Here are key points about the GIGABYTE X399 AORUS Gaming 7.
VRM Quality: The VRM is using a true 8-phase PWM along with 50A integrated power stages. It is the same VRM we saw on the X299 Gaming 7, along with the 76A chokes, with one exception. The capacitors are the only change, with POSCAPs here to try and save space. The heat sink and the heat pipe do move heat, but it's obvious GIGABYTE went and designed this heat sink to help maximize surface area while maintaining the modern look we have come to expect, so if you are on an open-air test bench, you are going to want a fan diverted towards the board.
Fan Headers and Sensors: Eight fan headers on board might seem like overkill, but in a workstation or any other type of high-performance motherboard, you might actually be able to use them all. Each header can use one of many temperature sensors, and that includes some built into the VRM as well as two external sensors that are actually included with the motherboard.
M.2 Shields: GIGABYTE includes three M.2 shields, which act more like sinks than radiators, they can help to readily absorb heat that might come from sudden bursts of the SSD, but they aren't optimized to dissipate with active airflow like a radiator style heat sink, which makes sense since they are so low profile. What I love about these heat shields is that they hold the screw into the correct position, so you will never lose the screw and won't have trouble installing the M.2 drive.
Lights and More Lights: Two analog RGB LED headers? Check. Support for RGBW and UV LED strips? Check. Support for digital RGB strips? Check. Support for 12v or 5v digital RGB strips? Check. Build in RGB LEDs? Why, yes, and a lot at that. You can, of course, turn them off if they aren't your thing.
Placement of USB 3.0 Header and Clear CMOS Button: I don't get why they would place the clear CMOS button (which is the same color as the power button) right in between the reset and power buttons. You will have to watch out for that. I would have also liked to see the USB 3.0 internal header closer to the 24-pin connector as it would be closer to the front panel of many cases.
The GIGABYTE X399 AORUS Gaming 7 is a really solid AMD X399 motherboard. I find it interesting that many vendors decided to put the word gaming in their X399 motherboards. While the platform can game just fine, there are alternatives that are far cheaper and can get the job done, making the cost of the platform quite prohibitive. That bring said, not only gamers like lights and fancy features, I know tons of people who use their PCs for work and enjoy looking at their rigs for a quick distraction from the monotony of everyday life.
Back to the motherboard at hand, I was impressed with most everything I saw. I actually like how many of the fan headers are located at the top of the motherboard, as most people mount their radiators at the top of the case to exhaust the hot air at the top. It does look like GIGABYTE went back to the drawing board and redesigned the VRM heat sink so that it is more optimized to take advantage of airflow inside a case, and I am a big fan of their M.2 shields.
The aesthetic appeal of the motherboard is also very strong, and if you turn off the LEDs, the motherboard will just sink into the dark abyss of your case, and you can call it a professional workstation. GIGABYTE did a great job of utilizing all of AMD's platform features and adding many of their own, that had until now not been on any AMD system.
If you are looking for an X399 motherboard loaded with features, that offers solid performance and adds a little bit of fun to your Thread Ripping rig, give the X399 AORUS Gaming 7 a look.
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The Bottom Line: GIGABYTE's X399 Aorus Gaming 7 takes full advantage of AMD's Thread Rippin' platform while also packing in a ton of GIGABYTE's unique and useful features.
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