Gigabyte's Z390 Gaming SLI and Aorus Elite motherboards pictured

Intel's 9th Generation of processors are coming!

Gigabyte's Z370 Gaming SLI and Aorus Elite motherboards pictured

Gigabyte's Z390 Gaming SLI and Aorus Elite motherboards pictured

Intel is set to release their 9th Generation of Core processors in the coming weeks, bringing with them a range of new Z390 motherboards that feature built-in support for the company's new 8-core processors as well as new chipset features.  

Z390 series motherboards will offer two major improvements over Z370, offering lower chipset power consumption thanks to the chipset's move to 14nm and the addition of integrated WiFi and USB 3.1 Gen 2 support, eliminating the need for some 3rd party chipsets/add-ons. 

Videocardz has managed to get a sneak peek at two of these new Z390 motherboards, both of which are from Gigabyte. First up, we have the company's Z390 Gaming SLI, a budget-oriented Z390 motherboard which features support for Nvidia's SLI technology. It is worth noting here that SLI and budget-oriented are two phrases that no longer mix, with Nvidia removing multi-GPU/SLI support from their low-end lineups, from the GTX 1060 or lower on the 10-series and on their RTX 2070 or lower on their Turing series of graphics hardware. 

As a non-Aorus Gigabyte motherboard, we can expect some compromises when compared to its more costly counterparts, which seems to include a lowering of the number of USB ports or other connections on the Gaming SLI's rear I/O. We can also see that only two of the board's four DDR4 DRAM slots feature reinforcements, making the change obvious to end-users. The mainboard would almost look better without any reinforced DRAM slots, as the two reinforced slots only serve to draw attention to the two unstrengthened slots. 

Gigabyte's Z370 Gaming SLI and Aorus Elite motherboards pictured

(Image from Videocardz)  

Moving down to the Gigabyte Aorus Z390 Elite, we can see that Gigabyte has added several RGB elements to their motherboard and has all four of the board's DRAM slots reinforced. Strangely, only a single PCIe 3.0 slot is reinforced, making the Z390 Gaming SLI superior in this regard, due to its use of two reinforced PCIe slots. So much for Aorus being better...
Gigabyte's Z370 Gaming SLI and Aorus Elite motherboards pictured

(Image from Videocardz)  

Both of these motherboards are designed to fit into their low-end to mid-range Z390 lineups, as Gigabyte plans to release premium entries into Intel's Z390 ecosystem, bringing with them more features, an expanded rear-I/O and beefy VRMs cooling solutions for overclocking. 

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