Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Pro Review

The Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Pro is one of the pricer Gigabyte motherboards available. Given the high price and its winning feature of being able to support Coffee Lake, we thought it would be a good idea to see if the board lives up to the hype.

Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Pro Review

In this review, we put the Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Pro to the test. We take a look at some of its key features and some areas where we wish it could do better

GIGABYTE Z390 AORUS PRO (Intel LGA1151/Z390/ATX/2xM.2 Thermal...
  • 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 Multi-cuts Heatsinks and Heatpipe

Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Pro (Our Review) 

Overall Assessment 

The Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Pro is a highly competitive addition to the Gigabyte motherboard line and it certainly has the features to back it up. The Z390 is an impressive chipset and at first glance, the board has an impressive amount of USB and RGB support. 

An impressive feature is that the board supports both 8th and 9th Gen Intel Core processors which offer a quality user experience and pushes this board into the high-end range. It also sports a 12-phase power delivery system. 

The closest competitor to the Z390 AORUS Pro is the Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Master since they share numerous features and have similar performance statistics. 

The Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Pro is a bit pricier than the average Gigabyte board. But it comes with a plethora of premium features that more than justify the cost. We also found the board to be incredibly versatile. It works well whether you need it for video editing, gaming, or building up a trade computer. 

GIGABYTE Z390 AORUS PRO (Intel LGA1151/Z390/ATX/2xM.2 Thermal...
  • 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 Multi-cuts Heatsinks and Heatpipe

Key Features

The Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Pro is a very attractive board and it is clear that the manufacturers and designers put care into its layout. 

There are three PCIe x16 slots, the first runs at full speed, the second runs at 8x speed, and the third at 4x speed. This is great for any kind of user since it increases the speed and efficiency of your components. 

The board also supports dual-graphics systems from both AMD and NVIDIA. This is great if you’re planning on using your PC for video editing, art, or graphic design, as the increased rendering power means less time waiting for things to load. 

The PCI and memory slots have been reinforced with steel struts. This increases the stability and durability of the board which is great if you plan on adding hefty components. 

The AORUS Pro also comes with two M.2 slots, both of which have a heatsink to keep the board cool. 

The board has the standard six SATA ports, which come with most premium boards such as the Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Elite or the Gigabyte Z370XP SLI

The six fan headers are more than enough for the average user. The fan headers are all four-pin connectors with PMW. 

Gaming enthusiasts will be happy to know that it comes with four RGB lighting strip headers which are great for increasing the aesthetic and lighting up your system. 

The rear I/O plate has five full-sized USB 3.1 ports, two of which are Gen 2 ports. There’s a USB 3.1 Type-C port, and five audio jacks, which are great for music production. 

Pros 

  • Versatile
  • Solid performance 
  • Stunning design
GIGABYTE Z390 AORUS PRO (Intel LGA1151/Z390/ATX/2xM.2 Thermal...
  • 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 Multi-cuts Heatsinks and Heatpipe

Cons 

  • Expensive
  • Lacks a few minor features 

Common Questions about Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Pro 

Does the Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Pro support 8th Gen processors?

The Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Pro supports both 9th and 8th Gen Intel Core processors. 

Is the Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Pro good for gaming?

The Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Pro is good for gaming. While not specifically designed for it, the AORUS Pro is versatile and, depending on your setup, works for a variety of uses from gaming to video editing and music production. 

If you’re looking for a Gigabyte motherboard that was specifically designed with gamers in mind we suggest you check out the Gigabyte Z370 AORUS Gaming 3 or the Gigabyte X470 AORUS Ultra Gaming

Which RAM cards are compatible with the Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Pro?

The Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Pro is compatible with DDR4-3600 RAM cards. 

Great RAM cards are the G.Skill Trident Z RGB 16 GB (93) and the Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16 GB (134). 

Customer Reviews 

“The Gigabyte Z370 AORUS Pro is hands down the best value for money for a fully capable Z390 overclocking motherboard. 

I currently have it hooked up to my i7-8700k at 5.1GHz, 1.38V, with the CPU pulling 162W. I think that the AORUS Pro has a beefier VRM and is so much more efficient. 

The build quality is amazing and it is very solid. It also has a ton of headers for fans, RGB lighting, and USB ports.  It also has a great quality VRM heat pipe that no other board in this price range has. 

Now, if you’re an overclocker, this is the board for you. It is so capable and very stable.

I have heard that there are a few issues with the BIOS however I haven’t experienced any.”

M. Blalock

5/5 Stars

“The Gigabyte Z370 AORUS Pro looks amazing and performs well. It was also super easy to install and set up. 

I only experienced one issue with the board and that is that the HDMI port didn’t work. This was a bit irritating since I returned the board for a new one and the new board had the same issue. 

I currently have this board in my PC set-up and I am not willing to tear down the entire system and rebuild it for a second time or go through the trouble of finding another compatible motherboard. 

Luckily, I have two additional HDMI ports on my rig and I can also use a USB to HDMI adapter if I need to.”

Gianfranco Loizzo 

3/5 Stars

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