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Gigabyte X299 Aorus Gaming Motherboard Released – See Features and Specs

Gigabyte recently released an X299 motherboard exclusive for Kaby Lake-X processors only (i7-7740X and i5-7640X) – the Gigabyte X299 Aorus Gaming motherboard. If you have been following the launch of the X299 and Core X processors, you may have encountered that some motherboard manufacturers where having problems providing support for both Kaby Lake-X and Skylake-X processors on a single X299 motherboard. While the first batch of X299 motherboards do support all Core X processors, newer motherboards (like this X299 Aorus Gaming) has become specialized or support a particular set of CPUs only. There’s also a new X299 motherboard that only supports Skylake X processors and doesn’t support the Kaby Lake-X. I’m not sure if the X299 Aorus Gaming + a Kaby Lake-X CPU combination would make sense, considering that the cost is higher than a mainstream Z270 + Core i7-7700K setup and offers just a tad improvement from the latter. Not to mention, you won’t be able to upgrade to Skylake X using this same motherboard. Anyway, more details about the Gigabyte X299 Aorus Gaming motherboard below.

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Gigabyte X299 Aorus Gaming Motherboard – Features and Specs

The Gigabyte X299 Aorus Gaming motherboard support Intel’s latest Kaby Lake-X CPUs – the Core i7-7740X and Core i5-7640X (only). It only supports dual channel non-ECC DDR4 memory, that’s why there are only 4 DIMM slots, instead of 8 slots on the higher end X299 motherboards. If you look at the motherboard, it looks like a Z270 motherboard with a large CPU socket. It does support Intel Optane memory like most new Z200 and X299 motherboards and features 3-way graphics card support; though you’ll be (severely) limited by the number of PCI lanes that the Kaby Lake-X can offer.

Other than that, you get the usual set of features and specifications: like ALC1220 audio, RGB Fusion with support for Digital LED and RGBW light strips, dual M.2 with PCIe Gen3 x4 interface, NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 U.2 support, Intel Gigabit LAN, a number of USB connectivity options and even Thunderbolt 3 support. It also features Gigabyte’s UEFI DualBIOS, Smart Fan 5 and several hybrid fan pin headers and temperature sensors.

I find the Gigabyte X299 Aorus Gaming a unique product, not necessarily special. But this is definitely a niche product since not many would consider shifting to an X299 motherboard that is simply limited to Kaby Lake-X processors only. I’m positive that an X299 Aorus Gaming + an i7-7740X would cost more compared to a Z270 motherboard + an i7-7700K setup. Probably the only reason why folks would get this kind of setup is they want that (tiny bit) extra performance they can achieve from an i7-7740X (vs the i7-7700K).
On the flip side of the coin, Asus has released their flagship X299 motherboard – the Asus ROG Rampage VI Extreme; and this motherboard supports Skylake-X processors only.

Gigabyte X299 Aorus Gaming Motherboard

Processor- Supports Intel® Core™ i7-7740X and i5-7640X (4 Cores) processors in the LGA2066 package only
- L3 cache varies with CPU
ChipsetIntel® X299 Express Chipset
Memory- 4 x DDR4 DIMM sockets supporting up to 64 GB of system memory
- Dual channel memory architecture
- Support for DDR4 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 Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules
Audio- Realtek® ALC1220 codec
- High Definition Audio
- 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
- Support for S/PDIF Out
LANIntel® GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Expansion Slots- 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16)
- 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8)
- 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4)
- 2 x PCI Express x1 slots
Storage Interface Chipset:
- 1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 SATA and PCIe x4/x2 SSD support) (M2Q_32G)
- 1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2260/2280/22110 SATA and PCIe x4/x2 SSD support) (M2P_32G)
- 8 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
- Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10

Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready
Multi-Graphics Technology- Support for NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI™ and 2-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ technologies
- Support for AMD Quad-GPU CrossFire™ and 3-Way/2-Way AMD CrossFire™ technologies
USBChipset+ASMedia® USB 3.1 Gen 2 Controller:
- 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A ports (red) on the back panel

Chipset:
- 10 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (6 ports on the back panel, 4 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
- 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
- 1 x CPU fan header
- 1 x water cooling CPU fan header
- 2 x system fan headers
- 1 x 3 Amp fan/water cooling pump header
- 1 x digital LED strip header
- 1 x digital LED strip power select jumper
- 2 x RGB (RGBW) LED strip extension cable headers
- 2 x M.2 Socket 3 connectors
- 8 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
- 1 x front panel header
- 1 x front panel audio header
- 1 x S/PDIF Out 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 temperature sensor header
- 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
Back Panel Connectors- 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
- 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A ports (red)
- 6 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports
- 1 x RJ-45 port
- 6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Side Speaker Out, Line In, Line Out, Mic In)
I/O ControlleriTE® 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™
- PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0
Operating SystemSupport for Windows 10 64-bit
Form FactorATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm
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