Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Master Review

Gigabyte pulls no punches with the Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Master motherboard. On paper, it’s loaded with features. It boasts reliable overclocking and pleasing aesthetics. Does it hold up to what it promises, though?

With their sights set on dominating the gaming and high-performance motherboard arena, we’re no strangers to the Gigabyte brand. With the odds stacked high, we’re expecting a lot from the Gigabyte Z390 series.

Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Master Review

In this review, we put the Gigabyte Z390 Master motherboard under a microscope. We’ll find out whether this motherboard from Gigabyte holds up to the capabilities of similar motherboards, especially after our exciting Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 3 review.

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Gigabyte Z390 AORUS MASTER (Intel LGA1151/Z390/ATX/3xM.2 Thermal...
  • Supports 9th and 8th Intel Core processors
  • Dual Channel Non ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • Intel Optane Memory Ready. I/O Controller is iTE I/O Controller Chip
  • 12 phases IR digital VRM solution with power stage. Bluetooth 5
  • Advanced thermal design with Fins Array heatsink and direct touch Heat pipe

Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Master Motherboard (Our Review) 

Overall Assessment 

The Gigabyte Z390 Master motherboard is one of the most beautiful Z390 series boards on the market. The well-planned layout makes customizing this board a pleasure. 

It’s oriented towards 8th and 9th generation Intel Core processors, pushing speeds to the limit with its reliable overclocking capability.

The Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Master motherboard is exactly what you’d expect from a high-end gaming board. It’s jam-packed with features and reliable technology that will thrill even the most hardcore gamers.

Supported Processors

The Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Master motherboard is built to get the best performance out of your new 8th and 9th generation Intel Core processors. However, it also supports older processors such as the popular Intel Core i5, i3, and Celeron in the LGA1151 package.

If you’re using an older processor, the Gigabyte Z370XP SLI may be a better choice as you get more value for your money. 

The Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Master truly shines with i9 processors, and using anything less will mean that you are not making full use of all the excellent features on this board.

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

Memory

To get the most out of your gaming motherboard, Gigabyte included 4x DDR4 RAM slots. It can support a maximum of 128GB of RAM. That means a whopping 32GB per memory channel.

Overclocking

With 8x fan/water pump connectors and 8x temperature sensors, overclocking can be done without fearing that the system will overheat. 

Overclocking on the Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Master is a treat. Gigabyte offers users the choice of overclocking from within the BIOS, with its detailed GUI, or from Windows.

Gigabyte included a detailed guide to help newcomers to overclock. New users don’t have to be afraid of damaging their components while overclocking their system.

DIY enthusiasts will also fall in love with the all-new digital PWM Controller. The new PWM Controller is 100% digital and provides incredible precision in delivering power to the most energy-sensitive components. This precision power delivery helps DIY enthusiasts get the absolute maximum performance from the Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Master.

Peripherals

The Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Master is not shy to show off with its jam-packed features. True to its Gigabyte-pedigree, the Z390 AUROS Master treats gamers with:

  • 3x PCIe x1 slots,
  • 1x PCIe x16 slot (operating up to x16 mode),
  • 1x PCIe x16 slot (operating up to x8 mode),
  • 1x PCIe x16 slot (operating up to x4 mode)

As for storage devices, the Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Master has plenty to offer. 6x SATA connectors, clocking in at 6Gb/s, and 3x M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 slots (2x PCIe/SATA, 1x PCIe only) ensure that you never run out of options.

Gigabyte decided against including legacy support for older PS/2 devices. Instead of the usual PS/2 connectors, you get an extra two USB ports. Since PS/2 devices are being phased out, and few still use them, the added USB ports are fantastic.

As for USB ports, the Gigabyte AORUS Master has 3x USB 3.1 Type-A ports, 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, 4x USB 2.0 ports, and 1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C ports. That’s more than enough to connect external peripherals with.

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Gigabyte Z390 AORUS MASTER (Intel LGA1151/Z390/ATX/3xM.2 Thermal...
  • Supports 9th and 8th Intel Core processors
  • Dual Channel Non ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • Intel Optane Memory Ready. I/O Controller is iTE I/O Controller Chip
  • 12 phases IR digital VRM solution with power stage. Bluetooth 5
  • Advanced thermal design with Fins Array heatsink and direct touch Heat pipe

Networking

We were pleasantly surprised to find an M.2 Intel CNVi wireless module included with plenty of other expansion options. Gigabyte states that the new CNVi wireless module has double the connection speed compared to the previous generation of wireless modules.

This increase in wireless connectivity translates to connection speeds of up to 1.73Gb/s. This results in smoother video streaming. It also prevents dropped connections and gives gamers a better overall online gaming experience.

The Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Master also has Gigabit Intel LAN with cFosSpeed. The cFosSpeed driver is a network driver that optimizes data transfer utilizing Traffic Shaping. It allows for maximum speeds with minimal ping.

Graphics

The Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Master motherboard has onboard graphics with 1x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 with a 30Hz refresh rate. 

High-performance users and gamers alike will be pleased to know that the Z390 AORUS Master supports multi-graphics card technologies, such as AMD CrossFireX 3x and NVidia SLI x2. 

This superb technology allows gamers to combine two graphics cards, gaining increased graphic processing power. 

For lovers of all things graphics, hop on over to our Gigabyte GA-AX370-Gaming K5 review for a motherboard that delivers a feast for your eyes.

Audio

Gigabyte focussed on offering consumers high-quality audio on this motherboard. The Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Master has premium audio with its Realtek ALC 1220-VB HD audio codec.

To ensure a studio-quality experience, Gigabyte used WIMA and Nichicon Fine Gold capacitors. This provides consistent and reliable power to your speaker system.

The Realtek audio chip also has several special noise-reducing capacitors and shielding to ensure authentic high-fidelity sound.

Aesthetics

This modern motherboard from Gigabyte is black with brushed aluminum highlights around some of the components. Hidden underneath the heatsinks are RGB LEDs that users can customize with the included RGB Fusion 2.0 software.

Gigabyte also included two addressable RGB headers, each supporting 5V or 12V Addressable LED strips of up to 300 LEDs. The addressable LED headers make customizing your rig fun.

A large PCH (platform controller hub) heatsink, decorated with the AORUS eagle, sits in the bottom right of the motherboard and adds to the unique stylishness. The Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Master is an ATX form factor motherboard. As an ATX, it won’t fit into smaller micro ATX cases. 

Conclusion

Gigabyte once again delivers an incredible motherboard with the Z390 AORUS Master. This motherboard is designed for gamers looking to unleash the performance of the Intel 9th and 8th generation processors.

It’s a rock-solid board that ticks all of our boxes. If you love this motherboard, then we highly recommend reading our Gigabyte X570 Gaming X review.

Pros

  • One of the best motherboards for Intel i9 processors
  • Fantastic audio
  • Plenty of USB ports
  • Great looking
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Gigabyte Z390 AORUS MASTER (Intel LGA1151/Z390/ATX/3xM.2 Thermal...
  • Supports 9th and 8th Intel Core processors
  • Dual Channel Non ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • Intel Optane Memory Ready. I/O Controller is iTE I/O Controller Chip
  • 12 phases IR digital VRM solution with power stage. Bluetooth 5
  • Advanced thermal design with Fins Array heatsink and direct touch Heat pipe

Cons

  • No PS/2 ports
  • Pricey

Common questions about Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Master motherboard

Does the Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Master motherboard have Bluetooth?

The Z390 AORUS motherboard has Bluetooth V5 connectivity. This Bluetooth connectivity is backward compatible with other Bluetooth standards.

Does the Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Master support 3200MHz RAM?

This motherboard supports 3200MHz RAM in the form of DDR4 modules. Packed with the latest DDR4 technology, the Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Master motherboard supports DDR4 DIMM modules with speeds of up to 4400MHz and beyond. 

This excellent support ensures that your new motherboard remains future-proof and capable of handling the fastest DDR4 modules.

What is the difference between the Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Master and the Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Ultra?

The biggest difference is that the Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Master offers better overclocking with more reliable cooling. The Master also comes with 2x 8-pin CPU plugs, while the Ultra only has a single 4-pin and an 8-pin CPU plug to feed power to your CPU. Remember, the more reliable your power input, the better performance you will get from your motherboard when overclocking.

Customer Reviews

“I purchased the Gigabyte Z390 Auros Master for a brand new computer, and it is fantastic! The IO connections at the rear are exactly what you need. I also liked that Gigabyte already installed the IO shield on the motherboard.”

Sam

5/5

“The Gigabyte Z390 Auros Master is a well-built motherboard. I can only praise! My only reason for giving it just 3 stars is that some of the bundled software utilities don’t work on my Windows.”

Gerald Cameron

3/5

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