Gigabyte is a brand not new to many, but this is going to be the very first time a Gigabyte product is reviewed on our website. And the Gigabyte Aorus Z370 Gaming 5 will do the honors of being the very first.
The Aorus is a Gaming brand by Gigabyte which has products from gaming peripheral to custom laptops under their wings. And the Aorus Z370 Gaming 5 is one of their high-end 8th Generation motherboard, only second to their Gaming 7 motherboard. As the name suggests, this is a Z370 chipset based motherboard which means you’ll require an 8th Generation Intel Core CPU for it. The board itself features about 3 M.2 ports, 6x 6GB/s SATA ports, 2x Steel armored PCIe Slots, and an 8+3 power phase design.
As for the Z370 chipset itself, it was launched at the end of 2017. and compared to the 6th Generation which had 20 PCIe lanes, the Z370 chipset has 24 PCI lanes. There’s not much difference in the overall chipset structure from the previous Z270 chipset. Whereas we had USB 3.0 on Z270, we now have USB 3.1 so that’s double the speed. And the Z370 also supports PCIe SSD RAID configurations. Even though the chipsets are different, the socket is still the LGA1151 so you may actually be able to fit a 7th Gen CPU into this motherboard, but it wouldn’t work.
Getting back to the Gigabyte Aorus Z370 Gaming 5, let’s start the review with the unboxing video I made: