Gigabyte Aorus Z270X-Gaming 9 Motherboard Review

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Power Consumption and Temperature

Using a P3 Kill-A-Watt meter, we will monitor the power consumption of the test system throughout all phases of testing.  We will track the highest and lowest readings for each test.

Gigabyte Aorus Z270X Gaming-9

Gigabyte Aorus Z270X Gaming-9 Power Consumption

While testing the base clock speed of the Gigabyte Aorus Z270X Gaming 9 system, we found it was pulling around 20W more power at idle, than the ASUS Sabertooth Z170 S test system with the same hardware.  Under a load, it went up to 295W of power, which is a bit higher than we expected.  Once overclocked, we saw the Z270X Gaming 9 go from 73W at idle to 273W under a full load; which is only 8W more than the base clock speed testing.

Gigabyte Aorus Z270X Gaming-9

Gigabyte Aorus Z270X Gaming-9 Temperatures

At idle, the Gigabyte Aorus Z270X Gaming-9 and Intel i7-7700K was right around 26.5C, once we put the system under a heavy load and the system heated up, it was reaching temperatures right around 51C.  As you would expect, when overclocked, the idle temperatures went up, reaching 30C while idle.  However, once we loaded it up, that jumped 88C.  Even at 88, while it is a fairly high temperature reading, it is within thermal limitations, and shouldn’t pose any issues.


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  • Krissya1a

    You are very correct that this is an incredibly well designed board with a plethora of features. Now that you know what is great about the bioard, here’s what’s not so great. Imagine my surprise after installing the board along with an I-7-7700k CPU and then after getting most of Windows installed in a triple boot system, finding out that neither Gigabyte nor Asus bothered with such minor details like LINUX DRIVERS. I was shocked at paying what I paid for this board to find out that it won’t run Linux, something every one of my older machines will do without adding anything extra, just stunning!

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  • Terry Perry

    Another M.B. has a 3 y warranty LOL try finding this in 3 years. Every 6-8 months a new one. I usually buy 2 boards just in case one goes out. Then i don’t have a worthless chip down the road my 2500 chip has 3 boards set up i switch the chip around.