Gigabyte Z790 AORUS ELITE X AX WIFI Gaming Motherboard, Black

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Gigabyte Z790 AORUS ELITE X AX WIFI Gaming Motherboard



  • Supports Intel® Core™ 14th and 13th processors
  • Digital twin 16+1+2 phases VRM solution
  • Dual Channel DDR5:4*DIMMs with XMP 3.0 memory module support
  • PCIe UD Slot X: PCIe 5.0 x16 slot with 10X strength for graphics card
  • EZ-Latch Click:M.2 heatsinks with screwless design
  • EZ-Latch Plus:M.2 slots with quick release design
  • UC BIOS:User-Centred intuitive UX with Quick Access function
  • Ultra-Fast Storage:4*PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slots
  • Efficient Overall Thermal:VRM Thermal Armor Advanced & M.2 Thermal Guard L
  • Fast Networking:2.5GbE LAN & Wi-Fi 6E with Ultra-high gain antenna
  • Extended Connectivity:DP, HDMI, Front USB-C® 10Gb/s, Rear USB-C® 20Gb/s
  • Precision Audio:ALC1220 & Audiophile Grade Capacitors

Intel’s 14th Gen and Board Design

As I said, the new processors aren’t radically different from the old—the flagship Core i9-14900K has the same number of cores and threads as the Core i9-13900K, with a max turbo clock of 6.0GHz versus 5.8GHz and a slightly bumped base clock. To get the most out of the new CPUs, you’ll need adequate cooling, as many motherboards take some liberties with default power targets and raise them to get the upper hand over their rivals. A 360mm AIO works best for the high-end processors, while some of the less expensive CPUs in the product stack can get away with a smaller AIO or even air cooling. It comes with DDR5.


With the fast-moving technology changes, GIGABYTE always follows the latest trends and provides customers with advanced features and latest technologies. GIGABYTE motherboards are equipped with upgraded power solution, latest storage standards and outstanding connectivity to enable optimized performance for gaming.


GIGABYTE Motherboards’ unparalleled performance is guaranteed by innovative and optimized thermal design to ensure the best CPU, Chipset, SSD stability and low temperatures under full load application and gaming performance.


GIGABYTE Motherboards enable the ultimate connection experience with blazing data-transfer speeds through the next generation network, storage, and Wi-Fi connectivity.


GIGABYTE motherboards bundle several useful and intuitive software to help users to control every aspect of motherboard and provide customizable lighting effect with outstanding aesthetics to fit your unique personality.


GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ design provides product durability and high-quality manufacturing process. GIGABYTE motherboards use the best components and reinforce every slots to make each of them solid and durable.

Board Design, CPU, and Memory

The Aorus Elite X AX is built on a six-layer PCB with a matte black finish. Large heatpipe-connected heatsinks cover the VRMs, while the M.2 sockets and chipset have their own. The heatsinks sport a brushed aluminum finish with stenciled patterns and Aorus branding. Some RGB lighting is hidden beneath the chipset heatsink, giving a bright, saturated glow inside your chassis. Overall, I like Gigabyte’s style.

Layout and Internal Connectors

At the upper left of the motherboard, we see the two 8-pin EPS connectors (one required) that power the CPU. Nearby are the large heatsinks tasked with cooling the VRMs below, topped with Aorus branding and some cut-outs to increase surface area. We found the heatsinks did an excellent job keeping the MOSFETs and other power bits within specification.


Expansion, Storage, and Rear I/O

The primary (top) graphics slot uses reinforcement to prevent shearing from heavy cards and protects against EMI. The slot connects through the processor and runs up to PCIe 5.0 x16. The other two full-length slots connect through the chip and run at PCIe 4.0 x4 (middle) and PCIe 3.0 x4 (bottom).

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