Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Ultra Gaming Motherboard Review: Page 4 of 9
Posted by Damon Bailey on Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 9:00am
A Closer Look
Gigabyte follows the standard ATX form factor with the Z370 Aorus Ultra Gaming. The board itself is a matte black board with a large Aorus Eagle head covering more than half of the board.
The rear of the board is also matte black with nothing to see beyond the socket reinforcement bracket and a few screws holding the chipset heatsink on.
The rear I/O is comprised of a dual personality PS/2 port for legacy keyboards and/or mice, Two Special USB 3.0 ports in yellow for Gigabytes USB DAC-UP 2. Integrated GPU outputs to a dual-link DVI-D and HDMI port as seen here. USB 3.1 ports including a type-C are handled by ASMedia’s 3142 controller. Twi more USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, an Intel gigabyte Ethernet port and the usual 8 channel audio with optical output round out the rear I/O.
The top half of the motherboard is quite dominated with the large rear I/O and VRM heatsink cover sporting the Aorus logo. The LGA1151 socket sits in the middle as usual flanked by 4 shielded DDR4 slots with the Aorus lighting between the slots. CPU power is provided by an 8 phase VRM. The top edge of the board has only the 8-pin CPU power, a four-pin fan header next to it, and 2 more 4-pin fan headers between the VRM heatsink and ram slots.
Right in the center of the board is one of the Turbo M.2 slots, supporting up to 110mm drives. Two armored PCIe x16 and a normal PCIe X16 slot handle large cards like GPU’s and three PCIe x1 slots handle the rest of expansion needs. A large chipset heatsink fills in the rest of the board with a gorgeous Aorus logo.
Headers and ports start with the usual front panel Audio header, followed by a whole pile of Digital Addressable RGB as well as Gigabytes awesome RGBW lighting headers. The Digital ports have a jumper to use either 5V or 12V lights. Next is the TPM header, two USB 2.0 headers, and two 4-pin fan headers. Toward the front end of the board are the front panel I/O ports and two vertical SATA plugs.
Up the front of the board are 4 SATA ports, a Thunderbolt expansion header, front panel USB 3.1 and the main 24 pin power. One more 4-pin fan header is near the main power connection.
Of course, we have to get a good close up of the gorgeous Chipset heatsink.
Since the lights on this board don’t enable before power-up in its default state, we’ll borrow one of Aorus’s pictures here to show the lighting on the board without the mess of a fully assembled system.