Gigabyte Announces Z690I AORUS ULTRA PLUS ITX Gaming Motherboard


Gigabyte has announced the Z690I AORUS ULTRA PLUS gaming ITX motherboard. This latest edition adds to an already capable line-up of AORUS ULTRA ITX motherboards. The Gigabyte Z690I AORUS ULTRA PLUS features Double Connect Technology (DCT) which allows simultaneous 2.4Ghz &5/6GHz Wi-Fi band connections. Two versions of each model are available for either DDR4 or DDR5. Other motherboards in the AORUS ULTRA line-up include Z690I AORUS ULTRA and Z690I AORUS ULTRA LITE. The Gigabyte Z690I AORUS ULTRA PLUS is reported to be currently available, but we were unable to determine a price at this time. For additional information please read the official press release below.

GIGABYTE Releases Z690I AORUS ULTRA PLUS with New Double Connect Technology

7X high-speed throughput for optimized Wi-Fi experience, 12-layer PCB greatly enhances thermal performance for ultra cool.


May 9th, 2022 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards, and hardware solutions, today announced the Z690I AORUS ULTRA PLUS gaming motherboard with Double Connect Technology (DCT) which continues the highlights of Z690I AORUS ULTRA, and adds PCB to 12 layers for optimized heat dissipation. These two models are launched in two SKUs of DDR4 and DDR5, and amazes users with full features of 10+1+2 phases digital power VRM design which each phase holding up to 105 amps by its Smart Power Stage design, improved thermal design, Intel® Killer Wi-Fi AX1690 Wi-Fi 6E, 2.5Gbit Ethernet, and high quality audio. Meanwhile, GIGABYTE also provide users an economic option of Z690I AORUS ULTRA LITE with PCIe 3.0 and Wi-Fi 6 supported.

Z690I AORUS ULTRA PLUS builds in Intel® Killer Wi-Fi AX1690 Wi-Fi 6E controller with DCT (Double Connecnt technology ), which supports multiple Wi-Fi radios and set division task for gaming and others. Instead of spectrum congestion due to single connection, 2.4Ghz &5/6GHz Wi-Fi bands can be connected simultaneously, which the faster 6Ghz band is prioritized for gaming while using the 2.4Ghz band for other task. It also detects and prioritizes gaming traffic to drive down on-line gaming latency, as well as provides smoother gaming and VR experience. In comparison to the 802.11ac 1*1 network, Wi-Fi 6E DC dilivers 7 times high-speed throughput. Along with 2.5 Gb Ehternet, Z690I AORUS ULTRA PLUS provides the most complete and flexible network options.


To enhance the overall heat dissipation, Z690I AORUS ULTRA PLUS features Fins-Array II technology, 3rd gen heatpipe thermal design for the best power design and thermal management to unleash the extreme performance and optimized overclocking ability on the new generation multi-core K series Intel® Core™ processors. The power layer and ground layer both use 2OZ copper for enhanced heat dissipation up to 13°C drop under the high speed operation of CPU to avoid throttling by overheating. Besides the hardware thermal design on VRM, GIGABYTE Z690 motherboards continue to implement Smart Fan 6 technology for a more flexible fan allocation, easier setting on fine tuning, and advanced manually setting mode. Now users can further control the gaming system temperature setting for the optimal balance among silent, cool, and high performance.

In addition to the super high speed network and high layers PCB design, Z690I AORUS ULTRA PLUS adopts PCIe® 5.0 designs of PCB, slots, and components to enhance performance. Strengthened by SMD memory DIMMs, metal armor, Shielded Memory Routing, users can enjoy premium memory overclocking performance with more durability and more stability on both DDR4/ DDR5 models. Particularly on DDR5 models, the exclusive DDR5 overclocking, overvoltage and BIOS settings promise users to quickly improve overclocking and XMP performance with ease.


GIGABYTE Z690I AORUS ULTRA PLUS motherboard packs high speed connections of USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 and 3.2 Gen 2. The high fidelity audio with DTS:X® Ultra delivers the most immersive and abundant sound experience whether it’s for gaming or entertaining. In addition to above exclusive designs, GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS motherboards continue the noted support of the digital LED lightening and graphical BIOS setting interface that displays key information such as clock speeds, memory, storage devices, fan status settings, and other important hardware information in a more intuitive and user friendly manner. Meanwhile, Q-Flash technology allows users to flash a BIOS file without installing a CPU, RAM, GPU, and other peripherals.

For users wish for the balance between budget and functionality, GIGABYTE also release Z690I AORUS ULTRA LITE with PCIe 3.0 and Wi-Fi 6 supported. This model comes in DDR5 and DDR4 as well, which offers quite a bargain for building mini systems.

GIGABYTE Z690I AORUS ULTRA PLUS and Z690I AORUS ULTRA LITE are now available in the market, offering users to experience optimal features of GIGABYTE AORUS motherboards which is the best choice for high-end computing and gaming platform.
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As long as it sounds great then I have no idea why Gigabyte did that. Looking at the specs, the new models are barely different. The only thing which seems interesting is that they claim that new mobos work with DDR5-8000+. This is from their website:
"AORUS is offering a tested and proven platform that ensures proper compatibility with profiles up to 8000MHz and beyond. All users need to do to attain this performance boost is to ensure that their memory module is XMP capable and that the XMP function is activated and enabled on their AORUS motherboard."
I only wonder how much truth is in that as most of their motherboards, even the highest models, have problems running at DDR5-6000. The Z690I Ultra Plus has 6200 (OC) in general specs which is quite low, but there is no QVL yet.

One of the reasons why Gigabyte released Lite/Plus versions is that the previous ITX Ultra mobos have a design flaw and are causing stability issues with PCIe 4.0 cards. It can't be fixed with a BIOS update or anything like that so Gigabyte will replace all older motherboards with the new versions via the RMA process. For the first time I see that Gigabyte is replacing motherboards, so good for them ... and for all who purchased previous Z690 ITX Ultra models.

Gigabyte corrected the product page. Now is DDR5-6400 and on the QVL is max 6400 too. I don't know from where they got that DDR5-8000+ but it was too good to be true ;)

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