AORUS & Gigabyte Z490 LGA 1200 Motherboard Roundup – Waterforce, Xtreme, Master, Ultra, Pro & Many More For 10th Gen Intel CPUs

Apr 30, 2020
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Gigabyte Z490 Motherboard Lineup

Now we have come to the Gigabyte section of the motherboards. These non-AORUS branded boards are designed for average consumers but still do come with a range of features that will attract budget gamers.

Z490 Vision D ($299.99 US)

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The Gigabyte Z490 motherboard lineup features two products that are designed specifically for content creators. The first of these motherboards is Z490 VIsion D (Designare). The Z490 Vision D comes with a 12 Phase Digital VRM (50A) that is powered by an 8+4 pin connector configuration. It offers four DDR4 DIMM slots with DDR4-4666 MHz memory support and up to 128 GB capacities. Storage options include 6 SATA III ports

Expansion slots include three PCIe 3.0 x16, a single PCIe 3.0 x1, and triple M.2 slots. All three M.2 slots feature Thermal Guard heatsinks. The motherboard is also PCIe Gen 4.0 ready. There's an extra 6-pin connector to power the PCIe lanes since the motherboard can be loaded by a range of different professional graphics cards and workstation AICs that can stress the PCIe lanes.

I/O on the motherboard includes two Thunderbolt 3 Type-C ports, two USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Type-A), 4 USB 3.2 Gen 1 (2 DAC-UP), 2 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI out, DP-IN, an Intel 1Gb and 2.5Gb Ethernet LAN ports, a 7.1 channel audio jack (ALC1220-VB2 + ESS SABRE 9118 DAC) and WiFi 6 support. The motherboard is styled in black and silver accents and features blue colored RGB LEDs which can be customized by the user. The Z490 Vision D should cost around $250-$300 US.

Z490 Vision G ($199.99 US)

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The second board in Gigabyte's content creators lineup is the Z490 Vision G. This motherboard packs a 12 Phase VRM too which is powered by an 8+4 pin connector configuration. The board offers the same memory support of 128 GB capacities and DDR4-4666 MHz. Storage options on this board include 6 SATA III ports.

Expansion slots include three PCIe 3.0 x16, two PCIe 3.0 x1, and triple M.2 slots of which two feature Thermal Guard heatsinks. The motherboard feature a very pleasing white color scheme and also makes use of RGB Fusion to light up the LEDs under the PCH and I/O cover. The VRM heatsinks are made of aluminum metal and feature a brushed silver coating which looks great.

I/O on the motherboard includes three USB 3.2 Gen 2 (1 Type-C + 2 Type-A), five USB 3.2 Gen 1, 2 USB 2.0 ports, a 2.5Gb (Intel I225-V) Ethernet LAN port and a 7.1 channel HD audio jack. This one should be priced around $200 US.

Z490 Gaming X ($199.99 US)

The Z490 Gaming X is probably the most entry-level gaming variant along with its mATX brother. It features an 11+1 phase VRM (50A), four DDR4 memory slots, and powered by an 8+4 pin connector configuration. The board offers six SATA III ports and expansion slots include two PCIe 3.0 x16, 3 PCIe 3.0 x1, and two M.2 slots. A single M.2 slot is cooled by heatsink whereas the VRMs and PCH feature standard heatsink blocks for cooling.

I/O on the motherboard includes a single USB 3.2 Gen 2, 5 USB 3.2 Gen 1, 2 USB 2.0 ports, an Intel 1Gbe LAN port, a 6 channel HD audio jack (ALC1200), HDMI and a PS/2 port. Based on the specs, this board should cost around $150 US.

Z490M Gaming X ($189.99 US)

The mATX variant also features an 11+1 phase VRM (50A), four DDR4 memory slots, and powered by an 8+4 pin connector configuration. The board offers six SATA III ports and expansion slots include two PCIe 3.0 x16, a single PCIe 3.0 x1, and two M.2 slots. A single M.2 slot is cooled by heatsink whereas the VRMs and PCH feature standard heatsink blocks for cooling.

I/O on the motherboard includes a 2 USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Type-A +Type-C), 4 USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, an Intel 1Gbe LAN port, a 6 channel HD audio jack (ALC1200), HDMI and a PS/2 port. Based on the specs, this board should cost around $150 US.

Z490 UD/AC/M

Last up, we have the most entry-level Ultra Durable motherboards which are similar to the Gaming X models but lack heatsinks on the M.2 slots and have a limited number of I/O as detailed below. The UD models will retail for around $120-$150 US.

Overall, both AORUS and Gigabyte have a diverse lineup of motherboards but its the AORUS boards that you should really be looking out for with their insane specifications and power delivery which should definitely push performance numbers with Intel's 10th Gen Desktop CPUs.

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