Gourmet Coffee, Gigabyte's Z370 Aorus Gaming 7

Subject: Motherboards | October 13, 2017 - 02:45 PM |
Tagged: gigabye, Z370, aorus gaming 7, coffee lake, Intel

Gigabyte's Z370 Aorus Gaming 7 is the most feature filled example of this chipset that The Tech Report have yet reviewed and at $250 it costs significantly less than the flagship models of previous generations.  There are three each of PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, PCIe 3.0 x1 slots and M.2 ports as well as six SATA ports; a beautiful array of options which utilize more PCIe lanes than are available on this platform so you will need to do some planning before purchasing your storage devices.  Audio is handled by Realtec's S1220 with help from an ESS Sabre 9018Q2C DAC installed in way which isolates it from interference from other components.  The back panel features HDMI 1.4, DP 1.2 and a USB 3.1 Type C port as well as numerous other earlier generation USB ports and even an old PS/2 for those that need it.  The list of features and high end components present on this board is much longer than this, check out the full review to reveal them all.

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"Gigabyte's Z370 Aorus Gaming 7 motherboard offers the highest-end power-delivery circuitry, the fanciest onboard audio, and the blingiest RGB LED lighting available in the company's Z370 lineup so far. We put this board to the test to see how high it lets our Core i7-8700K fly."

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October 13, 2017 | 03:01 PM - Posted by Randy (not verified)

a beautiful array of options which utilize more PCIe lanes than are available on this platform so you will need to do some planning before purchasing your storage devices.

This is the problem with consumer processors....or motherboards not sure who should take blame.....hey buy our motherboard.....look at all the crap on it! What you want to use it all at the same time? Silly consumer, thats not how it works!

October 13, 2017 | 04:02 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

Go AMD if you want to live life in wide open lanes with a half dozen SATA drives, two GPUs, a PCIe SSD, two M.2 drives, an M.2 NIC and a scattering of audio and capture cards all running simultaneously.  It's not a new thing by any means, that is why the PLX chip made an appearance.

I didn't mention it as a negative thing, just something to be aware of. 

October 13, 2017 | 04:06 PM - Posted by Ian Watkins (not verified)

I assume you're talking about X399, because X370 is even more restrictive in terms of PCIe lanes than Z370, with only sixteen from the CPU for graphics cards, plus another four for NVMe SSDs and then a mere eight 2.0 lanes from the chipset. It's an extremely modest platform. X399 is monstrous, but hardly in the same price bracket. There's a reason those motherboards cost so much.

October 13, 2017 | 06:13 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

Yes, I did mean ThreadRipper and I totally agree about your price point. 

The complaint was you should be able to run $10K worth of peripherals all at once on Z370 (since the GPUs would obviously have to be TitanX), which means ThreadRipper is not really outside of the budget.

October 15, 2017 | 12:40 AM - Posted by khanmein


October 15, 2017 | 08:07 AM - Posted by Roy Benjamin (not verified)

Gigabyte has been constantly refining its Aorus boards since the introduction of the brand with the Z270X-Gaming 5 and friends in January, and the Z370 Gaming 7 gets all of the latest improvements from that continued effort up until now.

With the price tag of $250, this is one of the best buy for anyone looking for a good board for PC. As per the article I read on http://alexwebhosting.com/, the Gaming 7 offers four DIMM slots with support for up to 64GB of RAM. What else you can expect from an affordable yet powerful board.

October 15, 2017 | 04:03 PM - Posted by CNote

That ASRock z370 itx board is $130 on Amazon but is $160 on Newegg. But a i3 8100 is $117 on Amazon but $168 on Newegg. Go figure.

October 17, 2017 | 05:11 AM - Posted by 1000000yuen (not verified)

buy both on newegg

October 15, 2017 | 05:37 PM - Posted by Funk (not verified)

but, can you find 8700K to put in it?

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