Gigabyte Aorus Z270X-Gaming K5 Motherboard In Detail
Gigabyte’s Aorus Z270X-Gaming K5 is currently the lowest priced board we'll be showing you here today. Though it is available for under $160 at the moment, it features a ton of sought-after features, typically found on more expensive boards. In fact, a muted color scheme and fewer LEDs are the main differences between this board and the company’s pricier Aorus Gaming 7, which makes the K5 a tempting and more affordable option for gamers on a tight budget.
|CPU:||Intel Core i7 processors - LGA1151|
|Chipset:||Intel Z270 Chipset|
|Multi GPU:||Supports NVIDIA 2-Way GPU SLI Technology
Supports AMD 2-Way CrossFireX Technology
|Memory:||4 x DIMM, 64GB max Dual-Channel DDR4 up to 3866MHZ OC|
|Audio:||8-Channel Sound Blaster X-Fi MB5 + ALC 1220 120DB SNR HD Audio w/ Built-in Rear Audio Amp|
|Connectivity:||LAN: Killer Ethernet GbE|
|Slots:||3x PCIE 3.0 slots (x6/x8/x4)
3 x PCIe 3.0 x1 Slots
|Storage:||1 x NVMe U.2, 2 x M.2 supports, 6 x SATA3 6Gb/s port(s), 3 x SATA Express ports
|USB 3.1:||4 x USB 3.1 w/ USB Type-C support
|USB 2.0:||6 x USB 2.0 ports (4x via internal header)
|Form Factor:||ATX 305cm x 244cm
Standout features on the Gigabyte Aorus Z270X-Gaming K5 include 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (x6/x8/x4), a single x1 PCIe slot, support for two M.2 SSDs plus a U.2 NVMe SSD, and dual yellow-colored Gen 1 5Gbps USB 3.1 ports on the rear I/O panel that feature USB DAC-UP 2 support, which supplies cleaner power to USB audio devices like headsets, speakers and mics.
There are two more standard Type-A USB 3.1 ports, a blue 5Gbps port mounted above a red 10Gbps Gen 2 port, and a 10Gbps USB 3.1 Type-C
The Gigabyte Aorus Z270X-Gaming K5 is also dotted with 4-pin fan headers throughout, and it features AMP-UP 8-channel audio by way of a Realtek ALC 1220 codec, complemented by Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi MB5, Killer Ethernet, and RGB lighting that can be controlled and customized from within the included RGB Fusion app.
In the end, the Gigabyte Aorus Z270X-Gaming K5 is a high quality, though value-driven product. Performance is solid, however, and overclocking was a breeze. The board's UEFI BIOS also offers comprehensive fan profile controls should you want to fine tune the cooling configuration.