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The AORUS Z370 Gaming 7 Motherboard Review

Redefining the Mid-Range Motherboard

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Test System and Testing Procedure

The AORUS Z370 Gaming 7 Motherboard Review testsystem

Test System

  • Processor: Core I7 8700k @ 4.8 GHz
  • CPU Cooler: Swiftech H320 X2 Prestige
  • Power Supply: 1600-Watt EVGA Super Nova P2
  • Memory: 32 GB G. Skill Trident Z 3200 MHz CL 14
  • GPU: Nvidia Star Wars Special Edition Titan Xp
  • Case: Primochil Praxis Wetbench
  • Storage:
    • 1 TB Samsung 850 EVO M.2 (OS)
    • 250 GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2

System Benchmarks

  • Aida64 Engineer
  • CineBench R15
  • WinRAR
  • 7-zip
  • 264 FHD
  • 265 HD
  • Handbrake

Storage Benchmarks

  • ATTO Disk Benchmark
  • Crystal Disk Mark 5

Utilities

  • CPUZ
  • Hardware Monitor

Synthetic Gaming Benchmarks

  • 3DMARK Firestrike
  • 3DMARK Time Spy
  • Unigine Heaven

Gaming Benchmarks

  • Assassins Creed Origins
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Shadow of War
  • Watch Dogs 2

To keep things fair review to review, I keep the ambient temperature at about 21°c, or about 70°f. All benchmarks were done at stock speeds. The exceptions to this were Cinebench R15 and 3DMARK. Both Cinebench R15 and 3DMARK were tested at stock, and with the CPU and GPU overclocked. Although the stock clock for the 8700k is 3.7 GHz, my chip ran at a constant 4.3 GHz. This was after resetting the bios to optimized defaults. So, all benchmarks run at stock, show the CPU at 4.3 GHz. Some of the charts have results for both the 7700k and 6700k in them. This is just done to give you an idea of how the 8700k compares to older generation flagship processors. Both 7700k and 8700k results were recorded using the AORUS Z270X Gaming 5 and a couple different RAM kits. The rest of the hardware was all the same.

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Paul Malfy

Paul started building computers in 1994. He studied journalism and computer science in college. Paul loves gaming but hardware is his true passion. News Writer and Product Reviewer.

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