Gigabyte Z390 Gaming X Review

The budget-friendly Gigabyte Z390 Gaming X could be one of the few motherboards available that meets all of your high standards without breaking the bank. This ATX motherboard is packed with features that will satisfy the majority of users.

Gigabyte Z390 Gaming X Review

In this review, we see if the Gigabyte Z390 Gaming X fits the bill. Does this motherboard pack a punch, despite its lower cost? Or are we simply losing out on too much functionality?

GIGABYTE Z390 GAMING X (Intel LGA1151/Z390/ATX/2xM.2/Realtek...
  • Supports 9th and 8th Intel Core processors
  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • New 10+2 Phases digital PWM Design; Form Factor: ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 22.5cm
  • Dual Ultra-Fast M.2 with PCIe Gen3 x4 (1 with thermal Guard) & SATA interface
  • 2-Way Crossfire Multi-Graphics Support with PCIe Armor and Ultra Durable Design

Gigabyte Z390 Gaming X Motherboard (Our Review) 

Overall Assessment 

The Gigabyte brand is undoubtedly a significant player in the motherboard industry. With increasing motherboard options available to gamers and DIY enthusiasts, Gigabyte decided to offer a series of motherboards in a price range that appeals to those with limited budgets.

The Gigabyte Z390 Gaming X motherboard is affordable. This motherboard boasts support for Intel Core i8 and i9 processors. It comes with 4x DDR4 RAM slots and the ever-reliable Gigabyte overclocking capabilities. 

Supported Processors

This motherboard truly shines with Intel’s Coffee Lake processors. The popular 8th and 9th generation Intel Core processors make this motherboard, though affordable, thoroughly future-proof.

We were pleased to find that it offers backward compatibility with the standard Intel Socket LGA1151. You can use compatible processors like the Intel Core i3, i5, and i7. This LGA1151 socket means that you can even use some Celeron and Pentium processors to fit onto your new kit.

If you’re looking for a Gaming series motherboard that supports an AMD processor, have a read-through of our Gigabyte X570 Gaming X review.

Peripherals

We can see how Gigabyte managed to lower the manufacturing costs on the board when looking at the peripherals. There are few peripherals on offer, as opposed to other Gigabyte motherboards like the Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro.

This is expected. After all, the major draw here is the price. However, we’re still treated with:

  • 1x PCIe x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16)
  • 1x PCIe x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4)
  • 4x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots

The Gigabyte Z390 Gaming X motherboard has a standard amount of storage interfaces. There are 2x M.2 sockets and 6x SATA 6Gb/s ports with support for RAID.

The Gigabyte Z390 Gaming X motherboard also comes with 13 USB ports in total. Users get a variety of USBs to choose from. There’s 1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A port, 7x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, and 4x USB 2.0/1.1 ports on this motherboard. 

GIGABYTE Z390 GAMING X (Intel LGA1151/Z390/ATX/2xM.2/Realtek...
  • Supports 9th and 8th Intel Core processors
  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • New 10+2 Phases digital PWM Design; Form Factor: ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 22.5cm
  • Dual Ultra-Fast M.2 with PCIe Gen3 x4 (1 with thermal Guard) & SATA interface
  • 2-Way Crossfire Multi-Graphics Support with PCIe Armor and Ultra Durable Design

Networking

The Z390 Gaming motherboard comes with a standard Intel GbE LAN chip featuring cFosSpeed. cFosSpeed is a network traffic management app that improves network latency and keeps ping to a minimum. 

Sadly this motherboard lacks Wi-Fi networking, as seen on its sibling, the ever-capable Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro Wi-Fi.

Graphics

The Gigabyte Z390 Gaming X motherboard comes with onboard graphics and a single HDMI port with a maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 at 30Hz.

Gamers will be happy to know that this motherboard supports AMD Quad-GPU CrossFire and 2-Way AMD CrossFire. This feature is also available in other Gigabyte motherboards, like the Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Master.

Conclusion

The Gigabyte Z390 Gaming X motherboard has enough features to please gamers looking for an entry-level piece of equipment. Steady and reliable overclocking, with support for the latest Intel processors, make it a decent choice for your gaming rig.

If you have some extra cash, perhaps you should consider checking out our Gigabyte X470 Aorus Ultra Gaming review.

Pros

  • Affordable 
  • Easy overclocking
  • Simple to use BIOS
  • An RGB header
GIGABYTE Z390 GAMING X (Intel LGA1151/Z390/ATX/2xM.2/Realtek...
  • Supports 9th and 8th Intel Core processors
  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • New 10+2 Phases digital PWM Design; Form Factor: ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 22.5cm
  • Dual Ultra-Fast M.2 with PCIe Gen3 x4 (1 with thermal Guard) & SATA interface
  • 2-Way Crossfire Multi-Graphics Support with PCIe Armor and Ultra Durable Design

Cons

  • Few USB 3.0 
  • No onboard Wi-Fi or Bluetooth

Common questions about Gigabyte Z390 Gaming X motherboard

Will Linux work on the Gigabyte Z390 Gaming X motherboard?

Linux works pretty well on the Gigabyte Z390 Gaming X motherboard. We recommend copying all the Linux drivers onto a USB drive, just in case you run into any installation troubles. 

Is the Gigabyte Z390 Gaming X motherboard good for overclocking the Core i9-9900K?

Currently, the Z390 Gaming X motherboard is the cheapest way to overclock a Core i9-9900K CPU. However, if you’re doing this, the motherboard will require extra cooling.

Customer Reviews

“The Gigabyte Z390 Gaming X motherboard installed nicely. All of the connectors were marked and color-coded. The board also comes with RGB lighting!”

Amazon Customer

5/5 Stars

“The Gigabyte Z390 Gaming X motherboard is what one would expect from a mid-tier motherboard. It has nice qualities and solid PCIe slots. One of the aspects that I did not like was that the BIOS software is a laggy mess.”

Jerome

3/5 Stars 

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