Friday, January 8th 2021

GIGABYTE Z590 AORUS Xtreme Pictured

Here's the first picture of GIGABYTE's next-generation flagship Socket LGA1200 motherboard based on Intel Z590 chipset, with out-of-the-box support for 11th Gen Core "Rocket Lake" desktop processors, the Z590 AORUS Xtreme. Featuring the company's most premium component selection, the board pulls power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and two 8-pin EPS power connectors, conditioning it for the CPU using a massive 21-phase VRM. The only expansion slots on this board are three PCI-Express x16, from which at least two are wired to the CPU (Gen 4.0 x16 or Gen 4.0 x8/x8 with Rocket Lake, Gen 3.0 with Comet Lake); with the third slot being wired to the PCH. Underneath the cladding are three M.2 NVMe slots, from which one is Gen 4.0 x4, and wired to the CPU, while the others are wired to the PCH.

The GIGABYTE Z590 AORUS Xtreme reportedly one-ups the current generation with new connectivity that includes Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax over 6 GHz radio band), and Thunderbolt 4. The board also features 20 Gbps USB 3.2x2 ports, and wired networking options that include 10 GbE and 2.5 GbE. The board will also be among the first to feature the latest Realtek ALC4080 audio CODEC that replaces the ALC1220 as the company's most premium CODEC. The main stereo channel on the board will still be pulled by an ESS Sabre Reference DAC. We should learn more about this board around mid-January, when Intel is expected to allow its motherboard partners to announce their Intel 500-series chipset products.
Source: VideoCardz
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27 Comments on GIGABYTE Z590 AORUS Xtreme Pictured

#1
Hossein Almet
massive 21-phase VRM anticipates a power hungry CPU.
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#2
jardows
Impressive list of features. So impressive, I'm sure this board alone will cost more than a mid-level office machine (no dGPU).
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#3
Bayfront Benny
I love the board - who wouldn't.
It'll probably be one of the most expensive Z590s - maybe too much for me.
What I don't get is how you buy a board in anticipation of a CPU that may or may not come out two months later. Intel has not exactly been punctual - sometimes cancelling products after announcing them.
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#4
Animalpak
Soo beeefy VRM's o_O... ASUS and others will be the same.
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#5
TumbleGeorge
Only 21 phases I'm disappointed! Not sure for enough power to wake up CPU.
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#6
Patr!ck
Excellent. A godlike motherboard for a godlike CPU.
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#7
ZoneDymo
Patr!ck
Excellent. A godlike motherboard for a godlike CPU.
compensating for rediculous power requirements motherboard*
failure to put on 10nm CPU*

ya know, im starting to think its the other way around, maybe Patrick is actually an AMD fanboy spamming this website with so much blind Intel love that people reading it start to hate Intel?

kinda like those people that overhype AMD products to rediculous heights (16 cores on 5ghz out of the box boiz) so that what we eventually get could only be considered disappointing.
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Patr!ck
ZoneDymo
compensating for rediculous power requirements motherboard*
failure to put on 10nm CPU*

ya know, im starting to think its the other way around, maybe Patrick is actually an AMD fanboy spamming this website with so much blind Intel love that people reading it start to hate Intel?

kinda like those people that overhype AMD products to rediculous heights (16 cores on 5ghz out of the box boiz) so that what we eventually get could only be considered disappointing.
Those are the last batch of the 14nm node. It costs Intel almost nothing to produce them. In a market AMD can't deliver enough units those Rocket Lake chips will sell like hot cakes. Alder Lake will be coming the same year so your assumption of a failure to put 10nm together is completely false. 10nm is ramping up and is shared between Alder Lake and Intel's own server and data center GPUs. And don't mistake me for an AMD fanboy, I'm a true Intel supporter and am planning a full Intel build this year with Alder Lake + Xe-HPG + the recently released PCIe 4.0 Optane SSDs.
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#9
skizzo
Hossein Almet
massive 21-phase VRM anticipates a power hungry CPU.
I think it is because this is their top of the line Aorus motherboard model, only one that is more expensive in this lineup, if they end up making one, is the Xtreme waterforce, with is the same as the Xtreme (this MB) but with built in water cooling for the board components. the "over the top" components can somehow justify their "over the top" price, since these bad boys usually go for like $800+ or something insane. the point being a top of the line MB designed for heavy OC is going to obviously have a robust power phasing system
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#10
ZoneDymo
Patr!ck
Those are the last batch of the 14nm node. It costs Intel almost nothing to produce them. In a market AMD can't deliver enough units those Rocket Lake chips will sell like hot cakes. Alder Lake will be coming the same year so your assumption of a failure to put 10nm together is completely false. 10nm is ramping up and is shared between Alder Lake and Intel's own server and data center GPUs. And don't mistake me for an AMD fanboy, I'm a true Intel supporter and am planning a full Intel build this year with Alder Lake + Xe-HPG + the recently released PCIe 4.0 Optane SSDs.
OK AMD fanboy, just remember we need competition for pricing and progress so dont forget about Intel even though you would have to be dropped on your head to buy anything from them atm.
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#11
bonehead123
Patr!ck
Excellent. A godlike motherboard for a godlike CPU.
And both with GAWD-like price tags to match, hehehe.. :fear:..:cry:..:eek:
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#12
Toothless
Tech, Games, and TPU!
For that brand new, dual core @ 7GHz chip. Needs all the power.
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#13
Tom Sunday
jardows
...impressive...I am sure this board alone will cost more than a mid-level office machine
It's all about the money. Mobo manufacturers will get to 'double-dip' this year as Intel will be proffering two CPU generations. Alder Lake later this year to also double-dip will come out with a different much larger CPU and dictating a Mobo change. More money out of your pocket. Will be watching the next "Intel Earnings Report" on Thursday, January 28 looking for real information and not rumors. Question: "Would you buy any of the new Z590 boards coming out in a few weeks when in about 8-10 months time from now they will technically be outdated? Are the tauted incentives for a new LGA 1700, DDR5 and PCIE 5.0 enough to hold ones breath for Alder Lake? Well, perhaps the boys from Intel will tell us later this month (or at least between their lines) from where the wind will be blowing at least in their view.
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#14
KarymidoN
Imagine this PC
RTX 3090
Z590 Mobo
Intel Flagship CPU

now imagine the Power Supply to make it run, and also remember that a 3090 spikes really high and triggers the protections of PSU's lower than 800W...
this PC would probab need a 1600w PSU if you wanna overclock it, and good luck cooling this thing.
Intel is really lucky AMD won't deliver ZEN4 in 2021.
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#15
sepheronx
Intel really screws with their fanbase.
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#16
DeathtoGnomes
bonehead123
And both with GAWD-like price tags to match, hehehe.. :fear:..:cry:..:eek:
Gawd thats so cliche' ! Sad, but true.... :roll:
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#18
xtreemchaos
id need to be godlike to buy the darn thing but it is Purdie for sure.
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#19
aQi
Period !!!

So now there is a hype of getting those 4 lanes directly from the cpu to nvme.

What is the difference between getting those 4 lanes from cpu to nvme instead of just using 4 lanes from PCH ????
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#20
Gruffalo.Soldier
I'm the only one
Nice, interested to see ~Asus offerings.

Some nice new tech on there for sure.
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#21
Tom Sunday
KarymidoN
Imagine this PC
RTX 3090
Z590 Mobo
Intel Flagship CPU

...and triggers the protections of PSU's lower than 800W...this PC would probab need a 1600w PSU if you wanna overclock it.
Yes your are correct and right on the money. I purchased a new Seasonic 1000W PSU replacement a few years back for my 2009 bought DELL XPS 730x which already then came with a 1000W PSU. And that was by not realizing that we would now be having to live with the new dictates of the RTX 3090 and it's family. There is no daubt that the requirements and $$$ of hardware are increasing expotentially. Whether we like it or not. It's like gaming which keeps on needing more and more highpowered hardware to be blown away by the reflections in the water. Remastered games which there are now plenty are all about performance. Thank you Cyberpunk, Crytek and Commander Shepard. I was hoping that my relatively new 1000W Seasonic will last me for 10 more years or longer. But then who knows where we will stand in 10-years from now. 1000W may not be enough? Time for another upgrade.
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#22
havox
KarymidoN
Imagine this PC
RTX 3090
Z590 Mobo
Intel Flagship CPU
If I was planning a hypothetical, unlimited budget, based on future not yet announced products, gaming PC, I'd rather go for Zen 3 Threadripper. Only ?-mark is what SSD would that build use, as far as I am aware no consumer PCIe 4.0 SLC/MLC drives or Optane drives exist or have been announced.
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#23
Turmania
yes you are all mockin Intel and its products, but the competitior can not even make ready its products on the shelves so what options do they have?
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#24
1d10t
Hossein Almet
massive 21-phase VRM anticipates a power hungry CPU.
Yeah, split into 2 lanes with doubler, so it's actually 4+4+3 :D
Turmania
yes you are all mockin Intel and its products, but the competitior can not even make ready its products on the shelves so what options do they have?
Use previous gen like Zen 2 ? :D
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#25
Tom Sunday
Looks like not all 'Rocket Lake' CPU's will be supporting PCIE 4.O. Leaving out some of the rest of the processors even though they are part of the 11th generation and thus stay in 3.0. A case of "Refresh" and an expression we all came to know so well. Can't wait like many here to see the lineup of the Z590 ASUS ROG Maximus XIII Motherboards and their usual mainstream 'best seller' the ROG Maximus XIII HERO. For sure prices will be increasing exponentially. For me all of the newly announced hardware stuff will be nice to feel and to touch, but for the big upgrade I will most likely hold my breath until later this year for Alder Lake. After all the 11th generation will be a rather short lived affair and with Alder Lake only 9-months away or so. Might as well then for Christmas gorging or basting myself in PCIE 5.0, DDR5 and a new LGA 17OO. At least good times are ahead in our 'Tech-World' unlike the prevailing US conditions and the news around the world.
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