- About the AORUS Z370 Gaming 7...
- Motherboard Design
- Motherboard Design Continued...
- Installation Experience, BIOS and Utility Overview
- How its tested??
- PCMark 8 and Memory Profile benchmark
- SATA Performance Testing
- Boot Load Timings
- Transfer Test
- Online Purchase Links
About the AORUS Z370 Gaming 7…
Disclosure: The Z370 Gaming 7 is loaned from AORUS.
With the Intel 8 generation desktop CPUs out in the open, its natural to see its 300 series motherboards out with it. This is the AORUS Z370 Gaming 7, its offering seems conservative until you look at certain details like ample LED illumination options, M.2, Type C for the rear and front panel and still manages to get a good layout and spacing between the slots.
Packaging and Contents
AORUS really toned down their excess packaging with a standard box design- logos and naming on the front and the rest of the information on the rear. AORUS uses the sides of the packaging effectively by having some of the information there.
The motherboard is adequately protected with an additional cardboard (wing). Inside you will find a bunch of stickers you can use along with it a case badge, readers manual and the accessories hidden underneath.
Some of the accessories bundled with the Z370 Gaming 7 is very unique. AORUS bundles a standard RGB extension cable, a couple of velcro straps, rear I/O, a total of four SATA III cables, an SLI bracket. The other two items are two sets of temperature sensors that connect to the motherboard and smart header clip. The temperature sensor is self-explanatory though I wish the sensor was flat based so that it can be placed within key areas such as MOSFETs, VRM under the heatsink or even in the graphics card’s sub-components.
Rather than having a male-to-female header module, AORUS provides a clamp where you can firmly attach your PC case’s front panel control headers. These work better as it clips on the shell and attaches firmly on the
(Please refer “CPU Support List” for more information.)
|Chipset||Intel® Z370 Express Chipset|
(Please refer “Memory Support List” for more information.)
* Support for DisplayPort 1.2 version, HDCP 2.2, and HDR.
* Support for HDMI 1.4 version and HDCP 2.2. Maximum shared memory of 1 GB
* For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16 slot.
* The PCIEX8 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX16 slot. When the PCIEX8 slot is populated, the PCIEX16 slot operates at up to x8 mode.
* The PCIEX4 slot shares bandwidth with the M2P_32G connector. The PCIEX4 slot operates at up to x2 mode when a PCIe SSD is installed in the M2P_32G connector.
* 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:
* Refer to “1-9 Internal Connectors,” for the installation notices for the PCIEX4, M.2, and SATA connectors.
|USB||Chipset+2 ASMedia® USB 3.1 Gen 2 Controllers:
Chipset+Realtek® USB 3.1 Gen 1 Hub:
|Internal I/O Connectors||
|Back Panel Connectors||
|I/O Controller||iTE®I/O Controller Chip|
* Whether the fan (pump) speed control function is supported will depend on the fan (pump) you install.
* Available applications in APP Center may vary by motherboard model. Supported functions of each application may also vary depending on motherboard specifications.
|Operating System||Support for Windows 10 64-bit|
|Form Factor||ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm|
As explained in the Core i7 8700K review, the Z370 and the 8th generation CPU are not compatible with the previous generation 7th Gen Kaby lake and 200 series chipset motherboard. Though it uses the same LGA 1151 socket, the pin layout is significantly different.
The AORUS Z370 Gaming 7’s support goes up to 4133 MHz memory speed support provided it is overclocked manually. The XMP support is up to 2666 MHz. It supports both non-ECC and ECC DDR4 memory modules. Since the 8th gen has Intel 630 series on-chip graphics, the motherboard has one DisplayPort supporting 4K @ 60Hz and an HDMI with 4K @ 30Hz. No DVI-D. DVI-D as onboard is no more! Long live DVI-D.
It is also interesting to see that most Intel Z370 series motherboard is bundled ESS chip for its audio section. The onboard sound uses a Realtek ALC1220 codec, while there is a single Intel LAN and another Killer E2500 LAN chip. Compared to the Z270, we will see more M.2 slots on the Z370 variants.