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GIGABYTE X299 AORUS Gaming 9 Motherboard Review (Page 1)

GIGABYTE X299 AORUS Gaming 9 Motherboard Review

GIGABYTE's X299 AORUS Gaming 9 motherboard is next up under the spotlight as we examine it in detail to work out if you should buy it or not.

By: Steven Bassiri from Jul 10, 2017 @ 8:12 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Introduction

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GIGABYTE's X299 Aorus Gaming 9 is the best GIGABYTE has to offer at launch for the X299 chipset. The X299 Aorus Gaming 9 is part of GIGABYTE's third installment of the AORUS brand (Z270 and X370 also featured the Aorus brand), aimed at being a premium brand that caters to gamers. The X299 Aorus Gaming 9 is an improvement over its predecessors in many ways.

Compared to the Z270 Gaming 9, it looks better due to color and RGB changes and offers sleek M.2 heat sinks, and a modern feature set. I would say the Predecessor to the X299 Gaming 9 would be the X99-Gaming G1 WIFI, which was very high-end and offered the latest in technologies at X99 launch.

The X299 chipset is significantly more connected than the X99 PCH (in almost every way), but it is very similar to the Z270 chipset in regards to connectivity, offering similar numbers of ports and the same DMI 3.0. X299 does, however, offer a technology called Virtual Raid On CPU (VROC), which most motherboard vendors are implementing ports for (by most I mean all). VROC allows you to go beyond the PCH for RAID and allows you to RAID devices connected to it rather than the PCH.

Specifications

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The X299-Aorus Gaming 9 features three M.2 slots, tons of USB 3.1, 3-way SLI support, quad channel memory, support for both Kaby Lake-X and Skylake-X, as well as 127dB SNR audio.

Pricing

The X299-Aorus Gaming 9 costs $499.99.

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