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Aorus Gaming 7 vs. Extreme 4

post #1 of 19
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Hi folks - first post.

I am working on my first build and have been researching a ton and trying to learn as much as possible.

I have most of the components and and need to choose a motherboard and am torn between these 2. I am planning an 8600k build that to start, will be air cooled with a Noctua U-14s.

Being my first build I will start off with a very mild overclock, or even stock clock, until I know I have things working properly and I understand what is going on. I don't think I will ever push the extremes though. Both the Asrock Extreme 4 and the Gigabyte Aorus Gaming 7 seem to be well reviewed and working well. Through a rebate and sale at a somewhat local microcenter, both are within about $10 of each other. I am not interested in RGB lighting.

I don't have any crazy IO needs other than 3 fan headers for chassis fans.

I'm stumped. Is there a better choice between these or for my purposes, are they basically equivalent of each other? I ordered the Extreme 4 since there was 1 left on Amazon but I can return it for a full refund. I am headed to microcenter this weekend to purchase the 8600k so I could grab the Aorus Gaming 7. Each seems to be reviewed favorably and I am having a tough time distinguishing between them.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
post #2 of 19
Extreme4 is a weaker board than the Gaming 7 in many ways ; it competes more with the Gaming 5. Usually there's a larger price difference between the Gaming7 and Extreme4 to the tune of $50-70.
post #3 of 19
I own the Gaming 7 and have absolutely nothing wrong to complain about but their RGB software is a little wonky. But you can still work with it. I've owned Extreme 4 motherboards in the past and they felt ... low quality. But since I am no owner of the Z370 Extreme 4, then I cannot judge.

Welcome to OCN, take a minute to build your rig (rigbuilder) up top and then attaching it to your signature, this will allow others to know what components you're working with and thus be able to help you effectively.

Good luck.
post #4 of 19
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Originally Posted by AlphaC View Post

Extreme4 is a weaker board than the Gaming 7 in many ways ; it competes more with the Gaming 5. Usually there's a larger price difference between the Gaming7 and Extreme4 to the tune of $50-70.

Microcenter has it for $229 with a $30 rebate and $30 off sale if I also buy a CPU which makes the price gap pretty close.

Sounds like you think the Gaming 7 is the better choice. What is the advantages that it provides?
post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by Boyd View Post

I own the Gaming 7 and have absolutely nothing wrong to complain about but their RGB software is a little wonky. But you can still work with it. I've owned Extreme 4 motherboards in the past and they felt ... low quality. But since I am no owner of the Z370 Extreme 4, then I cannot judge.

Welcome to OCN, take a minute to build your rig (rigbuilder) up top and then attaching it to your signature, this will allow others to know what components you're working with and thus be able to help you effectively.

Good luck.

Thanks - I will work on the rigbuilder. I have most of the parts already.

Is there a disable for the RGB function? it really isn't my cup of tea.

I have never worked with any components before so I don't know if I could identify a lower quality board yet. Thanks for the tips!
post #6 of 19
Thread Starter 
Also - there are other choices that are much cheaper, but after searching through the forums and reading reviews for the past few days, it seems that stepping down in tiers from these two would be a mistake, even if I am not going to push things to the limit.

I really just want reliability, quality and durability if that is possible. I am open to suggestions, etc.. and appreciate the help!
post #7 of 19
Gaming 7 advantages

Debug LED for troubleshooting (as it is your first build I would not go without this)

Power/reset , clear CMOS buttons

temperature sensor headers

Audio : The audio solution is stronger in terms of SNR and higher quality components such as ESS DAC & WIMA capacitors.

IO : It has 3 M.2 slots, USB 3.1 gen 2 front panel header.

Dual LAN

Has top tier voltage regulation components with a heatpiped heatsink. A small fan is included as a safety to cool the power delivery once it hits 90 degrees Celsius.
post #8 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks. I appreciate the details!

I noticed that it has 2 additional temperature sensors that mount to headers. Are they necessary above all of the sensors that are mounted to the motherboard?
post #9 of 19
Just think of the gaming 7 board as a motherboard that provides more features. It doesn't necessarily require you to use all of it's features all at once, but the provided features are nice to have when you decide to use any of them later on.

The gaming 7 board is the better, more reliable, higher quality board than the extreme 4. If you can afford the gaming 7, just buy it from micro center and call it a day. If you can't afford it, or rather just look at cheaper boards then let us know what is within your budget so we can help you decide which is best for you.


It's like choosing between a Porsche and a datsun pickup. obviously, if you can afford the Porsche you should go for it biggrin.gif
post #10 of 19
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They are essentially the same price and I can afford it. It's just a new world to me and I didn't know if I would need the features, etc... or if it muddies things up for my first build.

Are both manufacturers reliable with BIOS updates and overall reliability, etc...? If either will serve my needs, even if the Gaming 7 is superior, I still want to amke sure I am getting something with a solid track record and to give me the best chance of overall success for a solid first build.
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