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Z490 AORUS ULTRA-GU
Intel® Z490 Chipset
 
Intel® Z490 AORUS Motherboard with Direct 12+1 Phases Digital VRM Design, Comprehensive Thermal Solution with Fins-Array II, ESSential USB DAC, Intel® WiFi 6 802.11ax, Intel® 2.5GbE LAN, RGB FUSION 2.0

  • Supports 10th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors and 11th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors*
  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready
  • Direct 12+1 Phases Digital VRM Solution with 55A DrMOS
  • Shielded Memory Routing for Better Memory Overclocking
  • Fins-Array II Heatsink and Direct Touch Heatpipe II
  • Exclusive ESSential USB DAC
  • Onboard Intel® WiFi 6 802.11ax 2T2R & BT5 with AORUS Antenna
  • Amp-Up Audio with ALC1220-VB and WIMA for Rear 120dB SNR
  • Blazing Fast Intel® 2.5GbE LAN with cFosSpeed
  • Triple Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 with Thermal Guards II
  • RGB FUSION 2.0 with Multi-Zone Addressable LED Light Show Design, Support Addressable LED & RGB LED Strips
  • Smart Fan 5 Features Multiple Temperature Sensors , Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP and Noise Detection
  • Q-Flash Plus Update BIOS without Installing the CPU, Memory and Graphics Card

  • * Updated BIOS is required for compatibility.
Ultimate Power Design
UNPARALLELED PERFORMANCE
Advanced Thermal Solution
Next Generation Connectivity
Hi-Fi Audio System
Definitive Aesthetics
Ultra Durable
GIGABYTE BIOS & APP CENTER
Ultimate Power Design
UNPARALLELED PERFORMANCE
Advanced Thermal Solution
Next Generation Connectivity
Hi-Fi Audio System
Definitive Aesthetics
Ultra Durable
GIGABYTE BIOS & APP CENTER
Teaming Up with World's Esports Elite
By including G2 Esports' valuable input throughout the product development, AORUS is able to deliver the Z490 AORUS ULTRA G2 with the barrier-breaking performance, cooling, and audio optimized for competitive gaming. With all the gaming-oriented features, you can play like pros with this G2 inspired gaming-ready motherboard.
Crisp, Powerful Sound for the Win. KennyS Customized
Get superior gaming audio anywhere, anytime when pairing with the included ESS SABRE USB DAC. The soundscape is meticulously tweaked and customized by CS:GO legend KennyS from G2 Esports to deliver accurate and responsive surround sound, giving you an edge over opponents on the battleground.
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Intel® WiFi 6 802.11ax 2T2R & BT5
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Onboard Display HDMI
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Rear USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C™
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Intel® 2.5 GbE LAN
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Advanced Thermal Design
  1. Fins-Array II
  2. Direct-Touch Heatpipe II
  3. 7.5 W/mK LAIRD Thermal Conductivity Pad
  4. 3X Enlarged M.2 Thermal Guard II
  5. Integrated IO Shield
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3* M.2 Connectors with Thermal Guards II
  1. NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4
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AMP-UP Audio
  1. ALC 1220-VB Audio Codec
  2. High-End Audio Capacitor
  3. Audiophile Grade WIMA Capacitors
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Debug Port
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Solid Pin Power Connectors with Metal Shielding
  1. 24 Pin ATX Power Connector
  2. 8+4 Pin CPU Power Connector
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Supports 10th Gen. Intel® Core™ Processors
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Dual Channel DDR4, 4 DIMMs with Ultra Durable Memory Armor
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Direct 12+1 Phases Digital Power Design with DrMOS
  1. Premium Choke and Capacitor
  2. 6 Layer PCB
  3. PCIe 4.0 Ready Mid-Loss PCB
  4. 2X Copper PCB
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Front USB3.2 Gen2 Type-C™ for Connecting Devices
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PCIe Slots with Ultra Durable Armor
  1. Running 1 x16 or 2 x8
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RGB FUSION 2.0
  1. Addressable LED Header*2
  2. RGB LED Header*2
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Noise Detection
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Q-FLASH Onboard Button
Ultimate power Design
To fully support the latest 10th Gen ten-core CPU, the Z490 AORUS ULTRA G2 is equipped with the ultimate power solution with the desired features: direct, digital and multiple phases. After countless experiments and tests, GIGABYTE presents the unbeatable Z490 AORUS ULTRA G2 for enthusiasts and gamers.
12+1 Phases
Digital Power Design
Power
Architecture
2X
Copper PCB
Digital PWM
Driver MOSFET
Tantalum Capacitor
CPU Power Connector
Cleaner and more efficient power delivery to the CPU with better thermal performance ensure stability under high CPU frequencies and heavy loading.
  • Digital PWM Controller delivers appropriate voltage to the CPU.
  • 12+1 Direct DrMos without PWM Doublers. Each power phase connects directly to the CPU, with the capability to handle 660 Amps current in total.
  • Tantalum Capacitor Array improves transient response and minimizes oscillation.
  • 8 Solid Pin CPU Power Connectors with metal shielding secure power delivery and better heat dissipation
1. Digital PWM
2. Driver MOSFET
3. Tantalum Capacitor
4. CPU Power Connector
GIGABYTE's exclusive 2X Copper PCBs design provides sufficient power trace paths between components to handle greater than normal power loads and to remove heat from the critical CPU power delivery area. This is essential to ensure the motherboard is able to handle the increased power loading that is necessary when overclocking.
Unparalleled Performance
GIGABYTE understands that our customer won't stop chasing better computer performance, and strive to deliver that in our products. For the Z490 series, protective and optimized memory trace enhance the performance; faster read and write speed save time and improve efficiency; and generous M.2 Storage with thermal guards ensure unthrottled performance. Future upgrades to the Z490 are made possible by the use of PCIe 4.0-ready components.
XMP 5000+
PCIe 4.0
Hardware Design
3X
PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2
PCIe 4.0
Like SSD
1. 2X PCIe 4.0 Slot
Reinforced PCIe 4.0 x16 or x8/x8 with lower impedance.
2. M.2 PCIe 4.0 Slot
M.2 PCIe 4.0 x4 slot with lower impedance.
3. PCIe 4.0 Turbo B-Clock
External clock generator for PCIe 4.0 overclocking.
4. PCIe 4.0 Switches
Switch PCIe 4.0 x16 into PCIe 4.0 x8/x8.
5. PCIe 4.0 Re-driver
Boost & strengthen PCIe 4.0 signals to longer lengths.
M.2 + M.2 + M.2

Extreme sequential Read 3551 MB/s, Sequential Write 3410 MB/s speed
Triple NVMe M.2 PCIe SSDs in RAID 0 Support
Extreme Performance with Gen3 x4 NVMe PCIe SSDs

Z490 AORUS motherboards offer the industry's best compatibility in terms of NVMe storage for users who demand high capacity and seek the best performance. AORUS' unique design can be configured in RAID for record speeds of up to 3551 MB/s (Sequential Read), making AORUS the obvious choice for the ultimate PC.
Triple PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2
AORUS Gaming Motherboards are focused on delivering M.2 technology to enthusiasts who want to maximize their system's potential.
Advanced Thermal Solution
Unthrottled performance is guaranteed by the enhanced thermal solution that incorporates Fins-Array II, Heatpipe II and Thermal Guards II. The comprehensive solution delivers excellent heat dissipation. The Z490 AORUS ULTRA G2 stays cool on VRMs and M.2 SSD even on full loading, making it most suitable for enthusiasts, overclockers and professional gamers.
Thermal Solution
Fins-Array II
Direct Touch II
Thermal Guard II
Smart Fan 5
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. 3X M.2 Thermal Guard II
Enlarged double-sided M.2 heatsink prevents high-speed, large capacity PCIe 3.0 SSDs with double side flash from throttling due to overheating.
3. 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.
4. LAIRD 7.5 W/mK Thermal Pad
By using 1.5mm thicker 7.5 W/mK thermal conductivity pads, it can transfer 4x more heat compared to traditional thermal pads in the same time.
Direct-Touch Heatpipe II
With an extra large 8mm heat pipe and made from a new manufacturing process to narrow the gap between the heat pipe and heatsink, new Direct-Touch Heatpipe II greatly helps transfer heat on MOSFETs.
AORUS M.2 Thermal Guard II
With durability in mind, GIGABYTE provides a new thermal solution for large capacity M.2 SSD devices with double side flash. The M.2 Thermal Guard II uses a double-sided heatsink design and prevents throttling and bottlenecks on high speed M.2 SSDs by dissipating heat before it becomes an issue.
Thermal Throttling As Temperature Rises
Next Generation Connectivity
A high-end product needs to be future-proof so your system stays up-to-date with the latest technology. Z490 AORUS ULTRA G2 provides all next generation network, storage, and WIFI connectivity to keep you up to speed.
Intel 2.5G LAN
WIFI 6
AORUS Antenna
Intel 2.5GbE LAN Onboard

2X Faster than ever
Adoption of 2.5G LAN provide up to 2.5 GbE network connectivity, with at least two times faster transfer speeds compared to general 1GbE networking. It's perfectly suit for gamers and streamer with ultimate and smooth online experience. It also backward compatible with Multi-Gig(10/100/1000/2500Mbps) RJ-45 ethernet.


AUDIO SOLUTION WITH ESSENTIAL USB DAC & DTS IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE
ALC1220-VB Immersive Gaming ViBes
All New Realtek High-End HD Audio Codec
ALC1220 120dB(A) SNR HD Audio with Smart Headphone Amp automatically detects impedance of your head-worn audio device, preventing issues such as low volume and distortion.
With the new VB series audio controller, stream your voice to the world vibrantly with both front/rear microphone SNR up to 110/114dB(A).
DTS :X® Ultra
Recreates an authentic, spatially accurate 3D audio experience for gaming over any headphones or speakers. Supports channel-based, scene based and object-based audio. Provides out-of-the-box calibration for a range of headphones and speakers. Provides post-processing enhancements and device level tuning for DTS® codecs.
DTS Sound Unbound* leverage Microsoft Spatial, enabling the the most believable, 3D audio experience for games. Immersion through DTS Headphone:X means in the sonic landscape, stationary and moving sounds can be heard from above, below or around the listener. Sounds pass around the listener with amazing externalization and accurate localization.

Learn more about the immersive gaming sound experience powered by DTS Sound Unbound at https://dts.com/sound-unbound
*DTS Sound Unbound needs the latest Windows fixes in the Windows 10, please upgrade your Windows 10 OS to Win10 Build 18898 or later versions.


DTS:X Ultra Technology Video
DTS:X Ultra Experience Video
Definitive Aesthetics
RGB FUSION 2.0
RGB FUSION Software
RGB FUSION APP
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.
With an integrated intuitive user interface, the RGB Fusion 2.0 provides you a better solution for customizing the lighting effects across all supported devices. From motherboards, graphics cards to the peripheral products, you can personalize your gaming rig with your own style and show off your build by sharing the profiles. In addition, the new gaming mode makes the lighting effects interactive with selected games to bring you the most immersive gaming experience.
Sync with one click
Individual control as you wish

GIGABYTE RGB Fusion APP

Don't just make your PC shine, make it a work of art that friends will envy. With the GIGABYTE RGB Fusion mobile app users can watch as they control the lighting within their gaming PC. This gives users ease of access as they try and adjust colors and speeds for different modes, all this can be achieved away from the keyboard and monitor of their PC.

Ultra Durable
GIGABYTE is reputable for its product durability and high quality manufacturing process. Needless to say, we use the best components we can find for the Z490 AORUS motherboard and reinforce every slot to make each of them solid and durable.
3X PCIe Armor
4X Memory Armor
Solid Pin
Q-Flash Plus
Ultra Durable™ PCIe Armor
Industry Leading Ultra Durable™ PCIe Armor
The innovative one piece stainless steel shielding design from GIGABYTE reinforces the PCIe connectors to provide the extra strength required to support heavy graphics cards.
Ultra Durable™ Memory Armor
AORUS' exclusive one piece stainless steel shielding design prevents against PCB distortion/twisting and plate bending, in addition to preventing any possible ESD interference.
Solid Pin Power Connectors
Z490 AORUS motherboards feature solid plated ATX 24pin & ATX 12V 8+4 Pin 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
Q-Flash Plus
Update the BIOS easily without installing the CPU, memory and graphics card.
GIGABYTE BIOS & APP CENTER
Good software goes hand in hand with perfect hardware. Z490 AORUS ULTRA G2 bundled several useful and intuitive software to help users to control every aspect of motherboard.
BIOS
APP Center
Easy Tune
System Information Viewer
BIOS
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.
APP CENTER
GIGABYTE APP CENTER is a useful portal of all GIGABYTE MB utilities and drivers, you can choose any utility you want to install from APP CENTER and keep updated with the latest utilities and drivers version.
EasyTune™
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.
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.
* Product specifications and product appearance may differ from country to country. We recommend that you check with your local dealers for the specifications and appearance of the products available in your country. Colors of products may not be perfectly accurate due to variations caused by photographic variables and monitor settings so it may vary from images shown on this site. Although we endeavor to present the most accurate and comprehensive information at the time of publication, we reserve the right to make changes without prior notice.
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