Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro Motherboard Review: Page 5 of 9

Posted by James Keir on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 8:00am

System Configuration & BIOS

Upon booting into the BIOS, we noticed it was using the old F5 version that looks familiar from the previous Z370 generation boards. We went ahead and downloaded the new F6 version, which contains various UI enhancements. The version has done away with the generally red UI and replacing it with Aorus branded orange. By default, it loads the “Easy Mode” version of the UI which displays your system information, CPU frequency/temperature/voltage, Memory frequency/temperature, system temperature, DRAM configuration, fan speeds, storage configuration, and boot sequence. You can’t do too much from this screen other than enabling XMP, turning on/off intel rapid storage and change your boot sequence. There are a few shortcut buttons on the lower right of the screen to change the language, q-flash (to flash the BIOS), Favorites (more on the later), and Smart Fan 5 configuration.

Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro

Pressing “F2” brings you into “Classic Mode” which gives you access to all your frequency, memory, voltage and miscellaneous settings.

Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro

Looking at the “Advanced Frequency Settings”, you’re able to configure such settings as your “CPU Clock Ratio”, enable/disable XMP, and manually set your memory frequency.

Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro

Looking at “Advanced CPU Core Settings” you can configure your CPU further by setting an AVX offset, adjust your TjMAX temperature, and change your CPU boost profile.

Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro

Looking at the “Advanced Memory Settings” you can enable XMP and manually adjust the memory frequency. You can also go a little further and adjust each channel’s Sub Timings.

Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro

Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro

Under the “Advanced Voltage Settings” section you can adjust the voltage for your CPU, Chipset and DRAM.

Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro

Under “Advanced Power Settings” you can manually set up your LLC to help prevent vCore droop.

Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro

In the “CPU Core Voltage Control” section, you can change settings such as CPU vCore, BCLK Adaptive Voltage, and VPU VCCIO.

Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro

Under the “DRAM Voltage Control” section you can adjust various voltage setting for your ram modules.

Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro

One of the best features of Aorus Pro’s BIOS is the “Favorites” screen. This screen will display any setting you have flagged with an orange star in any of the BIOS screens. You can add/remove these stars by selecting the setting and hitting the insert key. This is extremely helpful and saves you from having to go through all the screens adjusting setting while trying to find a stable overclock.

Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro

Looking at the “Smart Fan 5” screen you can adjust your fan curve, view current system temperatures and enable/disable temperature and fan warnings.

Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro

Moving over to the “System” tab it displays various system information and allows you to configure the systems language and date/time settings.

Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro

The “BIOS” tab allows you to configure your boot settings and other various BIOS related settings.

Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro

The “Peripherals” tab is where you can configure items such as SATA, USB, NVMe and Network settings.

Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro

To enable/display features like VT-d, Internal Graphics and the Audio Controller you can use the “Chipset” tab.

Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro

The “Power” tab allows you to enable/disable platform power management and configure other power-related settings.

Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro

The last tab “Save & Exit” allows you to save your changes, exit without saving, set up your boot sequence and load/save profiles.

Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro

On any of the BIOS screens, you can get a quick overview of your system by clicking the arrow on the right hand of the screen.

Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro

You can access the “Q-Flash” screen at any time by pressing “F8”. From this screen, you can save or load a BIOS from an attached USB drive.

Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro

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