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Aorus Z270X-Gaming 7 Motherboard Review

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Posted March 13, 2017 by Josh Jackson in CPU & Motherboards

Overview

Hardware:
 
Manufacturer:
 
Price at time of Review: $239.99 on Newegg and Amazon
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Excellent Overclocking, Great BIOS Layout, Tons of software Options, Awesome Build Quality, Do I dare say the best Aesthetic Design?
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

None
 
BOTTOM LINE:
It's one thing to say Aorus made a good board, but it's another completely when we call it a premier product. If you're looking for a top tier platform for your system, the Z270X Gaming 7 is certainly worthy of your next build.
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Features and Specifications

There’s so much to go over that I won’t try and do it here. Below is a solid list of the main features for the board.

  • Supports 7th/ 6th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors
  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs, DDR4 4133+(OC)
  • Intel® USB 3.1 Gen 2 with USB Type-C™ and Type-A
  • 3-Way Graphics Support with Dual Armor and Ultra Durable™ Design
  • Triple NVMe PCIe SSDs in RAID 0 Support
  • NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 U.2 Connector
  • Dual Ultra-Fast M.2 with PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA interface
  • Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready
  • Creative® Sound Core3D™ with SBX Pro Studio Audio Suite
  • Killer™ E2500 Gaming Network + Intel® Gigabit LAN
  • USB DAC-UP 2 with Adjustable Voltage
  • RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone LED Light Show design
  • Swappable Overlay for Accent LED
  • Smart Fan 5 features Multiple Temperature Sensors and Hybrid Fan Headers
  • 2 External Thermistors Headers with 2 Included Thermistors
  • Extreme 40 Gb/s Thunderbolt™ 3
  • GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™
  • APP Center Including EasyTune™ and Cloud Station™ Utilities

As always, the specs are pretty detailed when it comes to computer components. The list is for your convenience in case you’re looking for something specific, but we’ll go into more detail in all of this when we get to the closer look.

  • CPU
    1. Support for 7th and 6th generation Intel® Core™ i7 processors/ Intel® Core™ i5 processors/Intel® Core™ i3 processors/ Intel® Pentium®processors/Intel® Celeron® processors in the LGA1151 package
    2. L3 cache varies with CPU

    (Please refer “CPU Support List” for more information.)

  • Chipset
    1. Intel® Z270 Express Chipset
  • Memory
    1. 4 x DDR4 DIMM sockets supporting up to 64 GB of system memory
      * Due to a Windows 32-bit operating system limitation, when more than 4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed will be less than the size of the physical memory installed.
    2. Dual channel memory architecture
    3. Support for DDR4 4133(O.C.) / 4000(O.C.) / 3866(O.C.) / 3800(O.C.) / 3733(O.C.) / 3666(O.C.) / 3600(O.C.) / 3466(O.C.) / 3400(O.C.) / 3333(O.C.) / 3300(O.C.) / 3200(O.C.) / 3000(O.C.) / 2800(O.C.) / 2666(O.C.) / 2400 / 2133 MHz memory modules
    4. Support for ECC Un-buffered DIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8 memory modules (operate in non-ECC mode)
    5. Support for non-ECC Un-buffered DIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8/1Rx16 memory modules
    6. Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules

    (Please refer “Memory Support List” for more information.)

  • Onboard Graphics

    Integrated Graphics Processor+Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3 Controller:

    1. 1 x Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3 connector, supporting DisplayPort and Thunderbolt™ video outputs and a maximum resolution of 4096×2304@60 Hz
      * Because of the limited I/O resources of the PC architecture, the number of Thunderbolt™ devices that can be used is dependent on the number of the PCI Express devices being installed. (Refer to Chapter 1-7, “Back Panel Connectors,” for more information.)
      * Support for DisplayPort 1.2 version.

    Integrated Graphics Processor-Intel® HD Graphics support:

    1. 1 x DisplayPort, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096×2304@60 Hz
      * Support for DisplayPort 1.2 version.
    2. 1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096×2160@24 Hz
      * Support for HDMI 1.4 version.

    Support for up to 3 displays at the same time
    Maximum shared memory of 1 GB

  • Audio
    1. Creative® Sound Core 3D chip
    2. Support for Sound Blaster Recon3Di
    3. TI Burr Brown® OPA2134 operational amplifier
    4. High Definition Audio
    5. 2/5.1-channel
    6. Support for S/PDIF Out
  • LAN
    1. 1 x Intel® GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)(LAN1)
    2. 1 x Killer E2500 LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit) (LAN2)
      * Teaming is not supported.
  • Expansion Slots
    1. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16)
      * For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16 slot.
    2. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8)
      * The PCIEX8 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX16 slot. When the PCIEX8 slot is populated, the PCIEX16 slot operates at up to x8 mode.
    3. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4)
      * The PCIEX4 slot shares bandwidth with the M2P_32G connector. The PCIEX4 slot operates at up to x2 mode when an SSD is installed in the M2P_32G connector.
    4. 3 x PCI Express x1 slots
      * The PCIEX1_3 slot shares bandwidth with the SATA3 1 connector. The SATA3 1 connector becomes unavailable when the PCIEX1_3 is populated.
      (All of the PCI Express slots conform to PCI Express 3.0 standard.)
  • Storage Interface

    Chipset:

    1. 1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 SATA and PCIe x4/x2 SSD support) (M2M_32G)
    2. 1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280 SATA and PCIe x4/x2 SSD support) (M2P_32G)
    3. 1 x U.2 connector
    4. 3 x SATA Express connectors
    5. 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
    6. Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
      * Refer to “1-10 Internal Connectors,” for the installation notices for the PCIEX4, M.2, and SATA connectors.
  • Multi-Graphics Technology
    1. Support for NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI™ and 2-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ technologies
    2. Support for AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ and 3-Way/2-Way AMD CrossFire™ technologies
  • USB

    Chipset+Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3 Controller:

    1. 1 x USB Type-C™ port on the back panel, with USB 3.1 Gen 2 support
    2. 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A port (red) on the back panel

    Chipset+Realtek® USB 3.1 Gen 1 Hub:

    1. 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (available through the internal USB headers)

    Š Chipset:

    1. 5 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports on the back panel
    2. 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (available through the internal USB headers)
  • Internal I/O Connectors
    1. 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
    2. 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
    3. 1 x U.2 connector
    4. 2 x M.2 Socket 3 connectors
    5. 3 x SATA Express connectors
    6. 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
    7. 1 x CPU fan header
    8. 1 x water cooling CPU fan header
    9. 4 x system fan headers
    10. 2 x system fan/water cooling pump headers
    11. 1 x front panel header
    12. 1 x front panel audio header
    13. 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 headers
    14. 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
    15. 1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header
    16. 1 x RGB (RGBW) LED strip extension cable header
    17. 1 x Thunderbolt™ add-in card connector
    18. 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
    19. 2 x temperature sensor headers
    20. 1 x power button
    21. 1 x reset button
    22. 1 x Clear CMOS button
    23. 1 x ECO button
    24. 1 x OC button
    25. 1 x audio gain control switch
    26. Voltage Measurement Points
    27. 2 x BIOS switches
  • Back Panel Connectors
    1. 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
    2. 1 x DisplayPort
    3. 1 x HDMI port
    4. 1 x Thunderbolt™3 port (USB Type-C™ port, with USB 3.1 Gen 2 support)
    5. 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A port (red)
    6. 5 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports
    7. 2 x RJ-45 ports
    8. 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
    9. 5 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Line In/Mic In, Line Out, Headphone)
  • I/O Controller
    1. iTE® I/O Controller Chip
  • H/W Monitoring
    1. Voltage detection
    2. Temperature detection
    3. Fan speed detection
    4. Overheating warning
    5. Fan fail warning
    6. Fan speed control
      * Whether the fan speed control function is supported will depend on the cooler you install.
  • BIOS
    1. 2 x 128 Mbit flash
    2. Use of licensed AMI UEFI BIOS
    3. Support for DualBIOS™
    4. PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0
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One Comment


  1.  

    Exactly what I was searching for, thank you for
    posting.





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