GIGABYTE takes the field in an overbearing way at the beginning of this 2017 by launching a new line of Aorus motherboards. We are talking about solutions based on the Intel Z270 Express chipset and aimed at creating systems that use Intel Kaby Lake processors for desktop with LGA1151 socket . Let’s start by thanking the Taiwanese Brand who allowed us to preview these motherboards, which in fact will be officially presented in a couple of days at the 50th edition of the most important technology fair in the world: CES 2017.
Aesthetically, the Aorus Z270X-Gaming 7 is very reminiscent of the Z170X Ultragaming , another mobo that we have had the opportunity to review in the past. Unlike the latter, however, the Gaming 7 settles on the colors white, silver, RGB black with ATX form factor . It has three different completely independent lighting areas, thanks to which we will be free via software, to give vent to our imagination between plays of color and lighting. If this is not enough, always on the board you will find the pins to which you can directly connect any RGB LED strips to be placed inside the case as you wish .
The product appears solid and well cared for in all its details, also here we find the steel covers on the PCIe slots and the RAM slots, a gem to which GIGABYTE has now accustomed us for high-end cards.
Also noteworthy is a transparent cover on the far right of the card with a drawing shown above, highlighted by an underlying LED, a component that apparently can be easily changed in order to customize and make your own mobo unique.
Furthermore we will be free to connect up to 6 fans and two cooling pumps.
Moving on to the technical specifications, the Aorus Gaming 7is equipped with four slots for DDR4 RAM, with the possibility therefore to install up to a maximum of 64 GB of memory, three 16x PCIe slots thanks to which it is able to support NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFire 3-way, and two M.2 inputs for connection to new generation PICe SSDs . Furthermore, always talking about SSD, as already seen for the Z170 Ultragaming, also in this case it will be possible to configure, by combining the M.2 inputs with the U.2 one, up to three PICe SSDs in RAID 0, thus reaching a sequential write speed equal to 3525 MB / s!
On the I / O panel of the card, in addition to thetwo HDMI and DisplayPort outputs for the integrated video card, we find: four USB 2.0 ports, three USB 3.1 ports, one of which is a Type C with support for the Thunderbolt 3 interface, two Ethernet ports that use the Killer E2500 chip capable to minimize latency in the game, and of course the outputs for the sound card. The latter is a Creative SoundCore 3D accompanied by the SBX Pro Studio Suite management software.