GIGABYTE Z590 Gaming X

GIGABYTE's Aorus gaming series targets the mid-range. Still, for entry-level users looking for gaming-specific features, there's the Z590 Gaming X. Despite sitting towards the bottom of GIGABYTE's stack of gaming models, the Z590 Gaming X is advertised with a direct 12+1 phase power delivery, three M.2 slots, as well as Intel's 2.5 GbE controller. 

The GIGABYTE Z590 Gaming X follows a modern black and brushed steel design, with LED's built onto the board in the top right and bottom right corners. The rear panel cover, M.2, and chipset heatsinks include a black contrasting design on a silver background, with an all-black PCB.

Towards the board's center and bottom are two full-length PCIe slots, with the top slot operating at PCIe 4.0 x16, and the bottom slot locked down to PCIe 3.0 x4, with two PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. For storage, the Z590 Gaming X includes three slots in total. The top M.2 slot operates a PCIe 4.0 x4, while the central and bottom M.2 slots have support for PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA drives. The board also includes six SATA ports with support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays located in an X-shaped cutout. In the top-right hand corner is four memory slots with users able to install up to 128 GB, but GIGABYTE hasn't at this time released its QVL list, so for now, memory is only listed at DDR4-3200.

The rear panel includes one USB 3.2 G2 Type-C, one USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, five USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, and two USB 2.0 ports. Powering the single RJ45 port is a Realtek RTL8125 2.5 GbE controller, with an unspecified Realtek HD audio codec driving the board's six 3.5 mm audio jacks. Finishing off the rear panel is a DisplayPort video output and PS/2 keyboard and mouse combo port.

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

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  • James5mith - Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - link

    Awesome, Multi-GbE this generation! Remind me again which company sells Multi-GbE switches for less than $20/port? Reply
  • Tilmitt - Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - link

    We live in joyful hope. Reply
  • dtexo - Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - link

    https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/compar...

    AX210 doesn’t seem to be CNVi, but PCIe+USB
    Reply
  • dtexo - Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - link

    Same with Killer Wi-Fi card(s)
    https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/produc...
    Reply
  • Oxford Guy - Thursday, January 21, 2021 - link

    So Intel can marry its "Killer" ethernet port to its skull-bearing SSDs for maximum performance in Edge. Reply
  • Harry Lloyd - Thursday, January 21, 2021 - link

    The price of the PRIME Z590-A cannot be right. That has always been the fully-featured variant of an entry-level Z-chipset model. The Z490-A costs just over 200 $ now. Is this because of the VRM setup? Who needs 16 phases on a board like this? You will not buy this for extreme overclocking anyway.
    All these ASUS prices seem ridiculous.
    Reply
  • Targon - Thursday, January 21, 2021 - link

    And I thought the X570 chipset boards were a bit crazy when it comes to prices, these are off the rails on the crazy train! I am all for having a POST code display, but OLED screens to see on the motherboard what this or that is also seems like a waste of money. If you can get the machine to POST in the first place, going to the BIOS to get data about what is going on with this or that is enough. A waterblock for those who plan to use liquid cooling will also add to the price, no question, and it isn't a bad idea, but some of these other things that just add to the price without adding functionality is what I have a problem with. Reply
  • PaulHoule - Friday, January 22, 2021 - link

    Ugh.

    I've never found motherboard reviews that helpful and the last article I read on this site makes me feel worse about it because now I know the performance of a system I build might depend more on the turbo behavior of the motherboard than on the CPU.

    I've often found that getting a motherboard is a crap shoot and frequently you find that a particular motherboard has limitations on what you can do with the PCI lanes, or a component that had 35 db of noise for the reviewer has 50 db of noise for me and so forth. I see that $1800 motherboard and I ask myself, "do they make enough of these that they really know that the analog audio path is clean?" and such.

    Last time I built a system I had to replace about half of the components at least once to get something I was happy with.

    These days I'm inclined to go to a system builder just to have somebody to RMA it to, but if reviews were useful I might go back to building a system myself.
    Reply
  • Ghostline91 - Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - link

    How's the Biostar Z590 board? It looks like they're going back to more high-end specs and this one might be a good one to try out. When will we see reviews? Reply
  • vinicici22 - Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - link

    do you guys know if the z590-a rog strix out yet? or it's just already sold out on every sites? Reply

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