Gigabyte has a pair of new mainboards that aimed at PC enthusiasts and designers looking for boards to cram their 9th gen Intel Core CPUs into. The first of the boards is the Z390 Aorus Xtreme aimed at users wanting the highest-end board they can get. Gigabyte says that it has the highest power phase count of any Z390 mainboard on the market.
It has a 16-phase digital IR VRM design and thermal optimization for overclocking. It has three M.2 thermal guards, HiFi audio, lots of I/O connectivity including dual Type-C Thunderbolt 3 ports, 10 GbE LAN and lots more tech inside. The board uses an LGA 1151 socket and it is fully compatible with overclocking of the 8-core Intel Core i9-9900K processor. The board is also designed to accommodate lighting for those wanting bling in their system. Gigabyte will sell the mainboard for $549.99.
The other board is a less expensive and feature rich unit called the Z390 Designare aimed at design pros. This board supports the Core i9-9900K processor and Gigabyte says that the board is designed to bring out the best in workstation graphics cards while maximizing M.2 SSD and DDR4 RAM performance.
Connectivity includes USB Type-C Thunderbolt ports along with native USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports. The board offers 12+1 phases digital CPU power design along with a 100% digital controller and 8+4 solid-pin CPU power connectors. Gigabyte also integrates dual Intel Gigabit Ethernet with a cFosSpeed accelerator for bandwidth prioritization and network performance; WiFi is also integrated. The Designare mainboard will sell for $269.99.