Gigabyte Z490 Vision G Motherboard - Close-Up

The Gigabyte Z490 Vision G is styled in black and white accents. The motherboard looks like a top-tier product which is impressive considering it costs $200 US. It is also unlike anything Gigabyte has done with its creator series before. The motherboard comes in the standard ATX form factor.

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The board uses the LGA 1200 socket to support Intel Core processors. The socket is compatible only with Intel's 10th Generation core family but is expected to support future generation CPUs too. The socket has a protective cover on top of it that points out the exclusivity with Comet Lake 10th Gen CPUs and refrains users from running an older 8th or 9th generation CPUs as they won't fit in the socket at all and forcing them in the socket is only going to cause permanent damage to your motherboard.

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Next to the socket are four DDR4 DIMM slots which can support up to 128 GB dual-channel memory. These slots are rated to support XMP profiles up to 5000 MHz (OC Plus). Each slot is labeled, making it easier to install DIMMs in the proper orientation.

The Gigabyte Z490 Vision G packs a 12 phase Dr.MOS VRM. The design is packed with 2 phase power for the DRAM and uses 50A power chokes, Premium Memory Alloy Chokes, Tantalum Polymer Capacitors array, and Nichicon 12K capacitors that deliver un-precedented stability and overclocking capabilities.

As you can see, the VRMs are getting ample cooling from the two Aluminum heatsinks that are just the right fit for this motherboard.

While there is no active cooling, the boar does come with a heat pipe solution that interconnects the two sets of heatsinks featured on the Z490 Vision G, one of which is a pure aluminum block and the other which has an aluminum fin-array based micro-block. These heatsinks feature a highly conductive thermal pad to dissipate heat away from the VRMs effectively.

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The CPU is supplied power through an 8+4 pin power connector configuration. This will feed the CPU with up to 250 Watts of power. The Intel 10th Gen Unlocked CPUs are very power-hungry, consuming 125W at the base and up to 250W at boost frequencies while overclocking them would require even more power so the extra power input is a necessity rather than a feature on the high-end Z490 boards.

Expansion slots include three PCI Express 3.0 x16, two PCI Express 3.0 x1 and two  M.2 slots. The board can support three-way multi-GPU (CrossFireX / SLI). The M.2 slots are rated to support NVMe PCIe gen3 x4 and Intel Optane series memory.

Gigabyte is using a metallic cover on the sides of the expansion slots as part of its Ultra Durable Armor which provides protection to some extent. It adds more retention and shearing resistance by reinforcing the slots with metal plates. Aside from adding more protection, they do look really sweet.

ASUS is also confirming support for PCIe Gen 4.0 on the entirety of its Z490 motherboard lineup which will be available with the launch of Intel's Future 12 Gen CPUs codenamed Rocket Lake. For this purpose, the motherboard features key technologies such as PCIe Gen 4 Re-Drivers, slots, and clock generators which enable PCIe Gen 4.0 on the top Hyper M.2 and top two PCIe x16 slots which are also clearly labeled with Gen 4 support.

The two M.2 slots are cooled off by the thermal pad and aluminum baseplate cooling. This will ensure stable operation for M.2 storage devices. The thermal adhesive has a plastic cover over them which needs to be removed before using them with the storage devices.

The Z490 PCH is housed beneath a large heatsink which also features a micro-fine block made out of aluminum alloy. The heatsink features the same neat aesthetics as the motherboards and looks great in white colors and an Iridescent panel on the side.

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The PCH heatsink doesn't come with RGB LEDs but that's not a huge deal as there are RGB ports for those who want to use the flashy features inside their PCs.

Storage options include six SATA III ports rated to operate at 6 GB/s. These can support eight different storage devices at once. There is also a single USB 3.0 and a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C front panel header on the motherboard.

Gigabyte is using the ALC1220 Audio Codec for sound enthusiasts. There is a range of audio technologies available on the board which include 120dB SNR Rear HD audio with smart head-phone AMP.

The full list of connectors on the motherboard is listed as follows.

  • 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  • 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • 1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • 1 x CPU fan header
  • 1 x water cooling CPU fan header
  • 3 x system fan headers
  • 2 x addressable LED strip headers
  • 2 x RGB LED strip headers
  • 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  • 2 x M.2 Socket 3 connectors
  • 1 x front panel header
  • 1 x front panel audio header
  • 1 x S/PDIF Out header
  • 1 x USB Type-C port, with USB 3.2 Gen 2 support
  • 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 header
  • 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
  • 1 x Trusted Platform Module header (For the GC-TPM2.0 SPI / GC-TPM2.0 SPI 2.0 module only)
  • 2 x Thunderbolt add-in card connectors
  • 1 x serial port header
  • 1 x Clear CMOS jumper

Gigabyte is using the Intel's WiFi 6 802.11ax WiFi Module to power wireless connectivity such as 802.11ax WiFi (2.4G WiFi) and Bluetooth 5.1. In terms of Ethernet, there is a single Intel I225-V powered 2.5GbE LAN port on the motherboard.

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.

Gigabyte Z490 Vision G RGB Fusion 2.0:

Gigabyte is using its RGB Fusion 2.0 technology to power the lighting system on the Z490 Vision G. There's a range of customization available through the app which can be downloaded directly from AORUS's official webpage.

 

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In addition to the built-in RGB illumination, it also features two onboard RGB headers and two RGB LED strip headers that allows the motherboard to be connected to compatible LED devices such as strip, CPU fans, coolers, chassis and so on. Users may also synchronize RGB LED devices across the RGB Fusion Sync-certified accessories to create their own unique lighting effects.

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