Strong Controller Choices: The motherboard comes with a 32GB Optane module installed, and that costs about $65 dollars. While Optane can be used as a boot drive, it's typically used as a cache for hard drives. While 32GB might be a bit small, but the good news is that Intel has just unlocked another use for Optane other than using it as either a boot drive or a cache for your main boot HDD or SSD. Intel now allows for Optane to be used to accelerate any drive, so if you have a decent sized normal NAND SSD and a multi-TB HDD, you can now accelerate that HDD to do things like load your game files faster. If we take the cost of Optane out of the motherboard, then the motherboard is a decent value.
Improved VRM: Compared to the first version of the Z370 Aorus Ultra Gaming WIFI, the new 2.0-OP version has increased VRM components to help reduce heat in that area.
Fan Control: We find six hybrid fan headers on the motherboard, and they can all be easily controlled through the UEFI or System Information Viewer in Windows.
RGB LED Support: We get built in RGB LEDs on the motherboard with their own dedicated zones. We also find two RGBW headers and two digital (addressable) RGB LED headers with both 5v and 12v support.
Dual BIOS: We do find two BIOS ROMs on the motherboard for extra protection.
If you need Optane: The price of this motherboard is quite prohibitive unless you really need Optane memory support.
The GIGABYTE Z370 Aorus Ultra Gaming WIFI-OPis all about fixing a few things from GIGABYTE's first Z370 motherboards, such as upgrading the VRM to the levels of GIGABYTE's Z370 Aorus Gaming 5. It's also a highly specialized motherboard with a 32GB Optane module with its own heat sink, but the good news is that if you want the motherboard without Optane, GIGABYTE does have a model without it.
Optane does accelerate use cases, and if you are going to build a system with just an HDD, Optane is a good idea. If you are building a system with an SSD as your main drive along with an HDD for games and stuff, then Optane could also be useful. The motherboard is a decent model if you are going to make full use of Intel's Optane memory.
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The Bottom Line: The Z370 Aorus Ultra Gaming WIFI-OP is designed to fulfill the needs of anyone in the market for a Z370 motherboard and Optane memory to accelerate a main or secondary HDD.
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