Gigabyte Z790 AORUS PRO X Motherboard Review

I wanted an all-white motherboard for my new PC project build … and this is what Gigabyte sent me! The Z790 Aorus Pro X. It’s one of Gigabyte’s latest Intel Z790-based motherboard and comes in an all-white design.

It uses Intel’s Z790 chipset and supports all the latest 13th Gen and Intel’s next-gen processors on the LGA 1700 socket. It features a powerful 18+1+2 Twin Digital VRM design, and an 8-Layer 2X Copper PCB.

The motherboard is packed with great features and comes in an all-white finish (except for the connectors, which are still black). On the left side if the board, you’ll find a USB-C port which you can use to connect a USB monitor/LCD screen. It’s an onboard video port called Sensor panel Link and it’s ideal for monitoring system health.

For storage, it comes 4 x SATA ports and 5 x M.2 slots, which includes 1 x PCIE Gen5x4 and 4 x PCIE Gen4x4. These M.2 slots feature Gigabyte’s EZ latch click and M.2 EZ Latch plus, which allows users to mount your M.2 SSDs with ease. And to cool the M.2 SSDs, it’s covered by their impressive-looking M.2 Thermal Guard XL and Ext. full cover heat shield.

Expansion slots include 1 x PCIE 5.0 x16 slot which is strengthen by a zinc alloy, and 2 x PCIE 4.0 x16 slots.

There are also 4 x stainless steel DIMM slots supporting memory speeds of up to DDR5-8266. The motherboard features their new back drilling technology for increased data signal integrity and stability.


As far as connectivity is concerned, you get the latest WiFi 7 with ultra-high gain antenna and 5GbE LAN. On the back I/O pannel, there’s 1 x HDMI port, 1 x DisplayPort,  2 x USB 2.0, 4 x USB 3.2 Gen1, 2 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A ports, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen2 (10Gb/s Type-C), 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 (20GB/s Type-C), 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector, Line-in and Speaker-Out.

The audio is provided by the Realtek® ALC1220-VB CODEC with 7.1 High Definition audio, audiophile grade capacitors and support for S/PDIF Out.

There are also a reset switch located on the bottom right side of the board and a Q-flash button on the bottom for easy update of the BIOS.


Intel Z790 Chipset

The 13th Gen Intel® Core™ desktop processors, when paired with the Z790 chipset, deliver the breakthrough performance and features that gamers, creators, and professionals need to work at their best. Optimized for overclocking1 and precision tuning when paired with an unlocked processor, the Z790 chipset empowers you with the control and confidence to choose the best performance and thermal characteristics for the task at hand. Harness the processing power, responsiveness, and connectivity of up to 38 high-speed I/O lanes—including 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes, 8 PCIe 3.0 lanes, and 5 USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 (20G) ports—as well as Intel® Killer™ Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+) to take your gaming, content creation, and productivity to the next level.

The Z790 chipset allows a total 20 usable PCIE 4.0 lanes, with upto a maximum memory capacity of 128GB. It’s also capable of up to 10 x USB 3.2 Gen1 5Gbps, 10 x USB 3.2 Gen2 10Gbps and up to 5 x USB 3.2 Gen2x2 20Gbps.


I would like to thank Gigabyte for providing the review sample. This is a snippet from what Gigabyte has to say about themselves on their website:

GIGABYTE Techonology:Upgrade Your Life


A global leader in the PC industry, GIGABYTE offers a comprehensive product lineup that aims to “Upgrade Your Life.” With expertise encompassing consumer, business, gaming, and cloud systems, GIGABYTE uses research and innovation to consistently meet user needs. GIGABYTE is renowned for award-winning products including motherboards, graphics cards, laptops, mini PCs, and other PC components and accessories, and has revolutionized the PC industry with patented DualBIOS™ and Ultra Durable™ technologies. As an expert in PC technology, GIGABYTE is poised to extend our scope in business servers and cloud systems with hardware and software solutions that integrate AI and AloT applications to develop the ideal infrastructure for future prospects in 5G.


That which resonates with your life

“Upgrade Your Life” is the core essence in everything we do at GIGABYTE. We believe only technology made for you will speak to you. With a keen understanding of your needs, we have raised industry standards with game-changing DualBIOS™ technology; our patented Ultra Durable™ motherboards are designed to last and outlast, and our superior Windforce Stack 3x Cooling System exceeds all expectations.

We break new ground. We also continuously provide reliable cloud infrastructure to help businesses optimize their operations as well as to advance development and expansion in the digital realm. By combining innovation and practicality, GIGABYTE wields the technology of the future to improve your life today.


When ideas manifest into reality

We have your bases covered, starting with the motherboard. With an established reputation for trusted quality, we pushed forward with graphics cards, laptops, and mini PCs, and corporations worldwide depend on us for reliable server solutions. We have set the foundations for future forays into machine learning (AI) and deep learning. Most of all, we have always been there innovating products that will spark your creativity. From the adrenaline-pumping AORUS eSport line for enthused gamers, to cutting-edge AERO laptops for inspired artists and creators, or portable yet powerful BRIX mini PCs, with your perspective in mind, we crafted technologies that have more realistic usability to make the future both achievable and approachable.


Foretelling your future in tech

Visualize this: Shaking your phone connects you to cloud. Your city is on a 5G network integrating medical, transportation, and power services. Even your appliances are online, working to make your life easier. AI guarantees that you always have personalized entertainment options. Blockchain has reshaped the financial world, and medical marvels take place daily with the help of VR. What you’re visualizing is already approaching reality, and the world will soon rush to keep up. Now is the time to Upgrade Your Life. Our vast product range can meet your personal, business, and computing needs and prepare you for future trends and developments. Using technology, we can achieve anything we visualize, and beyond.


In harmony with the natural world

We are eager to achieve the harmony between technology and sustainability. With the faith, we transformed the roof of Headquarters into a sustainable eco-roof with more than 400 species of plants and animals inhabited in order to reach the balance between work, life and leisure. In 2017, in response to the international Trillion Tree Campaign, we launched “Make Earth Green Again” and called on the society to plant trees. We also developed and applied the world’s first pure rice husk eco-package, which not only became a sustainability milestone in technology industry, but also won international awards such as iF, Red Dot and Good Design. As a gardener of technology and sustainability, we believe that every action is a seed of anticipation and will thrive into a better future.

We’ll be testing the Gigabyte Z790 AORUSPRO X with an Intel Core i7-14700KF (14th Gen Raptor Lake-S) processor, along with 32GB of Thermaltake Toughram XG RGB DDR5-7200, Lexar NM800 PCIE Gen4 SSD, and a Radeon RX 7900 XTX graphics card. My expectations is very high … so I’m expecting nothing more than excellent performance from the above setup.

OK, let’s kick off the review by taking a look at the specifications and features in our next page.  You can buy the Gigabyte Z790 AORUS PRO X motherboard for around USD $389.99 from Amazon –


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1 comment

Danny 9 January 2024 at 00:50

I am building my next PC for video editing. It comprises:
– Mobo = Gigabyte Z790 AORUS PRO X (rev 1.0)
– CPU = Intel i9-14900K
– RAM = GSKILL TRIDENT Z5 DDR5-6400 32GBx2 CL32-39-39-102 1.60V
– SSD = 2 x WD SN850X 2TB NVME SSD (no heatsink) to be set up in RAID1 config. This is PCIE4.0 SSD.
– GPU = Gigabyte GV-N1650C-4DDV2 rev2 GDDR6. It is PCIE4.0 (Am reusing GPU from previous PC).

The GPU is to be installed in the PCIEX16 slot.
Given as the M2C_CPU connector, & PCIEX16 slot share bandwidth, to maximise speed, for RAID1 config, is it possible & better to install the 2 x WD SN850X SSD in:
a) M2C_CPU & M2A_CPU, or
b) M2Q_SB, & M2P_SB, or
c) M2A_CPU, & M2Q_SB?



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