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GIGABYTE Z390 Aorus Pro (Intel Z390) Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: Dec 12, 2018 4:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Packaging and Overview

 

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The box is much like previous Aorus motherboard boxes; the packaging is decent.

 

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The accessory package includes four SATA6Gb/s cables, two thermal probes, a digital RGB LED extension cable, RGB LED extension cable, G-connector, case badge, stickers, DVD, and manual.

 

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GIGABYTE has upped the number of fan headers to eight, all of them being flexible hybrid PWM or DC mode headers. The headers circled in red are 1A headers, while the three circled in blue are rated up to 2A. Two external headers will accept external temperature sensor readings; we circled them in green. The motherboard has a neutral color design, so it can fade into the background if you want it to. The rear of the motherboard is bare of most components except a USB 2.0 hub.

 

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The rear IO panel features four USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, three USB 3.0 ports, two type-A USB 3.1 ports, one type-C USB 3.1 port, 1Gbit LAN, and 7.1 audio outputs with S/PDIF out.

 

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The PCI-E layout is as follows; all x1 slots are routed to the PCH as is the bottom x16 electrical x4 PCI-E 3.0 slot. The top two PCI-E x16 slots operate at x16/x0 or x8/x8. The motherboard features two M.2 PCI-E x4 slots that support SATA ports and share some lanes with the SATA ports.

 

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We get six SATA6Gb/s ports on the motherboard. We also find one USB 3.0 internal header and a USB 3.0 type-C internal header.

 

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At the top right corner of the motherboard, we get an 8-pin power connector and a 4-pin power connector. At the top right corner of the motherboard, we find a digital (addressable) RGB LED header and a normal RGB LED header. There is also a digital RGB voltage selection jumper.

 

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At the bottom right corner, we find a Thunderbolt 3 GPIO header and boot LEDs near the front panel header. We also get two USB 2.0 internal headers, an RGB LED header, a digital RGB header, and a digital RGB voltage selection header.

 

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The motherboard's heat sink uses a heat pipe, which is an upgrade from the last generation. All the heat sinks make solid contact with the components they are designed to cool.

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