Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro Wifi Review

Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro Wifi Review

Last Updated on by Daniel Lawrence

In this Z390 group test, the Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro is the most expensive, As a result, it’s just seven pounds more expensive than the Asus TUF Z390-PLUS Gaming and 12 pounds more expensive than the ASRock Z390 Extreme4 but not as cheap as the £140 MSI MAG Z390 Tomahawk.

Key Specifications

  • ATX form factor
  • Intel Z390 chipset
  • Intel LGA 1151 socket
  • 4 x 4,266MHz DDR4, maximum 128GB
  • 3 x PCI-E x16, 3 x PCI-E x1
  • 5 x USB 3.1, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C, 4 x USB 2, 1 x Gigabit Ethernet, 1 x HDMI, 1 x optical S/PDIF, 5 x audio
  • 2 x M.2, 6 x SATA 3

Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro – Design and Features

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With its excellent aesthetic design, the Z390 Aorus Pro more than justifies its cost.

All three heatsinks on this board have brushed metal and dramatic angles, and there are more RGB LEDs on this board than any of its affordable rivals – they’re on the heatsinks, the audio circuitry, and between the memory slots.

The board from Gigabyte looks nice, and it ticks more boxes than most of its slightly cheaper rivals.

There are three PCI-E x16 slots, one with full speed, one with 8x speed, and one with 4x speed as well as three PCI-E x1 slots. Dual-graphics systems from AMD and Nvidia are also supported by the Gigabyte. It has the same situation as the ASRock and a better PCI rating than the Asus and MSI boards.

The Gigabyte is the only board in the cheaper group that has steel protection on both its PCI and memory slots, and it supports 128GB of DDR4 memory – twice as much as the ASRock.

With two M.2 slots, you get heatsinks as well, something few rivals provide. Gigabyte’s board has six SATA ports, and at the top, you have a four-pin CPU power connector, just like ASRock and MSI’s boards. If you want to overclock your CPU, you can use the extra power.

Gigabit Ethernet is supported, and audio is handled by the Realtek ALC1220 chipset – a mainstream chip, sure, but better than what you’ll find on MSI and Asus boards.

The only major feature that’s missing from this board is a third M.2 slot for a wireless card, but rival boards have one.

Each fan header has a four-pin connector with PWM, and there are six of them on the board. Four lighting strip headers are also present. Two USB 2 headers and a USB 3.1 Type-C connector are on-board for attaching to a case’s front panel.

Despite having just one onboard USB 3.1 port, it still supports two USB 3.1 ports on the front of a case – so it will work with the vast majority of enclosures.

There are five full-size USB 3.1 ports on the rear IO. One of those supports the faster Gen 2 protocol, while ASRock’s board only has one full-size port that supports Gen 2. There are five audio jacks, four USB 2 ports, and a USB 3.1 Type-C port – so, for USB connectivity, this board is unbeatable.

There’s no DisplayPort on the Gigabyte’s rear IO – just HDMI. It also lacks a PS/2 port.

Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro – Performance

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Considering its price, this Gigabyte has an excellent specifications. It also has excellent performance.

Gigabyte’s Cinebench scores of 210cb and 1506cb, respectively, are better than all of its affordable rivals. Similar to its Geekbench results of 6032 and 28904, this board’s key competition almost always trails.

Often, these scores don’t match the more expensive boards in the wider group, but still do well – and are better than anything else at this price.

Gigabyte’s performance in storage and memory tests bolstered its application performance. Although it was not the best at this end of the market, it was usually more consistent than the other boards here.

As a gamer, I find it useful as well. The board’s 3D Mark Time Spy and Fire Strike scores of 7681 and 17847 are both better than any other budget board. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, it could compete with more expensive boards, and in Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, it was the best performer.

Should I Buy the Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro?

Gigabyte’s Z390 Aorus Pro is a few pounds more expensive than its rivals at the cheaper end of the market, but it more than justifies the cost in several ways.

It has a solid specification, featuring ample PCI flexibility, good onboard ports and versatile rear IO. The design looks great, with more RGB LEDs than rivals.

Some boards offer more SATA ports or a third M.2 port for wireless, but those are minor issues that aren’t likely to bother most users. In terms of mainstream features, the Gigabyte has it all covered.

Additionally, it performs better than its competitors – it is regularly faster in applications, much faster in games, and more consistent in every test.

Despite costing a little more, this board is well worth the extra money. If you really want to save some pennies, then the ASRock is better for work, and the MSI is better for gaming – but the Gigabyte is the best all-rounder by a considerable margin.

Pros Cons
Versatile, well-specified features Some minor missing features
Attractive design A little pricier than rivals
Excellent performance in all scenarios

Verdict

While it is a bit more expensive than some of its rivals at the affordable end of the market, the Gigabyte justifies its price with better features in most departments, as well as faster, more consistent performance in applications and games. An excellent choice for most budget-friendly and mainstream builds.