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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
  12. View All

About the AORUS Z370 Gaming 7…

Disclosure: The Z370 Gaming 7 is loaned from AORUS.

With the Intel 8 generation desktop CPUs out in the open, its natural to see its 300 series motherboards out with it. This is the AORUS Z370 Gaming 7, its offering seems conservative until you look at certain details like ample LED illumination options, M.2, Type C for the rear and front panel and still manages to get a good layout and spacing between the slots.

Packaging and Contents

AORUS really toned down their excess packaging with a standard box design- logos and naming on the front and the rest of the information on the rear. AORUS uses the sides of the packaging effectively by having some of the information there.

The motherboard is adequately protected with an additional cardboard (wing). Inside you will find a bunch of stickers you can use along with it a case badge, readers manual and the accessories hidden underneath.

Some of the accessories bundled with the Z370 Gaming 7 is very unique. AORUS bundles a standard RGB extension cable, a couple of velcro straps, rear I/O, a total of four SATA III cables, an SLI bracket. The other two items are two sets of temperature sensors that connect to the motherboard and smart header clip. The temperature sensor is self-explanatory though I wish the sensor was flat based so that it can be placed within key areas such as MOSFETs, VRM under the heatsink or even in the graphics card’s sub-components.

Rather than having a male-to-female header module, AORUS provides a clamp where you can firmly attach your PC case’s front panel control headers. These work better as it clips on the shell and attaches firmly on the

Specifications

 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

Specification Overview

As explained in the Core i7 8700K review, the Z370 and the 8th generation CPU are not compatible with the previous generation 7th Gen Kaby lake and 200 series chipset motherboard. Though it uses the same LGA 1151 socket, the pin layout is significantly different.

The AORUS Z370 Gaming 7’s support goes up to 4133 MHz memory speed support provided it is overclocked manually. The XMP support is up to 2666 MHz. It supports both non-ECC and ECC DDR4 memory modules. Since the 8th gen has Intel 630 series on-chip graphics, the motherboard has one DisplayPort supporting 4K @ 60Hz and an HDMI with 4K @ 30Hz. No DVI-D. DVI-D as onboard is no more! Long live DVI-D.

It is also interesting to see that most Intel Z370 series motherboard is bundled ESS chip for its audio section. The onboard sound uses a Realtek ALC1220 codec, while there is a single Intel LAN and another Killer E2500 LAN chip. Compared to the Z270, we will see more M.2 slots on the Z370 variants.

4 comments

  1. What RAM sockets-traces topology it has – “daisy” chain or T-topology?

  2. The z370 Aorus Gaming 7 has a T-Topology memory trace layout.

  3. 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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