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Gigabyte Aorus Z270X Gaming 7 Build

by BoyScout



Date Published

Jan. 12, 2017

Date Built

Jan. 9, 2017

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

38.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

73.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

41.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C


This build features the brand new Aorus Z270X Gaming 7 motherboard from Gigabyte as well as an Intel Core i7-7700K. Be sure to check out the build video and cable management / RGBW lighting install video to see how we put it all together.

A big thanks to Gigabyte for providing the motherboard, processor and video card used in this build. And thanks to Thermaltake for providing the CPU cooler!

Now on to some benchmarks:

Benchmark 3DMark Score Graphics Test 1 Graphics Test 2 Physics Test Combined Test
FireStrike v1.1 18214 110.52 FPS 90.31 FPS 45.12 FPS 40.3 FPS
FireStrike Ultra v1.1 5351 29.64 FPS 19.13 FPS 45.01 FPS 12.92 FPS
Game Settings Resolution FPS
Overwatch Epic 2560x1440 126 FPS
Overwatch Ultra 2560x1440 172 FPS
Battlefield 1 Ultra 2560x1440 102 FPS
Battlefield 1 High 2560x1440 114 FPS

If you have any questions about the build let me know!

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MayhemDarkshadow 4 points 3 months ago

Every time I see builds with the Evolv ATX Glass it makes me want to ditch my current case and buy one

whirichardson 4 points 2 months ago

and I have one! LOL

XidaxObliterator 3 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Was gonna say you deserve a feature but then saw the build video link. :P xD

DasLeo 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

I really like the way the light comes out of the front right and left. Can you tell me where you put the LED straps to get that look or maybe post another picture of them?

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

It's basically looped (somewhat loosely) down behind the front panel. I don't have a picture handly, but the easiest way to see how Barry did it is to watch the cable management time lapse around the @3:40 mark.

DasLeo 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Thx BoyScout, didn't get the video at first sight.

TestTickle 1 point 3 months ago

How do those light strips work?

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

It's a generic RGBW LED lighting strip we picked up off of Amazon. It's 5m long, but you can cut at specific points to shorten as needed. They come with a controller and power supply, but we didn't use them. Instead, the strip is connected to the RGBW header available on the motherboard, which can then be controlled via software or the BIOS.

I_Need_Big_Drink 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

It works with gigabyte software, do you know if that model works with Asus aura?

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

Are you asking if the LED strip would work with an Aura header on ASUS motherboard? Or if the Aura-ready strips would work on this motherboard?

These are RGBW strips, so they are 5-pin instead of the 4-pin type that you'd get with the typical RGB strips used with Aura headers (CableMod Widebeams, etc). The Gigabyte motherboard supports both 4 and 5 pin strips, with the ability to re-order the R/G/B pins via software if needed; just make sure it's a 12V strip, not 5V (such as the HUE+ uses).

I_Need_Big_Drink 1 Build 3 points 3 months ago

Yeah I was wondering if they would work with aura headers. Interesting that gigabyte has support for both types. They did really well with this mobo.

Lyrix 1 point 3 months ago

wow! o_o amazing!

vycelord 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Its... Beautiful

fernando_ciam 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Did you experienced coil whine with that g1?

Ciscokid78 1 point 3 months ago

How have you configured the airflow? I'm looking at this very same case, but debating on a closed loop water cooler like the Kraken X62 and perhaps the water cooled Gigabyte GTX 1080 Xtreme.

theboss8686 1 point 3 months ago

is the barracuda noticebly loud and is it trustworthy? (ive only used wd but the black series that offers more space is pretty loud)

kurtstir 1 point 3 months ago

Oh my god! That build looks like a cyberpunk dystopian city. I @#$%ing love it!

Strange_Symptoms 1 point 3 months ago

Complete novice here getting ready to build first ever computer. Could you answer the following questions please:

(1) Can I substitute the Gigabyte GA-Z270X-Gaming 7 ATX LGA1151 with the Asus STRIX Z270-E GAMING ATX for price reasons? Or do you believe the extra cash is worth it? (2) Can I substitute the Plextor for a Samsung 850-Evo 500gb? Is Plextor better? (3) Can I use the Asus GTX 1080 STRIX or will their be compatibility issues? (4) Can this build look reasonably well with the white/grey version of the Phanteks Enthoo? (5) Do I need any case fans? I planned on using white LED fans. (6) Could you check my current build and critique it? It's a lot to ask but I'd appreciate it. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/sV2jqk ($2600 Budget)

Some of these may be obvious questions but I'm clueless. There's a lot to answer, but all responses will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance if you respond!

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

(1)/(3)/(6) For "swapping-out" compatibility questions, the easiest thing to do for most of these questions is take our part list and edit it to see what's compatible. Also, for feedback on your specific build, I'd recommend heading over to the forums where you can get a good variety of ideas and thoughts.

(2) We chose the Plextor so we could showcase NVME performance. Depending on the specific model we are comparing against, the Plextor M8Pe should be about 4 times faster than the 850-EVO on reads and 2-3 times faster on writes. It's not likely to perform quite as good as the 860's that are just starting to show up at retailers, but given the current prices, it's a pretty good value for the performance boost at the moment.

(4) That's a pretty subjective thing to answer, but the black/white + RGB nature of the Gigabyte/Aorus Z270X Gaming 7 motherboard gives you a lot of leeway. It would definitely complement a white case nicely as well.

(5) If you're looking at other models, you'd need to double check what's included, but I believe the assorted variants of the Enthoo Evolv ATX come with 3 fans (two mounted in the front, on in the back). That's pretty decent coverage, especially with a radiator/AIO cooler added in the mix. Of course, if you want to replace the existing fans with LED fans, then that would work as well.

xavier845 1 point 3 months ago

Hi, i'm a bit of a noob when it comes to building computers so i have a small question about this build, that is, aren't the case fans needed to this build ? if no why ?

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Howdy xavier -- welcome to the site!

The case we used in this build already includes 3 fans pre-installed. There are two at the front of the case, pulling air in and pushing it across the motherboard (and GPU). There's another at the back of the case, exhausting air out of the back.

The radiator for the Thermaltake closed loop water cooler ("CLC") for the CPU is mounted at the top of the case, and adds three more fans exhausting air out the top of the case.

xavier845 1 point 3 months ago

Hello, thank you !

Soo if i make this build i don't have to worry about the possibility of overheating the motherboard or cpu ?

Sorry for english :D

Rimai 1 point 3 months ago

Which MoBo (Aorus Z270 Gaming 7 or MSI Z270 Pro Gaming Carbon) will be better for Audio Recording and Video editing? I'm planning to build one.

BadBacon3 1 point 3 months ago

I'm a noob at building and plan to build a pc soon. I have two questions though particularly about the case and cooling. (1) Could I get a 2 fan AIO cooler and put it in front for better cooling so it is pulling in cold air instead of pushing out hot air on top? (2) Did you overclock this? If so how far? (3) Would the Asus MAXIMUS IX HERO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard also be compatible with this case? Thanks for the help!

BadBacon3 1 point 3 months ago

This is currently my list by the way. https://pcpartpicker.com/user/BadBacon3/saved/LXGxrH

whirichardson 1 point 2 months ago

Okay BoyScout that is one awesome build! Special to me as I am working on my Phanteks Evolv ATX Glass build too. Really like the idea of wrapping the LED starting in back to front fans to other side routing since both sides are glass. Big +1 for the cable mgmt youtube too!

Question, are the Thermalake hub/controllers on the backside for managing the cooler?

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

are the Thermalake hub/controllers on the backside for managing the cooler?

Kind of -- the Thermaltake hub is splitting fan control from the motherboard header (@5:48 and @8:17 in the build video), giving the motherboard control over the radiator fans' speed. The buttons you see on the hub only control the RGB LED color / pattern.

whirichardson 1 point 2 months ago

Ah you are using the CPU_FAN header to manage the water AIO via the UEFI bios fan control then? I've been working on figuring out since I have air cooler for now whether to use the PWM hub for the other chassis fans I'm going to add or use the mobo FAN-1, etc to manage them. Lots of reading on just fans..

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Sorry -- missed your question here. Yes, we're using CPU_FAN to control the radiator fans and CPU_OPT to control the pump via the UEFI/BIOS and "Smart Fan" software Gigabyte offers. It also manages the case fans which we connected (via the Phanteks case hub) to SYS_FAN3. (All the fan headers on the board support PWM or Voltage mode, btw.)

matics27 1 point 2 months ago

Hey sorry to bother you but Im a little bit desperate to resolve this issue. I'm currently doing a first time build with the same exact case and cooler, with the only difference being my motherboard which is an Asus Maximus VIII Hero. I've already hooked everything up and plugged the aio pump into the w_pump header, but after seeing how you did it differently I'm confused as to how to hook up the thermaltake controller while powering the case fans at the same time.

I watched your video through most of my building process as a reference, and I also read this comment I'm replying to where you mentioned you're using the CPU_FAN header for the radiator fans and the CPU_OPT header for the aio pump.

My question is with those two headers being populated, where do I plug in the case hub CPU_FAN cable into? The reason I ask is because all the case fans are still connected to the case hub, so in this situation should I unplug all the case fan cables from that hub and plug them in directly to the cha fan headers on my motherboard? Sorry for the long message and thanks for your time.

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

The case fan hub has a connector that plugs into one of the System/Chassis headers. It's acting as a splitter for the assorted case fans to just be controlled by a single fan header. For example, with our board, we used SYS_FAN3 @5:14.

saufihanif 1 point 1 month ago

You says "CPU_OPT to control the pump via the UEFI/BIOS and "Smart Fan" software Gigabyte offers" i din'd get it....can you teach me please Sorry for my weak language..:)

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

What part do you still need help with? Are you asking about configuring the fan/pump speed in the BIOS/Gigabyte software or where to connect the pump/fans on the motherboard?

martin8aw 1 point 2 months ago

Does this board have built-in Wi-Fi?

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

No, you'd have to add your own adapter for WIFI with this motherboard.

martin8aw 1 point 2 months ago

Ok, thank you!

TREXMAN 1 point 2 months ago

bruh were do you come up woth this

TREXMAN 1 point 1 month ago

how much room is between the GPU and the CASE thinking about making this computer and water cooling it

gmcenroe 1 point 1 month ago

This is one of the nicest builds I have seen with this case. Have you compared radiator configurations between front mounted radiator vs top mounted as show in your pictures? Are your running any fans above the radiator as well or just the three ones below? Great job and nice color and photos. Thanks for sharing

MuchLinux6500 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Wow. Just amazing!

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