Here are key points about the GIGABYTE X299-AORUS Gaming 7.
X299 AORUS Gaming 9 Features for $100 Less: Tons of USB 3.1, dual NICs with Wireless AC, an extreme VRM, OC features, digital LEDs, and a nice accessory package are a few of the things that make the X299 AORUS Gaming 9 a top of the line X299 motherboard, but the X299 AORUS Gaming 7 also carries all of these features. For $100 less you lose an integrated IO shield, metal back shield, some audio quality, two M.2 shields, and some PCI-E switches, but that's a great trade for many people.
Strong VRM and Cooling: Everyone typically looks at the power stage components and PWM controller when they look at a VRM, but the filter stage is also very important, and inductors can generate heat. The VRM components from the power stages to the PWM and even inductors are top notch and produce excellent results. GIGABYTE's use of a heat pipe and auxiliary heat sink and backside metal heat sink also helps to cool down the high-powered beast.
Tons of Fan Headers and Temperature Sensors: The X299 AORUS Gaming 7 carries a robust fan and temperature system. GIGABYTE moved from the bottom all the way up to the top of the game when it comes to fan control, and they did it in two generations. Do you have eight fans of varying design and current requirements? If so then they have you covered. Do you want UEFI and Windows based fan control? They have you covered. How about two extra temperature sensors you can place anywhere and use as a reference for your fans? They got you covered.
Digital and PWM RGB Lighting: I love those digital RGB LEDs, and I am really glad that they are making it on to motherboards. Digital RGB LEDs provide you the ability to individually address individual RGB LEDs, resulting in effects that are impossible with traditional PWM RGB LED strips. The motherboard also offers two RGBW headers, which is a nice touch. GIGABYTE did a solid job with aesthetics, and it shows.
No 2-Way SLI with 16 Lane CPU: Because of the way GIGABYTE has routed PCI-E lanes from the CPU, 16 lane CPUs can't support 2-way SLI (CrossFireX is supported at x8/x4).
Digital RGB and ThunderBolt 3 headers look identical: Be careful when installing the digital RGB LED extension cable or a ThunderBolt 3 GPIO cable, as GIGABYTE decided to use identical receptacles for each. The manual will tell you which is which, and it's also written on the motherboard. I think they repurposed the GPIO header for a custom digital RGB header.
The GIGABYTE X299-AORUS Gaming 7 has to be one of my favorite motherboards, and while it's extremely high price might seem counter intuitive to most people, no X299 motherboard is cheap. At $100 less than its big brother, it really offers competitive performance, features, and quality. The VRM is the same, and while PCI-E and audio circuits are different, if you are willing to deal with those changes, the $100 saved might be worth it.
I was extremely impressed with the X299 AORUS Gaming 9, and since the X299 AORUS Gaming 7 offers a very similar feature set for 20% less, it earns our second highest award. The Gaming 7 overclocks well, has robust quality, a plethora of features, and killer looks. There isn't much to dislike about the motherboard, but it's not a cheap option either.
If you are in the market for a top notch X299 motherboard that lights up brilliantly and offers a long list of features, the X299 AORUS Gaming 7 is worth a look.
The Bottom Line: GIGABYTE's X299 AORUS Gaming 7 is loaded with the latest features, robust quality, and is all around an excellent motherboard.
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