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GIGABYTE X299 AORUS Gaming 9 Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 2066 in Motherboards | Posted: Jul 10, 2017 1:12 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Here are key points about the GIGABYTE X299-Aorus Gaming 9.

 

What's Hot

 

Excellent Quality: The VRM component quality, all the way from the IR PWM and PowIRstages to the inductors and capacitors, the VRM is top notch. It's a high-performance VRM, and the supporting dual 8-pin power plugs and remote heat sink with heat pipe actually allow you to overclock that 10-core beast, although it still gets quite warm compared to X99 motherboards. The rest of the motherboard also uses high-quality components, from the audio to the backpanel metal shield.

 

 

Excellent Audio: One thing that sets the X299 Aorus Gaming 9 apart from the X299 Aorus Gaming 7 is the model of the ESS Sabre DAC, only on the Gaming 9 do you get 127dB. GIGABYTE also added pre-amps for one very nice OPA1622 HiFi amp. Dedicated components were added to improve noise metrics, and a relay to prevent de-pop. The only thing I don't like is the small tick sound the relay makes when turning the PC on and off.

 

Tons of Fan Headers and Temperature Sensors: As with GIGABYTE's Z270 motherboard, their top Gaming 9 X299 motherboard offers a huge fan control and temperature sensor offering. They have improved upon their previous offering as well, adding small things such as fan stop into the UEFI. Perhaps this is GIGABYTE making up for their previous (pre-Z270) offerings, either way, it's a win for you.

 

Digital and PWM RGB Lighting: Digital RGB control allows you to control each RGB on the strip independently, both in power and color. It produces some amazing effects and is more precise than what I have seen on the normal RGB strip side of things. Of course, GIGABYTE still provides those in the rest of the motherboard, along with a header designed to support both 5v and 12v digital RGB strips. Built-in RGB LEDs on this motherboard looks great, especially in the IO and audio panels and the IO panel cover itself. You can turn the lights off as well.

 

What's Not

 

Price: At $500 is a pricey motherboard, but it's loaded with features. It will cost more than some of the processors available for the socket, which is a bit disconcerting.

 

No 4-way: The HEDT platforms from Intel are designed to support all the latest and greatest GPU technologies, but one missing here and on some other X299 motherboards is the ability to 4-way SLI/CrossFireX.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

The GIGABYTE X299-Aorus Gaming 9 looks and feels like a very high-end motherboard. It's an excellent performer in many ways and carries high-quality materials and parts. Its design is very flashy, so if you are into that sort of thing you will love this motherboard; GIGABYTE loves their RGB LEDs. I like their new additions, such as the M.2 heat sinks for all slots, the built-in IO panel, and the backside metal shield.

 

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On the PCH heat sink is an interchangeable plastic Aorus logo, and you can even replace this with a translucent 3D printed version (GIGABYTE has provided the dimensions) of your design. It was the first X299 motherboard I got my hands-on, and it has been working quite well since. BIOS updates have provided good improvements when it comes to CPU policy, and I expect changes are we move forward, and as of now, it doesn't feel buggy.

 

If you have a 7900X, which you just spent $1000 on, and you have an extra $500 left over and want a premium motherboard, the X299 Aorus Gaming 9 might be the right option for you.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance90%
Quality97%
Features92%
Value85%
Overall TweakTown Rating91%

The Bottom Line: GIGABYTE's X299 Aorus Gaming 9 is a high-quality motherboard that comes with all the latest features and bells and whistles.

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