Gigabyte X670E Aorus Master (Tech) Overview

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Gigabyte’s Aorus X670E Master motherboard is a work of art. They’ve really outdone themselves this time with a board that is not only beautiful but extremely functional too. If you’re in the market for a brand new motherboard that supports AMD’s new AM5 socket CPUs, this is a board that you should definitely consider.

Starting off with the board’s technical specs, you can see that this is a high-end, premium product. The technical specifications are quite hefty but here they are for your consideration:

  • CPU
    1. AMD Socket AM5, support for : AMD Ryzen™ 7000 Series Processors
  • Chipset
    1. AMD X670
  • Memory
    1. Support for DDR5 6600(OC) / 6400(OC) / 6200(OC) / 6000(OC) / 5600(OC) / 5200 / 4800 / 4400 MHz memory modules
    2. 4 x DDR5 DIMM sockets supporting up to 128 GB (32 GB single DIMM capacity) of system memory
    3. Dual channel memory architecture
    4. Support for non-ECC Un-buffered DIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8/1Rx16 memory modules
    5. Support for AMD EXtended Profiles for Overclocking (AMD EXPO™) and Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory module
  • Onboard Graphics

Integrated Graphics Processor:

  1. 1 x DisplayPort, supporting a maximum resolution of 3840×2160@144 Hz
    * Support for DisplayPort 1.4 version and HDR.
  2. 1 x USB Type-C® port, supporting USB 3.2 Gen 2 and DisplayPort video outputs and a maximum resolution of 3840×2160@144 Hz
    * Support for DisplayPort 1.4 version and HDR.
  3. 1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096×2160@60 Hz
    * Support for HDMI 2.0 version and HDCP 2.3.
  • Audio
    1. Realtek® ALC1220-VB CODEC
      * The back panel line out jack supports DSD audio.
    2. Support for DTS:X® Ultra
    3. High Definition Audio
    4. 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel output
      * You can change the functionality of an audio jack using the audio software. To configure
      7.1-channel audio, access the audio software for audio settings.
    5. Support for S/PDIF Out
  • LAN
    1. Intel® 2.5GbE LAN chip (2.5 Gbps/1 Gbps/100 Mbps)
  • Wireless Communication module

Intel® Wi-Fi 6E AX210

  • WIFI a, b, g, n, ac, ax, supporting 2.4/5/6 GHz carrier frequency bands
  • BLUETOOTH 5.3
  • Support for 11ax 160MHz wireless standard and up to 2.4 Gbps data rate
    (Actual data rate may vary depending on environment and equipment.)
  • Expansion Slots

CPU:

  • 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, supporting PCIe 5.0* and running at x16 (PCIEX16)
    * Actual support may vary by CPU.
    * For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16 slot.

Chipset:

  • 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, supporting PCIe 4.0 and running at x4 (PCIEX4)
  • 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, supporting PCIe 3.0 and running at x2 (PCIEX2)
    * The PCIEX2 slot shares bandwidth with the SATA3 4/5 connectors. The SATA3 4/5 connectors will become unavailable when a device is installed in the PCIEX2 slot.

Support for AMD CrossFire™ technology (PCIEX16 and PCIEX4)

  • Storage Interface

CPU:

  • 1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 25110/2280 PCIe 5.0* x4/x2 SSD support) (M2A_CPU)
    * Actual support may vary by CPU.
  • 1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 22110/2280 PCIe 5.0* x4/x2 SSD support) (M2B_CPU)
    * Actual support may vary by CPU.

Chipset:

  • 2 x M.2 connectors (Socket 3, M key, type 22110/2280 PCIe 4.0 x4/x2 SSD support) (M2C_SB, M2D_SB)
  • 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors

RAID 0, RAID 1, and RAID 10 support for NVMe SSD storage devices
RAID 0, RAID 1, and RAID 10 support for SATA storage devices

  • USB

CPU:

  • 1 x USB Type-C® port on the back panel, with USB 3.2 Gen 2 support
  • 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports (red) on the back panel

CPU + USB 2.0 Hub:

  • 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports on the back panel

Chipset:

  • 2 x USB Type-C® ports, with USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 support (1 port on the back panel, 1 port available through the internal USB header)
  • 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports (red) on the back panel
  • 4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports available through the internal USB headers
  • 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports available through the internal USB headers

Chipset+USB 3.2 Gen 1 Hub:

  • 4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports on the back panel
  • Internal I/O Connectors
    1. 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
    2. 2 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connectors
    3. 1 x CPU fan header
    4. 1 x water cooling CPU fan header
    5. 4 x system fan headers
    6. 4 x system fan/water cooling pump headers
    7. 2 x addressable LED strip headers
    8. 2 x RGB LED strip headers
    9. 1 x CPU cooler LED strip/RGB LED strip header
    10. 4 x M.2 Socket 3 connectors
    11. 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
    12. 1 x front panel header
    13. 1 x front panel audio header
    14. 1 x USB Type-C® header, with USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 support
    15. 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 headers
    16. 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
    17. 1 x noise detection header
    18. 1 x THB_U4 add-in card connector
    19. 1 x Trusted Platform Module header (For the GC-TPM2.0 SPI/GC-TPM2.0 SPI 2.0 module only)
    20. 1 x power button
    21. 1 x reset button
    22. 1 x reset jumper
    23. 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
    24. 2 x temperature sensor headers
    25. Voltage Measurement Points
  • Back Panel Connectors
    1. 1 x Q-Flash Plus button
    2. 2 x SMA antenna connectors (2T2R)
    3. 1 x DisplayPort
    4. 1 x HDMI 2.0 port
    5. 1 x USB Type-C® port (DisplayPort), with USB 3.2 Gen 2 support
    6. 1 x USB Type-C® port, with USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 support
    7. 4 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports (red)
    8. 4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports
    9. 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
    10. 1 x RJ-45 port
    11. 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
    12. 2 x audio jacks
  • I/O Controller
    1. iTE® I/O Controller Chip
  • H/W Monitoring
    1. Voltage detection
    2. Temperature detection
    3. Fan speed detection
    4. Water cooling flow rate detection
    5. Fan fail warning
    6. Fan speed control
      * Whether the fan (pump) speed control function is supported will depend on the fan(pump) you install.
    7. Noise detection
  • BIOS
    1. 1 x 256 Mbit flash
    2. Use of licensed AMI UEFI BIOS
    3. PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0
  • Unique Features
    1. Support for GIGABYTE Control Center (GCC)
      * Available applications in GCC may vary by motherboard model. Supported functions of each application may also vary depending on motherboard specifications.
    2. Support for Q-Flash
    3. Support for Q-Flash Plus
    4. Support for Smart Backup
  • Bundled Software
    1. Norton® Internet Security (OEM version)
    2. LAN bandwidth management software
  • Operating System
    1. Support for Windows 11 64-bit
    2. Support for Windows 10 64-bit
  • Form Factor
    1. E-ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 26.9cm

* The entire materials provided herein are for reference only. GIGABYTE reserves the right to modify or revise the content at anytime without prior notice.
* Advertised performance is based on maximum theoretical interface values from respective Chipset vendors or organization who defined the interface specification. Actual performance may vary by system configuration.
* All trademarks and logos are the properties of their respective holders.
* Due to standard PC architecture, a certain amount of memory is reserved for system usage and therefore the actual memory size is less than the stated amount.

The key features of the X670E Aorus master board are its twin 16+2+2 Digital VRM design, the AM5 socket and support for Ryzen 7000 Series CPUs, the advanced thermal solutions and the PCI Express 5.0 support.

While we haven’t had the opportunity to test the motherboard out under load with a new Ryzen 7000 CPU yet, the board itself looks fantastic. On paper, it should perform ridiculously well. Judging by the NanoCarbon coated heatsinks with fin arrays, the NanoCarbon aluminium backplate and the thermal conductivity pad, this is a motherboard that takes heat quite seriously. We have no doubt that this motherboard will remain cool when in use and will be able to dissipate heat quite quickly because of all of the NanoCarbon and aluminium on the board. This will soak up a lot of the excess heat generated when under load and help distribute it across the large surface area and out into the surrounding air. Your chassis fans can then blow this heat out and away from the board and CPU keeping things nice and frosty.

The X670E Aorus Master also has support for DDR5 6600(OC) / 6400(OC) / 6200(OC) / 6000(OC) / 5600(OC) / 5200 / 4800 / 4400 MHz memory modules. It also supports AMD EXtended Profiles for Overclocking (AMD EXPO™) and Extreme Memory Profile (XMP).

Moving on to the I/O, the X670E Aorus Master has pretty much every single thing you would ever need on a motherboard. This includes 2 USB Type-C ports with USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 support which is extremely welcome. There’s plenty of USB 3.2 Gen 2 and Gen 1 ports available on the board via the back panel and through the internal USB headers too so you won’t need to struggle with external USB hubs. There really are plenty of options available here and that’s always great to see. The motherboard also features WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.3 support for blisteringly fast wireless connectivity.

Overall, the X670E Aorus Master motherboard is a sturdy, very durable, very well designed product and one that we’re itching to put through its paces. This overview serves as a teaser of what’s to come and once we have our hands on a Ryzen 7000 series CPU, you can expect to see our full review of the motherboard’s thermal performance when under load. If you’re in the market for a new motherboard or you’re upgrading from a much older generation CPU, this is definitely a board to consider purchasing – Especially since it has a tonne of useful features that everyone in the enthusiast gaming market can benefit from.

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