Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro Review
It’s been a while since we reviewed a Gigabyte motherboard here at OC3D.
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Manufacturers naturally think all their products are the best around, and thus being told it isn’t can ruffle a few feathers. This is especially the case if the other less scrupulous sites aren’t telling the whole truth then it appears we’re being overly critical, even if we aren’t. But the thing we want most of all is that you, the readers, have all the facts necessary to make an informed buying decision. However, we have no ‘horse in the race’. No axes to grind. In an ideal world everyone’s products are brilliant, because quality creates competition and that drives down prices and we can all own better systems without fearing we’re buying a pig in a poke.
All of which lengthy pre-amble should explain why it’s been a little while since we’ve had a Gigabyte motherboard on the site, and also why this particular motherboard, the Z390 Aorus Pro, came off our credit card via Amazon. We want to test everything and let the chips fall where they may, and this might involve buying it ourselves. Which we’ve done here, particularly as we hear on the grapevine that the power phase design has seen wholesale changes and really brought the Aorus in line with the competition.
As we know a few of you will claim that we didn’t buy this just to prove that we think Gigabyte have fixed their flaws in this new Z390 Aorus Pro when compared to the Z370 models, the receipt :