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AORUS Z270X-Gaming 5 Motherboard Review

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Test System and Testing Procedures

Item Name
Processor Intel Core i7-7700K, Intel Core i7-6700K (Z170 motherboards)
CPU Cooler
Noctua NH-D15S
Power Supply
Corsair HX850W 80 Plus Gold PSU
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury DDR4 2x8GB @ 2666MHz 15-17-17-35 2T (XMP)
Storage Silicon Power S80 240GB SSD (OS), OCZ Vertex 4 256GB SSD (Test)
Graphics Integrated CPU Graphics, Gigabyte GTx 960 Windforce 3x OC
Router Cisco E3200 stock firmware with 2x 6ft Cat5E cables for network testing
Motherboard(s) Gigabyte Z170X-Designare (BIOS F2), Gigabyte Z170X-Ultra Gaming (BIOS F4)Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 (BIOS F4), EVGA Z170 FTW (BIOS v1.03), Gigabyte Z170-Gaming 7 (BIOS F2)
Operating System Windows 10 Enterprise*

Latest working BIOS, updates and drivers were used at the time of the review. Each test was conducted at least three times for accuracy with the exception of PCMark 8 which already does three sets per benchmark run. *All performance benchmarks in this review and all reviews going forward will be using the Windows 10 operating system.

System Benchmarks

  1. Aida64 Engineer
  2. SiSoft Sandra Lite 2016
  3. CineBench R15
  4. PCMark 8
  5. WinRAR
  6. x.264 FHD

Gaming Benchmarks

  1. 3DMark Firestrike (Default)
  2. Unigine Heaven 4.0 (Max Settings, 1920 x 1080)
  3. Bioshock Infinite (Lowest Settings @ 640 x 480, Max Settings @ 1920 x 1080)


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Ron Perillo

Ron is a non-binary tech writer that presently identifies as a reviewer but is currently transitioning toward modding.

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