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

Motherboard Design

There is a set of USB 3.1 Gen 1 and Gen 2 rear and front panel ports. There is a USB Type C Gen 2 header for the front panel and two Gen 1 USB headers which provide support up to four front panel USB 3.0 Gen 1 ports. It still does retain two USB 2.0 ports in case if it is needed for any accessories from other manufacturers. But it would be nice to see a fleet of mid-size mid-priced PC cases with four USB 3.1 Gen 1 and 1 Gen 2 front panel header. The temperature sensor headers are placed next to the DIMM slots and above the second USB 3.1 Gen 1 header, next to CMOS_Clear header. Yes, despite provides a CMOS switch, there is an additional CMOS clear header!

You’ll notice a subtle logo placement on the PCB (PCIe area) and then the illuminated AORUS logo on the chipset sink. I am not a fan of over branding, but MSI and ASROCK Tai Chi have better imprints on the motherboard.

Voltage sensors are thankfully not there as its rare to see a proper setup for it. There is an onboard Power button, reset and CMOS clear button with an OC button. I would have liked to see switches switching between the BIOS chips, just like the Z97X-Gaming GT.

LED madness!!

There are two sets of LED headers with two headers each. The first set (LED_C1/LED_C2) are for RGBW 5050 strips with standard connectors. These have a maximum rating of 2A providing 12v power, about 2 meters worth. The other set is digital LED strip headers (D_LED1/D_LED2) which provides support for 5050 digital LED strips up to 2Amps power (jumper provided for 5v and 12v) maximum length up to 5 meters or 300 LEDs. Time to pimp that room of yours with these! Yes, you have TWO RGBW headers and two more digital LED headers. As if the RGB illumination all over the motherboard isn’t enough.
The RGBW headers are next to the DIMM slots. The Additionally you’ll see jumpers labeled DLED where it lets you switch between 5V and 12v power supply, depending on your RGBW power requirement. One of them is placed in this area.

You’ll notice three-pinned contacts below the CMOS Reset and system reset switch. I am not sure about its function and interestingly nothing about it is mentioned in the manual.

What I do like is that despite three M.2 ports and a series of PCIe slots in an ATX form factor, it seems to have a good amount of space between the LGA 1151 socket and the 1st PCIe slot. I’ve said in many motherboard reviews in the past that many motherboards did not make an impression of being made for someone who puts the motherboard inside the case. As a result, large CPU air coolers with graphic cards are way too close or have a contact. This is not a good idea especially with manufacturers have a backplate on the graphic card.


Now we see plastic stuff all over the MOSFET Sinks, rear I/O and even the audio section on the PCB. You’ll also notice that underneath the metal top on the MOSFET/VRM sink, there are very few sinks in them. We did talk about this with some of the MSI motherboards.

Power Delivery and Fan Headers

It has the usual set of hardware monitoring- voltage/Temperature/Fan Speed/Liquid cooling flow rate detection, overheating warning, fan fail warning (for all the fans including CPU and CPU_OPT) and fan speed control. There is a total of eight fan headers- two CPU fan headers out of which one of them CPU_OPT/Water cooling CPU fan, 4x 4-pin system fan header, one 3 amp/Liquid cooling pump header and a system fan/liquid cooling pump header. 3 AMP fan headers are appreciated since its perfect to daisy chain and connect those radiator cooling fans.

  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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