The Intel Z690 Motherboard Overview (DDR5): Over 50+ New Modelsby Gavin Bonshor on November 9, 2021 9:00 AM EST
GIGABYTE Z690 Aero G (DDR5)
Similar to GIGABYTE's Z690 Aero D, GIGABYTE has also launched a content-creator-focused model for users on a tighter budget and without the need for Thunderbolt 4. The GIGABYTE Z690 Aero G has a more simplistic design, with a contrasting black and silver look throughout. The Z690 Aero G does include integrated RGB LED lighting, including a strip built into the rear panel cover, and more RGB LED lighting going diagonally across the chipset heatsink.
Focusing on PCIe support, the GIGABYTE Z690 Aero G includes one full-length PCIe 5.0 x16 slot, with two full-length PCIe 3.0 x4 slots. Storage options include three PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slots, with six SATA ports capable of supporting Intel RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays. In terms of memory support, there are four memory slots located in the top right-hand corner, which can support up to DDR5-6000, with a combined capacity of up to 128 GB.
The rear panel of the GIGABYTE Z690 Aero G is spearheaded by dual USB 3.2 G2x2 Type-C, two USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, four USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, and two USB 2.0 ports. Networking options consist of an Intel I225-V 2.5 GbE controller and Intel AX-AX201 Wi-Fi 6 CNVi, with two 3.5 mm audio jacks and S/PDIF optical output providing basic audio access. Finishing off the rear panel is a single HDMI 2.1 video output and a DisplayPort video input.