Gigabyte Z270X AORUS Gaming 7 Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel S1151 by leeghoofd @ 2017-05-19

The AORUS brand name is a premium gaming brand stemmed from inside the Gigabyte company; look at it in the same way ASUS had started off with the Republic of Gamers brand. Made by Gamers for Gamers would be the easiest way of explaining things. The AORUS brand covers a full spectrum of gaming products ranging from GeForce GTX series gaming VR ready laptops, gaming motherboards and graphics cards, mechanical gaming keyboards to gaming mice, all to offer you the gamer the best gaming experience ever. Today we have a look at one of their high end motherboards, the AORUS GA-Z270X-Gaming 7 motherboard.

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Overclocking on the AORUS Gaming 7

Three options to overclock your favorite Kaby Lake K skew processor, being it the Core i3-7350K, Core i5-7600K or the flagship Core i7-7700K. Non-K skew B-clocking is limited by Intel as it created a big stir on the previous Sky Lake platform.

OC button: Press the button on the board and enjoy a nice stable overclock , in case with our Core i7-7700K the Gaming set a nice 4800MHz clockspeed (on all cores) with a Vcore of 1.35volts. We ran the entire 2D benchmarks again without a single hickup, so indeed rock stable. Though depending on your processor the Vcore can be lowered for sure.

Since Kaby Lake was a better OCing CPU than the previous Sky Lake generation that magic daily 5GHz core speed became again a standard, similar speeds as with them amazing Sandy Bridge processors. Sadly after that processor generation the daily overclocks got lower and lower. Blame the Intel TIM between the die and IHS or not.

But back to the AORUS Gaming 7 motherboard -> iqn the BIOS the Gaming 7 board has several presets, we pulled out the big guns and opted to test the 5GHz one.




While our test CPU ran happily at the above settings, we fear that not all CPUs will cut it. Our biggest concern that we noticed some Vdroop/drop due to the Loadline configuration. Under load the CPU would get less than 1.3 Vcore to feed the crunching cores; a good CPU doesn't need that amount of Vcore, but lesser samples however might require more. Manually altering the Loadline to Turbo setting will allow to maintain more stable voltages.

We only tested BIOSes up to F4Q as we had to send the board back. It could be with the last feedback we provided this minor problem has again been addressed.


During testing we discovered that all of our non-K skew models were under-performing on the Gaming 7 motherboard, especially when not using all the cores, the turbo clocks didn't kick in accordingly. If one tends to use a non-K skew with any of the AORUS series, make sure you flash a bios later than the F4 ones. This just to warrant maximum performance out of your hardware.

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