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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

Test System and Testing Methodology

The following setup is what’s used to test the MSI Z270 Krait Gaming motherboard:

Operating System Windows 10 64-bit Pro
Processor+ Cooler Intel Core i7 8700K + Noctua NH-U14S
Motherboard AORUS Z370 Gaming 7
RAM 16GB HyperX Savage DDR4
GPU AORUS RX 580 XTR 8G
OS Drive 240GB SanDisk Extreme II SSD
Secondary WD Red 3TB
PSU Thermaltake DPS-G Gold 750w
PC Case Lian Li A70F

 

This motherboard is tested with the Core i7 8700k. If you are interested to read its review which includes 32 GB, 2667 MHz configuration and even with graphic card performance, here you go!

The Benchmarks are as follows:

  • PCMark 8 Benchmarks: Home, Creativity and Office test score comparison
  • Memory Profile Benchmark: AIDA64 Benchmark memory test
  • SATA Testing: AS SSD Benchmark
  • USB 3.1 Gen 1 Transfer Test
  • Boot Load Test: Tested with fresh OS Install and all drivers installed and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

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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