Gi­ga­byte Aorus X299 Gam­ing 9

Fea­tures ga­lore yet dif­fi­cult to jus­tify.

APC Australia - - Software -

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.

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