Gigabyte Z790 AORUS ELITE X WIFI7 Motherboard technical details

The latest motherboard from Gigabyte, the Z790 AORUS ELITE X WIFI7, is designed to work with Intel’s 14th generation Core processor. Large storage capacity, future-proof networking, and a VRM that can handle even the most demanding processors.

The introduction of the first Core 14000 CPUs provided motherboard manufacturers with a chance to revise their LGA 1700 socket proposal. With the Z790 AORUS ELITE high end already prepared for the connectivity standard that will take centre stage in the upcoming years, Gigabyte did not miss the opportunity.

The motherboard has an ATX configuration and an eight-layer, clean, well-made PCB with a decent quantity of copper to ensure low power losses and crystal-clear signals. The entire VRM, which contains 16+1+2 “twin” digital phases—that is, a doubler—is located next to the socket. The 16 phases, which are 90A SPS (Smart Power Stage) solutions, are all reserved for the CPU. Two VCCAUX phases round out the package, with the VCCGT phase being a 60A SPS solution. As you can see, there are two 8-pin EPS connectors and a sizable cooling system surrounding the VRM component.

Four DDR5 DIMM slots, supporting dual-channel memory configurations with XMP 3.0 profiles and OC speeds of up to 8266, are located on the right. This option, like other Z790 motherboards, has 48 GB memory modules that let you install up to 192 GB of RAM.

Regarding the audio section, Gigabyte has made significant investments using a Realtek ALC1220-VB codec and a number of specialised capacitors to provide high-quality sound. Regarding the Z790 AORUS ELITE.

Moving on to a section that is most definitely not marginal—the back, where the ports are situated—we have a sizable assortment of USBs that look like this: Two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A (red), three USB 3.2 Gen 1, four USB 2.0/1.1, and one USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C (20 Gbps). The motherboard has two SMA connectors, two audio jacks, an HDMI port, a DisplayPort port, an RJ-45 port, a S/PDIF optical output, and other ports to which the Wi-Fi antenna can be connected.

We discussed connectivity, and it is important to emphasise that the 2.5 Gbit Ethernet is managed by two Intel controllers, and more importantly, the motherboard’s name, Wi-Fi 7, also contains a novelty.

It is a high-end motherboard designed for enthusiasts who want to leave nothing to chance, so even though there are even more expensive variants available, its pricing, which is now between €300 and €400, is still hefty. Apart from the thoughtfully crafted power supply compartment and WiFi7, Gigabyte’s focus on storage is particularly noteworthy, since it addresses cooling concerns and facilitates the effortless installation of SSDs.