Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Ultra Gaming 2.0 ... Review?

Test Setup and Clock Speeds

Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Ultra Gaming 2.0 ... Review?

Test Setup

Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Ultra Gaming 2.0
Intel Core i7-8700K
Corsair LPX 4000MHz
Corsair LPX 3200MHz
Corsair MP500 M.2
nVidia GTX 980
Corsair HX1000i
Corsair H110i GT
Corsair ML Fans

Memory Timings/Overclocking

As we explained in the video that accompanies today's review our BIOS for the AUG 2.0 was specifically tuned for our memory kit. Something we aren't big fans of having happen but we expected that the 2.0 revision of the Aorus Ultra Gaming would fix all the flaws of the original. In the same way that we do for any manufacturer we understand that the consumer is the gainer when there are plenty of genuine options and so want things to be shown in their best light. Otherwise we'd just throw a very basic 'guaranteed' overclock on there and pretend everything is okay rather than do what we do, which is to spend far more time than is sane on tuning everything to the optimum in the same manner that you, the user, would. Just because we've got loads of things to test doesn't mean that we shouldn't give everything our fullest attention because if you buy it on the basis of our recommendation only to discover a fatal flaw then everyone is unhappy.

Hence with this particular board we know that it was tuned for our kit at flat out speeds, but we wanted to ensure that everything scaled well at speeds and timings of the more affordable memory kits out there. Not that we're suggesting the Corsair LPX is some godly limited edition speed binned affair, merely that everyone has a personal preference and budget and we need to account for that. As you can see we got into Windows at 5 GHz and an in-BIOS 4000 MHz by moving the SystemAgent up to 1.2v and the VCCIO to 1.25v. All sensible numbers. We also had to turn the memory voltage DOWN from 1.4v to its XMP rated voltage of 1.35v. The fact we had to do this manually shows that whomever tuned the Gigabyte BIOS to match our kit didnt really do a great job and when considering the fact that without the VCCIO and SA voltages adjusting it wasnt stable for benchmarks shows they did no real testing. Its a great shame when we have proven in this regard the board is capable.


Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Ultra Gaming 2.0 ... Review?  


Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Ultra Gaming 2.0 ... Review?  


Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Ultra Gaming 2.0 ... Review?  


Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Ultra Gaming 2.0 ... Review?  

4000MHz @ 5GHz

Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Ultra Gaming 2.0 ... Review?  

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Most Recent Comments

11-05-2018, 14:19:12

Honest reviews ... knew there was a reason I keep coming back here.

Good work, hopefully saved some people from making a mistake. Funny, adding a 2.0 moniker really does make you think "improved" not just "different".Quote

11-05-2018, 14:30:17

Is the AM4 stuff just as whack Tom?

Gigabyte have really started to self destruct since they scrapped the dank green Assassin brand, I'm not even a "green" kind of guy and I loved the look. The assassin brand can make a really popular board imo with the current market share of Nvidia's GPU's and samey motherboards. Stop competing with ASUS, You will never win!Quote

11-05-2018, 16:46:43

This is SUCH a good review and I'm seriously happy I decided to read it. I just was picking parts for a PC build I'm doing for a friend and I read this article and I'm like....nope that gigabyte auros mobo can be removed right now.

I will not do a build with a time-bomb in the pc. I went with an MSI board, which I have used many times in the past (the brand not a specific board), and have never once had a problem with it.

Gigabyte on the other hand....I've had 4 boards in the past 3 years (two being my brothers PC builds) and all 4 have crapped out in less then a year, been beyond hot at idle (like the MOSFET and heat sink covers were junk), or just had random parts on it 3 fan headers in 2 months go bye bye for no reason.

I was going to give Gigabyte another chance...but not with this board and with the likes and looks of MSI/ASUS boards probably never again now haha.

Swing and a miss gigabyte, you dropped the ball hard....why is this a 2.0 release when nothing at all has been addressed... .__________.Quote

11-05-2018, 18:33:09

I was actually looking at getting the V1 for my Coffee Lake build but decided against it going by your 1.0 review and went with the Maximus X Formula instead.Quote

11-05-2018, 18:52:11

Well... this is disappointing, I was hoping that Gigabyte would be able to fix their issues with their 2.0 release.Quote

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