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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GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS PRO – eTeknix

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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GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS PRO – Professional Reviews

The Pro series never disappoints, and proof of this will be its 4 M.2 PCIe 4.0 slots with heatsinks, PCIe 5.0 slot or its capacity for DDR5 modules up to 6200 MHz . It also has USB Gen2x2 , ALC4080 sound card , reinforced slots and video port. Although it is surprising that it is limited to Wi-Fi 6 (not 6E), but they are necessary details to lower the price not of much importance in practice. What leaves no doubt is that it will get the best out of the 12600K as we have seen in your analysis, let’s start your review!

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GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS PRO – Noticias3D

AORUS indicates on the back of the box that this model has 19 digital power phases, 16 of them dedicated to the processor, a VCCGT for integrated graphics and another 2 VCCAUX for PCIe and memory controller. They are phases of 90 amps, AORUS is using in this family high performance thermal pads with 1.5 mm thickness, capable of dissipating 9 watts per meter Kelvin, which make contact in the Z690 AORUS PRO with two bulky aluminum blocks, both chokes and MOSFETS.

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GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS PRO – GreenTech_Reviews

The motherboard is based on a 6-layer black PCB in the standard ATX format. In the design, elements of black and gray are mainly used, except for chrome elements and colored electronic elements. Even with a cursory examination, it is easy to identify differences from its predecessor – a different location and number of ports / slots, a different power subsystem and its cooling system, and the design as a whole. This is not counting the I / O panel, which is quite different.

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