The Z390 AORUS Xtreme Waterforce Motherboard Unveiled – Pre-Fitted With AORUS AIO Monoblock, 16 Phase IR Digital VRM

Dec 11, 2018
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AORUS has unveiled their high-end Z390 AORUS Xtreme Waterforce motherboard which comes with a pre-fitted AORUS branded, all-in-one monoblock. The motherboard is aimed at the liquid cooling enthusiasts who want their hardware components to be cooled in the best possible way.

Z390 AORUS Xtreme Waterforce Fits an AORUS Branded, AIO Monoblock on Top of AORUS’s Flagship Z390 Xtreme Motherboard

Looking at the design aesthetics of the motherboard, we can spot some big changes from the Z390 AORUS Xtreme with the obvious ones being the large monoblock that comes pre-fitted on the Z390 Xtreme Waterforce. The monoblock extends all the way from the CPU socket to the power delivery section and even covers the Z390 chipset. Gigabyte also uses a plastic cover near the PCI-express slots while we can find solid metal heatsinks for the M.2 ports.

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In terms of specifications, the Z390 AORUS Xtreme Waterforce is largely similar to its Z390 Xtreme brother and as such, we find little differences in the technical side. Starting off with the specs, the Z390 AORUS Xtreme Waterforce will support the most advanced AORUS design to date with the LGA 1151 socket supporting either 8th or 9th Gen processors. The CPU socket is powered by dual 8-pin connectors with a solid metal armor around them. The AORUS Xtreme Waterforce will come with a total of 16 IR Digital VRMs. The PWM design includes 16 TDA21462 60A MOSFETs and 8 IR3599 Phase Doublers.

Z390 AORUS Xtreme Waterforce Motherboard Features:

  • Supports 9th and 8th Gen Intel Core Processors
  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • Intel Optane Memory Ready
  • 16 Phase IR Digital VRM Solution with PowIRstage
  • Cutting-edge AORUS All-In-One Monoblock for both CPU and PCH area.
  • Onboard Intel CNVI 802.11ac 2×2 Wave 2 Wi-Fi with All new AORUS Antenna
  • 127dB SNR AMP-UP Audio with High-End ESS SABRE 9018K2M DAC, LME 49720 and OPA1622 OP-AMP, WIMA audio capacitors
  • AQUANTIA 10GbE BASE-T LAN and Intel Gigabit LAN with cFosSpeed
  • Intel Thunderbolt 3 onboard
  • Exclusive RGB FAN COMMANDER and OC Touch for professional case modders and overclockers
  • USB TurboCharger for mobile device fast charge support
  • RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone Addressable LED Light Show design, support Addressable LED & RGB LED strips
  • Smart Fan 5 features Multiple Temperature Sensors and Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP
  • Front USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C Header
  • Triple Ultra-Fast M.2 with PCIe Gen3 x4 interface with Triple Thermal Guards

Four DDR4 DIMM slots offer support for up to 64 GB of memory support at speeds of 4400 MHz (OC+). Storage includes six SATA III ports while expansion capabilities include three PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16/x8/x4 electrical), two PCIe x1 slots and three M.2 slots. All three M.2 slots are covered by the AORUS M.2 shield which looks fantastic and has a thermal pad beneath to keep your high-end M.2 storage device running in a stable operation. There’s a single 6-pin connector to provide extra juice to the PCI-e lanes when running multiple devices.

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I/O on the AORUS Xtreme includes 1 USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type-C) ports, 1 USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports and 2 USB 2.0 ports. On the rear panel, you can find 2 USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type-C) ports, 4 USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type-A) ports, 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports and 4 USB 2.0 ports aside from the ones mentioned above, the rest are used as internal connectors for front panel support.

Other I/O includes a power reset button, a clear CMOS button, 2 SMA antenna connectors which use the Intel CNVi interface 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, supporting 2.4/5 GHz Dual-Band and Bluetooth v5.0 with up to 1.73 Gbps transfer rates, 1 HDMI port, 2 RJ-45 (Intel Gigabit/Aquantia 10 Gb) Ethernet LAN ports, 1 SPDIF optical out port and a 7.1 channel HD audio jack (ALC1220-VB & ESS SABRE ES9018K2M DAC).

In addition to the specifications, the motherboard is just one beauty to look at. In my AORUS Master review, I found out that the new AORUS designs are getting really good and the AORUS Xtreme just blows everything away. With a stunning array of RGB LEDs scattered throughout the board and within the monoblock which looks absolutely fantastic. The motherboard literally has it all. In addition to that, the 24-Pin ATX connector is right-angled, allowing for neater cable management and routing within your PC case.

One feature that has returned from the Z270 series is that LED-lit rear panel plate which looks stunning. There’s also a LED light strip that runs on the back of the motherboard that offers a great display of AORUS’s RGB Fusion technology. This motherboard should really be one on the list of overclockers and gamers who want the best and are willing to pay the extra premium for it.

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