Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Xtreme Waterforce now available

Flagship Z390 model

Gigabyte has unveiled their high-end Z390 Aorus Xtreme Waterforce motherboard which comes with a pre-fitted AORUS branded monoblock. This motherboard is targeting liquid cooling enthusiasts who want to have all their components water cooled. As you can guess, the only difference between this and the regular model is the monoblock.

The Z390 Aorus Xtreme Waterforce is based on an E-ATX form factor. There is RGB backlight underneath each heat sink as well as in close proximity to the audio implementation. There is a total of three full-sized PCIe 3.0 x16 slots with metal reinforcements and two PCIe x1 slots. Furthermore, like the Aorus Master, the Aorus Xtreme Waterforce sports a rather thick backplate which helps improving overall stiffness.

The most interesting part of this motherboard is the full cover block placed on top of the CPU socket. At this time we don't know what company is behind the monoblock, but we believe that it might be Bitspower. This monoblock design is not only very good looking it also features only one inlet and one outlet for coolant maintaining a clean loop.

Storage wise, there are six angled SATA-III ports and the three M.2 slots allow for installing differently sized SSDs. While two M.2 slots are compatible with 22110 units, the third one supports 2280 SSDs. Looking for additional features it seems that this board will also be a decent choice for overclocking, since we see several OC buttons, debug LED and additional 6-pin power connectors for more stability.

Regarding the I/O ports we find a good mix of USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 ports, Intel 9560 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5 combo chip and two ethernet ports from the Aquantia AQC107 controller. Last but not least, Gigabyte provides an HDMI 1.1 port and two Intel Thunderbolt 3 connectors for video output. The Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Xtreme Waterforce will become available on Newegg within the next few days with a price tag of $900.

Source: tomshardware

News by Luca Rocchi and Marc Büchel - German Translation by Marc Büchel - Italian Translation by Francesco Daghini

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