Gigabyte’s unreleased picture of the Z690 Aorus Master motherboard was just released this morning Twitter from @hw_reveal. The image shows a top view of the circuit board, showing the new paint job and powerful power transmission settings of the Aorus Master series. The Z690 Aorus Master will be the successor to the Z590 variant and will support Intel’s 12th generation Alder Lake platform.
The leaked image in question appears to be real, but the source of the leak is a recently created Twitter account, so please be cautious about any information related to this image until we get confirmation.
The most notable changes to the new motherboard are the new paint job, with purple and blue accents, and new graphics for the chipset heat sink and rear I/O cover. This is different from the previous Aorus motherboards, which prefer the basic orange and silver theme.
The layout of the board looks basically the same as its predecessor Z590 Aorus Master. It has the same E-ATX form factor, and a large VRM radiator with similar top and sides. Based on this alone, we can speculate that the Z690 Aorus Master will be equipped with a heavy-duty power supply device.
The previous Z590 Master had 18+1 phases with a 90A smart power stage, effectively making it one of the most powerful VRM settings on the Z590 platform. Now we can only assume that the new Z690 Aorus Master will have a similar power output, or better.
On the right side, we can see four memory slots, and the DDR5 brand next to the innermost DIMM slot, let us know that this is a motherboard that supports DDR5. We will have to wait for the official specifications to see the memory speed of the Z690 Master.
You can also see the location of three M.2 SSDs on the motherboard, which surround the top PCIe x16 slot. The M.2 slot on the top is covered by its own heat sink, while the two slots on the bottom share a heat sink with the Z690 chipset on the right. In addition to the x16 slot on the top, there are two additional x16 slots on the bottom, which appear to be wired in a 4-channel configuration.
If history repeats itself, we can expect Aorus Z690 Master to become one of the flagship motherboards of Gigabyte’s Alder Lake platform, second only to Aorus Extreme and Tachyon (exclusive overclocking motherboards). This, together with PCIe Gen 5 support, will make the new Aorus Master a very expensive motherboard in the Z690 platform.