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AORUS Z270X-Gaming 9 Motherboard Review

AORUS Z270X-Gaming 9 Motherboard Review
AORUS's Z270X-Gaming 9 is our second AORUS Z270 motherboard review and their most expensive board. Is it worth the asking price? Let's find out.
By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: Jan 4, 2017 7:18 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: AORUS

Introduction

 

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GIGABYTE, AORUS's parent company, has traditionally reserved the number 9 for their over the top motherboards, and the last time I saw a GIGABYTE branded motherboard with the number 9 was the X58A-UD9; a legendary motherboard that still holds a place in many people's minds. However, the AORUS Z270X-Gaming 9 seems to be a higher-end replacement for what GIGABYTE recently called their Gaming G1 series of motherboards. The departure from GIGABYTE's high-end branding structure and the introduction of AORUS's new hierarchy might be a bit confusing, and I expect the Z270X-Gaming 9 to be somewhere in between the Z170X-Gaming G1 WIFI and the X58A-UD9 (maybe more towards the Gaming G1 WIFI).

 

 

The GIGABYTE Z170X-Gaming G1 that the AORUS Z270X-Gaming 9 replaces used a PEX8747 to expand PCI-E lanes for up to 4-way SLI/CrossFireX, had ThunderBolt 3, a strong VRM, a water block, and a slew of other features such as triple Killer NICs. The Z270X-Gaming 9 has pretty much the same specifications, but with the little extra AORUS brings to the table. Just like we saw with the Z270X-Gaming 7 from AORUS, the new boards have significantly better fan control, UEFI, RGB LED control, and other electrical features such as USB DAC-UP 2, but the AORUS Z270X-Gaming 9 brings one more thing to the table.

 

In the past, GIGABYTE had always used some no-name water block, usually just a hollowed out heat pipe with threading to cool the PEX8747 chip and the VRM. The Z270X-Gaming 9 actually uses a custom-designed EK water block, which should prove to be much more effective, and the EK block might be why the motherboard carries the prestigious number 9 in its name. Let's take a look and find out.

 

 

Specifications

 

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The Z270X-Gaming 9 supports up to 4-way SLI and CrossFireX, carries USB 3.1 ports, Killer DoubleShot-X3 Pro, Creative Core3Di (127dB certified), two U.2 ports, and two M.2 ports among many other features.

 

 

Pricing

 

The Z270X-Gaming 9's price is $499.99.

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