We're starting to go cross-eyed looking at the all the Z390 motherboards that have leaked out before officially launching. Our affliction won't stop more leaks from happening, though, a fact that is underscored by a fresh batch of press renderings showing several of Gigabyte's upcoming Aorus-brand Z390 motherboards.
The focus this time around is on the Z390 Aorus Master, Z390 Aorus Ultra, Z390 Aorus Pro, and Z390 Aorus Elite. As we have mentioned in the past, Gigabyte is changing up its naming scheme this time around, replacing its Gaming designations with the new terms. It can be a little confusing if you're used to the old naming scheme. Here's a chart that might help...
The new naming scheme applies to Gigabyte's upcoming Z390 motherboards, and presumably all new motherboards going forward (whether for Intel or AMD systems).
The upcoming Z390 Aorus Master will slot into the higher end of Gigabyte's Z390 product stack, just below the Xtreme variants. This is a decked out motherboard with three reinforced PCI Express x16 slots, three M.2 slots, onboard LED diagnostics, a fixed I/O shield, RGB lighting, and robust cooling.
According to Videocardz, the Z390 Aorus Master is also the only motherboard in Gigabyte's Aorus lineup to feature 14 phases, presumably 12+2, versus the rest of the lineup having a 12+1 power phase design. This should help with overclocking and offer added stability when pushing past stock settings. Also exclusive to the Z390 Aorus Master is a backplate.
Both the Z390 Aorus Master and Z390 Aorus Ultra feature onboard Wi-Fi connectivity. All of the motherboards have at least one reinforced PCIe x16 slot, including the Z390 Aorus Pro WIFI, a mini-ITX offering for small form factor (SFF) builds.
All of these motherboards will support Intel's 9th generation Core processors out of the box. Current generation Z370 motherboards should support the upcoming CPUs as well, though users will likely have to update the BIOS first.
If previous leaks and rumors hold true, Intel's next-gen processors will arrive in October.