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Z490 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE

£1,064.45

Intel® Z490 AORUS Motherboard with 16+1 Phases Digital VRM, AORUS All-In-One Monoblock ,NanoCarbon Baseplate, Intel® Thunderbolt 3, ESSential USB DAC, Intel® WiFi 6 802.11ax, AQUANTIA® 10GbE LAN, Intel® 2.5GbE LAN, RGB FAN COMMANDER

    • Supports 10th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors and 11th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors*
    • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
    • Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready
    • 16+1 Phases Digital VRM Solution with 90A Smart Power Stage and Tantalum Polymer Capacitors Array
    • XTREME MEMORY with SMT DIMM and Shielded Memory Routing
    • AORUS All-In-One Monoblock for CPU, VRM, SSD and PCH
    • Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3 Onboard
    • Exclusive ESSential USB DAC
    • Exclusive RGB FAN COMMANDER for Professional Casemodders
    • Onboard Intel® WiFi 6 802.11ax 2T2R & BT 5 with 2X AORUS Antenna
    • 127dB SNR AMP-UP Audio with High-End ESS SABRE 9018K2M DAC, LME 49720 and OPA1622 OP-AMP, WIMA Audio Capacitors
    • AQUANTIA® 10GbE BASE-T LAN and Intel® 2.5GbE LAN with cFosSpeed
    • Triple Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 with Thermal Guards II
    • USB TurboCharger for Mobile Device Fast Charge Support
    • RGB FUSION 2.0 with Multi-Zone Addressable LED Light Show Design, Support Addressable LED & RGB LED Strips
    • Smart Fan 5 Features Multiple Temperature Sensors , Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP and Noise Detection
    • Q-Flash Plus Update BIOS without Installing the CPU, Memory and Graphics Card

 

    * Updated BIOS is required for compatibility.

 

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Description

Xtreame Waterforce – Team up, Fight on!

Showcasing a state-of-the-art design, excellent functionality, an impressive thermal design, next generation network connectivity, a Hi-Fi level audio system, and AORUS aesthetics, the flagship Z490 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE motherboard dominates the competition.

EXTREME THERMAL DESIGN

Z490 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE uses exclusive CPU/VRM/PCH watercooling monoblock to ensure stability and low temperature under full loading application and gaming.

All-in-One Monoblock

  • All-In-One Monoblock covers both CPU, VRM , SSD and PCH area
  • 60% more skived fins surface area for more efficient heat transfer
  • High density copper fins for extreme heat dissipation
  • Leak detection circuit around whole monoblock
  • High compatible universal G1/4 threads
  • Automatically emergency shut down with leak detection
  • Addressable LED light effect
  • Adopt high thermal conductivity thermal pad
  • Solid back-plate to prevent motherboard distortion
Specifications
Material Copper / Acrylic
Fin Total surface area (mm2) 7536
Fin Gap (mm) 0.3
Sealing Teflon
Threads (inch) 2 x G1/4
Max Pressure (mpa) 0.2
Thermal Grease (W/mK) TC-5026 (2.89W/mK)
Thermal Pad (W/mK) 6(MOS, Choke, PCH, 10G LAN, M.2)
Digital LED Pin Header Yes, 4 pin
Digital RGB LED 25(CPU 16; PCH 9)
RGB Fusion 2.0 YES
Leak Detection YES
Covered Area MOS, Choke, PCH, 10G LAN, M.2
Weight 3.1KG

Nanocarbon Baseplate

  • Base plate made of aluminium instead of traditional iron ensures 3X thermal conductivity.
  • A thin layer of NanoCarbon is coated on the base plate through electrostatic adhesion to enhance thermal radiation capability.
  • Transfer heat from the back side PCB to the base plate so the NanoCarbon base plate can dissipate heat passively.
  • Effectively lowers backside PWM component temperature by 10%.

Right-Angled Connectors

Z490 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE uses revolutionary Right-Angled Connectors design, 90% of pin headers and connectors on motherboard are right-angled and relocated to one side of PCB. The never-seen-before design help easier cable management and better in-chassis air-flow when installing great amount of devices.

AORUS M.2 Thermal Guard II

With durability in mind, GIGABYTE provides a new thermal solution for large capacity M.2 SSD devices with double side flash. The M.2 Thermal Guard II uses a double-sided heatsink design and prevents throttling and bottlenecks on high speed M.2 SSDs by dissipating heat before it becomes an issue.

Noise Detection

With the new Noise Detection function, you can monitor noise level of all devices including fans, CPU coolers, graphics card, etc. in real time, and you can determine how fast your fan speed needs to be. Our bundled Noise Detection cable doesn’t include any sound recording function, it simply detects sound pressure while protecting your privacy.

EXTREME POWER DESIGN

To unleash the full potential of the new Intel 10-core CPU, the motherboard requires the best CPU power design. With the best quality components and GIGABYTE R&D design capability, Z490 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE is a true beast among motherboards.

  • 90A Smart Power Stage for Each vCore Phase
  • High Current Capacity MOSFET
  • Tantalum Polymer Capacitors Array
  • Lower Temperatures
  • Improved Transient

Z490 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE motherboard uses an pure digital CPU power design which includes a digital PWM Controller with Smart Power Stages and is capable of providing 90A of power from each phase for a total of 1440A. This 100% digital controller, new Tantalum Polymer Capacitors array, and additional 8+8 Solid-pin CPU Power Connectors offer incredible precision and stability in delivering power to the motherboard’s most power-hungry and energy-sensitive components, allowing enthusiasts to get the absolute maximum overclocking performance from the new 10-core 10th Gen. Intel® Core™ processors.

Due to the lower resistance of the polymer materials, tantalum polymer caps generally have better ESR and ripple current specifications, as well as better performance at high frequency.

UNPARALLELED PERFORMANCE

Hungry for better performance? Z490 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE has a full PCIe 4.0 design, supports high frequency memory, and comes with full SSD thermal guards to make sure you get the maximum full system performance.

Xtreme Memory

Z490 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE uses revolutionary “XTREME MEMORY” technology, which includes Shielded Memory Routing, SMT DIMM, and Tantalum Polymer Capacitors Array to minimise all noise and electrical interference and reach the highest memory clock:

  • Shielded Memory Routing: – All memory routing is under the PCB inner layer shielded by a large ground layer to protect from external interference.
  • Tantalum Polymer Capacitors Array: – Capacitors are placed directly underneath the memory DIMM to improve transient response.
  • SMT DIMM: – Less external interference and shorter memory routing compared to traditional DIP design.

Memory Layout – Daisy Chain Design

With the optimised daisy-chain routing, the Z490 AORUS motherboard provides a proven speed of up to DDR4-5000+ MHz with high-density DESIGNARE Memory 32GB module*. Optimised daisy-chained routing eliminates the stub effect, pushes the one DIMM per channel in dual channel interleaving mode to hit higher memory frequencies, providing professional gamers a denser and faster system memory experience.

Support for DDR4 XMP Up to 5000MHz and Beyond

AORUS is offering a tested and proven platform that ensures proper compatibility with profiles up to 5000MHz and beyond. All users need to do to attain this performance boost is to ensure that their memory module is XMP capable and that the XMP function is activated and enabled on their AORUS motherboard.

NEXT GEN CONNECTIVITY

A Flagship product needs to be future-proofed so your system stays up-to-date with the latest technology. Z490 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE provides all next generation network, storage, and WIFI connectivity to keep you up to speed.

AQUANTIA® 10GbE BASE-T Networking

The AQUANTIA ® AQC107 is a high-performance, backward compatible with 10GBASE-T/ 5GBASE-T/ 2.5GBASE-T/ 1000BASE-T/ 100BASE-TX Ethernet Controller which is able to provide up to 10 GbE network connectivity, with 10 times faster transfer speeds compared to general 1GbE networking and is perfectly designed for media centers, workstations and gamers.

Next Generation 40 Gb/s Thunderbolt™ 3

Powered by Intel’s own Thunderbolt controller the new Thunderbolt™ 3 protocol, which is available over two USB Type-C™ connectors on the back I/O of the GIGABYTE Z490 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE, brings an unprecedented single-wire bandwidth of up to 40 Gb/s — twice more than the previous generation of Thunderbolt! This incredible increase in bandwidth is also accompanied with support for different protocols such as DisplayPort 1.2 and USB 3.2 Gen2, which is backwards compatible with USB 3.2 Gen1 and USB 2.0, opening up a world of new possibilities.

New Introduce Intel® WiFi 6 802.11ax + BT 5 Module

Intel Wireless solution supports 802.11ax, enables gigabit wireless performance, provides smooth video streaming, better gaming experience, few dropped connections and speeds up to 2.4Gbps*. Moreover, Bluetooth 5 provides 4X range over BT 4.2 and with faster transmission.

Benefit of WiFi 6:

  1. 5.5X throughput than 802.11ac 1×1*
  2. 4X better network capacity, no traffic jams especially in those dense area with lots of devices
  3. Network efficiency increase for better user experience

USB TurboCharger

GIGABYTE patent pending USB TurboCharger technology allows users to recharge their mobile devices with stunning speed, up to 50% in less than 30 minutes*. By connecting Front USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A cable of chassis to our motherboard, USB TurboCharger can recharge both Android devices with QC 3.0 and Apple devices with Apple Fast-Charge function.

DEFINITIVE AESTHETICS

GIGABYTE ID team designs Z490 AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE from the drawing board. After countless hours of conceptualising ideas, fine tuning details, and engaging in discussion, GIGABYTE has produced a board that is equal parts beast and beauty.

RGB FUSION 2.0 – Multi-Zone Light Show Design

Now offering more LED customizations than ever, users can truly adapt their PC to represent their lifestyle. With full RGB support and a redesigned RGB Fusion 2.0 application, the user has complete control over the LEDs which surround the motherboard.

With an integrated intuitive user interface, the RGB Fusion 2.0 provides you a better solution for customising the lighting effects across all supported devices. From motherboards, graphics cards to the peripheral products, you can personalise your gaming rig with your own style and show off your build by sharing the profiles. In addition, the new gaming mode makes the lighting effects interactive with selected games to bring you the most immersive gaming experience.

  1. Exclusive bundled accessory for professional casemodders
  2. 8 Hybrid Fan Headers
  3. 8 RGB LED Headers
  4. 8 Addressable LED Headers
  5. 2 external temperature sensors
  6. 2 USB 2.0 header for additional USB RGB devices
  7. All Hybrid Fan Headers and RGB/Addressable LED Headers have independently controlled speed and lighting patterns
  8. Easy to install inside the chassis with its compact size and magnetic base

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • CPU
    1. Support for 10th Generation Intel® Core™ i9 processors/Intel® Core™ i7 processors/ Intel® Core™ i5 processors/Intel® Core™ i3 processors/Intel® Pentium® processors/ Intel® Celeron® processors in the LGA1200 package
    2. L3 cache varies with CPU

    (Please refer to “CPU Support List” for more information.)

  • Chipset
    1. Intel® Z490 Express Chipset
  • Memory
    1. Intel® Core™ i9/i7 processors:
      Support for DDR4 5000(O.C.)/4933(O.C.)/4800(O.C.)/ 4700(O.C.)/ 4600(O.C.)/ 4500(O.C.)/ 4400(O.C.)/ 4300(O.C.)/4266(O.C.) / 4133(O.C.) / 4000(O.C.) / 3866(O.C.) / 3800(O.C.) / 3733(O.C.) / 3666(O.C.) / 3600(O.C.) / 3466(O.C.) / 3400(O.C.) / 3333(O.C.) / 3300(O.C.) / 3200(O.C.) / 3000(O.C.) / 2933 / 2800 / 2666 / 2400 / 2133 MHz
    2. Intel® Core™ i5/i3/Pentium®/Celeron® processors:
      Support for DDR4 2666/2400/2133 MHz
    3. 4 x DDR4 DIMM sockets supporting up to 128 GB (32 GB single DIMM capacity) of system memory
    4. Dual channel memory architecture
    5. Support for ECC Un-buffered DIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8 memory modules (operate in non-ECC mode)
    6. Support for non-ECC Un-buffered DIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8/1Rx16 memory modules
    7. Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules

    (Please refer “Memory Support List” for more information.)

  • Onboard Graphics

    Integrated Graphics Processor+Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3 Controller:

    1. 2 x Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3 connectors (USB Type-C™ ports), supporting DisplayPort and Thunderbolt™ video outputs and a maximum resolution of 5120 x 2880@60 Hz with 24 bpp
      * Because of the limited I/O resources of the PC architecture, the number of Thunderbolt™ devices that can be used is dependent on the number of the PCI Express devices being installed. (Refer to Chapter 1-7, “Back Panel Connectors,” for more information.)
      * Support for DisplayPort 1.4 version, HDCP 2.3, and HDR.

    Integrated Graphics Processor-Intel® HD Graphics support:

    1. 1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096×2160@30 Hz
      * Support for HDMI 1.4 version and HDCP 2.3.

    Maximum shared memory of 512 MB

  • Audio
    1. Realtek® ALC1220-VB codec+ESS ES9218P DAC (front panel audio)
    2. Realtek® ALC1220-VB codec+ESS ES9018K2M DAC+TI OPA1622 operational amplifier (rear panel audio)
    3. Support for DTS:X® Ultra
    4. High Definition Audio
    5. 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
    6. Support for S/PDIF Out
  • LAN
    1. 1 x Aquantia 10GbE LAN chip (10 Gbit/5 Gbit/2.5 Gbit//1 Gbit/100 Mbit) (LAN1)
    2. 1 x Intel® 2.5GbE LAN chip (2.5 Gbit/1 Gbit/100 Mbit) (LAN2)
  • Wireless Communication module

    Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201

    1. WIFI a, b, g, n, ac with wave 2 features, ax, supporting 2.4/5 GHz Dual-Band
    2. BLUETOOTH 5.1
    3. Support for 11ax 160MHz wireless standard and up to 2.4 Gbps data rate
      * Actual data rate may vary depending on environment and equipment.
  • Expansion Slots
    1. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16)
      * For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16 slot.
    2. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8)
      * The PCIEX8 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX16 slot. When the PCIEX8 slot is populated, the PCIEX16 slot operates at up to x8 mode.
    3. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4)
      * The PCIEX4 slot shares bandwidth with the M2P_PCH connector. The PCIEX4 slot operates at up to x2 mode when an M.2 SSD is installed in the M2P_PCH connector.

    (All of the PCI Express x16 slots conform to PCI Express 3.0 standard.)
    Supports up to ASPM L1.2 power management protocols.

  • Multi-Graphics Technology
    1. Support for NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI™ and 2-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ technologies
    2. Support for AMD Quad-GPU CrossFire™ and 2-Way AMD CrossFire™ technologies
  • Storage Interface
    1. 1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2280/22110 SATA and PCIe x4/x2 SSD support)(M2A_CPU)
    2. 1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2280/22110 SATA and PCIe x4/x2 SSD support)(M2M_PCH)
    3. 1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 PCIe x4/x2 SSD support) (M2P_PCH)
    4. 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
    5. Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
      * Refer to “1-9 Internal Connectors,” for the installation notices for the PCIEX4, M.2, and SATA connectors.
    6. Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready

    M.2 connectors support up to ASPM L1.2 PCIe power management protocols.

  • USB

    Chipset+Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3 Controller:

    1. 2 x USB Type-C™ ports on the back panel, with USB 3.2 Gen 2 support

    Chipset:

    1. 1 x USB Type-C™ port with USB 3.2 Gen 2 support, available through the internal USB header
    2. 4 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports (red) on the back panel

    Chipset+USB 3.2 Gen 1 Hub:

    1. 4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB header)

    Chipset+2 USB 2.0 Hubs:

    1. 6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB headers with the included front USB header extension cable)
  • Internal I/O Connectors
    1. 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
    2. 2 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connectors
    3. 1 x CPU fan header
    4. 1 x water cooling CPU fan header
    5. 1 x water cooling kit CPU LED header (LED_CPU)
    6. 1 x water cooling kit Chipset LED header (LED_PCH)
    7. 4 x system fan headers
    8. 2 x system fan/water cooling pump headers
    9. 1 x noise detection header
    10. 2 x addressable LED strip headers
    11. 2 x RGB LED strip headers
    12. 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
    13. 3 x M.2 Socket 3 connectors
    14. 1 x front panel header
    15. 1 x front panel audio header
    16. 1 x USB Type-C™ header, with USB 3.2 Gen 2 support
    17. 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 header
    18. 1 x USB 2.0/1.1 header
    19. 2 x temperature sensor headers
    20. 1 x power button
    21. 1 x reset button
    22. 1 x OC button
    23. 2 x BIOS switches
    24. Voltage Measurement Points
  • Back Panel Connectors
    1. 1 x Q-Flash Plus button
    2. 1 x Clear CMOS button
    3. 2 x SMA antenna connectors (2T2R)
    4. 2 x Thunderbolt™ 3 connectors (USB Type-C™ ports, with USB 3.2 Gen 2 support)
    5. 4 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports (red)
    6. 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports
    7. 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
    8. 1 x HDMI port
    9. 2 x RJ-45 ports
    10. 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
    11. 5 x audio jacks
  • I/O Controller
    1. iTE® I/O Controller Chip
  • H/W Monitoring
    1. Voltage detection
    2. Temperature detection
    3. Fan speed detection
    4. Water cooling flow rate detection
    5. Overheating warning
    6. Fan fail warning
    7. Fan speed control
      * Whether the fan (pump) speed control function is supported will depend on the fan (pump) you install.
    8. Noise detection
  • BIOS
    1. 2 x 256 Mbit flash
    2. Use of licensed AMI UEFI BIOS
    3. Support for DualBIOS™
    4. PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0
  • Unique Features
    1. Support for APP Center
      * Available applications in APP Center may vary by motherboard model. Supported functions of each application may also vary depending on motherboard specifications.
      @BIOS
      EasyTune
      Fast Boot
      Game Boost
      RGB Fusion
      Smart Backup
      System Information Viewer
      USB TurboCharger
    2. Support for Q-Flash Plus
    3. Support for Q-Flash
    4. Support for Xpress Install
  • Bundled Software
    1. Norton® Internet Security (OEM version)
    2. cFosSpeed
    3. XSplit Gamecaster + Broadcaster (12 months license)
  • Operating System
    1. Support for Windows 10 64-bit
  • Form Factor
    1. E-ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 27.1cm

     

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