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Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Pro WiFi: Is Midrange AORUS Right For Your Next Build?

Gigabytes midrange take on Z390 is here!

Today we have for you the Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Pro WiFi. Gigabyte has long made motherboards for consumers and also pushed the limits for the overclocking/XOC community with a staff of well adept overclockers at their disposal. Gigabyte has made arguably some of the most top-tier boards in both the mainstream and HEDT platforms of varying success and design over the years. Gigabyte has really stepped up their game on the recent chipset generation from what I’ve seen with some very overbuilt power circuits but carrying with that note some questionable product positioning as far as feature sets go.

The Z390 like most recent chipset/CPU generations is such that most all boards you will see are within a few percents of each other if tested properly which means this becomes a  features race where you as a consumer must look at what each board offers in accordance with your needs to see which board will meet or exceed your needs. What this means is that each board you see today will perform roughly within the margin for error of each other if tested side by side. Unless of course, you are pushing the limits with sub-ambient cooling which is where you may see some other tangible differences that may help push you toward a specific board model or series to better serve your needs.

The board we are testing today carries the AORUS branding which has been earmarked as the Gigabyte gaming brand. But now the Aorus Master and Extreme boards which are targeted at Extreme users muddies the waters a bit as normally you will see an extreme OC board with the LN2/Force moniker.

Here we see the AORUS Pro WiFi in all of its minimalistic glory.

That’s right, the board we have today is not the über high end like we saw with the Maximus XI Extreme. That being said, you can buy roughly 3 of these boards for what one of the Extreme board would cost. However, do take note that this could quickly change dependent upon the upcoming tariffs as this could severely change the overall landscape of motherboard offerings and pricing.

Here are the boards we will be testing:

  • ASUS Maximus XI Extreme $599 *coming soon*
  • MSI MPG Z90 Gaming EDGE AC  $189.99 (Source: Amazon)
  • Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro WiFi  $191.04 (Source: Amazon)

Yes, as mentioned before that’s a massive price delta, and we are not expecting the gigabyte Z390 AORUS Pro WiFi to stack up against the Extreme board in terms of feature set but we want to see how it performs, what are the takeaways and how well can it keep pace with its much higher cost competitor.

Now let’s look at the specs.

CPU
  1. Support for 9th and 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i9 processors/ Intel® Core™ i7 processors/ Intel® Core™ i5 processors/ Intel® Core™ i3 processors/ Intel® Pentium® processors/ Intel® Celeron® processors in the LGA1151 package
  2. L3 cache varies with CPU
Chipset
  1. Intel® Z390 Express Chipset
Memory
  1. 4 x DDR4 DIMM sockets supporting up to 64 GB of system memory
  2. Dual channel memory architecture
  3. Support for DDR4 4266(O.C.) / 4133(O.C.) / 4000(O.C.) / 3866(O.C.) / 3800(O.C.) / 3733(O.C.) / 3666(O.C.) / 3600(O.C.) / 3466(O.C.) / 3400(O.C.) / 3333(O.C.) / 3300(O.C.) / 3200(O.C.) / 3000(O.C.) / 2800(O.C.) / 2666 / 2400 / 2133 MHz memory modules
  4. Support for ECC Un-buffered DIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8 memory modules (operate in non-ECC mode)
  5. Support for non-ECC Un-buffered DIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8/1Rx16 memory modules
  6. Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules
Onboard GraphicsIntegrated Graphics Processor-Intel® HD Graphics support:

  1. 1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096×[email protected] Hz
    * Support for HDMI 1.4 version and HDCP 2.2.
Audio
  1. Realtek® ALC1220-VB codec
    * The back panel line out jack supports DSD audio.
  2. High Definition Audio
  3. 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
  4. Support for S/PDIF Out
LAN
  1. Intel® GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Wireless Communication module
  1. Intel® CNVi interface 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, supporting 2.4/5 GHz Dual-Band
  2. BLUETOOTH 5
  3. Support for 11ac 160 MHz wireless standard and up to 1.73 Gbps data rate
    * Actual data rate may vary depending on environment and equipment.
Expansion Slots
  1. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16)
    * For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16 slot.
  2. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8)
    * The PCIEX8 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX16 slot. When the PCIEX8 slot is populated, the PCIEX16 slot operates at up to x8 mode.
  3. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4)
  4. 3 x PCI Express x1 slots
    (All of the PCI Express slots conform to PCI Express 3.0 standard.)
  5. 1 x M.2 Socket 1 connector for an Intel® CNVi wireless module (CNVI)
Storage InterfaceChipset:

  1. 1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 SATA and PCIe x4/x2 SSD support) (M2A)
  2. 1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280 SATA and PCIe x4/x2 SSD support) (M2M)
  3. 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  4. Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
    * Refer to “1-8 Internal Connectors,” for the installation notices for the M.2 and SATA connectors.

Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready

Multi-Graphics Technology
    1. Support for NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI™ and 2-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ technologies

Support for AMD Quad-GPU CrossFire™ and 3-Way/2-Way AMD CrossFire™ technologies

USBChipset:

  1. 1 x USB Type-C™ port with USB 3.1 Gen 2 support on the back panel
  2. 1 x USB Type-C™ port with USB 3.1 Gen 1 support, available through the internal USB header
  3. 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A ports (red) on the back panel
  4. 5 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (3 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB header)

Chipset+USB 2.0 Hub:

  1. 8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB headers)
Internal I/O Connectors
  1. 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  2. 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  3. 1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
  4. 1 x CPU fan header
  5. 1 x water cooling CPU fan header
  6. 4 x system fan headers
  7. 2 x system fan/water cooling pump headers
  8. 2 x digital LED strip headers
  9. 2 x digital LED strip power select jumpers
  10. 2 x RGB LED strip headers
  11. 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  12. 2 x M.2 Socket 3 connectors
  13. 1 x front panel header
  14. 1 x front panel audio header
  15. 1 x S/PDIF Out header
  16. 1 x USB Type-C™ port, with USB 3.1 Gen 1 support
  17. 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 header
  18. 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
  19. 1 x Thunderbolt™ add-in card connector
  20. 1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header (2×6 pin, for the GC-TPM2.0_S module only)
  21. 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
  22. 2 x temperature sensor headers
Back Panel Connectors
  1. 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  2. 2 x SMA antenna connectors (2T2R)
  3. 1 x HDMI port
  4. 1 x USB Type-C™ port, with USB 3.1 Gen 2 support
  5. 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A ports (red)
  6. 3 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports
  7. 1 x RJ-45 port
  8. 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
  9. 5 x audio jacks
I/O Controller
  1. iTE® I/O Controller Chip
H/W Monitoring
  1. Voltage detection
  2. Temperature detection
  3. Fan speed detection
  4. Water cooling flow rate detection
  5. Overheating warning
  6. Fan fail warning
  7. Fan speed control
    * Whether the fan (pump) speed control function is supported will depend on the fan (pump) you install.
BIOS
  1. 2 x 128 Mbit flash
  2. Use of licensed AMI UEFI BIOS
  3. Support for DualBIOS™
  4. PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0
Unique Features
  1. Support for APP Center
    1. * Available applications in APP Center may vary by motherboard model. Supported functions of each application may also vary depending on motherboard
  2. specifications.
  3. 3D OSD
  4. @BIOS
  5. AutoGreen
  6. Cloud Station
  7. EasyTune
  8. Easy RAID
  9. Fast Boot
  10. Game Boost
  11. ON/OFF Charge
  12. Platform Power Management
  13. RGB Fusion
  14. Smart Backup
  15. Smart Keyboard
  16. Smart TimeLock
  17. Smart HUD
  18. System Information Viewer
  19. Smart Survey
  20. USB Blocker
  21. Support for Q-Flash
  22. Support for Xpress Install
Bundle Software
  1. Norton® Internet Security (OEM version)
  2. cFosSpeed
Operating System
  1. Support for Windows 10 64-bit
Form Factor
  1. ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm
Remark
  1. Due to different Linux support condition provided by chipset vendors, please download Linux driver from chipset vendors’ website or 3rd party website.
  2. Most hardware/software vendors may no longer offer drivers to support Win9X/ME/2000/XP. If drivers are available from the vendors, we will update them on the GIGABYTE website.

 

Yea I know that’s ALOT of data but I want to make sure you have every bit of information provided which is why I copy it here and same with the next page where I copy and discuss their chosen marketing features.

Read on and lets dive in.

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