|Memory Speed||4400 MHz|
|Wireless Type||802.11n, 802.11b, 802.11g|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||4|
Aorus Z390 AORUS Ultra (Socket 1151/Z390 Express/DDR4/S-ATA 600/ATX)
|CPU Socket||LGA 1150|
|Compatible Devices||Personal Computer|
|RAM Memory Technology||DDR3L SDRAM|
|Compatible Processors||9th Generation Intel Core|
|Chipset Type||Intel Z97|
|Memory Speed||4400 MHz|
|Series||Z390 AORUS ULTRA|
|Memory Storage Capacity||128 GB|
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Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2020
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1 has no l.e.d. fancy lights.
2 looks great
3 is a 12 pin BUT can run on 8 pin
4 has (1) 3.0 USB plug so you may need an adapter to use all of your tower USB's.
5 mobo is clearly marked for easy installation.
This is a great mobo. I hope you have as great of an experience as I am with it!
By Helen on December 16, 2020
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I cannot attest to the build quality, which may well be very high, however, the board is completely let down by the BIOS.
The BIOS is ugly, poorly organised and non-intuitive. There's an "easy-mode" which lacks a lot of the detail but is more of a display mode than an adjustment module. Compared to the BIOS I had on my old z97 MSI Gaming MB, this is absolutely unforgivable.
Worse still is the startup time. Even on the "Ultra Fast" boot up setting and with the full-screen banner switched off, I am still stuck looking at the American Megatrends logo for a good 2 seconds before the Windows boot up logo even appears.
I've tweaked the settings a number of different ways and I'm on the latest firmware, but, for a "pro" motherboard this is abysmal. The Windows software is equally lacklustre, mainly concerned with driving the LED transitions, apparently.
The board layout isn't great either (M.2 is hidden by the graphics card as it sits right next to the PCIe x16 slot) and it's not a good fit for the Corsair 400C either as you can't put the plastic PSU cover back on.
I was impressed with the temperature sensors of which many (seven, I think) are embedded in the MB and two are plug-in wires which you can place around the case. Optane and the other M.2 drive work well and there are tons of fan headers (six, IIRC) and a couple of on-board RGB LED strip connectors. The onboard sound card is perfectly fine.
If I could make the choice again, this wouldn't be the one.
First of all, everything (I care about) on the motherboard works with Ubuntu 18.04.2 and 18.10 which are the current LTS and interim releases at the time of writing. WiFi, both Ethernet ports, Bluetooth, Thunderbolt, Audio and the rest all work. No messing about required, and what we expect from modern Linux these days. What you are not able to do is configure the RGB on the motherboard, those tools do not exist for Linux (yet). Thankfully, I am not a fan of RGB and deliberately chose a motherboard that didn't light up like a Christmas tree ;-) The default lighting for the Designare Z390 is a subtle blue glow. About as tasteful as it gets.
I am a developer and routinely build large applications inside virtual machines and containers. So I/O and CPU performance are important to me. I love that both M.2 NVME slots are connected to CPU PCIe lanes and the GPU still has 16 CPU connected PCIe lanes available. This configuration does reduce the usable SATA ports on the motherboard to 3 from 6 however. I appreciate the inclusion of decent heat shields for both the M.2 slots.
The Designare Z390 does offer some overclocking features in the BIOS but not everything that something like the Z390 Aorus Master offers. That said, I have managed to achieve a permanent all core CPU overclock of 5.1Ghz thanks to the excellent VRMs (power delivery) on this motherboard. I have Thunderbolt enclosures, so being able to use those with this motherboard is also great.
I've currently got 64GB RAM (16GB DDR43200 x4) installed. The XMP profile was correctly picked up, after selecting it in the BIOS, and I even have the memory on a permanent DDR4 3600 overclock, I couldn't go higher than that though. Since buying the motherboard in January a BIOS update has been released that adds support for 32GB DIMMS, meaning it is now possible to support 128GB RAM on this motherboard.
The Designare Z390 is at the heart of an all-round performance workstation which meets my demands as a developer, content creator and sometime gamer.
Ok. Nichts neues (hatte ich schon mal). Daher C-States deaktiviert - Und schon war es etwas leiser / erträglicher (aber im Gegensatz zu einem meiner früheren Systeme nicht komplett weg). Und das unangenehmste: Sobald die CPU auf Last ging (ohne irgendetwas sonst umgestellt zu haben im Bios), hatte das Board plötzlich ein andauerndes Surren in den VRMs (oder pulsierend je nach Last eben). Untragbar. Habe wohl ein Montagsmodell erwischt (bin aber nicht der einzige - Einfach mal nach "Z390 buzzing" suchen - Dann findet man einige Videos und Foren-Einträge zu Gigabyte Boards. Auch zum teureren Master Modell mit noch besserem VRM Design.)
Aber auch die VCore war ein Chaos. Fix eingestellt kein Problem. Aber auf Auto hatte ich plötzlich 1.5V im Idle-Betrieb. Das dürfte wirklich nicht sein. Load-Line Calibration ist auch eher schlecht als recht (nur die höheren Modi bringen Besserung - Aber wirklich super stabil ist die Spannung nur auf bestimmten Stufen). Wollte die CPU undervolten (da sie wirklich stark heizt). Aber naja - Wie gesagt nur bestimmte VCore Settings waren sehr stabil. Manche wiederum nicht.
FAZIT: Aktuell kann ich es daher leider nicht empfehlen.
Klar - Wenn man lange damit "rumspielt" kommt man damit sicherlich klar (die VCore kann man ja auch manuell fixieren - Dann passt es halbwegs). Das Surren unter Last hat aber den Ausschlag gegeben und ich habe jetzt ein Asus geholt - Das "ASUS ROG Strix Z390-H". Bisher kein Surren. Besseres Bios (mehr Funktionen und besser aufgeräumt / schneller in der Reaktion). Und die Spannungen passen von Anfang an - Auch im AUTO Betrieb (also mit den Standard-Settings). Den Rest muss ich erst testen - Erst vor kurzem bekommen. Einzig wichtig zu beachten: Das 95W TDP Limit ist beim Asus automatisch aktiviert (also ausstellen falls Ihr einen guten Kühler habt und den i9-9900k oder i7-9700k verwenden wollt). Kühler-Tipp: NH-D15 / NH-D15S oder wenns kompakter sein soll der NH-U14S oder NH-U12S (mit einem 2. Lüfter). Verwende den U12S mit einem 2. Lüfter - Super kompakt, kühlt gut und ist immer noch leise ^^.
It has full RGB lighting and will control external RGB strips if you can be bothered to set it up, which I didn't beyond the basic of making it the same colour as my case lights.
It will take two M.2 NVMe drives as well as three other drives due to the combination of channels. I'm running 2 m.2 drives, plus an ssd, storage hdd and a CD-Rom drive because, unlike my pc, I am too cheap to upgrade my car stereo :D
A couple of things before you build/buy:
1: If you put an i9 in here, or any processor with an aftermarket cooler (I used the Dark Rock 4) you will absolutely NEED low clearance RAM, I put Corsair Vengeance in it and whilst it clears the cooler with a couple mm space, any higher profile stick would have been a problem. This most likely won't be a problem if you're water cooling but do check.
2: The BIOS on the board I received was not updated for the i9-9900k, which basically meant it wouldn't post until I flashed the BIOS with the latest from the website using a USB drive. This was actually ridiculously easy but if you have any doubts or haven't a clue what I am writing about you should probably seek the aid of a professional.
I've owned it for a month now (August 2019). It's built into a system with and i9-9900kk, 32GB DDR4 and a BE QUIET Dark Rock 4, running off two M.2 NVME SSD's and with a GTX 1080ti into an ASUS ROG SWIFT PG279Q with two 24inch 1080p side screens. I use this for work and play, it's not just a toy and it was a solid investment.
I tend to upgrade every 4 years, and I always agonise over the hardware as I always pass it on to family members when I am done with it and I expect not to have to upgrade until 4-5 years have passed. I alternate this with my GFX card which I upgrade every 2-3 years. I am more than happy with the longevity inherent in this build.
Conclusion: This is a solid motherboard and does everything I want smoothly and will also support in game RGB which I will likely never use..
Credentials: Professional games reviewer and journalist, former game dev.
Other than that I have no issues with this board. Installation was fine and I like the fact that the I/O shield is part of it as it made it easier to install. Managed to get an i7-9700k to 5GHz on all cores no problem.