Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme Review

Test Setup and Overclocking

Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme Preview

Test Setup

Gigabyte X490 Aorus Xtreme - F6b BIOS
Intel Core i9-10900K
Corsair LPX 4000 MHz
Corsair MP500 M.2 - OS Drive
Samsung 970 Pro
Corsair AX1600i
Nvidia RTX 2080Ti
Corsair HX1000i
Corsair H150i
Corsair ML Fans
Fractal Define 7
Windows 1909


Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme Review

Overclocking

Of the three flagship motherboards we're testing for launch, the Gigabyte Aorus Xtreme gave us the hardest time in maintaining an overclock. With all the power taps open and no thermal throttling that we could detect, it regularly started declocking our CPU. In the end the peak overclock we managed was 5.2 GHz, a little bit below the Godlike and Maximus XII Extreme, however as you'll see in our results perhaps clock speed isn't quite the factor it once was. Or, rather, maybe the i9-10900K is so powerful that 5+ GHz of 20 thread action aren't massively affected by 100 MHz here or there. So we're running a big OC on most cores, but sadly not all.

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In the end we had to go a slightly different way around to get our 5.2 overclock because the normal ratio settings just didnt work so we had to use the turbo ratio section. So its a slightly more hidden way to go about getting the clock speed we wanted but the scores are there.

Definitely worth bearing in mind that this is a pre-launch BIOS and any minor issues like this will be fixed by launch time, and will only improve during the lifespan of the product. Equally if you have only one to concentrate upon you can fine tune little problems, but eventually we need to draw a line in the sand and get testing. 

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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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