GIGABYTE AORUS Z270X-Gaming 7 Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅03-01-17

The Z270X-Gaming 7 is the first motherboard to feature in our coverage of the new Intel Z270 chipset and GIGABYTE has used this platform to out their new AORUS branded solutions. What we’ve been presented with here in the Gaming 7 is a fantastic and GIGABYTE has set a high-standard for others to meet.

The first and obvious point to make is the visual appearance on this motherboard which is simply stunning. A matt black PCB with white/silver/black heatsinks adorn this motherboard and will provide a pleasant canvas for the rest of the system components. Those wanting to add in a splash of colour with RGB lighting are not without options – GIGABYTE has kitted Gaming 7 out with a plethora of LEDs which are all adjustable via RGB Fusion software. If you haven’t checked out our video demonstration of this, be sure to check out our video review.

Across Gaming 7 there is strong emphasis on high-performance with support for both U.2 and M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 storage standards. Some brands are making a step away from U.2, so it’s good to see such a port present on the Gaming 7. Adding to the high-performance attributes, GIGABYTE are also backing Thunderbolt 3 via USB 3.1 type-C – this taps into up to 40GB/s transfer rates and has the ability to support monitor displays at 4K resolution as well as enabling the option to daisy chain up to six devices.

After putting Gaming 7 through our benchmark suite we can confirm a solid performer. Up against rival Intel Z270 motherboards, this AORUS offering delivers consistent results in a range of different scenarios. Further to this, we were able to achieve the best overclock we’ve had thus far with the new Intel Kaby Lake – Intel Core i7-7700K – taking the chip to 4.9GHz. All the ingredients are there for those with a passion for overclocking, whether we’re considering the Turbo-B Clock tuning IC, 12-phase digital power design or the extensive options within the UEFI BIOS, a thirst for tweaking system performance will be satisfied.

The AORUS Z270X-Gaming 7 will be priced in the region of £200 GBP and $250 USD. At this cost, we’re looking at a mid-range Intel Z270 motherboard and the Gaming 7 certainly offers a substantial feature-set which comes backed by a generous 3 years warranty and 1 year XSplit Premium license – not bad at all!

The AORUS Z270X-Gaming 7 is poised to represent one of GIGABYTE’s premium motherboard solutions and it certainly delivers on this. Gaming 7 sets the standard for others to follow, boasting a feature-rich platform and stunning aesthetics.


+ Stunning visual appearance
+ Lots of options for RGB lighting
+ Excellent performance
+ Steel reinforced slots
+ Can handle 4000MHz DDR4
+ Thunderbolt 3 ready
+ Includes High-Bandwidth SLI bridge
+ Dual-Gigabit LAN
+ Features dual-M.2 and U.2
+ Strong audio solution via Creative Sound Core3D
+ Includes 1 Year premium XSplit license

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