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AORUS Z270X-Gaming 5 Motherboard Review

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Final Thoughts about the AORUS Z270X-Gaming 5 Motherboard

The AORUS Z270X-Gaming 5 is a “premium line” gaming motherboard with a lot of extra features more for comfort than necessity. That doesn’t mean it is not efficient however as underneath the hood are the same excellent design we previously saw on the Gigabyte Z170X-Designare motherboard minus the Alpine Ridge Thunderbolt but packed with a lot more including the updated Smart Fan and RGB fusion controls.

The white, gray and black color scheme works really well in terms of setting a neutral palette for some RGB lighting fun. The RGB Fusion desktop controls is also a severely upgraded version of the one Gigabyte used on their 100-series so it is a lot more responsive, faster, accurate and has a lot more options than ever before. This is great news for those who prioritizes customization on their systems such as modders.

While it has the aesthetics taken care of, it also feature an upgraded fan control system that really gives user significant control on how their chassis airflow operates. To go with the gaming features such as extra spacing between two PCI-E x16 slots, AORUS also packs a great audio package with special Japanese capacitors, a swappable op-amp and the new 32-bit audio playback capable Realtek ALC1220 HD audio codec. The use of a Killer E2500 and Intel i219v combo was also a significantly appreciated addition. Killer’s software management and latest generation of Ethernet controller is miles away better than previous generation, using lower power consumption and performs impressively well.

Overall, the $195 price tag is on the high side but the AORUS Z270X-Gaming 5 delivers on many fronts, appealing to the gamer lifestyle crowd by offering a refined and mature look and feel rather than the loud and obnoxious designs of its contemporary gaming motherboards.

Modders-Inc Hardware Editors Choice Award


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