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GIGABYTE Z370 AORUS Gaming 7 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z370 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard

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  • Intel Z370
  • Only Support for 8th Generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3 processors in the LGA1151 package
  • 4 x DDR4 2666/ 2400/ 2133
  • 3 x PCI Express 3.0 x16
  • 5 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports
  • 1 x USB Type-C port

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  1. Thermal Armor with Built-in RGB LED
  2. USB DAC-UP 2
  3. Gold Plated HDMI / DisplayPort
  4. USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C™ Support
  5. Killer + Intel® GbE LAN
  6. USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A
  7. Gold Plated Audio Jacks
  8. Durable Black Solid Caps
  9. 3-Way CrossFire/2-Way SLI Support
  11. WIMA Audio Capacitors
  12. Realtek ALC1220
  13. Nichicon Audio Capacitors
  1. Digital LED Pin Header
  2. RGBW Pin Header
  3. Ultra Durable PCIe Armor
  4. DualBIOS™
  5. All New Heatsink Design
  6. M.2
  7. Front USB 3.1 Gen2 Header
  8. M.2 with Thermal Guard
  9. Turbo B-clock
  10. SDual Channel DDR4, 4 DIMMs Ultra Durable Memory Armor
  11. Supports 8th Gen Intel® Core™ Processor
  12. Swappable Overlay for Accent LED
  13. Digital LED Pin Header
  14. RGBW Pin Header


AORUS Z370 GAMING Motherboard

The AORUS Z370 enthusiast motherboards are faster and more powerful than any other motherboards the world has seen. With aggressively redesigned armor and thermal heatsinks, its performance capabilities and durability are second to none. Performance is no stranger to AORUS, with exotic cooling and an ability to be tuned to peak performance, AORUS motherboards will exceed expectations.

Next Gen 8th Gen Intel® Core™ Platform

Exceptional Performance & Responsiveness
  • Excellent multi-thread performance?Up to 6 Processor Cores
  • Enhanced core & memory overclocking
  • Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
Impressive Media & Display

  • Rec.2020 & HDR Support
  • HEVC 10-bit HW decode/encode and HDCP2.2
  • VP9 10-bit HW decode
  • Premium UHD/4K content support
Compelling Platform Integration

  • Support for next generation Intel® Optane™ memory

RGB Fusion with Digital LEDs

Z370 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.

Up to 300 Digital
LEDs Support

Multi-Zone Light Show Design

Z370 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.
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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.
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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.

Design your very own Accent LED Overlay with a 3D printer. Click here to download dimensions and 3D files for the Accent LED Overlay.

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.

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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.

Synchronize with RGB FUSION READY Peripherals
With a dazzling array of products supported, RBG Fusion is the software that brings it all together, letting your accessories synchronize to the same beat.

  1. Independent Control
    Customized different color for different section of board
  2. Synchronize with RBG FUSION READY Peripheral
    With a dazzling array of products supported, RBG 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, dazzie and impress.
  3. Fully Customizable
    Adjust lighting animation with color stops, color duration, trnsition period, and color effects.
  4. Lighting Profile
    Save, export and import profiles to quickly change effects based on your preference and to share with others.


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 done away from the keyboard and monitor of their PC.

Swappable Overlay for Accent LED

AORUS brings even more color and life to your system with an Accent LED PCH 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.


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 orchestra or blasts in your virtual warzone.

ESS SABRE reference DAC
Hypertream Dynamic Range (DNR 121dB) High-Res music (32bit, 384kHz PCM, DSD 11.2MHz) Super low THD+N (THD+N -115db)


True Hi-Fidelity Music
Provide 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 High resistance to corrosion and oxidation


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.



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 SoundBlaster 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 enrichen 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 proprietary technology allows you to hear your enemies from further away, giving you a distinct tactical advantage.

Creative SoundBlaster 720° Software


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.

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  • Z370Fan/Water Pump pin header
  • Z370Temperature Sensors
  • Different models have different number of fan pin headers and temperature sensors Smart Fan 5 function may vary by model
Temperature Sensor Cable x 2

  • 9 Temperature Sensors
  • 8 Fan/Water Pump Connectors
  • All Fan Pin Headers Upgraded to Hybrid Fan Headers
  • Interoperable Fans and Sensors
  • Intuitive UI for Fan Control
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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.


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.

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 capabilities.

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.

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.
Recommended configuration for VR Gaming PC
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GTX 1060 / AMD RX 480 or greater, Compatible HDMI 1.4 video output
  • CPU: Intel i5 equivalent or greater
  • Motherboard: GIGABYTE X299/Z270/H270/B250 motherboards
  • Memory: 8GB RAM or greater
  • USB Ports: 3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 port or greater
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit or newer

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.

Any copyrighted images or trademarks displayed are the property of their respective owners and are shown for reference purposes only. Reference herein does not constitute or imply affiliation or endorsement of Gigabyte products by the respective trademark owners. VR Gaming photo for reference only.

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.

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

Z370 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.

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.
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The AORUS Z370 Platform is the first enthusiast platform that supports Intel's latest Optane technology. Optane fuels storage performance by acting as a cache drive giving users a significant boost compared to traditional mechanical drives.

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
  1. Automatically detects and prioritizes apps and popular websites
  2. Show which network interface your applications and websites are using
  3. Use Killer's network priority levels or customize your own
  4. Control bandwidth allocated to each application
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

Z370 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 3.1 Gen2 Type-C Header

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.

GIGABYTE Patented Double Locking Bracket


Industry Leading Ultra Durable™ PCIe Armor

The innovative one piece stainless steel shielding design from GIGABYTE reinforces the PCIe connectors to provide the extra strength required to support heavy graphics cards.


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.

GIGABYTE Patented DualBIOS™ (UEFI) 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.

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.


Refreshed BIOS Easy, Smart, and Friendly

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.
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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.


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.

WTFast is a Gamers Private Netowrk (GPN); which optimizes and improves your connection from end to end.
Take control of your gaming experience.

  • Enjoy 14-days FREE seamless connection to any game server in the world
  • Experience up to 60% overall connection improvement
  • Receive FREE unlimited access to PC Gaming Launchpad, supporting over 800 MMO games
  • Monitor your Game Ping and Connection Statistics continuously

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.

4K Ultra HD Support

Z370 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

Z370 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.
CEC 2019 Ready

Z370 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.

Learn more about the GIGABYTE Z370 AORUS Gaming 7 (rev. 1.0)

Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
It is greater 4/26/2019 1:58:11 AM

Pros: .

Cons: .

Overall Review: But I have a problem one of the sata port doesn’t work

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5/ 5
My fifth GIGABYTE build, and so far so good - updated Apr 2019 - i9-9900K upgrade 4/15/2019 8:11:35 PM

Pros: Out of the box no problems whatsoever [FACT]
My last GIGABYTE motherboard never hiccuped for 9 years of near constant use (I know, not really relevant, but can't say the same for ASUS or MSI) [FACT]
8 fan/pump headers [FACT]
BIOS is decent [OPINION]
Build quality is good [PROFESSIONAL OPINION]
Lights are pretty [ :-) ]
If you read it carefully, documentation is OK [OPINION]

Cons: I think vertical access SATA cables would be more useful in most cases [OPINION]
If you don't read it carefully, documentation is rubbish [OPINION]
GIGABYTE utilities are not worth installing after you have OS running [OPINION]

Overall Review: This is a "post-build" review - if I discover anything else in the next few months I'll update it.

I actually bought the version with Intel Optane memory installed. I have yet to do anything with this because I also bought a 2TB PCIe SSD so there really isn't much point. If you're going to use mechanical HDD's, maybe consider that option.

Don't buy a GC-TPM2.0 - it doesn't fit......

For reference, here is a bill of material for my build, and everything was compatible and worked without issue:

CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K Coffee Lake upgraded to i9-9900K
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 64GB (4 x 16GB) DDR4 3333 (PC4 26600) CMK64GX4M4B3333C16
Video: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080 DirectX 12 GV-N1080TTOC-8GD 8
System SSD: Samsung 970 EVO 2TB - NVMe PCIe M.2 2280 SSD (MZ-V7E2T0BW)
Data SSD: WD Blue 3D NAND 1TB PC SSD - WDS100T2B0A
Backup HDD: WD 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 256MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD6003FZBX
Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series, H115i PRO RGB
PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 T2 220-T2-1000-X1 80+ TITANIUM
Case: Cooler Master HAF XB EVO - High Air Flow Desktop Computer Case
OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit - OEM

UPDATE: Upgrade to i9-9900K
- BIOS upgrade went with no real issue, except TPM "complained" and had to use recovery key to decrypt Bitlockered C:\
- After installing new CPU, I discovered it's important to default settings in BIOS before booting WIndows

The VRM can only just support this CPU.
At stock settings, a number of benchmark/stress apps (for example Intel XTU Benchmark) cause the board to reset due to current limiting in the VRM.
Fortunately, the P1/P2 power limit in the the CPU can be set to avoid this.
I ended up setting down to 135W before I could stably run various benchmarks/stress tests (I'm not even giong to try Prime95 !).
Actually, this isn't a bad solution - artificial high load programs get throttled and real demanding programs (in my case simulation and FPGA synthesis) don't get close to hitting power limit. I am running all cores at 5.2GHz turbo, and they get throttled to maybe 4.8 in benchmark tests, but run full out when I'm "at work".
If it weren't for having to re-install Windows and all my programs, I'd upgrade to Z390 AORUS MASTER.

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1/ 5

Pros: I have the gaming 7-op and the vrm isnt compleat garbage BUT

Cons: Everything else about this board sucks. Their audio dosent work and thier driver support online is tereible and their bios is clunky and unintuitive.
My audio actually buzzes and pops while in games even if muted, ruining the experience of my 4000$ system because i have to listen to popping and hissing even if i mute my system.
On top of that they havent done a good job setting up their propietary drivers for their realtek chip or this soundblaster software; meaning no up too date or functional drivers for you.

Overall Review: Worst of all is their service after giving them tons of info and asking for help figuring out whats wrong they just said "idk it works for us". not joking they bassically told me that i am going to have to figure out whats wrong with the software they made because "we didnt make windows so we cant fix its" referring to the software they made/modified from the realtek drivers for the alc1220 soundchip o.0 really gigabyte really?

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5/ 5
SUPPORTS 9TH Gen. CPU's (i9 9900K, i7 9700K, i5 9600K, ect.) BIOS update required. 2/15/2019 11:15:50 PM

Pros: this motherboard has the best VRM components money can buy. it has temp and current monitoring as well as current balancing.
it uses the Intersil ISL69128 pwm. The iGPU uses two Intersil's ISL99227FRZ-T 60A Smart Power Stages while the CPU core uses eight ISL99227BFRZ-T 60A Smart Power Stages. The inductors are the same 76A inductors we see on X299 motherboards, so this VRM is more than capable or running a OC'ed i9 9900K. there is also a 6000rpm fan for the VRM if temps go past 90c which with a i7 8700K at 5GHz never went above 60c.

Cons: NO WI-FI but that can be fixed with a ad-in card or a $10 usb wi-wfi drive.

Overall Review: I have this board and overclocking a i7 8700K to 5.3Ghz was no problem.
I would still recommend this over some of the new Z390 boards because of the VRM alone.

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5/ 5
Great Motherboard 1/31/2019 2:35:11 PM

Pros: - 3 M.2 slots
- 6 SATA 6Gb/s ports
- LEDs are cool. First motherboard with LEDs on it.
- Works great with NVMe SSD. Speeds are faster than SATA. Way faster!!! Install time of Windows 10 from install to boot was 6 minutes. Bootup time after install from power button to Windows login is 3 seconds.
- Able to run any OS (Windows, MacOS, etc)

Current build is:
Coffee Lake i7-8700k 3.7ghz 6-core, 12-thread
32gb Corsair Vengeance DDR4 3200mhz
GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition 8gb
970 Evo M.2 2280 500gb NVMe PCIe 3.0 x 4
960 Evo M.2 2280 250gb NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4
Samsung 850 Evo 120gb SATA SSD

Cons: None that I have run into as of yet.

Overall Review: Purchased this board in 2018. Haven't had any issues with it since I have purchased it.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
1/28/2019 5:37:08 PM

Pros: 9900k runs fine

Cons: None

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3/ 5
After Having a year 1/21/2019 3:31:41 AM

Pros: When it work's with all driver's it's been really good!

Cons: well since the day i bought it last march, got it put motherboard disc in and used those driver's and yes i used em because those have seem'd like the best working driver's 2 date and ive formatted with this board atleast 30 times window's ver.1803 worked well with audio driver's 8210 but have not worked on brand new just released window's 1809 seem's all driver's released on website are really bad or causing some kinda issue at the point of buy a new board and its sad because this seem's like it'd be great if they can work out the driver issue's board is solid as a rock but driver's well makes it crawl and cripples this machine have paired with i7 8700k 16gb corsair rgb vengence m asus Rog strix gtx 1080 thermaltake 850w psu and corsair's rgb platinum cooler 2019 model and driver's just hold it back.

Overall Review: wish they'd FIX so i can get my money's worth outta board

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5/ 5
Fantastic motherboard. Still the best model for 8700K 1/2/2019 4:44:11 AM

Pros: Ram latency 49 ns

Cons: None

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