Gigabyte® Z690 AORUS MASTER Intel Motherboard

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THE NEW KING OF GAMING
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.​

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.

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.

Support for DDR5 XMP Up to 6400MHz and Beyond
AORUS is offering a tested and proven platform that ensures proper compatibility with profiles up to 6400MHz 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.

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

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

Ultra Durable™ SMD DDR5 Memory Armor
GIGABYTE's exclusive stainless steel shielding design.

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.

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.

M.2 Thermal Guard III
GIGABYTE Thermal Guard III ensures PCIe 4.0 SSD running at 7GB/s With No Throttling.​

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%.

NanoCarbon Coating
This specialized nanostructure of carbon molecules has extraordinary thermal conductivity.

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.

Advanced internal fins construction
- 700% bigger surface.
- Extended Irregular design used all available space to dissipate heat.

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 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.

High Current Support
Each fan headers support PWM and DC fan and Water cooling Pump , and up to 24W (12V x 2A) with Over-Current Protection
Precision Control
7 temperature/fan speed control points for precise fan curve
Dual Curve Mode
Slope/Stair dual mode for different user scenario

Smart Fan 6 BIOS UI
Improve fan curve UI

We increase control points from 5 to 7 and larger fan speed graph for precise and easier fan curve control.
Slope/Stair dual graph mode
Fan curve can be quickly switch with Slope and Stair modes for different user scenario. Slope is traditional and intuitive linear fan speed curve. With newly added Stair non-linear mode, fan keeps at same speed between specified temperature interval.
Manual Input
For advanced users, we provide fan speed manual input for more precise control.
EZ Tuning
Use can place 4 EZ Tuning points at rough temperature/fan speed, and Smart Fan 6 can quickly generate a fan curve.
Fan curve profile
Fan curve profile can be saved in BIOS ROM, profile will be kept after updating BIOS.

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

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.

ESS SABRE reference DAC ES9118
- ESS SABRE reference DAC (ESS 9118)
- Hyperstream Dynamic Range (SNR 125dB)
- High-Res music (32bit, 192KHz PCM)
- Super low THD+N (THD+N -112db)

True High-Fidelity Music (Realtek ALC1220)
Paired with Realtek's latest ALC1220 Codec, playback for surround sound audio and DSD enabled music are easier than ever.

Audiophile Grade Capacitors (WIMA, Nichicon Fine Gold)
To ensure a studio-quality experience, WIMA and Nichicon Fine Gold capacitors are used to provide power to the overall system.

Precision Audio Stream (TXC OSCILLATOR)
Provides precise time triggers to Digital-Analog Converters. High resistance to corrosion and oxidation.

Hi-Res Audio
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

SPECIFICATION

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 1 x USB-C 3.2
1 x USB-C 3.1
5 x USB 3.1
4 x USB 3.0
DisplayPorts 1 x DisplayPort 1.4
RJ-45 Ports 1 x RJ-45
Audio Line In Ports 1 x 3.5mm Jack
Audio Line Out Ports 3 x 3.5mm Jacks
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 6 x SATA III
USB Connectors 1 x USB-C 3.2 header (supports 1 port)
2 x USB 3.0 headers (supports 4 ports)
2 x USB 2.0 headers (supports 4 port)
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
Thunderbolt Port(s) 2 x Thunderbolt AiC headers
TPM Header 1 x TPM header (For the GC-TPM2.0 SPI/GC-TPM2.0 SPI 2.0 module only)
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 2242/2260/2280 (PCIe Gen3 or SATA)
1 x M.2 slot, Socket 3, M Key, Type 2242/2260/2280 (PCIe Gen4 or SATA)
2 x 3-pin ARGB LED headers
2 x 4-pin RGB LED headers
1 x Noise Detection header
2 x Temperature Sensor headers

Memory

Memory Bus Speed Up to 6400+ 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 1 x PCI Express 5.0 x16 slot
2 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots (@ x4)

Graphics Device

Integrated Graphics Supported Yes

Sound

Integrated Sound Realtek ALC1220-VB

Warranty

Warranty 3 Years

Network

Integrated Network Marvell AQtion AQC113C
Network Speeds Supported Up to 10 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
Jumpers 1 x Clear CMOS
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 259 mm

Key Features

Internal USB3.0 Header Yes
M.2 Support Yes
On-board RGB Control Gigabyte RGB Fusion
Memory Speed 6400 MHz
RGB Header Type 3-Pin ARGB
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 6 port(s)
Number of USB Ports 11 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 Yes
Motherboard Form Factor eATX
Motherboard Power Connectors 8 + 8-Pin
Motherboard Chipset Intel Z690
Thunderbolt No
Motherboard Model Gigabyte Z690 AORUS MASTER
WiFi Speed 2400 Mbps
USB 3.1 Support Yes