Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme Review

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The Aorus Xtreme packaging is extremely classy. We're old enough to remember when the Gigabyte boxes were largely white affairs, but we're super-keen on this matte black with minor purple/blue accents look. Lush.

Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme Box  

As a flagship model it's no surprise that the Aorus Xtreme comes with a lot of accessories, and we'll cover them all on the the next couple of pages. It's like a Christmas stocking that only contains all the things you want instead of a satsuma and some shower gel. We even love the little logos on each box. Icons are always tough to balance clarity and design. We've lost count of the number of applications that hide essential features behind indecipherable icons. Not so here.


Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme Contents  

The SATA cables are always a good starting point, and we have both right angle and straight ones, in an all-black, all-braided affair. Very nice.


Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme Sata cables  

RGB is such a large part of all modern systems that extension cables are no longer the stuff of dream builds, but instead are something we all need to help manage the spaghetti behind our motherboard trays whilst also getting things exactly where we want them.


Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme RGB  

With WiFi 6 on board the Aorus Xtreme has twin antennae. This is AX201 Wifi that supports everything all the way up to 5GHz dual-band and 11ax 160MHz standard for 2.4 Gbps transfer rates. For those of you who like to tether phones and things to your PC you'll be pleased to hear that the Aorus Xtreme has support for the latest Bluetooth 5.1 standard too.


Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme WiFi  

Like the Maximus XII Extreme we've also previewed, the Aorus Xtreme has the drivers and utilities on a USB drive instead of a CD. It's very cool and we're big fans of this new trend.


Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme USB Drivers 

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Most Recent Comments

25-05-2020, 05:30:47

MiNo
Nice review!

Missing a 'nude' pic with the covers off though. Love the closeups, but please give us a full frontal also :-)Quote

25-05-2020, 06:05:39

Warchild
Nicest board I have seen in a long time.

Makes me want to upgrade from the 7700k and get a 10900k just to use it.Quote

26-05-2020, 06:21:03

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by MiNo View Post
Nice review!

Missing a 'nude' pic with the covers off though. Love the closeups, but please give us a full frontal also :-)

Just didnt get time for that before NDA - as it was I had to do 18 hour days because of some bios issues with the initial CPU review systemQuote

26-05-2020, 06:53:34

MiNo
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Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Just didnt get time for that before NDA - as it was I had to do 18 hour days because of some bios issues with the initial CPU review system

I can only imagine the insane scramble before deadlines. I know that is part of the game. I hope you know we are many that appreciate you direct style, the honesty and thoroughness you bring to your work. Especially the 'so what does it all mean / add up to' after all the numbers. Thanks man.Quote

26-05-2020, 08:23:46

MiNo
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Originally Posted by Warchild View Post
Nicest board I have seen in a long time.

Makes me want to upgrade from the 7700k and get a 10900k just to use it.

Much can be saved, by having a case with no glass :-) I look at all these things, because i like the combination of aesthetics and electronics, but at the end of the day I get a bare-bone system that ticks off my functional requirements. And actually, that has a certain appeal as well; knowing you have 'needed stuff' and not tons of fluff.


TBH I can't imagine many people that actually need (not "want") these super expensive products. I mean - what is the use case here?Quote
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