GIGABYTE X299 AORUS Gaming 9 Motherboard Review: Page 4 of 12
Posted by Michael Pabia on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 8:00am
The GIGABYTE X299 AORUS Gaming 9’s heat sinks are mostly in black giving the motherboard a singular dark color theme. All of this changes once the motherboard is powered up with all its RGB lighting locations illuminated.
The X299 AORUS Gaming 9 packs five PCIe 3.0 slots capable of supporting quad-SLI and quad-CrossFire graphics card configuration.
The X299 Gaming 9 uses two 8-pin ATX power connectors to fully harness the power of the Intel Core X-Series processors.
The motherboard’s VRM heatsink has one copper heat pipe that connects to another heat sink hidden behind the rear I/O shroud.
Removing the shroud shows the entire VRM heat sink which is larger than more X299 motherboards from other brands. Der8auer, a world-renowned overclocker, pointed out temperature issues with the VRMs on overclocked settings when during heavy loads and stress testing applications like Prime95 to test systems in ‘worst case scenarios’. The GIGABYTE X299 AORUS Gaming 9 with its beefier VRM heat sink passes the overclocker’s tests with flying colors.
The GIGABYTE X299 AORUS Gaming 9 also features a massive and heavy metal back plate. While this certainly gives the motherboard a sturdy structure, it also makes the motherboard significantly heavier than other offerings which has its pros and cons.
The M.2 slots on the motherboard have M.2 Thermal Guard with pre-installed thermal pads. You simply need to remove the blue plastic sheets in the thermal pads before installing any M.2 SSD.
The rear I/O shield of the motherboard is integrated and has RGB lighting. With this, you don’t have to worry about losing or forgetting to install the rear I/O shield.
Lastly, here’s a photo of the LGA 2066 socket that supports the latest HEDT offering from Intel, the Core-X Series processors.