GIGABYTE X470 Aorus Gaming 7 WIFI Motherboard Review (Page 2)

| Apr 26, 2018 at 10:00 am CDT
Rating: 93%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Packaging and Overview

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The motherboard's box is very similar to GIGABYTE's other Aorus series gaming motherboards; packaging is solid as well.

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The accessory package includes four SATA6Gb/s, SLI HB Bridge, WIFI antenna, two temperature sensors, RGBW extension cable, 3-to-4 pin digital RGB converter cable, Aorus Velcro cable ties, G-Connector, case badge, stickers, M.2 screws, driver DVD, and manuals.

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GIGABYTE put a whopping eight fan headers on the motherboard, and all of them can operate in PWM or DC mode. The two headers circled in red are pump headers (but can also be used with fans) and should offer up to 2A of current. There are two external temperature sensor input headers, and GIGABYTE includes the temperature probes so you can use them to make anything a reference temperature. The motherboard's aesthetics look to go back to basics with metal accents and stylized RGBs. However, the VRM heat sink is really what's interesting since it uses aluminum fins which offer significantly better cooling capacity and more stylized heat sinks. The back of the motherboard doesn't have many components, which is a good thing, and there is a backside metal plate over the VRM area that covers up some doublers.

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The rear IO panel features clear CMOS button, power button, WIFI outputs, four normal USB 3.0 ports, USB 3.1 type-A, USB 3.1 type-C, two USB 2.0 ports, 1Gbit LAN, two USB 3.0 ports with DAC-UP capability, and 7.1 audio outputs with S/PDIF out.

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The PCI-E layout is simple enough. The two more reinforced top x16 slots operate at x16/x0 or x8/x8 and are attached to the CPU and support PCI-E 3.0. The bottommost x16 slot is electrically x4 PCI-E 2.0 connected to the chipset, and it shares all its bandwidth with the bottom M.2 slot. The top M.2 slot is connected to the CPU at x4 PCI-E 3.0, so you should populate that one first. All x1 slots are PCI-E 2.0 connected to the chipset. Both M.2 slots have heat sinks, which is a nice addition.

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The motherboard offers up six SATA6Gb/s ports connected to the chipset. There is an internal USB 3.1 (10Gb/s) header, a POST code display, BIOS selector switch, and Dual BIOS disable switch near the 24-pin connector.

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The motherboard offers 8-pin and 4-pin CPU power connectors. In the top right corner of the motherboard, we find an RGBW header and a digital RGB header (with jumper voltage adjustment). There is also an OC Button header so you can move the OC button to an external switch. There is an OC button as well.

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The motherboard offers an accent overlay, and GIGABYTE sent us a custom one that says "TweakTown" on it, you can check it out on the test setup page. There is a CPU LED header, which is just an RGB header, under the CPU socket area.

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In the bottom right corner of the motherboard, you can find your front panel headers and your two USB 3.0 internal headers. At the bottom of the motherboard, we see two USB 2.0 internal headers and a TPM header.

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The motherboard offers up an RGBW header and a digital RGB header at the bottom of the motherboard, and there is a jumper to change the voltage of the digital header. We get some really beefy heat sinks, and the VRM heat sink offers up a direct copper heat pipe to thermal pad design.

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