GIGABYTE AORUS Z270X Gaming 5 ATX Motherboard Review


GIGABYTE’s APP Center is where you can use apps such as RGB Fusion, Easy Tune, and Smart Keyboard, to name a few.

RGB Fusion

Aside from the color scheme and branding, the most noticeable new feature must be the addition of RGB lighting, customizable through GIGABYTE’s new RGB fusion app. You can use this app, among others through GIGABYTEs APP Center. Using the RGB Fusion software, you can customize your motherboard with 16.8 million colors. The Z270X Gaming 5 has 2 programmable sections in which you can set different colors and effects. Speaking of which, there are 7 different lighting effects. The effects are Pulse, Static, Flash, Color Cycle, Intelligent and Music. You can also save 3 different profiles in memory. You can also import and export additional profiles.

GIGABYTE’s RGB Fusion has a Basic and an Advanced mode. In basic mode you can set the effect and color.

There are more customization options in advanced mode. You can set each zone separate, speed and brightness of each light. You can have 3 profiles in the APPs memory. You can also import and export profiles.

There are several different peripherals you can sync with the RGB lighting on the motherboard. They don’t all have to be GIGABYTE peripherals either. My G.Skill KM780R works with the RGB Fusion software.

The board has lighting on several places. There is lighting mixed in with the power delivery, in and around the DIMMs, to the right of the memory DIMMs, under the chipset heatsink, and under the top two PCIe slots and “AMP-UP Audio” in the bottom left corner. Along with the onboard lighting, there is a single RGBW header on the motherboard. Like RGB, the RGBW lighting simply adds white into the mix for a truer white color. The customization doesn’t end there though. You can sync your compatible peripherals up with the lighting on the board. This works with more than just GIGABYTE peripherals. For example, my G.Skill KM780R mechanical keyboard with RGB lighting can be controlled by the RGB fusion software. This is a great feature, It’s not very often you can use software from company A to control a peripheral from company B. The hard-plastic strip to the right of the memory DIMMs are also swappable. You can change the design on them to several different designs that GIGABYTE offers.

PassMark Performance Test 9

PassMark Performance Test 9 is an easy to use, PC speed testing and benchmarking. PassMark Performance Test allows you to objectively benchmark a PC using a variety of different speed tests and compare the results to other computers.

  • Find out if your PC is performing at its best.
  • Compare the performance of your machine to similar machines.
  • Measure the effect of configuration changes and upgrades.
  • Avoid paying big bucks for poor performance.
  • Make objective independent measurements on which to base your purchasing decision.
  • Use the advanced tests to create your own benchmark scenarios.


My overall Passmark score was 6806. I scored in the 99 percentile.

Super PI Modded 1.5

Super PI is popular with the overclocking community and enthusiasts, both as a benchmark to test the performance of these systems and as a stress test to check that they are still functioning correctly. The program was written by D. Takahashi in collaboration with Dr. Y. Kanada. The current world record for calculating PI was set in 1995 when a supercomputer, at Tokyo University, calculated PI to 4,294,960,000 decimal points.

Here the time it took the i7 7700K to calculate PI to 32m decimal points

My 7700k took 7:10 to calcuate PI to 32m decimal points, putting it just under the Z170X-UD5.


HandBrake is a free and open-source video transcoder, originally developed in 2003 by Eric Petit to make ripping a film from a DVD to a data storage device easier. Essentially, it can convert video to almost any modern format. HandBrake is available for Linux, macOS, and Windows

The workload video file is a ~6.27 GB, 3840 x 1714, 73.4 Mbps, 24fps, H.264, .mov video file that is transcoded to a ~1480 MB, 1920×858, ~17.1 Mbps, 24fps, H.264, .mp4 video file.

The 7700K, on the Z270X Gaming 5 transcoded the video clip in 3 minutes, 59 seconds. This beat out the results from our 7700K review by one second. (See Chart Below)

This chart represents CPUs that we’ve used in previous reviews.

Fritz Chess

Developed in the early 1990s, Fritz Chess is a benchmark where a computer-generated game of chess is played out. Since then, it has had several updates. The most recent being Fritz 15, released in November of 2015. This benchmark uses the CPU to calculate each move and is a great CPU benchmark.

On its stock speeds, the 7700K performed at 17388 kilo nodes per second with a relative speed of 36.23.

Overclocked to 5.0GHz, the 7700K performed at 19675 kilo nodes per second.

NovaBench 3.0.4

NovaBench is a free benchmark test for Windows and mac OS. It tests your PC in all areas. CPU, Graphics, RAM, and Storage. NovaBench has been trusted by millions since 2007. It tests the main components of your computer quickly. Testing only takes a few minutes, and provides detailed information and an overall system score.

My overall Nova Bench Score was 2749.

Cinebench R15

Based on MAXON’s award-winning animation software Cinema 4D, CINEBENCH is a real-world cross platform test suite that evaluates your computer’s performance capabilities. It has both the single thread and full performance test for your CPU, as well as an Open-GL test for your GPU. Cinebench R15 is one of the most widely used benchmarks used to test the performance. It puts the CPU under 100% load, but only for a very short time. Its gives a good baseline for your CPU. However, I wouldn’t use it for testing the stability of an overclock. I ran Cinebench twice. The first run at its stock speed of 4.2 GHz base and 4.5 boost. The second run, the CPU was overclocked to 5.0 GHz. The first run gave me an overall score of 992 cb with a single thread of 195 cb. Overclocked, I achieved an overall score of 1071 cb and a single thread score of 213 cb on this run.

On stock clocks my 7700K scored 992 cb overall and 195 cb on a single core.

Overclocked, my 7700K scored 1071 overall and 213 cb on a single core score.


This benchmark shows a rating in MIPS (million instructions per second). The rating value is calculated from the measured speed, and it is normalized with results of Intel Core 2 CPU with multi-threading option switched off. So, if you have modern CPU from Intel or AMD, rating values in single-thread mode must be close to real CPU frequency. There are two tests, compression with LZMA method and decompression with LZMA method. Once the total passes reach 100, the score is taken.

The 7700k scored 27539 MIPS (Million Instructions per Second) 


Written by Alexander J. Lee, y-cruncher, (y for gamma) is a number crunching program that can compute various mathematical constants. Originally, it was a small program specialized for computing the Euler-Mascheroni Constant. (Which uses gamma as its symbol, hence the name). It has since gained the ability to compute other constants. It is the first of its kind that is multi-threaded and scalable to multi-core systems. Since it first launched in 2009, it has become a favorite benchmarking and stress-testing application for PC enthusiasts.

We tested using the built-in benchmarks to compute Pi to 1 Billion Digits.

Total Computation time was about 99.5 seconds in Y-Cruncher.

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