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Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Pro WiFi: Is Midrange AORUS Right For Your Next Build?

For the test platform, we have the 9900K on the three initial Z390 motherboard models with Corsair Vengeance running at 3200MHz CL 15 for the Intel side. We are running a Thermaltake AIO Triple Radiator cooling solution on the CPU to make sure we don’t get any throttling on the CPU. The operating system is Windows 10 Pro X64 with updates disabled. We make three runs at each test then average those three runs and report the results here. If we hit a run that we consider being far away from the norm we dismiss that result and run a 4th test.

One thing worth noting is most board results will be within the margin for error so performance is shown just to show it falls in line with the rest or even shows when a board may be a strong outlier.

In regards to the Gigabyte motherboards, they do not actually follow the Intel guidelines for ICCmax so this means longer turbo duration rather than observing the power target. Also the binning down of the Ring of -3 for the Gigabyte board means that in most cases the RING ratio is 47 versus the default 43 of the other tested boards.

Test Rig
Case TypeDimastech Easy XL
CPUIntel Core i9 9900K (Amazon)
MotherboardASUS Maximus XI Extreme

MSI MPG Z90 Gaming EDGE AC  (Amazon)

Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro WiFi (Amazon)

RAM32GB (4x8GB) Corsair Vengeance LED 3200MHz C15 (Amazon)
CPU CoolerThermaltake Floe Riing 360 (Amazon)
Hard DrivesSamsung 960 EVO 512GB M.2 2280 NVMe (Amazon)

Samsung 860 EVO 4TB SATA  (Amazon)

OpticalLG BD-RW BH16NS40
GPUNvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition
MonitorASUS PG27AQ 4K 60Hz GSYNC (Amazon)
Case Fans1 x 140mm Mosfet / CPU / RAM cooling fan
1 x 140mm PCI-E Cooling Fan
Docking StationsNone
Testing PSUThermaltake XT 1475W Gold (Amazon)
LegacyNone
MouseLogitech G502 (Amazon)
KeyboardLogitech Pro eSPORTS Keyboard (Amazon)

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5 comments

  1. I’ve already ordered this board, but was wondering about two things.
    For one, it was really hard to get my hands on a piece, most shops have discontinued it, even on Amazon DE it was not available. Would you have any idea about the reason?
    The second is about the WiFi card: On the lower end GAMING 3 WiFi it is an Intel 9560, but could not find any information on it’s, even the schematics positioned the “card” or a built in chip(?) under the shield. So do you know what model is it?

  2. I wont be buying that POS. Who do they think they are not following the Intel spec and creating more heat and power consumption, a backwards step imo.

    • Well, to be fair.. Both MSI and GBT showed higher turbo duration than ASUS in this case. It is technically “breaking intel guidelines” but that is not a hard set rule, more where they suggest it be. It does net higher performance in some scenarios but also as you said potentially higher power draw and thermals.

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