GIGABYTE Z490 AORUS MASTER LGA 1200 Intel Z490 ATX Motherboard

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  • Supports 10th Gen Intel Core Series Processors
  • 14 Phases Digital VRM with 90A Smart Power Stage
  • Next Generations VRM Cooling Fins Array and Direct Touch Heatpipe with Nanocarbon coating
  • NanoCarbon Baseplate
  • Shielded Xtreme Memory Design with Tantalum Polymer Capacitors Array
  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • Intel 2.5 GbE LAN
  • 3 x M.2 AORUS Next Generation Thermal Guard
  • Intel WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5 2x2 with AORUS Antennas
  • AMP UP Audio ALC1220-VB2 with ESS Sabre ES9118 Rear Audio DAC
  • RGB Fusion 2.0

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    GIGABYTE Z490 AORUS MASTER LGA 1200 Intel Z490 ATX Motherboard

    GIGABYTE Z490 AORUS MASTER LGA 1200 Intel Z490 ATX Motherboard

    • Supports 10th Gen Intel Core Series Processors
    • 14 Phases Digital VRM with 90A Smart Power Stage
    • Next Generations VRM Cooling Fins Array and Direct Touch Heatpipe with Nanocarbon coating
    • NanoCarbon Baseplate
    • Shielded Xtreme Memory Design with Tantalum Polymer Capacitors Array
    • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
    • Intel 2.5 GbE LAN
    • 3 x M.2 AORUS Next Generation Thermal Guard
    • Intel WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5 2x2 with AORUS Antennas
    • AMP UP Audio ALC1220-VB2 with ESS Sabre ES9118 Rear Audio DAC
    • RGB Fusion 2.0

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PUNK GAMING

Neonpunk style emanates in the darkness from the glimmer of high quality metals, showcasing futuristic aesthetics in the darkness of the night.
The new era of esports has arrived.

a robot bird
detail of the motherboard
  1. Q-FLASH Button
  2. Intel® WiFi 6 802.11ax 2T2R & BT5
  3. HDMI
  4. Rear USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C™
  5. Intel® 2.5G GbE LAN
  6. Advanced Thermal Design
    • Fins-Array II
    • Direct-Touch Heatpipe II
    • 7.5 W/mK LAIRD Thermal Conductivity Pad
    • 3X Enlarged M.2 Thermal Guard II
    • Integrated IO Shield
  7. Audio Solutions
    • ESS SABRE Hi-Fi 9118 DAC
    • ALC1220-VB Audio
    • High-End Audio Capacitor
    • Audiophile Grade WIMA Capacitors
    • Gold Plated Audio Jacks
  8. 3* M.2 Connectors
    • Thermal Guards II
    • NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4
  9. RGB FUSION 2.0
    • Addressable LED Header*2
    • RGB LED Header*2
  10. Debug Port
  1. True 14 Phase Digital Power Design With Smart Power Stage
    • 90A Smart Power Stage
    • Premium Choke and Capacitor
    • 6 Layer PCB
    • PCIe 4.0 Ready Mid-Loss PCB
    • 2X Copper PCB
  2. Solid Pin Power Connectors with Metal Shielding
    • 24 pin ATX Power Connector
    • 8+8 pin CPU Power Connector
  3. Supports 10th Gen. Intel® Core™ Processors
  4. Dual Channel DDR4, 4 DIMMs with Ultra Durable Memory Armor
  5. USB TurboCharger
    • Front 2*USB 3.2 Gen1 Port
  6. Front USB3.2 Gen2 Type-C for Connecting Devices
  7. Ultra Durable PCIe Armor
    • Running 1 x16 or 2 x8
  8. Dual BIOS
  9. Noise Detection
detail of motherboard

ULTIMATE POWER DESIGN

To fully support the latest 10th Gen ten-cores CPU, the Z490 AORUS MASTER is equipped with the ultimate power solution with the desired features: direct, digital and multiple phases. After countless experiments and tests, Gigabyte presents the unbeatable Z490 AORUS MASTER for enthusiasts and gamers.

Digital Power Design of the motherboard
  • 90A Smart Power Stage for Each vCore Phase
  • High Current Capacity MOSFET
  • Tantalum Polymer Capacitors Array
  • Lower Temperatures
  • Improved Transient

Z490 AORUS MASTER uses an pure digital CPU power design which includes a digital PWM Controller with Smart Power Stages and is capable of providing 90A of power from each phase for a total of 1260A. This 100% digital controller, new Tantalum Polymer Capacitors Array, and additional 8+8 Solid-pin CPU Power Connectors offer incredible precision and stability in delivering power to the motherboard's most power-hungry and energy-sensitive components, allowing enthusiasts to get the absolute maximum overclocking performance from the new 10-core 10th Gen. Intel® Core™ processors.

1. Digital PWM Controller
2. 14 Phase 90A Smart Power Stages
3. Tantalum Polymer Capacitors
4. 8+8 Solid Pin CPU Power Connectors with Metal Shielding
True Power Design

In order to unleash the full performance of the new high core count CPUs, GIGABYTE uses true power phases, a fully load-balanced VRM design with doublers, and a tantalum polymer capacitor array. By using doublers, the power design ensures that the high power draw of the CPU is fully balanced across all MOSFETs to achieve better efficiency and lower temperatures. In contrast, MOSFETs in competitors' traditional parallel power designs are not as well balanced which leads to lower efficiency and higher temperatures. For sudden changes between idle and high load states from the CPU, GIGABYTE utilizes a tantalum polymer capacitor array directly under the CPU socket as a buffer to improve transient response and stability under high CPU frequencies.

GIGABYTE POWER DESIGN | True Power Design

gigabyte-power-design

Due to the lower resistance of the polymer materials, tantalum polymer caps generally have better ESR and ripple current specifications, as well as better performance at high frequency.

TRADITIONAL PARALLEL POWER DESIGN | Parallel Power Design

traditional-power-design

Improved Transient Response

By using brand new VRM design and Tantalum Polymer Capacitor Array, Z490 AORUS motherboard transient response and stability is highly improved under overclocking and heavy loading condition.

waveform

Power Design Efficiency

Power Design Efficiency chart
pcb2x-01, detail of the power design
pcb2x-02, three pic to show detail of Copper PCB, Lower temperature icon, Better Overclocking icon, Better Power effciency icon, Lower Impedance icon

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.

the effect of insert memory

UNPARALLELED PERFORMANCE

GIGABYTE understands that our customer won't stop chasing better computer performance, and strive to deliver that in our products. For the Z490 series, protective and optimized memory trace enhance the performance; faster read and write speed save time and improve efficiency; and generous M.2 Storage with thermal guards ensure unthrottled read and write performance. Future upgrades to the Z490 are made possible by the use of PCIe 4.0-ready components.

XTREME MEMORY

Z490 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE uses revolutionary "XTREME MEMORY" technology, which includes Shielded Memory Routing, SMT DIMM, and Tantalum Polymer Capacitors Array to minimize all noise and electrical interference and reach the highest memory clock.

 detail of the XTREME MEMORY
Shielded Memory Routing

All memory routing is under the PCB inner layer shielded by a large ground layer to protect from external interference.

faster speed icon, 32GB Capacity icon, muliti-tasking icon, RAM Intensive icon, Quick Response icon, Lower Usage icon
Single 32GB Support

The maximum memory capacity on the Z490 motherboard is 128GB. After Intel updated the memory reference code, a single slot can support up to 32GB. Therefore with populated 2 DIMM per channel on both channel, total memory capacity is 128GB, which was only available on High End Desktop (HEDT) platforms. For users who always run out of memory capacity, there is more bandwidth now for memory-intensive application such as rendering and video editing.

Memory Layout - Daisy Chain Design

With the optimized daisy-chain routing, the Z490 AORUS motherboard provides a proven speed of up to DDR4-4800+ MHz with high-density Memory module*. Optimized daisy-chained routing eliminates the stub effect, pushes the one DIMM per channel in dual channel interleaving mode to hit higher memory frequencies, providing professional gamers a denser and faster system memory experience.

Memory Layout effect

*Performance may vary in circumstances. Please refer to the QVL list for detail support information.

Support for DDR4 XMP Up to 4800MHz and Beyond*

AORUS is offering a tested and proven platform that ensures proper compatibility with profiles up to 4800MHz and beyond. All users need to do to attain this performance boost is to ensure that their memory module is XMP capable and that the XMP function is activated and enabled on their AORUS motherboard.

mb_xmp, a chart of XMP profiles Support
mb_xmp, DDR4 in motherboard as background
detail of the PCIe design
  1. 2X PCIe 4.0 Slot

    Reinforced PCIe 4.0 x16 or x8/x8 with lower impedance.
  2. Mid-Loss PCB

    Product uses PCIe 4.0 grade material, actual support varies by hardware configuration.
  3. M.2 PCIe 4.0 Slot

    M.2 PCIe 4.0 x4 slot with lower impedance.
  4. PCIe 4.0 Turbo B-Clock

    External clock generator for PCIe 4.0 overclocking.
  5. PCIe 4.0 Switches

    Switch PCIe 4.0 x16 into PCIe 4.0 x8/x8.
  6. PCIe 4.0 Re-driver

    Boost & strengthen PCIe 4.0 signals to longer lengths.
m2Slot, a compare of PCIe 4.0x4 M.2 with PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2

Triple NVMe M.2 PCIe SSDs in RAID 0 Support

Extreme Performance with Gen3 x4 NVMe PCIe SSDs

Z490 AORUS motherboards offer the industry's best compatibility in terms of NVMe storage for users who demand high capacity and seek the best performance. AORUS' unique design can be configured in RAID for record speeds of up to 3551 MB/s (Sequential Read), making AORUS the obvious choice for the ultimate PC.

detail of the PCIe 4.0 design of the motherboard
m2Slot, a compare of M.2 and sata3 up to 6GB/s

Triple PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2

AORUS Gaming Motherboards are focused on delivering M.2 technology to enthusiasts who want to maximize their system's potential.

detail of the inside
1.Direct-Touch Heatpipe II
With an extra large 8mm heatpipe and made from a new manufacturing process that narrows the gap between the heatpipe and heatsink, the new Direct-Touch Heatpipe II greatly help transfers heat on the MOSFET.

2.Fin Array II Heatsink
3.Fins-Array II
Fins-Array II use a new louvered stacked-fins design which not only increases surface area by 300% compared to traditional heatsinks but also improves thermal efficiency with better airflow and heat exchange.

4.7.5 W/mK Thermal Conductivity Pad
By using 1.5mm thicker 7.5 W/mK thermal conductivity pads, it can transfer 4x more heat compared to traditional thermal pads in the same time.

5.3X M.2 Thermal Guard II
Enlarged double-sided M.2 heatsink prevents high-speed, large capacity PCIe 3.0 SSDs with double side flash from throttling due to overheating.

ADVANCED THERMAL SOLUTION

Unthrottled performance is guaranteed by the enhanced thermal solution that incorporates Fins-Array II, Heatpipe II and Thermal Guards II. The comprehensive solution delivers excellent heat dissipation. The Z490 AORUS MASTER stays cool on VRMs and M.2 SSD even on full loading, making it most suitable for enthusiasts, overclockers and professional gamers.
Fins-Array II
Fins-Array II uses brand new louvered stacked fins technology which is usually only used on industrial equipment that need compact heat exchangers. It has a special secondary fins structure that enhances heat transfer performance.

Louver Directed Flow
Heat flow that goes through fins will enter from the leading edge of the louver and is then directed by other louvers or fins. This louver directed flow can greatly improve heat transfer performance.
different between fins-Array and traditional stacked fins
circulation effect
Circulation Zone
Because of pressure difference and flow separation, a circulation zone will be formed between louvered fins. This circulation will cause flow entrain and eject in the vortice form which improves thermal efficiency.

Direct-Touch Heatpipe II


With an extra large 8mm heatpipe and made from a new manufacturing process to narrow the gap between the heatpipe and heatsink, new Direct-Touch Heatpipe II greatly helps transfer heat on MOSFETs.
detail of the Direct-Touch Heatpipe II

AORUS M.2 Thermal Guard II

With durability in mind, GIGABYTE provides a new thermal solution for large capacity M.2 SSD devices with double side flash. The M.2 Thermal Guard II uses a double-sided heatsink design and prevents throttling and bottlenecks on high speed M.2 SSDs by dissipating heat before it becomes an issue.

AORUS M.2 Thermal Guard II

Thermal Throttling As Temperature Rises

M2ThermalGuard, a performance chart of cooler and hottertwo images showing different between 39 degree and hotter
smart-fan5-logo

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.
inside of the motherboard
temperature sensors and hybrid fan headers icon
  • 8 Fan / Water Pump Connectors
  • 7 Temperature Sensors
  • 2 External Temperature Sensors
  • 1 Noise Detection Cable
  • All Hybrid Fan Headers
  • Interoperable Fans and Sensors
  • Supports High Current Fans up to 24W(2A x 12V) with Over-Current Protection
  • Intuitive UI for Fan Control
Different models have a different number of fan pin headers and temperature sensors. Smart Fan 5 function may vary by model.

Hybrid Fan Pin Headers

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.
example of the hybrid fan pin header and temperature sensor pin header

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.
two screenshots of system inofrmation viewer

Noise Detection

With the new Noise Detection function, you can monitor noise level of all devices including fans, CPU coolers, graphics card, etc. in real time, and you can determine how fast your fan speed needs to be. Our bundled Noise Detection cable doesn't include any sound recording function, it simply detects sound pressure while protecting your privacy.
a screenshot of system inofrmation viewer
mainsec04, one side of the motherboard

NEXT GENERATION CONNECTIVITY

A high-end product needs to be future-proof so your system stays up-to-date with the latest technology. Z490 AORUS MASTER provides all next generation network, storage, and WIFI connectivity to keep you up to speed.

Intel 2.5GbE LAN Onboard

2X Faster than ever

Adoption of 2.5G LAN provide up to 2.5 GbE network connectivity, with at least two times faster transfer speeds compared to general 1GbE networking. It's perfectly suit for gamers and streamer with ultimate and smooth online experience. It also backward compatible with Multi-Gig(10/100/1000/2500Mbps) RJ-45 ethernet.
mainsec04, one side of the motherboard

New Introduce Intel® WiFi 6 802.11ax + BT 5 Module

Intel Wireless solution supports 802.11ax, enables gigabit wireless performance, provides smooth video streaming, better gaming experience, few dropped connections and speeds up to 2.4Gbps*. Moreover, Bluetooth 5 provides 4X range over BT 4.2 and with faster transmission.

Benefit of WiFi 6:

  1. 5.5X throughput than 802.11ac 1x1*
  2. 4X better network capacity, no traffic jams especially in those dense area with lots of devices
  3. Network efficiency increase for better user experience
a chart showing different between 2x2 802.11ax and othersdual wifi 6 ready icon
detail of the wifi signal

AORUS Antenna Supports Dual Band with Better WIFI Signal

  • All new antenna supported dual band 802.11ax/ac 2.4GHz & 5GHz.
    better signal strength compared to traditional antenna design
  • AORUS Antenna with smart antenna function for the best WIFI signal transmitting
  • Multiple angle tilt and magnetic base for the best signal strength direction and location
detail of the HI-FI AUDIO SYSTEM

HI-FI AUDIO SYSTEM

To Elevate Your Sound Experience with ESS SABRE Audio DAC and DTS.

ess 9118

ESS SABRE reference DAC ES9118

ESS SABRE reference DAC (ESS 9118) Hypertream Dynamic Range (SNR 125dB) High-Res music (32bit, 192KHz PCM) Super low THD+N (THD+N -112db)

audio_ess icon
ess 9118

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 icon

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.

ess 9118

Precision Audio Stream (TXC OSCILLATOR)

Provides precise time triggers to Digital-Analog Converters. High resistance to corrosion and oxidation.

hi-res-audio icon

Hi-Res Audio

Hi-Res Audio certified, meaning that the product is capable of reproducing frequencies up to 40kHz or above which ensures user with the best audio quality at all times.

DTS logo

DTS :X® Ultra

Recreates an authentic, spatially accurate 3D audio experience for gaming over any headphones or speakers. Supports channel-based, scene based and object-based audio. Provides out-of-the-box calibration for a range of headphones and speakers. Provides post-processing enhancements and device level tuning for DTS® codecs.

DTS Sound Unbound* leverage Microsoft Spatial, enabling the the most believable, 3D audio experience for games. Immersion through DTS Headphone:X means in the sonic landscape, stationary and moving sounds can be heard from above, below or around the listener. Sounds pass around the listener with amazing externalization and accurate localization.

DTS:X Ultra Technology Video

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DTS:X Ultra Experience Video

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DEFINITIVE AESTHETICS

DEFINITIVE AESTHETICS

Z490 AORUS MASTER features RGB FUSION 2.0 and offers users the option to control onboard, external light strips, and/or AORUS devices with RGB/ Addressable RGB LEDs to make their PC more unique and stylish.

Multi-Zone Light Show Design

Now offering more LED customizations than ever, users can truly adapt their PC to represent their lifestyle. With full RGB support and a redesigned RGB Fusion 2.0 application, the user has complete control over the LEDs which surround the motherboard.
ledstrip01, cycle color icon, static icon, pulse icon, flash icon, double flash icon, music icon, random icon, game icon, digital A icon, digital B icon, digital C icon,  a pic of RGB LED and Digital Addressable LED
RGB_Fusion, the components of computer together in a black background

With an integrated intuitive user interface, the RGB Fusion 2.0 provides you a better solution for customizing the lighting effects across all supported devices. From motherboards, graphics cards to the peripheral products, you can personalize your gaming rig with your own style and show off your build by sharing the profiles. In addition, the new gaming mode makes the lighting effects interactive with selected games to bring you the most immersive gaming experience.

rgbsoftware, RGB FUSION 2.0 ICON, two screenshots of RGB fusion 2.0
ULTRA DURABLE

ULTRA DURABLE

GIGABYTE is reputable for its product durability and high quality manufacturing process. Needless to say, we use the best components we can find for the Z490 AORUS motherboard and reinforce every slot to make each of them solid and durable.

Ultra Durable™ PCIe Armor

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.

mb_exclusive, the detail of extra anchor points, a pic of different between 1.7X stronger and 3.2X stronger

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.

one image splited into two, showing different between with gigabyte memory armor and without

Solid Pin Power Connectors

Z490 AORUS motherboards feature solid plated ATX 24pin & ATX 12V 8pin + 8pin power connectors to offer a stable power supply during CPU overloading.

solid pin design and traditiona design

Solid Pin Power connector advantages

  • Larger contact area for electricity
  • More metal quantity to sustain higher power and generated heat
  • Ultra durable and longer lifespan
detail of the ports on the motherboard
q-flash-plus icon

Q-Flash Plus

Update the BIOS easily without installing the CPU, memory and graphics card.

With GIGABYTE Q-Flash Plus, you don't need to install the CPU, memory and graphics card nor enter the BIOS menu to flash the BIOS. Just download and save a new BIOS file (rename to gigabyte.bin) on the USB flash drive, then press the dedicated Q-Flash Plus button and you're good to go!

qflashstep2, three steps to show you how to use Q-flash plus.
app center screenshot

GIGABYTE BIOS & APP CENTER

Good software goes hand in hand with perfect hardware. Z490 AORUS MASTER bundled several useful and intuitive software to help users to control every aspect of motherboard.

BIOS

software_bios, a screenshot of bios

New User Interface

All new EASY MODE shows important hardware information in one 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.

Changelog

List all changes before saving and exiting bios. Quickly review overall settings modification.

Intuitive Load Line Curve

Clearly show each loadline calibration setting in an intuitive curve graph.

APP CENTER

GIGABYTE APP CENTER is a useful portal of all GIGABYTE MB utilities and drivers, you can choose any utility you want to install from APP CENTER and keep updated with the latest utilities and drivers version.
software_appcenter, a screenshot of APP center

EasyTune

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.

software_easytune, a screenshot of easytune

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.
software_siv, a screenshot of system information viewer

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GIGABYTE Z490 AORUS MASTER LGA 1200 Intel Z490 ATX Motherboard

GIGABYTE Z490 AORUS MASTER LGA 1200 Intel Z490 ATX Motherboard

  • Supports 10th Gen Intel Core Series Processors
  • 14 Phases Digital VRM with 90A Smart Power Stage
  • Next Generations VRM Cooling Fins Array and Direct Touch Heatpipe with Nanocarbon coating
  • NanoCarbon Baseplate
  • Shielded Xtreme Memory Design with Tantalum Polymer Capacitors Array
  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • Intel 2.5 GbE LAN
  • 3 x M.2 AORUS Next Generation Thermal Guard
  • Intel WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5 2x2 with AORUS Antennas
  • AMP UP Audio ALC1220-VB2 with ESS Sabre ES9118 Rear Audio DAC
  • RGB Fusion 2.0

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