GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS PRO – Hardware Ayslum

In this review we will be looking at the Z690 Pro from Aorus Gaming (Gigabyte).  This a new motherboard design for the LGA 1700 and Alder Lake processors supporting DDR5 and PCI Express 5.0.  When you look at the complete lineup of Z690 motherboards the Pro is about mid-level on the list and share many of the same features found in both higher and lower tier motherboards.

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As mentioned above, audio is using the ALC4080 chipset from Realtek, LAN connectivity is now using the Intel suite; i225 for 2.5Gbe and AX201 for WiFi6. Expansion includes three PCIe x16 slots. The top slot colored white is Gen5 compliant, while the bottom two pull from the chipset with a PCIe Gen 3 x4 interface. Storage has a single M.2 pushed by CPU lanes and another two m.2 coming off the chipset; additionally, there are six SATA III ports.

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It’s worth noting that while we’re reviewing the Aorus Pro DDR5 model, there’s also a DDR4 version. Sadly, though it’s easily found in my native Australia, is not available in the US or the EU. That’s a real shame as the Aorus Pro DDR4 looks like it’s one of the better featured DDR4 boards, though I guess we can understand the desire to keep the DDR4 models more on the budget end of things.

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The Z690 Aorus Pro motherboard comes with a bunch of stuff inside the box including SATA cables, a Wi-Fi antenna, M.2 screws, RGB extension, and more. You’ll also get an installation guide along with the user’s manual, so be sure to keep it handy while building the PC. Now that’s out of the way, let’s jump into the design and hardware section to see the kind of component support you get on this board.

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The motherboard with ATX format and dimensions 30.5 x 24.4 cms is part of the medium-high range of Gigabyte. The predominant color of the same is black with gray screen printing as well as the heatsinks of the chipset and one of the VRM. On the other hand, the protector of external connections that in turn combines with the larger heatsink of the VRM arrives in black.

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To cool this power system we find a huge heatsink that has twice the dissipation surface of its predecessors, heatsinks that conform to the design of the MOSFET to increase the thermal efficiency of the heatsink and improve airflow and heat exchange. This increase in thermal performance is due to the main heatsink has been manufactured in one piece and implements several air inlets that improve the cooling of the assembly and greater efficiency in the dissipation of the heat produced by the board power system. To top all this off, is also implemented.

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Z690 Aorus Pro is a mid-range motherboard with excellent technical equipment for building a gaming system or workstation with Intel 12th generation processors. High-quality hardware components, a set of interfaces and I / O ports, efficient heat dissipation from VRMs and M.2 drives, support for high-speed Wi-Fi 6ax.

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GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS PRO – Tom’s Hardware

On the design front, the Z690 Aorus Pro changed things up, going with less coverage on the shrouds and heatsinks due to PCIe slot placement. The M.2, chipset and top VRM heatsink are all grey, providing a rather stark contrast against the black PCB and other heatsinks. Personally, I prefer the old style that covers more of the board and uses grey more sparingly (like the Z690 Aorus Master). That said, this is still a good-looking board and makes a great focal point for your Z690 build, though the lack of RGB lighting elements may be a turnoff for some.

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It’s hard to believe this isn’t one of the most extreme boards in the range, as it’s hardly sparse on features. you get a powerful 16+1+2 Direct VRM Design with 90A Power Stage and those lovely Tantalum Polymer Capacitors throughout. This is likely to be plenty when it comes to pushing Max Boost speeds from the latest Intel CPUs. You get the latest DDR5 memory support, enormous heatsinks on all vital hardware, but especially so on the VRM. There’s the latest Intel WiFi 6, as well as speedy 2.5 GbE LAN taking care of all your networking needs. 

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