Welcome to my updated build. Check out below my motherboard smackdown quick review
Intel Core I7 8700k delidded overclocked to 5.0ghz. Adaptive voltage 1.34V
EVGA Nvidia GTX 1080 TI Black Edition overclocked 2067 MHz core, 6000mhz memory
Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR4 3600 Mhz 2x8GB kit
Asus Maximus Hero X Z370 Motherboard
Corsair RMi 650W
EK Revo D5 Plexi top and body
EK GTX 1080 TI Ref. waterblock plexi
EK Asus M9H Monoblock plexi
EK Cryofuel Acid Green UV Reactive x1
EK Fittings / Adapters / Extenders / Valve
Primochill 360 mm radiators UV Orange x2
Primochill Fittings UV Orange
Primochill Flow sensor UV Orange Plexi
Primochill hardline tubing clear
XSPC water temperature sensor
Corsair LL120 Fans x6
Corsair HD120 Fans x3
Corsair Commander Pro
Cablemod UV reactive cables
Cablemod RGB UV Strips x4
Duplicolor Custom Paint Cans x 4 orange/green
3DMark Firestrike Demo Score 25,216
CPU Temperature 40-80C
GPU Temperature 30-60C
Gigabyte Z370 Gaming 7 vs Asus maximus Hero X - I own both boards see my prior build
Bios - Asus is much more straighforward. GB has a ton of submenus but gets the job done. Winner : Asus
Overclock - I used Adaptive overclocking (manual mode both are fine and OC very similarly). Asus vcore doesn't fluctuate as much as GB. Both handle 5.0ghz no problem but GB vcore would go from 0.87V to 1.4V. Whereas Asus would go from 0.8v to 1.34v. Winner: Asus
Sound - Both are great, Gigabyte Creative software is just a little extra over what Asus offers. Winner: Gigabyte
Temperatures - both can handle a beating with ease. GB has a VRM Sensor which Asus used to have in the earlier versions. but Asus no longer includes this with their Hero boards (lots of backlash from users if you search for this). Winner : Gigabyte
Build Quality - The VRM heatsinks on the Asus board are so nice to the touch and heavy and they have this brushed aluminum texture. Also preinstalled washers is always a plus if you want to replace the heatsinks like i did. Winner: Asus
Features - GB has 1 extra m.2 while Asus has more USB ports in the back. No Winner here.
Aesthetics - Asus has less RGB but being subtle doesnt mean worse , to me it just looks more elegant. GB has a ton more RGB and they do feel like they are just spreaded on the board with no rhyme or reason but I do love the LED strips around the PCIE and memory modules. I think this was a really nice touch. So as far as hardware GB takes the win. However, Aura software works much better period. Gigabyte Fusion is something else, oftentimes lights wont come on , software wouldnt start, hard to figure things out etc. So even though I want to give this Gigabyte, I feel like this is more of a TIE between the 2 boards.
Overall I recommend both. I would go with the one you like the most and decide based on your prior experience with the brand , looks , and features.
THANK YOU PCPP FOR FEATURING MY BUILD!!!!
8 builds on this site are my own and they all led to this so it feels good and thanks again !!!