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Gigabyte Z690 AORUS XTREME Intel Motherboard

CCL Code: MBD3180
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Manufacturer Code: Z690 AORUS XTREME
| Manufacturer: Gigabyte

Key Features:

  • Socket 1700
  • Intel Z690 Chipset
  • 4 x SATA & 10 x USB Ports
  • DDR5 (max 128GB, 4 slots)
  • eATX Form Factor

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Overview

Rule supreme with the Z690 AORUS gaming motherboards. The new king of gaming platform continues the legendary AORUS bloodline with the most robust power delivery and dominant thermal design, glorified with the complete memory overclocking technology to crown your PC with the best Alder Lake's performance in all its gaming glory.

UNPARALLELED PERFORMANCE

With  technology  moving so  fast, GIGABYTE still keep up with the latest trends and provide our customers with advanced features and latest technology. GIGABYTE Z690 Series motherboards come with upgraded power solution, latest storage standards and outstanding connectivity to enable optimize performance for gaming.?

Direct Digital VRM Design

To ensure maximum Turbo Boost and overclocking performance of Intel's new generation CPU, GIGABYTE Z690 series equip the best VRM design ever built with the highest quality components.?

The more advanced manufacturing process and the higher core count on the new generation of CPUs, requires motherboards to utilize a more sophisticated VRM design to make CPUs run at their full potential. GIGABYTE uses fully DIRECT VRM DESIGN, high quality MOSFETs and tantalum polymer capacitors to achieve higher efficiency, lower voltage ripple and lower temperature than traditional parallel VRM design.

Tantalum Polymer Capacitor

  • Lower impedance than regular capacitor to reduce voltage ripple?
  • Stable capacitance under high temperature?
  • Mounted right under the CPU area to stabilize CPU voltage during heavy loading

With DIRECT VRM DESIGN and TANTALUM POLYMER CAPACITOR, Z690 motherboards transient response, voltage ripple and stability is highly improved under overclocking and heavy loading condition.

PCIe 5.0 DESIGN

GIGABYTE Z690 Motherboards are ready to work with the upcoming PCIe 5.0 devices which are expected to experience double bandwidth than the current PCIe 4.0 devices. To reach the high speed and maintain good signal integrity, Gigabyte R&D uses the low impedance PCB to provide the maximum performance. 

Hybrid Cores Optimization

With new Intel Hybrid technology, GIGABYTE exclusively creates two new "CPU Upgrade" in BIOS profiles to meet different users’ scenarios by adjusting P-Core and E-Core activation and voltage policy.

XTREME MEMORY

GIGABYTE Z690 Motherboards feature the latest DDR5 architecture and XMP 3.0 capability. The new DDR5 memory technology brings 50% more bandwidth to the platform and increases the system performance drastically by implementing Unlocked Native DDR5 Voltage, Xtreme Memory Routing and reliable SMD slot. In addition to the hardware upgrades, the user friendly UI provides full functionality to overclock higher with exclusive DDR5 tuning capability. 

XMP 6600+

Support for DDR5 XMP Up to 6600MHz and Beyond*

AORUS is offering a tested and proven platform that ensures proper compatibility with profiles up to 6600MHz and beyond. All users need to do to attain this performance boost is to ensure that their memory module is XMP capable and that the XMP function is activated and enabled on their AORUS motherboard.

*XMP profile support may vary depending on memory module. Please see the complete validated memory support list. Product features may vary by model.

Unlock DDR5 Voltage

  • GIGABYTE exclusive circuit design unlocks Native DDR5 voltage control
  • Transforms Native DDR5 memory module to Overclocked DDR5 memory
  • Increases DDR5 memory overclocking performance and capability
  • Supports all PMIC vendors for maximum compatibility

* Memory overclocking capabiblity will vary based on users' hardware configuration

Shielded Memory Routing

All memory routing is under the PCB inner layer shielded by a large ground layer to protect from external interference.

XMP3.0

DDR5 Auto Booster

Automatically Boost the Native DDR5 frequency to 5000MHz while the system is under heavy loading by a single click.

DDR5 Memory Upgrade

GIGABYTE BIOS offers pre-defined and retrievable profiles for users to get higher performance easily. The profiles are based on a database that is created by checking each memory IC and PMIC vendors to optimize the modules to unleash their full potential. This is a time saving feature to manually configure overclocked DDR5 memory kits. 

XMP 3.0 User Profile

Define and create your own SPD profile into Native and XMP 3.0 memory modules or apply the pre-tuned profiles to XMP 3.0 User Profile. Two user-defined profiles can be saved, loaded either locally or from/to an external storage device.

  • Two empty SPD profiles can be defined by users and carry to next computer
  • Transfer DDR5 XMP Booster profiles into XMP 3.0 User Profiles
  • Quick memory performance simulation based on user input clock and timing parameters
  • Profile save and load function to share your memory parameters online

THERMAL REACTIVE ARMOR

GIGABYTE Z690 Series Motherboards' Un-throttled performance is guaranteed by innovative and optimized thermal design to ensure the best CPU, Chipset, SSD stability and low temperatures under full load application and gaming.

Xtreme Thermal Design

Direct-Touch Heatpipe II

With an extra large 8mm heatpipe and made from a new manufacturing process that narrows the gap between the Heatpipe and heatsink, the new Direct-Touch Heatpipe II greatly help transfers heat on the MOSFET.

Fins-Array III with NanoCarbon Coating

Fins-Array III upgraded thermal performance by using new extended Irregular fins which not only increases surface area by incredible 900% compared to traditional heatsinks but also improves thermal efficiency with better airflow and heat exchange.

Aluminum Cover

IO Cover is made from aluminum and is connected with Fins-Array to help overall MOSFET heat dissipation.

M.2 Thermal Guard XTREME

This ultimate M.2 SSD solution contains Fins-Array, heatpipe, baseplate and NanoCarbon Coating, and provides throttle-free SSD performance with incredible 12X more surface area.

9 W/mK Thermal Pad

By using 1.5mm thicker 9 W/mK thermal conductivity pads, it can transfer 5X more heat compared to traditional thermal pads in the same time.

NanoCarbon Baseplate

A thin layer of NanoCarbon is coated on the baseplate through electrostatic adhesion to enhance thermal radiation capability.

Right Angled Connectors

Over 90% of connectors on Z690 AORUS XTREME are specifically designedto be right angled for easy cable management and clean airflow in the chassis.

Fins-Array III

GIGABYTE new generation Fins-Array III delivers the ultimate thermal performance by using Extended Irregular fins to fill all available space and vastly increases surface area. A piece of Fins-Array III heatsink surface area is larger than 2 full size ATX motherboard PCB, therefore it tremendously boost thermal efficiency and heat exchange performance.

NanoCarbon Coated Fin Array Heatsink

As CPUs get more powerful, VRM modules get hotter under ultra high performance. Being the first adopters among industry using NanoCarbon as coating material to enhance thermal radiation speed up heat dissipation. Nanocarbon is coated onto the heatsink through electrostatic adhesion. The coating material covers the entire finned heatsink with 200μm in thickness. In that way, heat is dissipated more quickly. The tests show 10% cooler with the NanoCarbon coating.

Direct-Touch Heatpipe II

With an extra large 8mm heatpipe and made by a new manufacturing process which has narrow down the gap between the heatpipe and heatsink. The new Direct-Touch Heatpipe II greatly helps to dissipate the heat on MOSFETs.

NanoCarbon Baseplate

  • Base plate made of aluminum instead of traditional iron ensures 3X thermal conductivity.
  • A thin layer of NanoCarbon is coated on the base plate through electrostatic adhesion to enhance thermal radiation capability.
  • Transfer heat from the back side PCB to the base plate so the NanoCarbon base plate can dissipate heat passively.
  • Effectively lowers backside PWM component temperature by 10%.

Right-Angled Connectors

Z690 AORUS XTREME uses revolutionary Right-Angled Connectors design, 90% of pin headers and connectors on motherboard are right-angled and relocated to one side of PCB. The never-seen-before design help easier cable management and better in-chassis air-flow when installing great amount of devices.

M.2 Thermal Guard Xtreme 

High speed M.2 SSD will generate tremendous heat during intense read/write operation. Thermal Guard XTREME is ultimate M.2 SSD thermal solution by equipping all GPU cooler level technology, including Fins-Array, Heatpipe, NanoCarbon to ensure SSD throttle-free performance.

2X Copper PCB

3% Cooler by implementing 2X copper PCB Design

By adopting 2X copper on PCB inner layer, it lowers the components' temperature at least 3% by turning the PCB into a super thin PCB size copper heatsink to dissipate the heat from the components effectively, due to it’s high thermal conductivity and lower impedance.

Smart Fan 6

Smart Fan 6 contains several unique cooling features that ensure gaming PC maintain its performance while staying cool and quiet. Multiple fan headers can support PWM/DC fan and pump, and users can easily define each fan curve based on different temperature sensors across the board via intuitive user interface.

Fan Stop

Achieve fan silence. With Fan Stop, map any fan to stop completely when temperatures drop below a specified threshold. Which fan stops, based on readings from which sensor, and at what temperature—all of it can be customized to your liking.

Noise Detection

With the new Noise Detection function, you can monitor noise level of all devices including fans, CPU coolers, graphics card, etc. in real time, and you can determine how fast your fan speed needs to be. Our bundled Noise Detection cable doesn’t include any sound recording function, it simply detects sound pressure while protecting your privacy.

CONNECTIVITY

GIGABYTE Z690 Series Motherboards let you experience ultimate connection flexibility and blazing data-transfer speed with next generation network, storage, and WIFI connectivity.

Next Generation Intel Thunderbolt™ 4

Dual Thunderbolt™ 4 – The fastest 40Gb/s single-wire connection

Powered by Intel's own Thunderbolt controller the new Thunderbolt™ 4 protocol, which is available over two USB Type-C® connectors on the back I/O of the GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS XTREME, brings an unprecedented single-wire bandwidth of up to 40 Gb/s -- twice more than USB3.2 Gen2x2! This incredible increase in bandwidth is also accompanied with support for different protocols such as DisplayPort 1.4a* and compliant with USB4 standard, which is backwards compatible with USB 3.2 Gen1 and USB 2.0, opening up a world of new possibilities.

Daisy-chain Multiple Devices

Support for DisplayPort 1.4 makes Thunderbolt™ 4 a must have for any enthusiast. The Z690 AORUS XTREME is able to support two displays in 4K resolution at 60 FPS or one display in 8K resolution. In addition, Thunderbolt™ 4 over USB Type-C® has revolutionary industry-first features such as Power Delivery 2.0, USB4 specification compliance, and the ability to daisy-chain up to 10 devices thanks to the Z690 AORUS XTREME's dual USB Type-C® ports.

AQUANTIA® 10GbE BASE-T Networking

Next Generation Multi-Gig Gaming

The AQUANTIA® AQC113C is a high-performance, backward compatible with 10GBASE-T/ 5GBASE-T/ 2.5GBASE-T/ 1000BASE-T/ 100BASE-TX Ethernet Controller which is able to provide up to 10 GbE network connectivity, with 10 times faster transfer speeds compared to general 1GbE networking and is perfectly designed for media centers, workstations and gamers.

Multi-Gigabit Support

  • Ultimate online gaming experience with faster connection speed
  • Backward compatible with 5/2.5/1Gbps network
  • No re-wiring needed

Intel 802.11ax WIFI 6E

Intel latest Wireless solution 802.11ax WIFI 6E with new dedicated 6GHz band, enables gigabit wireless performance, provides smooth video streaming, better gaming experience, few dropped connections and speeds up to 2.4Gbps*. Moreover, Bluetooth 5 provides 4X range over BT 4.2 and with faster transmission.

Benefit of WIFI 6E

  • Dedicated spectrum in 6GHz band for less interference
  • 5.5X throughput than 802.11ac 1x1*
  • 4X better network capacity, no traffic jams especially in those dense area with lots of devices
  • Network efficiency increase for better user experience

ESSential Audio

ESSential HEX USB DAC

Play it by ear

ESSential HEX USB DAC reduces the pre-ringing and provides higher reverberation strength to achieve width and depth on the sound stage. The sound is clearly portrayed making directional sounds clearer and more accurate when playing FPS games

Linear Apodizing

Utilizing the HyperStream® II by ESS and the innovated HEX DAC design, we immerse you into your favorite games or any sounding scenario like never before. 

Experiencing more

Hi-Res Audio certified, meaning that the product is capable of reproducing frequencies up to 40kHz or above which ensures user with the best audio quality at all times. ESSential HEX USB DAC make you experiencing more.

ESSential USB DAC

Complete Digital to Analog Signal processing on front-access USB Type-C ports gets rid of any possibility of distortions and provides superb sound stage recreation so users can experience the vocal cohesion. Enjoy the depth of the music and the immersive sound profile.

  • USB Type-C for PC, Laptop and Android Devices
  • Replace Ancient Front Audio Interfaces
  • Powered by ESS SABRE HIFI DAC
  • Premium Power Processing
  • Left/Right Separation Routing
  • Superior Sound Stage by WIMA Capacitors

DTS:X® Ultra

Recreates an authentic, spatially accurate 3D audio experience for gaming over any headphones or speakers. Supports channel-based, scene based and object-based audio. Provides out-of-the-box calibration for a range of headphones and speakers. Provides post-processing enhancements and device level tuning for DTS® codecs.
DTS Sound Unbound* leverage Microsoft Spatial, enabling the the most believable, 3D audio experience for games. Immersion through DTS Headphone:X means in the sonic landscape, stationary and moving sounds can be heard from above, below or around the listener. Sounds pass around the listener with amazing externalization and accurate localization.

Learn more about the immersive gaming sound experience powered by DTS Sound Unbound at https://dts.com/sound-unbound

*DTS Sound Unbound needs the latest Windows fixes in the Windows 10, please upgrade your Windows 10 OS to Win10 Build 18898 or later versions.

PERSONALIZATION

GIGABYTE motherboards bundle several useful and intuitive software to help users to control every aspect of motherboard and provide customizable lighting effect with outstanding aesthetics to fit your unique personality.

RGB FUSION

Multi-Zone Light Show Design

Now offering more LED customizations than ever, users can truly adapt their PC to represent their lifestyle. With full RGB support and a redesigned RGB Fusion 2.0 application, the user has complete control over the LEDs which surround the motherboard. Note: Lighting effects depicted are for demonstration purposes only. Actual lighting effects may vary by model.

UEFI BIOS

New User Interface

All new EASY MODE shows important hardware information in one page including CPU clock, Memory, Storage, Fan.

My Favorites

Add constantly used items into the favorite menu for quick access.

Storage Information

Show all kinds of storage information including SATA, PCIE and M.2 interface.

Changelog

List all changes before saving and exiting bios. Quickly review overall settings modification.

Intuitive Load Line Curve

Clearly show each loadline calibration setting in an intuitive curve graph.

MultiKey

A multi-function reset button that can be reconfigured to other function in BIOS for different user scenarios.

RGB Switch

Turn off all lighting effect on motherboard.

Direct-To-BIOS

Boot into BIOS menu directly without pressing any keyboard button.

Safe Mode

Boot into BIOS safe mode to change specific option without losing other BIOS settings.

EasyTune™

GIGABYTE's EasyTune™ is a simple and easy-to-use interface that allows users to fine-tune their system settings or adjust system and memory clocks and voltages in a Windows environment. With Smart Quick Boost, one click is all it takes to automatically overclock your system, giving an added performance boost when you need it the most.

ULTRA DURABLE

GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ features its product durability and high-quality manufacturing process. GIGABYTE motherboards use the best components and reinforce every slots to make each of them solid and durable.?

Q-Flash Plus

Update the BIOS easily without installing the CPU, memory and graphics card.

With GIGABYTE Q-Flash Plus, you don’t need to install the CPU, memory and graphics card nor enter the BIOS menu to flash the BIOS. Just download and save a new BIOS file (rename to gigabyte.bin) on the USB flash drive, then press the dedicated Q-Flash Plus button and you’re good to go!

Solid Pin Power Connectors

AORUS motherboards feature solid plated ATX 24pin & ATX 12V 8pin + 8pin power connectors to offer a stable power supply during CPU overloading.

Solid Pin Power connector advantages

  • Larger contact area for electricity
  • More metal quantity to sustain higher power and generated heat
  • Ultra durable and longer lifespan

Main Features

  • Support 12th Gen Intel Series Processors
  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR5, 4 DIMMs
  • Direct 20+1+2 Phases VRM Design with 105A Power Stage (maximum current capacity is based on VCORE Phase) and Tantalum Polymer Capacitor
  • DDR5 XTREME MEMORY Design with SMD DIMM and Shielded Memory Routing
  • Thermal Reactive Armor with NanoCarbon Fins-Array III Heatsink, Direct-Touch Heatpipe II and NanoCarbon Baseplate
  • Intel Thunderbolt 4 onboard
  • Intel WIFI 6E 802.11ax 2T2R & BT5 with 2 x AORUS Antenna
  • Essential USB Hex Audio Card and bundled Essential USB DAC
  • AQUANTIA 10GbE BASE-T LAN and Intel 2.5GbE LAN with cFosSpeed
  • 4 x Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe 4.0 / 3.0 x4 M.2 with Thermal Guards XTREME
  • RGB FUSION 2.0 with Multi-Zone Addressable LED Light Show Design, Support Addressable LED & RGB LED Strips
  • Smart Fan 6 Features Multiple Temperature Sensors , Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP and Noise Detection
  • Q-Flash Plus Update BIOS without Installing the CPU, Memory and Graphics Card
Specifications

CPU

CPU Socket Socket 1700
CPU Brand Intel
Installed Processors (Max) 0 (1)
Supported Processor Manufacturer Intel
Supported Processors 12th Gen Intel Core Processors
64-bit Support Yes
Socket LGA1700

Rear Panel I/O Ports

USB Ports 2 x Thunderbolt 4
10 x USB 3.1
DisplayPorts Supported via Thunderbolt 4 DP Alt Mode
RJ-45 Ports 2 x RJ-45
Audio Line Out Ports 1 x 3.5mm Jack
Microphone In Port 1 x 3.5mm Jack
S/PDIF Port 1 x S/PDIF Optical Out
Antenna Connector(s) 2 x Antenna

Internal I/O Connectors

SATA Connectors 4 x SATA III
USB Connectors 1 x USB-C 3.2 header (supports 1 port)
2 x USB 3.0 headers (supports 4 ports)
1 x USB 2.0 header (supports 2 ports)
Front Panel Connectors 1 x Front Panel
1 x Front Audio
Cooling Fan Support 1 x CPU fan header
1 x Water Cooling CPU fan header
4 x System fan headers
4 x System fan/Water Cooling pump headers
Power Connector Port 1 x 24-pin ATX
2 x 8-pin EPS
Other Connectors 3 x M.2 slots, Socket 3, M Key, Type 2260/2280/22110 (PCIe Gen4)
1 x M.2 slot, Socket 3, M Key, Type 2260/2280/22110 (PCIe Gen4 or SATA)
1 x AORUS RGB Memory Armor header
2 x ARGB & RGB LED Strip Combo Extension headers
1 x Noise Detection header
2 x Temperature Sensor headers

Memory

Memory Bus Speed Up to 6600+ MHz (OC)
Memory Type DDR5
Maximum RAM 128 GB
Memory Slot 4 x DIMM

Motherboard

Chipset Manufacturer Intel
Northbridge Z690
RAID Supported Yes
RAID Format RAID 0, 1, 5, 10
SATA Supported Yes

Expansion

Number of PCI Express Slots 2 x PCI Express x16 slots (@ x16, x8/x8)
1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot (@ x4)

Graphics Device

Integrated Graphics Supported Yes

Sound

Integrated Sound ESS ES9280AC

Warranty

Warranty 3 Years

Network

Integrated Network 1 x Marvell AQtion AQC113C
1 x Intel
Network Speeds Supported Marvell: Up to 10 Gbps
Intel: Up to 2.5 Gbps
Wireless LAN Yes (Wi-Fi 6E)
Wireless Network Speed Up to 2.4 Gbps
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Version 5.2

System Requirements

Operating Systems Supported Microsoft Windows 11 / 10 64-bit

System

BIOS 1 x 256 Mbit flash
Use of licensed AMI UEFI BIOS
PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0
Software Included (may be trial or restricted) Yes
Drivers Yes
SLi/Crossfire Features Support for AMD Quad-GPU CrossFire and 2-Way AMD CrossFire technologies

Physical

Form Factor E-ATX Motherboard
Width 305 mm
Length 285 mm

Key Features

Addressable RGB Yes
Internal USB Type-C Header Yes
Firewire No
Wireless Network Yes
Memory Channel Dual
On-board Audio Type 7.1
Number of SATA Ports 4 port(s)
Number of USB Ports 10 port(s)
SATA III Support Yes
USB 3.0 Support Yes
Multi GPU Support No
VGA Connection No
DVI Connection No
HDMI Connection No
DisplayPort Connection No
Motherboard Form Factor eATX
Motherboard Power Connectors 8 + 8-Pin
Motherboard Chipset Intel Z690
Thunderbolt Yes
Motherboard Model Gigabyte Z690 AORUS XTREME
WiFi Speed 2400 Mbps
USB 3.1 Support Yes
Internal USB3.0 Header Yes
M.2 Support Yes
On-board RGB Control Gigabyte RGB Fusion
Memory Speed 6600 MHz
RGB Header Type 3-Pin ARGB

Item Details

Manufacturer Gigabyte
Manufacturer Code Z690 AORUS XTREME
EAN 4719331827915
Condition New
Warranty

Warranty Information

Warranty 3 Years

Manufacturer Information

Manufacturer Gigabyte
Manufacturer Code Z690 AORUS XTREME
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