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Review: Aorus Z490 Xtreme

by Tarinder Sandhu on 28 May 2020, 14:01

Tags: AORUS, Gigabyte (TPE:2376), Intel (NASDAQ:INTC)

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Test Methodology

Comparison Configurations

Firmware Version
Intel Z490
AMD X570
Intel Core i9-10900K
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
CPU Cores / Threads
10 / 20
12 / 24
CPU Base Clock / Turbo
3.7GHz / 5.2GHz
2.9GHz / 4.3GHz
G.Skill Trident Z DDR4-3200
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-4800 (OC)
Memory Speed
Memory Timings
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FE (445.87)
Primary Storage Device
Corsair MP600 1TB PCIe 4.0
Secondary Storage Device
Corsair MP600 2TB PCIe 4.0
CPU cooling
Noctua NH-D15S single fan
Power Supply
be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 (1,000W)
Operating System
Windows 10 v1909 (64-bit)

Benchmark Suite

CPU Benchmarks
HEXUS PiFast Our number-crunching benchmark stresses a single core by calculating Pi to 10m places
Cinebench Release 20 Using Cinebench's multi-CPU render, this cross-platform benchmark stresses all cores
Blender 2.82 Running the Classroom benchmark
Storage Benchmarks
CrystalDiskMark Free-to-use benchmark testing sequential storage performance.
Memory Benchmarks
AIDA64 Benchmark that accurately depicts memory bandwidth and latency
System Benchmarks
3DMark Time Spy DX12 graphics benchmark run using the Time Spy test
PCMark 10 System test using the standard preset
Civilization VI: Gathering Storm AI benchmark run at FHD to determine CPU involvement
Gaming Benchmarks
Civilization VI: Gathering Storm 1,920x1,080 ultra settings
Far Cry New Dawn 1,920x1,080 ultra settings
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 1,920x1,080 highest settings
Miscellaneous Benchmarks
Power Consumption To emulate real-world usage scenarios, we record system-wide mains power draw when idle, when rendering via Blender and while playing SOTTR


BIOSes have been a thorny issue for Z490 boards. The latest one for this board is F6C. When set to Auto it successfully runs the Core i9-10900K at a peak 5.3GHz on up to two cores. This is true even if the temperature escalates above 70°C, which is the boosting cut-off point for Intel's own Thermal Velocity Boost technology.

The Auto preset also forces the board into running all of the cores at 4.9GHz, which is the maximum permissible speed under TVB. Again, this speed is activated irrespective of temperature. Aorus is effectively taking the maximum single- and multi-core speeds mandated by Intel and running at those frequencies all of the time.

An upshot is high power consumption and voltage; you will see this later on.