Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 7
Welcome to your disco in a box.
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.
$249 | WWW.AORUS.COM