Intel released the 200 series platform in order to support the new Kaby Lake 7th generations CPUs.
Personally, I think that the new series of motherboards have more features as compared to the performance advantage of the new generation of Kaby Lake processors.
Having said that I believe that having a better motherboard is one of the selling points of making the shift to the new platform. Intel is also about to face a new threat in the form of AMD Ryzen CPUs, that too is another factor in the equation. The Gigabyte Aorus Z270X-Gaming is the motherboard that we are going to be talking about today.
How well does the new Core i7-7700K perform when paired with the Gigabyte Aorus Z270X-Gaming? If you wanted to know then you came to the right place as we are going to find out just that.
Aorus was previously the sub-brand of Gigabyte and it introduced premium laptops under that brand but now we are seeing that the company is branding everything gaming related under the Aorus name.
Gigabyte Aorus Z270X-Gaming Features
The Gigabyte Aorus Z270X-Gaming has the following features:
- 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
- 3-Way Graphics Support with Dual Armor and Ultra Durable™ Design
- Bitspower G-Chill 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 Pro Gaming Network + Intel Gigabit LAN
- 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
Gigabyte Aorus Z270X-Gaming Benchmarks
X264 HD Encode Benchmark
In this test we can see that the 7700K is on the top but not the very top as the previous generation X series CPUs still perform better. But we should expect as much comparing the prices of these CPUs. Overclocking the CPU gives some improvement in performance but we do not see a major difference, at least not in this benchmark.
Here we see that running at the stock frequency the 7700K does not stand a chance against the X series CPUs but overclocking this CPU brings some major performance improvements and we see the CPU climb closer to the top.
PCMark 8 reveals that overclocking this CPU to the max will turn it into a complete monster and it will be able to come out on top of the rest even the X series CPUs.
This benchmark reveals the same and while overclocking this CPU makes it perform better than most of the X series CPU, it does not manage to beat all of them.
Using the Gigabyte Aorus Z270X-Gaming motherboard we can see that the performance of the Kaby Lake series of CPU is better optimized as compared to the Skylake series but some would argue that this difference is not significant enough to warrant a CPU, motherboard upgrade and they would be right in thinking so.
Let us know what you think about the Gigabyte Aorus Z270X-Gaming motherboard.