Gigabyte AORUS Z490 Motherboard Preview

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Z490 AORUS PRO AX Gaming

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First up, we have the Z490 AORUS Pro AX, poised to be somewhere in the middle of the high-end gaming motherboards, without going on to the levels of the Elite, Master, or XTREME (and the cost that comes with them). As you can see, a really nicely designed box, albeit within the same theme we’ve seen from them on previous generations.

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Good news for those looking at the more high-end CPUs here, with a competent looking VRM/Choke setup. It’s a 12+1 Phases Digital VRM with DrMOS. There’s a pair of big heatsinks with a thick array of fins stacked on each other, and a direct copper contact base, as well as a copper heat pipe linking the two.

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There’s also an additional 4pin header to push more power to the CPU socket, which should help with overclocking stability.

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That robust chunky hardware persists elsewhere too, with the M.2 shield design matching that of the VRMs, I really like the grain angle on this, it’s subtle, but really nice.

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The board features their PCIe 4.0 design, offering two M.2 Gen4 bays, one exposed at the top, one below the bottom heatsink. There’s also three full-size PCIe slots, two of which are armoured, and two 1x slots for good measure.

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While M.2 has great appeal, you’ll also find 6 SATA ports giving you all the points you’ll need for traditional SSDs and HDDs.

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I really like the back of this board too, as it offers up a good range of USB ports, including some USB 3.2 and a USB 3.2 Type C connection. Networking comes from an Intel 2.5 GbE LAN port, as well as the Intel 2×2 802ax WiFi.

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