Can Gigabyte topple MSI’s excellent MEG Z390 Ace?

Manufacturer : Gigabyte

Model : Z390 Aorus Master

RRP : £274.99

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If you love motherboard illumination then you might be a tad disappointed with many of the recent Z390 boards including Gigabyte’s; gone are the days of Christmas tree-esque PCBs in its Aorus range of boards and in its place is some more refined RGB lighting that focusses on logos and chipsets. It’s a welcome move for many, although the result is that Gigabyte has lost its ability to burn itself into your retinas with the spectacular lighting shows on boards such as the Z370 Aorus Gaming 7. As you can see below, the Z390 Aorus Master’s lighting is quite similar to other £200-300 Z390 boards, with a couple of RGB zones plus 3-pin addressable and 4-pin regular RGB headers should you wish to expand your lighting setup.  Read the full review here.

Conclusions :

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The only things we’re not keen on here are the slightly wobbly audio result, location of the power button, Gigabyte’s EFI and the slightly more involved overclock compared to the blissfully easy MSI MEG Z390 Ace. Apart from these things, this is a stunning motherboard with unrivaled fan and cooling control, excellent board cooling, an integrated I/O shield and plenty of the latest tech. The price is definitely high and the above issues mean it just falls short of our top award, but if you like what you see then we can highly recommend the Z390 Aorus Master.

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