GIGABYTE AORUS Z270X Gaming 5 ATX Motherboard Review

Packaging & Unboxing

The Z270 line up has replaced the G1 Gaming logo with the new AORUS logo.

The packaging of the new AORUS line up is a bit different from the G1 Gaming line up from previous generations. For example, the black, white and red color scheme has been replaced with an orange, metallic and a sort of charcoal black scheme. Then, the AORUS falcon head logo and name, with a brushed metallic design, are in the center of the front of the box. Below the falcon head, in white and orange, you find the Z270X-Gameing 5 branding. To the right of that, there are several icons that represent different features of the motherboard. For example, GIGABYTE’s Smart Fan 5 and RGB Fusion, as well Intel’s new Z270 chipset to name a few. On the very bottom of the front of the box, you find the words AORUS Gaming Motherboard, LGA 1151, DDR4 4000+ MHz XMP Ready and NVMe PCIe U.2/M.2. Finally, on the bottom right hand corner, you see the GIGABYTE logo.

The front of the box has the new AORUS Falcon Head logo with the Z270X Gaming 5 product branding

The rear of the box has a good amount of information. There are depictions of the RGB Fusion lighting, Smart Fan 5, the Dual LAN, The AMP-UP Audio and a full depiction of the Z270X Gaming 5 motherboard.

The rear of the box is where you’ll find the bulk of the information on the motherboard. We start on the top left hand corner. Here, we see the AORUS Falcon head logo and Gaming Motherboard branding, along with the LGA 1151 socket and Z270X Gaming 5 brandings. Just below, you see the DDR4 4000+ MHz XMP Ready and NVMe PCIe U.2/M.2 and VR Ready features mentioned again. To the far right, on the top, you see a small depiction of the Z270x Gaming 5 board, with the lights illuminated.

The right side of the box is where you find the UPC code, serial and model numbers.

The top of the box has the product branding and the keys features, in several languages.

There are brief, but illustrated descriptions of several the features of the Z270X Gaming 5. These include the RGB fusion lighting on the motherboard, as well as onboard RGBW pin headers that allow you to connect RGBW strips directly to the board. Also, the Sound Blaster X-Fi MB5 built in audio. Other features mentioned on the back of the box include their new Smart Fan 5, Dual GbE LAN design. One, an Intel Gigabit LAN. The other, a Killer E2500 Gaming Network LAN. The Z270X Gaming 5 also offers triple NVMe PCIe SSDs in RAID 0, through M.2 and U.2 support.

The left side of the box has the AORUS logo and Z270X Gaming 5 product branding, as well as the Intel Core logo and Z270 Chipset logo.

With USD 3.2 Gen 2, Type C, the Z270X Gaming 5 offers transfer speeds up to 10 GB/s. Twice the speeds of USB 3.1 Gen 1 at 5 Gb/s. Near the bottom right of the rear of the box you’ll find a diagram of the rear IO of the board. The rear IO includes a PS/2 port above 2 yellow USB ports. These are for charging devices, as they are always on. They are also USB 3.0 ports. Next is a single DisplayPort 1.2 and a single HDMI 4.1 for the onboard graphics or IGPU. Nest, USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type A and C. Going down the line, we have the Dual LANs. One with 2 x USB 2.0, and the other with 2 x USB 3.0. Lastly are the 5 x 3.5 mm audio jacks as well as an SPDIF jack for an optical cable. Just below that is a chart listing the specifications of the Z270X Gaming 5, to the right, a depiction of some of the other features of the motherboard such as AMP-UP Technology, High-End audio components and USB DAC-UP 2, just to name a few.

The Z270X Gaming 5 comes wrapped in an anti-static bag and set in a cardboard tray.

Here are the accessories that come packed with the Z270X Gaming 5.

My favorite part of getting a new motherboard, or any hardware really, are the case badges or stickers. This one, I love!

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