A closer look at the Gygabyte X470 Aorus gaming motherboard.

The Gigabyte X470 Aorus Ultra Gaming, coming in at $183.99CAD is it worth your hard earned?

Key Features:

  • Supports AMD Ryzen™ 2nd Generation/ Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics/ Athlon™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics/ Ryzen™ 1st Generation/ 7th Generation A-series/ Athlon X4 Processors
  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • 8+3 Phase Hybrid Digital PWM Design
  • 2-Way CrossFire/ SLI Graphics Support with Dual Armor and Ultra Durable™ Design
  • ALC1220-VB Enhance 114dB(Rear)/ 110dB(Front) SNR in Microphone with WIMA Audio Capacitors
  • Dual Ultra-Fast M.2 with NVMe PCIe X4 with One Thermal Guard
  • RGB FUSION 2.0 with Multi-zone LED Light Show Design, Supports Digital LED & RGB LED Strips
  • Intel® Ethernet LAN with cFOS Speed Internet Accelerator
  • USB DAC-UP 2 with Adjustable Voltage
  • Anti-Sulfur Resistors Design
  • Ultra Durable™ 25KV ESD and 15KV Surge LAN Protection
  • CEC 2019 Ready, Save Power with a Simple Click

Internal I/O Connectors

  1. 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  2. 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  3. 1 x CPU fan header
  4. 1 x water cooling CPU fan header
  5. 4 x system fan headers
  6. 2 x system fan/water cooling pump headers
  7. 2 x digital LED strip headers
  8. 2 x digital LED strip power select jumpers
  9. 1 x CPU cooler LED strip/RGB LED strip header
  10. 1 x RGB (RGBW) LED strip header
  11. 2 x M.2 Socket 3 connectors
  12. 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  13. 1 x front panel header
  14. 1 x front panel audio header
  15. 1 x S/PDIF Out header
  16. 1 x USB Type-C™ port, with USB 3.1 Gen 2 support
  17. 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 headers
  18. 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
  19. 1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header (2×6 pin, for the GC-TPM2.0_S module only)
  20. 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
  21. 1 x temperature sensor header

Rear I/O

  1. 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  2. 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports
  3. 1 x USB Type-C™ port, with USB 3.1 Gen 2 support
  4. 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A port (red)
  5. 1 x HDMI port
  6. 1 x RJ-45 port
  7. 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
  8. 5 x audio jacks
Aorus X470 Ultra I/O
Photo Credit: Gigabyte


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The Good

The Gigabyte X470 Aorus Ultra Gaming, is a nice looking motherboard with improved Vcore and SOC heat sinks over the previous X370 generation. It also features a dual bios so that’s a plus at this price point. Another nice feature of the Aorus Ultra gaming is it comes with a really nice audio solution, especially for your headphones. I’m not an audiophile but I could hear a nice sound upgrade over some of the other motherboards I have tested. One other plus is the reinforced PCIe slots.

The Gigabyte X470 Aorus Ultra Gaming does have the option to adjust the BCLK so that’s another plus for this motherboard.

The Bad

On the Aorus X470 Ultra the dual bios is software controlled and doesn’t have a physical switch or even jumper pins. This can pose a problem when trying to get your overclock dialed in.

The VRM is advertised as an 8 phase VRM however in reality it’s no where near an 8 phase. Its not even a doubled 4 phase VRM, I guess that’s fine at this price point. I feel though that X470 boards should be better equipped for overclocking, since that is a big reason why people go the X470 route over B450.

Memory overclocking on the Gigabyte Aorus X470 Gaming is really bad as far as frequency is concerned. While tightening the memory timings is about average.

Another draw back to this board for overclockers is that the X470 Aorus Ultra Gaming dynamic Vcore only goes up to 0.300v. That could be an issue if you are trying to overclock a Ryzen 7 2700.

Gigabyte Aurous X470 Side
Photo Credit: Gigabyte

Final Thoughts on the Gigabyte X470 Aorus Ultra Gaming

This one is a bit weird for me. If you are planning on doing any heavy overclocking then you are better off looking elsewhere as there is better options at this price point. On the other hand if you are not planning on overclocking, you could drop down to the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO-WIFI and benefit from the Dual Band 802.11 ac WI-FI. You will also have about 20 extra dollars in your pocket.

Charles Leverehttps://www.riverbankwebdesign.ca/
Charles Levere is the editor-in-chief (dork-in-chief) of Urban Dork. When he is not writing or tinkering with hardware, he is most likely playing one of his favorite video games. He also loves being near the water, kayaking, water skiing, or anything that gets him on the water and in the sun.


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