Gigabyte z370 aorus gaming 3 review & specs

The GIGABYTE Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 is a solid motherboard with a lot of platsize features và a nice amount of gaming features.

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Most people would agree that Z370 motherboards impose a premium, especially on those who are buying CPUs which cannot overclock because H and B 300-series motherboard are not available. However, vendors have sầu taken things inlớn their own hands and have recently started launching much more affordable models. Today we take a look at one of GIGABYTE"s much more affordable Gaming series motherboards, the Z370 Aorus Gaming 3. The new motherboard looks to offer tư vấn for Intel"s lathử nghiệm processors & also offers up all native sầu platform features but cuts out some extras to keep prices in the affordable range. Let"s take a look.

The Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 offers two M.2 slots, USB 3.1, USB 3.0, SATA6Gb/s, & it supports CrossFireX.


The Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 costs

Packaging & Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 Overview

Packaging and Overview

The box for the Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 uses similar box-art as higher-end Z370 Aorus motherboard. Packaging is basic enough but gets the job done.

The accessory package includes four SATA6Gb/s cables, IO shield, G-Connector, case badge, manual, and driver DVD.

The Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 has five bạn headers, all of them are PWM/DC mode headers. The one header circled in xanh is a pump header that runs full speed by mặc định, while the rest of the headers run off a standard cooling curve sầu you can change in the UEFI or through Windows.

The fan headers circled in green & xanh offer up to lớn 1A of current each. The color theme of the motherboard is red & blaông xã, which is one of the most popular color themes. There are some built-in RGB LEDs, và you can change their color in the UEFI or Windows. The bachồng of the motherboard is clear of any ICs.

The rear IO panel features PS/2 keyboard and mouse, OC button, HDXiaoMI, USB 3.1 type-C, USB 3.1 type-A, four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, 1Gbit LAN, và 7.1 audio outputs.

The PCI-E layout is super-duper simple. The top slot is x16 wired directly to lớn the CPU. The second x16 slot is an x4 PCI-E 3.0 slot routed lớn the PCH, and it shares all of its bandwidth with the x1 slots. The top M.2 slot is routed lớn the PCH directly & only supports PCI based M.2 drives (no SATA).

The second M.2 slot is routed to lớn the PCH as well & supports both PCI và SATA based M.2 drives. SATA3_0 will be disabled if a SATA drive sầu is used. There are four right-angled SATA6Gb/s ports on the motherboard, & above sầu them is a ThunderBolt 3 GPIO header.

Two more SATA6Gb/s ports are angled straight và found near the front panel headers. There are also boot LEDs in the bottom right corner of the motherboard. There are two USB 3.0 internal headers, one is for a type-C port, và the other is for type-A ports.

We find a new addition on this motherboard, OC button và OC headers. The headers offer you the ability to lớn use your reset or power button (or dedicated case OC button) to engage overclockers, & there is even a light header khổng lồ let you know when the OC is in effect.

The button on the rear IO panel và the headers are synchronized. There are also two RGB LED headers at the top of the motherboard; one is 5v/12v digital/addressable, and one is an RGBW header. At the bottom of the motherboard we find a TPM header near two USB 2.0 internal headers.

We find two more RGB headers at the bottom of the motherboard, one is RGBW, & the other is a digital/addressable 12v/5v header. Heatsinks make good liên hệ with the VRM components, but they use a plastic push-pin method lớn put pressure on the components.

GIGABYTE Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 Circuit Analysis

Circuit Analysis

The motherboard is in a 4+3 phase VRM, and it uses zero doubling. It uses the Intersil ISL95866 PWM controller in 4+3 mode. It adds multiple ISL6625A on the CPU & iGPU rails lớn enhance phase count. The CPU VCore VRMs use double the number of MOSFETs per phase, while the iGPU phases use the standard number. On Semiconductor NTMFS4C06N is the low-side MOSFET, và the NTMFS4C10N is the high-side MOSFET for each of the power stages.

The memory VRM uses a Realtek RT8120D for a single phase PWM with driver and then three On Semiconductor NTMFS4C06N in a two-low one-high MOSFET configuration.

GIGABYTE Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 Circuit Analysis Continued

Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 Circuit Analysis Continued

A Realtek ALC12trăng tròn is used, & it"s under a metal shield. There is PCB division as well as WIMA và Nippon Chemibé audio capacitors to lớn improve audio performance.

GIGABYTE decided lớn use the Killer e2500 NIC on this motherboard. An ASMedia ASM3152 USB 3.1 controller & Texas Instruments HD32trăng tròn type-C switch chip are used lớn provide the two rear USB 3.1 ports.

The main SuperIO controller is the IT8686E; it provides tín đồ control, system monitoring, and the PS/2 on the rear IO panel. An ITE IT8295FN is used as the controller for the digital/addressable RGB LED headers.

Two 128Mbit BIOS ROMs are used to provide Dual BIOS functionality. An NXPhường cấp độ shifter provides the HDXiaoMi MI port as it translates the iGPUs signals to lớn the cấp độ required for HDXiaoMi MI.

The UEFI BIOS offers two operating modes, an Easy Mode, và a Classic Mode. Fan control is present in the form of a GUI, and you have sầu all the same overclocking options as you would find on a Z370 Aorus Gaming 7. The UEFI is easy lớn navigate, and you even get RGB control. While the onboard LEDs can only be turned on và off, you can control the color the RGB LED header outputs.

BIOS, BIOS Setup, USB Blocker, Cloud Station, EasyTune, Fast Boot, PlatformPowerManagment, RGB Fusion, SIV, Smart Backup, Smart TimeLock, Smart Keyboard, and VTuner among mỏi some other programs.

Test System Setup

Steven"s Motherboard Test System Specifications

Motherboard: GIGABYTE Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 CPU: Intel Core i7 8700K Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum (2x8GB) 3200MHz BIOS: F4

The Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 has LEDs built into the bottom half of the motherboard under the PCH heat sink and under the audio section. Those LEDs are RGB LEDs so you can change the color of the bottom half of the motherboard with the LEDs.

The Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 overclocked our CPU to 4.9GHz quite easily, even with its small VRM. We set VChip Core to lớn 1.3v, LLCs lớn Turbo, XMP khổng lồ enable, và nothing else. While the motherboard was tested using our Dominator Platinum kit, the motherboard wasn"t able to lớn overcloông xã it with XMPhường to 3200MHz, but it was able khổng lồ overclock two more kits to lớn 3600MHz, so use the QVL.

Compatible Memory Overclocking Kits

In this section, I overclochồng four memory kits only using XMPhường, if the kit works then the results are below. I welcome memory vendors lớn send in their kits lớn be tested on each motherboard.

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Patriot Viper LED 3600MHz C16 8GBx2

These tests are done out of the box, so I have sầu decided lớn include whether or not the vendor has implemented some type of default overclocking, such as multi-core enhancement. Multi-core enhancement is when the motherboard vendor pushes all cores to maximum turbo speeds instead of just one or two. MCE as I will điện thoại tư vấn it, can cause instability if your CPU isn"t great, & we would hope vendors would have sầu it off by mặc định, but it does offer a miễn phí performance boost out of the box.

Some motherboards also might increase the BCLK a bit over stoông xã khổng lồ score higher, và some might even mess with the turbo boost table. If we standardize settings, then most motherboards should perform the same, but in this case, we haven"t. Overall, the Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 is not using multi-core enhancement by default, but it"s performing quite well in our tests. We just tested more of the motherboards in these charts, and it seems that Multi-core enhancement has been toned down a lot recently.

System IO Benchmarks

CrystalDiskMark SATA6G:

The Z370 Aorus Gaming 3"s M.2 scores are excellent, the lowest score on the charts is from the 950 Pro that was replaced with the KC1000. SATA scores are also quite solid, and networking is pretty good.

Audio RMAA 5.5:

I disable all audio features, mix the correct bitrates, và then thử nghiệm the audio with a loopbachồng test.

Sound Judgment by Ear: Excellent. I was very surprised by how well the motherboard handled the audio tests. There are five sầu ratings for audio: 1. Problems, 2. Okay, 3. Acceptable, 4. Very good, 5. Excellent

Note on Thermal Images: In the temperature section, we use our Seek thermal imaging camera lớn capture the surface temperatures of major components on the board. I look at the VRM and then all other things that light up the screen. If there is something lớn worry about, then I will state it. Otherwise, I will just show the hotter running parts of the board for fun. Unless some component is over 80-90C, then there isn"t anything to lớn worry about.

All systems will act differently, so I will look for commonalities, such as how far from the VRM the heat spreads through the PCB & the difference in temperature between the front side and backside of the PCB. Keep in mind, the majority of the heat from the VRM goes inkhổng lồ the PCB as it is a giant soldered on copper heat sink. A larger difference in temperature between the baông chồng & front of the PCB points towards a more effective heat sink.

Thermal Testing at Stoông chồng Speeds:

The image on the left is always at idle, và the image on the right is at load. During ALL TESTS, fans to lớn the right of the motherboard from the (Corsair H110i) radiator are left on automatic mode (ramps with internal block temperature). Additionally, a 120mm người is situated right above the VRM, and it blows down at a medium rate (very quiet). Thermal Images are taken at loop 15 of Intel Burn Test

Full frontal.

Up-cthất bại of the front of the VRM.

Up-cthua of the back of the VRM.

Thermal Testing at 4.9GHz/1.3v Overclocked Speeds:

The image on the left is always at idle, & the image on the right is at load. During ALL TESTS, fans to lớn the right of the motherboard from the (Corsair H110i) radiator are left on automatic mode (ramps with internal bloông xã temperature). Additionally, a 120milimet bạn is situated right above sầu the VRM, and it blows down at a medium rate (very quiet). We standardize this thử nghiệm with a 4.9GHz on all cores with 1.3V real under load and take pictures at the 80% mark of HandBrake rendering a 4K video clip.

Up-cthua of the front và baông chồng of the VRM.

The Z370 Aorus Gaming 3"s thermal performance is acceptable. The VRM at stochồng is decent, but when we overclock, we see front side temperatures go over 70C. We see the same performance on GIGABYTE"s other motherboards with this same exact VRM setup. I highly recommkết thúc solid VRM airflow if you are going khổng lồ overclochồng this high. Anything under 60C is great, 60-80C is acceptable, và anything above 80C is a bit worrisome (if at stock).

What"s Hot, What"s Not và Final Thoughts

Here are key points about the GIGABYTE Z370 Aorus Gaming 3.

What"s Hot

Simple: The Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 is a very simple motherboards targeting gamers. It features the Killer Gaming NIC, five fully configurable bạn headers, RGB support, và support for all platkhung features. On top of the platform features, the only feature that might be considered an expensive extra is USB 3.1 & you get both type-A & type-C on the rear IO panel.

RGB LEDs: GIGABYTE integrated RGB LEDs into lớn the motherboard, but they didn"t go overboard, which is nice. On top of that, they added two RGBW headers, & two 12v/5v digital RGB LED headers. I was very surprised to see that type of RGB LED tư vấn on a motherboard at this price point.

Fan Control: We find five hybrid người headers on the motherboard, và they can all be easily controlled through the UEFI or System Information Viewer in Windows.

OC Button and Header: Some of you might remember those old systems from the 90s that had "Turbo" buttons on the motherboard, và GIGABYTE is trying to lớn bring that baông xã. The motherboard has a button on the rear IO panel just for overclocking, & they added a synchronized header. The header offer you the ability to repurpose buttons & LEDs on your cases front panel, so you can change your reset or power button to an OC button, và the power or HDD light to indicate the overcloông chồng is in place.

Dual BIOS: We vị find two BIOS ROMs on the motherboard for extra protection.

What"s Not

No SLI: Since the main PCI-E x16 slot is routed directly lớn the CPU it"s not possible for SLI khổng lồ work on this motherboard.

Final Thoughts

The GIGABYTE Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 is a solid motherboard with a lot of platkhung features & a nice amount of gaming features. While some people might not care for RGB LEDs, a lot of others vì chưng. The RGB LED tư vấn on this motherboard is more than I expected, with a total of four headers, two standard RGBW & two digital/addressable.

I also liked the OC button & the new type-C header, & the absence of large Clip outputs on the rear IO was also a nice touch. If you are looking for a solid Z370 motherboard that won"t break the bank, give sầu the Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 a look.

The Bottom Line: If you need a basic Z370 gaming motherboard at a reasonable price and solid features, you should consider the Z370 Aorus Gaming 3.

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Steven Bassiri

Steven went from a fledgling forums reader in 2003 to lớn one of the internet"s brighchạy thử tech stars by 2010. Armed with an information systems degree, a deep understanding of circuitry, and a passion for tech, Steven (handle Sin0822) enjoys sharing his deep knowledge with others. Steven details products down lớn the component cấp độ lớn highlight seldom explained, & often misunderstood architectures. Steven is also a highly decorated overclocker with several world records.

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