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Reportedly Gigabyte will offer a total of 11 Z370-motherboards and for this test they already supplied us with four models. Aside from the top model, the Z370 Aorus Gaming 7, we also tested the Z370 Aorus Ultra Gaming, Z370-HD3P and Z370-HD3. The last two boards are not a part of the gaming series and therefore do not have rgb-lighting and other aesthetic decorations, but do offer Intel Ethernet and in the case of the HD3P even USB 3.1 and ALC1220-audio. 

Gigabyte Z370 HD3 Gigabyte Z370 HD3P
The Gigabyte Z370-HD3 and Z370-HD3P.

The Z370 Aorus Ultra Gaming does fit into the gaming theme completely, with for example illuminated memory- and PCI-Express-slots. Under the name 'Thermal Armor', connectors at the back are completely removed from view and Gigabyte also built-in support for addressable RGB. You can add a 3D-printed cover to the lighting strip on the side with, for example, your own text on it. 

Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Ultra Gaming
The Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Ultra Gaming.

Gigabyte goes all-out on the high-end Aorus Gaming 7 with a separate headphone-DAC, front USB 3.1 and both Killer as well as Intel Ethernet, among other things. Furthermore the bottom PCIe-slot has rgb lighting. For the top M.2-slot a cover is supplied that is supposed to help with the cooling of NVMe-SSDs. 

Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 7
The Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 7.

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