Gigabyte Z490 AORUS PRO AX Motherboard Review




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A Closer Look

The Aorus Pro AX is a great looking motherboard, with a really clean layout and a design that packs a lot in, but manages to not look overly cluttered. It does pack in some RGB lighting, but it’s pretty much all matte grey and black throughout.

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The CPU shouldn’t have any issues with overclocking, thanks to a competitive Direct 12 Phase Digital Power Design with 55A DrMOS. Plus, you get some pretty legit looking heat skins with a thick heat pipe joining them. They use actual fins rather than just a large block. That’s on top of a 6-layer PCB which uses 2x copper for better conductivity.

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Power comes from an 8-pin header at the top, with an optional 4-pin for added voltage stability. It even comes with metal trim to armour the headers.

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Moving alone, you’ll find all of the memory slots are fully armoured too.

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There are three full-size PCI lanes, as well as two 1x lanes. As you can see, the top two are fully armoured, so they’ll easily support the weight of high-end GPUs.

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There are two armoured M.2 mounts on offer too, plus one above the PCIe lanes without armour. I’m not sure why the top one doesn’t have a heatsink though, but if you’re buying something like the AORUS RGB 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD, you won’t need one anyway.

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The audio hardware is pretty robust on this motherboard too, and there’s a bank of gold capacity’s on show down here. I’m conflicted though, should they show these or hide them to keep that monochrome look intact?

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The triple M.2 mounts are supported by an additional 3 x SATA slots on the right side.

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If you’re the person who always forgets the rear I/O panel, you’ll be glad to see that its pre-installed. There’s a load of USB ports here too, so hooking up peripherals and storage devices should be a breeze. You even get USB Type-C, HDMI, 2.5 GbE LAN, and WiFi 6, so connectivity should not be an issue.

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