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GIGABYTE Z490 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE LGA 1200 Intel Z490 E-ATX Motherboard with Triple M.2, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.2 Gen 2, WIFI 6, 10 GbE LAN, Dual Thunderbolt 3, All-In-One Monoblock

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  • Supports 10th Gen Intel Core Series Processors
  • 16 Phases Digital VRM with 90A Smart Power Stage
  • AORUS Xtreme Waterforce Full Coverage Monoblock
  • NanoCarbon Baseplate
  • Shielded Xtreme Memory Routing with Tantalum Polymer Capacitors Array
  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • AQUANTIA 10GbE LAN + Intel 2.5 GbE LAN
  • 3 x M.2 Enlarged Next Generation Thermal Guard
  • Intel WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5 2x2 with AORUS Antennas
  • AMP UP Audio ALC1220-VB2 with ESS Sabre ES9018K2M Rear Audio DAC and ESS Sabre ES9218 Front Audio DAC
  • RGB Fusion 2.0
  • Smart Fan 5 Hybrid Fan Headers with smart fan functions (Fan Stop, PWM Controls, Noise Detection)
  • Rear 4 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type A, 2 x Thunderbolt 3 Type C, 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A, 2 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
  • Intel Thunderbolt 3, AORUS Fan Commander, PCIe 4.0 Grade Design

  • Overview
  • Specs
  • Warranty & Returns
  • Reviews
a robot bird

Showcasing a state-of-the-art design, excellent functionality, an impressive thermal design, next generation network connectivity, a Hi-Fi level audio system, and AORUS aesthetics, the flagship Z490 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE motherboard dominates the competition.

sketch of the motherboard
detail of the motherboard
  1. True 16-Phase Digital VRM
    • 90A Smart Power Stage
    • 8 Layer PCB
    • PCIe 4.0 Ready Low Loss PCB
    • 2X Cooper PCB
  2. Intel® WiFi 6 802.11ax 2T2R & BT 5 with 2X AORUS Antenna
  3. Intel® 2.5GbE LAN
  4. AQUANTIA® 10GbE BASE-T LAN
  5. Intel® Thunderbolt 3
  6. Watercooling Thermal Design
    • AORUS All-In-One Monoblock
    • 7.5 W/mK LAIRD Thermal Conductivity Pad
    • NanoCarbon Baseplate
    • Right-Angled Connectors
  7. 3* M.2 Connectors
    • NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4
    • Thermal Guards II
  1. 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
    • Front Audio with ESS 9218 DAC
  2. Supports 10th Gen. Intel Core™ Processors
    • Dual Channel DDR4, 4 DIMMs with Ultra Durable Memory Armor
  3. Solid Pin Power Connectors
    • 24 Pin ATX Power Connector
    • 8+8 Pin CPU Power Connector
  4. RGB FUSION 2.0
    • Addressable LED Header*2
    • RGB LED Header*2
  5. Front USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C™
  6. USB TurboCharger
  7. DualBIOS with Q-Flash Plus
 EXTREME THERMAL DESIGN of the motherboard

EXTREME THERMAL DESIGN

Z490 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE uses exclusive CPU/VRM/PCH watercooling monoblock to ensure stability and low temperature under full loading application and gaming.

 detail of the Monoblock
  • All-In-One Monoblock covers both CPU, VRM , SSD and PCH area
  • 60% more skived fins surface area for more efficient heat transfer
  • High density copper fins for extreme heat dissipation
  • Leak detection circuit around whole monoblock
  • High compatible universal G1/4 threads
  • Automatically emergency shut down with leak detection
  • Addressable LED light effect
  • Adopt high thermal conductivity thermal pad
  • Solid back-plate to prevent motherboard distortion
Specifications
Material Copper / Acrylic
Fin Total surface area (mm2) 7536
Fin Gap (mm) 0.3
Sealing Teflon
Threads (inch) 2 x G1/4
Max Pressure (mpa) 0.2
Thermal Grease (W/mK) TC-5026 (2.89W/mK)
Thermal Pad (W/mK) 6(MOS, Choke, PCH, 10G LAN, M.2)
Digital LED Pin Header Yes, 4 pin
Digital RGB LED 25(CPU 16; PCH 9)
RGB Fusion 2.0 YES
Leak Detection YES
Covered Area MOS, Choke, PCH, 10G LAN, M.2
Weight 3.1KG

Waterflow Simulation

waterflow design

Leak Detection Area

Leak design
NanoCarbon of motherboard

NanoCarbon Baseplate

  • 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.
  • 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%.

Right-Angled Connectors

Z490 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE uses revolutionary Right-Angled Connectors design, 90% of pin headers and connectors on motherboard are right-angled and relocated to one side of PCB. The never-seen-before design help easier cable management and better in-chassis air-flow when installing great amount of devices.

 two image showing different between right-angled design and traditional design

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

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
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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.
inside of the motherboard
temperature sensors and hybrid fan headers icon
  • 8 Fan / Water Pump Connectors
  • 8 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
detail of motherboard

EXTREME POWER DESIGN

To unleash the full potential of the new Intel 10-core CPU, the motherboard requires the best CPU power design. With the best quality components and GIGABYTE R&D design capability, Z490 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE is a true beast among motherboards.

Digital Power Design of the motherboard
  • 90A Smart Power Stage for Each vCore Phase
  • High Current Capacity MOSFET
  • Tantalum Polymer Capacitors Array
  • Lower Temperatures
  • Improved Transient

Z490 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE motherboard uses an pure digital CPU power design which includes a digital PWM Controller with Smart Power Stages and is capable of providing 90A of power from each phase for a total of 1440A. This 100% digital controller, new Tantalum Polymer Capacitors array, and additional 8+8 Solid-pin CPU Power Connectors offer incredible precision and stability in delivering power to the motherboard's most power-hungry and energy-sensitive components, allowing enthusiasts to get the absolute maximum overclocking performance from the new 10-core 10th Gen. Intel® Core™ processors.

tantalum ploy mer capacitors

Due to the lower resistance of the polymer materials, tantalum polymer caps generally have better ESR and ripple current specifications, as well as better performance at high frequency.

True Power Design

In order to unleash the full performance of the new high core count CPUs, GIGABYTE uses true power phases, a fully load-balanced VRM design with doublers, and a tantalum polymer capacitor array. By using doublers, the power design ensures that the high power draw of the CPU is fully balanced across all MOSFETs to achieve better efficiency and lower temperatures. In contrast, MOSFETs in competitors' traditional parallel power designs are not as well balanced which leads to lower efficiency and higher temperatures. For sudden changes between idle and high load states from the CPU, GIGABYTE utilizes a tantalum polymer capacitor array directly under the CPU socket as a buffer to improve transient response and stability under high CPU frequencies.

GIGABYTE POWER DESIGN | True Power Design

gigabyte-power-design

Due to the lower resistance of the polymer materials, tantalum polymer caps generally have better ESR and ripple current specifications, as well as better performance at high frequency.

TRADITIONAL PARALLEL POWER DESIGN | Parallel Power Design

traditional-power-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

Power Design Efficiency

Power Design Efficiency chart
pcb2x-01, detail of the power design
pcb2x-02, three pic to show detail of Copper PCB, Lower temperature icon, Better Overclocking icon, Better Power effciency icon, Lower Impedance icon

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.

the effect of insert memory

UNPARALLELED PERFORMANCE

Hungry for better performance? Z490 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE has a full PCIe 4.0 design, supports high frequency memory, and comes with full SSD thermal guards to make sure you get the maximum full system performance.

XTREME MEMORY

Z490 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE uses revolutionary "XTREME MEMORY" technology, which includes Shielded Memory Routing, SMT DIMM, and Tantalum Polymer Capacitors Array to minimize all noise and electrical interference and reach the highest memory clock.

 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.

 detail of the tantalumsmall
Tantalum Polymer Capacitors Array

Capacitors are placed directly underneath the memory DIMM to improve transient response.

 detail of the tantalumsmall
SMT DIMM

Less external interference and shorter memory routing compared to traditional DIP design.

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 DESIGNARE Memory 32GB 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.

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

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.

 different kind of memory 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.

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. TRX40 AORUS MASTER provides all next generation network, storage, and WIFI connectivity to keep you up to speed.
detail of the new generation

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.

networking of the motherboard

Multi-Gigabit Support

  • Ultimate online gaming experience with faster connection speed
  • Backward compatible with 5/2.5/1Gbps network
  • No re-wiring needed
ports of the motherboard
Thunderbolt_logo

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 Z490 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 3.2 Gen2, which is backwards compatible with USB 3.2 Gen1 and USB 2.0, opening up a world of new possibilities.

chart of Thunderbold 3 and Thunderbold 2
Daisy-chain Multiple Devices

Support for DisplayPort 1.2 makes Thunderbolt™ 3 a must have for any enthusiast. The Z490 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 Z490 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE's dual USB Type-C™ ports.
Compatibility may vary according to system configuration and device specifications.

Daisy-chain

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

AORUS Antenna

  • 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
the performance of the aorus antenna
USB turbo charger icon

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 3.2 Gen1 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.

a chart showing different between gigabyte USB turbocharger and others
*Charge time varies with devices' hardware design, battery size, front USB 3.2 Gen1 cable quality of chassis and environmental factors, actual results will vary.
one image showing how the phone connect with the motherboard
DEFINITIVE AESTHETICS

DEFINITIVE AESTHETICS

GIGABYTE ID team designs Z490 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.
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
AORUS RGB FAN COMMANDER
  • 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
led fan string
 HI-FI AUDIO of the motherboard
hiaudio of the motherboard

HI-FI AUDIO

Still think motherboard audio is just "basic sound output" ? We put a 100% full Hi-Fi sound card and all audio-grade components into the Z490 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE to ensure the best, crystal clear sound quality. Furthermore, an exclusive bundled ESSential USB DAC means users not longer have to endure bad audio quality from ancient Front Audio interfaces.

hi-res-audio icon

ESSential USB DAC

Complete Digital to Analog Signal processing on front-access USB Type-C ports gets rid of any possibility of distortions and provides superb sound stage recreation so users can experience the vocal cohesion. Enjoy the depth of the music and the immersive sound profile.

  • USB Type-C for PC, Laptop and Android Devices
  • Replace Ancient Front Audio Interfaces
  • Powered by ESS SABRE HIFI DAC
  • Premium Power Processing
  • Left/Right Separation Routing
  • Superior Sound Stage by WIMA Capacitors
hi-res-audio-con
detail of the ESSential USB DAC Components
  1. EMI Absorbent Material, Dual Grounding Protections
  2. Premium WIMA Audio Capacitors
  3. HDI (High Density Interconnect) PCB with layer separation L/R Routing
  4. Ultra Low-Noise Linear Power Design
  5. High Precision Passive Components
  6. ESS SABRE HiFi ES9280CPRO
ESSential USB DAC
Audio Format Up To 32-bit/384KHz PCM data, DSD128
Output 2 Volts @ 300O / 1.4 Volts @ 32O
DAC Chip ESS SABRE HiFi ES9280CPRO
Compatibility Windows® 10 build 19021 (and later) Android 5.0 (and later) Apple OS Mojave 10.14.6 (and later)
Interface Input: USB Type-C™ Output: 3.5mm, support impedance sensing
SNR Up to -131dB (A-Weighting)
DNR Up to 118dB (A-Weighting)
THD+N Up to -118dB (1.4Vrms@300O load)
up to -109dB (34mW@32O load)
Frequency Response 20Hz~40kHz
the design of the audio signal process of the motherboard the detail of the audio signal process of the motherboard

True Hi-Fidelity Music (Digital Audio)

Provides surround sound audio and enables DSD music playback
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.

DTS:X Ultra Technology Video

DTS:X Ultra Experience Video

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 XTREME WATERFORCE 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 XTREME WATERFORCE 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

Learn more about the GIGABYTE Z490 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE

Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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Verified Owner
2/ 5
Lemon? 7/9/2020 4:29:18 PM

Pros: -Very impressive aesthetic
-Nice subtle RGB
-Fully loaded motherboard

Cons: -Very heavy
-A hassle to dis/assemble
-GPU lock for the top slot has the potential to be a pain to disengage, especially with the M.2 heatsinks. Fortunately I saw that my GPU would cover the M.2 heatsink screw that would leave me SOOL had I not have the foresight to remove it. However, I did still have a hassle disengaging the GPU lock.

Overall Review: This is an impressive board. I mean, its the equivalent of going to the dealer and buying a fully loaded sports car. The board provides you with several accessories and onboard features. The monoblock is very impressive to look at and has a very premium feel to it. It's not cheap plastic, but very well built. However, it's a pain to assemble. Especially since the block is very heavy and Gigabyte expects you to also connect very thin wires to very fragile connectors while balancing the board with one hand and connecting them with the other. It really is a balancing act since you're also trying to not touch the thermal pads or the paste. Make sure you have reviewed and installed everything the board requires. Otherwise, you will need to unscrew the brackets that hold the CPU block, the screws around the CPU bracket and the screws around the chipset. Then also re-visit pulling off the block. This makes it potentially frustrating for any troubleshooting (more on that in a sec.)

I really love Gigabyte products, especially their Aorus line. I was an early adopter of the Aorus laptops before the brand became what it is now. So I was excited to make this purchase when I got my 10th gen chip. It looked very gorgeous in my setup. But I'm fairly certain I got a lemon. I spent two days troubleshooting, researching, second opinions. However, nothing I did resolved the thermals. I strongly believe this board was doing something weird. Completely stock, no fiddling other than fan settings. My fans would ramp up very frequently. I would be browsing with three or four tabs open, spotify and discord running, my temps would be fluctuating between low 50s and mid 70s. The voltage would be going from 1.1 to 1.4. Again, this would be stock. Locking the voltage to 1.3 with an OC of 5GHz, temps would immediately spike to high 90s in a stress test. My 9900k never reached those temps on my z390 master board with those same settings. It did weird things to my GPU as well. Playing Resident evil 3 remake, my watercooled 2080ti would suddenly jump to 70c while simple standing in a small room with little to render. Going back to the BIOS for more investigating, I noticed that my CPU was hitting 70c while simply being in the BIOS. I gave up and just deemed this board a dud. With all the hassle of disassembling the board, it really made me decide against exchanging it for another.

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5/ 5
Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme Waterforce 7/2/2020 6:06:21 AM

Pros: well made, Quality board, sturdy, bright rgb, easy instructions, amazing performance!

Cons: The fitting ports on the monoblock CANNOT fit wide fittings side by side. it was attempting use TT rgb fittings and the space between the two ports was too close. Rectified the clearance issue with 90 degree fittings.

Overall Review: This mobo is absolutely insane! By far the quality of this board is impeccable. As for performance, if I had to relate this to something I would relate it to the Hulk from Avengers, its a monster! Well done I must say!

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Verified Owner
5/ 5
Beauty. Just amazing. Heavy Duty. Worth the wait. 7/1/2020 10:55:52 AM

Pros: Sturdy, Strong, and Well Made

Cons: Expensive, Extremely Heavy for a Box due to Water Blocks and Plates.

Overall Review: Great motherboard. Was worth the wait for 10th Gen based Intel. Wish they would make something like this for AMD Ryzen series too in future.

Water block shows this is much improvement from their Waterforce predecessors. They have made sure this flows properly. It's extremely heavy, and expensive, but in the end - its worth everything.

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