Gigabyte Aorus Z690: A range of new motherboards for 12th generation alder lake Alder Lake

The AORUS Z690 series brings all the benefits of the new Intel chipset to take full advantage of the new Intel Core Alder Lake processors and features new technologies like PCIe 5.0 interface, Thunderbolt 4, and Wi-Fi 6E, and 10Gbps Ethernet.

Gigabyte is another manufacturer to launch a series of Z690 motherboards from the AORUS line, including the Z690 Aorus Xtreme and Aorus Master models.

Gigabyte Aorus Z690: A series of new motherboards for Alder Lake

The Z690 Aorus Xtreme and Aorus Master motherboards will be among the most popular product lines for performance enthusiasts. They support DDR5, Thunderbolt 4, and Wi-Fi 6E, as well as 10Gbps Ethernet via an Aquantia network card and 2.5Gbps Ethernet. Up to four M.2 SSDs are supported. In addition, the Aorus Z690 Xtreme, Master, and Elite models will have a corresponding version for DDR4 memory.

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In addition to the standard models with DDR5, the company will also show the Z690 Aorus Ultra, Aorus Pro, and Aorus Pro DDR4 models. These feature four M.2 slots, a 2.5 Gbps Ethernet port, and USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 ports.

The Aorus Elite series will also have four variants for DDR4 and DDR5 memory, as well as WiFi 6 connectivity. A Z690I Aorus Ultra DDR4 mini-ITX motherboard will also be announced.

Gigabyte Aorus Z690: A range of new motherboards for 12th generation alder lake Alder Lake

The Z690 Aero series is here with DDR5 memory support, 10 Gbps and 2.5 Gbps Ethernet ports, Wi-Fi 6E, and dual PCIe 5.0 x16 slots. The Aero D model also has four M.2 slots with a PCIe 4.0 interface. White is the predominant color. There will also be Aero G models, with DDR5 and DDR4 memory, respectively. These offer space for up to four M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSDs as well as Wi-Fi 6.

Gigabyte Aorus Z690: A range of new motherboards for 12th generation alder lake Alder Lake

Gigabyte is introducing a new feature called DDR5 Auto Booster that can automatically boost native DDR5-4800 memory speeds to 5000 MHz at the touch of a button from any BIOS, with full support for XMP memory profiles.

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The full list of Gigabyte motherboards is below:

  • Z690 AORUS Tachyon (TBD)
  • Z690 AORUS Xtreme WaterForce (TBD)
  • Z690 AORUS Xtreme
  • Z690 AORUS Champion
  • Z690 AORUS Ultra
  • Z690 AORUS Pro
  • Z690 AORUS Pro DDR4
  • Z690 AORUS Elite AX
  • Z690 AORUS Elite AX DDR4
  • Z690 AORUS Elite
  • Z690 AORUS Elite DDR4
  • Z690M AORUS Elite AX DDR4
  • Z690I AORUS Ultra
  • Z690I AORUS Ultra DDR4
  • Z690 AERO G
  • Z690 AERO D
  • Z690 AERO G DDR4
  • Z690 AERO D DDR4 (TBD)
  • Z690 Gaming X
  • Z690 Gaming X DDR4
  • Z690 UD AX
  • Z690 UD AX DDR4
  • Z690 UD AC
  • Z690 UD
  • Z690 UD DDR4

There are some models that were not unveiled and will be released at a later date, such as the AORUS Tachyon models or the Xtreme WaterForce, which integrates liquid cooling. The B610, B660, and H670 motherboards will be launched at a later date, possibly in 2022, to meet the demand in the low and mid-range PC class.