In our first of four upper-midrange Z490 motherboard review, we take a close look at the Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Master to see what sets it apart from the competition around this price point. The $389.99 Gigabyte board is pointed squarely at the enthusiast and gaming markets, and is priced about $130 higher than the ASRock Z490 PG Velocita, the first Z490 board we reviewed.
Within Gigabyte’s Z490 product stack, the Master sits below the Aorus Xtreme ($799.99), the flagship Aorus Xtreme Waterforce ($1,299.99) and above the Aorus Ultra ($299.99). Pricing has increased significantly from Z390 to Z490 (across all partners) and the Ultra doesn’t escape that fate, at $100 more than its Z390 predecessor.
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