In the lab: Aorus' Z270X-Gaming 8 motherboard


— 9:30 AM on February 15, 2017

The flood of Z270 motherboards continues unabated, and we've plucked a distinctly high-end one from the stream for you this morning. Gigabyte's Aorus brand is already off to a solid start with the Z270X-Gaming 5, and now we're examining the second-highest-tier board in the lineup: the Z270X-Gaming 8.

The feature list for this board is a mile long, but we'll try and pick the most important highlights. First off, this board is Thunderbolt 3-certified, thanks to the Intel Alpine Ridge controller wired to its USB Type-C port. It also boasts Creative audio hardware, a Burr-Brown DAC, and high-quality caps from Wima and Nichicon in its analog audio path. Thanks to its Killer Wireless-AC 1535 controller and E2500 Ethernet chip, this board can also take advantage of Killer's DoubleShot Pro networking mojo. Finally, this board's CPU power phases stay chilly thanks to an included Bitspower water block. We'll cover all there is to talk about with this board in our full review, but for now, it's already available on Newegg for $399.99.

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