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.
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.
- Intel® WiFi 6 802.11ax 2T2R & BT5
- Onboard Display HDMI
- Rear USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C™
- Intel® 2.5 GbE LAN
Advanced Thermal Design
- Fins-Array II
- Direct-Touch Heatpipe II
- 7.5 W/mK LAIRD Thermal Conductivity Pad
- 3X Enlarged M.2 Thermal Guard II
- Integrated IO Shield
3* M.2 Connectors with Thermal Guards II
- NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4
- ALC 1220-VB Audio Codec
- High-End Audio Capacitor
- Audiophile Grade WIMA Capacitors
- Debug Port
Solid Pin Power Connectors with Metal Shielding
- 24 Pin ATX Power Connector
- 8+4 Pin CPU Power Connector
- Supports 10th Gen. Intel® Core™ Processors
Dual Channel DDR4, 4 DIMMs with Ultra Durable Memory Armor
Direct 12 Phases Digital Power Design with DrMOS
- Premium Choke and Capacitor
- 6 Layer PCB
- PCIe 4.0 Ready Mid-Loss PCB
- 2X Copper PCB
- Front USB3.2 Gen2 Type-C™ for Connecting Devices
PCIe Slots with Ultra Durable Armor
- Running 1 x16 or 2 x8
RGB FUSION 2.0
- Addressable LED Header*2
- RGB LED Header*2
- 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.
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 to deliver appropriate voltage to the CPU.
- 12 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
2. Driver MOSFET
3. Tantalum Capacitor
4. CPU Power Connector
Power Efficiency & Voltage Ripple Graph
Improved Transient Response
By using brand new VRM design and Tantalum Polymer Capacitor Array, Z490 AORUS motherboard transient response and stability is highly improved under overclocking and heavy loading condition.
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.
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.
Support for DDR4 XMP Up to 5000MHz and Beyond*
AORUS is offering a tested and proven platform that ensures proper compatibility with profiles up to 5000MHz 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.
Shielded Memory Routing
All memory routing is under the PCB inner layer shielded by a large ground layer to protect from external interference.
Memory Layout - Daisy Chain Design
With the optimized daisy-chain routing, the Z490 AORUS motherboard provides a proven speed of up to DDR4-5000+ MHz with high-density Memory module*. Optimized daisy-chained routing eliminates the stub effect, pushes the one DIMM per channel in dual channel interleaving mode to hit higher memory frequencies, providing professional gamers a denser and faster system memory experience.
*Performance may vary in circumstances. Please refer to the QVL list for detail support information.
Single 32GB Support
The maximum memory capacity on the Z490 motherboard is 128GB. After Intel updated the memory reference code, a single slot can support up to 32GB. Therefore with populated 2 DIMM per channel on both channel, total memory capacity is 128GB, which was only available on High End Desktop (HEDT) platforms. For users who always run out of memory capacity, there is more bandwidth now for memory-intensive application such as rendering and video editing.
- Reinforced PCIe 4.0 x16 or x8/x8 with lower impedance.
M.2 PCIe 4.0 SlotM.2 PCIe 4.0 x4 slot with lower impedance.
PCIe 4.0 Turbo B-ClockExternal clock generator for PCIe 4.0 overclocking.
PCIe 4.0 SwitchesSwitch PCIe 4.0 x16 into PCIe 4.0 x8/x8.
PCIe 4.0 Re-driverBoost & strengthen PCIe 4.0 signals to longer lengths.
Triple NVMe M.2 PCIe SSDs in RAID 0 SupportExtreme 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.
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.
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.
Fins-Array II uses brand new louvered stacked fins technology which is usually only used on industrial equipment that need compact heat exchangers. It has a special secondary fins structure that enhances heat transfer performance.
Louver Directed Flow
Heat flow that goes through fins will enter from the leading edge of the louver and is then directed by other louvers or fins. This louver directed flow can greatly improve heat transfer performance.
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
Smart Fan 5With 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. Not only that, with Smart Fan 5 more hybrid fan headers that support both PWM and Voltage mode fans have been introduced to make the motherboard more liquid cooling friendly.
- 8 Fan / Water Pump Connectors
- 7 Temperature Sensors
- 2 External Temperature Sensors
- 1 Noise Detection Cable
- All Hybrid Fan Headers
- Interoperable Fans and Sensors
- Supports High Current Fans up to 24W(2A x 12V) with Over-Current Protection
- Intuitive UI for Fan Control
Hybrid Fan Pin HeadersAssume complete control over your liquid cooling setup! Smart Fan 5 receives up-to-the-second information on flow-rate and water-temperature through the Hybrid Fan Pin Headers or external thermistor sensors—giving you absolute mastery over your PC.
- All Hybrid Fan Headers can automatically detect the type of cooling device whether it be fan or pump with different PWM or Voltage mode.
New Smart Fan 5 SoftwareChoose 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.
Noise DetectionWith the new Noise Detection function, you can monitor noise level of all devices including fans, CPU coolers, graphics card, etc. in real time, and you can determine how fast your fan speed needs to be. Our bundled Noise Detection cable doesn't include any sound recording function, it simply detects sound pressure while protecting your privacy.
NEXT GENERATION CONNECTIVITYA 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 2.5GbE LAN Onboard
2X Faster than everAdoption 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.
New Introduce Intel® WiFi 6 802.11ax + BT 5 ModuleIntel Wireless solution supports 802.11ax, 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:
- 5.5X throughput than 802.11ac 1x1*
- 4X better network capacity, no traffic jams especially in those dense area with lots of devices
- Network efficiency increase for better user experience
AORUS Antenna Supports Dual Band with Better WIFI Signal
- All new antenna supported dual band 802.11ax/ac 2.4GHz & 5GHz.
better signal strength compared to traditional antenna design
- AORUS Antenna with smart antenna function for the best WIFI signal transmitting
- Multiple angle tilt and magnetic base for the best signal strength direction and location
AUDIO SOLUTION WITH ESSENTIAL USB DAC & DTS IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE
ESSENTIAL USB DAC
Complete Digital to Analog Signal processing on front-access USB Type-C ports gets rid of any possibility of distortions and provides superb sound stage recreation so users can experience the vocal cohesion. Enjoy the depth of the music and the immersive sound profile.
- USB Type-C for PC, Laptop and Android Devices
- Replace Ancient Front Audio Interfaces
- Powered by ESS SABRE HIFI DAC
- Premium Power Processing
- Left/Right Separation Routing
- Superior Sound Stage by WIMA Capacitors
REPLACE ANCIENT FRONT AUDIO INTERFACES
- EMI Absorbent Material, Dual Grounding Protections
- Premium WIMA Audio Capacitors
- HDI (High Density Interconnect) PCB with layer separation L/R Routing
- Ultra Low-Noise Linear Power Design
- High Precision Passive Components
- ESS SABRE HiFi ES9280CPRO
|ESSential USB DAC|
|Audio Format||Up To 32-bit/384KHz PCM data, DSD128|
|Output||2 Volts @ 300O / 1.4 Volts @ 32O|
|DAC Chip||ESS SABRE HiFi ES9280CPRO|
|Compatibility||Windows® 10 build 19021 (and later) Android 5.0 (and later) Apple OS Mojave 10.14.6 (and later)|
|Interface||Input: USB Type-C™ Output: 3.5mm, support impedance sensing|
|SNR||Up to -131dB (A-Weighting)|
|DNR||Up to 118dB (A-Weighting)|
|THD+N||Up to -118dB (1.4Vrms@300O load)
up to -109dB (34mW@32O load)
ALC1220-VB Immersive Gaming ViBes
ALL NEW REALTEK HIGH-END HD AUDIO CODECALC1220 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.
Multi-Zone Light Show DesignNow 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- Larger contact area for electricity
- More metal quantity to sustain higher power and generated heat
- Ultra durable and longer lifespan
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!
GIGABYTE BIOS & APP CENTER
Good software goes hand in hand with perfect hardware. Z490 AORUS ULTRA bundled several useful and intuitive software to help users to control every aspect of motherboard.
New User Interface
All new EASY MODE shows important hardware information in one page including CPU clock, Memory, Storage, Fan.
Add constantly used items into the favorite menu for quick access.
Show all kinds of storage information including SATA, PCIE and M.2 interface.
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 CENTERGIGABYTE 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.
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 ViewerGIGABYTE 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.
|Model||Z490 AORUS ULTRA-GU|
|CPU Socket Type||LGA 1200|
|CPU Type||Support for 10th Generation Intel Core i9 processors/Intel Core i7 processors/Intel Core i5 processors/Intel Core i3 processors / Intel Pentium processors/Intel Celeron processors in the LGA1200 package|
|Onboard Video Chipset||Integrated Graphics Processor-Intel HD Graphics support:
1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096x2160@30 Hz
* Support for HDMI 1.4 version and HDCP 2.3.
Maximum shared memory of 512MB
|PCI Express 3.0 x16||1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16)
* For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16 slot.
1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8)
* The PCIEX8 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX16 slot. When the PCIEX8 slot is populated, the PCIEX16 slot operates at up to x8 mode.
1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4)
(All of the PCI Express slots conform to PCI Express 3.0 standard.)
|Audio Chipset||Realtek ALC1220-VB codec
* The back panel line out jack supports DSD audio.
Support for S/PDIF Out
|LAN Chipset||Intel 2.5GbE LAN chip|
|Max LAN Speed||10/100/1000/2500Mbps|
|Wireless LAN||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
* Actual data rate may vary depending on environment and equipment.
|Back I/O Ports||1 x HDMI port
2 x SMA antenna connectors (2T2R)
1 x USB Type-C port, with USB 3.2 Gen 2 support
3 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports (red)
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports
4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
1 x RJ-45 port
1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
5 x audio jacks
|Onboard USB||1 x USB Type-C port, with USB 3.2 Gen 2 support
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 header
2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
|Other Connectors||1 x CPU fan header
1 x water cooling CPU fan header
4 x system fan headers
2 x system fan/water cooling pump headers
2 x addressable LED strip headers
2 x RGB LED strip headers
1 x front panel header
1 x front panel audio header
2 x Thunderbolt add-in card connectors
1 x noise detection header
1 x Trusted Platform Module header (For the GC-TPM2.0 SPI/GC-TPM2.0 SPI 2.0 module only)
1 x Clear CMOS jumper
2 x temperature sensor headers
1 x Q-Flash Plus button
|Dimensions (W x L)||12.0" x 9.6"|
|Power Pin||1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
Support for NVIDIA Quad-GPU SLI and 2-Way NVIDIA SLI technologies
Support for AMD Quad-GPU CrossFire and 2-Way AMD CrossFire technologies
iTE I/O Controller Chip
Fan speed detection
Water cooling flow rate detection
Fan fail warning
Fan speed control
* Whether the fan (pump) speed control function is supported will depend on the fan (pump) you install.
1 x 256 Mbit flash
Use of licensed AMI UEFI BIOS
PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0
Support for APP Center
* Available applications in APP Center may vary by motherboard model. Supported functions of each application may also vary depending on motherboard specifications.
System Information Viewer
Support for Q-Flash Plus
Support for Q-Flash
Support for Xpress Install
Norton Internet Security (OEM version)
XSplit Gamecaster + Broadcaster (12 months license)
Support for Windows 10 64-bit
|Date First Available||November 24, 2020|