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GIGABYTE Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 (Intel Z370) Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: Feb 24, 2018 4:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Here are key points about the GIGABYTE Z370 Aorus Gaming 3.

 

What's Hot

 

 

Simple: The Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 is a very simple motherboards targeting gamers. It features the Killer Gaming NIC, five fully configurable fan headers, RGB support, and support for all platform features. On top of the platform features, the only feature that might be considered an expensive extra is USB 3.1 and you get both type-A and type-C on the rear IO panel.

 

RGB LEDs: GIGABYTE integrated RGB LEDs into the motherboard, but they didn't go overboard, which is nice. On top of that, they added two RGBW headers, and two 12v/5v digital RGB LED headers. I was very surprised to see that type of RGB LED support on a motherboard at this price point.

 

Fan Control: We find five hybrid fan headers on the motherboard, and they can all be easily controlled through the UEFI or System Information Viewer in Windows.

 

OC Button and Header: Some of you might remember those old systems from the 90s that had "Turbo" buttons on the motherboard, and GIGABYTE is trying to bring that back. The motherboard has a button on the rear IO panel just for overclocking, and they added a synchronized header. The header offer you the ability to repurpose buttons and LEDs on your cases front panel, so you can change your reset or power button to an OC button, and the power or HDD light to indicate the overclock is in place.

 

Dual BIOS: We do find two BIOS ROMs on the motherboard for extra protection.

 

What's Not

 

No SLI: Since the main PCI-E x16 slot is routed directly to the CPU it's not possible for SLI to work on this motherboard.

 

Final Thoughts

 

The GIGABYTE Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 is a solid motherboard with a lot of platform features and a nice amount of gaming features. While some people might not care for RGB LEDs, a lot of others do. The RGB LED support on this motherboard is more than I expected, with a total of four headers, two standard RGBW and two digital/addressable.

 

 

I also liked the OC button and the new type-C header, and the absence of large video outputs on the rear IO was also a nice touch. If you are looking for a solid Z370 motherboard that won't break the bank, give the Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 a look.

 

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Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance89%
Quality88%
Features92%
Value95%
Overall TweakTown Rating91%

The Bottom Line: If you need a basic Z370 gaming motherboard at a reasonable price and solid features, you should consider the Z370 Aorus Gaming 3.

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