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Mainboard Gigabyte Aorus Z490 Pro AX Review

Mainboard Gigabyte Aorus Z490 Pro AX Review

Hello everyone, today I will continue to review a mainboard using Z490 chipset again, and the product in this video that I want to talk about is the combo Mainboard Gigabyte Aorus Z490 Pro AX and Intel Core i7 CPU. 10700K. This is a high-end mainboard, with a selling price of more than 7 million VND. To see at this price, what does Aorus Z490 Pro AX give us? If you want to know, please watch the next part of the video right here.

As you all know, in the 10th generation, high-end intel CPU lines have been upgraded in both multiplier and clock speed, making For all mainboard manufacturers, it is mandatory to follow hardware upgrades to be able to meet the new CPUs, especially the Core i7 and Core i9 series. 

As simple as the Core i7 10700k CPU that I have on hand, it now has up to 8 cores, 16 threads, a maximum clock speed of up to 5.1ghz, not to mention overclocking, requiring a main to be able to run stably. 

It is necessary to have a good enough CPU power supply system, otherwise overheating and overclocking occurs when running heavy applications. Gigabyte equips Aorus Z490 Pro AX with a power supply system with 12 separate 55 Amps Drmos power phases, capable of weighing 660 Amps of total CPU power supply current.

To cool the Mosfet system, Gigabyte uses a heatsink design with 8mm copper pipes in direct contact with Fin Array 2 technology, which increases the cooling capacity of the heatsink blocks compared to traditional designs. 

Thanks to a good power supply area, with high-quality components, and very efficient cooling , the Aorus Z490 Pro AX has absolutely no difficulty when running with an Intel Core i7 10700K CPU. My brother and I in the studio have tested quite a few games, but there are almost no games that can make this combo difficult. 

Even in heavy applications, requiring the CPU to run at full capacity, such as when rendering 3D or 4K video , the phenomenon of overclocking due to overheating of the Mosfet system does not occur at all.

To ensure efficient cooling for the whole system, Gigabyte also did not forget to integrate the 5th generation Smart Fan technology with 9 temperature sensors in all areas on the main board along with 8 fan headers that support both traditional fans and PMW fans. 

All fan headers have the ability to adjust speed independently and automatically based on the temperature of each area, to optimize cooling efficiency and reduce noise caused by high speed fans in areas. unnecessary.

In addition to a very quality CPU-powered VRM , the Aorus Z490 Pro AX is also integrated with many other high-end hardware technologies. First of all, there are 4 ram slots with metal armor-reinforced legs, this main supports up to 128GB of ram and is capable of overclocking ram up to 5000 mhz or more, to achieve a very high speed threshold.

In addition to the quality of the ram kit you use, Gigabyte also equips the Aorus Z490 Pro AX with a separate circuit for the signal transmission of the RAM, ensuring the signal is as low as possible, increasing the resolution. 

Stable when running at high speed. Similar to the ram pins, the 2 PCI-EX pins No. 1 and No. 2 are also metal coated according to Ultra Durable standards, preventing bending or breaking the PCI-EX pin when attaching large VGA types.

The main is equipped with 2 PCI-EX X1 slots and 3 PCI-EX X16 slots, of which slot 1 will run full 16X, slot 2 runs at 8X and slot 3 is unarmored and only runs at 4X. Next, Aorus Z490 Pro AX is integrated with a total of 3 M.2 PCI-EX slots, of which 2 slots 2 and 3 are located below 2 heatsinks, supporting traditional PCI-EX 3.0 X4 ssd. Particularly, the number 1 M.

2 slot on the top is supported by the new PCI-EX 4.0 standard. There is a special thing that needs to be mentioned here that even today, the Intel Comet Lake-S CPU generation, or what people often call the 10th generation cpu, even the most advanced CPUs like the Core i9 10900K are still there. does not yet support the PCI-EX 4.0 standard, and Intel itself has no information about supporting PCI-EX 4.

0 in the next CPU lines, but Gigabyte still has built-in PCI-Ex 4.0 hardware for the PCI-EX slot. X16 and M.2 SSD slot, so hopefully in the future, the new generation of Rocket Lake CPUs will support this new PCI-EX 4.0 standard, and it would be great if the next generation of CPUs will support this.

In contrast to the Z490 mainboard, users will not have to upgrade both main and CPU at the same time. At the present time , you will still not benefit from the PCI-EX 4.0 standard integrated on this motherboard. 

In addition to the main components of the main board as I just mentioned, Aorus Z490 Pro AX is also equipped with supporting technologies that can be considered indispensable on the current generation of motherboards using the current Z490 chipset such as Wifi 6 AX and Bluetooth 5.0.

Besides, if you have a need to transfer data over LAN a lot , Gigabyte is also very generous to integrate an Intel lan port with a speed of up to 2.5Gbps, not just the 1Gbps type on most mainboards today. . Aorus Z490 Pro AX has a total of 6 Sata 6G ports, which in my opinion is enough for nearly all needs to plug in additional storage drives. On the main, there is also a plug for the USB port in front of the case, supporting USB 3.

2 Gen 1 standard, maximum bandwidth of 5Gbps For those of you who like to decorate more leds for the case , there are also 2 led pins on the main.

Analog RGB and 2 digital RGB led pins. The rear connection port of the Aorus Z490 Pro AX is also quite basic, but what I like is Gigabyte for a lot of USB ports, because I am a person who plugs in external accessories a lot. A total of 4 USB 2.0 ports, 3 blue USB 3.

2 Gen 1 ports, 2 red USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports, and 1 USB-C port. In addition, on the back, there are 2 wifi antenna jacks, 1 HDMI port, an audio area including 1 optical port and 5 3.5mm jacks that support 7.1 surround sound.

To output sound, the Aorus Z490 Pro AX uses a Realtek chip. The ALC1220 is quite high-end, with an amplifier chip that can adjust the power to match different types of headphones. For the most part, with headphones with an impedance of 300ohm or less, people can rest assured that this main can pull well, not necessarily investing in additional soundcards or separate amplifiers. 

The configuration that I used to test the main for the past week or so is nothing special with Core i7 10700K CPU, 16GB of ram and Aorus RTX 2060 Super card, I have tested and benchmarked quickly through some games, Mr.