Gigabyte Aorus X299 Gaming 9
Features galore yet difficult to justify.
Splashed with highend specifications and cloaked in stealthy yet impressive aesthetics, the Gaming 9 demonstrates Gigabyte know its way to creating a premium highend motherboard product.
This was the first X299 motherboard to arrive in the lab for the roundup testing and, as such, saw extensive use and exploration with the Core i9-7900X used across all ‘ boards, but also kicked around with the i5-7640X and i7-7740X. Regardless of i5, i7 or i9 implementation, the Gaming 9 was easy to configure, exploring the boundaries and capabilities of the new platform. This resulted in almost effortless overclocking on all three chips with the benchmark suite completed with the i9-7900X at 4.5GHz and 5GHz runs with the Core i7-7740X and Core i5-7640X.
In the echo chamber of pure CPU testing, it delivered a supreme user experience. However, looking outside of this and comparing across the roundup, the Gaming 9 began to lose its lustre, due to the impressive results from significantly cheaper options. Granted, the user experience wasn’t as premium, but if performance is your focus, there’s now an argument against the Gaming 9.
A significant difference to the Gaming 7 is the implementation of the ESS Sabre 9018K2M DAC and TI Burr Brown OPA1622 op-amp complimenting the Realtek ALC1220 codec for a fuller and punchier sound stage.
If you have the cash to splash, the Gaming 9 is a nice premium solution, but you could save money looking elsewhere.