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Saturday, 27 May 2017


Gigabyte X299 Aorus Gaming motherboards leak

Intel's X299 platform is coming and we all know what that means, hardware leaks. Today, thanks to Videocardz, we can have a look at Gigabyte's X299 Aorus Gaming series of motherboards, coming with plenty of new features and an insane number of M.2 slots.

Looking below at the X299 Aorus Gaming 9, we can see that Gigabyte has gone a little RGB crazy, including RGB illuminated RAM slots, PCIe slots, heatsinks, IO covers and even an RGB illuminated rear IO. This is easily the largest number of RGB elements that we have ever seen on a single motherboard, offering users with a lot of illumination options. Let's hope that end users have the ability to disable some of these LED at will if they desire a more stealthy system.   

We can see that Intel X299 socket is a similar size to their older X99 socket, which makes sense given the fact that they support the same cooler mounting solutions. We can also see that X299 still supports 4-channel DDR4 memory, with the board also supporting three M.2 slots, all of which support large M.2 heatsinks.   

Below we can also see the Aorus Gaming 7, which offers similar features as the Gaming 9 but lacks the rear IO RGB illumination and lacks M.2 coolers for the top two M.2 slots.

We can also see some changes to several components on the motherboard, including different capacitors around the motherboard's audio section as well as other subtle changes on different locations on the motherboard from changed buttons/switches to different capacitor brands and placements.
Moving down to the Gaming 3 we can see a lot of hardware changes, like the move from dual 8-pin power connections to a single 8-pin power as well as less RGB components all over the motherboard.

With the Aorus Gaming 3, we have less reinforced PCIe slots and no RGB LEDs between this motherboard's RAM slots and the removal of this motherboard's third M.2 slot which is present under the chipset heatsink on Gigabyte's Gaming 7 and 9 motherboards. We can also see some clear changes fo this motherboard's audio section as well as a removal of the USB 3.1 front panel header that is present on the Gaming 7.
Intel's X299 platform is expected to launch at Computex, which is set to officially start on May 30th. Here Intel is expected to launch their first i9 series CPUs, which are rumoured to offer up to 12 CPU cores.
Originally reported by OC3D

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