Gigabyte Z390 M Gaming Motherboard Review

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When you’re all set in building a PC, the best of the best motherboards usually don’t get the necessary attention that the best processors and graphics cards do, which is really unfortunate. This is because motherboards are the most vital elements of your whole computer, and they function as its backbone, aiding and assisting your hardware to reach its full potential.

This is all done by pushing the hardware to its limits, by optimizing and using every bit of performance that’s there. In other words, you’ll get to overclock much better when you use an excellent motherboard.

Since these boards are essential to your computer, it only makes sense to purchase the best motherboard that’s out today. If you decide to get a cheaper and sub-par motherboard, it’ll just end up breaking and will force you to remake your whole PC from scratch, and that’s really not a great thing to happen.

So with that, it’d be better if you just grab the best motherboard today, so you won’t have to deal issues or problems related to replacements and the like.

Today, we’ll be talking all about the Z390 M Gaming Motherboard, checking out what it’s all about, its specs, features, how well it performs, and if it’s a board that will make your PC work better than ever.

Gigabyte Z390 M Gaming Motherboard Review – What’s in the Box?

Receiving the Z390 M Gaming Motherboard, it came in a durable cardboard packaging with all the necessary information on it. The front part gives you the name of the company on the upper left corner, and on the lower left portion is where you’ll find the model of the motherboard.

You’ll also find similar information on the sides of the box; but the back part will give you loads of details like which part is which, as well as what the accessories included in the package are specifically for.

When you open the package, the first thing you’ll see is the Z390 M Gaming Motherboard which is wrapped in a plastic container to prevent it from receiving any accidental damages. Aside from the Z390 M Gaming Motherboard, other items that are in the box include the user manual, SATA cable, and an installation CD.

The Product

Gigabyte Z390 M Gaming Motherboard Review

The Z390 M Gaming Motherboard from Gigabyte is a mATX motherboard for the 9th Gen processors from Intel. It shares quite a similar design and style to the Z390 Gaming X and Gaming SLI that features a classy black and grey theme with red accents on its power delivery heat sink.

Like the other motherboards mentioned, the Z390 M Gaming Motherboard sports a dual CPU 12-Volt ATX power input, specifically 8 and 4-pins, and appears to have a 12-phase arrangement just like the ATX-sized gaming boards. As for the memory support, it is pretty much the same as the Z390-M Gaming that sports a total of four RAM slots with support for up to a maximum of, and including 64GB with a published collection of supported memory speed.

When it comes to the PCIe slots, the Z390 M Gaming Motherboard features two full-length PCIe 3.0 slots which respectively work at 16-x and 4-x. The motherboard also features two PCIe 3.0 x1, and the motherboard itself supports up to 2-way Cross-Fire multi graphics card setups. It’s basically the same as the much bigger ATX-sized Z390 Gaming X.

The Z390 M Gaming Motherboard comes with six SATA ports with two extra right angled ports plus four straight angled connectors. You can find these below the 24-pin 12 Volt power input of the motherboard. The motherboard gives you a total of two M.2 slots that supports both the SATA based drives and the PCIe 3.0 x4.

Taking a look at the rear panel, the Z390 M Gaming Motherboard also has two USB 3.1 Gen2 (both Type A and ), as well as four USB 3.0 Type A ports. Added to the goods are two video outputs that consist of the HDMI and DVI-D port, a PS/2 combination, plus a mouse port. Gigabyte also included one LAN port that’s powered by the INtel I-219V Gigabit controller, as well as six 3.5 millimeter audio jacks that take their direction from the ALC-892 HD audio codec from Realtek.

Making use of the cutting edge i9 9900K CPU, the Z390 M Gaming Motherboard naturally supports speed that goes up to 2,666 MHz, while overclocking usually goes up to 4,000 MHz. The board can handle really intense and heavy graphic apps since it’s suitable for AMD’s Cross-Fire X technologies for connecting a number of GPUs.

There are also a couple of technical innovations in this Z390 M Gaming Motherboard, as well as awesome enhancements and a collection of storage solutions. For instance, there are two PCIe x1 slots, and even two PCIe x16 slots available.

There are two M.2 slots that can run extremely fast NVMe M2 SSDs that results in almost 4 GB/s of data transfer rates. This makes the M.2 PCIe SSDs about 8x faster compared to SATA 6G SSDs which is pretty cool.

A total of six SATA 6G connectors are available, and these are for the 3.5 or 2.5-inch hard drives, as well as the SSDs that include RAID support. Up to 64GB of RAM can be combined across four DIMM slots. The Z390 M Gaming Motherboard provides outstanding options for linking external peripherals.

It also sports an I/O panel made up of a collection of the latest and best connectivity standards such as four USB 3.0, two USB 3.1, as well as four USB 2.0 ports. The videos displayed by the board are via Display Port 1.2 or HDMI while the ALC-892 allows outstanding sound output.

Product Features

Optimized for an 8-Core Intel Core Processor

The motherboards under Gigabyte’s GAMING series make use of a 10 + 2 phase PWM+ Lower RDS MOSFETs design. This supports the newest octa-core processors by offering the best precision in bringing power to the most power and energy-consuming components of the motherboards. It also delivers an improved system performance and absolute hardware scalability.

Two-Way Cross-Fire Multi Graphics

Multi graphics configuration delivers enhanced graphics performance to please all gamers who are seeking for the highest and best frame rates that do not compromise on resolution.

Realistic VR Experience

Gigabyte’s GAMING series motherboards creates a faultless, immersive VR experience since it has the best features to make virtual reality feel like your actual world. The company shows that their devices have everything you need to start your VR journey with technologies such as the NVMe support through U.2 or M.2, and a single piece metal shielding for heavier discrete graphics cards,

High-End Audio Capacitors

Gigabyte’s motherboards like the Z390 M Gaming motherboard features high-end audio capacitors which help bring high fidelity and high resolution audio for your gaming enjoyment. It also aims to deliver the most realistic sound effects which enhance your gaming experience.

Audio Noise Guard

This separates the motherboard’s sensitive analog audio components and potential noise pollution at the PCB level. With LED trace path lighting, you will see the illumination of the PCB layer separation.

Support RGB Lighting in Full Color

Customize your build based on your likes by choosing any color you want and illuminate the outer RGB light strip.

Intel GbE LAN Featuring cFos Speed Internet Accelerator Networking

The cFos Speed is an application for managing network traffic to help improve network latency while also maintaining low ping times, This delivers improved responsiveness in crowded LAN environments.

The Leading LAN Static Electricity and Surge Protection

Gigabyte’s motherboards like the Z390 M makes use of ICs with up to three times the ESD resistance levels compared to your basic ICs. This helps improve and heighten the protection of the motherboard and its components against potential damage from static electricity. The Z390 M gaming motherboard also has specialized anti-surge ICs to keep your Z390 M Gaming Motherboard protected from any surge in power delivery. With that, you can ensure that your PC is ready to deal with any inconsistent or irregular power delivery that may occur.

Dual Mode M.2 Slot Layout and PCIe NVMe + SATA SSDs

The Z390 M Gaming Motherboard comes with dual M.2 slots. Designed with a  PCIe NVMe + SATA dual mode design on M.2 slots, the configuration is more flexible and it can adapt to most requests of every user and gamer.

Smart Fan 5

Smart Fan 5 ensures that your gaming PC can stay cool and be consistent with its performance. Smart Fan 5 allows you to interchange the fan headers to reflect various thermal sensors at different areas on the motherboard. Aside from that, Smart Fan 5 made more hybrid fan headers have been introduced to make the motherboard good for liquid cooling.

Fan Stop

Fan Stop lets you set any fan to stop completely when temperatures drop below a certain degree. The fan can stop based on the readings of a certain sensor or temperature – everything depends on what you want and what you need.

Hybrid Fan Pin Headers

With Smart Fan 5, you can assume full control over your liquid cooling setup. The Smart Fan 5 receives the most updated information on water temperature and flow rate via the Hybrid Fan Pin Headers or external thermistor headers which deliver complete mastery over your PC.

New Smart Fan 5 Software

With this program, you can choose from a variety of modes, Quiet to Full Speed, to match your preferences. For each fan or pump, you can utilize the intuitive fan curve to select trigger thresholds and corresponding speed rates of fans.

Ultra Durable Memory Armor.

The stainless steel shielding design prevents PCB distortion, plate bending, and twisting to prevent any possible ESD from interfering.

Ready for CEC 2019 – Save Power with Just One Click

It  is a CEC requirement for PC power consumption to stay under a certain level when in idle, off, or standby  mode. With higher power efficiency components and calibrated BIOS, the Z390 M can achieve reduced power consumption in idle mode and fully comply with CEC (California Energy Commission) 2019 requirement,

Specifications

  • Supports 9th and 8th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors
  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4
  • New 10+2 Phases Digital PWM Design
  • High Quality Audio Capacitors
  • Dual Ultra-Fast M.2 with PCIe Gen3 X4 & SATA interface
  • Multi-Way Graphics Support with PCIe Armor and Ultra Durable™ Design
  • Intel® Native USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A + Type-C
  • Intel® GbE LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Software
  • Intel® Gigabit LAN with cFosSpeed
  • Ultra Durable™ 25KV ESD and 15KV Surge LAN Protection
  • Support RGB Lighting Effect in Full Colors
  • CEC 2019 Ready, Save Power With a Simple Click
  • Smart Fan 5 features Multiple Temperature Sensors and Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP
  • Lightning-Fast Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3 AIC Support
  • Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready

Using the Product

As we have expected from Gigabyte, the Z390 M Gaming Motherboard is a superb motherboard that performs excellently. It has a great build, is efficient, and you get all the neat stuff at a budget-friendly price. It comes with a ton of fan headers which is something we really liked, and its overall build quality is really notable. We checked out the VRM and it was able to remain cool, and honestly, we didn’t experience any issues or problems with it despite using it for heavy workloads.

The software is pretty easy to use so you won’t have any trouble using this. Great job Gigabyte. You can install RGB Fusion for the two built-in LEDs that are on the motherboard: one red backlight is found at the back of the motherboard, while the other is located at the rear I/O area.

Along with these, you will find the LED strip header on the Z390 M Gaming Motherboard which looks really good. It was easy to set up, as long as you don’t forget to install the Ambient Light app from Gigabyte’s application center which helps control and manage all the LEDs that are there.

There are basic functions available to control the LEDs, but if you also want the lights to be just white and simple, then this is still possible. Again, as we expected from Gigabyte, their Gigabyte App Center was something great. You’ll get to manage everything that you need for the motherboard, and there’s nothing half-baked about it which is good.

Also, we’re glad that it’s a user-friendly app that everyone can use without any problems at all. So with that, the Z390 M Gaming Motherboard is an awesome steal for its price, and we’re giving it a double thumbs up for its build, quality, and performance.

Conclusion

With all the time that we had with the Z390 M Gaming Motherboard, we can only say that Gigabyte did a really great job with it. It is packed with a ton of great features, has great connectivity, excellent cooling, and it also performed really well which makes it a motherboard that we would highly recommend to you and every other gamer out there.

It’s perfect for those who want to have a quality and efficient build while still staying within the budget.

Where to Buy

Check out Gigabyte’s store locator to see where you can purchase the Z390 M Gaming Motherboard.

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