Gigabyte's AM4 Flagship: The Aorus GA-AX370-Gaming K7 Motherboard

In preparation for Ryzen’s impending launch, OEMs have placed several AM4 motherboards up for pre-order. We now get a look at Gigabyte’s Aorus GA-AX370-Gaming K7 AM4 flagship, but you may not be able to pre-order it in your area.

They "neatest" feature of the Aorus AX370-Gaming K7 is its use of interchangeable RGB LED overlays that give additional customization options. The board also has RGB LEDs located around the RAM slots, PCI-E slots, audio hardware, and heatsinks. If you feel the need for more RGB LED lights, there are also two light strip headers on board.

As a flagship motherboard, AX370-Gaming K7 also boasts the best overclocking features out of Gigabyte’s AM4 product line up. It has numerous power phases covered by large heatsinks, and it supports two BIOS chips to ease recovery from a bad overclock. Gigabyte also equipped its Aorus GA-AX370-Gaming K7 with a third-party clock generator. Although most people will prefer to OC by raising the CPU multiplier, the added clock generator will make BCLK overclocking easier and more stable.

Gigabyte opted to use a unique audio configuration that consists of two Realtek ALC1220 audio codecs. One codec is devoted to the front audio ports, whereas the other one is used for the rear audio jacks. These codecs are also equipped with AMPs, relatively high-end capacitors, and various types of protection against EMI. Gigabyte also licensed Creative’s Sound Blaster X-Fi MB5 software to further enhance the performance of these chips.

The Aorus GA-AX370-Gaming K7 has a total of four USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports. Two USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A ports are connected to the X370 chipset, while a third is powered by an ASMedia controller. The ASMedia controller also supports a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port located on the rear I/O panel.

For storage connections, Gigabyte offers a total of eight SATA-III ports, an M.2 Key M slot, and a U.2 connector. The board also has two SATA-Express connectors, but these will almost certainly go unused, as virtually no SATA-Express devices exist.

There is currently no word on pricing or availability for the Aorus GA-AX370-Gaming K7 in the United States. It's available for pre-order in Canada for $219.99 CAD on Newegg, however, and if it's priced comparably stateside, it should be around $168 USD when it is released.

Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370-Gaming K7
ChipsetX370
Memory Support4 x DDR4-3200MHz
Onboard GraphicsHDMI1.4
Audio2 x Realtek ALC1220
Sound Blaster X-Fi MB5
LANIntel Gigabyte
Killer E2500
StorageM.2 Key M
U.2
2 x Sata Express
8 x Sata-III
USBUSB 3.1 Gen.2 Type-C
3 x USB 3.1 Gen.2-Type-A
7 x USB 3.1 Gen.1 Type-A
4 x USB 2.0
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  • ttt_2017
    Can any one explain to me why they added 2 Audio chips ?

    Usually when you use the front audio ports the rear ones will stop working .. that is the front will also use the same Audio chip but routed to the front instead of the rear ports..

    no one uses both Rear and front active at the same time ... what is the point Gigabyte ?
  • Sam Hain
    2422329 said:
    Can any one explain to me why they added 2 Audio chips ? Usually when you use the front audio ports the rear ones will stop working .. that is the front will also use the same Audio chip but routed to the front instead of the rear ports.. no one uses both Rear and front active at the same time ... what is the point Gigabyte ?


    Straight from their website: http://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/GA-AX370-Gaming-K7-rev-10#kf

    "No longer are you limited to quality audio from only the rear of your Gaming PC, the new AORUS AX370-Gaming K7 offers dual ALC1220 Codecs, a high-performance multi-channel high-definition Audio Codec with 120dB SNR. These Codecs offer crystal clear audio and features such as Smart Headphone AMP, 114dB SNR recording for precise voice chats and hardware decoding of DSD128, ensuring users get the best possible audio quality from their PC."

    "Automatically detects impedance of your head-worn audio device, whether earbuds or high-end headphones to provide optimal audio dynamics—preventing issues such as low volume and distortion. With the AORUS AX370-Gaming K7 incorporates dual Smart Headphone AMPs guaranteeing that users will have a plug-n-play experience whether they connect their headphones to the front or the rear of their system."
  • Purgatorysrath
    That is one Nice looking board with alot of goodies for sub 200 dollars! If in fact it sells that cheap. I would definately be in the Market for this.
    Edited: due to incompetent typing on my phone.