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GIGABYTE Z370 Aorus Gaming K3 (Intel Z370) Motherboard (Page 11)

Steven Bassiri | Feb 23, 2018 at 06:00 am CST - 2 mins, 10 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 93%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Here are key points about the GIGABYTE Z370 Aorus Gaming K3.

What's Hot

Affordable: The Z370 Aorus Gaming K3 is designed to offer a slew of platform features and cuts out a lot of the fluff so that consumers aren't paying for a lot of features they might not use. The Z370 Aorus Gaming K3 will cost less than the Gaming 3, and that is because GIGABYTE has reduced some features they might not have used.

You lose the IO panel cover, you get a different NIC, a USB 3.0 internal header was changed from type-C to type-A, and the OC button and headers have been removed. Those features aren't critical for many people, so GIGABYTE revamped the motherboard without them.

RGB LEDs: While this motherboard is a cut-down version of the Z370 Aorus Gaming 3, GIGABYTE still kept the RGB LED support with a total of four headers and integrated RGBs on the motherboard PCB.

Fan Control: You still get five hybrid DC/PWM mode headers, and you even get a pump header that should run full speed by default. You all get full UEFI and Windows support so that you can control the headers multiple ways.

Controller Quality: GIGABYTE didn't reduce controller quality to lower price. You still get Intel's latest PHY the i219v, you still get the ALC1220, and you still get the ASMedia ASM3142 controller. Controller quality is an easy area where vendors can make cuts to save a few dollars, but GIGABYTE didn't here.

Dual BIOS:

What's Not

No SLI: SLI requires x8/x8 on two slots at a minimum, and that's not possible on this motherboard.

Final Thoughts

The GIGABYTE Z370 Aorus Gaming K3 is a solid entry-level Z370 motherboard. Compared to high-end Z370 motherboards, the Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 might not have the best VRMs, PCI-E layout, or 3rd party features, but it does come with a lot of cost savings benefits.

Many users just want a basic motherboard that gets the job done and supports their needs, and this motherboard is designed to do that for gamers. You get solid controller quality, new features such as USB 3.1, 120dB SNR audio, digital RGB support, and x4 M.2 slots on this entry-level motherboard. If you are looking for a basic motherboard that meets your needs at a fair price, the Z370 Aorus Gaming K3 is worth a look.

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Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST

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The Bottom Line: The GIGABYTE Z370 Aorus Gaming K3 is one of the most affordable Z370 motherboards that is centered on gaming, but it still offers high quality controllers and features.

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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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