Gigabyte has just released its latest Intel Z390-based motherboard targeted at extreme overclockers and (obviously) liquid coolers. Introducing the Gigabyte Z390 AORUS XTREME Waterforce which features an integrated full-coverage waterblock which not only provides cooling to the the processor, but the CPU VRM, and chipset as well. Specifications are similar to the Z390 Xtreme which made its debut a couple months ago.
The motherboard looks…. quite a bit different than your traditional motherboard, and functions quite a bit different also. And with such, comes at a price. The motherboard will set you back $899.99 which is much higher than most other high end Z390 motherboards out today. Currently, the motherboard is set be released into the wild on Dec. 21 2018 with pre-orders currently available.
At a glance, the motherboard is fully loaded and supports the current Intel 8th and 9th Gen core i9 and i7 processors. The CPU is powered by an impressive 16-phase IR Digital VRM with active PowIRstage integration. There’s no doubt this board will deliver some very impressive overclocks.
RGB lighting is also supported on the main waterblock shroud as well as edge lighting around the perimeter of the motherboard. The lighting options can be controlled by Gigabyte RGB Fusion software. Other features include 3x M.2 SSD headers with heatsinks, USB 3.1 Gen 2 type-C headers, and 10Gb Ethernet.
More information can be found over at Gigabyte’s product page.
Gigabyte Z390 AORUS XTREME Waterforce Specifications
- Supports 9th and 8th Gen Intel Core Processors
- Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
- Intel Optane Memory Ready
- 16 Phase IR Digital VRM Solution with PowIRstage
- Cutting-edge AORUS All-In-One Monoblock for both CPU and PCH area.
- Onboard Intel CNVI 802.11ac 2×2 Wave 2 Wi-Fi with All new 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® Gigabit LAN with cFosSpeed
- Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3 onboard
- Exclusive RGB FAN COMMANDER and OC Touch for professional casemodders and overclockers
- USB TurboCharger for mobile device fast charge support
- RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone Addressable LED Light Show design, support Addressable LED & RGB LED strips
- Smart Fan 5 features Multiple Temperature Sensors and Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP
- Front USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C™ Header
- Triple Ultra-Fast M.2 with PCIe Gen3 x4 interface with Triple Thermal Guards