Gigabyte Z390 AORUS MASTER Motherboard: For 9th & 8th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors
Dominate The Future!
In the dark, starless night, the falcon strikes fear into the heart of its prey. Even with minimal visibility, the falcon pinpoints its prey and patiently anticipates the perfect moment to swoop in for the kill. The falcon with its laser sharp gaze dominates the darkness of night in the same manner that AORUS Core Lighting illuminates the vast AORUS ecosystem.
Take Advantage of the Power of Intel® 9th or 8th Gen Processors
Gigabyte Motherboards Are Your Tactical Advantage
This Gigabyte Z390 Motherboard along with a compatible Intel® 9th or 8th Gen Processor goes farther, faster than previous Consumer level Intel® CPUs and Chipsets ever have.
You get enhanced clock rates, improved memory caching and higher "per core" IPC scores to give you the best possible performances off these new Processors.
- 12 Phases IR Digital VRM Solution with PowIRstage
- Intel® CNVi 802.11ac 2x2 Wave 2 WIFI & Bluetooth v5.0
- Advanced Thermal Design:
- Fins-Array Heatsink
- Thermal Baseplate
- Intel® i219v GbE LAN
- Integrated I/O Shield:
- Triple M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 Connectors:
- 2x M.2 NVMe PCI-E x4 22110 Slots
- 1x M.2 NVMe PCI-E x4 2280 Slot
- Supports 1x Intel® Optane™ Memory Card in any M.2 slot
- ALC1220-VB Audio:
- ESS 9118 SABRE DAC
- Gold Plated Audio Jacks
- Supports 9th and 8th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors:
- Solid Pin Power Connectors:
- USB TurboCharger
- Front USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C™
- Ultra Durable PCIe Armor
- DualBIOS™ with Socketed BIOS
- RGB FUSION:
- 2x Addressable LED Headers
- 2x RGB LED Headers
12 Phase Digital Power Design
Server Level Reliability
Z390 AORUS MASTER motherboard uses an all IR digital CPU power design which includes both digital PWM Controller and PowlRstage MOSFET, and is capable of providing at least 40A of power from each phase, for a total of 480A. These 100% digital controller and additional 8+8 Solid-pin CPU Power Connectors offer incredible precision in delivering power to the motherboard's most power-hungry and energy-sensitive components, allowing enthusiasts to get the absolute maximum performance from the new 8-core 9th Gen Intel® Core™ processors.
- 8+8 Solid Pin CPU Power Connector with Metal Shielding
- 12 Phase Digital Power Design
- IR PowIRstage
- IR Digital PWM Controller
- Enlarged Power Plane
- 2x Copper PCB Design
- 40A IR 3553 for each vCore Phase
- High current capacity MOSFETS
Optimized CPU Power Delivery Plane with AORUS 2x Copper PCB
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.
Advanced Thermal Design
Z390 AORUS MASTER reaches a perfect balance between style and performance by combining the media acclaimed Fin-Arrays heatsink, a heatpipe, and a thermal baseplate, to provide 30% lower MOSFET temperatures for enthusiasts, overclockers and professional gamers.
Fins-Array Heatsink with Direct Touch Heatpipe and High Thermal Conductivity Pad
Z390 AORUS MASTER uses Fins-Array Heatsink which increases the heat dissipation area by 300% compared to traditional heatsinks of the same size. Direct Touch Heatpipe helps transfer heat from MOS to heatsink and fins.
By using LAIRD 1.5mm thick, 5W/mK high thermal conductivity pads, it can transfer 2.7x more heat compared to traditional thermal pads in the same time period.
Base plate + I/O Shield Armor
Durable design and easy installation
With an integrated base plate, GIGABYTE Motherboards give users a strong foundation to build their Gaming PCs. With an integrated I/O shield, building a GIGABYTE Ultra Durable PC is even easier. Integrated Power/Reset/Clear CMOS buttons on the I/O shield enable users easier debugging and operation.
ESS SABRE reference DAC ES9118:
- Hypertream Dynamic Range: 125dB SNR
- High-Res Music 32bit @ 384kHz PCM
- Super Low THD+N: -112db
- True High-Fidelity Music
- Audiophile Grade Capacitors
- Precision Audio Stream
True High-Fidelity Music (Realtek ALC1220-VB)
Paired with Realtek's latest ALC1220 Codec, playback for surround sound audio and DSD enabled music are easier than ever.
Audiophile Grade Capacitors (WIMA, Nichicon fine gold)
To ensure a studio-quality experience, WIMA and Nichicon Fine Gold capacitors are used to provide power to the overall system.
Precision Audio Stream (TXC OSCILLATOR)
Provides precise time triggers to Digital-Analog Converters. High resistance to corrosion and oxidation.
All New Realtek High-End HD Audio Codec With Immersive Gaming ViBes
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).
USB DAC-UP 2 Adjustable Voltage USB Port with Dedicated Power Design
AORUS improves upon USB DAC-UP technologies with USB DAC-UP 2. USB DAC-UP 2 continues to provide clean, isolated and low-noise power while adding the ability to compensate for voltage drop.
Virtual reality pioneers and gamers alike can rest assured that their expensive accessories and peripherals will not encounter connectivity or power deficiency issues with the AORUS USB DAC-UP 2.
With Gaming Gear drawing large amounts of power and having firm specification requirements. This USB DAC-UP 2 is more than up for the challenge.
Integrated Intel® 802.11ac Wave2 CNVi WIFI + Bluetooth v5
Intel Next-Gen Wireless solution supports 802.11ac Wave 2 function, enables gigabit wireless performance, provides smooth video streaming, better gaming experience, few dropped connections and speeds up to 1.73Gbps. Double the speed compared to the previous generation.
Intel® GbE LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Networking
Intel® GbE LAN features cFosSpeed, a network traffic management application which helps to improve network latency and maintain low ping times to deliver better responsiveness in crowded LAN environments.
Gigabyte uses Bluetooth 5 Wireless to provide 4x range over BT4.2 at faster data transmission rates!
GIGABYTE patent pending USB TurboCharger technology allows users to recharge their mobile devices with stunning speed, up to a 50% charge in less than 30 minutes*. By connecting the Front USB 3.0 Type-A chassis cable to our motherboard, users can utilize the USB TurboCharger to recharge both Android devices with QC 3.0 and Apple devices with Apple Fast-Charge function.
*Charge time varies with device's hardware design, battery size, front USB 3.0 cable quality of chassis, power saving setting (CEC 2019, ERP), and environmental factors, actual results will vary.
PERFORMANCE FUELED BY Intel® Optane™
The Z390 AORUS Platform supports Intel's latest Optane technology. Optane fuels storage performance by acting as a cache drive giving users a significant boost compared to traditional mechanical drives.
USB Type-C™ Front Panel Connector
Equipped with next generation connectivity AORUS Gaming Motherboards already support the chassis of the future. The onboard USB Type-C™ header for USB 3.1 Gen2 makes access convenient when connecting a USB 3.1 Gen2 drive or charging your new mobile device.
Native Intel USB 3.1 Gen 2 Controller
Intel's native USB 3.1 host controller provides USB 3.1 ports with speeds up to 10Gbps .With twice the bandwidth compared to its previous generation as well as backwards compatibility with USB 2.0 and 3.0, the much improved USB 3.1 protocol is available over the new reversible USB Type-C™ and the traditional USB Type-A connector for better compatibility over a wider range of devices.
With AORUS Motherboards, RGB Fusion is even better with Addressable LEDs.* RGB Fusion offers users the option to control onboard RGB and external RGB / Addressable LED light strips for their PC. Already feature filled with colors and patterns, RGB Fusion on Z390 Series AORUS Motherboards are now upgraded with Addressable LED support. With external Addressable LED strips*, where each LED is digitally addressable, users can experience even more patterns, styles, and illuminations.
* Addressable LEDs are available only on select Motherboards, external LED Strips, Addressable LED Strips are not included with Motherboard purchase.
AORUS Motherboards will support either 5Vdc or 12Vdc Addressable LED lighting strips and up to 300 LED lights. RGB Fusion with Addressable LEDs comes with new patterns and various speed settings with more to come.
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.
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.
Intelligent Fan Control Design
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.
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.
AORUS ULTRA DURABLE
Solid Pin Power Connectors
Z390 AORUS motherboards feature solid plated ATX 24pin & ATX 12V 8pin + 8pin power connectors to offer a stable power supply during CPU overloading.
- Larger contact area for electricity
- More metal quantity to sustain higher power and generated heat
- Ultra durable and longer lifespan
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.
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.
Hardware Troubleshooting at a Glance
Onboard LEDs controlled by the system BIOS indicate if a malfunction is occurring, allowing users to quickly diagnose which major component (CPU/DDR/VGA/HDD) is malfunctioning so they may take action promptly.
GIGABYTE Patented DualBIOS™ Design
GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ motherboards feature GIGABYTE DualBIOS™, an exclusive technology from GIGABYTE that protects arguably one of your PC's most crucial components, the BIOS. GIGABYTE DualBIOS™ means that your motherboard has both a Main BIOS and a Backup BIOS, protecting users from BIOS failure due to virus, hardware malfunction, improper OC settings or power failure during the update process.
Easy to Install "G Connector" Design
The tiny cables of the front panel connectors can be hard to manipulate as space is restricted and indicators are tiny. With the G Connector, you can connect all the FP cables at once, simplifying the process of building your next PC and saving you frustration.
- Easy Mode:
All new EASY MODE shows important hardware information in one BIOS 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
List all changes before saving and exiting bios. Quickly review overall settings modification
- Optimized Memory Installation Reminder:
Displays correct installation reminder message when user installs two memory modules but runs single channel mode
- Intuitive Load Line Curve:
Clearly show each loadline calibration setting in an intuitive curve graph
GIGABYTE APP CENTER is an useful portal of all GIGABYTE MB utilities and drivers, you can choose any utility you want to install from APP CENTER and keep you updated with latest utilities and drivers version.
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.
The GIGABYTE @BIOS app allows you to update your system’s BIOS from within Windows using a simple and slick graphical user interface. @BIOS can automatically download the latest version from the GIGABYTE servers or you can update your BIOS from a file on your computer. @BIOS also allows you to save your current BIOS to a file, recover your previous BIOS from an image and backup your BIOS to an image.
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.
XSplit Gamecaster + Broadcaster: Cast Your Game Anytime, Anywhere*
Now set up your stage and share the greatest gaming moments with XSplit Gamecaster + Broadcaster! Fully optimized social media integration is ready for real-time chats—keeping you notified yet focused in the game. It takes just one click to stream your gameplay to Twitch. Host your game like a pro!
* Free 1 year XSplit Gamecaster + Broadcaster Premium License.
TriDef® SmartCam | Custom Stream Modding
To facilitate being the full streaming solution each AORUS motherboard includes TriDef® SmartCam software, you are now able to remove backgrounds without the hassle of using a green screen. Through the SmartCam application you can now apply live filters, and fully control your background, not only while streaming, but also through other video applications such as Skype.
*Free 14 days TriDef® SmartCam License.
High-Bandwidth (HB) SLI Bridge
Take your gaming performance to a whole new level by configuring multiple GeForce GTX cards with a High-Bandwidth(HB) SLI Bridge.
CEC 2019 Ready
Save power with a simple click
CEC Requirement: PC power consumption must be under a certain level when it's in off mode, idle mode or stand-by mode. With high power efficiency hardware components and fine tuned BIOS, GIGABYTE motherboards can achieve lower power consumption under idle mode and fully comply with new CEC 2019 (California Energy Commission) power consumption requirement.
Intel® Processor Support:
This Gigabyte AORUS Z390 Series Motherboard supports select 9th & 8th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors for Socket 1151 v2. Even though it is still a LGA 1151 Socket, pin assignments have changed in version 2; making this Motherboard incompatible with all 7th Gen and earlier Gen Intel® Processors.
Operating System Support:
Requires Windows® 10, 64 bit
|Make and Model||Gigabyte Z390 AORUS MASTER Motherboard|
|CPU Support||Supports select 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7, i5 and i3 processors for Socket LGA1151 v2.
Even though it is a LGA 1151 Socket, pin assignments have changed, making this Motherboard incompatible with earlier Generation Intel® Processors.
|Chipset||Intel® Z390 Chipset|
|Memory||Runs up to 2x DDR4-2666 Unbuffered RAM Sticks, 32GB Max (2x 16GB)
Supports Overclocked Ram up to DDR4-4600Supports Intel® XMP Certified RAM
Dual Channel Memory Architecture Design
|Integrated Graphics||Requires compatible Intel® Processor with Integrated Graphics:
1x DVI-D port
1x HDMI port
|Storage||4x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
2x M.2 NVMe PCI-E x4 22110 Slots
|Expansion Slots||1x PCI Express x16 slot, (running at x16)
1x PCI Express x16 slot (running at x8)
1x PCI Express x16 slot, (running at x4)
3x PCI Express x1 slots
|USB Ports||Rear I/O Ports:
2x USB 3.1 Type-A Gen2 (10Gbps) port
2x USB 3.1 Type-A Gen1 (5Gbps) ports
2x USB 2.0 Type-A (480Mbps) ports
Mid Board Ports:
|LAN||Realtek® 8111H Chipset:
1x Gigabit RJ45 LAN port
|Wireless||Intel® 9462 Wireless Chipset:
IEEE 802.11 ac
|Bluetooth||Intel® 9462 Wireless Chipset:
|Audio||8-Channel (7.1) HD Audio
5x Gold Plated 3.5mm Analog Audio ports
1x Digital Audio jack
|Back Panel I/O Ports||2x USB 3.1 Type-A Gen 2 (10Gbps) ports
2x USB 3.1 Type-A Gen 1 (5Gbps) ports
2x USB 2.0 Type-A (480Mbps) ports
1x DisplayPort port
5x 3.5mm Analog Audio ports
|Internal I/O||To Be Announced|
|Operating System||Requires Windows® 10, 64 bit|
|Form Factor||To Be Announced|