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GIGABYTE Z370 Aorus Gaming K3 (Intel Z370) Motherboard (Page 2)

Steven Bassiri | Feb 23, 2018 at 06:00 am CST - 2 mins, 13 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 93%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Packaging and Overview

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The box for the Z370 Aorus Gaming K3 is basic and focused on gaming. Packaging is simple as well.

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The accessory package includes four SATA6Gb/s cables, IO shield, G-Connector, case badge, manual, and driver DVD.

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The Z370 Aorus Gaming K3 has five fan headers; they are hybrid headers that operate in PWM or DC mode. You can change their mode and operating curves through Windows or through the UEFI. The header circled in blue is a pump header designed to run full speed at default, all headers should be rated up to 1A of current. The back of the motherboard is bare of components except for some RGB LEDs.

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The rear IO panel features PS/2 keyboard and mouse, DVI, HDMI, USB 3.1 type-C, USB 3.1 type-A, four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, 1Gbit LAN, and 7.1 audio outputs.

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The topmost PCI-E x16 slot is routed directly to the CPU. All other slots are routed to the PCH, and the second x16 slot is electrically x4 and shares bandwidth with the M.2 slot above it. All of the PCI-E x1 slots are routed to the PCH, two of them share bandwidth. The motherboard features four right-angled SATA6Gb/s slots, and a GPIO header is located right above them for ThunderBolt.

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There are two M.2 slots, the top slot is routed to the PCH and supports PCI-E and SATA drives, but if you use a SATA drive, SATA port 0 is disabled. The second M.2 slot is routed to the PCH but shares all bandwidth with the PCI-E slot right below it, and it only supports PCI-E based M.2 drives.

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The motherboard offers up two USB 3.0 internal headers located right below the 24-pin power connector. Two of the SATA6Gb/s ports are angled straight and right near them are the four boot LEDs. The front panel headers and Clear CMOS header are located in the lower right corner of the motherboard.

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We find two sets of RGBW and digital/addressable 12v/5v RGB headers. One is at the top right corner of the motherboard and the other at the bottom left corner. To change the voltage of the digital/addressable header you just move the jumper from default 5v mode to 12v mode.

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We also find two USB 2.0 internal headers on the motherboard near the TPM header. The VRM heat sinks use a push pin system to attach to the motherboard, while the PCH heat sink is screwed down.

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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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