Friday, January 11th 2019

Gigabyte Z390 Motherboards and GeForce RTX Graphics Cards on Display at CES 2019

To go with their monitors and laptops Gigabyte also had multiple high-end motherboards and numerous graphics cards on display at CES 2019. Two of the motherboards that caught are attention were enthusiast offerings including the Z390 AORUS Xtreme which offered a 16 phase IR Digital VRM solution with Pow/Rstage. To go with the beefy VRM, they used a new cutting edge thermal design which uses a fins-array heatsink with a direct touch heat pipe and a NanoCarbon baseplate. Wireless networking has been included via an onboard Intel CNVI 802.11ac 2x2 Wave 2 Wi-Fi with AORUS Antenna. Meanwhile, standard networking is handled by an AQUANTIA 10 GbE BASE-T LAN and Intel Gigabit LAN with cFosSpeed. Other additions include Intel Thunderbolt 3, exclusive RGB Fan Commander and OC Touch. Finally rounding out its features is the 127dB SNR AMP-UP audio with high-end ESS SABRE 9018K2M DAC, LME 49720 and OPA1622 OP-AMP, and WIMA audio capacitors. Just be prepared to pay the price of entry as this motherboard comes with a $599 price tag.

Taking things a step further, Gigabyte also had the AORUS Z390 Xtreme Waterforce motherboard on hand as well. It offers many of the same features as the Z390 AORUS Xtreme but adds in an AORUS all-in-one monoblock for both the CPU and PCH area. It also has Triple Ultra-Fast M.2 slots with PCIe Gen3 x4 interfaces along with their Triple Thermal Guards. To afford this high-end board unless you are an extreme enthusiast you might need to sell a kidney considering its eye-watering $899 price tag. Other motherboards on hand included both the X299 AORUS Master and Z390 AORUS Master which are already available at retail.
Concerning graphics cards Gigabyte had many on hand including GeForce RTX 2060, and RTX 2080 models. When we asked about the RTX 2060 cards, we found out that final clock speeds have not been determined just yet. However, Gigabyte will have multiple models including a Mini-ITX version available soon to go with the more traditional Windforce OC models etc.
The real attention grabber out of the graphics cards on display was the AORUS GeForce RTX 2080 Xtreme Waterfoce WB. It comes with a Waterforce water block and features RGB Fusion for illumination. It also has an all-metal backplate with RGB illuminated AORUS logo and comes with a 4-year warranty once the product has been registered. Clock speeds were listed as 1890 MHz compared to the reference cards 1710 MHz and to facilitate further overclocking they utilized a 12+2 power phase design.
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4 Comments on Gigabyte Z390 Motherboards and GeForce RTX Graphics Cards on Display at CES 2019

#1
CheapMeat
This is probably harsh and I do like Gigabyte and most of their boards. But one looks like it has a condom wrapped around it.

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#2
Robcostyle
For the past three years, they’ve just doubled the pricetags - for everything: motherboards, gpus, cpus, etc.
But they don’t make such a stunning progress in terms of quality, service - and they don’t even want to.

900$ for an item that gonna be outdated in a year and requires another parts to work - is a crime against humanity. Even ridiculous iphone is a ready-to-go tech. But this.......
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#3
micropage7
today trend is meh
first they cover VRM, the cover the chipset, then cover the back panel, then they cover the whole board then add RGB and makes your board like nightclub
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#4
Vya Domus
CheapMeat said:
But one looks like it has a condom wrapped around it.
Cannot be unseen.
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