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

Installation Experience

With the Noctua NH-U14S and the AORUS RX 580 XTR, there’s ample of space to access the PCIe x16’s clamp to remove the graphic card from the Z370 Gaming 7. I’ve tested the ease of access after installing it in my case and I was able to remove the card easily. The CPU cooler does not overlap the top end of the motherboard’s PCB The rear I/O would probably allow you to install the NH-D15s provided the fans are not placed above where the I/O plastic bracket is installed.

BIOS Overview

AORUS has two interface types- Easy Mode and this classic version.


The auto overclock presets here include Core i3-8350K, Core i5 8600K and Core i7 8700K overclock presets. AORUS also includes the 5 GHz which is impressive to run from the Core i7 8700K on air….which I did. There are two new interesting settings under Advanced CPU Core settings: Turbo per core limit control which lets you set turbo speed per core of the processor. Another (which is not in the manual) is the enhanced multi-core performance.


In BIOS, there were two options that caught my eye- Fast Boot option which has a new subsetting and mouse speed. Fast boot is self-explanatory. Mouse Speed allows you change the mouse cursor movement speed.





Easy Mode:

Language Options:


Smart Fan 5:

Smart Fan 5 allows you to monitor and set speeds and alarms for its functions or any break down, including fans and pumps.

RGB Fusion:

Like utilities for over the top lighting setups on peripherals, you can do this via the BIOS. It also controls the lighting via the RGBW/Digital LED headers to do all such LED nonsense such as the following:

Utility Impressions:

AORUS has a lot of utilities but needs APP Center to run them. It would make sense if it either had a single utility or have multiple utilities that can run independently. Anyways…

We’ll take a look at two of its utilities- Easy Tune and DAC UP 2!

Easy Tune:


Lights Everywhere!

I did not bother to check out the LED effects, except the white coloured accents. The illumination is more than enough to brighten up the entire internal area of the PC case. I can only imagine the RGBW/Digital LED headers will be more used outside the system, such as pimping up your system setups. Why else anyone would need 2 meters to 5 meters support per header- and a 5/12v jumper for the digital LED headers. You can sync with the lights inside the PC. Of course, nothing more than LED bling.

  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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