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Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme

Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme
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Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme review: specs and price

Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme

Why is Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme better than the average?

  • RAM speed
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    2933MHzvs2656.42MHz
  • Overclocked RAM speed
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    5000MHzvs4229.73MHz
  • Fan headers
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    8vs4.84
  • PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
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    3vs1.62
  • SATA 3 connectors
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    6vs5.53
  • Maximum memory amount
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    128GBvs81.12GB
  • Signal-to-Noise ratio (DAC)
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    120dBvs109.68dB
  • M.2 sockets
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    3vs1.86

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General info

supports Wi-Fi
Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme
The device can connect to Wi-Fi.
supports Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme
Wi-Fi 6, released in 2019, is based on the IEEE 802.11ax wireless LAN standard. Designed to operate in all frequency bands between 1 and 6 GHz, it offers higher data rates and lower latency compared to previous Wi-Fi technologies.
supports Wi-Fi 6E
Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme
Wi-Fi 6E was announced in 2020 and has several advantages compared to Wi-Fi 6. In addition to the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, it can operate on the 6GHz band, which provides faster speeds and extremely low latency.
supports Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme
802.11ac wireless works on the 5GHz frequency range. It offers higher transfer rates, improved reliability, and improved power consumption. It provides advantages for gaming and HD video streaming.
Has Bluetooth
Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme
Bluetooth is a wireless technology that allows you to easily transfer data between different devices, such as smartphones, tablets and computers.
Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data transfers between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves. Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
HDMI version

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Newer versions of HDMI support higher bandwidth, which allows for higher resolutions and frame rates.
Easy to overclock
Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme
Overclocking your system is normally quite a complicated procedure, but some manufacturers provide a button or a program where one click will automatically overclock your computer, giving you increased performance.
has RGB lighting
Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme
RGB lighting allows you to choose between millions of colors and customize the look of your PC components.

Memory

The maximum amount of memory (RAM) supported.
RAM speed

2933MHz

It can support faster memory, which will give quicker system performance.
The motherboard supports overclocking the RAM to a higher speed. By increasing the speed at which the memory runs, you can boost the performance of your computer.
More memory slots (also known as DIMM slots) allow you to add more RAM to your computer. It is also useful when upgrading, as you can add RAM to an empty slot instead of replacing an existing memory module.
DDR memory version

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DDR (Double Data Rate) memory is the most common type of RAM. Newer versions of DDR memory support higher maximum speeds and are more energy-efficient.
More memory channels increases the speed of data transfer between the memory and the CPU.
Supports ECC memory
Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme
Error-correcting code memory can detect and correct data corruption. It is used when is it essential to avoid corruption, such as scientific computing or when running a server.

Ports

USB 3.2 Gen 2 supports speeds of up to 10Gbps. It was formerly known as USB 3.1 Gen 2. These ports use the older USB-A connector.
USB 3.2 Gen 1 supports speeds of up to 5Gbps. It was formerly known as USB 3.1 Gen 1 and USB 3.0. These ports use the older USB-A connector.
USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports (USB-C)

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USB 3.2 Gen 2 supports speeds of up to 10Gbps. It was formerly known as USB 3.1 Gen 2. These ports use the USB-C connector.
USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports (USB-C)

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USB 3.2 Gen 1 supports speeds of up to 5Gbps. It was formerly known as USB 3.1 Gen 1 and USB 3.0. These ports use the USB-C connector.
More USB 2.0 ports allow you to connect more devices to your computer that support USB 2.0.
USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 ports

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USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 was introduced in 2019. It supports speeds of up to 20Gbps and uses the USB-C connector.
USB 4 40Gbps ports

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This version of USB 4 supports very high speeds of up to 40Gbps. Unlike USB 3.2, USB 4 can dynamically allocate bandwidth to video and data. These ports use the USB-C connector.
USB 4 20Gbps ports

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This version of USB 4 supports speeds of up to 20Gbps. Unlike USB 3.2, USB 4 can dynamically allocate bandwidth to video and data. These ports use the USB-C connector.
Thunderbolt 4 ports

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The number of USB ports that are compatible with Thunderbolt 4. These ports support speeds of up to 40Gbps, including a minimum of PCIe 32Gbps. This guarantees that it can support two external 4K displays (or one external 8K display).

Connectors

USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports (through expansion)

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The number of USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports that can be added by using the USB headers (connectors) on the motherboard.
USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports (through expansion)

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The number of USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports that can be added by using the USB headers (connectors) on the motherboard.
The number of USB 2.0 ports that can be added by using the USB headers (connectors) on the motherboard.
SATA is an interface used to connect mass storage devices such as hard drives and Blu-ray drives. SATA 3 has a native transfer rate of 6 Gbit/s, which is twice as fast as SATA 2, the previous revision. This is particularly useful if you use an SSD as it can perform at higher speeds.
Fan headers are connection points on the motherboard that cooling fans can be connected to. Fans can also be connected straight to the power supply, but when connected to the motherboard you gain much finer control over them through software.
The motherboard has USB 3.0 headers, which are pin connections that you can connect additional USB ports to.
M.2 is an interface used to connect different types of devices, mainly mass storage devices like M.2 SSDs. It is a revision of mSATA and can support much higher data transfer rates.
Has TPM connector
Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is a component that significantly increases security. One example is that it allows encryption keys to be created in a secure environment, minimizing the risk of a hacker gaining access.
U.2 is an interface used to connect different types of devices, mainly mass storage devices. It has the same performance as M.2, but U.2 SSDs come in the form of regular 2.5" SATA drives and could therefore support much higher capacities than mSATA drives.

Expansion slots

PCIe slots allow you to connect various components to the motherboard, such as graphics cards and sound cards. The number after the 'x' represents the number of lanes, with more lanes supporting higher data transfer rates. PCI Express 3.0 has a bit rate of 8 GT/s, delivering 985 MB/s per lane.
PCIe slots allow you to connect various components to the motherboard, such as graphics cards and SSDs. The number of data-transmission lanes (specified by the number after the 'x') determines the data transfer rate. PCIe 4.0 provides a 16 GT/s bit rate that doubles the bandwidth provided by PCIe 3.0.
Using PCIe slots, you can connect different components to your motherboard, such as graphics cards and RAID cards. The number after the 'x' represents the number of data-transmission lanes. More lanes result in faster data transfer rates. A PCIe x1 slot has one lane and can move data at one bit per cycle.
PCI slots allow you to connect peripherals to the motherboard, most commonly graphics cards but also others such as sound cards and network cards. PCI has been superseded by PCI Express which offers faster data transfer rates, but many cards today still use PCI.
PCIe slots allow you to connect graphics cards, SSDs, and other components to the motherboard. The number after the 'x' represents the number of lanes, with more lanes supporting higher data transfer rates. PCI Express 2.0 has a transfer rate of 5 GT/s, providing 500 MB/s per lane.
PCIe slots enable you to connect various components to your motherboard, for example, graphics cards, RAID cards, SSDs. The number of data-transmission lanes (specified by the number following 'x') determines the data transfer rate. A PCIe x4 slot has 4 lanes, with a speed of 4 bits per cycle.
PCIe slots allow you to connect components such as graphics cards and sound cards to the motherboard. The number after the 'x' represents the number of data-transmission lanes. More lanes result in faster data transfer rates. A PCIe x8 slot has 8 lanes and can move data at 8 bit per cycle.

Audio

When a digital signal is converted to an analog one (for example when playing audio through speakers or headphones), a certain amount of noise is carried in the signal. A higher SNR means that there is less noise and the audio quality is better.
Each channel is a separate stream of audio information. More channels can provide a more realistic experience, such as providing surround sound.
Has S/PDIF Out port
Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme
S/PDIF is an interface used to transmit digital audio with high fidelity.
More connectors means that more audio devices such as speakers or microphones can be connected.

Storage

Supports RAID 1
Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme
RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 1 mirrors the data across the drives. This gives you greater data security as if one drive fails, the data will still be accessible from another.
Supports RAID 10 (1+0)
Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme
RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 10 (1+0) stripes and mirrors the data across the drives. It gives increased capacity and performance compared to a single disk. It also provides greater data security as if one drive fails, the data will still be accessible from another.
Supports RAID 5
Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme
RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 5 stripes the data across the drives, giving increased performance compared to a single disk. It also provides greater data security as if one drive fails, the data will still be accessible from another due to the use of parity.
Supports RAID 0
Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme
RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 0 stripes the data across the drives, giving increased performance and capacity compared to a single drive. The drawback is that if one drive fails, you lose the data on all drives.
Supports RAID 0+1
Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Xtreme
RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 0+1 stripes and mirrors the data across the drives. This gives increased capacity and performance compared to a single disk. It also provides greater data security in case one drive fails, as the data will still be accessible from another.

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