Here are key points about the AORUS Z270X-GAMING 7.
AORUS Improvements: The sleek black and white aesthetics and polygon design is a look I approve of. White and black match pretty much everything since they are very basic, and the RGB LEDs let you customize the look for almost any color theme. The new features and improvements bring over GIGABYTE's previous version of the board are impressive. Eight fan headers with PWM/DC auto sense, 2A current limit, and multiple temperature sources with two external input points is something I didn't think I would see from GIGABYTE for a few more generations, and AORUS brings it to the table right away. DAC-UP 2 with the ability to increase USB voltage is great for longer USB cables that come with VR.
Audible Audio: I like Creative's audio solution, and Aorus does a good job with the amplifier, even going as far as adding a boost converter to increase 12v to the proper +/-15v amplifiers of that size can use.
U.2 and Dual M.2: Dual M.2 is always good, as the latest and greatest storage drives are all coming out in M.2. Intel's Optane will also come out in the M.2 form factor. There is also a U.2 connector for those Intel 750 series SSDs.
OC Features: I was happy to find GIGABYTE's assortment of overclocking features, including the dual BIOS and single BIOS mode switches. The voltage read points are also always welcome.
ThunderBolt 3: ThunderBolt 3 is the ultimate type-C port, as it is backward compatible with USB 3.1 and pretty much every other type-C data transfer protocol.
Clear CMOS and Reset Buttons are Too Close: One button is white the other is black, they are right near each other, and neither is labeled. The buttons should have had better PCB labeling.
VRM and PCI-E area LEDs: The LEDs around the VRM area and below the PCI-E slots shine straight out, and I think the designers figured that with the slots filled and a large heat sink, the light from these LEDs would be diffused and that would create a glow. However, many people don't use large heat sinks or multiple GPUs, but at least you can disable certain LED zones.
The Z270X-GAMING 7 is my first encounter with an AORUS motherboard, and I have to say that GIGABYTE did the right thing by adding in all these features and improving on the ones they were lacking or the launch of the AORUS brand's first motherboard series. Fan control is up to par with almost all of GIGABYTE's competition, RGB lighting control is great, and I think AORUS is the only brand with RGBW headers.
AORUS is known for their premium notebooks, they do not make mid-range or value products, and when it comes to motherboards, I hope GIGABYTE keeps AORUS at the high-end only. The Z270X-Gaming 7 is a high-end product; it looks high-end, performs high-end, and has all the features users would expect from a high-end motherboard. It also comes with the price tag of a premium product.
At $239.99, it won't be the cheapest Z270 motherboard on the market, but if you are looking for a solid and fun motherboard, the Z270X-Gaming 7 is worth a look.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Performance (including Overclocking)||90%|
|Quality including Design and Build||92%|
|Bundle and Packaging||90%|
|Value for Money||90%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||91%|
The Bottom Line: Loaded with Thunderbolt 3, the latest in storage interfaces, tons of fan control, and a slew of unique features such as an RGBW header and USB DAC-UP 2, the Z270X-Gaming 7 has all the latest features at a reasonable price.
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- Page 5 [BIOS and Software]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup]
- Page 7 [Overclocking]
- Page 8 [CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks]
- Page 9 [System IO Benchmarks]
- Page 10 [Thermal Imaging and Power Consumption]
- Page 11 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]
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