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GIGABYTE Z390 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE 5G LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z390 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard with Intel Core i9-9900K

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  • 5.0 GHz Premium Edition
  • Bundled with pre-tested Intel Core i9-9900K
  • Supports Intel 8th & 9th Gen Core i9/i7/i5/i3, Celeron, and Pentium Processors
  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • Intel Optane Memory Ready
  • 16 Phase IR Digital VRM Solution with PowIRstage
  • Cutting-edge AORUS All-In-One Monoblock for both CPU and PCH area
  • Onboard Intel CNVI 802.11 ac 2x2 Wave 2 Wi-Fi with All new AORUS Antenna
  • 127 dB SNR AMP-UP Audio with High-End ESS SABRE 9018K2M DAC
  • AQUANTIA 10GbE BASE-T LAN and Intel Gigabit LAN with cFosSpeed
  • Intel Thunderbolt 3 onboard
  • Exclusive RGB FAN COMMANDER and OC Touch
  • USB TurboCharger for mobile device fast charge support
  • RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone Addressable LED Light Show Design
  • Smart Fan 5 features Multiple Temperature Sensors
  • Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP
  • Front USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C Header
  • Triple Ultra-Fast M.2 with with Triple Thermal Guards

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Intel Z390 Gaming motherboard XTREME COMBO with pre-tested Intel Core i9-9900K, 16 Phase IR Digital VRM, AORUS All-In-One Monoblock, RGB Fusion 2.0, 802.11ac Wireless, Intel Thunderbolt 3, ESS SABRE 9018K2M DAC, AQUANTIA® 10GbE LAN, RGB FAN COMMANDER, OC Touch

  • Bundled with pre-tested Intel Core i9-9900K
  • Supports 9th and 8th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors
  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready
  • 16 Phase IR Digital VRM Solution with PowIRstage
  • Cutting-edge AORUS All-In-One Monoblock for both CPU and PCH area.
  • Onboard Intel CNVI 802.11ac 2x2 Wave 2 Wi-Fi with All new AORUS Antenna
  • 127dB SNR AMP-UP Audio with High-End ESS SABRE 9018K2M DAC, LME 49720 and OPA1622 OP-AMP, WIMA audio capacitors
  • AQUANTIA® 10GbE BASE-T LAN and Intel® Gigabit LAN with cFosSpeed
  • Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3 onboard
  • Exclusive RGB FAN COMMANDER and OC Touch for professional casemodders and overclockers
  • USB TurboCharger for mobile device fast charge support
  • RGB FUSION 2.0 with Multi-Zone Addressable LED Light Show design, support Addressable LED & RGB LED strips
  • Smart Fan 5 features Multiple Temperature Sensors and Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP
  • Front USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C™ Header
  • Triple Ultra-Fast M.2 with PCIe Gen3 x4 interface with Triple Thermal Guards
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Testing Criteria

The Intel Core i9-9900K CPU paired with Z390 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE have been pre-tested with following parameters and stress test benchmark. With those tests, we hand picked only very small amount of high quality CPU to make sure each one of them can run All Cores 5.1GHz clock for stable and lightning-fast gaming experience.

Hardware Configuration

  • MB: Z390 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE
  • CPU Cooler: MB Built-in waterblock, bitspower Leviathan XF 360 radiator, 3*12cm system with 1800 rpm
  • Pump speed: Auto
  • Fan speed: 100%
  • Chassis: Enermax ECA3500 SABERAY
  • Ambient temperature: 25°C

BIOS Setting and Stress Test

  • CPU Multiplier: 51
  • BCLK: 100
  • CPU vCore: Auto
  • Loadline Calibration: Auto
  • XMP : Disable
  • Tjmax: 105°C
  • Test Software: PRIME95 26.6 small fft, 30min passed
*Overclocking capability highly depends on users' hardware configuration and environment, users may not reach 5.1GHz as expected. Please contact GIGABYTE if having any issue on this product.
*We tested every Core i9-9900K CPU and record its serial number in system. Please send CPU back to Gigabyte if you encounter CPU issue that needs RMA service.
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Innovative design, cutting-edge functionality, state-of-the-art aesthetics, sophisticated thermal design, next generation network connectivity ,Hi-Fi level audio system. Z390 AORUS XTREME is the new definition of a flagship motherboard.

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  1. 16 Phases IR Digital VRM Solution with PowIRstage
    • 8 Layer PCB
    • 2x Copper PCB
  2. Intel® CNVi 802.11ac 2x2 Wave 2 WIFI & BT 5
  3. Intel® i219v GbE LAN
    • cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator
  4. Intel® Thunderbolt 3
  5. AQUANTIA® 10GbE Base-T LAN
  6. Watercooling Thermal Design
    • AORUS All-In-One Monoblock
    • 5 W/mK thermal conductivity pad
    • NanoCarbon Baseplate
  7. Triple M.2 Connectors
    • PCIe 3.0 x4
    • Triple Thermal Guards
  8. AMP-UP Audio
    • ALC 1220-VB Audio Codec
    • ESS 9018K2M SABRE DAC
    • TI Burr-Brown OPA
    • Auto Impedance Sensing
    • Audiophile Grade Capacitors
    • Anti-pop relay
    • Gold Plated Audio Jacks
  1. OC Touch Connector
  2. DualBIOS with Socketed BIOS
  3. Ultra Durable PCIe Armor
  4. Front USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C
  5. USB TurboCharger
  6. Solid Pin Power Connectors
    • 24 pin ATX power Connector
    • 8+8 pin CPU power Connector
    • 6 pin PCIe power Connector
  7. Supports 9th Gen and 8th Gen Intel® Core Processors
    • Dual Channel DDR4, 4 DIMMs with Ultra Durable Memory Armor
    • XMP Support
  8. RGB FUSION
    • Addressable LED Header*2
    • RGB LED Header*2
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EXTREME Thermal Design

Z390 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE uses some unprecedented and innovative thermal design to ensure stability and low temperature under full loading application and gaming.

  • Unprecedently All-In-One Monoblock covers both CPU and PCH area
  • High density copper fins for extreme heat dissipation
  • Leak detection circuit around whole monoblock
  • High compatible universal G1/4 Threads
  • Automatically emergency shut down when leaking
  • Addressable (Rainbow) LED Light Effect
  • Adopt high thermal conductivity thermal pad
  • Solid back-plate to prevent motherboard distortion
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  • Base plate made of aluminum instead of traditional iron ensures 3X thermal conductivity.
  • A thin layer of NanoCarbon is coated on the base plate through electrostatic adhesion to enhance thermal radiation capability.
  • Combining with the back side thermal pad, it can transfer heat from the back side PCB to the base plate so the NanoCarbon base plate can dissipate heat passively.
  • Effectively lowers backside PWM component temperature by 10%.

NanoCarbon Coating
This specialized nanostructure of carbon molecules has extraordinary thermal conductivity.

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Smart Fan 5

With Smart Fan 5 users can ensure that their gaming PC can maintain its performance while staying cool. Smart Fan 5 allows users to interchange their fan headers to reflect different thermal sensors at different locations on the motherboard. Not only that, with Smart Fan 5 more hybrid fan headers that support both PWM and Voltage mode fans have been introduced to make the motherboard more liquid cooling friendly.
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  • 8 Fan / Water Pump Connectors
  • 8 Temperature Sensors
  • 2 External Temperature Sensors
  • All Hybrid Fan Headers
  • Support GPU temperature as source
  • Interoperable Fans and Sensors
  • Supports High Current Fans up to 24W(2A x 12V) with Over-Current Protection
  • Intuitive UI for Fan Control
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Bundled RGB FAN COMMANDER provide additional 8 hybrid fan headers

* Different models have a different number of fan pin headers and temperature sensors. Smart Fan 5 function may vary by model.
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Achieve fan silence. With Fan Stop, map any fan to stop completely when temperatures drop below a specified threshold. Which fan stops, based on readings from which sensor, and at what temperature—all of it can be customized to your liking.

Hybrid Fan Pin Headers

Assume complete control over your liquid cooling setup! Smart Fan 5 receives up-to-the-second information on flow-rate and water-temperature through the Hybrid Fan Pin Headers or external thermistor sensors—giving you absolute mastery over your PC.
• All Hybrid Fan Headers can automatically detect the type of cooling device whether it be fan or pump with different PWM or Voltage mode.

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New Smart Fan 5 Software

different modes, Quiet to Full Speed, to match your system usage preferences.
For each fan or pump, you can use the intuitive fan curve to define trigger thresholds and corresponding fan speeds.

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Extreme Power Design

To unleash the full potential of the new Intel 8-core CPU, the motherboard requires the best CPU power design. With the best quality components and GIGABYTE R&D design capability, Z390 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE is a true beast among motherboards.

16 Phase Digital Power Design

  • 60A IR PowIRstage for each vCore Phase
  • High current capacity MOSFET
  • Lower temperature
  • Server level reliability
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Z390 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE motherboard uses an all IR digital CPU power design which includes a digital PWM Controller with PowlRstage MOSFET and is capable of providing at least 60A of power from each phase, for a total of 960A. This 100% digital controller and additional 8+8 Solid-pin CPU Power Connectors offer incredible precision in delivering power to the motherboard's most power-hungry and energy-sensitive components, allowing enthusiasts to get the absolute maximum performance from the new 8-core 9th Gen Intel® Core™ processors.

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True 16 Phase Power Design

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Optimized CPU Power Delivery Plane with 2x Copper PCB

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GIGABYTE's exclusive 2X Copper PCBs design provides sufficient power trace paths between components to handle greater than normal power loads and to remove heat from the critical CPU power delivery area. This is essential to ensure the motherboard is able to handle the increased power loading that is necessary when overclocking.

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Unparalleled Performance

Hungry for better performance? Z390 AORUS XTREME bundles exclusive OC Touch Panel, supports high frequency XMP memory, and full SSD thermal guard to make sure you get the maximum full system performance.

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OC Touch Panel

Overclocking Made Easy

GIGABYTE OC Touch provides an array of physical buttons and switches to bring access to overclocking features at your fingertips—making overclocking on the fly extremely fast and easy.
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Support for DDR4 to 4400MHz and Beyond

AORUS is offering a tested and proven platform that ensures proper compatibility to 4400MHz and beyond.
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Broad DDR4 Compatibility with Support List of 1000+ DDR4 Validated!

AORUS partners very closely with memory vendors from around the world to ensure that modules offered by popular memory brands are compatible with AORUS Motherboards. AORUS has verified over 1000+ different modules to ensure performance in a AORUS built system.

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Triple PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2

AORUS Gaming Motherboards are focused on delivering M.2 technology to enthusiasts who want to maximize their system's potential.

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Triple NVMe M.2 PCIe SSDs in RAID 0 Support

Extreme Performance with Gen3 x4 NVMe PCIe SSDs
Z390 AORUS motherboards offer the industry's best compatibility in terms of NVMe storage for users who demand high capacity and seek the best performance. AORUS' unique design can be configured in RAID for record speeds of up to 3551 MB/s (Sequential Read), making AORUS the obvious choice for the ultimate PC.

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AORUS M.2 Thermal Guard

GIGABYTE Ultra-Efficient M.2 Thermal Guard

With durability in mind, GIGABYTE provides a thermal solution for M.2 SSD devices. The M.2 Thermal Guard prevents throttling and bottlenecks from high speed M.2 SSDs as it helps to dissipate heat before it becomes an issue.

Thermal Throttling As Temperature Rises

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Next Generation Connectivity

A Flagship product needs to be future-proof so your system stays up-to-date with the latest technology. Z390 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE provides all next generation network, storage, and WIFI connectivity to keep you up to speed.

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AQUANTIA® 10GbE BASE-T Networking

Next Generation Multi-Gig Gaming
The AQUANTIA ® AQC107 is a high-performance, backward compatible with 10GBASE-T/ 5GBASE-T/ 2.5GBASE-T/ 1000BASE-T/ 100BASE-TX Ethernet Controller which is able to provide up to 10 GbE network connectivity, with 10 times faster transfer speeds compared to general 1GbE networking and is perfectly designed for media centers, workstations and gamers.

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Multi-Gigabit Support

  • Ultimate online gaming experience with faster connection speed
  • Backward compatible with 5/2.5/1Gbps network
  • No re-wiring needed
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Next Generation 40 Gb/s Thunderbolt 3

Dual Thunderbolt 3 – The fastest 40Gb/s single-wire connection
Powered by Intel's own Thunderbolt controller the new Thunderbolt™ 3 protocol, which is available over two USB Type-C™ connectors on the back I/O of the GIGABYTE Z390 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE, brings an unprecedented single-wire bandwidth of up to 40 Gb/s -- twice more than the previous generation of Thunderbolt! This incredible increase in bandwidth is also accompanied with support for different protocols such as DisplayPort 1.2 and USB 3.1, which is backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0, opening up a world of new possibilities.

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Daisy-chain Multiple Devices
Support for DisplayPort 1.2 makes Thunderbolt™ 3 a must have for any enthusiast. The Z390 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE is able to support two displays in 4K resolution at 60 FPS or one display in 5K resolution. In addition, Thunderbolt™ 3 over USB Type-C™ has revolutionary industry-first features such as Power Delivery 2.0, and the ability to daisy-chain up to 12 devices thanks to the Z390 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE's dual USB Type-C™ ports.
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Compatibility may vary according to system configuration and device specifications.

Smashes the GbE Barrier!

Integrated Intel® 802.11ac Wave2 CNVi WIFI + Bluetooth 5

Intel Next-Gen Wireless solution supports 802.11ac Wave 2 function, enables gigabit wireless performance, provides smooth video streaming, better gaming experience, few dropped connections and speeds up to 1.73Gbps. Double the speed compared to the previous generation. Moreover, Bluetooth 5 provides 4x range over BT4.2 and with faster transmission.
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  • All new antenna supported 802.11ac 2.4GHz & 5GHz, 4dBi signal gain
  • 2x signal strength compared to traditional antenna design
  • Two antenna with smart antenna function for the best WIFI signal transmitting
  • Multiple angle tilt and magnetic base for the best signal strength direction and location
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USB TurboCharger

GIGABYTE patent pending USB TurboCharger technology allows users to recharge their mobile devices with stunning speed, up to 50% in less than 30 minutes*. By connecting Front USB 3.0 Type-A cable of chassis to our motherboard, USB TurboCharger can recharge both Android devices with QC 3.0 and Apple devices with Apple Fast-Charge function.

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*Charge time varies with devices' hardware design, battery size, front USB 3.0 cable quality of chassis and environmental factors, actual results will vary.

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Definitive Aesthetics

GIGABYTE ID team designs Z390 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE from the drawing board. After countless hours of conceptualizing ideas, fine tuning details and engaging in discussion, GIGABYTE has produced a board that is equal parts beast and beauty.

Multi-Zone Light Show Design

Now offering more LED customizations than ever, users can truly adapt their PC to represent their lifestyle. With full RGB support and a redesigned RGB Fusion 2.0 application, the user has complete control over the LEDs which surround the motherboard.

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With an integrated intuitive user interface, the RGB Fusion 2.0 provides you a better solution for customizing the lighting effects across all supported devices. From motherboards, graphics cards to the peripheral products, you can personalize your gaming rig with your own style and show off your build by sharing the profiles. In addition, the new gaming mode makes the lighting effects interactive with selected games to bring you the most immersive gaming experience.
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  • Exclusive bundled accessory for professional casemodders
  • 8 Hybrid Fan Headers
  • 8 RGB LED Headers
  • 8 Addressable LED Headers
  • 2 external temperature sensors
  • 2 USB 2.0 header for additional USB RGB devices
  • All Hybrid Fan Headers and RGB/Addressable LED Headers have independently controlled speed and lighting patterns
  • Easy to install inside the chassis with its compact size and magnetic base
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Perfectly control the devices connected to the AORUS RGB FAN COMMANDER via RGB FUSION and Smart FAN software.
  • Manage 8x Fan speeds individually to your requirements. It can also ensure your system maintains its performance while staying cool.
  • Synchronize up to 16 lighting devices with RGB FUSION.
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Hi-Fi Audio System
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Audio Signal Process

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True Hi-Fidelity Music

Provides surround sound audio and enables DSD music playback
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ESS SABRE reference DAC

Hyperstream Dynamic Range (DNR 127dB) High-Res music (32bit, 192KHz PCM) World's best THD+N (THD+N -120db)
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L / R separation analog signal processing with internally balanced audio design

For maximum stereo sound quality and high-quality signal transmission
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TI Burr-Brown Audio OP Amps

Low stereo cross talk, high operational power output
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Audiophile Grade Capacitors

Deliver true acoustic sound
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Gold Plated Audio Jacks

High resistance to corrosion and oxidation

Audio Signal Process

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Anti-pop Circuit Design

Prevents popping noise when plugging in and removing the audio jack
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Auto Impedance Sensing

Auto detects headphone coils from 6 to 600 O and automatically adjusts proper output power
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Precise TXC Oscillator

Provides precise time triggers to Digital-Analog Converters.
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Audiophile Grade Capacitors

Famous WIMA capacitors are used as feedback signal processing to deliver crystal and balanced sound.

Clean Audio Power

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Independent Analog Power
Drives clean analog power for audio components to ensure minimal noise.
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Power Purifier
Supplies undisturbed power to the Digital-Analog Converters
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Ultra Durable

GIGABYTE is reputable for its durability and high quality manufacturing process. Needless to say, we use the best components we can find on the Z390 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE and reinforce every slot to make each of them solid and durable.

Solid Pin Power Connectors

Z390 AORUS motherboards feature solid plated ATX 24pin & ATX 12V 8pin + 8pin power connectors to offer a stable power supply during CPU overloading.
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Solid Pin Power connector advantages

  • Larger contact area for electricity
  • More metal quantity to sustain higher power and generated heat
  • Ultra durable and longer lifespan
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Ultra Durable PCIe Armor

Industry Leading Ultra Durable PCIe Armor

The innovative one piece stainless steel shielding design from GIGABYTE reinforces the PCIe connectors to provide the extra strength required to support heavy graphics cards.
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Ultra Durable Memory Armor

AORUS' exclusive one piece stainless steel shielding design prevents against PCB distortion/twisting and plate bending, in addition to preventing any possible ESD interference

CPU-Free USB BIOS Updates

AORUS Q-Flash Plus allows users to update to the latest BIOS using a thumb drive without the CPU or Memory needing to be installed.

Updating your BIOS on your AORUS motherboard can be done in a flash – even without memory or CPU onboard. Utilizing the EC Controller, the BIOS on your AORUS Motherboard can now be updated through Q-Flash Plus even if your system is unable to boot. A LED next to the EC controller will notify you once the procedure is complete and you are ready to boot your system normally.
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GIGABYTE BIOS & APP CENTER

Good software goes hand in hand with perfect hardware. Z390 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE bundled several useful and intuitive software to help users to control every aspect of motherboard.

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BIOS

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New User Interface

All new EASY MODE shows important hardware information in one page including CPU clock, Memory, Storage, Fan.

My Favorites

Add constantly used items into the favorite menu for quick access.

Storage Information

Show all kinds of storage information including SATA, PCIE and M.2 interface.

Changelog

List all changes before saving and exiting bios. Quickly review overall settings modification.

Optimized Memory Installation Reminder

Displays correct installation reminder message when user installs two memory modules but runs single channel mode.

Intuitive Load Line Curve

Clearly show each loadline calibration setting in an intuitive curve graph.

APP CENTER

GIGABYTE APP CENTER is a useful portal of all GIGABYTE MB utilities and drivers, you can choose any utility you want to install from APP CENTER and keep updated with the latest utilities and drivers version.
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EasyTune

GIGABYTE's EasyTune™ is a simple and easy-to-use interface that allows users to fine-tune their system settings or adjust system and memory clocks and voltages in a Windows environment. With Smart Quick Boost, one click is all it takes to automatically overclock your system, giving an added performance boost when you need it the most.

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System Information Viewer

GIGABYTE System Information Viewer is a central location that gives you access to your current system status. Monitor components such as the clocks and processor, set your preferred fan speed profile, create alerts when temperatures get too high or record your system's behavior; these are the possibilities of the System Information Viewer.
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