Intel Core i9-9900K 8 Core and 16 Thread 5.0 GHz CPU Review Ft. Z390 AORUS Master Motherboard

Oct 19, 2018
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PRODUCT INFO

AORUS Z390 Master

October, 2018
Type Motherboard
Price $289.99 US

AORUS Z390 Master Motherboard - Unboxing

The AORUS Z390 Master comes in the standard cardboard package. The front is themed in black and orange, a color scheme which has been part of AORUS products for a while now. You can also note AORUS Falcon on the front which looks great and is the first indication that this is the gaming slash enthusiast aimed AORUS product and not the standard Gigabyte product. The AORUS Z390 Master is still branded as Gigabyte's offering but has been designed by the AORUS division as their top of the line product, just a tier below the flagship AORUS Z390 Xtreme.

The front side also lists down support for Intel's 8th generation Core processors (should list 9th Gen). There's also support for Intel Optane memory along with other features such as 12+2 Digital Power, ESS Sabre HiFi, Intel 802.11ac, RGB Fusion, Smart Fan 5 and also revealing that the board utilizes twice the copper as standard PCBs for better current and voltage flow through the electrical circuitry.

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The back side of the package lists down the specifications and special features of the motherboard such as the IR Digital VRM solution with PowIRstage, RGB Fusion with Digital LEDs support, ESS 32 bit HyperStream SABRE 9118 DAC and other key features. The main highlights of the board which I am looking forward to see is the Advanced Thermal design which we will be going in full detail in this review.

Inside the package is another box which contains the accessories in the top and motherboard at the bottom. It is very easy to access although the accessories are a bit scattered and things could get messy sorting out the various additions.

There are several accessories included in the package. Following is the full list of accessories in the package.

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  • User Manual, Installation Guide, Support CD
  • 2 x Thermistors
  • 2 x ARGB Addressable Cables
  • 2 x Soft Touch Ties
  • 1 x Wireless Antenna
  • 2 x SATA Cables
  • 3 x M.2 screws
  • 1 x G-Connector for Front Panel Switches
  • 1 x Gigabyte SLI HB Bridge

The motherboard is housed on the top section, over the accessories and has the anti-static wrapping to protect it from any built up electrical resistance that can affect the board.

The AORUS Z390 Master motherboard retains the more modern design scheme that we saw on the AORUS Z370 Gaming 7. I am really delighted by the looks of this motherboard as it is one of the best product designs by AORUS to date. AORUS top-tier products are known to be elegantly designed which can be seen on their HEDT motherboards and high-performance graphics cards offerings.

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