All the Intel Z390 motherboards announced so far
On Gigabyte's end, the company has prepared no fewer than 11 motherboards:
- Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Xtreme (S$799)
- Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Master (S$459)
- Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Ultra (S$379)
- Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro WiFi (S$319)
- Gigabyte Z390 I Aorus Pro WiFi (S$279)
- Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Elite (S$279)
- Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro
- Gigabyte Z390 Gaming SLI
- Gigabyte Z390 M Gaming (S$235)
- Gigabyte Z390 Gaming X (S$240)
- Gigabyte Z390 UD
The Z390 Aorus Xtreme was announced separately, and you can read more about it in a separate article here.
Gigabyte has also changed the way it brands its motherboards, moving away from a numbered naming scheme – such as with the former Gaming 9 and Gaming 7 boards – in favor of descriptors like Master, Ultra and Elite.
The Aorus Master comes with a bevy of high-end features, including a backplate, triple M.2 sockets, and a 12+2-phase power design. It even has an 8+8-pin CPU power connector to supply additional power to your CPU. Furthermore, the finned VRM heatsink provides more surface area for heat dissipation to keep the vital components running cool.
It also has three full-length PCIe slots, all of which are reinforced by metal. They run in x16, x8, and x4 modes, and the board will support up to 3-way CrossFire or 2-way SLI.
In addition, there is a debug LED and dual BIOS switch at the bottom of the board, which should come in handy during troubleshooting. Another nice touch is the pre-installed rear I/O shield, so installation should be a tad easier.
On the rear panel, there are three USB 3.1 (Gen 2) Type-A, one USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-C, and four USB 2.0 ports. In addition, there are two more USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-A ports which utilize Gigabyte's DAC-UP 2 technology. These ports supposedly provide a cleaner signal for your audio devices, in case you're picky about sound quality.