Excellent VRM and cooling: The VRM on the Z390 Aorus Xtreme is the best GIGABYTE has to offer for the Z390 motherboard. The only thing better than this triple heat pipe over-engineered yet effective heat sink would be the Waterforce edition of the motherboard.
Fans and Aorus Fan Commander: 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. However, adding to that is Aorus's Fan Commander that can support up to eight more fans and offers full addressable or normal RGB LED control. If you are watercooling with multiple radiators, then this is a perfect motherboard for you.
Aesthetics: GIGABYTE's RGB LEDs on this motherboard are beautiful and produce an amazing effect. The VRM heat sink is also pretty cool looking.
Price: The GIGABYTE Z390 Aorus Xtreme is a very pricey motherboard at $550.
The Z390 Aorus Xtreme is one of the most loaded Z390 motherboards on the market. From the VRM to the extra features, GIGABYTE hit the nail on the head quite well. We really like the inclusion of the Aorus Fan Commander, which is perfect for water cooling.
The OC Panel is also a nice touch in case you want to get into extreme overclocking, although we would have liked to see a slightly longer cable for it. The right-angled USB 3.0 and 24-pin ATX power connectors are a very nice touch, but keep in mind your case will need to provide both of those enough clearance.
We loved the RGB LEDs on this motherboard, and making them all addressable was a very nice touch, since the rainbow effect is one of our favorites. While you will drop a pretty large sum of money on this motherboard, it's one of the best you can buy for the Z390 platform.
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST
The Bottom Line: Loaded with more features, quality, and performance than any other motherboard we have encountered, the Z390 Aorus Xtreme is one of the best motherboards we have looked at.
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