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OVERVIEW

PERFORMANCE

DDR5

THERMAL

CONNECTIVITY

PERSONALIZATION

ULTRA DURABLE

Key Feature

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Z690 AORUS ULTRA

THE NEW KING OF GAMING

Rule supreme with the Z690 AORUS gaming motherboards. The new king of gaming platform continues the legendary AORUS bloodline with the most robust power delivery and dominant thermal design, glorified with the complete memory overclocking technology to crown your PC with the best Alder Lake’s performance in all its gaming glory.
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OVERVIEW

PERFORMANCE

DDR5

THERMAL

CONNECTIVITY

PERSONALIZATION

ULTRA DURABLE

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Wireless 802.11ax

2

DisplayPort

3

Rear USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C®

4

2.5G GbE LAN

5

Advanced Thermal Design

  1. Fully Covered MOSFET Heatsinks​
  2. Fins-Array II​
  3. 8mm Direct-Touch Heatpipe II
  4. Thermal Guard III
  5. 9W/mKThermal Conductivity Pad
  6. 2X Copper PCB​

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4 x M.2 Ultra Storage Performance Connectors

  1. 4 x PCIe 4.0 x 4 M.2 with Enlarged Thermal Guards

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AMP-UP Audio​

  1. ALC4080Audio
  2. High-End Audio Capacitors​
  3. Audiophile Grade WIMA Capacitors​

8

RGB FUSION 2.0

  1. 2 x Addressable LED Header
  2. 2 x RGB LED Header

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Direct 16+1+2 Phases Digital Power Design

  1. 105A Power Stages*
  2. 6-Layer and PCIe 5.0 Ready PCB​
  3. Premium Choke and Capacitor​​
  4. *Power Stage maximum current capacity is based on VCORE Phase.

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Solid Pin Power Connectors

  1. 24 pin ATX Power Connector
  2. 8+4 pin CPU Power Connector

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Support 12th Gen Intel® Core Processor

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Dual Channel DDR5, 4 DIMMs with Ultra Durable SMD Memory Armor

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Front USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C® for Connecting Devices

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Next Generation PCIe 5.0 Design

  1. 1 x PCIe 5.0 x 16 SMD Slot
  2. Ultra Durable™ SMD PCIe 5.0 Armor

15

6 x SATA 6Gb/s

16

Q-FLASH PLUS Onboard Button

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Direct Digital VRM Design

PCIe 5.0 DESIGN

RAID Storage

Hybrid Cores Optimization

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Unparalleled Performance

With technology moving so fast, GIGABYTEstillkeep upwith the latesttrends and provide our customers withadvanced features and latesttechnology. GIAGBYTE Z690 Series motherboards come with upgradedpower solution, latest storage standards and outstanding connectivity toenable optimize performance for gaming.​

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To ensure maximum Turbo Boost and overclocking performance of Intel's new generation CPU,GIGABYTE Z690 series equip the best VRM design ever built with the highest quality components.

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To unleash full potential of multi-cores CPU performance

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For CPU integrated GPU performance

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Provide stable power for CPU integrated PCIe & Memory controller

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The more advanced manufacturing process and the higher core count on the new generation of CPUs,requires motherboards to utilize a more sophisticated VRM design to make CPUs run at their full potential.GIGABYTE uses fully DIRECT VRM DESIGN, high quality MOSFETsand tantalum polymer capacitors to achievehigher efficiency, lower voltage ripple and lower temperature than traditional parallel VRM design.

GIGABYTE DIRECT VRM DESIGN

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TRADITIONAL PARALLEL VRM DESIGN

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(Video) Intel Z690 Motherboard Round-Up (for 12900K, 12700K, & 12600K Alder Lake CPUs)

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Tantalum Polymer Capacitor

  • • Lower impedance than regular capacitor to reduce voltage ripple​
  • • Stable capacitance under high temperature​
  • • Mounted right under the CPU area to stabilize CPU voltage during heavy loading

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With DIRECT VRM DESIGN and TANTALUM POLYMER CAPACITOR, Z690 motherboardstransient response, voltageripple and stability is highlyimproved under overclocking and heavy loading condition.

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GIGABYTE get Z690 Motherboards ready to work with the upcoming PCIe 5.0 device which is expected to experience Twice bandwidth. To reach the high speed and maintain good signal integrity, Gigabyte R&D selects the low impedance PCB to make it work.

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1. PCIe 5.0 x16 SMD Slot

2. 6-Layer Low Signal Loss PCB

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Ultra Durable™ SMD PCIe 5.0 Armor

GIGABYTE' exclusive stainless steel shielding design.

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1. Double Locking Bracket

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2. Signal Degradation

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3. SMD Iron Claw

By means of multi-point stainless steel pins penetratingthe PCB to increase the strengthof the SMD slot to improve theDurability.

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4. Tensile Strength

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Triple 7 GB/s Gen4 M.2 PCIe SSDs in RAID 0

The exclusive 3 PCIe 4.0 M.2 and 2nd Generation 7000 MB/s SSD provides unparalleled Read / Write performance up to 21053 and 15499 MB/s.

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Hybrid Cores Optimization

With new Intel Hybrid technology, GIGABYTE exclusively creates two new "CPU Upgrade" in BIOS profiles to meet different users’ scenarios by adjusting P-Core and E-Coreactivation and voltage policy.

GAMING

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  • • Deactivate all E-Core
  • • Zero compromise on gaming performance
  • • Up to 20% lower CPU package power
  • • Up to 5°C lower CPU temperature

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Max Performance

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  • • Activate all P-Core and E-Core
  • • Maximize full multi-cores performance

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XMP 6200+

Unlock DDR5 Voltage

Shielded Memory Routing

SMD DIMM

XMP3.0

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XTREME MEMORY

GIGABYTE Z690 MotherboardsfeaturethelatestDDR5architectureand XMP 3.0 capability.The newDDR5 memory technology brings50% more bandwidth to the platform andincreasesthesystemperformance drasticallybyimplementing UnlockedNativeDDR5Voltage, XtremeMemoryRoutingandreliableSMDslot.In addition tothe hardware upgrades, theuserfriendlyUIprovidesfullfunctionalitytooverclock higher with exclusive DDR5 tuningcapability.

DDR5 Comes with 50% Performance Increase

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DDR5 delivers 50% improvement compared to last generation. DDR5 massively elevates the system level performance. DDR5 provides more bandwidth to keep up with the higher CPU core count bandwidth requirement. The new memory architecture also reduces the power consumption.

* USE AIDA64 to compare the write, read, and copy on DDR5 4800 vs DDR4 3200.

Support for DDR5 XMP Up to 6200MHz and Beyond*

AORUS is offering a tested and proven platform that ensures proper compatibility with profiles up to 6200MHz and beyond. All users need to do to attain this performance boost is to ensure that their memory module is XMP capable and that the XMP function is activated and enabled on their AORUS motherboard.

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*XMP profile support may vary depending on memory module.
Please see the complete validated memory support list. Product features may vary by model.

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Unlock DDR5 Voltage

DDR4

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DDR4 voltage is managed by MB with wide range

Native DDR5

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Secure Mode

MB provides fixed 5V to Native DDR5memoryandbuilt-inPMIC outputs locked 1.1v to memory IC.

GIGABYTE Exclusive DDR5 Circuit Design

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Programmable Mode

GIGABYTE’s exclusive design unlocks Native DDR5 PMIC secure mode into programmable modeand control Native DDR5 voltage with wide range.

  • • GIGABYTE exclusive circuit design unlocks Native DDR5 voltage control
  • • Transforms Native DDR5 memory module to Overclocked DDR5 memory
  • • Increases DDR5 memory overclocking performance and capability
  • • Supports all PMIC vendors for maximum compatibility

* Memory overclocking capabiblity will vary based on users' hardware configuration

(Video) Core i9-12900K Overclocked to 5500 MHz with GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS Master | SkatterBencher #30

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Shielded Memory Routing

All memory routing is under the PCB inner layer shielded by a large ground layer to protect from external interference.

Non-shielded

Ultra Durable™ SMD DDR5 Memory Armor

GIGABYTE's exclusive stainless steel shielding design.

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Signal Degradation

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SMD High Frequency

Anti-Plate
Bending 130%

SMD Iron Claw

By means of multi-point stainless steel pins penetratingthe PCB to increase the strengthof the SMD slot to improve thedurability.

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5000+ times

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* The result is based on internal lab test for reference only, real performance may vary.
** Photo for reference only.

DDR5 Auto Booster

Automatically Boost the Native DDR5 frequency to 5000MHz while the system is under heavy loading by a single click.

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DDR5 Memory Upgrade

GIGABYTE BIOS offers pre-defined and retrievable profiles for users to get higher performance easily.The profiles are based on a database that is created by checking each memory IC and PMIC vendors to optimize the modules to unleash their full potential. This is a time saving feature to manually configure overclocked DDR5 memory kits.

  • • Instantly upgrade memory performance
  • • Overclock Native and XMP 3.0 DDR5 memory to higher frequency easily
  • • No need to input dozens of memory parameters such as clock, voltage and timings
  • • Built-in wide variety pre-tuned profiles database for different memory IC vendors

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*DDR5 MEMORY UPGRADE involves DDR5 memory overclocking,
overclocking capability depends on users’ hardware configuration

XMP 3.0 User Profile

Define and create your own SPD profile into Native and XMP 3.0 memorymodulesorapply the pre-tunedprofilesto XMP 3.0 User Profile.Two user-definedprofiles can be saved, loaded eitherlocally orfrom/to an external storage device.

  • • Two empty SPD profiles can be definedby usersand carry to next computer
  • • Transfer DDR5 XMP Booster profiles into XMP 3.0 User Profiles
  • • Quick memory performance simulation based on user input clock and timing parameters
  • • Profile save and load function to share your memory parameters online

SPD Re-defined or retrieve from database

Performance Simulation

Save/Load Profile

Overclocked Performance

Profile Clearance

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Fully Covered MOSFET Heatsink

M.2 Thermal Guard III​

2X Copper PCB

SMART FAN 6

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1. Direct-Touch Heatpipe II

With an extra large 8mm heatpipe and made from a new manufacturing process that narrows the gap between the heatpipe and heatsink, the new Direct-Touch Heatpipe II greatly help transfers heat on the MOSFET.

2. 2X COPPER PCB

2X COPPER PCBs design effectively lower the component temperature by its high thermal conductivity and low impedance.

3. M.2 Thermal Guard III

M.2 Thermal Guard III constructed with 5.8X optimized heat dissipation surface and double-sided M.2 heatsinks to prevent throttling and bottlenecks on high-speed/ large capacity of PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSDs.

4. Fins-Array II

Fins-Array II use a new louvered stacked-fins design which not only increases surface area by 300% compared to traditional heatsinks but also improves thermal efficiency with better airflow and heat exchange.

5. 9 W/mK Thermal Pad

By using 1.5mm thicker 9 W/mK thermal conductivity pads, it can transfer 5x more heat compared to traditional thermal pads at the same time.

6. Enlarged Thermal Guard

Enlarged double-sided M.2 heatsink prevents high-speed, large capacity PCIe 4.0/3.0 SSDs with double side flash from throttling due to overheating.

ADVANCED THERMAL SOLUTION

Un-throttled performance is guaranteed by the enhanced thermal solution that incorporates Fins-Array, Heatpipe and Thermal Guards. The comprehensive solution delivers excellent heat dissipation. The Z690 AORUS Motherboards stays cool on VRMs and M.2 SSD even on full loading, making it most suitable for enthusiasts, overclockers and professional gamers.

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1. 2X Large Surface

Increased surface area up to 2X larger compared to traditional heatsinks. It improves heat dissipation from the MOSFETs.

2. Real One-piece Build

TMOS is a TRUE single piece heatsink. Its one-piece design and larger surface drastically improve the cooling performance against competitors’ multi-piece design.

3. Multi-Cut Design

TMOS features several channels and inlets on the heatsink. This design allows for the air flow to go through which leads to a great improvement of the heat transfer performance.

(Video) DDR5 Memory OC Guide On AORUS Z690 Learn How to Overclock Your DDR5 Memory in 2 minutes

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M.2 Thermal Guard III

Continuing the advantages of M.2 Thermal Guard II design which using the double-sided thermal pads to elevate the height of M.2 heatsink as increasing surface area to dissipate heats on M.2 SSDs. M.2 Thermal Guard III constructed with 5.8X optimized heat dissipation surface to prevent throttling and bottleneck that high-speed/ large capacity of PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSDs may cause, especially under heavy workload.

1. Captive Screw

To prevent missing the M.2 heatsink screw.

2. Thermal Guard III

5.8X Optimized heat dissipation surface area compared to traditional heatsink.

3. Heatsink+ Thermal Pad(Up)

4. M.2 SSD

5. Heatsink + Thermal Pad(Down)

*The appearance design of M.2 Thermal III may affect the CPU tower cooler installation; therefore, it is recommend to use CPU liquid cooler.

M.2 Thermal Guard III

GIGABYTE Thermal Guard III ensures PCIe 4.0 SSD running at 7GB/s With No Throttling.​

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Throttle-free Performance

*The result is based on internal lab test for reference only, real performance may vary. Test conditions are under open case, 25°C ambient temperature, no airflow, AIO Cooler and the latest Gen4 7000 SSD running IO meter for two hours.

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3% Cooler by implementing
2X copper PCB Design

By adopting 2X copper on PCB inner layer, it lowers the components' temperature at least 3% by turning thePCB into a super thin PCB size copper heatsink to dissipate the heat from the componentseffectively, due toit’shigh thermal conductivity and lower impedance.

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Smart Fan 6 contains several unique cooling features that ensure gaming PC maintain its performance while staying cool and quiet. Multiple fan headers can support PWM/DC fan and pump, and users can easily define each fan curve based on different temperature sensors across the board via intuitive user interface.

Headers & Sensors

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Cooling Features

  • High Current Support

    Each fan headers support PWM and DC fan and Water cooling Pump , and up to 24W (12V x 2A) with Over-Current Protection
  • Precision Control

    9 temperature/fan speed control points for precise fan curve
  • Dual Curve Mode

    Slope/Stair dual mode for different user scenario
  • Fan Stop

    Fan can stop completely below users' specified temperature point

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Smart Fan 6 BIOS UI

1

Improve fan curve UI

We increase control points from 5 to 7 and larger fan speed graph for precise and easier fan curve control.

2

Slope/Stair dual graph mode

Fan curve can be quickly switch with Slope and Stair modes for different user scenario. Slope is traditional and intuitive linear fan speed curve. With newly added Stair non-linear mode, fan keeps at same speed between specified temperature interval.

3

Manual Input

For advanced users, we provide fan speed manual input for more precise control.

4

EZ Tuning

Use can place 4 EZ Tuning points at rough temperature/fan speed, and Smart Fan 6 can quickly generate a fan curve.

5

Fan curve profile

Fan curve profile can be saved in BIOS ROM, profile will be kept after updating BIOS.

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Achieve fan silence. With Fan Stop, map any fan to stop completely when temperatures drop below a specified threshold. Which fan stops, based on readings from which sensor, and at what temperature—all of it can be customized to your liking.

Intelligent Fan Control Design

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2.5GbE LAN

WIFI 6 802.11ax

USB 3.2 Gen2X2 Type-C®

Hi-Fi Audio

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CONNECTIVITY

GIGABYTE Z690 Series Motherboards let you experience ultimate connection flexibility and blazing data-transfer speed with next generation network, storage, and WIFI connectivity.

First adopter on 2.5GbE LAN onboard

2X Faster than ever

ㆍAdoption of 2.5G LAN provide up to 2.5 GbE network connectivity, with at least 2X faster transfer speeds compared to general 1GbE networking, perfectly designed for gamers with ultimate online gaming experience.
ㆍSupport Multi-Gig(10/100/1000/2500Mbps) RJ-45 Ethernet

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WIFI 6 802.11ax + BT 5 Module

Wireless solution 802.11ax WIFI 6 with new dedicated 6GHz band,enables gigabit wireless performance, provides smooth video streaming, better gaming experience, few dropped connections and speeds up to 2.4Gbps*. Moreover, Bluetooth 5 provides 4X range over BT 4.2 and with faster transmission.

Benefit of WIFI 6

  1. 5.5X throughput than 802.11ac 1x1*
  2. 4X better network capacity, no traffic jams especially in those dense area with lots of devices
  3. Network efficiency increase for better user experience

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Connecting the Future - USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C®

Featuring the USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 design which is doubled the performance than previous generation of USB 3.2 Gen 2. It works up to 20Gbps ultra-fast data transfer while connecting to USB 3.2 compliant peripherals. Through the USB Type-C® connector, users can enjoy the flexibility of reversible connection to access and store massive amounts of data rapidly.

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(Video) How to enable virtualization on Gigabyte bios - Quick and easy!

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Hi-Res Audio

Hi-Res Audio certified, meaning that the product is capable of reproducing frequencies up to 40kHz or above which ensures user with the best audio quality at all times.

Immersive Gaming ViBes

Realtek High-End HD Audio Codec

  • Supports audio format up to 32-bit/384KHz and output SNR up to Rear/Front 120dB 110dB.
  • Automatically detects impedance of audio device, preventing low volume and distortion.
  • Stream voice with up to 110dB(A) SNR via microphone.

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RGB FUSION

UEFI BIOS

Easy Tune

System Information Viewer

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Personalization

GIGABYTE motherboards bundle several useful and intuitive software to help users to control every aspect ofmotherboard and provide customizable lighting effect with outstanding aesthetics to fit your uniquepersonality.

Multi-Zone Light Show Design

Now offering more LED customizations than ever, users can truly adapt their PC to represent their lifestyle. With full RGB support and a redesigned RGB Fusion 2.0 application, the user has complete control over the LEDs which surround the motherboard. Note: Lighting effects depicted are for demonstration purposes only. Actual lighting effects may vary by model.

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    Cycle Color

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    Static

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    Pulse

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    Flash

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    Double Flash

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New User Interface

All new EASY MODE shows important hardware information in one page including CPU clock, Memory, Storage, Fan.

My Favorites

Add constantly used items into the favorite menu for quick access.

Storage Information

Show all kinds of storage information including SATA, PCIE and M.2 interface.

Changelog

List all changes before saving and exiting bios. Quickly review overall settings modification.

Intuitive Load Line Curve

Clearly show each loadline calibration setting in an intuitive curve graph.

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GIGABYTE's EasyTune™ is a simple and easy-to-use interface that allows users to fine-tune their system settings or adjust system and memory clocks and voltages in a Windows environment. With Smart Quick Boost, one click is all it takes to automatically overclock your system, giving an added performance boost when you need it the most.

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System Information Viewer

GIGABYTE System Information Viewer is a central location that gives you access to your current system status. Monitor components such as the clocks and processor, set your preferred fan speed profile, create alerts when temperatures get too high or record your system's behavior; these are the possibilities of the System Information Viewer. Z690 AORUS ULTRA (rev. 1.x) Key Features | Motherboard - GIGABYTE Global (134)

Q-Flash Plus

Solid Pin

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ULTRA DURABLE

GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ features its product durability and high-quality manufacturing process. GIGABYTEmotherboards use the best components and reinforce every slots to make each of them solid and durable.​

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Q-Flash Plus

Update the BIOS easily without installing the CPU, memory and graphics card.

With GIGABYTE Q-Flash Plus, you don’t need to install the CPU, memory and graphics card nor enter the BIOS menu to flash the BIOS. Just download and save a new BIOS file (rename to gigabyte.bin) on the USB flash drive, then press the dedicated Q-Flash Plus button and you’re good to go!

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Solid Pin Power Connectors

AORUS motherboards feature solid plated ATX 24pin & ATX 12V 8pin + 4pin power connectors to offer a stable power supply during CPU overloading.

Solid Pin Power connector advantages

  1. Larger contact area for electricity
  2. More metal quantity to sustain higher power and generated heat
  3. Ultra durable and longer lifespan

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Intel® Z690 AORUS Motherboard with 16+1+2 Digital VRM Design, DDR5 XTREME MEMORY Design, PCIe 5.0 Design, Fully Covered Thermal Design , 4*PCIe 4.0 M.2 with Enlarged Thermal Guards, 2.5GbE LAN, WIFI 6 802.11ax, 120dB Hi-Res Audio with WIMA, Rear USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 TYPE-C® , RGB FUSION 2.0, Q-Flash Plus


  • Supports 12th Gen Intel® Core™ Series Processors
  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR5, 4 DIMMs
  • 16+1+2 Phases Direct VRM Design with 105A Power Stage* and Tantalum Polymer Capacitor
  • DDR5 XTREME MEMORY Design with SMD DIMM and Shielded Memory Routing
  • Advanced Thermal Solution with Fully Covered Thermal Design and Fins-Array II
  • WIFI6 802.11ax 2T2R & BT5 with AORUS Antenna
  • Hi-Fi Audio with ALC4080 and WIMA Audio Capacitors
  • Fast 2.5GbE LAN with Bandwidth Management
  • Four Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe 4.0/3.0 x4 M.2 with Enlarged Thermal Guards
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.2 Gen2x2 TYPE-C® delivers up to 20Gb/s transfer speeds
  • RGB FUSION 2.0 with Multi-Zone Addressable LED Light Show Design, Support Addressable LED & RGB LED Strips
  • Smart Fan 6 Features Multiple Temperature Sensors , Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP
  • Q-Flash Plus Update BIOS without Installing the CPU, Memory and Graphics Card

    * Power Stage maximum current capacity is based on VCORE Phase.

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FAQs

How do I update my Aorus Z690 BIOS? ›

To update your BIOS, please download the attached BIOS file and extract it to a USB drive. Turn off your computer and then power it on again but immediately press the 'Delete' key repeatedly until your computer loads into the BIOS menu. If you move the mouse to the bottom of the screen, a menu will pop up.

Is Aorus and Gigabyte the same? ›

AORUS, a premium gaming brand stemmed from GIGABYTE, delivers a full spectrum of gaming products ranging from GeForce® GTX series gaming laptops for VR, gaming motherboards, gaming graphics cards, mechanical gaming keyboards, to gaming mice offering the most extreme gaming experiences.

Does the Gigabyte Z690 have WIFI? ›

GIGABYTE Z690 Series Motherboards let you experience ultimate connection flexibility and blazing data-transfer speed with next generation network, storage, and WIFI connectivity.

How many SSD slots does the Gigabyte Z690 Aorus master have? ›

Storage Interface & Multi-graphics Technology

The Z690 AORUS Master comes with five built-in M. 2 slots: four PCIe 3.0 or two SSD support slots. It has six SATA 6 Gbps connectors while supporting RAIDs 0, 1, 5, and 10 as well.

Should I update my BIOS? ›

BIOS updates don't usually introduce new features or huge speed boosts, so you probably won't see a huge benefit. Unless the latest BIOS comes with security patches, support for new hardware you plan to use, or fixes a bug that's been plaguing your daily usage, you're best off leaving it alone.

Can u update BIOS without USB? ›

You can update your BIOS without a USB flash drive. Some motherboard manufacturers offer you up to three options to update your BIOS: BIOS/UEFI, DOS, and Windows. Also, you may update your BIOS using DOS with a thumb drive, but it may be installed on a different and separate hard drive.

Is Aorus a Chinese company? ›

Aorus is a registered sub-brand trademark of Gigabyte belonging to Aorus Pte. Ltd., which is a company registered in Singapore. Aorus specializes in gaming related products such as motherboards, graphics cards, notebooks, mice, keyboards, SSDs, headsets, cases, power supply and CPU coolers.

Is Aorus a good brand for motherboard? ›

The Z690 AORUS Pro is arguably the best gaming motherboard on the market. It supports Intel's 12th Gen Alder Lake processors coupled with DDR5 technology, increasing bandwidth by more than 50%. It features four M. 2 slots and six SATA slots to improve the storage capacity.

Is Aorus better? ›

Aorus is Gigabyte's “premium” option for cards much like Asus has “ROG” and “Strix”. The difference will be the quality of the cooler they use. Both cards will run just fine and you wouldn't be able to tell any difference in performance.

Will Z690 support 13th Gen? ›

Not only does 13th Gen use the same socket and support the Z690 chipset as well as the new Z790, it's also confirmed that DDR4 RAM is sticking around a little longer. 13th Gen will support DDR4-3200, as well as DDR5-5600.

How many RAM slots does the Z690 have? ›

MSI PRO Z690-A DDR4 Specs
Memory Slots4 x 288-Pin
Memory SupportDDR4 2133, 2666, 2933, 3200, 4000, 4400, 4800, 5200 MHz
Maximum Capacity128 GB
Channel ArchitectureDual Channel
ECC SupportNon-ECC Unbuffered

Do all Z690 motherboards support DDR5? ›

Like the previous generation transition between DDR3 and DDR4, each manufacturer's Z690 series all also have versions that support DDR5 and DDR4 respectively.

Does gigabyte Z690 Aorus Master have Thunderbolt? ›

Gigabyte enthusiast subsidiary Aorus reckons Z690 Master is a great choice at £400, gracing good looks with impressive cooling, five M. 2 slots, 10GbE LAN, 20Gbps USB, and enhanced power delivery. In fact, on first glance, all that's missing is Type-C Thunderbolt support.

Does gigabyte Z690 Aorus Pro have WIFI? ›

The Z690 Aorus Pro comes with pure Intel networking, consisting of a 2.5G Ethernet and Wi-Fi 6.

Does Aorus Z690 master support DDR4? ›

The top connector (primary GPU) is your PCIe 5.0 x16 slot and connects directly to the CPU.
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Specifications - Gigabyte Z690 Aorus Master.
SocketLGA 1700
DIMM slots(4) DDR4 6400+(OC), 128GB Capacity
M.2 slots(1) PCIe 4.0 x4 (64 Gbps) / PCIe (up to 110mm)
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What happens if you never update BIOS? ›

Because a BIOS is critical to making your PC run, updating it carries a bit more risk than other software updates. If a BIOS update goes wrong, it could stop your motherboard from working correctly and potentially stop your computer from starting as expected.

Can updating BIOS cause problems? ›

Remember that BIOS updates only fix hardware issues and not software issues unless that software is directly related to the hardware.

How do I know if my motherboard needs a BIOS update? ›

If your motherboard manufacturer has an update utility, you'll usually simply have to run it. Some will check if an update is available, others will just show you the current firmware version of your present BIOS.

Should I remove CPU to flash BIOS? ›

Yes, It's possible to flash your BIOS with CPU installed. Also, flashing the BIOS with the CPU installed is essential in some cases. In Some cases, installing the CPU is not crucial, but if you keep it installed, the CPU won't cause any harm. However, Newer Motherboard has a quick flash button.

Will a motherboard post without a CPU? ›

A motherboard will NOT POST without a CPU. As mentioned earlier, POST is the most initial test a PC performs to check the status of the hardware. Therefore, the motherboard would not even attempt to display the POST screen without a CPU.

Can I update motherboard BIOS without CPU? ›

Some motherboards can even update the BIOS when there's no CPU in the socket at all. Such motherboards feature special hardware to enable USB BIOS Flashback, and every manufacturer has a unique procedure to execute USB BIOS Flashback.

Is ASUS better than Gigabyte? ›

ASUS motherboards are generally more expensive than Gigabyte models, but they offer a higher level of features and performance. For example, ASUS motherboards typically have more advanced overclocking capabilities, support for faster memory speeds, and larger numbers of USB ports.

Is gigabyte owned by ASUS? ›

A: GIGABYTE still owns the GIGABYTE brand and its various business assets, as does ASUS its own business assets. This is simply a new joint venture (company) between the two companies where GIGABYTE owns the controlling share (51%) while ASUS owns the remainder (49%).

Is Nvidia and Gigabyte the same? ›

The Gigabyte is a Nvidia card so they are basically the same!

Is MSI better than Gigabyte? ›

MSI motherboards tend to be more expensive than Gigabyte models, but they also offer higher levels of performance. For gamers and other power users, MSI motherboards provide the best possible option. They are also more likely to offer features like support for multiple graphics cards and overclocking.

How do I update my Gigabyte motherboard BIOS? ›

Insert the USB flash drive containing the BIOS file into the computer. In the main menu of Q-Flash, select Update BIOS From Drive.

How do I download the latest motherboard BIOS? ›

Press Window Key+R to access the "RUN" command window. Then type "msinfo32" to bring up your computer's System Information log. Your current BIOS version will be listed under "BIOS Version/Date". Now you can download your motherboard's latest BIOS update and update utility from the manufacturer's website.

How do I use the Gigabyte Q-Flash Plus BIOS flash button? ›

Q-Flash Plus allows you to update the BIOS when your system is off (S5 shutdown state). Save the latest BIOS on a USB thumb drive and plug it into the dedicated port, and then you can now flash the BIOS automatically by simply pressing the Q-Flash Plus button.

How do you q-flash? ›

With this utility, you can access Q-Flash by either pressing <End> key during the POST or pressing the <F8> key in BIOS setup menu. No need to enter operating systems like MS-DOS or Windows first.

Can you flash BIOS with CPU installed? ›

Yes, It's possible to flash your BIOS with CPU installed. Also, flashing the BIOS with the CPU installed is essential in some cases. In Some cases, installing the CPU is not crucial, but if you keep it installed, the CPU won't cause any harm. However, Newer Motherboard has a quick flash button.

What BIOS does Gigabyte use? ›

GIGABYTE @BIOS is the first Windows BIOS live update utility ever. It is a smart BIOS update software that helps you to download the latest BIOS from the internet and update it on your PC. With the help of @BIOS, BIOS updating is no more than a few mouse clicks away.

How do I upgrade my motherboard without a CPU? ›

How to update your BIOS without a CPU
  1. Find Your Motherboard on the Official Manufacturer Website.
  2. Download the Newest BIOS Update.
  3. Extract and Rename the BIOS File.
  4. Format the USB Drive As FAT32 and Add BIOS File.
  5. Safely Eject USB Drive.
  6. Connect Your Power Supply Unit (PSU)
  7. Insert USB Drive and Press BIOS Flash Button.

Is UEFI a firmware? ›

Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) is a specification for a software program that connects a computer's firmware to its operating system (OS). UEFI is expected to eventually replace basic input/output system (BIOS) but is compatible with it.

How do I know if my motherboard needs a BIOS update? ›

If your motherboard manufacturer has an update utility, you'll usually simply have to run it. Some will check if an update is available, others will just show you the current firmware version of your present BIOS.

Do Intel cpus require BIOS update? ›

Yes, a BIOS update is needed.

Can you q-flash plus with CPU installed? ›

Q-flash only works with cpu and memory installed since it's bios gui based. Q-flash+ works without anything installed (just an usb drive with the bios named GIGABYTE.

How do I flash BIOS Aorus? ›

Turn off your computer and then power it on again but immediately press the 'Delete' key repeatedly until your computer loads into the BIOS menu. If you move the mouse to the bottom of the screen, a menu will pop up. Choose Q-Flash from this menu.

What is q-flash plus button? ›

What is Q-Flash Plus? Q-Flash Plus allows you to update the BIOS when your system is off (S5 shutdown state). Save the latest BIOS on a USB thumb drive and plug it into the dedicated port, and then you can now flash the BIOS automatically by simply pressing the Q-Flash Plus button.

How can I flash Q without CPU? ›

Q-Flash USB Port

By simply downloading the latest BIOS and renaming it on a USB thumb drive, and plugging it into the dedicated port, you can now flash the BIOS automatically without the need to press any buttons or even the need of onboard memory or CPU.

How do I flash BIOS? ›

Download the correct BIOS file that matches your motherboard and version number in to your USB device. Extract the BIOS-zip file that you have downloaded and paste it to your USB storage device. Select USB storage that comes with the downloaded BIOS. Select the BIOS file that you wishes to update and press “Enter”.

How do you know when Q flash is done? ›

You will see that the BIOS LED will start flashing on your motherboard which indicates that the BIOS flash is currently in progress. After a few minutes, the LED shall stop flashing which means that the BIOS flash has been completed.

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