The GIGABYTE X470 Aorus Gaming 7 Wi-Fi is specifically aimed at gamers looking to make the most of the benefits of AMD’s newest AM4 based chipset, X470. Like most major vendors, GIGABYTE has partitioned its gaming range under the Aorus brand, including waves of RGB enabled components and a more aggressive style than the regular line of products. The Gaming 7 hopes to push Aorus as a brand, retaining the everlasting aesthetics and stylings GIGABYTE offerings have been notable for.

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The GIGABYTE X470 Aorus Gaming 7 Wi-Fi Overview

The GIGABYTE X470 Aorus Gaming 7 Wi-Fi is a premium offering aimed primarily for gamers with a wide variety of popular features such as RGB backlighting, a large power delivery heatsink, and support for DDR4-3600 right out of the box. The biggest refinement from GIGABYTE from the X370 line-up is a souped-up power delivery heatsink which one would expect from an older generation X38 motherboard such as the ASUS Maximus Formula SE with its large copper direct heat pipe and large stack aluminum fin array. The new heatsink garnered praise during its unveiling at the GIGABYTE booth at CES 2018 the day before AMD's Tech Day where AMD unveiled their 2018 roadmap.

The X470 Gaming 7 currently sits as GIGABYTE's flagship AM4 motherboard and for the price, aims to offer users a premium motherboard, at a reduced cost in comparison to companies such as what ASUS and ASRock charge for their bellwether boards. 

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. The single RJ45 LAN port is powered by a standard Intel I211-AT GbE LAN chip, while the onboard audio features the more up-to-date Realtek ALC1220-VB audio codec; in addition to the codec is a single ESS SABRE 9018 DAC for a more defined range of audio and steps up the game on boards just featuring a single codec. While this latest AM4 variant is dolled up with Bluetooth 5 support, the X470 Gaming 7 sports a built-in 2T2R Wi-Fi due to the integration of Intel's new 9260NGW 802.11ac Wi-Fi module with Wave 2 compatibility for the 11ac and 160 MHz wireless signals; Wave 2 compatible devices offer MU-MIMO capability and offers up to 3x the throughput over 802.11ac Wave 1.

One of the main improvements and refinements from X370 to the new X470 chipset is memory compatibility, and the ability to run faster DDR4. This is apparent as the X470 Gaming 7 has support for DDR4 memory up to speeds of DDR4-3600, with a maximum capacity supported over the four DRAM slots of 64 GB; the X470 Gaming 7 Wi-Fi does have support for ECC memory, although only for un-buffered modules.

In regards to storage, the GIGABYTE X470 Gaming 7 Wi-Fi features a total of six SATA 6 GB/s ports which allows users to run RAID 0, 1 and 10 arrays. 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.

 

The biggest win from the performance of the X470 Gaming 7 Wi-Fi came in Handbrake video conversion test where it consistently performed well and even managed to output the best result in the H.264 HQ test out of all the previous AM4 boards on test. Another positive result came in the POST time where cold booting times of under 16 seconds were attainable. On the other hand, the Gaming 7 Wi-Fi didn't deliver the kind of performance that a premium offering should with the result in Total War: WARHAMMER coming in at over 3 frames on average lower than other products we have tested. 

The GIGABYTE X470 Gaming 7 Wi-Fi does stamp its authority on the AM4 market with its old-school styled monolithic power delivery heatsink, uprated (on paper) onboard audio component selection and the inclusion of Intel's newer 9260NGW 802.11ac Wi-Fi Wave 2 capable module. It has everything you would expect from an RGB clad premium offering, perhaps the only neglected area being 10G Ethernet which would of most certainly topped the price up even further than the $240 asking price GIGABYTE has set. The $240 launch pricing also seems rather reasonable all things considered considering the previous flagship AM4 model from GIGABYTE still remains at $210. With audio usually being neglected, GIGABYTE is one of the few vendors who care on flagship models and it shows here with the new Gaming 7.  

What's the Script: X470 vs X370

With the launch of the new Ryzen 2 processors, it has brought about a refresh of sorts on the AM4 (code name 'Promontory') chipset. The socket is still the same (AM4), with AMD upholding its promise to have a long-lasting socket family. The chipset relative connections such as the six SATA 6 Gbps ports and USB 3.1 Gen 2 are still present from the previous generation X370 chipset. One of the primary benefits to these new motherboards is that they are not just backwards, but also forwards compatible. This means that both the first and second generation Ryzen processors will work, providing the relevant and latest firmware is installed onto the 1st generation AM4 motherboards including A320, B350 & X370.

One of the most notable improvements from X470 over X370 comes through the optimization for faster memory. Whereas B350/X370 had a number of memory compatibility problems at launch, which were mostly fixed by a wave of firmware updates, official support was still capped out at DDR4-3200. An improvement has been made this time around with the Zen microarchitecture moving to a new 12nm manufacturing process, but for more, you can check out our Ryzen 2000-series review. Even with the GIGABYTE X470 Gaming 7 Wi-Fi, memory with speeds of up to DDR4-3600 is supported out of the box with Ryzen's 2nd generation processors which do show that AMD has learned from their previous mistakes at launch in working with manufacturers to allay launch issues surrounding memory compatibility. 

The other major enrichment on the X470 platform isn't exactly new, but the new X470 chipset has support for the new StoreMI software which is essentially a rebrand of the Enmotus Fuzedrive storage acceleration software. Potential uses for this would be to boost already in use mechanical storage through caching, or taking all aspects of storage and memory such as an SSD (NVMe or SATA) and DRAM, and combining them all together into one location. The benefit of this is quicker access to the key and critical files stored, with the software optimizing where things should go. More about StoreMI and how it operates can be found here at this link.

For an added bonus, the newer X470 chipset also draws less power (4.8W) than the old chipset (6.8W) at load.

Overclocking with a Ryzen 7 1700

With the introduction of a new chipset, especially in relation to specific Intel chipsets, overclocking parameters and how overclocking is done usually changes somewhat; usually minor, but sometimes on a wider scale. The good news with the release of the new X470 chipset is that nothing is different whatsoever in relation to AM4 overclocking. Everything from voltages, to the multiplier, all the way to overclocking the base clock, is all the same as far as Ryzen processors go.

Our particular AMD Ryzen 1700 eight-core processor sample certainly can’t be considered as ‘good’ when it comes to overclocking headroom, but it is capable of 3.90 GHz at 1.375 V on even the most basic of compatible motherboards. This is fully stabled under Prime95 as well as OCCT and as it has been apparent, squeezing out small reductions in used voltage has been possible on boards using better power deliveries and components. An overclock of 3.90 GHz is easily achievable on all but the worst Ryzen silicon.

With only the CPU core ratio (x39 multiplier) and CPU Vcore voltage manually set to 1.375 V, the system booted into Windows 10 without issue and was stable throughout stress testing and within POV-Ray. With 1.375 V set within the BIOS, CPU-Z read out a CPU core voltage of 1.385 V while under maximum load.

 

Overclocking Results

Referencing back to the Biostar X370GTN review, our Ryzen 7 1700 CPU does have a limitation between 3.9 GHz and 4.0 GHz; at least on the boards we have tested thus far. This is down to silicon lottery and a combination of a sharp ramp of voltage to temperature is present when moving up each different step, especially above 3.70 GHz.

While an overclock of 4.0 GHz was manageable with our pretty average Ryzen 7 1700 ($299) processor, the proof is in the pudding that going from 3.90 GHz to 4.0 GHz provides good performance, although at the cost of thermals and overall power consumption.

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  • Ratman6161 - Thursday, July 26, 2018 - link

    In the text you say "is capable of 3.90 GHz at 1.375 V" but in the chart you say 3.9 at 1.325. Are you saying that less voltage was required on the x470 than in tests with previous chipsets? I have found that to be true in my particular case. I moved my 1700 from an Asrock B350 board where it was at 4.0 and 1.38. On my Prime x470 pro, the same CPU still will not hit 4.1 without more voltage than I'm willing to risk. So I stuck to 4.0 and reduced the voltage to 1.35 and its completely stable. Next I'm going to try lowering it even more to find the lowest voltage where its stable at 4.0.

    So even though I'm not hitting higher speeds, I'd say that hitting the same speed at lower voltages is a good thing.
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  • PhrogChief - Thursday, July 26, 2018 - link

    Yeah, took Latin for 4 years, actually thought they were bastardising ancient Egyptian with a homage to Horus, what with the bird and all. If it was me, I'd nuke EVERY.GDAM.ANIMAL, in computer hardware branding. I don't need a bank-robber on ASUS boards to make me want it. Gimme the chipset, a 'plus' or 'deluxe' and call it a day.

    Asus WS boards are my idea of perfect looking hardware.
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  • vkristof - Friday, July 27, 2018 - link

    So, it's middle of 2018, we a newish top-end AM4 "chipset" - WHY do we still only have two USB 3.1 10 Gbps ports on the rear panel?

    And why are they STILL not using USB 3.1 10 Gbps controllers/phys in the X470?

    I'm not a gamer AT ALL and I buy cost effective HW AND I still fall for the AM4 "chipset" descriptions that list x amount of USB 3.1 Gen 2/10 Gbps controllers in the B350, B450, B370, B470 "Chipsets".

    Why an extrenal Asmedia USB 3.1 Gen2/10 Gbps controoler and not the AMD "chipset" itself???
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  • utmode - Friday, July 27, 2018 - link

    instead putting RGB light they could have put more fan connector. Reply
  • Flappergast - Saturday, July 28, 2018 - link

    Why is this board get 5% less fps compared to the msi b350 - this board is for high end and 5% is a lot extra if you are looking at SLI - and I dot see why you would not at this price point Reply
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  • Dug - Thursday, August 2, 2018 - link

    Can we please get some m.2 and ssd benchmarks along with network benchmarks.

    And why are you using an older chip on new hardware? Can't Anandtech purchase a 2700x or 2800x?

    How about sound? Any measurements or at least some tests would be nice.

    4 year old graphics card?

    How about tests with both m.2 slots filled with a x16 graphics card to see if there is any performance hit?
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  • Mikewind Dale - Friday, February 1, 2019 - link

    "And why are you using an older chip on new hardware? Can't Anandtech purchase a 2700x or 2800x?"

    Probably because they want to keep their benchmark results inter-comparable. If they already have benchmark scores using a 1700 and an X370, then they want to be able to show how much faster the X470 is than the X370 using the same processor (the 1700).

    The purpose of a test bed is to keep every component the same except the one component being reviewed. So that means refraining from frequent upgrades to the test bed. If they constantly upgraded the test bed every time a new product came out, then none of the benchmarks would mean anything.
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  • Oxford Guy - Friday, August 10, 2018 - link

    "This is apparent as the X470 Gaming 7 has support for DDR4 memory up to speeds of DDR4-3600"

    Patriot guaranteed 3400 speed in July of 2017, even on B350 and A320 boards with Ryzen 1. This isn't so impressive, the idea that someone should fork over so much cash for a small bump over that.

    As for the heatsink... We all know that ASUS came out with a hybrid water/air VRM sink back in 2013 and Gigabyte also later released the same thing — but only for Intel. Funny how even Threadripper isn't important enough to get the kind of board tech ASUS and Gigabyte gave quad core CPUs, before LED lighting and ugly paint jobs was supposed to substitute for substance.
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