GIGABYTE X470 Aorus Gaming 7 Wi-Fi Board Features

The GIGABYTE X470 Aorus Gaming 7 has all the hallmarks of being the best from their current range of X470 boards on paper, especially in regards to specific areas such as onboard audio and storage support. With everything you would expect from a motherboard from a vendor aiming directly towards gamers, the Realtek ALC1220-VB paired alongside a dedicated ESS SABRE DAC adds an element of quality not found on a lot of AM4 socketed offerings. Priced at $240, it is certainly competitive in a growing X470 market. Not to mention B350/X370 aren’t going anywhere either any time soon so there’s going to be more choice than ever.

The Dual NVMe supported M.2 slots and six SATA 6 Gbps top off a relatively feature packed full sized ATX offering with a plethora of RGB LED lighting for the users who care a lot about aesthetics. For gamers not wishing to be tied down to ethernet cables, GIGABYTE has included one of Intel's latest 9260NGW 802.11ac Wi-Fi Wave 2 modules to offer wireless connectivity to a network.

GIGABYTE X470 Aorus Gaming 7 Wi-Fi ATX Motherboard
Warranty Period 3 Years
Product Page Link
Price $240
Size ATX
CPU Interface AM4
Chipset AMD X470
Memory Slots (DDR4) Four DDR4
Supporting 64GB
Dual Channel
Up to DDR4-3600
Video Outputs N/A
Network Connectivity Intel I-211AT Gigabit
Intel 9260NGW 802.11ac Wi-Fi (Wave 2)
Onboard Audio Realtek ALC1220-VB
PCIe Slots for Graphics (from CPU) 1 x PCIe 3.0 (x16)
1 x PCIe 3.0 (x16) - runs at x8
1 x PCIe 3.0 (x4) - shares with M.2
PCIe Slots for Other (from PCH) 2 x PCIe (x1)
Onboard SATA Six, RAID 0/1/10
Onboard M.2 1 x PCIe 3.0 x4/SATA (top slot) - 22110
1 x PCIe 2.0 x4/SATA (bottom slot) - 2280
USB 3.1 (10 Gbps) 1 x Type-A
1 x Type-C
USB 3.0 (5 Gbps) 6 x Rear Panel (Type-A)
4 via Header
USB 2.0 2 x Type-A
4 via Header
Power Connectors 1 x 24-pin ATX
1 x 8-pin CPU
1 x 4-pin CPU
Fan Headers 1 x CPU (4-pin)
7 x System (4-pin)
IO Panel 1 x USB 3.1 Type-A (USB 3.1 Gen 2)
1 x USB 3.1 Type-C (USB 3.1 Gen 2)
6 x USB 3.1 Type-A (USB 3.1 Gen 1)
2 x USB 2.0 Type-A
1 x Network RJ-45
5 x 3.5 mm Audio Jacks
1 x S/PDIF
1 x Power/Reset Button
1 x Clear CMOS Button
2 x MMCX antenna connectors (2T2R)

The most notable exclusion is a U.2 port although considering this is their current flagship AM4 model; for the price of the board and the high-end segment this board is targeting, it wouldn’t have gone amiss, but the reasons for the exclusion remains understandable. Another omission is a PS/2 combo port which means only USB keyboard and mice can be used with the Gaming 7.

Test Bed

As per our testing policy, we take a high-end CPU suitable for the motherboard that was released during the socket’s initial launch, and equip the system with a suitable amount of memory running at the processor maximum supported frequency. This is also typically run at JEDEC subtimings where possible. It is noted that some users are not keen on this policy, stating that sometimes the maximum supported frequency is quite low, or faster memory is available at a similar price, or that the JEDEC speeds can be prohibitive for performance. While these comments make sense, ultimately very few users apply memory profiles (either XMP or other) as they require interaction with the BIOS, and most users will fall back on JEDEC supported speeds - this includes home users as well as industry who might want to shave off a cent or two from the cost or stay within the margins set by the manufacturer. Where possible, we will extend out testing to include faster memory modules either at the same time as the review or a later date.

Test Setup
Processor AMD Ryzen 7 1700, 65W, $300,
8 Cores, 16 Threads, 3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo)
Motherboard GIGABYTE X470 Aorus Gaming 7 Wi-Fi (BIOS F4c)
Cooling Thermaltake Floe Riing RGB 360
Power Supply Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1200W Gold PSU
Memory 2x16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-2400
Video Card ASUS GTX 980 STRIX (1178/1279 Boost)
Hard Drive Crucial MX300 1TB
Case Open Test Bed
Operating System Windows 10 Pro

Readers of our motherboard review section will have noted the trend in modern motherboards to implement a form of MultiCore Enhancement / Acceleration / Turbo (read our report here) on their motherboards. This does several things, including better benchmark results at stock settings (not entirely needed if overclocking is an end-user goal) at the expense of heat and temperature. It also gives, in essence, an automatic overclock which may be against what the user wants. Our testing methodology is ‘out-of-the-box’, with the latest public BIOS installed and XMP enabled, and thus subject to the whims of this feature. It is ultimately up to the motherboard manufacturer to take this risk – and manufacturers taking risks in the setup is something they do on every product (think C-state settings, USB priority, DPC Latency / monitoring priority, overriding memory sub-timings at JEDEC). Processor speed change is part of that risk, and ultimately if no overclocking is planned, some motherboards will affect how fast that shiny new processor goes and can be an important factor in the system build.

Many thanks to...

Thank you to ASUS for providing us with GTX 980 Strix GPUs. At the time of release, the STRIX brand from ASUS was aimed at silent running, or to use the marketing term: '0dB Silent Gaming'. This enables the card to disable the fans when the GPU is dealing with low loads well within temperature specifications. These cards equip the GTX 980 silicon with ASUS' Direct CU II cooler and 10-phase digital VRMs, aimed at high-efficiency conversion. Along with the card, ASUS bundles GPU Tweak software for overclocking and streaming assistance.

The GTX 980 uses NVIDIA's GM204 silicon die, built upon their Maxwell architecture. This die is 5.2 billion transistors for a die size of 298 mm2, built on TMSC's 28nm process. A GTX 980 uses the full GM204 core, with 2048 CUDA Cores and 64 ROPs with a 256-bit memory bus to GDDR5. The official power rating for the GTX 980 is 165W.

The ASUS GTX 980 Strix 4GB (or the full name of STRIX-GTX980-DC2OC-4GD5) runs a reasonable overclock over a reference GTX 980 card, with frequencies in the range of 1178-1279 MHz. The memory runs at stock, in this case 7010 MHz. Video outputs include three DisplayPort connectors, one HDMI 2.0 connector and a DVI-I.

Further Reading: AnandTech's NVIDIA GTX 980 Review

Thank you to Crucial for providing us with MX200/MX300 SSDs. Crucial stepped up to the plate as our benchmark list grows larger with newer benchmarks and titles, and the 1TB units are strong performers. The MX200s are based on Marvell's 88SS9189 controller and using Micron's 16nm 128Gbit MLC flash, these are 7mm high, 2.5-inch drives rated for 100K random read IOPs and 555/500 MB/s sequential read and write speeds. The 1TB models we are using here support TCG Opal 2.0 and IEEE-1667 (eDrive) encryption and have a 320TB rated endurance with a three-year warranty.

Further Reading: AnandTech's Crucial MX200 (250 GB, 500 GB & 1TB) Review

Thank you to Corsair for providing us with Vengeance LPX DDR4 Memory

Corsair kindly sent a set of their Vengeance LPX low profile, high-performance memory. The heatsink is made of pure aluminum to help remove heat from the sticks and has an eight-layer PCB. The heatsink is a low profile design to help fit in spaces where there may not be room for a tall heat spreader; think a SFF case or using a large heatsink.

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  • 29a - Thursday, July 26, 2018 - link

    Just don't turn them on and what seems to be a major source of stress in your life will go away. Reply
  • 29a - Thursday, July 26, 2018 - link

    Is it me or is this article hard to read? Here are some examples of strange sentences.

    "While not a budget board in any sense of the phrase ($240), the selection of controllers highly the potential upturn in cost for the X470 Gaming 7. "

    "While the X370 predecessor to this board (GIGABYTE AX370 Gaming K7) did feature a single U.2 port, GIGABYTE has omitted to implement one onto the X470 Gaming 7. Instead, two M.2 slots are present with both offering support for NVMe PCIe x4 and SATA SSDs with both slots featuring their own individual stylish and functional M.2 heat sinks."
    Reply
  • vicbee - Thursday, July 26, 2018 - link

    I know, right? I think this article was voice to text - or whatever that's called, because there are simple words that are spelled wrong but sound correct, such as "..however the margins are theme." Are what? Reply
  • asmian - Thursday, July 26, 2018 - link

    Let's also call out "would of" instead of "would have", a schoolboy error any competent editor should have picked up. :( Reply
  • AdrianB1 - Thursday, July 26, 2018 - link

    The proper command of the English language is no longer required to write articles on Anandtech. Anand left a long time ago. Reply
  • hansmuff - Thursday, July 26, 2018 - link

    "The lackluster gaming results brings the overall results down, however the margins are theme."

    My sides. Really, Anandtech, you need to have an editor or at least rigid peer review. This article is written rather poorly.
    Reply
  • PhrogChief - Thursday, July 26, 2018 - link

    I specifically do not buy Gigabyte anymore because of the stupid name and silly eagle. What ever happened to the UD5, UD7, Formula OC? I'm sure I'm not the only one being lost to teenage 'gamer' marketing. I mean, is it so hard to come up with some non-lame marketing? Make it look nice with a slick name like Spectre, or whatever. So sick of stupid brands on electronics like the msi dragon and gigabyte, oh wait, AEOOORUSSSS, deformed bird. This isn't cereal. It's gdammed high tech. Make it slick and sophisticated. And make heatsinks that actually work again! Now get off my lawn!!! Reply
  • AdrianB1 - Thursday, July 26, 2018 - link

    Aorus is kind of a "Goldie"/"Goldish" for Latin languages. Gold in Latin is Aurum.

    I specifically don't buy Gigabyte because they save 1$ using Realtek LAN instead of Intel (an Intel chip is $1.75). The performance difference is small, but worth more than the extra $1 if one also considers drivers and reliability.
    Reply
  • Breadwinka - Thursday, July 26, 2018 - link

    But this is using an Intel Lan. Reply
  • AdrianB1 - Thursday, July 26, 2018 - link

    Correct. But only a couple from the dozen of variants are using Intel LAN, the ones with the most flashy and useless configuration for professional use. If you want a reasonable setup (no "gaming" or other childish features) then you only get Realtek LAN. I would gladly pay more than $10 for a decent mobo with Intel LAN. Reply

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