Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme Review

Up Close - DAC and Board Overview

Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme Preview

Up Close - DAC and Board Overview

If you want your audio to be as pure as possible then the included ESS Sabre DAC might be right up your street. There is a single jack on one end and information is scarce beyond what we already know about the excellence of ESS digital to analogue convertor, so we look forwards to trying it out. Given how good ESS Sabre stuff has been before it should be great.

Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme DAC  
Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme Preview  

And here is the Aorus Xtreme in the flesh. The first thing that strikes you is how clean the layout is. Besides the obvious CPU power inputs and USB front panel header, there doesn't appear to be anything else on board. If you like your systems to be clean, the Aorus Xtreme could be just the chap, particular when it comes to connecting the motherboard to the rest of your system.


Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme Overview  

Around the back there is a large backplate to help spread the head around as well as a large cut-out for your CPU cooler backplate. As an E-ATX motherboard there is certainly a lot of acreage.


Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme Backplate  

The design is glorious. If you have a slight distaste of unsymmetrical things or for designs which don't maximise their available room, then the Aorus Xtreme is very calming to look upon. The heatsink/backplate blends beautifully into the heatsink, and there are no randomly placed capacitors or higgledy-piggledy headers.


Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme CPU Socket  

There were/are a lot of rumours that this board will support PCI Express 4.0. If it does there is nothing in the official Gigabyte literature that mentions this, with the best we can find being that "all of the PCI Express slots conform to the 3.0 standard". PCI Express 4.0 conforms to 3.0 standards, just like USB 3.2 supports USB 2.0. As you'll see soon, the reality is a bit more mundane. At least when it comes to storage drives anyway.


Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme PCI Express 

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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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