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Third Party Review

Author: Sorin Serban

Gigabyte’s Z370 Aorus Gaming Seven is the most feature-rich of the competitors, with twin Gigabit Ethernet and dual USB 3.1 Gen2 controllers. Still, it lacks an inbuilt Wi-Fi module, unlike the others. The ROG Strix Z370 motherboards are ready for war, with aesthetics inspired by razor-sharp blades and luxury color options to suit any mood. They are also packed with the critical ROG engineerings you need to push performance as far as you dare. The ROG Strix Z370-H Gaming is packed with overclocking and cooling advancements that will keep the temperature of your gaming system under control even when you crank up the settings. It provides overall authority over all-in-one (AIO) coolers fans. Auto-Tuning mode wisely sets up all specifications with a single click when cooling with water or air, saving you effort and time.

Who should be interested in this board?

One operational amplifier provides voltage gain, while the other serves as a buffer. NVMe SSD RAID support is provided via two PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slots, resulting in a remarkable performance improvement. Utilize 2 M. 2 slots and a PCIe x16 slot to produce a RAID setup, enabling you to make the most of the world’s fastest information transfer speeds. With such specs, this motherboard is excellent for gaming. Whether you are a pro or a newbie, you will appreciate the performance of this motherboard. The ROG Strix Z370-H Gaming is designed with excellent connectivity in mind to provide you with the best gaming experience possible. You’ll transmit data quicker, eliminate latency, and experience no-delay downloads, giving you more time to focus on winning more games.

What sets this board apart?

In addition to the five fan headers surrounding the CPU, the motherboard has a second regular RGB LED header at the top edge of the chassis. The SATA ports are oriented forward beside the upper USB 3.0 front-panel header, avoiding mechanical disturbance with long growth cards. Additional mounting points for optional 3D-printable shrouds have been strategically positioned in strategic spots.

The audio header on the front panel of the Strix Z370-E Gaming has been shifted around an inch forward of its normal position to assist builders whose cables are a touch short. There’s also a header for old serial-port breakout plates, which seems out of place on a motherboard aimed at the gaming market, but we’ll make do with it.

Below that, you can find:

The front panel LED/button header includes a basic Intel pin plan. The PC Speaker and alternate (3-pin spacing) power LED segments are added towards the forward edge to distinguish it from the rest of the board.

What should users know about it?

A short glance at the specifications reveals that the device is primarily intended for high-end users. Two ASM3142 controllers in the back supply Type-C and Type-A ports independently and a newfangled USB 3.1 Gen2 connector in the front, both of which are capable of 10Gb/s. Shared resources have even been reduced to the bare minimum, allowing all of the SATA ports and M.2 slots to function simultaneously in specific configurations. The 2nd M. 2 port can be set to 2 lanes to allow the SATA ports it takes, and the upper M. 2 slot needs a SATA port if it is filled with a SATA drive. At this moment, performance enthusiasts are mainly concerned with NVMe SSDs, with SATA drives being reserved for backup purposes. This award-winning motherboard also comes with:

Concluding thoughts

Featuring the most up-to-date Intel Ethernet (I219-V) technology for quicker and more fluid gameplay, Intel Ethernet controllers collaborate with their respective CPUs and chipsets, eliminating CPU overhead while providing high-speed TCP and UDP throughput. They allow for more power to be allocated to gaming and other applications. Thanks to features like dual M.2, Gigabit LAN, Intel Optane Memory support, and USB 3.1 (super speed), connectivity is sped up.