Technology content trusted in North America and globally since 1999
8,037 Reviews & Articles | 60,485 News Posts

GIGABYTE Z370 Aorus Gaming K3 (Intel Z370) Motherboard

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: Feb 23, 2018 12:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Thermal Imaging and Power Consumption

 

 

System power is measured at the wall with an AC power meter.

 

gigabyte-z370-aorus-gaming-k3-intel-motherboard

 

Note on Thermal Images: In the temperature section, we use our Seek thermal imaging camera to capture the surface temperatures of major components on the board. I look at the VRM and then all other things that light up the screen. If there is something to worry about, then I will state it. Otherwise, I will just show the hotter running parts of the board for fun. Unless some component is over 80-90C, then there isn't anything to worry about.

 

 

All systems will act differently, so I will look for commonalities, such as how far from the VRM the heat spreads through the PCB and the difference in temperature between the front side and backside of the PCB. Keep in mind, the majority of the heat from the VRM goes into the PCB as it is a giant soldered on copper heat sink. A larger difference in temperature between the back and front of the PCB points towards a more effective heat sink.

 

Thermal Testing at Stock Speeds:

 

The image on the left is always at idle, and the image on the right is at load. During ALL TESTS, fans to the right of the motherboard from the (Corsair H110i) radiator are left on automatic mode (ramps with internal block temperature). Additionally, a 120mm fan is situated right above the VRM, and it blows down at a medium rate (very quiet). Thermal Images are taken at loop 15 of Intel Burn Test

 

gigabyte-z370-aorus-gaming-k3-intel-motherboardgigabyte-z370-aorus-gaming-k3-intel-motherboard

 

Full frontal.

 

gigabyte-z370-aorus-gaming-k3-intel-motherboardgigabyte-z370-aorus-gaming-k3-intel-motherboard

 

Up-close of the front of the VRM.

 

gigabyte-z370-aorus-gaming-k3-intel-motherboardgigabyte-z370-aorus-gaming-k3-intel-motherboard

 

Up-close of the back of the VRM.

 

Thermal Testing at 4.9GHz/1.3v Overclocked Speeds:

 

The image on the left is always at idle, and the image on the right is at load. During ALL TESTS, fans to the right of the motherboard from the (Corsair H110i) radiator are left on automatic mode (ramps with internal block temperature). Additionally, a 120mm fan is situated right above the VRM, and it blows down at a medium rate (very quiet). We standardize this test with a 4.9GHz on all cores with 1.3V real under load and take pictures at the 80% mark of HandBrake rendering a 4K video.

 

gigabyte-z370-aorus-gaming-k3-intel-motherboardgigabyte-z370-aorus-gaming-k3-intel-motherboard

 

Up-close of the front and back of the VRM.

 

The Z370 Aorus Gaming K3's thermal performance is acceptable but almost got into the really hot range. Granted ambient temperature was higher when testing the K3 then when we tested the normal Gaming 3, as the two boards, the HD3P, and Gaming 5 all use the same VRM. We highly recommend using a fan over the VRM or positive airflow in the case if you are going to overclock the 8700K close to 5GHz. The good news is that the CPU performance wasn't affected. Anything under 60C is great, 60-80C is acceptable, and anything above 80C is a bit worrisome (if at stock).

    PRICING: You can find the product discussed for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:

     

    United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon`s website.

    United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK`s website.

    Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada`s website.

    We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.

Related Tags

Got an opinion on this content? Post a comment below!
loading