Here are key points about the GIGABYTE X370-Gaming K7.
Crazy USB Support: GIGABYTE didn't just add two extra USB 3.1 type-A ports to the two USB 3.1 ports from the chipset, they also gave both internal USB 3.0 headers and two rear USB 3.0 ports a power upgrade. GIGABYTE's USB 3.0 DAC-UP 2 offers the ability to not only boost USB voltages a bit so that you can go with longer USB cables, but it also offers the ability to disable power and use the ports in data-only mode for external DACs. The rear IO panel also offers a total of six USB 3.0 ports (two DAC-UP2) and three USB 3.1 type-A and one type-C port.
Sleek Aesthetics: With an almost all-black color theme and RGB LEDs, you can allow the motherboard to fade into background or light up like a Christmas tree in the color of your choice. The RGB LED diffusion strips in the IO shield, and audio sections produce a really cool effect and add a nice touch in case you decide you don't enjoy the other RGB LEDs on the motherboard.
Tons of Fan Headers and Temperature Sensors: The motherboard features eight fan headers along with two pump headers that support up to 2A of power. While each header supports DC or PWM mode operation, you can use many built-in temperature sensors and two external temperature sensors (included) as reference points for any of the headers. GIGABYTE's UEFI fan control has also been improved, and if you don't want to use the UEFI, you can use GIGABYTE's Windows software.
Dual ALC1220 Audio and NICs: The X370-Gaming K7 offers two ALC1220 codecs, one for the rear and one for the front panel header. The reason GIGABYTE did this is because the ALC1220 offers 120dB output on one amplified headphone output, so using two allows GIGABYTe to offer 120dB on the rear and front outputs. The motherboard also carried an Intel Gbit NIC and Killer Gbit NIC.
AMD BIOS Woes: The con here is not much of GIGABYTE's fault beyond their default mouse speed, but AMD's base AEGIS code is getting better each day. I had to pick something this motherboard is not great at, but I had a hard time picking so I am going to nitpick at the UEFI. I did not have many issues, but I do see where some people are upset that they aren't able to run their memory kits at specified speeds. I will say that I didn't update to the latest 126.96.36.199 code, but I am sure that improves overall UEFI performance, especially in memory overclocking.
The GIGABYTE X370-Gaming K7 costs a bit over $200, but it is loaded with tons of premium features and solid performance. The motherboard has tons of RGB LEDs throughout along with multiple RGB headers. Fan control is over the top, and the motherboard offers the ability to add in temperature sensors. GIGABYTE also included a discrete clock generator to allow for BCLK overclocking, and they included overclocking features on the motherboard. The dual ALC1220 audio codecs were a surprise, and their performance is great.
The X370-Gaming K7 is a premium motherboard for the AM4 platform from GIGABYTE, and it embodies many of the technologies we see on the Intel side, but over on the AMD side. The motherboard also has a large community of fans, and for a good reason; there isn't much to dislike. The motherboard also offers more than enough USB 3.1 and USB 3.0.
All that being said, we are going to award the X370-Gaming K7 with our second highest award, the TweakTown Recommended award. If you are looking for a premium AM4 motherboard, you should give the X370-Gaming K7 a look.
The Bottom Line: GIGABYTE's X370-Gaming K7 offers all the high-end features you could think of along with an RGB light show in a single well-designed AMD AM4 Ryzen motherboard.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and X370-Gaming K7 Overview]
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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]
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