The Intel Z690 Motherboard Overview (DDR4): Over 30+ New Modelsby Gavin Bonshor on November 24, 2021 2:00 PM EST
GIGABYTE Z690 Aero G (DDR4)
Similar to GIGABYTE's Z690 Aero D which has support for DDR5 memory, GIGABYTE has also launched a content-creator focused model for users planning to use DDR4 memory with Intel's Alder Lake. The GIGABYTE Z690 Aero G DDR4 has a more simplistic design, with a contrasting black and silver look throughout. Unlike the DDR5 supported Z690 Aero D, the Z690 Aero G DDR4 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 DDR4 includes one full-length PCIe 5.0 x16 slot, with two full-length PCIe 3.0 x4 slots. Storage options include four 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 DDR4-5333, with a combined capacity of up to 128 GB.
The rear panel of the GIGABYTE Z690 Aero G DDR4 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 an Intel AX-201 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.