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Gigabyte Z590 AORUS PRO AX Motherboard

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Product Overview

Gigabyte Z590 AORUS PRO AX is an ATX gaming motherboard based on Intel's Z590 Express chipset. Compared to the Z590 AORUS ELITE AX, it supports higher PCIe bandwidth and comes with more PCIe 4.0 M.2 ports. It also offers three PCIe x16 slots (one running at x16 and two at x4) as well as WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 wireless connectivity.
The Z590 AORUS PRO AX is designed to work with 10th- and 11th-gen Intel Core, Pentium, and Celeron processors. It supports a large selection of expansions and I/O ports. Gigabyte's Thermal Guard II thermal solution maintains the stability and durability of the SSD during high-speed operations, which can be offered by up to three PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs.
In terms of memory support, the 4x DIMMs can each take up to 32GB DDR4 3200MHz memory, with support for XMP 5000MHz modules. It also provides a USB 3.2 Gen2x2 port at the rear I/O panel.
The power supply circuit on the Z590 AORUS comes with 20+1 phases, each of them holding up to 100 amps with the DrMOS power stage design. Gigabyte's engineers also paid attention to cooling the power circuitry, with Fins-Array II heatsink and Direct-Touch Heatpipe II together to manage VRM temperatures.
To spice up your gaming rig, the Z590 AORUS PRO AX not only features RGB FUSION 2.0 RGB lighting but also comes with headers that support addressable LED and RGB LED strips.
Alongside the PRO AX, Gigabyte also unveiled the Z590 AORUS ELITE, ELITE AX, ULTRA, MASTER, and XTREME at CES 2021.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Extreme overclocking-capable power delivery
  • Four M.2 sockets and four USB ports
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C port
Cons
  • Performance could be better

What external reviewers found***

Ext 74% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Four M.2 sockets and three PCIe slots
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C
  • USB 2.0 Gen 2X2
Cons
  • SATA port 1 gets disabled when a PCIe module runs at x8 speeds
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Specifications

Connectivity

CPU Socket
LGA1200
Expansion Slot
2x Thunderbolt add-in card + 2x USB 2.0/1.1 + 1x USB 3.2 Gen1 + 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen2
PCI Express
1x PCIe x16 + 2x PCIe x16 (running @ x4)
Ports
1x USB-C 3.2 Gen2x2 + 4x USB 3.2 Gen2 + 4x USB 3.2 Gen1 + 4x USB 2.0/1.1 + 1x RJ45 + 1x DisplayPort 1.2 + 5x Audio jacks + 1x Optical S/PDIF (TOSLINK)
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5.1

Construction

Form Factor
ATX motherboard

Dimensions

Size | Length
305 mm
Size | Width
244 mm

Function

Audio
Realtek ALC4080 codec
Chipset
Intel Z590 Express
Compatibility
10th-gen & 11th-gen Intel Core / Pentium / Celeron processors
Graphics
Multi-GPU: Support for AMD Quad-GPU CrossFire and 2-Way AMD CrossFire technologies
Misc
Networking: Realtek 2.5GbE LAN
Monitoring
Voltage detection, Temperature detection, Fan speed detection, Water cooling flow rate detection, Fan fail warning, Fan speed control
RGB Lighting
RGB Fusion 2.0, 2x LED strip + 2x RGB LED strip
Security
Trusted Platform Module header (For GC-TPM2.0 SPI / GC-TPM2.0 SPI 2.0 modules only)

Performance

Memory | Capacity
4x DIMMs (up to 128GB)
Memory | Type
DDR4 up to 3200MHz dual channel, support for ECC memory (in non-ECC mode) and Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) modules (up to 5000MHz)
Storage
1x M.2 PCIe 4.0 x4/x2 SSD, 2242/2260/2280 + 2x M.2 PCIe 4.0 x4/x2 SSD, 2260/2280/22110 (11th-gen Intel processor only) + 1x M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4/x2 SSD, 2242/2260/2280/22110 + 6x SATA
Storage | RAID
RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10

Production

Debut
2021-01-12 (CES 2021)

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External Reviews

tomshardware[1]

Sentiment Score 74%
Reviewers from tomshardware have found the following***:
The Aorus Pro AX uses a 12+1(+1+2) configuration for the Vcore and System Agent. The EPS connector sends power to a Renesas ISL69269 12-channel (X+Y+Z=12) controller. In the middle of the board resides the four M.2 sockets and three PCIe slots.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Four M.2 sockets and three PCIe slots
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C
  • USB 2.0 Gen 2X2
Cons
  • SATA port 1 gets disabled when a PCIe module runs at x8 speeds

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Gigabyte Z590 Aorus Pro AX Review: Premium Mid-Range. [tomshardware]. https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gigabyte-z590-aorus-pro-ax. 2021-05-08. Retrieved 2021-05-09.

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