Gigabyte Intel Z490 Motherboards
12 May 2020
It’s upgrade time! Intel’s 10th generation processors are soon to land, and to accompany the new processors, Intel has introduced a new LGA1200 socket and the new Z490 chipset. Gigabyte is ready with a full lineup of stunning new motherboards. There’s a model to suit every budget, form factor and workload, whether your tasks involve content creating, gaming, heavy multitasking or a combination of all of them.
Topping the 10th Gen range is the 10 core Intel Core i9-10900K. It can clock itself as high as 5.3GHz and is proudly promoted by Intel as the ultimate gaming processor. The whole range features hyper-threading, meaning even an affordable i3 processor packs in great performance for your dollar. In fact, the addition of hyper-threading across all 10th Gen Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors means improved performance across the board.
Gigabyte’s Z490 motherboards are packed to hilt with features and gorgeous new designs. Let’s take a look at a few of the models Gigabyte has to offer.
Z490 AORUS Xtreme WaterForce
If you want the best, then you’ll want the Z490 AORUS Xtreme WaterForce. It’s got everything plus the kitchen sink. It’s the perfect centerpiece for the ultimate gaming system that demands to be shown off in a windowed case. As the name suggests, it’s got a full cover water block that will keep the system cool no matter the processor or how much you overclock it. A 16 phase power delivery system that can deliver 90A per phase means there’s more than ample power overhead on tap.
The Xtreme WaterForce is packed with connectivity and expansion options. It’s got the latest WiFi 6 plus 10G and 2.5G Ethernet for lag free gaming and the ability to stream 4K HD video or provide lightning fast NAS access. Add in Thunderbolt 3 support, class leading audio and plenty of storage options, and it’s clear the Z490 Xtreme WaterForce is the ultimate motherboard for the gamer who wants the best without compromise.
Z490 AORUS Xtreme
If you’re not planning to water cool, but still want a motherboard with everything, then the Z490 AORUS Xtreme is for you. It’s got almost everything the WaterForce model has, but without the full cover water block. But that doesn’t mean the Z490 AORUS Xtreme lacks cooling capability. It has a direct heat pipe cooling system mated to high density fins that provide a high surface area that is easily capable of handling an overclocked Intel Core i9-10900K.
Audio quality is of critical importance to any gamer or music lover. The AORUS Xtreme takes it to the next level with the inclusion of a USB DAC. Connecting headphones via this DAC means you get better quality audio with less potential for distortion as the signal is protected against unwanted electrical interference.
Z490 AORUS Master
The Z490 AORUS Master is every bit a high-end motherboard but doesn’t go too overboard with some features you might not need. You still get WiFi 6, 2.5GbE, 3x M.2 slots and a very capable 14 phase power delivery system with dual power connectors. Throw in heaps of USB 3.2 ports and Gigabyte’s class leading audio solution and it’s clear the Master is a serious motherboard indeed.
Z490 AORUS Elite
If you’re on a budget, yet want all the quality and refinement that an AORUS motherboard has to offer, then the Z490 AORUS Elite is one you’ll want to consider. It’s a great choice to pair with something like an i5 or i7 processor to provide great gaming performance. It’s got a 12 phase power delivery system, dual M.2 slots, plenty of USB 3.2 and 2.5GbE. Don’t think affordability means the Elite somehow skimps on component quality. Pair it with an i7 or i9 and you’ll have top tier gaming performance without the high price. Additionally there is a WiFi equipped variant if you require wireless networking.
Z490M Gaming X
Many users say that once they’ve gone to a small form factor (SFF), there’s no reason to go back. mATX fans rejoice! There’s nothing stopping you from building a gaming PC with an i9 processor and RTX 2080 Ti complete with dual M.2 drives and 128GB of memory. While a PC with that kind of spec will cost more than a few dollars, the Z490M Gaming X itself won’t. Actually it’s one of the more affordable Z490 motherboards and is a great choice to serve as the heart of the ultimate 10th Gen compact PC.
Z490I AORUS Ultra
ITX fans will be pleased to see Gigabyte isn’t neglecting you either. The Z490I AORUS Ultra has features that would be considered right at home on any full-sized motherboard. It’s got WiFi 6 and 2.5GbE to go along with dual M.2 support. It’s got load of USB 3.2 ports and even a splash of RGB that you can customise to suit your build.
Of course you can add any GPU you like to make a mega performing mini gaming PC. Alternatively, there’s an onboard HDMI 2.0 port for connecting to a 4K TV or home theater system. Is this the ultimate motherboard for a compact living room PC?
Introducing the Gigabyte Z490 Vision Series
If you’re more interested in content creation over gaming, then check out Gigabyte’s all new Vision motherboards.
The Z490 Vision D and Vision G are motherboards designed with the content creator in mind. They feature a bit more of a subtle aesthetic and BIOS without sacrificing any of the connectivity and expandability you’d want. Though they look every bit like top tier motherboards with specifications to match, they don’t have top tier pricing. Both the Vision D and Vision G won’t break the bank and they can of course still be used for gaming.
So, if you are looking to upgrade to a 10th Generation Intel CPU, check out Mwave’s full range of Gigabyte Z490 motherboards. If you’ve got any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly and knowledgeable support team. We’re here to help you make the right choice to suit your needs.