Having seen GIGABYTE's UEFI BIOS many times, the firmware on GIGABYTE Z790 Aorus Xtreme hasn't changed much from previous generations, especially not in terms of the overall theme. The GUI on GIGABYTE's UEFI firmware has Aorus-styled grey and orange highlighting along the top and white text, easily visible on the predominantly black background. Like other vendors, GIGABYTE has two primary BIOS modes for users to select. The first time a user initially boots into the firmware, it brings up the 'easy Mode,' while more advanced users looking to overclock and make other adjustments can press F2 to switch to the 'advanced mode.'

Starting with The 'easy mode' is very similar in functionality to other vendor's implementations, such as ASRock. Cramming quite a lot into one primary splash screen, users can enable XMP or AMD's EXPO profiles on supported memory and change the boot sequence by clicking, dragging, and reordering at will. Users can also access GIGABYTE-specific optimizations, including an Instant 6 GHz profile, disabling E-cores, as well as accessing Smart Fan (F6), Q-Flash (F8), and the advanced mode (F2) by pressing the relevant hotkeys.

Entering the advanced section of the firmware, users looking to overclock their processors will find all the relevant settings within the Tweaker area. The GIGABYTE Z790 Aorus Xtreme is an enthusiast-level flagship so users can customize many CPU voltages, memory latency, power, and integrated graphics settings. GIGABYTE also offers a few profiles for users to overclock the CPU, including a gaming profile and an Instant 6 GHz profile. However, we wouldn't recommend using this unless a user has at least custom water cooling, as Intel's Core i9-13900K does hit thermal limits even on a premium AIO cooler.

Users looking to enable XMP profiles can do so quickly enough, and all of the Intel Z790 boards we've tested so far also support memory with AMD's EXPO profiles. There are extensive memory tweaking options with lots of latency settings, including primary, secondary, and tertiary values, all able to be customized.

Overall, the GIGABYTE UEFI firmware is easy to use and responsive to our USB keyboard and mouse. It has many customizable settings for users to change, and there are plenty of avenues available to increase overall system performance, including extensive memory tweaking options, as well as plenty of options for overclocking both the P and E-cores on Intel's Raptor Lake (13th Gen) and Alder Lake (12th Gen) processors.


Supplied with the Z790 Aorus Xtreme motherboard is a unified software bundle that revolves around the GIGABYTE Control Center application. Acting as a plexus hub for all of GIGABYTE's software utilities, the Control Center includes FAN Control, GIGABYTE's RGB Fusion, and EasyTune, which has now been rebranded as 'Performance' within the utility.

Perhaps the performance section is the most helpful part for enthusiasts within the GIGABYTE Control Center software. This area allows users to overclock their processors within Windows. It has many options available, including CPU core clock ratio modification and many voltage options for users to customize. Users can also modify and set more aggressive power limits and load-line calibration settings.

Overall, GIGABYTE's Control Center is a convenient application, and we like that GIGABYTE has gone for a more uniform solution to streamline all key applications into one place. Users aren't limited to just overclocking, but users can customize the board's RGB LED lighting, as well as sync them across peripherals and compatible chassis fans. Users can create customized fan profiles or go with GIGABYTE's predefined settings.

GIGABYTE Z790 Aorus Xtreme Motherboard Overview Board Features, Test Bed and Setup
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  • meacupla - Tuesday, September 5, 2023 - link

    My initial thought on the E-ATX design of this mobo.
    They put enough thought to recess the bulky 90 degree 24pin power connector on a really long mobo. However, they left the USB-C internal header a regular 0 degree, and gave it a trench in the plastic?
    Oh Gigabyte, don't ever change.
  • DanNeely - Tuesday, September 5, 2023 - link

    Obviously the USB-C header was a last minute addition.
  • shabby - Tuesday, September 5, 2023 - link

    Lol @ the price, glws gigabyte 😂
  • TheinsanegamerN - Tuesday, September 5, 2023 - link

    $800. Christ.

    I remember when you could get asrock taichi x470 boards with 10g ethernet for $349, and I thought that was pricy.
  • Threska - Tuesday, September 5, 2023 - link

    So only the upper class will be buying these? Middle class barely exists, and the poor..., oh well.
  • Tom Sunday - Sunday, September 10, 2023 - link

    I would love to own a Z790 Aorus Xtreme, but my limits just gotten pushed again when I tanked-up twenty dollars worth of gas—about 2 and a half gallons—at the Chevron gas station on Cesar Chavez Ave at the intersection of Alameda Street in downtown Los Angeles. I am just a poor PC enthusiast Bro and there are now thousands like me trying to making over the daily rounds. Thus my hardware for the past several years has always been bought at the weekend local computer shows and over the folding tables. Mostly new if even possible but several (3-4) generational ago parts for my hobbled together EATX case. No sales tax and cash remains king for the real good deals! We are living in challenging times. Moving to Montana is now in my dreams.
  • meacupla - Tuesday, September 5, 2023 - link

    No one is forcing you to buy this mobo.
    Taichi x470 Ultimate didn't have PCIe 5.0, DDR5 or 2xTB4 on top of 10gbe
  • Aspernari - Saturday, September 9, 2023 - link

    A 10G Ethernet adapter is probably one of the lowest-cost components on this board. You can get a 4 port 10GbE NIC for under $100 retail.
  • Gillll - Tuesday, September 5, 2023 - link

    nowadays, your Thermal inspection should have an SSD gen 5 thermal inspection as well. as those newest SSD are quite hot. add to the fact that most M.2 PCIE5 connectors are above the GPU and below to the CPU, this is a recipe for disaster, as you can't use a better SSD HS, rather only the one provided by the motherboard manufacture, i mean you can but it probably limit your GPU or CPU HS size.
  • blingon - Tuesday, September 5, 2023 - link

    Reads like AI generated marketing copy fed with a starting term of "premium".

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