Excellent VRM : Thermal testing reveals that the VRM on this motherboard is excellent. While it might not be at the level of the Aorus Master, temperatures were still extremely impressive. The 50A DrMOS and heat sink with heat pipe did a solid job of keeping things cool.
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. We also like that GIGABYTE included two external temperature sensors.
Quality: At this price point it might be fair to say that GIGABYTE has taken a loss to win over more market share, and we say this because the quality of certain things on this motherboard are rare for a sub $200 motherboards. Take the DrMOS, the 2x copper in the PCB, heat pipe heat sink, and even things like integrated IO shield as examples.
No future rear IO WIFI: Considering that GIGABYTE has a WIFI version of this motherboard, many might assume that later on they could buy a WIFI card and toss it in. While the solder pads are there for a WIFI M.2 card, the actual slot is not.
We very much enjoyed the motherboard, and at this price point we have looked at similar motherboards, but none of them had the same level of quality in the VRM, which resulted in slightly poorer performance. If the VRM is of concern to you, then you should definitely look at this motherboard if you can't afford to spend over $200 on a Z390 motherboard.
The feature set is also pretty good, mostly platform features and not many aftermarket ones, but that isn't a negative, it means all the ports will work at reasonable speeds and perform admirably in regards to compatibility. Overall, if overclocking is one of your main concerns, then the Z390 Aorus Pro is an excellent buy.
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST
The Bottom Line: At the sub-$200 level, you would never expect to find a Z390 motherboard with this level of quality.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and Z390 Aorus Pro Overview]
- Page 3 [GIGABYTE Z390 Aorus Pro Circuit Analysis]
- Page 4 [GIGABYTE Z390 Aorus Pro Circuit Analysis Continued]
- 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]