Excellent VRM and cooling: The VRM on the Z390 Aorus Master is the top they have for the Z390 chipset thus far, we expect the Xtreme to carry a stronger VRM, but it will also cost a lot more. While the rest of the lineup uses some DrMOS, which might seem higher rated, the IR3553 are a much superior product at almost 3x the price, and coupled with the IR35201 are capable of much better performance. Thermally, the new heat sink with direct contact heat pipe, optimized thermal pads, and fins to increase surface area performs very well. GIGABYTE also increased copper in the PCB, and that makes a HUGE difference.
Fans: GIGABYTE has added more fan headers for a total of eight on this motherboard, and with that comes full control in the slightly revamped UEFI and through GIGABYTE's software. Overall, we like the inclusion of the two temperature headers and the two temperature probes that are included. GIGABYTE has also placed many built-in temperature sensors around the motherboard.
Aesthetics: GIGABYTE's use of metal and M.2 slots along with the integrated IO shield and addressable RGBs with the cooper color default glow over the fins of the VRM heat sink produces a beautiful sight. It produces a feeling of solidness.
Price: The GIGABYTE Z390 Aorus Master is a very pricey motherboard, and many people might not want to dish out close to $300 for a motherboard.
As many people have concluded, motherboard selection for your 9900K will determine how high you will be able to comfortably overclock your CPU, and that is because these new CPUs can take eight cores over 5.0GHz on high-end ambient level cooling. That's a lot of high speed cores to power, and the Z390 Aorus Master is fully capable of supporting 5GHz+ overclocks because of the combination of its high-end VRM and fin-based optimized heat sink.
On the audio side, we have upgrades, the USB TurboCharger is an excellent addition for the front USB 3.0 header (requires a decent amount of hardware and PCB area), and we liked how GIGABYTE styled the board. The integrated IO shield and the backside shield combined with the gun-metal heat sinks and stylized RGBs creates a really nice looking motherboard.
Performance wise we are solid, and overall we really enjoyed the motherboard. We tested it with the latest BIOS only released a few days before launch, so we also got a taste of the revamped UEFI. If you are in the market for an all-around solid motherboard and have some extra cash in your account, then give the Z390 Aorus Master serious consideration.
|Overall TweakTown Rating||92%|
The Bottom Line: If you want a Z390 motherboard loaded with the latest features, a reliable overclocking VRM, and good looks, the Z390 Aorus Master fits the bill, but it's not cheap.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and Z390 Aorus Master Overview]
- Page 3 [GIGABYTE Z390 Aorus Master Circuit Analysis]
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- Page 5 [BIOS and Software]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup]
- Page 7 [Overclocking]
- Page 8 [CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks]
- Page 9 [System IO Benchmarks]
- Page 10 [Thermal Imaging and Power Consumption]
- Page 11 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]