Gigabyte's Z590 Aorus Tachyon has yet to debut in the U.S. market, but the overclocking-oriented motherboard has already emerged at overseas stores. To Austrian retailers, (as spotted via momomo_us (opens in new tab)), have listed the Z590 Aorus Tachyon for €509 (~$612.59).
Deducting the 20% VAT rate would bring the price down to $510.49, which is around the pricing that we can expect in the U.S. market.
Gigabyte hasn't uploaded the product page for the Z590 Aorus Tachyon, so a bit of mystery still engulfs the motherboard. And we have a ways to go before we get to test one and see if it deserves a spot on our list of best motherboards. Built with overclocking in mind, the Z590 Aorus Tachyon is built on an eight-layer PCB, flaunting an overpowered 12+1-phase power delivery subsystem with an Intersil ISL69269 PWM controller. It utilizes Vishay Sic840 power stages that are rated for 100A, bringing the total power delivery to a whopping 1,300A. The design in addition to the twin 8-pin EPS power connectors will feed even the most power-hungry Intel Rocket Lake-S processors, including the flagship Core i9-11900K.
Adhering to the standard ATX form factor, the Z590 Aorus Tachyon has more than enough landscape to accommodate the tools needed to help elite overclockers break world records. There's an array of buttons and switches to directly modify the installed processor's operating frequencies, as well as voltage readouts to get precise measurements. As expected, the motherboard comes with two BIOS chips.
The Z590 Aorus Tachyon, like other offerings seeking to compete with the best motherboards for overclockers, only comes equipped with two DDR4 RAM slots with support for DDR4-5000 memory and above. However, the slots are placed as close as possible to the CPU socket, allowing for minimum signal noise and interference. This should allow overclockers to hit higher memory frequencies.
The available storage options on the Z590 Aorus Tachyon include six SATA III ports and three M.2 ports, whereby the primary slot is PCIe 4.0. In total, there are eight fan headers, temperature sensors and up to four RGB headers (two RGB, two digital) distributed across different parts of the motherboard,
As for expansion, the motherboard offers four PCIe x16 expansion slots, but some of them are limited electrically. There's one PCIe 4.0 x16 slot, one PCIe 4.0 x8 slot, while the other two PCIe 3.0 slots are limited to x4 and x1. The Z590 Aorus Tachyon supports both Nvidia SLI and AMD CrossFire setups.
The Z590 Aorus Tachyon's rear panel exposes two buttons. One's for flashing the motherboard's firmware, but the function of the other button is unknown. The only display output that's on the motherboard is an HDMI 1.4 port.
There are seven USB ports in total, including on USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 (20 Gbps) Type-C port. The motherboard also provides one 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet port based on an Intel controller, as well as Wi-Fi 6E wireless connectivity. Keeping it old school, the Z590 Aorus Tachyon even supplies two PS/2 ports for ancient motherboards and mice. For audio, the motherboard uses Realtek's ALC1220 audio codec and provides six 3.5mm audio jacks and one optical S/PDIF out connector.