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AORUS Z270X-Gaming 9 Motherboard Review (Page 1)

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.

Steven Bassiri | Jan 4, 2017 at 01:18 pm CST - 1 min, 41 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 93%Manufacturer: AORUS


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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.


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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.


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

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Steven went from a fledgling forum reader in 2003 to one of the internet's brightest tech stars by 2010. Armed with an information systems degree, a deep understanding of circuitry, and a passion for tech, Steven (handle Sin0822) enjoys sharing his deep knowledge with others. Steven details products down to the component level to highlight seldom explained, and often misunderstood architectures. Steven is also a highly decorated overclocker with several world records.

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