Aorus Z270X-Gaming 9 Motherboard Review

RGB LEDs & Software
As I mentioned in the introduction of this review this motherboard is totally outfitted with RGB LEDs! You have LEDs on the rear I/O cover, audio cover, under each of the four PCI-Express x16 slots, around the CPU socket, on the memory slots, on the PCH heatsink, and finally you have the accent bar on the edge of the board. This does not include the rear I/O shield and the two RGB headers on this board!

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By default when you first power this motherboard on the LEDs are always on (static) and are red as you see in the photos above. You can control the LEDs within Windows using the RGB Fusion software. This software includes basic and advanced settings. Under basic you can set the LEDs to pulse, react to music, color cycle, be static, flash, random (which will randomly flash), wave, and intelligent.


When selecting static you get to choose the color from the color wheel and set the brightness value from 0-100%.


The Pulse option gives you the same settings except you can speed up or slow down the pulse effect.


The intelligent option will actually change the colors based on whats going on in your system. If you have it set to CPU Usage for example if its under 20% the LEDs will be green, 21-40% they’ll be yellow, and above 41% they’ll be orange.


Moving down to the Advanced section we can individually program the LED sections. The sections you can control independently are rear I/O shield, rear I/O cover (led 1), rear I/O cover (led 2), audio cover (led 1), audio cover (led 2), PCI-E, CPU, Memory, accent bar, PCH heatsink.


Here is what our board looks like with each section illuminated a different color.

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On thing that is really cool about the LEDs on the rear I/O cover and the audio cover is that there are two sections so you can make a pretty cool effect.

Aorus Z270X-Gaming 9 Motherboard

On each individual section you can set it to static, pulse, flash, or custom. On custom you can set “color stops”, which allow the LEDs on the section to transition from color to color. You can set the duration of the color and the duration of the transition. I found that 3 seconds for the duration of the color, and 5 seconds for the transition make a really cool effect.


The software allows you to have three different lighting profiles. There is also the option to import and export profiles. It would be really cool if Aorus had a community site where users could share RGB Fusion profiles.

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