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GIGABYTE AORUS Z390 Launch Day Event

Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

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A few weeks back, GIGABYTE hosted several press outlets and retailer partners in Miami to unveil their latest product offerings, centered around their Intel Z390-based motherboard and NVIDIA RTX 20 series graphics card lines. On display was the normal assortment of channel, gaming, and enthusiast-class boards and graphics cards, in addition to some other products that you would not normally associate with GIGABYTE. They are beginning to push the boundaries of their product lines with everything from in-house developed PSUs and memory to hard drives and case fans. They even had a few PCIe-base M.2 RAID cards on hand. All-in-all, GIGABYTE is pushing into the run up to Christmas and 2019 swinging for the fences.

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Among the changes covered was the revamping of their product lines and naming conventions to make it easier for consumers to know what they're paying for across each product line. The motherboard line will consist of the AORUS line at the top, split into enthusiast and gaming tiers, the mid-tier GIGABYTE Gaming line, and the Ultra Durable (UD) Series for their base tier. Similarly, their graphics lines will be split across the AORUS line at the top, the GIGABYTE Gaming OC line as their mid-tier offering, and their Windforce OC and Turbo OC lines as their lower-tier offerings.

AORUS Motherboard Specs

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With the release of the Intel Z390 chipset, GIGABYTE worked hard to equalize their board series and models so that users didn't feel forced to buy the highest end boards to get all the latest and greatest features. As exemplified in their AORUS board line, all boards share Intel-based GIGE LAN controllers, GEN1 and GEN2 USB 3.1 controllers, and at least two on-board M.2 ports (even on their mini-ITX board). The differentiation comes in the form of added integrated ports and enhanced cooling for the VRMs and chipset, allowing for more targeted overclocking ceilings.

20-Series Graphics Cards Specs

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Their 20-series graphics cards lines share the same reconfiguration of their branding and design with all cards within a card family (families being 2070 / 2080 / 2080Ti) sharing common features and base level design decisions. The higher end cards in each of the product families have enhanced power capabilities and cooling potential for the enthusiasts wanting to squeeze that last bit of FPS out of their system.

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Component and Peripheral Offerings

In addition to their well-known motherboard and graphics cards lines, GIGABYTE unveiled several new products to enhance the breadth of their product lines and give users more choices in the ever-expanding component and peripheral world.

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The AORUS Fan Commander offers central support for system fans and LEDS, integrating with GIGABYTE AORUS-series motherbaords for synchronized fan speed and color control in your system. The controller support up to eight connected devices with a glowing AORUS logo on top and enclosed in an aluminum case.

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The AORUS K9 Optical Keyboard is the latest in GIGABYTE's keyboard line, offering an all-metal enclosure with 100 million keystroke rated optical-mechanical gaming switches. The K9 Optical keyboard offers full RGB support with multiple modes of lighting configurations. Further, the keyboard comes with two different switch types, either Red or Blue.

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For their mouse and mouse pad lines, GIGABYTE introduced the AORUS M5 gaming mouse and the AORUS P7 RGB gaming mouse pad. Both offer full RGB support as well as integration with GIGABYTE's RGB Fusion Windows-based RGB LED applet. The M5 mouse features a 16k dpi Pxiart 3389 optical sensor and a 50 million click-rated Omron switch.

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For memory needs, GIGABYTE introduced their AORUS RGB memory in a 16GB (2x8) 3200MHz configuration, offering fully RGB support as well as integration with their RGB Fusion Windows applet.

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One of the most surprising products was their AORUS P850W PSU. This power supply with in-house design by GIGABYTE, and branded as part of their AORUS line signifying its quality and gaming-centric design. The PSU is fully modular with a single 12V rail and 80+ Gold certification.


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