Steven's Motherboard Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE X299-Aorus Gaming 9
- CPU: Intel Core i9-7900X
- Cooler: Corsair H110i - Buy from Amazon
- Memory: G.Skill TridentZ RGB (4x8GB) 3600MHz
- Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Storage - Boot Drive: Corsair LS 240GB
- Storage – M.2 Drive: Samsung 950 Pro 256GB
- Storage - USB Drive: Corsair Voyager GS 64GB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Case: Corsair Obsidian 900D - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Power Supply: Corsair RM1000 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 - Buy from Amazon
- Monitor: ASUS PA328 ProArt 32" 4K - Buy from Amazon
- Keyboard: Corsair K70 LUX - Buy from Amazon
- Mouse: Corsair M65 PRO RGB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Headset: Corsair VOID RGB Wireless - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- BIOS: F6a
The X299-Aorus Gaming 9 might be the most lit motherboard in existence, and in a good way.
I had asked those at GIGABYTE in charge of things such as RGB LEDs, why they had so many RGB LEDs that shined directly out, and weren't diffused, on their Z270 motherboards. They told me that they assumed that the light would be caught under GPUs and air coolers, producing a glowing effect. I gave them an analogy of a lamp on a table, we have lamp shades for a reason, as direct light shining can bother. It's like looking at 20 different tiny flashlights.
We prefer diffused light, and GIGABYTE did diffuse all the RGB LEDs in their new X299 lineup. GIGABYTE also added digital LED control into their motherboard, at least in the IO shield and audio shield, and their demo mode produces some really cool effects, as with digital RGB LEDs you can control each LED individually, including their brightness. You can make one color shot down the motherboard, or fade up and down with more precision, as you see on the picture on the right.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and X299-Aorus Gaming 9 Overview]
- Page 3 [GIGABYTE X299-Aorus Gaming 9 Circuit Analysis]
- Page 4 [GIGABYTE X299-Aorus Gaming 9 Circuit Analysis Continued]
- Page 5 [BIOS and Software]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup]
- Page 7 [Overclocking]
- Page 8 [CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks]
- Page 9 [System IO Benchmarks]
- Page 10 [VRM and System Thermal Imaging and Power Consumption]
- Page 11 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]
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