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The GIGABYTE X299 AORUS Master Motherboard Revealed!

The GIGABYTE X299 AORUS Master motherboard has just been announced. Take a look at the key features of the latest Intel X299 motherboard from GIGABYTE!


The GIGABYTE X299 AORUS Master Motherboard!

The GIGABYTE X299 AORUS MASTER motherboard provides the flexibility for users to enhance their motherboard’s graphical performance through multi-graphical configurations.

It also features a unique PCIe express design which utilizes all 44 lanes from the CPU for the full bandwidth.

Its ultra-durable one piece stainless steel shielding PCIe Armor with Double Locking Bracket adds extra sturdiness to the PCIe slot to prevent heavy graphics cards from bending the PCIe slots with their weight and causing damage to the slots.

Lastly, RGB Fusion adds impressive aesthetic flair to the GIGABYTE 299 AORUS MASTER motherboard and supports the use of digital LED lighting strips for extra lighting effects, supporting both 5V or 12V addressable lighting strips and up to 300 lights.


GIGABYTE X299 AORUS Master Features Summarised

  • Supports 9th Gen. Intel Core X Series Processors
  • 12-Phase Digital VRM Solution
  • Advanced Thermal Design
  • Quad Channel DDR4 configuration with XMP support
  • HI-FI Audio system
  • Realtek 2.5GbE LAN
  •  8+8 Solid Pin CPU power connectors
  • Fins Array heatsink boasts 300% larger heat dissipation surface area
  • LAIRD thermal conductivity pad thickened to 1.5mm
  • Supports Multi-Gig (10/100/1000/2500Mbps) RJ-45 Ethernet
  • Onboard Intel 802.11ac WIFI offers 867 mp/s network speeds
  • 2.4GHz/5GHz Dual Band
  • 2T2R antenna
  • AORUS Antenna
  •  HI-FI AUDIO sound system
  • Smart Fan 5 with Intelligent Fan Control
  • Intel Optane Memory ready
  • USB TurboCharger


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AORUS Aquarium PC Mod – Learn How They Did It!

The highlight of the GIGABYTE showcase at Taipei 101 was the AORUS Aquarium PC Mod! They literally put a high-end desktop PC into a fresh water aquarium of fishes! Want to know how they created the AORUS Aquarium PC mod? Read on and find out!


The AORUS Aquarium PC Mod

The AORUS Aquarium PC mod is a deceptively understated mod. At first glance, you might mistaken it for a mere display – a non-functioning GIGABYTE graphics card sitting in an aquarium. Interesting, but nothing special… until the two fans start spinning and you realise – damn, this thing is actually a fully-functional computer! 

What GIGABYTE did was to submerge the PC components in clear mineral oil, before creating a small fresh water aquarium above it. You can see the fishes test water-oil boundary!

As the heat from the graphics card, CPU and other components are transferred to the mineral oil, the oil needs to be pumped out and kept cooled by three AORUS ATC700 coolers behind the bank. It’s really no different from how

GIGABYTE spared no expense in their AORUS Aquarium PC mod. They used nothing but the best they had :

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  • Processor : Intel Core i9-7980XE (Price Check)
  • CPU Cooler : AORUS ATC700
  • Motherboard : X299 AORUS Gaming 7 PRO (Price Check)
  • Graphics Card : AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition (Price Check)
  • Memory : Kingston HyperX FURY DDR4 (Price Check)
  • Optane Memory : 32 GB Intel Optane Memory (Price Check)
  • SSD #1 : Intel Optane SSD 900P Series (Price Check)
  • SSD #2 : 256 GB GIGABYTE UD PRO SSD (Price Check)
  • HDD : 8 TB Seagate Barracuda (Price Check)
  • Power Supply : AORUS AP850GM


How GIGABYTE Created The AORUS Aquarium PC Mod

If you are interested in building your own version of the AORUS Aquarium PC, GIGABYTE shared this video on how they built it. Check it out!


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The 2017 AORUS Gaming Motherboards For Intel & AMD

The GIGABYTE team just flew in all the way from Taipei to brief us on the 2017 AORUS gaming motherboards for the new Intel Z270 and AMD X370 platforms, as well as the newly-launched Intel X299 platform.

Join us for their in-depth presentations of both the latest Intel roadmap update, as well as the new 2017 AORUS motherboards for both Intel and AMD processors. Check them out!


The Q2 2017 Intel Roadmap Update

GIGABYTE Specialist Robin Chang kicked off with a briefing on the latest Q2 2017 Intel Roadmap Update. He then reveals GIGABYTE’s own product roadmap for 2017.


The 2017 AORUS Gaming Motherboards For Intel & AMD

In this video, Robin gives a short explanation of the AORUS brand and how it is positioned above the “regular” GIGABYTE motherboards. He then gives us an in-depth briefing on the key features of the 2017 AORUS gaming motherboards for the Intel Z270 platform, as well as the X370 platform for AMD Ryzen.

Here is the list of current AORUS Z270 gaming motherboard models :

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And here is the list of the AORUS X370 gaming motherboards :


The AORUS X299 Gaming Motherboards

Designed for the newly-announced Intel Core X-Series processor, and the new AORUS X299 motherboards boast quad DDR4 memory channels, amongst other AORUS features like Digital LEDs, PCH Accent Overlay, AORUS Base Plate and M.2 Thermal Guard.

GIGABYTE have announced the following AORUS X299 gaming motherboard models – the X299 AORUS Gaming 9, the X299 AORUS Gaming 7, and the X299 AORUS Gaming 3. There will also be the X299 AORUS Ultra Gaming motherboard (not in the presentation).


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The New ASUS X299 Motherboards Announced!

May 30, 2017 — Intel just took the wraps off its long-awaited Core X-Series processors and accompanying X299 chipset, which bring enough horsepower and bandwidth for everything from professional content creation to hardcore gaming. The new LGA2066 processors require new motherboards, and ASUS has a diverse lineup split between the Prime, TUF, and ROG families.


The New ASUS X299 Motherboards

ROG has three models expertly tailored for different priorities: the Rampage VI Extreme lives up to its name for drool-worthy dream machines with custom liquid cooling and ultra-fast networking, the Rampage VI Apex unabashedly targets peak game performance and record-breaking overclocking, and the Strix X299-E provides gamers the powerful tuning, cooling, and personalization options they need to get the most from their rigs.

The Prime and TUF models are designed for differing audiences. The new Prime X299-Deluxe is for high-end builders who want it all. The Prime X299-A eschews certain extras in favor of a straightforward approach that gets back to basics.

Meanwhile, the TUF X299 Mark 1 stands out from its competitors with protective armor and advanced cooling options, while the TUF X299 Mark 2 strips down to the essentials for X299 builders who want to deviate from the conventional formula.


Shared innovations define the ROG X299 family

All three boards share the same DNA—essential features that enthusiasts in the Republic of Gamers demand. That starts with critically acclaimed overclocking and cooling controls for liquid and air. There are dedicated pump headers for powering custom loops and all-in-one coolers, plus intelligent fan controls for optimal efficiency and quiet acoustics.

Sensor grouping lets your cooling react to a mix of workloads, including GPU-heavy gaming via direct temperature monitoring for select graphics cards. Tuning your gaming PC is easy whether you want to perfect your setup with manual tweaking or automatically configure and overclock the whole thing with a single click using the ASUS 5-Way Optimization utility.

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Gaming PCs provide unprecedented options to express your style, including through personalized lighting. The RGB LEDs embedded on the ASUS boards are augmented by headers for multiple RGB LED strips to illuminate your entire chassis. All of the lighting is part of the Aura Sync ecosystem, which synchronizes harmoniously across compatible ROG graphics cards, peripherals, and monitors, along with other components from ASUS partners.

Equipped with the latest generation of SupremeFX integrated audio, ROG’s new X299 motherboards boast enhanced recording quality for streamers who want their voice to come through clearly. Graphics cards plug into reinforced SafeSlots that protect against damage from heavy GPU coolers and rough handling.

Intel’s VROC technology combines with the optional add-in card to enable M.2 RAID arrays made up of a stack of parallel drives with a direct line to the CPU. You can hit ludicrous speeds with enough capacity for overflowing game libraries. You get all the latest I/O, including USB 3.1 Gen2 with Type-C ports and internal headers pushing speeds up to 10Gbps. Onboard Wi-Fi and Intel Gigabit networking are standard equipment, and you can add Intel’s new Optane Memory as a high-speed cache.

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Prime time for X299

Built for power users and prosumers, the Prime series represents the culmination of decades of experience refining all aspects of motherboard technology. These boards mate state-of-the-art connectivity with accessible tuning options to provide a premium experience everyone can enjoy.

All of the ASUS X299 motherboards have extensive overclocking and cooling options available in both the UEFI and software. The Primes go one step further with 5-Way Optimization, which intelligently overclocks your system and tunes the cooling based on the individual characteristics of your components. Beginners can effortlessly optimize their entire PC with a single click, while experienced users can adjust tuning parameters to meet their needs.

Refinement extends to the styling, whose predominantly black-and-white theme lays the perfect foundation for understated builds—or much flashier ones with RGB lighting. The ASUS Prime X299 boards feature multiple headers for LED strips that can light up your entire chassis. They’re part of a rich ecosystem of Aura Sync products that can synchronize colors and effects across a complete system, from the motherboard and graphics card to peripherals and other components.

Intel’s new Core X-Series processors demand serious cooling, which is why all of the new ASUS X299 motherboards have dedicated headers for all-in-one liquid coolers and stand-alone pumps.  The ASUS Prime X299 series also support up to three-way graphics configurations, and their x16 slots incorporate structural reinforcements with the SafeSlot technology to prevent damage and protect your investment.

PCIe lanes left unused by graphics can be devoted to storage with VROC, which combines multiple M.2 SSDs in a bootable RAID array connected directly to the CPU. An insane number of drives can run in parallel across multiple VROC cards to deliver staggering throughput and warp fast access for system drives. Intel’s Optane™ Memory technology is supported, which provides a solid-state cache to accelerate other storage devices.

This new Prime series receives the latest on-board audio enhancements, including a Realtek S1220A codec paired with an amplifier and premium components that produce immersive and crystal clear sound which rivals some dedicated sound cards.


TUF enough to endure

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The ASUS Prime X299 motherboards are balanced by entries from the TUF family. These models march to a different beat that prioritizes reliability and durability for PCs built to go the distance. They use tougher components than conventional counterparts, and they’re subjected to more stringent testing.

Shifting focus requires a new outlook, and TUF answers with distinctive designs that meld industrial sensibilities with a touch of space marine. Stealthy by nature, the new boards minimize RGB lighting to concentrate on different priorities.


ASUS X299 Motherboard Availability

The Strix X229-E will be available first, followed by the Rampage VI Apex and Extreme.

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