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GIGABYTE Z390 Aorus Xtreme (Intel Z390) Motherboard Review (Page 2)

By Steven Bassiri from Feb 9, 2019 @ 10:00 CST
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Packaging and Overview

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The box is much like previous Aorus motherboard boxes, but it's much larger. The packaging is seriously impressive, with many little boxes.

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The accessory package includes Aorus RGB/Fan Commander (pictured down the page), six braided SATA6Gb/s cables, SLI HB bridge, OC panel (external OC features), OC panel cable, two temperature probes, two addressable RGB LED extensions, RGB LED extension cable, G-Connector, Aorus driver thumb drive, Velcro cable straps, manuals, two WIFI antenna, Aorus stickers, and case badge.

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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 two circled in blue are rated up to 2A. There are two external headers that will accept external temperature sensor readings, these are circled in green.

The motherboard also comes with the Aorus Commander, which adds support for an additional eight fans and both types of RGB LEDs the fans might have. The motherboard is an E-ATX motherboards, so it's quite huge, and it has both front and rear shields, and all the RGBs are addressable. The aesthetics are quite intense, and if you love RGBs you will love this motherboard.

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The rear IO panel features WIFI antenna, four USB 3.1 type-A ports, two ThunderBolt 3 (double as USB 3.1 type-C) ports, two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, 10Gbit LAN, Gbit LAN, and 7.1 gold-plated audio with S/PDIF out.

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The PCI-E layout is as follows, x16/x0/x4, x8/x8/x4, the last x16 slot is wired to the PCH and shares x4 with one of the M.2 slots. The x1 slots are routed directly to the PCH. All M.2 slots have heat sinks, and while three of them support x4 PCI-E 3.0, only the top two support SATA. The ones that support SATA share SATA with the SATA ports.

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There is a USB 3.1 type-C internal header as well as a USB 3.0 internal header that is capable of QC 3.0. The 24-pin is right-angled, so look out for case compatibility because it will stick out the side. There are six SATA6Gb/s ports routed to the PCH, and there is a 6-pin PCI-E power connector for the PCI-E ports. One BIOS ROM sits in a removable DIP socket.

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There is an addressable RGB LED header at the top as well as a standard RGB LED header. OC button, OC header, power button, reset button, and a clear CMOS button are all located in the top right corner of the motherboard. At the bottom left corner, we find another RGB LED header and an addressable RGB LED header. There is also a BIOS selector, and a dual BIOS disable switch.

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At the bottom of the motherboard, we find an OC connector header for the external panel, two USB 2.0 internal headers, and a POST code display. The Aorus Fan Commander allows for the addition of eight fans, and each cable for each fan can support either RGB or addressable RGB LED fans. The box connects to the PC through internal USB 2.0 (it offers a hub inside and provides two outputs of USB 2.0). You can also connect it through the RGB headers or fan header on the motherboard, and it uses SATA power to power it. It also offers two extra internal temperature sensors.

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On this motherboard, you get two 8-pin power ports for the CPU. The heat sinks are crazy, there are three heat pipes that even extend to the back of the motherboard. It's one of the most impressive VRM heat sinks we have seen in a while. It uses high-quality thermal pads, copper finds and cools all the inductors.

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