- 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
No matter how much I hate, I understand there are a good number of system builders who use a lot of LED lighting. That would explain way channels like ‘Pimp My Setup, ‘Tech Source’ and numerous Facebook groups are flooded with system and desktop setup. I wouldn’t care as long as it does not axe out the necessities.
The layout is very easy to use. Even in closed case setup, removing the graphics cards with medium to long cards should have enough space for you to eject it. The Intel platform supports native 2666 MHz and as per my Core i7 8700K, it is very good at it. I wish both the NICs used the same Intel network controller and enable teaming.
A user like me would like to have at least eight USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports from the rear because of convenience. Two more would be nice.
Thanks to the new Intel’s implementation, you can set specific turbo speed per core on the CPU via UEFI. You can also overclock per core manually as well. The manual needs to be updated as “Enhanced multi-core performance” isn’t included.
I am not very happy to see the MOSFET/VRM heatsink with not many sunk cut-outs. This is what MSI did. More sinks, the better. No metal which is good at heat transfer will help to dissipate heat if it is basically a block of metal. I saw an ECS Z370 motherboard which seems to have more sinks in its MOSFET/VRM sink. At this point, marketable decoration shouldn’t come in the way at all. It may not be a big deal since modern CPUs are more energy efficient, especially Coffee Lake. But it still needs care as overclocking generates heat- on the CPU and its related parts such as the CHOKES and its VRMs. This motherboard has a 5.0 GHz profile which I used. It pushes out a lot of heat. That tiny fan under the rear I/O bracket will barely do a good job. This is important especially when enhanced multicore performance is enabled by default (set to auto is enabled). Many users even overclockers may not observe it. Because the system does not notify the user. Luckily it does not change the settings when you change anything else- such as Intel XMP.
Mostly, I am happy with the motherboard. If and when you go ahead with shortlisting Intel Z370 motherboards, this would be one of them. The rest depends on the competition.
For some reason, the initial boot up in normal mode takes time initially because of the system check it goes through. But I’ve observed that it takes some time to accept two kits Kingston HyperX 16 kits (HX426C13SB2K2/16). After 3-4 auto restarts before POST, it figures out and accepts the 32 GB kit. No issues with 16 GB whatsoever. At the time of publishing this review, AORUS already released a new UEFI concerning better support for XMP profiles. Maybe that fixed it?
But seriously, AORUS! You really need to ease up on that RGB obsession. Some variants of these boards should be plain, catering to a more sober crowd. Hopefully, that won’t be limited to Designaire series- or RGBfy Designaire series as well. Asrock Tai Chi is a very good example. Simplicity is loved by all. The much older Ultra Durable series was loved for good reasons.
In a time like this Ryzen series has some tempting advantage over the Coffee Lake, it becomes important for the motherboard maker to provide more value. After all, if a Coffee Lake is chosen, the cost of the motherboard with its features (both native and non-native) will influence that decision as well. If you are appealing to a system builder- fair enough. Boutique system integrators or performance system builders? Best not to do both on a motherboard. Regardless, it is a versatile motherboard which would be greater with additional two USB 3.0 ports for the rear.
A flat temperature probe will be excellent to sandwich between VRM/chokes on motherboards or graphics card.
- Familiar BIOS Design
- M.2 and PCIe slot distribution
- Two USB 3.1 Gen 1 front panel ports
- USB 3.1 Gen 2 front panel port
- More than enough lighting options.
- MOSFET /VRM Design
- Startup/restart times irrespective of boot settings in the UEFI
- Recognition of 32 GB during first installation/post CMOS clear takes some time (F6 UEFI)
- Four SATA cables for a motherboard with six native SATA ports?