GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE – HardwareCooking

This card offers four slots for SSDs in M.2 format. All are plugged in PCIe 4.0, unfortunately, no PCIe 5.0 here since this standard will only be found on the two PCie x16 slots. In terms of connectivity , we can count on the presence of two Thunderbolt 4 ports. For the network part, we have a 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet port and a second 10 Gigabit via an Aquantia controller. We also have WiFi 6E 802.11ax. For the power stage , we have no less than 20+1+2 Renesas RAA22010540 105A phases with a Renesas RAA229131 controller configured in 20+0 (Direct mode). Obviously we have 8 PCB layers.

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GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE – $2000+ Limited Supply

The motherboard is equipped with a pre-installed liquid cooling monoblock covering both the CPU socket as well as Z690 Xtreme’s power section, and there are a lot of heat-generating components to cool down. The Core i9-12900K CPU alone will boost up to 241 Watts and that’s before it is even overclocked.

There are many similarities between Xtreme and Xtreme WaterForce as both motherboards share the same circuit design and power delivery of 20+1+2 VRMs and dual 8-pin power connectors. Same as the air-cooled variant it comes with a special cover for memory slots. While it may reduce the airflow around the memory heatsinks, Gigabyte claims that the motherboard will still support overclocked DDR5 memory up to 6600 MT/s through XML 3.0 profiles.

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