Gigabyte Z790 Aorus Master Review: USB Party in a Box

14 USB ports, but no USB 4

Gigabyte Z790 Aorus Master
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Gigabyte’s Z790 BIOS doesn’t stray far from Z690. The only significant difference is that it’s updated for Raptor Lake processors and their additional functionality. The black-on-white/orange/yellow is a good contrast and easy to read in both BIOS modes. The Easy Mode presents high-level information about the system, switch the boot sequence, and enable XMP memory profiles. Advanced mode gives you access to all of the options you need to tweak the processor and memory. Most major overclocking/tweaking options are on the same page, with some power options in a different section. Otherwise, everything is laid out in a logical order and readily accessible.


On the software side of things, Gigabyte’s primary tool for Z790 is the App Center. This app is a central repository for all board-centric applications, some Windows settings, and other third-party software. Simply click to download the applications you want, install them, and an icon will show up on the screen. We installed @BIOS (BIOS flashing utility), Easy Tune (overclocking/system tweaking), RGB Fusion 2.0 (to control RGB lighting) and SIV (for system monitoring). The Gigabyte website has many other helpful applications, including USB charging (to control power to ports), LAN, and more that aren’t covered here. Overall, we like App Center’s small footprint and continue to find its modular tools helpful.

Test System / Comparison Products

We’ve updated our test system to Windows 11 64-bit OS with all updates applied. We kept the same Asus TUF RTX 3070 video card from our previous testing platforms but updated the driver. We also updated to F1 22 for our games and kept Far Cry 6. We use the latest non-beta motherboard BIOS available to the public unless otherwise noted. The hardware we used is as follows:

Test System Components

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CPUIntel Core i9-13900K
MemoryGSkill Trident Z DDR5-5600 CL36 (F5-5600U3636C16GX2-TZ5RK)
Row 2 - Cell 0 Kingston Fury Beast DDR5-6000 CL36 (KF560C36BBEAK2-32)
GPUAsus TUF RTX 3070
CoolingCoolermaster MasterLiquid PL360 Flux
PSUEVGA Supernova 850W P6
SoftwareWindows 11 64-bit (22H2)
Graphics DriverNvidia Driver 522.25
SoundIntegrated HD audio
NetworkIntegrated Networking (GbE or 2.5 GbE)

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EVGA supplied our Supernova 850W P6 power supply (appropriately sized and more efficient than the 1.2KW monster we used previously) for our test systems, and G.Skill sent us a DDR5-5600 (F5-5600U3636C16GX2-TZ5RK) memory kit for testing.

Benchmark Settings

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Synthetic Benchmarks and SettingsHeader Cell - Column 1
ProcyonVersion 2.1.249 64
Row 1 - Cell 0 Office Suite (Office 365), Video Editing (Premiere Pro, Photo Editing (Photoshop 23.5.1, Lightroom Classic 11.5)
3DMarkVersion 2.22.7359 64
Row 3 - Cell 0 Firestrike Extreme and Time Spy Default Presets
Cinebench R23Version RBBENCHMARK330542
Row 5 - Cell 0 Open GL Benchmark - Single and Multi-threaded
BlenderVersion 3.3.0
Row 7 - Cell 0 Full benchmark (all 3 tests)
Application Tests and SettingsRow 8 - Cell 1
LAME MP3Version SSE2_2019
Row 10 - Cell 0 Mixed 271MB WAV to mp3: Command: -b 160 --nores (160Kb/s)
HandBrake CLIVersion: 1.2.2
Row 12 - Cell 0 Sintel Open Movie Project: 4.19GB 4K mkv to x264 (light AVX) and x265 (heavy AVX)
Corona 1.4Version 1.4
Row 14 - Cell 0 Custom benchmark
7-ZipVersion 21.03-beta
Row 16 - Cell 0 Integrated benchmark (Command Line)
Game Tests and SettingsRow 17 - Cell 1
Far Cry 6Ultra Preset - 1920 x 1080, HD Textures ON
F1 2022Ultra Preset - 1920 x 1080, HBAO+, RT Med, TAA + 16xAF, Bahrain, FPS Counter ON

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  • jonathan1683
    worth it just for the 10Gbe
  • dstarr3
    I'll be picking up a 13900k and a Z790 Aorus Master this holiday season. Can't wait
  • Co BIY
    For me the DDR4 board numbers stand out. Not much loss from DDR5.

    I would love this board but $500 ? - too rich.


    Real link for Gigabyte Z790 UD at $199 -
    Article link hits the Z690 - which might be the better deal.
  • johanpmeert
    jonathan1683 said:
    worth it just for the 10Gbe
    And add a GC-MAPLE RIDGE card and you get 2x TB4 ports. Since it has to be slotted in the chipset slot, it's far enough from the graphics card to not impede the cooling.

    Note to editor: there's a mistake in the specs of the mobo on top: it lists a 2.5Gbe NIC