Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 Review

The Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 comes with that all-familiar “gaming” moniker. Could it be that this motherboard has all the brains, brawns, and bling to make it worthy of hardcore gamers’ money?

Let’s find out if the Gigabyte brand truly understands gamers and what we need from a motherboard.

Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 Review
Gigabyte Z370 AORUS Gaming 3 Intel LGA1151/ATX/2xM.2/Front USB 3.1/RGB...
  • Supports 8th Gen Intel Core Processors
  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • Intel Optane Memory Ready
  • ASMedia 3142 USB 3.1 Gen 2 with USB Type-C and Type-A
  • Front USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C Header

Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 Motherboard (Our Review) 

Overall Assessment 

The Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 motherboard lacks backward CPU compatibility, forcing users to invest in an 8th generation Intel processor. The price is slightly more than what we’ve seen from other Z370 chipset motherboards.

Yet, the Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 is good. Dare we say that it’s almost as excellent as the popular Gigabyte X470 Aorus Ultra Gaming

Supported Processors

The LGA 1151 socket on this motherboard supports only 8th and 9th generation Intel processors. While this may be limiting and sad news for gamers on a budget, it’s good.

You don’t want to go feeding your McLaren race car with sub-par fuel. The same is true for the Z370. This motherboard is an absolute beast when paired with the latest Intel CPUs. 

If you don’t want to work with Intel, you might fall in love with the equally capable Gigabyte B450 Aorus Elite. A sturdy AMD chipset powers this Aorus motherboard.

Memory

We thought that with a name like “Gaming 3,” Gigabyte would eliminate all the standard hardware limitations. Sadly, this isn’t the case. The Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 is capped at only 64GB of RAM. 

It may be DDR4 RAM, capable of reaching lightning-fast speeds of 4000MHz, but we would have loved to see more in this system. After all, the Gigabyte Z390 Gaming X allows you 128GB of system memory.

Overclocking

Gigabyte loves to spoil us with exceptional overclocking on their Aorus Z370 motherboards. The Gigabyte Z370XP SLI is a beast when overclocked. The same is true for the Z370 Aorus Gaming 3.

Overclocking is a breeze with access to 5x controllable fan headers and several temperature sensors to keep your motherboard running at lower temperatures. 

Peripherals

Gigabyte saved us costs by dropping some peripherals that only ever end up making the motherboard pricier. We’re talking about rarely-used features such as older PS/2 ports and an excessive amount of USB ports. Who needs more than 7 USBs?

The Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 comes with 6x SATA ports, 2x M.2 ports, and 8x USB ports. 4x PCIe x1 slots further help expand your new rig.

This great peripheral support and plenty of expansion options should keep most users satisfied.

Gigabyte Z370 AORUS Gaming 3 Intel LGA1151/ATX/2xM.2/Front USB 3.1/RGB...
  • Supports 8th Gen Intel Core Processors
  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • Intel Optane Memory Ready
  • ASMedia 3142 USB 3.1 Gen 2 with USB Type-C and Type-A
  • Front USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C Header

Audio and Networking

If you are a sound-fundi, you’ll be familiar with the impressive Realtek ALC1220 codec. This fantastic audio chip provides HD sound across 7 channels.

The Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 has no onboard Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. In our Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro Wi-Fi review, we saw how handy onboard networking is. This means you have to sacrifice one of the expansion slots to install an external Wi-Fi card if it’s necessary for your setup. 

Graphics

The Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 motherboard is AMD CrossFire capable. Users can install two AMD graphics cards across the 2x PCIe x16 slots to unlock amazing graphics on their new rig.

If you use Intel’s integrated graphics, you’ll be pleased with the HDMI port to connect your monitor. However, we’d suggest that you don’t go with the onboard graphics. Install an external graphics card and you’ll be able to play the latest games at proper resolutions. 

This motherboard does not support Nvidia SLI. 

Aesthetics

The Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 comes in a dramatic red and black color scheme with some sleek heatsinks. It’s a good-looking motherboard with some RGB headers for us to play around with.

Conclusion

It seems like Gigabyte’s Aorus range has some excellent motherboards. The Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 is another superb motherboard. It’s slightly pricier and lacks SLI, but it delivers sweet performance in a beautiful package.

Pros

  • Superb Intel i9 processor support
  • Fantastic audio
  • Plenty of USB ports
  • Great design
Gigabyte Z370 AORUS Gaming 3 Intel LGA1151/ATX/2xM.2/Front USB 3.1/RGB...
  • Supports 8th Gen Intel Core Processors
  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • Intel Optane Memory Ready
  • ASMedia 3142 USB 3.1 Gen 2 with USB Type-C and Type-A
  • Front USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C Header

Cons

  • No Wi-Fi or Bluetooth
  • Lacks Nvidia SLI support

Common questions about Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 motherboard

Is the Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 motherboard ATX or mATX?

The Z390 AORUS motherboard is a standard ATX form factor motherboard.

Will my Ryzen CPU work with the Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 3?

This motherboard only works with Intel CPUs, compatible with the LGA 1151 socket. AMD Ryzen processors are not compatible.

Does the Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 work with RGB Fusion?

The Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 works with RGB Fusion. Users can adjust onboard LED zones and any connected RGB lights with this software.

Customer Reviews

“This motherboard is well designed. It works great with my Intel 8700k processor. I even have RGB LEDs to show off with.”

Vishnu Kumar

5/5

“The software drivers are outdated and didn’t work with my version of Windows 10 until I downloaded the latest versions. Everything seems to work fine now.”

John Ford

3/5

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