GIGABYTE Z590I Aorus Ultra

The GIGABYTE Z590I Aorus Ultra represents a small handful of mini-ITX boards so far announced for Z590, and it has got a pretty impressive feature set. GIGABYTE's mini-ITX offerings have been getting better and better over the years. The Z590I Aorus Ultra includes dual PCIe M.2 slots, a premium HD audio codec, as well as an Intel 2.5 GbE and Wi-Fi 6 network pairing.

Included in the specifications, GIGABYTE is advertising a direct 10+1 phase power delivery, with support for DDR4-5000 and up to 64 GB across two available memory slots. Along the bottom is a full-length PCIe 4.0 x16 slot, with multiple storage options, including one PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slot, one PCIe 3.0 x4/SATA M.2 slot, and four SATA ports. The PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slot is located on the front under a combined M.2 and chipset heatsink, while the PCIe 3.0 x4/SATA port is located on the back of the board. Design-wise, GIGABYTE uses its black and gray color scheme, which is a mainstay of the Aorus range, with a strip of RGB LED's located on the right-hand side of the board.

The rear panel includes one USB 3.2 G2x2 Type-A, three USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, two USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, and two USB 2.0 ports. An Intel I225-V 2.5 GbE controller drives the single RJ45 port, while there are two antenna ports for the Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 CNVi, which includes support for BT 5.0 devices. The GIGABYTE uses a Realtek ALC1220-VB HD audio codec to power the three 3.5 mm audio jacks, while it also includes a DisplayPort and HDMI video output pairing. Finishing off the rear panel is a small Q-Flash Plus button for users looking to flash the board's firmware.

At the time of writing, GIGABYTE hasn't shared any details on its Z590 models' pricing.

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  • edzieba - Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - link

    ASRock ol' buddy ol' pal, you're breaking my heart here with the lack of SFF boards! The Z590I Vision D looks intriguing with the external DP injector for Thunderbolt transport, though.

    Dumping the ASMedia USB controller is fantastic news, this looks like a good platform for me to move onto.
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  • RealBeast - Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - link

    Nice summary, although my eyes are still watering from a couple of the top model prices. ;) Reply
  • shabby - Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - link

    Yup pretty funny, i have to pay almost 1200 to get 10g network, thanks for the laughs asus. Reply
  • Kuifje76 - Thursday, January 21, 2021 - link

    Have a look at the Gigabyte Aorus Master Z590, it has 10g network :) Reply
  • Beaver M. - Thursday, January 21, 2021 - link

    Not for ASRock boards, since the ASMedia USB controllers were much more reliable and stable than the ones on chipset. Only an ASRock, though, and have been for almost 10 years now. IDK what they are doing.
    Extend a cable on a chipset ASRock board USB port or use a longer cable, and you will get random disconnects. No matter the cable quality.
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  • Silver5urfer - Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - link

    Can you guys please do an article like this for Z590 and X570 with Ryzen 5000 ?
    www.anandtech.com/show/11182/how-to-get-ryzen-working-on-windows-7-x64

    If we search for "X570 Windows 7" on youtube there's a video showing MSI Ace X570 able to run it with Ryzen 3000. And I saw one person on a forum with notebooks where his Z490 Dark mobo was able to run Win7 except for the AX200 WiFi. Every piece of the board got the Drivers for the Win7, a small observation Z490 has ASMedia controller so it works with Win7 but this Z590 damn has that native bs meaning Intel will not provide the drivers for that USB3.2 for Win7..sad

    Z590 Dark is coming I hope it's not this BS expensive, wtf is $1000 for a mobo for the dead end platform, MSI and ASUS insane pricing, esp MSI for it's Godlike having that tag, No matter what EVGA Dark will be the king in the OC and better support too.

    In before someone reeeing over Win7. nope. Not interested in the bs talk, Win10 is a privacy nightmare even if I use WUB, O&O, Defender Blocker, WinAero, AeroGlass, Classic Shell and more it remains a stupid OS because of permanent Beta status. The 6 month releases cycle is complete BS. And on top unwanted unstable crap updates. I know how to get a Win10 stable with Enterprise and other modifications to remove useless components and unwanted bs like Defender etc. It never beats Win7 in UX and weight of the OS, too much bloatware esp that Xbox crap comes.
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  • JfromImaginstuff - Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - link

    Well then, install linux.
    Also it will work on windows 7, there are generic drivers that will allow the card to function, but eh function well is a different issue altogether.
    Also, if you're not using linux and hating on windows like this and your not tied to the Mac ecosystem, give Linux a go, you might like it, plenty of choice if one doesn't quite meet your fancy. Just please don't use win 7, for your own online safety and stuff........
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  • Silver5urfer - Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - link

    Yeah Linux will be installed But I want a proper Stable Windows. Why do you think online safety ? Do you know that MS provides support, extended support updates are available plus even the best you can choose which of them to install and even have a pack made which removes all telemetry garbage CU updates that M$ pushes onto Win7, and with 8.1 also you can select and update what you want unlike Win10 BS. Oh and gaming with Proton on Linux I know but I want modding and all proper settings that I can enjoy for all the old fantastic games of the past decade. If there are any good games in future with DX12 only I will install Win10 Ent with all modifications. But that's not what I wanted, which only Win7 gets.

    Also on a side note, no top SKU has 8 SATA ports WTF ? Not even Extreme, Godlike, Xtreme. There's only one which is EVGA Z590 Dark. Stupid bs this is from all the OEMs esp the X570 got all the x8 SATA ports for top mobos.
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  • supdawgwtfd - Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - link

    If you want all that then use windows.

    Expecting support and help on a discontinued product is ridiculous.

    If you don't like the telemetry you know you can block it all with a firewall right?
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  • Oxford Guy - Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - link

    You’ll never be able to block all the spyware with a firewall. Windows is just one component of it. Don’t forget things like stealth CPUs that are built into the CPU, like the little friend on Lando’s shoulder. Etc. Reply

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