Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Elite Review

Hot off the heels of the popular Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Master comes the new Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Elite. Based on the same fantastic chipset, we can’t help but be curious about what this new motherboard can do.

Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Elite Review

This review determines if Gigabyte has improved on one of its most popular motherboards. 

Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Elite (Intel LGA1151/Z390/ATX/2xM.2/Realtek...
  • Supports 9th and 8th Intel Core processors
  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • Intel Optane Memory Ready
  • 12+1 Phases digital VRM solution with DrMOS
  • Advanced thermal design with screw mounted heatsinks

Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Elite Motherboard (Our Review) 

Overall Assessment 

The Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Elite motherboard has the same awe-inspiring looks as its brethren. Do you remember our Gigabyte X470 Aorus Ultra Gaming review? Aorus motherboards are well-known for being some of the best-looking boards around.

It isn’t all about looks, though. This entry into the X390 chipset comes with support for 8th and 9th generation Intel Core processors.

The Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Elite motherboard handles extreme overclocking well with 5x fan headers. Performance is the name of the game with this motherboard.

Supported Processors

The Z390 AORUS Elite motherboard is a beast when paired with an 8th or 9th generation Intel processor. 

Users with older CPUs need not despair. It also supports Intel Core i5, i3, and Celeron processors, as long as they come in the LGA1151 socket. 

For fans of AMD, we recommend reading our Gigabyte B450 Aorus Elite review for another good-looking Aorus motherboard.

Memory

4x DDR4 DIMM slots capped at a massive 128GB of system memory get the best performance from your rig. This is more than enough to handle any resource-hungry software.

Achieving 32GB of RAM per memory channel is a lofty goal that not many users will achieve. Yet, this capacity makes the Aorus Elite great value for money.

Overclocking

Gigabyte provides 5x fan headers and 6x temperature sensors to keep your motherboard cool. The hardware monitoring means that overclocking can be done without fearing that you’ll damage components from overheating. 

Overclocking is straightforward and can be done either through the BIOS or within Windows. There’s a detailed guide to overclocking that’s hugely helpful to newcomers.

Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Elite (Intel LGA1151/Z390/ATX/2xM.2/Realtek...
  • Supports 9th and 8th Intel Core processors
  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • Intel Optane Memory Ready
  • 12+1 Phases digital VRM solution with DrMOS
  • Advanced thermal design with screw mounted heatsinks

Peripherals

The Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Elite comes with a great range of peripheral support. It has some outstanding expansion options through numerous PCIe slots. 

Gigabyte included the following PCIe 3.0 slots to further expand on your motherboard:

  • 4x PCIe x1 slots,
  • 1x PCIe x16 slot (operating up to x16 mode),
  • 1x PCIe x16 slot (operating up to x4 mode)

Gigabyte swapped the PS/2 connectors out for two additional USB ports. The extra USB ports give us 8x USB 3.1 and 8x USB 2.0 ports. There’s even a USB C-type port. This variety makes connecting any external devices easy. 

The impressive Realtek ALC1220-VB codec runs the audio. This audio chip delivers HD-quality audio across 7 channels and is a big improvement over other X390 chipset motherboards.

Sadly, this motherboard lacks onboard Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. We loved having it on the Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro Wi-Fi. Installing an external card shouldn’t be a problem as the Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Elite has plenty of space to expand.

Graphics

The Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Elite motherboard wasn’t made for onboard graphics, but there’s still one HDMI port included. 

This board shines when using external graphics cards. It supports AMD CrossFire, both two-way and quad. With multiple graphics cards installed, users can expect better graphics and frame rates.

Unfortunately, users preferring NVIDIA’s SLI technology will be disappointed. SLI requires at least an x8 slot, which this board lacks.

If SLI is a must in your build, you’ll be better off with the Gigabyte Z370XP SLI motherboard.

Aesthetics

All Aorus boards are beautiful, sleek-looking machines with some of the best customization options around.

The Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Elite fits this pedigree perfectly. It has several RGB headers that can be tuned using the RGB Fusion 2.0 software. While it’s not everybody’s cup of tea, the black and orange color scheme is modern and makes customizing your rig simple. 

Conclusion

The Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Elite is an exceptional motherboard, albeit pricier than its competitors. It delivers superb performance and beautiful looks with a decent set of features. 

Pros

  • Fantastic audio
  • Good USB options
  • Great RGB lighting support
Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Elite (Intel LGA1151/Z390/ATX/2xM.2/Realtek...
  • Supports 9th and 8th Intel Core processors
  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • Intel Optane Memory Ready
  • 12+1 Phases digital VRM solution with DrMOS
  • Advanced thermal design with screw mounted heatsinks

Cons

  • No PS/2 ports
  • Pricey

Common questions about Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Elite motherboard

Does the Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Elite motherboard have M.2 ports?

The Z390 AORUS motherboard has 2x M.2 ports to connect storage devices. RAID support means that users can expect data transfer speeds of up to 9534 MB/s.

Does the Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Elite support 3200MHz RAM?

This motherboard supports 3200MHz RAM in the form of DDR4 modules. The Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Elite motherboard supports DDR4 DIMM modules with speeds of up to 4266MHz.

What is the difference between the Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Elite and the Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Ultra?

The most significant difference is that the Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Ultra supports SLI and CrossFire technology, along with higher RAM frequencies and more PCIe slots. The Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Elite is far cheaper, though, and offers users a tremendous mid-tier motherboard.

Customer Reviews

“The Gigabyte Z390 Auros Elite is superb and does everything I want it to do. The BIOS is also simple to use, even for a newcomer like me.”

Amazon Customer

5/5

“The Gigabyte Z390 Auros Elite worked without any fuss. I don’t use the overclocking or the RGB features.”

Philip Martyn Bradley

4/5

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