Gigabyte Z690 AORUS Ultra Motherboard Review

Testing – SATA, USB, & Power

To test SATA, M.2, and USB speeds we make use of CrystalDiskMark hard drive benchmarking tool. First up is our SATA drive which is the Samsung 870 EVO.

z690 aorus ssd

For M.2 testing we will using the top PCI-Express 4.0 slot. We use the Samsung 980 Pro drive.

z690 aorus nvme

For USB testing we have the ADATA SE900G, which is a USB 3.2 gen 2×2 drive. We used the Type-C connection on the rear I/O, which is only USB 3.2 gen 2×2.

z690 aorus usb

Power consumption for a system is of course very important. To measure power consumption I used a killawatt meter. The idle test is taken on the Windows 10 desktop and the load test is taken while running AIDA64’s system stability test with GPU’s enabled. Remember these values are for the entire system.

z690 aorus power

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