Wednesday, July 22nd 2020

GIGABYTE Unveils Z490 AORUS Master WaterForce Motherboard with AIO Monoblock

GIGABYTE today unveiled the Z490 AORUS Master WaterForce motherboard. A variant of the Z490 AORUS Master, it is positioned a notch below the company's flagship Z490 AORUS Xtreme WaterForce. While the Xtreme WaterForce comes with a CPU+VRM monoblock meant for DIY liquid cooling setups, the Master WaterForce uses an industry-first AIO closed-loop CPU+VRM monoblock that's tailor-made for the board.

This AIO comes with a meaty 360 mm x 120 mm radiator that includes three high static-pressure fans. The AIO monoblock has a tastefully executed ARGB LED embellishment that includes an AORUS logo and four diagonals, while each of the three included 120 mm fans feature ARGB LEDs located in the impeller hubs. GIGABYTE did not put out performance figures for this AIO, but we expect it to give the Core i9-10900K a respectable OC headroom. The rest of the board is identical in features and design to the original Z490 AORUS Master which GIGABYTE launched alongside the rest of its Socket LGA1200 motherboard lineup.
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5 Comments on GIGABYTE Unveils Z490 AORUS Master WaterForce Motherboard with AIO Monoblock

#1
claster17
Given the high probability of it being a mixed metal loop, I don't like the idea of having a motherboard with what is essentially an expiration date.
I would prefer dedicated VRM air coolers.
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#2
ZoneDymo
claster17
Given the high probability of it being a mixed metal loop, I don't like the idea of having a motherboard with what is essentially an expiration date.
I would prefer dedicated VRM air coolers.
I think of it as a radiator in your house, at some point the water is done reacting and the process goes no further so it should be fine.
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#3
Basard
Maybe if it was serviceable... removable fittings... maybe. But no--AND it's ugly.
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#4
buildzoid
claster17
Given the high probability of it being a mixed metal loop, I don't like the idea of having a motherboard with what is essentially an expiration date.
I would prefer dedicated VRM air coolers.
The VRM on this board doesn't need heatsinks.
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#5
maxitaxi96
buildzoid
The VRM on this board doesn't need heatsinks.
Of course it does!! How else will you get your gamery Gamer esthetics!?!

But seriously tho. When will MoBo-makers ever get this right? They put like actually finned Heatsinks on the most damn efficient SPSs there are (and now even an waterblock ffs) and dont put any on the crappiest little 2 part high side - low side VRM... its so counterintuitive!
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