moth­er­board, and once again, we see three ful­l­length x16 phys­i­cal slots, all steel re­in­forced, with an­other three x1 slots. Each slot has a pro­pri­etary lock­ing mech­a­nism, which does ac­tu­ally hold the cards in more sta­bly, while also be­ing eas­ier to un­lock. The ‘ board also fea­tures plenty of but­tons for things like re­boot­ing, pow­er­ing up and clear­ing the CMOS, which makes it a tweaker’s de­light, where the ‘ board won’t be mounted in a case.

There are three M.2 slots, and ev­ery­one has a heatsink, which is a fan­tas­tic fea­ture. SATA drops back to six, though, but twin Eth­er­net helps balance that out. Real­tek’s ALC1220 codec is wheeled out once again, this time called the ‘Amp-up’ au­dio so­lu­tion, and it sounds iden­ti­cal to the other motherboards.

In terms of I/O op­tions, there’s Dis­playPort, HDMI, USB 3.1 Type-C and twin USB 3.0 Type A on the I/O panel, which is a de­cent range. Over­all, this board is ex­cel­lent value... just like most of the other ‘ boards in the roundup, mak­ing it very hard to say defini­tively which one to buy.


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