AORUS Z370 Gaming 3 Motherboard for £148.49 + £20 STEAM VOUCHER @ Scan
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AORUS Z370 Gaming 3 Motherboard for £148.49 + £20 STEAM VOUCHER @ Scan

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Found 22nd Oct
Hi guys!

Before we start, for reference , this motherboard is £200 on Amazon UK , £170 on eBuyer..and £148.49 on Scan (not sure how much delivery is,and I know lots of people are entitled to free delivery!)

I was looking for motherboards for my new Coffee Lake 8700k, and started with the z370 Aorus Gaming 7. I noticed it had a £40 Steam voucher with it, which although making it cheaper, still would mean over £200 on a mobo (bit out of my price range!)

So I looked further down the line and saw the Aorus z370 Gaming 3 (good motherboard) has a £20 Steam voucher if you buy it.

The normal price on this mobo is usually £170 to £200 on more trustworthy sites .

Here are the specs on the mobo:

Product Overview

Intel Z370 Gaming motherboard with RGB Fusion, Dual M.2, 120dB SNR ALC1220, Killer Gaming LAN, Front USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C & Rear USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, Smart Fan 5, Anti-Sulfur Resistors

Features
• Supports 8th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors.
• Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs.
• Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready.
• ASMedia 3142 USB 3.1 Gen 2 with USB Type-C™ and Type-A.
• Front USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C™ Header.
• Multi-Way Graphics Support with PCIe Armour and Ultra Durable™ Design.
• ALC1220 120dB SNR HD Audio with Smart Headphone AMP and WIMA audio capacitors.
• Killer™ E2500 Gaming Network.
• RGB Fusion with Multi-Zone Digital LED Light Show design, support digital LED & RGB LED strips.
• Smart Fan 5 features Multiple Temperature Sensors and Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP.
• Dual Ultra-Fast M.2 with PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA interface.
• Anti-Sulfur Resistors Design.
• Ultra Durable™ 25KV ESD and 15KV Surge LAN Protection.
• Lightning-Fast Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3 AIC Support.
• APP Centre Including EasyTune™ and Cloud Station™ Utilities.

Please Note: Intel Z370 Motherboards are ONLY compatible with Intel 8th. Gen 'Coffee Lake' CPUs. Although these Intel Z370 Motherboards share the same socket as Intel's 200 & 100 Series Motherboards, they are electrically incompatible & will not work with 7th & 6th Gen. Intel CPUs.

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Z270 chips and socket aren't electrically incompatible with the z370 platform. Intel just won't release a BIOS update because Intel milk consumers as standard practice. Intel lied. Enjoy getting milked!

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Edited by: "plath" 22nd Oct
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Original Poster

The only other way I can think of making this cheaper is somehow getting eBuyer to price match Scan (not sure if they would), and then claiming 1.5% cashback on TopCashback on eBuyer!

this is hot deal

When did Scan become untrustworthy?

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condracky4 m ago

When did Scan become untrustworthy?


I didn't mean they were untrustworthy, I mean the only other site with a similar price (£152) has really bad reviews

I get you
To be fair I haven't used them in years so thought they may have gone down hill.

At this kinda price point - Extreme 4 over this if you care about overclocking - the VRM/power delivery on this aren't great. No Intel Lan either.
Edited by: "mikedigitales" 22nd Oct

Z270 chips and socket aren't electrically incompatible with the z370 platform. Intel just won't release a BIOS update because Intel milk consumers as standard practice. Intel lied. Enjoy getting milked!

tweaktown.com/new…tml
Edited by: "plath" 22nd Oct

Original Poster

plath3 m ago

Z270 chips and socket aren't electrically incompatible with the z370 …Z270 chips and socket aren't electrically incompatible with the z370 platform. Intel just won't release a BIOS update because Intel milk consumers as standard practice. Intel lied. Enjoy getting milked! https://www.tweaktown.com/news/59584/asus-z270-platform-work-coffee-lake-cpus/index.html


I know,hence why I made sure it was easily readable at the bottom!!!

I'd go Ryzen but some applications I use have major problems with it sadly...and until they are 100% reliable on said apps I'll have to stick to Intel

mikedigitales33 m ago

At this kinda price point - Extreme 4 over this if you care about …At this kinda price point - Extreme 4 over this if you care about overclocking - the VRM/power delivery on this aren't great. No Intel Lan either.


Killer LAN is just as good, some argue it is better for gaming although I've never seen any noticeable difference.

condracky1 h, 9 m ago

When did Scan become untrustworthy?


Not experienced it myself. However they tend not to have the best RMA process.
In other words you’ll get a product delivered. As long as it works you’ll be 100% fine b

Chuck an i5 8400 on it and you've got yourself the best mid range gaming combo going

vulcanproject33 m ago

Chuck an i5 8400 on it and you've got yourself the best mid range gaming …Chuck an i5 8400 on it and you've got yourself the best mid range gaming combo going


I have so much to live for though, why would I do such a thing

I wouldn't consider this board if you are going to overclock at all, the VRM's are woeful.
Better off with the Asrock Extreme 4.

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RustySpoons1 h, 35 m ago

I wouldn't consider this board if you are going to overclock at all, the …I wouldn't consider this board if you are going to overclock at all, the VRM's are woeful.Better off with the Asrock Extreme 4.

What about the Gaming 7?

daastle1 m ago

What about the Gaming 7?


100x Better.

Original Poster

RustySpoons25 m ago

100x Better.

Yeah,im looking for one with good OC options for the future, so any help would be appreciated

daastle2 m ago

Yeah,im looking for one with good OC options for the future, so any help …Yeah,im looking for one with good OC options for the future, so any help would be appreciated


You can't go wrong with the AsRock Taichi or K6 if you want to do a lot of OC if on a budget, I'm building 2 systems, one is having a Asus ROG Maximus Hero X and a 8700K - I have had good reliability with ROG boards and I don't want my PC lit up like a Christmas tree like the Gaming 7, I'm ordering a AsRock ITX for my other build which will be a 8350K or 8400.
Edited by: "RustySpoons" 25th Oct

Ah99222nd Oct

Killer LAN is just as good, some argue it is better for gaming although …Killer LAN is just as good, some argue it is better for gaming although I've never seen any noticeable difference.


I'd go Intel LAN all day long, Killer has never got it right in terms or resources and latency.

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RustySpoons5 h, 59 m ago

You can't go wrong with the AsRock Taichi or K6 if you want to do a lot of …You can't go wrong with the AsRock Taichi or K6 if you want to do a lot of OC if on a budget, I'm building 2 systems, one is having a Asus ROG Maximus Hero X and a 8700K - I have had good reliability with ROG boards and I don't want my PC lit up like a Christmas tree like the Gaming 7, I'm ordering a AsRock ITX for my other build which will be a 8350K or 8400.

Apart from the lights, is there any major differences you can see between ROG and the Gaming 7?

daastle2 h, 9 m ago

Apart from the lights, is there any major differences you can see between …Apart from the lights, is there any major differences you can see between ROG and the Gaming 7?

VRM set up is a bit different, there are reports of hotter temps and the fact that Gigabyte put a fan on them might be an indication they are aware of that. The Gaming 7 has more "Features" it's not a bad board by any means, but it's targeted for a different group of people. The AsRock Taichi is technically better than all of them for just purely overclocking, but for daily use i feel the Hero X is the best all rounder.

vulcanproject22nd Oct

Chuck an i5 8400 on it and you've got yourself the best mid range gaming …Chuck an i5 8400 on it and you've got yourself the best mid range gaming combo going


Using an 8400 "locked" processor on a £150 mobo designed for OCing seems a little foolish, when you could get a Ryzen build of the same performance for a fair bit less. Best to wait and see if there will be cheaper Z370 boards released if your going down the 8400 route.

neur0naut33 m ago

Using an 8400 "locked" processor on a £150 mobo designed for OCing seems a …Using an 8400 "locked" processor on a £150 mobo designed for OCing seems a little foolish, when you could get a Ryzen build of the same performance for a fair bit less. Best to wait and see if there will be cheaper Z370 boards released if your going down the 8400 route.



The same performance? That would be difficult since no consumer Ryzen processor can match this one in gaming. Even the 1800x loses in aggregated gaming tests.

Also the board is designed to work as a motherboard, not specifically overclocking. The features of the chipset just give you more options now and potentially later if you do get an unlocked chip. You could wait for a cheaper chipset but since the steam voucher will make this pretty cheap for gamers it's a great deal....

vulcanproject26th Oct

The same performance? That would be difficult since no consumer Ryzen …The same performance? That would be difficult since no consumer Ryzen processor can match this one in gaming. Even the 1800x loses in aggregated gaming tests. Also the board is designed to work as a motherboard, not specifically overclocking. The features of the chipset just give you more options now and potentially later if you do get an unlocked chip. You could wait for a cheaper chipset but since the steam voucher will make this pretty cheap for gamers it's a great deal....


Well I say "same" performance is a stretch....but certainly in the same realm when using 3200 RAM and a stable OC. Granted the 8400 is getting a number of extra frames in "aggregated" synthetic benches with its higher IPC and HT, but it's still a little less for a Ryzen build with OC potential, and a decent 5 year upgrade route. There are rough savings of £50 - £100 on a Ryzen build at the cost of 5-10fps depending on GPU etc.

Certainly if you were considering upgrading to an 8700K down the line it would be a good deal, there is no doubt about that, but for budget minded buyers, I feel the Z370 boards are just price gouging by Intel at the moment. I would buy an 8400 in a heartbeat if they released a cheaper chipset...I suspect they will in Q1 2018 since AMD have fell back into profit.
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