GIGABYTE X299 AORUS Gaming 9 Motherboard Review: Page 2 of 12

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Posted by Michael Pabia on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 8:00am

Specifications

CPU

  • Support for Intel® Core™ X series processors in the LGA2066 package
  • L3 cache varies with CPU

Chipset

  • Intel® X299 Express Chipset

Memory             

  • 8 x DDR4 DIMM sockets supporting up to 128 GB of system memory.
    • Support for up to 512 GB of system memory when using Registered DIMMs.
    • Supported when using a 44-lane or 28-lane CPU (6-core or above).
  • 4 x DDR4 DIMM sockets supporting up to 64 GB of system memory.
    • Supported when using a 16-lane CPU (4 core).
  • 4 channel memory architecture.
    • Supported when using a 44-lane or 28-lane CPU (6-core or above).
  • Dual channel memory architecture.
    • Supported when using a 16-lane CPU (4 core).
  • Support for DDR4 4400(O.C.) / 4333(O.C.) / 4266(O.C.) / 4133(O.C.) / 4000(O.C.) / 3866(O.C.) / 3800(O.C.) / 3733(O.C.) / 3666(O.C.) / 3600(O.C.) / 3466(O.C.) / 3400(O.C.) / 3333(O.C.) / 3300(O.C.) / 3200(O.C.) / 3000(O.C.) / 2800(O.C.) / 2666(O.C.) / 2400 / 2133 MHz memory modules
  • Support for non-ECC Un-buffered DIMM memory modules
  • Support for Registered DIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8/1Rx4/2Rx4 memory modules (operate in non-ECC mode)
  • Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules

Audio   

  • Realtek® ALC1220 codec
  • TI Burr Brown® OPA1622 operational amplifier
  • ES9018K2M chip
  • Support for Sound BlasterX 720°
  • High Definition Audio
  • 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
  • Support for S/PDIF Out

LAN       

  • 1 x Intel® GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit) (LAN1)
  • 1 x Rivet Networks Killer™ E2500 LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit) (LAN2)

Wireless Communication module          

  • Killer™ Wireless-AC 1535
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, supporting 2.4/5 GHz Dual-Band
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Support for 11ac wireless standard and up to 867 Mbps data rate
  • Actual data rate may vary depending on environment and equipment.

Expansion Slots               

  • 2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x16 (PCIEX16_1, PCIEX16_2)
  • 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8)
  • 2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x4 (PCIEX4_1, PCIEX4_2)

Storage Interface (Chipset)

  • 1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2260/2280 SATA and PCIe x4/x2 SSD support) (M2P_32G)
  • 1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2260/2280/22110 PCIe x4/x2 SSD support) (M2M_32G)
  • 1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280 SATA and PCIe x4/x2 SSD support) (M2Q_32G)
  • 8 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  • Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
  • Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready
  • Intel® VROC ready

Multi-Graphics Technology       

  • Support for NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI™ and 3-Way* /2-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ technologies
    • Supported when using a 44-lane or 28-lane CPU.
  • Support for AMD Quad-GPU CrossFire™ and 3-Way* /2-Way AMD CrossFire™ technologies
    • Supported when using a 44-lane or 28-lane CPU.

USB

Chipset+2 ASMedia® USB 3.1 Gen 2 Controllers:

  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 port available through the internal USB header
  • 1 x USB Type-C™ port on the back panel, with USB 3.1 Gen 2 support

Chipset+Realtek® USB 3.1 Gen 2 Hub:

  • 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A ports (red) on the back panel

Chipset+Realtek® USB 3.1 Gen 1 Hub:

  • 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports on the back panel

Chipset:

  • 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports available through the internal USB headers
  • 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports available through the internal USB headers

Internal I/O Connectors               

  • 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  • 2 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connectors
  • 1 x CPU fan header
  • 1 x water cooling CPU fan header
  • 4 x system fan headers
  • 1 x system fan/water cooling pump header
  • 1 x 3 Amp fan/water cooling pump header
  • 1 x digital LED strip extension cable header
  • 2 x RGB (RGBW) LED strip extension cable header
  • 3 x M.2 Socket 3 connectors
  • 8 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  • 1 x Intel® VROC Upgrade Key header
  • 1 x front panel header
  • 1 x front panel audio header
  • 1 x S/PDIF Out header
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 header
  • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 headers
  • 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
  • 1 x Thunderbolt™ add-in card connector
  • 1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header (2x6 pin, for the GC-TPM2.0_S module only)
  • 1 x power button
  • 1 x reset button
  • 1 x Clear CMOS button
  • 1 x ECO button
  • 1 x OC button
  • 2 x temperature sensor headers

Back Panel Connectors 

  • 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
  • 1 x USB Type-C™ port, with USB 3.1 Gen 2 support
  • 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A ports (red)
  • 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports
  • 2 x RJ-45 ports
  • 2 x MMCX antenna connectors (2T2R)
  • 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
  • 5 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Line In, Line Out, Mic In)
  • I/O Controller      
  • iTE® I/O Controller Chip
  • H/W Monitoring  
  • Voltage detection
  • Temperature detection
  • Fan speed detection
  • Water cooling flow rate detection
  • Overheating warning
  • Fan fail warning
  • Fan speed control

BIOS     

  • 2 x 128 Mbit flash
  • Use of licensed AMI UEFI BIOS
  • Support for DualBIOS™
  • Support for Q-Flash Plus
  • PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0

Unique Features             

  • Support for APP Center
  • 3D OSD
  • @BIOS
  • AutoGreen
  • BIOS Setup
  • Color Temperature
  • Cloud Station
  • EasyTune
  • Easy RAID
  • Fast Boot
  • Game Boost
  • GIGABYTE HW OC APP
  • ON/OFF Charge
  • Platform Power Management
  • RGB Fusion
  • Smart Backup
  • Smart Keyboard
  • Smart TimeLock
  • Smart HUD
  • System Information Viewer
  • USB Blocker
  • USB DAC-UP 2
  • V-Tuner
  • Support for Q-Flash
  • Support for Xpress Install

Bundle Software             

  • Norton® Internet Security (OEM version)

Operating System          

  • Support for Windows 10 64-bit

Form Factor       

  • ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm

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