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GIGABYTE's new Z390 AORUS Xtreme Waterforce board looks BOSS

The new AORUS Z390 Xtreme Waterforce is one of the best-looking motherboards of the year

By Anthony Garreffa from Dec 11, 2018 @ 22:33 CST

GIGABYTE has just unveiled its latest AORUS motherboard just in time for the holidays, with the new Z390 AORUS Xtreme Waterforce ready to dip its toes into some water cooling goodness on a new Intel Core i9-9900K processor.

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The new motherboard is for liquid cooling enthusiasts to push their CPUs to the limit, as well as everything else on the motherboard. It bursts out of the game with a gigantic monoblock that's pre-fitted to the motehrboard. This monoblock goes from the CPU socket through the power delivery part of the board, and the Z390 chipset itself.

The company is using a plastic cover close to the PCI Express slots, with metal heat sinks keeping the M.2 SSDs cool.

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You'll be fine powering and overclocking the new Core i9-9900K to its limits with the Z390 AORUS Xtreme Waterforce motherboard, as there are dual 8-pin power connectors. There's also 16 IR Digital VRMs, while the PWM design packs 16 TDA21462 60A MOSFETs and 8 IR3599 Phase Doublers.

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Don't worry about connectivity either as there is 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type-C) port, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 port, 2 x USB 2.0 ports. On the rear panel, we have 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type-C) ports, 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type-A) ports, 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, and 4 x USB 2.0 ports. There's also a power reset and clear CMOS button on the rear I/O, 2 x SMA antenna connectors that provide Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v5.0, 1 x HDMI port, 2 x 10GbE ports, 1 x SPDIF for optical audio, and 7.1-channel HD audio jacks.

Z390 AORUS Xtreme Waterforce Motherboard Full Details:

  • Supports 9th and 8th Gen Intel Core Processors
  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • Intel Optane Memory Ready
  • 16 Phase IR Digital VRM Solution with PowIRstage
  • Cutting-edge AORUS All-In-One Monoblock for both CPU and PCH area.
  • Onboard Intel CNVI 802.11ac 2ÃÆ'-2 Wave 2 Wi-Fi with All new AORUS Antenna
  • 127dB SNR AMP-UP Audio with High-End ESS SABRE 9018K2M DAC, LME 49720 and OPA1622 OP-AMP, WIMA audio capacitors
  • AQUANTIA 10GbE BASE-T LAN and Intel Gigabit LAN with cFosSpeed
  • Intel Thunderbolt 3 onboard
  • Exclusive RGB FAN COMMANDER and OC Touch for professional case modders and overclockers
  • USB TurboCharger for mobile device fast charge support
  • RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone Addressable LED Light Show design, support Addressable LED & RGB LED strips
  • Smart Fan 5 features Multiple Temperature Sensors and Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP
  • Front USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C Header
  • Triple Ultra-Fast M.2 with PCIe Gen3 x4 interface with Triple Thermal Guards

There's currently no ETA or price on the Z390 AORUS Xtreme Waterforce motherboard.



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