GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS MASTER – Tom’s Hardware

The Gigabyte Z690 Aorus Master hits our test bench with a statement from Gigabyte calling it “the new king of gaming.” Along with the title, the new Aorus Master gets an updated features list and includes one of the most capable VRMs, all from a $469.99 (MSRP) motherboard. The Z690 Master boasts a whopping five M.2 sockets, 10 GbE and Wi-Fi 6E, along with an updated appearance. This mid-range board not only has the look to be an excellent base for your new Alder Lake build, but the hardware to support it too.

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GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS MASTER – TechPowerUp

The Gigabyte Z690 Aorus Master features a dedicated VRM design with an insane nineteen 105 A power stages for some serious overclocking headroom. To round out the experience, the Aorus Master also offers great connectivity with the newest WiFi 6E technology and 10G LAN for those who need to transfer data quickly. There is a lot to cover in this review, so let’s take a closer look!

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GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS MASTER – TweakTown

Networking connectivity includes Wi-Fi 63 with the Intel AX210 chipset; LAN is powered by the Marvell AQC113C 10Gbe, supporting the multi-gig operation. USB 3.2 is supported throughout the board with an external port on the rear I/O and internally with headers. The rear I/O includes a Gen2x2 and five Gen2 ports in red and another four Gen 1 ports in blue. Audio is pushed through the now-aging ALC1220 chipset from Realtek, but GIGABYTE does include the ESS 9118 DAC.

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GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS MASTER – eTeknix

The Gigabyte Z690 AORUS Master goes to some extremes though, with the latest AQUANTIA 10 GbE LAN, as well as the latest Intel WiFi 6E 802.11ax 2×2, giving you tremendously fast networking options. However, I’m sure many will be excited by the rather extensive connectivity options on this board, but even more so by the mighty 19+1+2 Phase VRM design with 105A Power Stage and Tantalum Polymer Capacitors, which should make for impressive CPU performance and overclocking.

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GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS MASTER – HardwareCooking

Today in the Hardware Kitchen we are testing the GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS MASTER motherboard, a high-end motherboard from AORUS based on the brand new Intel LGA1700 socket. Therefore , this card is only compatible with the new generation of Alder Lake-S processors like the i9-12900K , i7-12700K , i5-12600K , in short everything that starts with 12. But it is also the first generation of motherboards to support DDR5 memory as well as PCIe 5.0. So there are quite a few things to see.

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GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS MASTER – OC3D

These power phases are one of the key reasons why the Master is, in our opinion, the second highest model Gigabyte do on the Z690 chipset. 105A + 105A + 70A for the relevant phases match the Aorus Xtreme, whilst the Aorus Tachyon and Aorus Ultra have 105A + 60A + 70A. The Master also has more storage slots, with two extra SATA ports an 1 PCIe 3.0 M.2 more than the Xtreme models.

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GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS MASTER – Noticias3D

The first look at the Z690 AORUS MASTER impresses, we start with the dissipation. In VRM the generous blocks we saw in the PRO version give way to a dense number of fins with a larger air contact surface for thermoconduction. The main M.2 connector, managed directly by the processor, is not far behind, the direct contact block is added to five levels of thick fins, the cooling of NVMe disks is more than assured in this connector.

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GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS MASTER – HardwareLuxx

For a top-class mainboard, the accessories are rather clear, but Gigabyte provides all the important accessories. Apart from a support data carrier, the mainboard manual is of course included, which can be obtained from the Gigabyte website as well as the drivers. Also included are six SATA cables, five M.2 screws, two thermistor cables, the 2T2R WiFi antenna and an RGB extension cable. Apart from various Gigabyte stickers, we were also able to locate a noise detection cable, the G-Connector and the Gigabyte AORUS housing sticker.

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GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS ELITE DDR4 vs. Z690 AORUS MASTER – Benchmark

Choosing a relatively cheap Z690 board with DDR4 memory would allow you to save a few dollars at the moment – especially if you use RAM from an older computer. The most attractive model from Intel’s stable at the moment seems to be the Core i5-12600K, which even with DDR4 should impress with its capabilities. When you put down a few pennies, after a while you can simply replace the board with a model that supports DDR5.

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