Intersil Smart Power Stages: Interstil's new Smart Power Stages are rated up to 60A each and offer an exposed top, so cooling is much more efficient. We are seeing motherboard vendors do two types of things on their latest X299 and X399 motherboards; their they have moved down the socket and RAM DIMMs and as a result move the PCI-E layout down or they have upgraded parts. In some cases they have done both. In this case we get a combonation that works quite well because it's not only 12x60A power stages, it's also got a very good cooling solution for this price point.
Upgraded Audio and LAN: We find our typically 1Gbit Intel NIC, but we also find a 2.5Gbit Realtek controller, which is a nice add-on. While this price point isn't the most expensive for the X299 chipset, GIGABYTE did add in an additional DAC, the ES9218PQ, which also has an integrated headphone amplifier.
Value: As the second most expensive GIGABYTE X299 motherboard, the Master aims to offer a balance between price and performance, and we like the price ofthis motherboard. It has the same VRM as the Designare EX from GIGABYTE, and that motherboard is $150 more expensive. It has all the latest features like USB 3.1 (1Gbps) and USB BIOS recovery as well as RGB LED strip support.
Depends on what you are looking at: Do you want a bunch of integrated RGB LEDs in your motherboard? Well, this one is a bit more basic in that regard, with just a few in discrete places. Do you want the latest Wireless AC and BT 5.0 technology? Well this one does offer the previous generation controller rated up to 867Mbps and BT 4.2. Do you need more than 7 fan headers? Well, you might need to get a fan controller to support more.
GIGABYTE's X299 Aorus Master has replaced the Gaming 7 series of motherboards for the X299 chipset from GIGABYTE, and comes in with a better VRM and roughly the same feature set but a few less RGB LEDs for around the same price.
It's aimed to provide enough OC headroom to handle an 18 core CPU, while not breaking the bank leaving room for more RAM and storage.
The Bottom Line
If you are looking for a X299 motherboard with a solid VRM and a decent feature set, give the X299 Aorus Master a look.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and X299 Aorus Master Overview]
- Page 3 [GIGABYTE X299 Aorus Master Circuit Analysis]
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- 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]