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GIGABYTE Z390 Designare (Intel Z390) Motherboard Preview (Page 2)

Steven Bassiri | Jan 10, 2019 at 10:00 am CST - 1 min, 56 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 92%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Packaging and Overview

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The box art is different from GIGABYTE's Aorus branded motherboards; it's sleek and reflects the colors of the motherboard. The packaging is good enough to protect your motherboard.

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The accessory package includes four SATA6Gb/s cables, G-connector, WIFI Antenna, DisplayPort input cable, DVD, and manual.

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GIGABYTE has five fan headers on this motherboard, they are all hybrid DC/PWM mode headers so they can control both 3-pin and 4-pin fans. The one header circled in blue is also a water pump header, so we assume it runs at full speed at default or provides more current, but none of that is confirmed by GIGABYTE's marketing materials or manual.

The motherboard has a silver and black color theme to it, which is more professional than some of the other themes we have witnessed. The rear of the PCB is bare of major chips.

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The rear IO panel features two USB 2.0 ports, PS/2 keyboard/mouse, DisplayPort in (for TB3), HDMI out, two USB 3.1 type-A ports, two ThunderBolt 3 (also double as USB 3.1 type-C), two USB 3.0 DAC UP ports, two USB 3.0 ports, dual Gbit LAN, and 7.1 audio with S/PDIF out.

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The PCI-E layout is as follows, x16/x0/x0, x8/x8/x0, or x8/x4/x4. However, the last x4 slot has the ability to connect to the PCH or CPU for its bandwidth, a unique feature that allows for users to pick their best configuration. The x1 slots don't share bandwidth. There are two M.2 slots that operate in either x4 PCI-E 3.0 or SATA mode, and they share some lanes with some of the SATA ports. Both M.2 slots have heat sinks on them.

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The six SATA6Gb/s ports sit at the edge of the motherboard along with a PCI-E power connector to enhance PCI-E slot power. There is a USB 3.0 internal header near a USB 3.1 type-C header that supports one port at 10Gb/s.

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We find a standard 8-pin CPU power connector located near a 4-pin CPU extra power plug. An RGB LD header is located at the bottom of the motherboard.

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The motherboard features a heat sink for the VRMs that uses a heat pipe.

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