34 AORUS Z370 Gaming 7

AORUS Z370 Gaming 7 Motherboard

SKU: GA-Z370-GAMING-7

The AORUS Z370 enthusiast motherboards are faster and more powerful than any other motherboards the world has seen. With aggressively redesigned armor and thermal heatsinks, its performance capabilities and durability are second to none. Performance is no stranger to AORUS, with exotic cooling and an ability to be tuned to peak performance, AORUS motherboards will exceed expectations.

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 CPU
  •  Support for 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processors/Intel® Core™ i5 processors/Intel® Core™ i3 processors in the LGA1151 package
  • L3 cache varies with CPU

(Please refer “CPU Support List” for more information.)

Chipset  Intel® Z370 Express Chipset
Memory
  •  4x DDR4 DIMM sockets supporting up to 64 GB of system memory
  • Dual channel memory architecture
  • Support for DDR4 4133(O.C.) / 4000(O.C.) / 3866(O.C.) / 3800(O.C.) / 3733(O.C.) / 3666(O.C.) / 3600(O.C.) / 3466(O.C.) / 3400(O.C.) / 3333(O.C.) / 3300(O.C.) / 3200(O.C.) / 3000(O.C.) / 2800(O.C.) / 2666 / 2400 / 2133 MHz memory modules
  • Support for ECC Un-buffered DIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8 memory modules (operate in non-ECC mode)
  • Support for non-ECC Un-buffered DIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8/1Rx16 memory modules
  • Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules

(Please refer “Memory Support List” for more information.)

Onboard Graphics
  •  Integrated Graphics Processor-Intel® HD Graphics support:
  • 1 x DisplayPort, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096×2304@60 Hz

* Support for DisplayPort 1.2 version, HDCP 2.2, and HDR.

  • 1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096×2160@30 Hz

* Support for HDMI 1.4 version and HDCP 2.2. Maximum shared memory of 1 GB

Audio
  •  Realtek® ALC1220 codec
  • ESS9018Q2C chip
  • Support for Sound BlasterX 720°
  • High Definition Audio
  • 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
  • Support for S/PDIF Out
LAN
  • 1x Intel® GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit) (LAN1)
  • 1x Rivet Networks Killer™ E2500 LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit) (LAN2)
Expansion Slots
  •  1x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16)

* For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16 slot.

  • 1x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8)

* The PCIEX8 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX16 slot. When the PCIEX8 slot is populated, the PCIEX16 slot operates at up to x8 mode.

  • 1x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4)

* 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.

  • 3x PCI Express x1 slots

* 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:

  • 2x M.2 connectors (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 SATA and PCIe x4/x2 SSD support) (M2M_32G) (M2A_32G)
  • 1x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280 PCIe x4/x2 SSD support) (M2P_32G)
  • 6x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  • Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10

* Refer to “1-9 Internal Connectors,” for the installation notices for the PCIEX4, M.2, and SATA connectors.

  • Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready
 Multi-Graphics Technology
  • Support for NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI™ and 2-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ technologies
  • Support for AMD Quad-GPU CrossFire™ and 3-Way/2-Way AMD CrossFire™ technologies
  USB Chipset+2 ASMedia® USB 3.1 Gen 2 Controllers:

  • 1x USB Type-C™ port with USB 3.1 Gen 2 support, available through the internal USB header
  • 1x USB Type-C™ port on the back panel, with USB 3.1 Gen 2 support
  • 1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A port (red) on the back panel

Chipset+Realtek® USB 3.1 Gen 1 Hub:

  • 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports available through the internal USB header

Chipset:

  • 5x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports on the back panel
  • 4x USB 2.0/1.1 ports available through the internal USB headers
 Internal I/O Connectors
  •  1x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  • 1x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • 1x CPU fan header
  • 1x water cooling CPU fan header
  • 4x system fan headers
  • 1x 3 Amp fan/water cooling pump header
  • 1x system fan/water cooling pump header
  • 2x digital LED strip headers
  • 2x digital LED strip power select jumpers
  • 2x RGB (RGBW) LED strip headers
  • 3x M.2 Socket 3 connectors
  • 6x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  • 1x front panel header
  • 1x front panel audio header
  • 1x S/PDIF Out header
  • 1x USB Type-C™ header, with USB 3.1 Gen 2 support
  • 1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 header
  • 2x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
  • 1x Thunderbolt™ add-in card connector
  • 1x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header (2×6 pin, for the GC-TPM2.0_S module only)
  • 1x power button
  • 1x reset button
  • 1x Clear CMOS button
  • 1x OC button
  • 2x temperature sensor headers
Back Panel Connectors
  • 1x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
  • 1x DisplayPort
  • 1x HDMI port
  • 5x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports
  • 1x USB Type-C™ port, with USB 3.1 Gen 2 support
  • 1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A port (red)
  • 2x RJ-45 ports
  • 1x optical S/PDIF Out connector
  • 5x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Line In, Line Out, Mic In)
I/O Controller  iTE®I/O Controller Chip
H/W Monitoring
  • Voltage detection
  • Temperature detection
  • Fan speed detection
  • Water cooling flow rate detection
  • Overheating warning
  • Fan fail warning
  • Fan speed control

* Whether the fan (pump) speed control function is supported will depend on the fan (pump) you install.

BIOS
  •  2x 128 Mbit flash
  • Use of licensed AMI UEFI BIOS
  • Support for DualBIOS™
  • PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0
Unique Features
  •  Support for APP Center

* Available applications in APP Center may vary by motherboard model. Supported functions of each application may also vary depending on motherboard specifications.

  • 3D OSD
  • @BIOS
  • AutoGreen
  • BIOS Setup
  • Color Temperature
  • Cloud Station
  • EasyTune
  • Easy RAID
  • Fast Boot
  • Game Boost
  • ON/OFF Charge
  • Platform Power Management
  • RGB Fusion
  • Smart Backup
  • Smart Keyboard
  • Smart TimeLock
  • Smart HUD
  • System Information Viewer
  • USB Blocker
  • USB DAC-UP 2
  • V-Tuner
  • Support for Q-Flash
  • Support for Xpress Install
 Bundle Software
  • Norton® Internet Security (OEM version)
  • XSplit Gamecaster + Broadcaster (12 months license)
 Operating System  Support for Windows 10 64-bit
 Form Factor  ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm
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From Hardware BBQ:

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.

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