7 AORUS Z370 Gaming 7

AORUS Z370 Gaming 7 Motherboard Review

  1. About the AORUS Z370 Gaming 7...
  2. Motherboard Design
  3. Motherboard Design Continued...
  4. Installation Experience, BIOS and Utility Overview
  5. How its tested??
  6. PCMark 8 and Memory Profile benchmark
  7. SATA Performance Testing
  8. Boot Load Timings
  9. Transfer Test
  10. Conclusion
  11. 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.

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 Rs. 17,156.18/- $249.99 £259.65

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    1. Giving this motherboard a negative for the VRM is the most conflicting opinion. I say this because who ever did this review knows nothing abot VRM components or just judges VRM’s by there heat sink. The z370 Aorus Gaming 7 uses the Intersil components money can buy. It has a ISL69138 PWM and 10 ISL99227B 60A Smart Power Stages configured in a 8+2 phase design doubled from 4+2 using the ISL6617A doublers. Even though the 8phase Vcore is doubled, its doubled using current balancing with temp monitoring among overcurrent protection. For comparison eVGA use these exact same VRM components on the x299 and z390 DARK Boards. Those boards are $500. Gigabyte even uses the same VRM on there x299 Aorus Gaming 7 pro Rev.2 board. I’ve tested this board with the 8700K at 5.3GHz and the VRM didn’t reach 80°c. Even testing this board with the 9900K was fine at 5.1GHz also with the VRM n9t reaching 90°c. This 8s maxing the CPU’s out with 1Hr AVX stress tests. Which no one would run there PC like this. Early Revisions 9f this board had some issues with the VRM heat sinks not being tightened all the way down and not using the laird thermal pads like on the z390’s. Though, this intersil based VRM doesn’t really need a heatsink.
      Even with the 9900K this motherboard is great option if RGB is your thing and you want a motherboard that runs cool and quiet. Don’t be detoured from early Rev. Motherboard reviews of this specific board. To make sure you get a Rev.2 z370 Aorus Gaming 7. Get the OP version.

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