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GIGABYTE Z490 AORUS ULTRA LGA 1200 Intel Z490 ATX Motherboard with Triple M.2, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.2 Gen 2, WIFI 6, 2.5 GbE LAN

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  • Supports 10th Gen Intel Core Series Processors
  • Direct 12 Phases Digital VRM with 50A Smart Power Stage with Tantalum Polymer Capacitors Array
  • Next Generations VRM Cooling Fins Array and Direct Touch Heatpipe with Nanocarbon coating
  • Shielded Xtreme Memory Design with Tantalum Polymer Capacitors Array
  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • Intel 2.5 GbE LAN
  • 3 x M.2 AORUS Next Generation Thermal Guard
  • Intel WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5 2x2 with AORUS Antenna
  • AMP UP Audio ALC1220-VB AUDIO DAC
  • RGB Fusion 2.0
  • Smart Fan 5 Hybrid Fan Headers with smart fan functions (Fan Stop, PWM Controls, Noise Detection)
  • Rear 3 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type A, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C, 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A, 4 x USB 2.0
  • Front 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C, 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1, 4 x USB 2.0
  • Integrated I/O Shield
  • Q-Flash Plus Update BIOS Without Installing CPU, Memory or GPU
  • Hi-Res Audio Certified, PCIe 4.0 Grade Design

  • Overview
  • Specs
  • Warranty & Returns
  • Reviews
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PUNK GAMING

Neonpunk style emanates in the darkness from the glimmer of high quality metals, showcasing futuristic aesthetics in the darkness of the night.
The new era of esports has arrived.
a robot bird
detail of the motherboard
  1. Intel® WiFi 6 802.11ax 2T2R & BT5
  2. Onboard Display HDMI
  3. Rear USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C™
  4. Intel® 2.5 GbE LAN
  5. Advanced Thermal Design
    • Fins-Array II with NanoCarbon Coating
    • Direct-Touch Heatpipe II
    • 7.5 W/mK LAIRD Thermal Conductivity Pad
    • 3X Enlarged M.2 Thermal Guard II
    • Integrated IO Shield
  6. 3* M.2 Connectors with Thermal Guards II
    • NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4
  7. AMP-UP Audio
    • ALC 1220-VB Audio Codec
    • High-End Audio Capacitor
    • Audiophile Grade WIMA Capacitors
  8. Debug Port
  9. Solid Pin Power Connectors with Metal Shielding
    • 24 Pin ATX Power Connector
    • 8+4 Pin CPU Power Connector
  1. Supports 10th Gen. Intel® Core™ Processors
  2. Dual Channel DDR4, 4 DIMMs with Ultra Durable Memory Armor
  3. Direct 12 Phases Digital Power Design with DrMOS
    • Premium Choke and Capacitor
    • 6 Layer PCB
    • PCIe 4.0 Ready Mid-Loss PCB
    • 2X Copper PCB
  4. Front USB3.2 Gen2 Type-C™ for Connecting Devices
  5. PCIe Slots with Ultra Durable Armor
    • Running 1 x16 or 2 x8
  6. RGB FUSION 2.0
    • Addressable LED Header*2
    • RGB LED Header*2
  7. Noise Detection
  8. Q-FLASH Onboard Button
 ultimate-power-design of the motherboard

ULTIMATE POWER DESIGN

To fully support the latest 10th Gen ten-core CPU, the Z490 AORUS ULTRA is equipped with the ultimate power solution with the desired features: direct, digital and multiple phases. After countless experiments and tests, GIGABYTE presents the unbeatable Z490 AORUS ULTRA for enthusiasts and gamers.

Digital Power Design of the motherboard

Cleaner and more efficient power delivery to the CPU with better thermal performance ensure stability under high CPU frequencies and heavy loading.

  • Digital PWM Controller delivers appropriate voltage to the CPU.
  • 12 Direct DrMos without PWM Doublers. Each power phase connects directly to the CPU, with the capability to handle 600 Amps current in total.
  • Tantalum Capacitor Array improves transient response and minimizes oscillation.
  • 8 Solid Pin CPU Power Connectors with metal shielding secure power delivery and better heat dissipation
1. Digital PWM
2. Driver MOSFET
3. Tantalum Capacitor
4. CPU Power Connector
True Power Design

Power Efficiency & Voltage Ripple Graph

power-efficiency Design

Improved Transient Response

By using brand new VRM design and Tantalum Polymer Capacitor Array, Z490 AORUS motherboard transient response and stability is highly improved under overclocking and heavy loading condition.

waveform Design

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.

pcb2x-02, three pic to show detail of Copper PCB, Lower temperature icon, Better Overclocking icon, Better Power effciency icon, Lower Impedance icon
UNPARALLELED PERFORMANCE design

UNPARALLELED PERFORMANCE

GIGABYTE understands that our customer won't stop chasing better computer performance, and strive to deliver that in our products. For the Z490 series, protective and optimized memory trace enhance the performance; faster read and write speed save time and improve efficiency; and generous M.2 Storage with thermal guards ensure unthrottled performance. Future upgrades to the Z490 are made possible by the use of PCIe 4.0-ready components.

Support for DDR4 XMP Up to 4800MHz and Beyond*

AORUS is offering a tested and proven platform that ensures proper compatibility with profiles up to 4800MHz and beyond. All users need to do to attain this performance boost is to ensure that their memory module is XMP capable and that the XMP function is activated and enabled on their AORUS motherboard.

mb_xmp, a chart of XMP profiles Support
mb_xmp, DDR4 in motherboard as background
 detail of the XTREME MEMORY
Shielded Memory Routing

All memory routing is under the PCB inner layer shielded by a large ground layer to protect from external interference.

Memory Layout - Daisy Chain Design

With the optimized daisy-chain routing, the Z490 AORUS motherboard provides a proven speed of up to DDR4-4800+ MHz with high-density Memory module*. Optimized daisy-chained routing eliminates the stub effect, pushes the one DIMM per channel in dual channel interleaving mode to hit higher memory frequencies, providing professional gamers a denser and faster system memory experience.

Memory Layout effect

*Performance may vary in circumstances. Please refer to the QVL list for detail support information.

 faster speed icon, 32GB Capacity icon, Multi-Tasking icon, RAM Intensive icon, Quick Response icon, Lower Usage icon.
Single 32GB Support

The maximum memory capacity on the Z490 motherboard is 128GB. After Intel updated the memory reference code, a single slot can support up to 32GB. Therefore with populated 2 DIMM per channel on both channel, total memory capacity is 128GB, which was only available on High End Desktop (HEDT) platforms. For users who always run out of memory capacity, there is more bandwidth now for memory-intensive application such as rendering and video editing.

detail of the PCIe design
  1. 2X PCIe 4.0 Slot

    Reinforced PCIe 4.0 x16 or x8/x8 with lower impedance.
  2. M.2 PCIe 4.0 Slot

    M.2 PCIe 4.0 x4 slot with lower impedance.
  3. PCIe 4.0 Turbo B-Clock

    External clock generator for PCIe 4.0 overclocking.
  4. PCIe 4.0 Switches

    Switch PCIe 4.0 x16 into PCIe 4.0 x8/x8.
  5. PCIe 4.0 Re-driver

    Boost & strengthen PCIe 4.0 signals to longer lengths.
m2Slot, a compare of PCIe 4.0x4 M.2 with PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2

Triple NVMe M.2 PCIe SSDs in RAID 0 Support

Extreme Performance with Gen3 x4 NVMe PCIe SSDs

Z490 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.

detail of the PCIe 4.0 design of the motherboard
m2Slot, a compare of M.2 and sata3 up to 6GB/s

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.

layer of the motherboard

ADVANCED THERMAL SOLUTION

Unthrottled performance is guaranteed by the enhanced thermal solution that incorporates Fins-Array II, Heatpipe II and Thermal Guards II. The comprehensive solution delivers excellent heat dissipation. The Z490 AORUS ULTRA stays cool on VRMs and M.2 SSD even on full loading, making it most suitable for enthusiasts, overclockers and professional gamers.

detail of the inside
1.Direct-Touch Heatpipe II
With an extra large 8mm heatpipe and made from a new manufacturing process that narrows the gap between the heatpipe and heatsink, the new Direct-Touch Heatpipe II greatly help transfers heat on the MOSFET.

2.3X M.2 Thermal Guard II
Enlarged double-sided M.2 heatsink prevents high-speed, large capacity PCIe 3.0 SSDs with double side flash from throttling due to overheating.

3.Fins-Array II
Fins-Array II use a new louvered stacked-fins design which not only increases surface area by 300% compared to traditional heatsinks but also improves thermal efficiency with better airflow and heat exchange.

4.LAIRD 7.5 W/mK Thermal Pad
By using 1.5mm thicker 7.5 W/mK thermal conductivity pads, it can transfer 4x more heat compared to traditional thermal pads in the same time.

5.NanoCarbon
MOSFET Heatsink are coated with a thin layer of NanoCarbon to enhance thermal radiation.
two images showing different between 39 degree and hotter

NanoCarbon Coated Fin Array Heatsink

As CPUs get more powerful, VRM modules get hotter under ultra high performance. Being the first adopters among industry using NanoCarbon as coating material to enhance thermal radiation speed up heat dissipation. Nanocarbon is coated onto the heatsink through electrostatic adhesion. The coating material covers the entire finned heatsink with 3mm in thickness. In that way, heat is dissipated more quickly. The tests show 10% cooler with the NanoCarbon coating.

38 graphene power of the motherboard
Fins-Array II
Fins-Array II uses brand new louvered stacked fins technology which is usually only used on industrial equipment that need compact heat exchangers. It has a special secondary fins structure that enhances heat transfer performance.

Louver Directed Flow
Heat flow that goes through fins will enter from the leading edge of the louver and is then directed by other louvers or fins. This louver directed flow can greatly improve heat transfer performance.
different between fins-Array and traditional stacked fins
circulation effect
Circulation Zone
Because of pressure difference and flow separation, a circulation zone will be formed between louvered fins. This circulation will cause flow entrain and eject in the vortice form which improves thermal efficiency.

Direct-Touch Heatpipe II


With an extra large 8mm heatpipe and made from a new manufacturing process to narrow the gap between the heatpipe and heatsink, new Direct-Touch Heatpipe II greatly helps transfer heat on MOSFETs.
detail of the Direct-Touch Heatpipe II

AORUS M.2 Thermal Guard II

With durability in mind, GIGABYTE provides a new thermal solution for large capacity M.2 SSD devices with double side flash. The M.2 Thermal Guard II uses a double-sided heatsink design and prevents throttling and bottlenecks on high speed M.2 SSDs by dissipating heat before it becomes an issue.

AORUS M.2 Thermal Guard II

Thermal Throttling As Temperature Rises

M2ThermalGuard, a performance chart of cooler and hotter
smart-fan5-logo

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.
inside of the motherboard
temperature sensors and hybrid fan headers icon
  • 8 Fan / Water Pump Connectors
  • 7 Temperature Sensors
  • 2 External Temperature Sensors
  • 1 Noise Detection Cable
  • All Hybrid Fan Headers
  • Interoperable Fans and Sensors
  • Supports High Current Fans up to 24W(2A x 12V) with Over-Current Protection
  • Intuitive UI for Fan Control
Different models have a different number of fan pin headers and temperature sensors. Smart Fan 5 function may vary by model.
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.
fan-control-design

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.
example of the hybrid fan pin header and temperature sensor pin header

New Smart Fan 5 Software

Choose from 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.
two screenshots of system inofrmation viewer

Noise Detection

With the new Noise Detection function, you can monitor noise level of all devices including fans, CPU coolers, graphics card, etc. in real time, and you can determine how fast your fan speed needs to be. Our bundled Noise Detection cable doesn't include any sound recording function, it simply detects sound pressure while protecting your privacy.
a screenshot of system inofrmation viewer
mainsec04, one side of the motherboard

Next Generation Connectivity

A high-end product needs to be future-proof so your system stays up-to-date with the latest technology. Z490 AORUS ULTRA provides all next generation network, storage, and WIFI connectivity to keep you up to speed.

Intel 2.5GbE LAN Onboard

2X Faster than ever

Adoption of 2.5G LAN provide up to 2.5 GbE network connectivity, with at least two times faster transfer speeds compared to general 1GbE networking. It's perfectly suit for gamers and streamer with ultimate and smooth online experience. It also backward compatible with Multi-Gig(10/100/1000/2500Mbps) RJ-45 ethernet.
mainsec04, one side of the motherboard

New Introduce Intel® WiFi 6 802.11ax + BT 5 Module

Intel Wireless solution supports 802.11ax, enables gigabit wireless performance, provides smooth video streaming, better gaming experience, few dropped connections and speeds up to 2.4Gbps*. Moreover, Bluetooth 5 provides 4X range over BT 4.2 and with faster transmission.

Benefit of WiFi 6:

  1. 5.5X throughput than 802.11ac 1x1*
  2. 4X better network capacity, no traffic jams especially in those dense area with lots of devices
  3. Network efficiency increase for better user experience
a chart showing different between 2x2 802.11ax and others dual wifi 6 ready icon
detail of the wifi signal

AORUS Antenna Supports Dual Band with Better WIFI Signal

  • All new antenna supported dual band 802.11ax/ac 2.4GHz & 5GHz.
    better signal strength compared to traditional antenna design
  • AORUS 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

AUDIO SOLUTION WITH DTS IMMERSIVE SOUND EXPERIENCE

hi-res-audio icon

Hi-Res Audio

Hi-Res Audio certified, meaning that the product is capable of reproducing frequencies up to 40kHz or above which ensures user with the best audio quality at all times.

ALC1220-VB Immersive Gaming ViBes

All New Realtek High-End HD Audio Codec

ALC1220 120dB(A) SNR HD Audio with Smart Headphone Amp automatically detects impedance of your head-worn audio device, preventing issues such as low volume and distortion.
With the new VB series audio controller, stream your voice to the world vibrantly with both front/rear microphone SNR up to 110/114dB(A).
mb_headphone with smart headphone amp VB_table of the motherboard ALC1220-VB of the motherboard
DTS logo

DTS :X® Ultra

Recreates an authentic, spatially accurate 3D audio experience for gaming over any headphones or speakers. Supports channel-based, scene based and object-based audio. Provides out-of-the-box calibration for a range of headphones and speakers. Provides post-processing enhancements and device level tuning for DTS® codecs.

DTS Sound Unbound* leverage Microsoft Spatial, enabling the the most believable, 3D audio experience for games. Immersion through DTS Headphone:X means in the sonic landscape, stationary and moving sounds can be heard from above, below or around the listener. Sounds pass around the listener with amazing externalization and accurate localization.

DEFINITIVE AESTHETICS

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.
ledstrip01, cycle color icon, static icon, pulse icon, flash icon, double flash icon, music icon, random icon, game icon, digital A icon, digital B icon, digital C icon,  a pic of RGB LED and Digital Addressable LED
RGB_Fusion, the components of computer together in a black background

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.

rgbsoftware, RGB FUSION 2.0 ICON, two screenshots of RGB fusion 2.0

GIGABYTE RGB Fusion APP

Don't just make your PC shine, make it a work of art that friends will envy. With the GIGABYTE RGB Fusion mobile app users can watch as they control the lighting within their gaming PC. This gives users ease of access as they try and adjust colors and speeds for different modes, all this can be achieved away from the keyboard and monitor of their PC.

screenshot of Fusion APP
ULTRA DURABLE

ULTRA DURABLE

GIGABYTE is reputable for its product durability and high quality manufacturing process. Needless to say, we use the best components we can find for the Z490 AORUS motherboard and reinforce every slot to make each of them solid and durable.

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.

mb_exclusive, the detail of extra anchor points, a pic of different between 1.7X stronger and 3.2X stronger

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.

one image splited into two, showing different between with gigabyte memory armor and without

Solid Pin Power Connectors

Z490 AORUS motherboards feature solid plated ATX 24pin & ATX 12V 8pin + 8pin power connectors to offer a stable power supply during CPU overloading.

solid pin design and traditiona design

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
detail of the ports on the motherboard
q-flash-plus icon

Q-Flash Plus

Update the BIOS easily without installing the CPU, memory and graphics card.

With GIGABYTE Q-Flash Plus, you don't need to install the CPU, memory and graphics card nor enter the BIOS menu to flash the BIOS. Just download and save a new BIOS file (rename to gigabyte.bin) on the USB flash drive, then press the dedicated Q-Flash Plus button and you're good to go!

qflashstep2, three steps to show you how to use Q-flash plus.
app center screenshot

GIGABYTE BIOS & APP CENTER

Good software goes hand in hand with perfect hardware. Z490 AORUS ULTRA bundled several useful and intuitive software to help users to control every aspect of motherboard.

BIOS

software_bios, a screenshot of bios

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.

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.
software_appcenter, a screenshot of APP center

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.

software_easytune, a screenshot of easytune

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.
software_siv, a screenshot of system information viewer

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Looks great, tastes great too! 9/15/2020 8:15:13 AM

Pros: Great design. On-board lights. Clean looking design. Works like it should!

Cons: Not sure if this is a 'con', but the M2 drives are under a cover on the mboard. I think it looks great b/c it's cleaner looking, but 'kind of' a pain to pull the cover off just to install the drives.

Overall Review: HUGE fan of Gigabyte motherboards, one hasn't failed me yet and they always have options for the builder who wants to do more.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Intuitive setup and great features for the price 9/12/2020 10:35:17 AM

Pros: Beyond the simple specifications and price:
-fit and finish, including screw holes, plastic shipping protectors, etc felt very high-quality. Do note, however that the hardware (screws and risers, if required) will be with your case.
-heat sink for M2 chips is dual-sided and comes off in sections. This reduces the pucker factor when maneuvering them because they have sharp edges.
-No cooling issues thus far despite overclocked RAM, I9-10900K, and two onboard M2 drives. I think Ive caught some sensors at ~52C only during benchmarking, but of course this will depend on your cooling setup, ambient temperature, etc.
-comes with a nice wifi antenna (not sure if that was obviously noted anywhere)
-IO Shield is pre-installed and tight specifications-clicked right into my corsair case, no wiggle
-decent and intuitive bios, barring the first comment below
-comes with thermometer and microphone. More data!
-no short-circuiting required to default the BIOS if yo have a reset and power switch. This is a good segue to the reason that I routinely had to use this feature:

Cons: -XMP profile for 4000MHZ RAM is present but does not work with my 64GB 4000hz Corsair LPX 2-stick setup
-Lights are a nice color but not configurable
-Edges of heat sink are very sharp. Looks good, may cause you a problem if you're not careful
-little clearance around PCI-E slots. Founder's edition 2080 super seated immediately, but I had to return an MSI card with fancy shrouding. That clearance is again bordered by sharp heat shielding.
-second PCI-E is not X16, so SLI cards will default to X8. Makes the prospect of upgrading your rig with an additional card a tiny bit less attractive, and reduces airflow options.
-for the same reason as above, carefully measure before buying a PCI riser/vertical GPU/PCI-E Extension cable if you intend to run the card in X16.

Overall Review: -Great features for the price
-Premium feel and quality for less than flagship price
-The minimum standard chipset if you were able to snag an I9-10900K
-Take the single X16 slot and its location into account for your build.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Awesome Motherboard 8/23/2020 10:23:35 AM

Pros: Was upgrading from a Gigabyte Aorus Z370 Gaming Wifi and an Intel Core i5 9600K. Cosmetically it looks Beautiful and Spec wise is in a whole another world. What attracted me to buy the motherboard was:
- its 12 Power Phases
-M.2 gen 4
-Audio Quality (i mean ALC1220-VB AUDIO with DAC well thats a PLUS!)

Cons: this is a personal opinion but only thing i really wanted this board to have was the
-Power button

Overall Review: Overall i can say its an amazing Motherboard with tons of features to play With. Id Definitely Recommend this motherboard AORUS FOR THE WIN!

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Well built and stable 8/18/2020 9:01:29 AM

Pros: Plugged everything in and it worked the first time (yay!)

Cons: None that I can think of

Overall Review: I haven't explored any of the overclocking options on this, it's strictly factory, but the stability this board brings combined with it's stock/factory settings being fast... it's a definite win.

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Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great Quality Product 7/26/2020 5:50:16 PM

Pros: -Easy to install, thanks to the built in IO shield it's simply a matter of lining it up, and screwing it in.
-Plenty of fan headers. Some issues I've seen with other boards is not allowing enough fan connections for more involved setups
-WIFI 6, 2.5 GbE LAN, and PCie 4.0 included is great for future proofing your build
-3x M.2 slots with thermal guard allows for plenty of storage options.
-Gigabyte's Bios software is more technical but when you get it down it's easy to navigate and simple to overclock. and having the ability to flash your bios directly as well as dual bios makes sure you're covered if the worst ends up happening.

Cons: Only real problem I found with it was not having a dedicated Q-Flash button on the IO shield, but it's a minor inconvenience having to open up your case to utilize the feature.

Overall Review: Upgrading from an ASUS Prime board with my older i7-8700K, this board is a huge upgrade. I feel the price is justified for all the features you're getting in this board compared to other top brands like ASUS and MSI. I would have liked sabers audio to have been included in at least their ultra series, but it's a minor thing. Great board for gaming, and easy to install while being accessible.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Terrible Product Experience 7/8/2020 4:32:42 PM

Pros: Looks good

Cons: Motherboard came in with 4C code and C1 code respective to Memory issue. Will only allow one stick. not damage to board or CPU socket. Tried 3 brands of RAM at all different speeds (3000,3200 and 3600)

Expensive product to receive defective .

Overall Review: would never buy gigabyte again

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Very solid all around board. 6/8/2020 11:01:19 PM

Pros: Solid. I have a 10700K with a stable 5.2 OC. My ram (3600) to 3800MHz.

Not to ramble, but I've pretty much owned nothing but ASUS for the last 25ish years. I'm coming from a 4790K OC'ed to 4.7 (5 years old). After doing as much research as I could, I chose the Aorus Ultra this time around. 1st off, This was the most trying build yet. I spent 3 days tweaking, learning, and re installing windows due to some strange hang during Cinebench 20. I was kind of blaming the board and pretty unhappy. I finally figured out that my issue was because of an Intel driver.
At this point, I have no complaints, everything is working great.
I found this to be the prettiest Z490 board out of the many.

Cons: I was excited to try the on board audio, coming from a 5 year old board. It's not bad sound, it's very clear, and much improved over the years. To be honest though, I will stick with my SB Audigy FX. No comparison.
The software was kind of glitched, I sometimes didn't even know if it was done installing. But, when it was all finished, it kind of started working good and stable. Not really impressed with any of it, but it works.
And finally, the last reason this board loses a star. This is more of a total opinion btw. I think ASUS has the better, more user friendly bios. I'm not saying Gigabytes bios is bad. To be honest, it doesn't hold your hand. It's very technical. I had to educate myself properly to use it properly.

Overall Review: Overall, fantastic board. I felt like I made a solid choice by going with this board. I also have to take into account that this board is very new and needs a few good bios updates to get it fully rockin' and rollin'. If they continue to improve this board, it will for sure shine!

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5/ 5
A few hiccups at first but it runs great 6/1/2020 10:56:30 PM

Pros: Tons of features.
3x M.2 SSD sockets.
Easy setup and installation.
Outstanding sound.

Cons: Rear speaker output jack went AWOL

Overall Review: I upgraded from an Asus TUF Z390 / i5-9600k to the Aorus Ultra Z490 / i7-10700k.

Once everything was hooked up the system booted up without a hitch and it found all my drives and hardware without me requiring to do anything.

Windows boots up in about half the time as my old setup. Very nice. 9600k would 100% the CPU while booting Windows - the new rig maybe spikes 60% once or twice on one core.

CPU temps are outstanding! Intel 10th gen / Z490 runs COOL - don't believe the contrary. I average a good 7-12 degrees cooler idling AND at full blast on this setup over the 9600k on my open loop liquid cooling system.

Out of the box this board comes with the, "F3" BIOS. Gaming framerates were a lackluster improvement over the 9600k / Z390 with the new setup and the F3 BIOS stock. I used Gigabyte's Windows environment BIOS update software to flash the newest, "F4" BIOS. The app could not locate this update from any server online so i downloaded the new BIOS from Gigabyte's web site onto a USB drive and then everything worked without a hitch. With the new BIOS I am seeing a good little bump in performance for gaming over the 9600k which is nice as for the most part I'm GPU bound. I haven't begun to OC anything yet but apparently the, "stock" BIOS settings are themselves a mild overclock. Something to be aware of.

Initially RGB Fusion 2.0 got all my lighting cattywampus but after several re-boots and switching the PSU off once everything worked itself out and has worked properly since.

The only real persistent issue is the rear speaker out jack was working from the get-go but has since disappeared and I can't seem to get it back. I just switched my speakers to the alternate rear line-out jack and I will investigate the problem at a later time.

The sound out of this board is fantastic! Sound is something that is not generally on top of people's list for motherboard features but it is outstanding! The sound clarity, definition and stereo separation is really great. I must have watched the Red Dead Redemption benchmark a hundred times before and bullet ricochets were actually making me jump in my chair! Even the little fan in the fence's store stood out and tracked in stereo space perfectly and was impeccably clear like never before. NPC's voices were perfectly clear and they each had their own space in stereo as well. The TUF's sound was very good but this is next level.

All in all a good purchase and a fairly easy upgrade. Minus 1/2 star for the little hiccups and sound jack issue but I'll round up.

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