Gigabyte’s flagship AORUS Z690 XTREME motherboard pictured

Published: 20th Oct 2021, 14:26 GMT   Comments

AORUS Z690 XTREME, flagship features from Gigabyte

These might be the first photographs of the top-of-the-line Z690 motherboard. 

Gigabyte is launching AORUS Z690 XTREME Gaming board with PCIe Gen5 and DDR5 support on November 4th. This is the flagship design featuring all the bells and whistles that the company has to offer. This is also an Extended ATX form factor design and is often reserved for high-end SKUs such as the AORUS series.

The specs we received do not mention the maximum overclocked DDR5 memory support, only that the board is compatible with JEDEC 4800 MT/s standard. What is interesting though is the cover for the memory, which might help cover the ugly DIMMs first-gen DDR5 till something more powerful and better-looking pops up on the market.

The Z690 XTREME offers three PCIe x16 slots, but only two conform to the Gen5 standard. They cannot be used simultaneously because they share the bandwidth with the primary slot, hence it will be limited to x8 width. The third slot is only Gen3.

In terms of connectivity, the board is equipped with a Marvell AQC113C 10GbE LAN chip as well as Intel 2.5Gbe NICs, with the addition of WiFi6 wireless connectivity. There is a Thunderbolt 4 connector supporting up to 5K 60 Hz display. In total, there are three M.2 slots for storage.

Gigabyte Z690 AORUS XTREME will launch on November 4th. The company is also launching XTREME WaterForce with preinstalled monoblock.

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