Aorus is here! If you are wondering what Aorus is, it is Gigabyte’s new high-end gaming brand. It seems that Gigabyte wanted to really differentiate their different lines, so Aorus will effectively replace Gigabyte’s G1 Gaming line. Not only for motherboards, but graphics cards and other products as well. The first Aorus motherboards come to us from the Z270 line, in which Aorus has six motherboards. Today we will be taking a look at the flagship Z270X-Gaming 9, which has everything you would want on a Z270 motherboard, plus a lot of extras. You have a PEX8747 to enable 4-way graphics, the Creative Sound Blaster certified ZxRi audio solution, integrated EKWB G-Frost hybrid water block, dual M.2 and U.2 connectors, Killer DoubleShot-X3 networking, RGB LEDs galore, and so much more! Let’s jump in and see what this board is all about!
– Supports 7th/ 6th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors
– Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs, DDR4 4133+(OC)
– Intel® USB 3.1 Gen 2 with USB Type-C™ and Type-A
– 4-Way Graphics Support with Dual Armor and Ultra Durable™ Design
– EKWB G-Frost Hybrid Water Block
– Triple NVMe PCIe SSDs in RAID 0 Support
– Dual NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 U.2 Connectors
– Dual Ultra-Fast M.2 with PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA interface
– Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready
– Creative Sound Blaster certified ZxRi 120dB+ Audio
– Killer DoubleShot-X3™ Pro for the best networking experience possible
– USB DAC-UP 2 with Adjustable Voltage
– RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone LED Light Show design
– Swappable Overlay for Accent LED
– Smart Fan 5 features Multiple Temperature Sensors and Hybrid Fan Headers
– 2 External Thermistors Headers with 2 Included Thermistors
– Extreme 40 Gb/s Thunderbolt™ 3
– Integrated HDMI 2.0 Support
– GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™ with Q-Flash Plus USB Port
– APP Center Including EasyTune™ and Cloud Station™ Utilities
The Aorus Z270X-Gaming 9 comes in a typical motherboard retail box. On the front we have a large Aorus logo and emblems of some of the features that the motherboard has.
The front of the box sort of opens like a book so we can get a good at the motherboard in all its glory. On the inside there is also a large picture of the board in action showing off all of the RGB LEDs.
Moving around to the back of the box we are bombarded with all different types of information on the board. The main sections are lighting, audio, cooling, and connectivity. There is also a full overview of the rear I/O, which is nice to know before you purchase a motherboard.
Opening the box up and getting inside we have quite a lot of accessories. From left to right we have an Aorus door hangar, I/O shield, WiFi antenna, CrossFire connector, 3-way SLI bridge, 4-way SLI bridge, HB bridge, Aorus case badge, RGB header extension cable, two thermal probes, G-connector, two velcro cable ties, cable lables, six SATA cables, driver and utility disc, and the user’s manual.