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Aorus Z270X-Gaming 7 – Review

Aorus Z270X-Gaming 7 – Review

With Intel Z270 in the wild, manufacturers have updated motherboard offerings accordingly. Z270 products are clearly better suited to new builds, and with new builds should come the chance to up-level overall features. Motherboard manufacturers are well behind that idea, and so we see a range of new products updating specs and offering the best available. Gigabyte has updated something else too, removing its name from its premium motherboard line and adding the Gaming laptop name of “Aorus”. So welcome to the Aorus Z270X-Gaming 7.

Full specification

Design and layoutZ270X-Gaming 7

Given that the Z270X-Gaming 7 is a premium motherboard, we’d expect a bit of flair and some on-board flourishes. We’re not disappointed in either regard: The Z270X-Gaming 7 looks fairly chic, opting for a black and white colour scheme punctuated by striking VRM heatsinks and proud Aorus branding. Compared to its predecessor – the Z170X-Gaming 7 – the board initially appears a little more understated, and that’s largely thanks to a lack of red detailing.

Yet this motherboard doesn’t lack a colourful presence. The Z270X-Gaming 7 is littered with LEDs supporting what it calls RGB Fusion. And there’s plenty of light to be had! Around the DIMM slots, PCIe slots, integrated into the heatsinks and more. LEDs puncture case gloom from near-every corner of this board. Great if you’re pro-illumination, but it may prove too much for some; especially with any LED-laden components adding to the show.

In terms of board layout, everything seems well considered. We had no trouble setting up, connecting cables or installing a tower cooler, and nothing felt cramped or unusually difficult. Gigabyte has opted for dual-clip DIMM slots though. These can prove fiddly around larger graphics cards but they do at least help ensure modules are seated properly. We had no particular issues here.

Key features

The arrival of Z270 allows Gigabyte to add and tweak specifications, and the Gaming 7 is fully featured as a result. The new chipset and 7th and 6th Gen Intel CPU support are the headlines, but there’s certainly more going on around the motherboard.

Gigabyte has placed power, OC, ECO, reset and clear CMOS buttons to the top right of the DIMM sockets, and voltage measuring points to the top. There are three x16 PCIe slots here – running at 16 (single), 8 + 8 (dual), or 8 + 8 +4 (all three). More interesting though is the provision of 3x M.2 slots – one more than we’d expect, as well as a U.2 connector. The possibility of a triple NVMe RAID 0 configuration is a clear bonus, and such bounteous options are reflected further across the features of the Z270X-Gaming 7.

The inclusion of Intel’s Thunderbolt 3 means there’s USB Type-C, Type-A and 3.1 connectors available as rear ports, and additional USB 3.1 headers available on the board itself. Moving back to the rear ports, Gigabyte has opted for two LAN connectors: one Intel and the other a Killer E2500. These aren’t available for teaming of bandwidth, so it’s a straight choice as to which you’d prefer. That’s nice but muddles things somewhat unnecessarily, while…probably adding a little to cost as well.

Less muddled is the approach taken to audio and cooling. For the former, the Z270X-Gaming 7 boasts Creative’s Sound Core 3D chip, paired with TI Burr Brown OPA2134 operational amplifier – a potentially impressive combination, reinforcing the feel that this is a premium board. Meanwhile cooling options should be adequate for most: Six fan headers include two available for water cooling pumps, and Gigabyte bundles two thermistor cables in the box. Sensible provisions, all.


Clearly a kitted out board should be backed by sensible BIOS support, and the Z270X-Gaming 7 isn’t found wanting. Although not a new release – and not the most attractive we’ve seen – there’s plenty of information and options available. Menus are fairly easy to navigate, with access to sub-menus and advanced options self-explanatory. Gigabyte’s Smart Fan 5 feature deserves a special mention (an ally in the fight against heat), and the BIOS allowed us an issue-free modest overclock of our i7-7700K. Extra features, RGB Fusion included, are supported by Gigabyte’s in-operating system APP Center.
















Test System*:

  • Intel Core i7-7700K
  • Samsung 850 Pro SSD
  • 16GB Crucial Ballistix DDR4-3000 kit
  • Windows 10 Home Edition
  • Noctua NH-U12S

*No graphics card installed

Z270X-Gaming 7 – Conclusion

This motherboard offers a bit of everything and then a bit more, with a clear push towards ample connectivity and ample lighting. The first of those can only benefit all enthusiasts, and at a price of around £230 is what we’d expect for the array of options and premium features this board offers. One or two of those features may not suit everyone, with the LEDs likely having either appealing or quite the opposite. Still, looking beyond that this is clearly a high-quality and striking motherboard.

The other key consideration is raw performance. As our results show, the Z270X-Gaming 7 was generally a little behind the pace, although it did set the standard in our BF1 test and in our AS-SSD Read test. Yet the lower score aren’t too troubling given the margins we’re talking about here. In fact key is probably the priorities of a user. In our view, if those priorities are connectivity, cooling options and visual panache, then this motherboard is a good choice.

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Kevin Pocock

Kevin is a tech-lover with over a decade's experience testing, reviewing and writing about all kinds of kit.

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