Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme Review

Up Close - Around the Aorus Xtreme

Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme Preview

Up Close - A Clockwise Tour

Starting as we always do with the top left and the CPU inputs, they are very close together and tight to the heatsink. Only the most slender fingered will comfortably be able to put a fan into the left most header. It's definitely utilising all the available PCB, you'll just need to think about the order in which you want to build it.

Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme CPU Power  

Moving along we have the CPU fans - two - next to the 7 segment error display and automatic overclocking thanks to the OC Ignition button. Next up are the temperature probes, and lastly the reset and power switches so to the side of the DDR4 slots.


Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme CPU Fans  

The secret of how the Aorus Xtreme looks so good from above is in the horizontal mounting of all the headers and connectors. Masterful. It makes us moist to look upon. First up are a whole host of fan headers, and a perfect reason as to why we deal with fan headers on an individual basis rather than trying to highlight them all in a single picture. With this you'd never see these. Although those of you who skip all this will be aware we have an overview on the first page of this review. Thank you to those who take the time to see it all in detail.


Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme Fan headers  

Next on the horizontal scale is the 24 pin ATX connector. Of all the cables in your rig it's the one that is hardest to either hide or make look good, so a side mount is perfect for you neat freaks. Our build photograph on the specifications page shows how spectacularly neat you can get.


Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme Horizontal Power  

Moving further down we have centrally mounted front panel connectors for your chassis, and some LED headers for all that lighting goodness we've come to depend upon.


Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme Front panel  

Lastly on this section the six SATA ports sit next to a USB 3.1 style header. Onwards!


Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme SATA 

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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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