Gigabyte Z590 AORUS Master Overview
The Gigabyte Z590 AORUS Ultra is an ATX motherboard and has the typical AORUS look with an all black PCB with sort of silver and grey accents throughout the board.
Starting at the CPU socket we have Intel’s LGA 1200 socket, which supports both 10th and 11th Gen Core processors. Surrounding the socket we have the power delivery components. Gigabyte is making use of an 18+1 power phase design, so you have 18 phases for the Vcore and one phase for the SOC. There are 90A smart power stages for each Vcore phase and Gigabyte uses high current capacity MOSFETS. Covering the power delivery components is Gigabyte’s Fins-Array II, which makes use of 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. These heatsink fins also feature an 8mm heatpipe, which helps keep things cool as well.
Gigabyte has designed an I/O cover that sort of brings the entire top corner of the board together. It will light up with RGB lighting, which you’ll see in just a bit. Right at the top corner of the board there are two 8-pin EPS connectors, both of which are metal reinforced. There is also a 4-pin fan connector.
Moving over to the other corner of the board you’ll find six more headers. For of them are 4-pin fan headers (optional CPU fan, CPU fan, system fan, pump), and two RGB header (4-pin standard, 3-pin addressable). On this side of the board you’ll find your four RAM slots, which support memory all the way up to DDR4-5400. These slots are metal reinforced.
Moving over to the edge of the board you’ll find a large power button, POST code display, 24-pin EPS connector which is metal reinforced, two USB 3.2 gen 1 headers, and a USB 3.2 gen 2 header. As we come down to the board there are six SATA 6GB/s ports which support RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10.
At the bottom of the board you’ll find the rest of your headers and connections. From left to right you have your HD audio header, BIOS switches, 3-pin addressable RGB header, 4-pin standard RGB header, TPM header, two USB 2.0 headers, noise sensor header, small reset button, three 4-pin fan headers, and your front panel headers.
The bottom half of the board is characterized by a large heatsink array, which looks pretty awesome. This heatsink array covers the Z590 chipset as well as your three M.2 slots. As far as expansion slots on the board you have three x16 slots which are metal reinforced. The top two are controlled by the CPU so are Gen4 compatible, while the bottom one is controlled by the chipset and is Gen3.
The M.2 heatsinks are removed in two different pieces to reveal three total slots. The top slot is the only one that is Gen4 compatible so if you have an 11th Gen CPU it will operate at Gen4 speeds. The other two are Gen3 slots. All of the slots have pre-installed cooling pads on both sides.
Most of the audio components on the board are covered, but Gigabyte is making use of the Realtek ALC1220-VB codec with the ESS Sabre Audio DAC (ESS 9118) and DTS.
Moving along to the rear I/O we have a nice integrated I/O shield, which is all but standard these days. From left to right on the rear I/O we have the Q-Flash Plus button, Clear CMOS button, WiFi Antenna, four USB 3.2 gen 1 ports, DisplayPort, five USB 3.2 gen 2 ports, a single USB 3.2 gen 2×2 Type-C port, 10G Ethernet, and your audio connections. When it comes to WiFi you have the Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210 which supports 802.11ax and frequency bands up to 6 GHz as well as Bluetooth 5.2. The 10G LAN is powered by the Aquantia AQC107.
Flipping the board over to the back we can see that we have a full coverage aluminum backplate. This not only adds rigidity to the board, but also helps with cooling.