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Quick OverviewGigabyte Z490 GAMING X AX
Network & Connectivity
An Intel motherboard that offers the best in class from every aspect, including components supported, thermal design, audio quality, connectivity, durability and software supported. It is ideal for hardcore gamers and PC enthusiasts.
Cleaner and more efficient power delivery to the CPU with better thermal performance ensures stability under high CPU frequencies and heavy loading.
For most of prosumers and gamers, high bandwidth storage and high performance graphics card are critical for their applications. To support most cutting edge devices, this motherboard uses the groundbreaking PCIe 4.0 grade hardware design.
GIGABYTE Motherboards are ideal for enthusiasts who want to maximize their system's potential.
With durability in mind, GIGABYTE provides a thermal solution for M.2 SSD devices. The M.2 Thermal Guard prevents throttling and bottlenecks from high speed M.2 SSDs as it helps to dissipate heat before it becomes an issue.
Intel Wireless solution supports 802.11ax, enables gigabit wireless performance, provides smooth video streaming, better gaming experience, few connection drops and speeds up to 2.4Gbps. Moreover, Bluetooth 5 provides 4X the range of BT 4.2 and with faster transmission.
Intel GbE LAN features cFosSpeed, a network traffic management application which helps to improve network latency and maintain low ping times to deliver better responsiveness in crowded LAN environments. With Industry-leading LAN static-electricity & surge protection, any irregular and inconsistent power delivery will not cause damage to your PC. An integrated I/O shield further protects your PC.
Intel's native USB 3.2 Gen2 host controller provides USB 3.2 Gen2 ports with speeds up to 10Gbps. Available over the USB Type-A connector, the USB 3.2 Gen2 is much improved with twice the bandwidth compared to its previous generation as well as backwards compatibility with USB 2.0 and USB 3.2 Gen1.
With Smart Fan 5 users can ensure that their gaming PC can maintain its performance while staying cool. Smart Fan 5 allows users to interchange their fan headers to reflect different thermal sensors at different locations on the motherboard. In addition to that, Smart Fan 5 offers more hybrid fan headers that support both PWM and Voltage mode fans to make the motherboard more liquid cooling friendly. With Fan Stop, quiet computing is within easy reach.
Choose from different modes, Quiet to Full Speed, to match your system usage preferences. For each fan or pump, you can use the intuitive fan curve to define trigger thresholds and corresponding fan speeds.
RGB FUSION 2.0
With Z490 Gaming X AX Motherboard, RGB Fusion 2.0 is even better with Addressable LEDs. RGB Fusion 2.0 offers users the option to control onboard RGB and external RGB / Addressable LED light strips for their PC. Already feature filled with colors and patterns, RGB Fusion 2.0 on Z490 Series Motherboards are now upgraded with Addressable LED support. With external Addressable LED strips, where each LED is digitally addressable, users can experience even more patterns, styles, and illuminations.
Z490 Gaming X AX Motherboard will support either 5v or 12v Addressable LED lighting strips and up to 300 LED lights. RGB Fusion 2.0 with Addressable LEDs comes with new patterns and various speed settings with more to come.
Users can use RGB Fusion 2.0 software to customize lighting on PC or RGB Fusion APP on mobile phone.
GIGABYTE motherboards use high-end audio capacitors. These high quality capacitors help deliver high resolution and high fidelity audio to provide the most realistic sound effects for gamers.
GIGABYTE motherboards feature an audio noise guard that essentially separates the board's sensitive analog audio components from potential noise pollution at the PCB level.
In addition to Ultra Durable PCIe armor for supporting heavy graphics card, the motherboard is armed with Ultra Durable memory armor. Ultra Durable memory armor uses GIGABYTE exclusive one-piece stainless steel shielding design to prevent against PCB distortion/twisting and plate bending, in addition to preventing any possible ESD interference. Moreover, the solid plated ATX 24pin & ATX 12V 8pin + 4pin power connectors offer stable power supply in case of CPU overloading.
Sulfur compounds in the air can penetrate tiny onboard resistors creating chemical change and causing these resistors to open or short. If either of these occurs the motherboard will fail to function. By equipping resistors with an Anti-Sulfur Design GIGABYTE gives Ultra Durable Motherboards a whole new meaning.
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!
The BIOS is essential for users during initial setup to allow for the most optimal settings. With a new GUI and easier-to-use functionalities, GIGABYTE has been able to reinvent the BIOS to give users a better experience while setting up their new system.
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.
GIGABYTE APP CENTER is a useful portal of all GIGABYTE MB utilities and drivers.
the app allows you to update your system's BIOS from within Windows using a simple and slick graphical user interface.
GIGABYTE System Information Viewer is a central location that gives you access to your current system status.
XSplit Gamecaster + Broadcaster* lets you share the greatest gaming moments. Integrated social media lets you do chat in real-time. And it takes just one click to stream your gameplay to Twitch.
Brand - Gigabyte, Model - Gigabyte Z490 GAMING X AX, CPU Sockets - LGA1200, Chipset - Intel Z490 Express, Supported CPU - Intel Core i9/ i7/ i5/ i3/ Pentium/ Celeron Processors, Generation - 10th, Memory Type - DDR4, Memory MHz - Intel Core i9/i7 (4600(O.C)/ 4500(O.C.)/ 4400(O.C.)/ 4300(O.C.)/4266(O.C.) / 4133(O.C.) / 4000(O.C.) / 3866(O.C.) / 3800(O.C.) / 3733(O.C.) / 3666(O.C.) / 3600(O.C.) / 3466(O.C.) / 3400(O.C.) / 3333(O.C.) / 3300(O.C.) / 3200(O.C.) / 3000(O.C.) / 2933 / 2800 / 2666 / 2400 / 2133MHz), Intel Core i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron (2666/2400/2133MHz), Memory Channel - Dual Channel, Memory Slot - 4, Memory Max. - 128GB, Optane Memory Support - Yes, Graphic - Integrated Graphics, Multi-GPU Support - AMD Quad-GPU CrossFire and 2-Way AMD CrossFire, PCI Express Slot - 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16), 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4, 3 x PCI Express x1 slots, Storage Interface - 6Gb/s, M.2 Slot - 1 x M.2 Socket 3 (Type 2242/2260/2280/22110 SATA and PCIe x4/x2 SSD support), 1 x M.2 Socket 3,(Type 2242/2260/2280 SATA and PCIe x4/x2 SSD support), LAN Chipset - Intel GbE LAN, LAN Speed (Mbps) - 100/1000, Audio Chipset - Realtek ALC1200, Audio Channel - 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel, Wi-Fi - Yes, Wi-Fi Technology - Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201, WIFI a/b/g/n/ac with wave 2 features, ax, supporting 2.4/5 GHz Dual-Band, Support for 11ax 160MHz wireless standard and up to 2.4 Gbps data rate, Bluetooth - Bluetooth 5, USB Port - 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port (red), 5 x USB 3.2 Gen 1, 2 x USB 2.0/1.1, VGA Port - No, DVI Port - No, HDMI Port - 1, DisplayPort (DP) - No, IDE Port - No, SATA Port - 6 x SATA, BIOS Type - 256 Mbit flash, BIOS Model - AMI UEFI BIOS, BIOS Version - PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0, FireWire - No, CrossFire Support - Yes, Sli Support - No, RaidSupport - 0,1,5,10, Thunderbolt - 2 x Thunderbolt, TPM Port - Yes, COM Port - No, RGB Support - Yes, RGB Sync - RGB FUSION 2.0, RGB Connector - 2 x RGB LED strip headers, Form Factor - ATX, Supported Operating System - Windows 10, Special Features - Intel Z490 GAMING Motherboard with Direct 11+1 Phases Power Design, 2-Way CrossFire Multi-Graphics, Intel GbE with cFosSpeed, USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A, Intel WiFi 6 802.11ax, Dual M.2 with 1 Thermal Guard, Smart Fan 5, Dual Armor with Ultra Durable Technology, Q-FLASH PLUS,Supports 10th Gen Intel Core Series Processors,Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs,Intel Optane Memory Ready,Direct 11+1 Phases Digital VRM Solution with DrMOS,Enlarged VRM Heatsink with 5W/mK Thermal Conductive Pad,Intel GbE LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Software,Multi-Way Graphics Support with Dual Armor and Ultra Durable Design,ALC1200 Multi-Channel Audio with High Quality Audio Capacitors and Audio Noise Guard,Dual Ultra-Fast M.2 with PCIe Gen3 X4 (1 with Thermal Guard) & SATA Interface,Intel Native USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A with Speed Up To 10Gbps,RGB FUSION 2.0 Support Addressable LED & RGB LED Strips Smart Fan 5 Features Multiple Temperature Sensors , Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP Q-Flash Plus Updates BIOS without Installing the CPU, Memory and Graphics Card CEC 2019 Ready, Save the Power as Easy as One Click,Lightning-Fast Intel Thunderbolt 3 AIC Support, Others - 1 x CPU fan header,4 x system fan headers 2 x addressable LED strip headers, 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors 2 x M.2 Socket 3 connectors, 1 x front panel header, 1 x front panel audio header, 1 x S/PDIF Out header, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 header, 1 x USB 2.0/1.1 header, 1 x Trusted Platform Module header (For the GC-TPM2.0 SPI/GC-TPM2.0 SPI 2.0 module only), 2 x Thunderbolt add-in card connectors, 1 x serial port header, 1 x Clear CMOS jumper, 1 x Q-Flash Plus button, Warranty - 3 Year, Country of Origin - Taiwan, Made in/ Assemble - China
Whether you build a new PC or upgrade the existing one, the motherboard is the most vital component to choose when you have already picked the processor of your choice.
It is important to keep a few things in mind while purchasing the mainboard:
You can single out a great CPU from either Intel or AMD, but whatever CPU you choose, make sure your mainboard has the right socket for the selected CPU. The latest mainstream AMD chips use AM4 sockets while current Intel 9th Gen Core CPUs require LGA 1151v2 sockets.
Motherboards typically come in three sizes from largest to smallest: ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ATX motherboards. ATX motherboards offer the highest number of RAM and expansion slots. If you are looking for a budget build, you can use a smaller chassis with the micro or mini boards, but you'll have to settle for fewer PCIe slots, RAM banks, and other connectors.
Most mainstream boards these days have four RAM slots, although Mini-ITX models often have just two, and high-end boards frequently offer eight. The amount of slots, of course, limits the amount of RAM you can install.
It’s essential to check the I/O area on a motherboard to make sure it has the external connection options you need. You may need more USB 3 ports while others may want more audio ports. Among the most common ports, there are USB 3, USB 2, audio, USB type C, USB 3.1 Gen1 and Gen2, HDMI, Display port, PS/2 and Thunderbolt 3 ports. Ports one probably want the most are USB 2 and USB 3 Gen1 ports, as the first one is perfect for keyboard, mouse, and many other devices and the later one work with most peripherals. USB 3.1 Gen2 and USB Type-C ports will come handy in the near future, although most peripherals do not support this standard yet.