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GIGABYTE Z370 AORUS GAMING 7-OP LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z370 ATX Motherboard with 32GB Intel Optane Memory

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  • Supports 8th Gen Intel Core Processors
  • Built-in 32GB Intel Optane Memory
  • Dual Channel DDR4 up to 4133 MHz (OC)
  • USB 3.1 Gen 2 with USB Type-C and Type-A
  • Front USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C Header
  • Multi-Way Graphics Support with Dual Armor and Ultra Durable Design
  • 121dB SNR AMP-UP Audio with ALC1220 & ESS SABRE DAC
  • RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone Digital LED Light Show Design
  • Supports Digital and RGB LED Strips
  • Smart Fan 5 with Fan Stop
  • Multiple Temperature Sensor and Hybrid Fan Headers
  • Triple M.2 with PCIe Gen3 x4 interface and Thermal Guard
  • Lightning-Fast Intel Thunderbolt 3 AIC Support

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The AORUS Z370 enthusiast motherboards are faster and more powerful than your expectations. A bundled 32GB Intel Optane memory allows you to experience SSD-like performance from your mechanical HDD. Build a gaming rig that's uniquely yours with customizable LED lighting, and aggressively redesigned armor and thermal heatsinks. Enjoy responsive, latency-free gaming and streaming with dual LAN by Killer Gaming Network + Intel Gigabit LAN. Gamers and DIY professionals will also appreciate triple M.2 sockets (PCIe 3.0 x4), HiFi-class audio DAC, and front USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C header, making the Z370 AORUS GAMING 7-OP the ultimate platform for your new powerhouse.

  • Supports 8th Gen Intel Core Processors
  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • Built-in 32GB Intel Optane Memory, the ultimate storage performance enhancer
  • ASMedia 3142 USB 3.1 Gen 2 with USB Type-C and Type-A
  • Front USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C Header
  • Multi-Way Graphics Support with Dual Armor and Ultra Durable Design
  • 121dB SNR AMP-UP Audio with ALC1220 & High-End ESS SABRE 9018 DAC with WIMA audio capacitors
  • Sound BlasterX 720°, the top-of-the-line audio engine solution for 4K gaming and entertainment
  • Killer E2500 Gaming Network + Intel Gigabit LAN
  • RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone Digital LED Light Show design, support digital LED & RGB LED strips
  • Swappable Overlay for Accent LED
  • Smart Fan 5 features Multiple Temperature Sensors and Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP
  • Triple Ultra-Fast M.2 with PCIe Gen3 x4 interface and Thermal Guard
  • USB DAC-UP 2 with Adjustable Voltage
  • Precise Digital USB Fuse Design for Stronger Protection
  • Ultra Durable 25KV ESD and 15KV Surge LAN Protection
  • Lightning-Fast Intel Thunderbolt 3 AIC Support
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The Z370 AORUS GAMING 7-OP is the first Intel Core i7+/i5+ enthusiast platform that supports built-in 32GB Intel Optane Memory. Optane fuels storage performance by acting as a cache drive giving users a significant boost compared to traditional mechanical drives.

AORUS M.2 Thermal Guard

With durability in mind, GIGABYTE provides a thermal solution for M.2 drives—Thermal Guard. The M.2 Thermal Guard prevents throttling and bottlenecks from M.2 devices as it helps to reduce and dissipate heat before it becomes an issue.

Thermal Throttling As Temperature Rises
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RGB Fusion with Digital LEDs

With AORUS Z370 Motherboards, RGB Fusion is even better with Digital LEDs.* RGB Fusion offers users the option to control onboard RGB and external RGBW/ Digital LED light strips for their PC. Already feature filled with colors and patterns, RGB Fusion on Z370 Series AORUS Motherboards are now upgraded with Digital LED support. With external digital LED strips*, where each LED is digitally addressable, users can experience even more patterns, styles, and illuminations.

AORUS Gaming Motherboards will support either 5v or 12v digital LED lighting strips and up to 300 LED lights. RGB Fusion with Digital LEDs comes with 9 new patterns and various speed settings with more to come.

* Digital LEDs are available only on select Motherboards, external LED Strips, Digital LED Strips are not included with Motherboard purchase.

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Multi-Zone Light Show Design

Now offering more LED customizations than ever, users can truly adapt their PC to represent their lifestyle. With full RGB support and a redesigned RGB Fusion application, the user has complete control over the LEDs which surround the motherboard.

Surround Lighting

Multi-light zones are equipped with high brightness RGB LEDs, namely the CPU, Memory, Armor, Audio, PCI-Express and Swappable Overlay for Accent LED. When it’s all set and done, your system will shine like never before.

Swappable Overlay for Accent LED

AORUS brings even more color and life to your system with an Accent LED Overlay. This overlay complements the RGB Fusion technology in AORUS Motherboards adding more flare and style to your gaming machine. With the swappable overlay users can utilize different patterns and designs to make their system their own.

* The below photos are for reference only.

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Supports RGBW & UV Light Strips
Independently Programmable Onboard Pin Header for RGBW/UV LED Strips

Not bright enough? You can install standard 12V external RGB, RGBW or RGB/UV light strips on the RGBW pin header and control its color from the RGB Fusion software. Using a RGBW light strip with a dedicated white LED, users will experience brighter and more vibrant shades of colors.

When using RGB/UV LED strips, users can give their systems a fluorescent glow with the use of UV reactive liquid, neon braided cables, and acrylic paint for a wicked-looking gaming PC.

No need to worry when choosing light strips as AORUS motherboards support a wide variety of RGBW/-UV light strips on the market thanks to the RGB Fusion software that allows users to redefine the pin location for the R/G/B Signal.

RGB Fusion (Advanced mode)

With the all new RGB Fusion software, users have access to different preset LED lighting configurations with choice of colors. You can even set the LEDs to synchronize with your favorite music or have them change colors to indicate the CPU temperature. For true lighting experts there is an Advanced Mode, which can be fully customized by individual area with its own effects and color transitions, along with specific duration and transition times.


Don't just make your PC shine, make it a work of art that friends will envy. With the GIGABYTE RGB Fusion mobile app users can watch as they control the lighting within their gaming PC. This gives users ease of access as they try and adjust colors and speeds for different modes, all this can be achieved away from the keyboard and monitor of their PC.

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With a dazzling array of products supported, RGB Fusion is the software that brings it all together, letting your accessories synchronize to the same beat. Customize all your LEDs how you like — have them match, dazzle and impress.

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AORUS AMP-UP Audio now offers ESS SABRE with a DAC that adopts the concept of a high-end audiophile sound system design into a micro system within the motherboard. It provides a pure yet powerful sound, resonating classical orchestral sounds or blasts in your virtual warzone.

ESS SABRE reference DAC

Hypertream Dynamic Range (DNR 121dB)

High-Res music (32bit, 384kHz PCM)

Super low THD+N (THD+N -115db)

True Hi-Fidelity Music

Provides surround sound audio and enabled DSD music playback.

Audiophile Grade Capacitors

Deliver true acoustic sound.

Independent Analog Power

Drives clean analog power for audio components to ensure minimal noise.

Precision Audio Stream

Provides precise time triggers to Digital-Analog Converters.

Gold Plated Audio Jacks

High resistance to corrosion and oxidation.

Smart Headphone AMP

Automatically detects impedance of your head-worn audio device, whether earbuds or high-end headphones to provide optimal audio dynamics—preventing issues such as low volume and distortion.

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Adjustable Voltage USB Port with Dedicated Power Design

AORUS improves upon USB DAC-UP technologies with USB DAC-UP 2. USB DAC-UP 2 continues to provide clean, isolated and low-noise power while adding the ability to compensate for voltage drop.

Virtual reality pioneers and gamers alike can rest assured that their expensive accessories and peripherals will not encounter connectivity or power deficiency issues with the AORUS USB DAC-UP 2. With Gaming Gear drawing large amounts of power and having firm specification requirements USB DAC-UP 2 is up for the challenge.

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Creative Sound BlasterX 720°

Creative’s latest top-of-the-line audio engine takes your PC audio to the next level. These comprehensive tools backed by leading technology and algorithms in audio will enrich your experience, whether it’s streaming, gaming, listening to music, or other entertainment needs.

Scout Radar

Expand your vision with the world’s first smart gaming companion that enables you not only to hear your enemies from further away but also to visualize and see where enemies are on the radar through your mobile device.

Scout Mode

This exclusive technology allows you to hear your enemies from further away, giving you a distinct tactical advantage.

Creative Sound BlasterX 720° Software
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Smart Fan 5

With Smart Fan 5 users can ensure that their gaming PC can maintain its performance while staying cool. Smart Fan 5 allows users to interchange their fan headers to reflect different thermal sensors at different locations on the motherboard. Not only that, with Smart Fan 5 more hybrid fan headers that support both PWM and Voltage mode fans have been introduced to make the motherboard more liquid cooling friendly.

Fan Stop

Achieve fan silence. With Fan Stop map any fan to stop completely when temperatures drop below a specified threshold. Which fan stops, based on readings from which sensor, and at what temperature—all of it can be customized to your liking.

Hybrid Fan Pin Headers & Temperature Sensors

Assume complete control over your liquid cooling setup! Smart Fan 5 receives up-to-the-second information on flow-rate and water-temperature through the Hybrid Fan Pin Headers or external thermistor sensors—giving you absolute mastery over your PC.

  • All Hybrid Fan Headers can automatically detect the type of cooling device whether it be fan or pump with different PWM or Voltage mode.
  • Includes support for one High-Current Pump up to 3 Amps with built-in overcurrent protection—a must for high-end high current fans.
New Smart Fan 5 Software

Choose from different modes, Quiet to Full Speed, to match your system usage scenario. For each fan or pump, you can use the intuitive fan curve to define trigger thresholds and corresponding fan speeds.

Interoperable Sensors and Fans

Each fan can be customized to operate at different speeds according to any defined temperature source input (except the CPU fan).

Fan Curve

Customize fan curves based on specific temperatures with the intuitive graphical UI.

System Information Viewer

GIGABYTE System Information Viewer is a central location that gives you access to your current system status. Monitor components such as the clocks and processor, set your preferred fan speed profile, create alerts when temperatures get too high or record your system’s behavior; these are the possibilities of the System Information Viewer.

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Server-Class Digital Power Design

AORUS Z370 series motherboards use an all digital CPU power design which includes both digital PWM Controllers and Smart Power Stage controllers. Intersil is the world leading provider for high performance power IC solutions, capable of providing up to 60A of power. These 100% digital controllers offer incredible precision in delivering power to the motherboard's most power-hungry and energy-sensitive components, allowing enthusiasts to get the absolute maximum performance from their new 8th Gen Intel Core Processors.

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Turbo B-Clock
Built-in Advanced Performance Tuning IC

Turbo B-Clock Tuning IC in the AORUS Z370 series motherboards enables overclockers to have the ability to change their BCLK frequency to a desired value of their choice. With the new linear range adjustment option of the Tuning IC, ranges from 90MHz to 500MHz are now possible, so that overclockers are not limited to the 5% ranges of traditional straps.

*Turbo B-Clock overclocking range may vary according to CPU, chipset and used devices capabilities.

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Support for DDR4 XMP Up to 4133MHz and Beyond*

AORUS is offering a tested and proven platform that ensures proper compatibility with profiles up to 4133MHz and beyond. All users need to do to attain this performance boost is to ensure that their memory module is XMP capable and that the XMP function is activated and enabled on their AORUS motherboard.

What is XMP?

DDR4 memory modules are available at a stock frequency of 2133MHz, but as frequency tweaking requires a considerable amount of effort and knowledge, memory vendors encode XMP profiles which can automatically modify the timings of the supported memory modules to work with your CPU and to achieve increased performance.

* XMP Profile support may vary depending on memory module.

Broad DDR4 Compatibility with Support List of 1000+ DDR4 Validated!

AORUS partners very closely with memory vendors from around the world to ensure that modules offered by popular memory brands are compatible with AORUS Motherboards. AORUS has verified over 1000+ different modules to ensure performance in a AORUS built system.

Immersive VR Gaming Experience
  • VR requires more performance than Full HD graphics for a steady 90FPS or greater.
  • Only Gaming PCs can provide the best VR experience.

To create a seamless VR experience AORUS Motherboards offer the best features to make your virtual reality feel like your actual reality. With technologies such as NVMe support via M.2 or U.2 and a one piece metal shielding to brace for heavier discrete graphics cards it's obvious that AORUS has the tools you need to start your journey in VR. To set the mood AORUS Motherboards include RGB Fusion to put you in the center of action.

High-Bandwidth(HB) SLI Bridge

Take your gaming performance to a whole new level by configuring multiple GeForce GTX cards with a High-Bandwidth(HB) SLI Bridge.

* Photos are for reference only.

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Triple PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2

AORUS Gaming Motherboards are focused on delivering M.2 technology to enthusiasts who want to maximize their system’s potential.

Triple NVMe M.2 PCIe SSDs in RAID 0 Support
Extreme Performance with Gen3 x4 NVMe PCIe SSDs

AORUS' Z370 motherboards offer the industry’s best compatibility in terms of NVMe storage for users who demand high capacity and seek the best performance. AORUS' unique design which can be configured in RAID for record speeds of up to 3551 MB/s (Sequential Read), making AORUS the obvious choice for the ultimate PC.

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Killer E2500 Gaming Network + Intel Gigabit LAN

Killer E2500 is a high-performance, adaptive gigabit Ethernet controller that offers better online gaming and media performance compared to standard solutions.

Intel Gigabit LAN networking, a popular choice with gamers, delivers several performance-enhancing features such as advanced interrupt handling to help reduce CPU overhead and Jumbo Frame support for extra large data packets.

Give yourself the competitive edge: Optimize your network performance with the all-new killer Control Center
Gaming Performance while Multitasking
Networking Performance
The Industry's Leading Static-Electricity & Surge Protection
USB with Precision Digital Fuse

Utilizing a digital fuse, motherboards are able to avert against over-current damage by reacting faster, with greater precision, and avoid unexpected voltage from external devices.

Digital Fuse Design

Activates when the current reaches its trigger point, this design is much more precise than traditional fuses.

AORUS Extreme USB 3.1 Motherboards

The ASMEDIA 3142 USB 3.1 controller utilizes 2 PCIe Gen3 lanes, offering a total of up to 16 Gb/s, which means you have extra bandwidth to take full control of the 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 ports. With twice the bandwidth compared to its previous generation, and backwards compatibility with USB 2.0 and 3.0, the much improved USB 3.1 protocol is available over the new reversible USB Type-C and the traditional USB Type-A connector for better compatibility over a wider range of devices.

USB Type-C Front Panel Connector

Equipped with next generation connectivity onboard AORUS Z370 Gaming Motherboards already support the chassis of the future. The onboard USB Type-C header for USB 3.1 Gen2 makes access convenient when connecting a USB 3.1 Gen2 drive or charging your new mobile device.

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GIGABYTE Exclusive Double Locking Bracket
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Ultra Durable Memory Armor

AORUS' exclusive one piece stainless steel shielding design prevents against PCB distortion and twist, plate bending, in addition to preventing any possible ESD interference.

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Sulfur compounds in the air can penetrate tiny onboard resistors creating chemical change and causing these resistors to open or short. If either of these occurs the motherboard will fail to function. By equipping resistors with an Anti-Sulfur Design GIGABYTE gives Ultra Durable Motherboards a whole new meaning.

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GIGABYTE Exclusive DualBIOS Design

GIGABYTE Ultra Durable motherboards feature GIGABYTE DualBIOS, an exclusive technology from GIGABYTE that protects arguably one of your PC's most crucial components, the BIOS. GIGABYTE DualBIOS means that your motherboard has both a 'Main BIOS' and a 'Backup BIOS', protecting users from BIOS failure due to virus, hardware malfunction, improper OC settings or power failure during the update process.

Long Lifespan Durable Black Solid Caps

AORUS motherboards integrate the absolute best quality solid state capacitors that are rated to perform at maximum efficiency for extended periods, even in extreme performance configurations. With ultra-low ESR no matter how high the CPU load, this provides peace of mind for end users who want to push their system hard, yet demand absolute reliability and stability. These exclusive capacitors also come in customized jet black, exclusively on AORUS motherboards.

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15µ Gold Plated CPU Socket Design

AORUS motherboards come equipped with a 15 microinch thick gold plated CPU socket, which means that enthusiasts can enjoy absolute reliability and longevity for the CPU socket overtime, without having any concerns about corroded pins or bad contacts.

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Easy to Install "G Connector" Design

The tiny cables of the front panel connectors can be hard to manipulate as space is restricted and indicators being tiny. With the G Connector, you can connect all the FP cables at once, simplifying the process of building your next PC and saving you some frustrations.

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Refreshed BIOS

The BIOS is essential for users during initial setup to allow for the most optimal settings. With a new GUI and easier to use functionalities, GIGABYTE has been able to reinvent the BIOS to give users a better experience while setting up their new system.

* Photos are for reference only. Product features may vary by model.


The GIGABYTE APP Center gives you easy access to a wealth of GIGABYTE apps that help you get the most from your GIGABYTE motherboard. Using a simple, unified user interface, GIGABYTE APP Center allows you to easily launch all GIGABYTE apps installed on your system, check related updates online, and download the latest apps, drivers, and BIOS.


GIGABYTE's EasyTune is a simple and easy-to-use interface that allows users to fine-tune their system settings or adjust system and memory clocks and voltages in a Windows environment. With Smart Quick Boost, one click is all it takes to automatically overclock your system, giving an added performance boost when you need it the most.

Overclocking to Boost Your Frame Rates

Get the highest levels of performance from your PC with easy-to-use GIGABYTE overclocking features.


3D OSD automatically detects and displays your system information during games, allowing you to easily get a hold of your system information without switching between screens.

TriDef SmartCam | Custom Stream Modding

To facilitate being the full streaming solution each AORUS motherboard includes TriDef SmartCam software, you are now able to remove backgrounds without the hassle of using a green screen. Through the SmartCam application you can now apply live filters, and fully control your background, not only while streaming, but also through other video applications such as Skype.

*Free 1 month TriDef SmartCam License.

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XSplit Gamecaster + Broadcaster: Cast Your Game Anytime, Anywhere

Now set up your stage and share the greatest gaming moments with XSplit Gamecaster + Broadcaster! Fully optimized social media integration is ready for real-time chats—keeping you notified yet focused in the game. It takes just one click to stream your gameplay to Twitch. Host your game like a pro!

*Free 1 year XSplit Gamecaster + Broadcaster Premium License.

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Supports High-Performance EK Monoblock

Designed and engineered in co-operation with EK Water Blocks, this monoblock uses the award winning EK-Supremacy EVO cooling engine to ensure the best possible CPU cooling. It directly cools the CPU and power regulation (MOSFET) module as water flows directly over all critical areas. It is a very high flow water block that can be easily used with a system using weaker water pumps.

4K Ultra HD Support

4K resolution is the next technological milestone in high-definition content delivery, utilizing approximately 4,000 pixels on the horizontal axis, more than four times today's standard HD pixel density. GIGABYTE motherboards provide native 4K support with integrated Intel HD Graphics via HDMI.

HDMI - The Next Generation Multimedia Interface

HDMI is a High-Definition Multimedia Interface which provides up to 5Gb/s video transmitting bandwidth and 8-channel high quality audio all through a single cable. Able to transmit superior, uncompressed digital video and audio, HDMI ensures the crispest rendering of digital content up to 1080p without the quality losses associated with analog interfaces and their digital-to-analog conversion. In addition, HDMI is compatible with HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection), allowing the playback of Blu-ray/HD DVD and other protected media content.

CEC 2019 Ready
Saving energy, Environmental Friendly

The Z370 Motherboards are now ready for CEC 2019! The California Energy Commission (CEC) regulation measures PC systems’ level power consumption. The Z370 Motherboards with selected key components fulfill CEC 2019 power saving requirements.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5

Pros: i have some problems whit the mother board, 2 months ago it stop working 1 of the internet ports an the last month it stop working the PSI express where was the video card, i contact gigabite in mexico but whon´t recibe the mother board because i bought it in the US, please let me know how to procede wiht the warranty procese. thanks

Cons: compre esta tarjeta madre hace unos meses y hace un par de meses dejo de funcionar uno de los puertos de internet poco tiempo después dejo de funcionar el puerto PSI express donde tenia conectada la tarjeta de video, hable a gigabite pero no reciben mi producto para garantía por que lo compre con ustedes en USA, por favor hágame saber cual es proceso para mandar a garantía o revisión la tarjeta madre, gracias

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Nice Board!

Pros: I bought this not for the Optane but because it was cheaper than without. Overall a nice board. Optane is Not compatible with NVMe drives.
1. Easy setup and Bios update.
2. RGB headers work nice and software usable.
3. Optane drive (if you can use it)
4. Support of i7- 8086K (overclocked to 5.2GHz all 6 cores)
5. 3 (Three) NVMe slots and RAID 0 support

Cons: I had to RMA the first board, during setup it wouldn't let me get into Bios. RMA is a pain!
1. Optane not supported with NVMe drive.
2. RGB software could be better.
3. Does not come with back-plate for CPU cooler.

Other Thoughts: Overall this is a Nice Board. I knocked off an egg for the RMA of the first board I received. The updated Bios supports 8086K CPU and over clocks nicely with App Center's Easy Tune. My wife likes the RGB thing, so this fits the bill. It does run a little warm when over clocked, so make sure you have a good cooler. I would recommend this to anyone.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
I am astounded by the utter lack of customer service

Pros: It looks cool

Cons: It never worked. I installed it, and it was a no go. I did all the usual trouble shooting and it was a bad mobo. I RMA it, and they tell me I need to pay to ship it to them. For a piece of equipment that was faulty and never worked. Think about that. That should NEVER happen.

Other Thoughts: Gigabyte will never get another sale from me and I would encourage anyone else to avoid such shoddy service as well.

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Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product.
Please contact GIGABYTE RMA department for further assistance about RMA service at 1-626-854-9338 opt. 4 Monday through Friday from 08:30 ~ 17:30 PST.

5/ 5
So Far So Good

Pros: Just built system. With new optane software (8-17-10) was able to install OS on NVme and use the optane on my secondary HD

Cons: Had to search and do some reading on Intel site. Spent awhile on youtube first to find out how to configure optane in bios. And with some advice from Newegg review was able to put the optane to good use.

Other Thoughts: Recommend. Just have some free time before you start.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Don't Bother with Optane

Pros: Works great with Optane removed.
Lights are cool

Cons: Shorty after staging computer I started to get Optane errors. I couldn't even run the Optane program to uninstall the Optane. I had to restage the computer again after removing the Optane.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great experience so far!

Pros: -Was easy to install in my case
-Optane speeds up my ssd so no complaints
-Clear CMOS button, power, and reset buttons make life easier when first building or troubleshooting

Cons: -Optane makes it difficult to reinstall windows if you have it paired with your ssd.

Other Thoughts: If you run into this issue with windows, go into bios setting and reset ssd settings back to default, make sure its unpaired from optane. Physical removal of optane drive is not necessary. Once ssd is back to default reinstall windows and optane drivers.

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Verified Owner
4/ 5
5-star if not for Optane issues

Pros: - like the build quality
- is rock-solid now with optane out and SSD in
- did not think I cared much about rgb.. my own machine has some rgb elements but case has no window.. but its fairly cool to see the thing glow and change colors. I guess its like racing stripes on a car.. doesn't make it go faster.. but looks fast.

Cons: - The provided 32GB Optane stick might be bad.. OR..
- ..OR there is some issue with Optane and this rev 1.0 board/bios

Other Thoughts: I chose this board because I was making a new build for my brother, who seemed to have problems controlling himself on installing stuff which went to the C drive of his old machine, a small SSD. So he'd fill that up, the machine began to crawl and have errors.. with a 100% full OS SSD drive.. and I thought this sounded like a great solution. Boot faster than SSD and he could just accept the default installation locations when he installs stuff? PERFECT!

My first problem was that gigabyte does not seems to have a driver download that matches the DVD they provide with the mobo. So my first OS install I treid to download everything I thought necessary from various sources.. including the intel Optane utilities and I got the OS to start using optane. I had too much faith and I installed a bunch of stuff and was doing burn-in test from Passmark when the dreaded BSOD pops up... during 2D video tests.. oddly.

This was a bad one. OS boot destroyed. Could not recover. So I began reinstall of everything..

This time I temporarily connected an internal optical to install the drivers off the DVD. Surely that will help. Eventually all looks good... then same BSOD happens.. what was I doing.. I think I was trying to install a game off Uplay. Might have been something to do with dxgmms2.sys errors... I tried to follow online hints about this down the rabbit hole but, ultimately, I decided another clean install was in order.. this time without Optane. Because the BSODs I got were just too destructive. They left me in a state where I could not fix things and there were steps involved about turning off optane in the bios and then trying to recover etc.. but I could never get booted again even into safe mode.

So.. long story still long.. no optane.. running only off hard drive.. everything worked!

So I order an SSD (WD black M.2).. stuck into the middle slot under the vidcard (did not want to try the same slot optane had been in).... everything works!

I have spend so much time on this I don't dare "test" solutions with trying to reinstall optane. If that first m.2 slot is malfunctioning.. I don't know.. will never find out as long as this SSD solution works. If the optane stick is bad.. how would I find out now? I have no other machines that could possibly take it.

The mobo did come with a nice heatsink cover for the optane stick.. unfortunately branded with "intel optane" instead of Aorus. I have not used it on the SSD.. but probably should... though that might mean moving it to the 3rd slot.

Everything is solid now.. and fast. If I can get 3-4 years out of this for my brother, or I buy a new build for myself, I may come back to this and test that optane stick.. otherwise it is a loss of time and the cost of that optane upgrade to this board. I really really wish the optane would have worked. because now I know at some point, my bro is gonna fill up that 500GB M.2 SSD.

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  • Used - Like New : This means that the product has been opened, possibly used but is in perfect condition with no signs of cosmetic or functional defect. Product may includes warranty, and accessories found with the original product. Product may or may not be in the original packaging. Returned items with minor packaging defects fall under this category.
  • Used - Very Good : This means that the product has been opened, may show slight signs of use and cosmetic blemish, and may be missing minor accessories, but remain in excellent condition. Product does not come with warranty unless stated otherwise in product description.
  • Used - Good : This means that the product has been used, may show clear signs of use and may be missing minor accessories, but remain in good condition. Product does not come with warranty unless stated otherwise in product description.
  • Used - Acceptable : This means that the product shows clear signs of use, cosmetic defect, and may be missing minor accessories and manual, but remain in working condition. Product does not come with warranty unless stated otherwise in product description. Functionality issues beyond signs of use should be disclosed in product description.
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