Gi­ga­byte Aorus X399 Gam­ing 7

$619 | WWW.GI­GA­BYTE.COM.AU Main­tain­ing a solid run for Aorus, this time on a new fron­tier.

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The Aorus X399 Gam­ing 7 is per­haps the best point of en­try to Ryzen Threadripper own­er­ship out of the three boards we tested for this roundup, based on the price point com­pared to fea­ture­set and user ex­pe­ri­ence. Hav­ing said that, it’s a very tight race and we can see end-users be­ing happy with any of the three.

The Gam­ing 7 presents well with a sleek muted colour pal­ette, ac­cented by me­tal­lic high­lights in both the VRM heatsinks and the ex­pan­sion slot re­in­force­ments. This con­trast of matte sur­faces and me­tal­lic lus­tre leads to a vis­ually ap­peal­ing and pleas­ant aes­thetic.

Fur­ther­more, if light­ing bling is your thing, the Gam­ing 7 comes packed to the brim with RGB LED integration across the DIMM slots, PCIe slots, PCH heatsink, au­dio com­po­nent cover and rear I/O shield — es­sen­tially ev­ery­where you could hope to ex­pe­ri­ence mil­lions of colours.

Like its Aorus cousins, the pri­mary net­work con­nec­tion — the sole Eth­er­net port — is driven by a Killer E2500. While we pre­fer the In­tel I211-AT found on com­peti­tor of­fer­ings, we didn’t ex­pe­ri­ence any show­stop­ping is­sues with the Killer E2500. Wire­less con­nec­tiv­ity is de­liv­ered by a 2T2R In­tel Dual Band Wire­less-AC 8265 wire­less NIC con­nected via M.2 and in­te­grated into the moth­er­board’s rear I/O panel. This isn’t a new 802.11ac so­lu­tion and has been seen pre­vi­ously on mod­els from a range of moth­er­board ven­dors, but it is a proven ca­pa­ble wire­lessAC so­lu­tion that gets the job done and with min­i­mal fuss.

Sys­tem I/O is plen­ti­ful, fea­tur­ing a plethora of USB con­nec­tiv­ity both on the rear I/O panel and via in­ter­nal head­ers for front panel op­tions, sport­ing both Type-A and Type-C con­nec­tors. Stor­age op­tions are maxed out by sup­port for three M.2 drives, with two slots for 22110 spec NVMe SSDs and one slot for 2280 spec, and sup­port for RAID 0, 1 and 10 op­tions. This is backed by eight SATA 6Gbps ports, round­ing out strong stor­age sup­port.

In­ter­est­ingly, Gi­ga­byte con­tin­ues to be the sole pro­pri­etor of motherboards with RGBW con­nec­tiv­ity, with the Aorus X399 Gam­ing 7 sup­port­ing two such con­nec­tions for RGBW LED rib­bons.

Au­dio is driven by the Real­tek ALC1220 codec, a com­po­nent we’ve seen an abun­dance of through­out moth­er­board launches in 2017. How­ever, it’s the ex­tra sup­port­ing com­po­nents, such as the WIMA FKP2 and Nichicon Fine Gold ca­pac­i­tors, along with ad­di­tional sup­port­ing driver soft­ware that as­sist in lift­ing the Real­tek ALC1220 from be­ing ‘just an­other on­board au­dio codec’.

In the over­all rank­ings of the APC Labs test re­sults, the Aorus of­fer­ing brought up the tail, but with a spread of only three points in the podium grand to­tals (from 21 to 24), the range of dif­fer­ence is slim to say the least. Yet, it is worth not­ing that the Gam­ing 7 was par­tic­u­larly pro­fi­cient at the HWBot X265 4K bench­mark, but traded blows with both the ASUS and MSI of­fer­ings through­out the suite.

Don’t be put off by the fact this moth­er­board ranked third over­all in our test re­sults, as there’s only a slim dif­fer­ence and, for the price, the per­for­mance and fea­tures de­liv­ered here are still ex­cep­tional.


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