GI­GA­BYTE Z370 AORUS GAM­ING 7

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The Gi­ga­byte Z370 Aorus Gam­ing 7 is the com­pany’s flag­ship In­tel Z370 moth­er­board. That said, the laun­dry list of fea­tures reads more like that of a bal­anced all-rounder rather than that of an en­thu­si­ast-ori­ented model.

For in­stance, there are no auxiliary power con­nec­tors for the CPU or an LN2 mode switch for se­ri­ous over­clock­ing. You also won’t find things like DIP switches to dis­able se­lect PCIE or DIMM slots when you’re trou­bleshoot­ing or tweak­ing your sys­tem.

How­ever, what the board does have is a solid se­lec­tion of core fea­tures that will prove far more use­ful to a wider swath of users. This de­ci­sion is re­flected in the fairly rea­son­able $435 price tag, and you get ev­ery­thing you need, plus a lit­tle ic­ing on the top.

This means de­cent stor­age ex­pan­sion and con­nec­tiv­ity op­tions, in ad­di­tion to cus­tom­iz­a­ble LEDS, a beefed-up on­board au­dio so­lu­tion, and a to­tal of eight fan head­ers, in­clud­ing a high am­per­age header that out­puts up to 3A.

The top­most M.2 socket is also equipped with its own heat sink, which is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant given how close it is to heat­gen­er­at­ing com­po­nents like the CPU and GPU.

But while this board may lack cer­tain fea­tures for more ex­treme over­clock­ers, that doesn’t mean it’s a slouch ei­ther. It is equipped with an 8+2-phase power de­sign for the CPU and IGPU, and uses In­ter­sil’s lat­est dig­i­tal PWM and Smart Power Stages to sup­ply up to 60A for each of the eight phases for the CPU Vcore.

You also get all the es­sen­tial but­tons. How­ever, it’d have been nice to see the CLR_CMOS but­ton lo­cated at the rear I/O in­stead, as it’d make trou­bleshoot­ing a lot eas­ier once you’ve com­pleted your build. You’ll find a one-click OC but­ton in the same area for a quick and has­sle-free over­clock. Fi­nally, the board also has a cou­ple of nice fea­tures that tend to slip un­der the radar. This in­cludes an ESS Sabre 9018 DAC for on­board au­dio and a sec­ond Eth­er­net port pow­ered by the Killer E2500 Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net con­troller. You can also re­place the over­lay at the top right with your own 3D-printed de­sign, which will change the light­ing pat­tern of the LEDS un­der­neath.

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