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Gigabyte Z590 AORUS MASTER Motherboard

NEX score 80%

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Product Overview

Gigabyte Z590 AORUS MASTER is a high-end ATX gaming motherboard based on Intel's Z590 Express chipset. Compared to the Z590 AORUS PRO AX, it supports higher bandwidth with one of its three PCIe x16 slots and offers a more robust platform for water cooling.
Designed for 10th- and 11th-gen Intel Core, Pentium, and Celeron processors, the Z590 AORUS MASTER supports a large selection of expansions and I/O ports. It also features WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 wireless connectivity.
For fast disk reads and writers, the AORUS MASTER supports PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD, which is cooled by Gigabyte's Thermal Guard II thermal solution that maintains the stability and durability of the drive during high-speed operations.
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 MASTER not only features RGB FUSION 2.0 RGB lighting but also comes with headers that support addressable LED and RGB LED strips.
Alongside the MASTER, Gigabyte also unveiled the Z590 AORUS ELITE, ELITE AX, ULTRA, PRO AX, and XTREME at CES 2021.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Power delivery via PCIe 4.0, Wi-Fi 6E, and M.2 PCIe slots
  • Power Delivery via USB 2.0 Type-C and Type-A headers
Cons
  • Very tight VDroop control

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 80% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • High-quality design
  • Powerful M.2 PCIe 4.0 x4 slots
  • Competitive pricing
  • Two USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C ports
  • Two Thunderbolt headers
  • Large 19-phase power delivery
Cons
  • No SLI support
  • No Wi-Fi 6E support
  • No Wi-Fi 6
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

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 + 1x PCIe x16 (running @ x8) + 1x PCIe x16 (running @ x4)
Ports
1x USB-C 3.2 Gen2x2 + 5x USB 3.2 Gen2 + 4x USB 3.2 Gen1 + 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 ALC1220-VB codec, DTS:X Ultra
Chipset
Intel Z590 Express
Compatibility
10th-gen & 11th-gen Intel Core / Pentium / Celeron processors
DAC
ESS ES9118 DAC
Graphics
Multi-GPU: Support for AMD Quad-GPU CrossFire and 2-Way AMD CrossFire technologies
Misc
Networking: Aquantia 10GbE LAN chip
Monitoring
Voltage detection, Temperature detection, Fan speed detection, Water cooling flow rate detection, Fan fail warning, Fan speed control, Water cooling flow rate detection, Noise detection
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, 2242/2260/2280/22110 (11th-gen Intel processor only) + 2x 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

anandtech[1]

Sentiment Score 82%
Reviewers from anandtech have found the following***:
The GIGABYTE Z590 Aorus Master is one of the higher-end options on Z590. It has double the bandwidth from the CPU to the chipset (DMI x8, previously x4), and USB 3.2 G2x2 Type-C. The integrated audio solution is premium, too, with a Realtek ALC1220-VB HD audio codec.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • High-quality design
  • Large 19-phase power delivery
  • Competitive pricing
Cons
  • No Wi-Fi 6E support

tomshardware[2]

Sentiment Score 77%
Reviewers from tomshardware have found the following***:
Gigabyte chose to go with a 19-phase setup for the Vcore and SOC on the power delivery front. The bottom half of the board is mostly covered in shrouds hiding all the unsightly but necessary bits. Hidden under the shrouds around the PCIe slots are three M.2 sockets.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful M.2 PCIe 4.0 x4 slots
  • Two USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C ports
  • Two Thunderbolt headers
Cons
  • No Wi-Fi 6
  • No SLI support

User Reviews

References

1. ^ GIGABYTE Z590 Aorus Master Review: Soaring High With Rocket Lake. [anandtech]. https://www.anandtech.com/show/16618/gigabyte-z590-aorus-master-review. 2021-04-28. Retrieved 2021-11-08.
2. ^ Gigabyte Z590 Aorus Master Review: Remastered for Z590. [tomshardware]. https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gigabyte-z590-aorus-master. 2021-04-11. Retrieved 2021-04-13.

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