GIGABYTE Z370 Gaming WiFi (Wi-Fi)

Our next board in the GIGABYTE Z370 lineup is the Gaming WIFI. This board appears to find itself in the somewhere around the Gaming 3 and Gaming K3 in the product stack. The board uses the Creative Sound Core3D audio over the more traditional ALC1220 in a nod towards 'gaming'. As the name implies, the Gaming WIFI includes Intel WiFi in addition to the Intel NIC. 

On the appearance side of things, the Gaming WIFI looks strikingly similar to the Gaming 3. The difference here is the removal of the red parts to black parts, such as the all-black DRAM slots and all-black PCIe slots. The only red remaining comes from the back panel IO shroud, and the WIMA caps in the audio section. Otherwise, its the same board, appearance wise, from the PCH heatsink to the AORUS Falcon prominently stenciled on the board. We get RGB LEDs on the heatsink and audio separation line, but also LEDs around the VRM area on the Gaming WIFI. 

Memory support on this board is the same as the K3 and Gaming 3, supporting a capacity up to 64GB and speeds to DDR4-4000. The PCIe slot arrangement changes a bit and consists of two reinforced, CPU fed, full-length slots running at x16 and x8/x8, supporting AMD Crossfire and NVIDIA SLI, and another full-length slot running at x4 driven by the chipset PCIe lanes. Users will also see three PCIe 1x slots also fed from the chipset.

The board has six SATA ports, to the right of the PCH heatsink and parallel to the board. The M.2 slots are above the top PCIe 1x slot and the second is above the bottom, non-fortified full-length PCIe slot. They support drives in 110mm and 80mm length respectively. The Gaming WIFI has a total of five hybrid fan headers located around the board and can be controlled by the Smart Fan 5 application. Two RGBW headers and two digital LED headers are there to use if the included RGBs are not satisfactory. The onboard audio moves away from the Realtek ALC1220 codec and uses the Creative SOund Core3D audio, and has EMI shielding and uses Nichicon and WIMA audio caps. For networking, the Killer E2500 NIC found on the Gaming 3 is replaced by an Intel GbE LAN. This motherboard supports Thunderbolt 3 via an add-in card, and the connector for the card is located between the last full-length PCIe slot and the bottom 1x slot. 

USB 3.1 (10 Gbps) duties are handled by an ASMedia 3142 controller giving Type-C and Type-A ports on the back panel IO. From the chipset, there are a total of 10 USB 3.1 (5 Gbps) ports with six on the back panel and another four available through the internal USB headers. Also sourced from the chipset are two USB 2.0/1.1 ports through internal USB headers. Additionally, the Gaming WIFI gains two more USB 2.0/1.1 ports through a Genesys Logic USB 2.0 hub and can be accessed through internal USB headers as well. The rest of the back panel IO consists of a combination PS/2 port, the Intel 3165 WiFi adapter, an HDMI output, and a gold plated audio stack including a SPDIF port. 

The Gaming WIFI has an interesting set of features with the inclusion of Wi-Fi, and using the Creative Sound Core3D audio instead of the Realtek solution. This also gives users an option of using SPDIF which the Gaming 3 and K3 lack. Also supported is SLI.

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  • EricZBA - Friday, October 20, 2017 - link

    The Asus Strix Z370-G mATX may be up on Amazon's website, but it has been Out of Stock ever since the page went up with no shipping date in sight. NewEgg Canada has it out of stock and NewEgg's US website doesn't even have a page for it. To call it available is inaccurate. Reply
  • Rubinhood - Friday, October 20, 2017 - link

    Coffee Lake & related hardware is the new Duke Nukem Forever :) Reply
  • xchaotic - Monday, October 23, 2017 - link

    Well, I am typing this on Asus Strix Z370 I + i5 8400 PC so not entirely vaporware. People may be whining but it seems that Intel can't keep up with the demand... Reply
  • piiman - Thursday, October 26, 2017 - link

    got an 8600k today at Newegg. They still have stock after 4 hours so it looks like they may be starting to get large shipments. I7 is still out of stock though Reply
  • imaheadcase - Saturday, October 21, 2017 - link

    Amazon is different than newegg, if it says Out of Stock, if you order it it will ship when it comes in stock. Sometimes it will be same day even or next day. Amazon will only show "This item is not available" if completely out of stock for foreseeable future. They do this because it stops items from completely selling out right away so supply can be steady. Reply
  • Morawka - Saturday, October 21, 2017 - link

    I have found that Asus treats USA customers like a red headed step child. They will send units to the UK, australia, and all of Europe before they will send 1 single board to the USA.

    Some advice: Start looking at Overclockers.UK and have it imported to the USA.. The $30 DHL International shipping is faster than USPS Priority Mail or UPS International Express Saver. No VAT tax either.

    This is what i had to do to get a Rampage VI Extreme. Newegg hasn't gotten a R6E in stock for 2 months after the initial release batch.
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  • SpartanJet - Sunday, October 22, 2017 - link

    Does Asus USA cover warranty issues then since you bought it from UK? Reply
  • Xeres14 - Monday, October 23, 2017 - link

    Yeah I've been waiting on the Asus z370-g. I can't find an i7-8700k right now either so it's all right. Hopefully I'll be able to get both before Christmas (along with the rest of the upgrade). Reply
  • stuffwhy - Friday, October 20, 2017 - link

    This is so great. I find it increasingly difficult to find the right mainboard and this type of posting consolidates a lot of research time. Reply
  • SanX - Sunday, October 22, 2017 - link

    There are no "right" mobo here. Right future proof and super fast mobo has to be a dual-processor at least. Dual-SLI for example offers benefits for speed but in many cases the dual-chip is doing the same in simulations. Reply

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