CES 2018 - GIGABYTE had a secret motherboard on hand at their CES 2018 ballroom, and we got a sneak peak so we could show you what they have in store for 2018. The AMD AM4 X470-based Aorus Gaming 7 is totally redesigned compared to their X370 Aorus Gaming 7.
The new motherboard has two M.2 slots, one routed to the CPU at x4 PCI-E 3.0 and one to the chipset at x4 PCI-E 2.0, both of them have heat sinks. The motherboard will support current and future AM4 CPUs, but should be compatible with Ryzen-2000 series CPUs/APUs out of the box.
Surprisingly, GIGABYTE decided to go back to the tried-and-true fin-type heat sink, which offers maximum cooling efficiency because of its maximized surface area. The new X470 motherboard features a 10+2 phase VRM controlled by an IR35201 PWM controller. Each power stage uses IR3553 40A PowIRstages for AMD's next gen Zen+ and current CPUs.
Audio hardware is based on a Realtek ALC1220 and uses an ESS Sabre DAC for 121dB SNR. The motherboard also carries both RGBW and digital RGB LED headers, and it has digital RGBs built into its IO shield. There are other RGB LEDs built into diffused plastic sections, so it doesn't go overboard on built-in RGBs.
The rear IO features a lot of USB 3.0 (including DAC-UP ports), USB 3.1, WIFI, 1Gbit LAN, 7.1 audio outputs with S/PDIF out, a power button (re-addressable to restart), and a clear CMOS button. Overclocking features such as a POST code display are also present, as are dual BIOS switches. Stay tune d for more info from CES2018.