Gigabyte Aorus Z270X-Gaming 8 Motherboard Review

A Closer Look

Aorus motherboards come with either a primary white color scheme or a primary black color scheme. The Aorus Z270X-Gaming 8 is dressed in all black.

Angular shapes and sharp lines are abound, giving the Aorus and Darth Vader like feel to it.

There are total of five USB 3.1 Type-A ports and one USB 3.1 Type-C port. One RJ-45 port is driven by the Intel GbE controller, while the other is driven the Rivet Networks Killer E2500 controller. Four audio out jacks, with a microphone in jack and optical port provide audio connections. The two antenna jacks prove connection for Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and also includes Bluetooth v4.0. A PS/2 port provides legacy peripheral connectivity. HDMI and DisplayPort ports provide video connectivity. All ports are gold plated.

Four PCI-E 16x and two PCI-E 1x slots feature a multitude of connection options depending on the processor used. The front panel audio header, onboard audio controls, case LED headers, TPM header, and USB 2.0 headers reside on the bottom rear on the Aorus Z270X-Gaming 8. The lower M.2 connector resides next to the lower PCI-E 1x slot.

The Creative Sound Blaster certified ZxRi 120dB+ audio with replaceable OP-AMPs is much more complex than the average onboard audio solution.

The lower front section of the motherboard contains a Debug LED readout, Dual BIOS switches, thermal sensor header, multiple fan headers, and a Thunderbolt header.

The area around the CPU socket feels extremely roomy thanks to the Aorus/Bitspower hybrid VRM cooler. The upper M.2 connector resides below the CPU socket next to the upper PCI-E 1x slot.

There are a total of eight SATA 6.0 connectors, four of which can be converted to Two SATA Express connectors. There are also two U.2 connectors

The 24-pin ATX power connector resides towards the top. Just below it is pair of chassis fan headers and dual frontpanel USB 3.1 connectors.  Towards the top there are the TPU switch, Overclock, Eco. Power button, reset. and CMOS clear buttons. There is also status LEDs on the very upper corner. The four memory slots support dual channel DDR4 at speeds up to 4133 MHz.

Multiple voltage measuring points on the very upper corner above the memory slots. A single 8-pin CPU power connector reside on the very top of the motherboard.

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