GIGABYTE Z490 AORUS XTREME Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅25-06-20
Packaging & First Look


XTREME arrives in a huge box which is partly due to the sheer size of the motherboard within, but also the plethora of accessories that are included. Since this is a premium product, the packaging has been stepped up somewhat to reflect this. The lid of the box opens to provide a sneak preview of the motherboard itself.


The accessories bundle is packed with included items for you to get the most out of XTREME. From sensor cables to 802.11AX antennas, a comprehensive user manual and sticker/label sheet.


Compared to its Z390 countrerpart, this Z490 XTREME looks significantly different. An overhaul to the theme has been implemented with a black, gunmetal colour scheme used on all major components. The PCIe and M.2 area has been completely enclosed which has a two-fold benefit a uniform design and thermal characteristics for M.2 SSD storage.

XTREME is larger than most other boards and therefore conforms to the E-ATX form factor this should be noted for case compatibility!

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