The GIGABYTE Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 is a solid motherboard with a lot of platform features and a nice amount of gaming features.

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Most people would agree that Z370 motherboards impose a premium, especially on those who are buying CPUs which cannot overclock because H và B 300-series motherboard are not available. However, vendors have taken things into their own hands & have recently started launching much more affordable models. Today we take a look at one of GIGABYTE"s much more affordable Gaming series motherboards, the Z370 Aorus Gaming 3. The new motherboard looks to offer support for Intel"s latest processors và also offers up all native platform features but cuts out some extras to lớn keep prices in the affordable range. Let"s take a look.



The Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 offers two M.2 slots, USB 3.1, USB 3.0, SATA6Gb/s, & it supports CrossFireX.

Pricing

The Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 costs

Packaging and Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 Overview

Packaging and Overview



The box for the Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 uses similar box-art as higher-end Z370 Aorus motherboard. Packaging is basic enough but gets the job done.



The accessory package includes four SATA6Gb/s cables, IO shield, G-Connector, case badge, manual, and driver DVD.


The Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 has five fan hâm mộ headers, all of them are PWM/DC mode headers. The one header circled in blue is a pump header that runs full tốc độ by default, while the rest of the headers run off a standard cooling curve you can change in the UEFI or through Windows.

The fan headers circled in green & blue offer up to lớn 1A of current each. The color theme of the motherboard is red và black, which is one of the most popular màu sắc themes. There are some built-in RGB LEDs, and you can change their color in the UEFI or Windows. The back of the motherboard is clear of any ICs.


The rear IO panel features PS/2 keyboard và mouse, OC button, HDMI, USB 3.1 type-C, USB 3.1 type-A, four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, 1Gbit LAN, và 7.1 audio outputs.


The PCI-E layout is super-duper simple. The đứng top slot is x16 wired directly to the CPU. The second x16 slot is an x4 PCI-E 3.0 slot routed khổng lồ the PCH, & it shares all of its bandwidth with the x1 slots. The đứng đầu M.2 slot is routed lớn the PCH directly và only supports PCI based M.2 drives (no SATA).


The second M.2 slot is routed khổng lồ the PCH as well and supports both PCI và SATA based M.2 drives. SATA3_0 will be disabled if a SATA drive is used. There are four right-angled SATA6Gb/s ports on the motherboard, & above them is a ThunderBolt 3 GPIO header.


Two more SATA6Gb/s ports are angled straight & found near the front panel headers. There are also boot LEDs in the bottom right corner of the motherboard. There are two USB 3.0 internal headers, one is for a type-C port, & the other is for type-A ports.


We find a new addition on this motherboard, OC button & OC headers. The headers offer you the ability to use your reset or power nguồn button (or dedicated case OC button) lớn engage overclockers, và there is even a light header to lớn let you know when the OC is in effect.

The button on the rear IO panel và the headers are synchronized. There are also two RGB LED headers at the vị trí cao nhất of the motherboard; one is 5v/12v digital/addressable, & one is an RGBW header. At the bottom of the motherboard we find a TPM header near two USB 2.0 internal headers.


We find two more RGB headers at the bottom of the motherboard, one is RGBW, và the other is a digital/addressable 12v/5v header. Heatsinks make good liên hệ with the VRM components, but they use a plastic push-pin method lớn put pressure on the components.

GIGABYTE Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 Circuit Analysis

Circuit Analysis


The motherboard is in a 4+3 phase VRM, và it uses zero doubling. It uses the Intersil ISL95866 PWM controller in 4+3 mode. It adds multiple ISL6625A on the CPU and iGPU rails lớn enhance phase count. The CPU VCore VRMs use double the number of MOSFETs per phase, while the iGPU phases use the standard number. On Semiconductor NTMFS4C06N is the low-side MOSFET, và the NTMFS4C10N is the high-side MOSFET for each of the power stages.


The memory VRM uses a Realtek RT8120D for a single phase PWM with driver and then three On Semiconductor NTMFS4C06N in a two-low one-high MOSFET configuration.

GIGABYTE Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 Circuit Analysis Continued

Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 Circuit Analysis Continued


A Realtek ALC1220 is used, & it"s under a metal shield. There is PCB division as well as WIMA and Nippon Chemicon audio capacitors khổng lồ improve audio performance.


GIGABYTE decided khổng lồ use the Killer e2500 NIC on this motherboard. An ASMedia ASM3152 USB 3.1 controller and Texas Instruments HD3220 type-C switch chip are used to provide the two rear USB 3.1 ports.


The main SuperIO controller is the IT8686E; it provides fan control, system monitoring, & the PS/2 on the rear IO panel. An ITE IT8295FN is used as the controller for the digital/addressable RGB LED headers.


Two 128Mbit BIOS ROMs are used lớn provide Dual BIOS functionality. An NXP level shifter provides the HDMI port as it translates the iGPUs signals to lớn the cấp độ required for HDMI.


The UEFI BIOS offers two operating modes, an Easy Mode, and a Classic Mode. Fan control is present in the form of a GUI, và you have all the same overclocking options as you would find on a Z370 Aorus Gaming 7. The UEFI is easy to navigate, và you even get RGB control. While the onboard LEDs can only be turned on và off, you can control the color the RGB LED header outputs.


BIOS, BIOS Setup, USB Blocker, Cloud Station, EasyTune, Fast Boot, PlatformPowerManagment, RGB Fusion, SIV, Smart Backup, Smart TimeLock, Smart Keyboard, và VTuner among some other programs.

Test System Setup

Steven"s Motherboard demo System Specifications

Motherboard: GIGABYTE Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 CPU: Intel bộ vi xử lý core i7 8700K Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum (2x8GB) 3200MHz BIOS: F4

The Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 has LEDs built into the bottom half of the motherboard under the PCH heat sink và under the audio section. Those LEDs are RGB LEDs so you can change the màu sắc of the bottom half of the motherboard with the LEDs.


The Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 overclocked our CPU to lớn 4.9GHz quite easily, even with its small VRM. We set VCore lớn 1.3v, LLCs to Turbo, XMP lớn enable, and nothing else. While the motherboard was tested using our Dominator Platinum kit, the motherboard wasn"t able to overclock it with XMP khổng lồ 3200MHz, but it was able lớn overclock two more kits to 3600MHz, so use the QVL.

Compatible Memory Overclocking Kits

In this section, I overclock four memory kits only using XMP, if the kit works then the results are below. I welcome memory vendors lớn send in their kits to lớn be tested on each motherboard.

Patriot Viper LED 3600MHz C16 8GBx2


These tests are done out of the box, so I have decided to lớn include whether or not the vendor has implemented some type of default overclocking, such as multi-core enhancement. Multi-core enhancement is when the motherboard vendor pushes all cores lớn maximum turbo speeds instead of just one or two. MCE as I will điện thoại tư vấn it, can cause instability if your CPU isn"t great, and we would hope vendors would have it off by default, but it does offer a không tính phí performance boost out of the box.

Some motherboards also might increase the BCLK a bit over stock khổng lồ score higher, và some might even mess with the turbo boost table. If we standardize settings, then most motherboards should perform the same, but in this case, we haven"t. Overall, the Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 is not using multi-core enhancement by default, but it"s performing quite well in our tests. We just tested more of the motherboards in these charts, and it seems that Multi-core enhancement has been toned down a lot recently.

System IO Benchmarks

CrystalDiskMark SATA6G:


The Z370 Aorus Gaming 3"s M.2 scores are excellent, the lowest score on the charts is from the 950 Pro that was replaced with the KC1000. SATA scores are also quite solid, and networking is pretty good.


Audio RMAA 5.5:

I disable all audio features, set the correct bitrates, và then demo the audio with a loopback test.


Sound Judgment by Ear: Excellent. I was very surprised by how well the motherboard handled the audio tests. There are five ratings for audio: 1. Problems, 2. Okay, 3. Acceptable, 4. Very good, 5. Excellent


Note on Thermal Images: In the temperature section, we use our Seek thermal imaging camera to lớn capture the surface temperatures of major components on the board. I look at the VRM và then all other things that light up the screen. If there is something khổng lồ worry about, then I will state it. Otherwise, I will just show the hotter running parts of the board for fun. Unless some component is over 80-90C, then there isn"t anything lớn worry about.

All systems will act differently, so I will look for commonalities, such as how far from the VRM the heat spreads through the PCB and the difference in temperature between the front side và backside of the PCB. Keep in mind, the majority of the heat from the VRM goes into the PCB as it is a giant soldered on copper heat sink. A larger difference in temperature between the back và front of the PCB points towards a more effective heat sink.


Thermal Testing at Stock Speeds:

The image on the left is always at idle, & the image on the right is at load. During ALL TESTS, fans to the right of the motherboard from the (Corsair H110i) radiator are left on automatic mode (ramps with internal block temperature). Additionally, a 120mm tín đồ is situated right above the VRM, & it blows down at a medium rate (very quiet). Thermal Images are taken at loop 15 of hãng sản xuất intel Burn Test


Full frontal.


Up-close of the front of the VRM.


Up-close of the back of the VRM.

Thermal Testing at 4.9GHz/1.3v Overclocked Speeds:


The image on the left is always at idle, and the image on the right is at load. During ALL TESTS, fans to lớn the right of the motherboard from the (Corsair H110i) radiator are left on automatic mode (ramps with internal block temperature). Additionally, a 120mm fan hâm mộ is situated right above the VRM, and it blows down at a medium rate (very quiet). We standardize this demo with a 4.9GHz on all cores with 1.3V real under load và take pictures at the 80% mark of HandBrake rendering a 4K video.


Up-close of the front và back of the VRM.

The Z370 Aorus Gaming 3"s thermal performance is acceptable. The VRM at stock is decent, but when we overclock, we see front side temperatures go over 70C. We see the same performance on GIGABYTE"s other motherboards with this same exact VRM setup. I highly recommend solid VRM airflow if you are going khổng lồ overclock this high. Anything under 60C is great, 60-80C is acceptable, và anything above 80C is a bit worrisome (if at stock).


What"s Hot, What"s Not và Final Thoughts

Here are key points about the GIGABYTE Z370 Aorus Gaming 3.

What"s Hot

Simple: The Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 is a very simple motherboards targeting gamers. It features the Killer Gaming NIC, five fully configurable fan headers, RGB support, and support for all platform features. On đứng đầu of the platform features, the only feature that might be considered an expensive extra is USB 3.1 và you get both type-A and type-C on the rear IO panel.

RGB LEDs: GIGABYTE integrated RGB LEDs into the motherboard, but they didn"t go overboard, which is nice. On vị trí cao nhất of that, they added two RGBW headers, & two 12v/5v digital RGB LED headers. I was very surprised to see that type of RGB LED support on a motherboard at this price point.


Fan Control: We find five hybrid tín đồ headers on the motherboard, và they can all be easily controlled through the UEFI or System Information Viewer in Windows.

OC Button and Header: Some of you might remember those old systems from the 90s that had "Turbo" buttons on the motherboard, and GIGABYTE is trying to lớn bring that back. The motherboard has a button on the rear IO panel just for overclocking, & they added a synchronized header. The header offer you the ability to repurpose buttons và LEDs on your cases front panel, so you can change your reset or nguồn button khổng lồ an OC button, và the nguồn or HDD light to indicate the overclock is in place.

Dual BIOS: We bởi find two BIOS ROMs on the motherboard for extra protection.


What"s Not

No SLI: Since the main PCI-E x16 slot is routed directly to the CPU it"s not possible for SLI to lớn work on this motherboard.

Final Thoughts

The GIGABYTE Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 is a solid motherboard with a lot of platform features và a nice amount of gaming features. While some people might not care for RGB LEDs, a lot of others do. The RGB LED tư vấn on this motherboard is more than I expected, with a total of four headers, two standard RGBW and two digital/addressable.

I also liked the OC button and the new type-C header, & the absence of large video outputs on the rear IO was also a nice touch. If you are looking for a solid Z370 motherboard that won"t break the bank, give the Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 a look.


The Bottom Line: If you need a basic Z370 gaming motherboard at a reasonable price & solid features, you should consider the Z370 Aorus Gaming 3.


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Steven Bassiri

Steven went from a fledgling diễn đàn reader in 2003 lớn one of the internet"s brightest tech stars by 2010. Armed with an information systems degree, a deep understanding of circuitry, and a passion for tech, Steven (handle Sin0822) enjoys sharing his deep knowledge with others. Steven details products down khổng lồ the component cấp độ to highlight seldom explained, và often misunderstood architectures. Steven is also a highly decorated overclocker with several world records.

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