The Z390 motherboards have finally arrived and we just received the Z390 Aorus Pro!
The Aorus Pro comes equipped with an amazing 12 phase Digital VRM with the support of the latest generation of Intel Core processors and can definitely push up to 5Ghz. We know that the flagship CPUs can run pretty hot but with the enormous VRM cooling and heatsinks, the Aorus Pro definitely has an advantage. This board also comes equipped with dual M.2 storage (with Thermal Guards), Intel GbE LAN (with cFosSpeed), and much more.
The Z390 Chipset once again serves as the basis for the 1151 socket and appears just before the launch of the Intel Core 9th Gen launch.
The Aorus Pro isn’t a new design altogether. It borrows from the existing product range and is basically the Z370 with a few adjustments. Of course, both support the 8th and 9th Gen CPUs.
The heatsinks on the motherboard are suitably bulky and solid. This helps keep the power delivery at lowered temps and is very important in terms of overclocking. There’s a huge heat pipe connecting the two sections, and two large metal heatsinks on the top to share the load. In addition to all that, you will find high-quality capacitors on the board. Two of the three existing PCIe x16 slots, also come with the “PCIe Armor” technology. This is described by the manufacturer as a particularly hard-wearing version of a PCIe slot with metal reinforcement.
The DIMM slots are also reinforced, which should prevent the board flexing. There are three strips of RGB lighting tucked in between them, giving more customization options.
There are six SATA 6Gbps ports on the motherboard; nothing too crazy, but certainly more than enough.
One of the top features with the Z390 Aorus Pro is the audio. Equipped with an excellent ALC122-VB Enhances chipset, backed up with a set of WIMA Audio Capacitors, it definitely is one of the best onboard audio out there.
With three PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots (x16 / x8 / x4), the Aorus motherboard offers SLI and CrossFire support. The lanes for the provision of PCI Express x16 slots takes over the built-in CPU (24). Thus, only one graphics card can access the complete 16 lanes.
Also included are:
- 3x PCIe 3.0 x1, 1x M.2 / M-Key (PCIe 3.0 x4 / SATA, 22110/2280/2260/2242)
- 2x M.2 / M-Key (PCIe 3.0 x4 / SATA, 2280 / 2260/2242), 6x SATA 6Gb / s (Z390)
- 2x RGB 4-pin header (5050)
- 2x 3-pin RGB header (WS2812B)
The Aorus sound solution features DTS support, high-quality ELNA capacitors, and a headphone amplifier. The extensive software can also be made numerous settings and predefined EQ can be used.
The UEFI BIOS is a real treat. In addition to the fact that it is neatly structured and worked up graphically appealing, it also offers all the settings that one might wish for a board in this segment. For Gigabyte, a well-thought-out BIOS is part of the compulsory program.
The Z390 AorusPro is the high-end underdog here. This model doesn’t have built-in WiFi, it does have two M.2 drives, has a USB Gen 1, not Gen 2. These are compromises most people can live with, and it’s priced at PHP 11,730 to reflect that. You do have the option of getting the WiFi version for PHP 12,260. The Pro strip off a few features. Nevertheless, performance has not withered, and this is indeed a gaming motherboard. We are confident that anyone that buys the Z390 Aorus Pro will say that it is priced just right with the features it is equipped with.
Should I Buy One?
If you care about fast transfer rates, more than plenty of USB ports and a bit of RGB and high frame rates, this is definitely the route to take. The High-performance onboard audio is an added bonus for you. For the price it is at, we can definitely say that this is worth your money.