Gigabyte X299 Aorus Gaming 3 Preview

Published by Marc Büchel on 25.09.17
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Digital Power Design

Since quite some time Gigabyte has been equipping its boards with digital power designs. On the X299 AORUS Gaming 3 there are only high-end components when it comes to the power design. There are for example PowIRstages from International Rectifier as well as "Dark Solid Caps" offering 10'000 operating hours, which is up to three times as much as what you get from standard caps. In case of the inductors Gigabyte is again using high-quality parts, which in this case come from Coiltronics.

High Definition Audio Design

High Definition Audio Design is Gigabytes interpretation of good onboard audio. In this case there is a Realtek ALC1220 codec, which has been combined with high-quality capacitors.

PCIe & Memory Armor

There are five full size PCIe slots on this particular board and two of them have been equipped with a steel frame. If you put a large and heavy gaming graphics card in a case, you will notice, that over time the slots starts to bend by a little bit. Furthermore, durgin rough transporting it can happen, that the PCIe slot breaks by the sheer force. In both cases the steel armor should help increasing protection of the PCIe slots. Apart from that also the memory slots received steel frames which helps increasing stiffness and also reduces electrical inteference.

M.2 Support

The new Gigabyte X299 AORUS Gaming 3 motherboard features two M.2 slot. This motherboard can be equipped with M.2 SSDs and it the slots have been wired directly to the X299 PCH via four PCI Express lanes. In other words there is up to 32 Gbps of bandwidth per slot.

Ambient Surround LED

This board features complete LED lighting, while Gigabyte illuminates the DIMM slots, the audio solution, a part of the SATA cover as well as parts of the I/O cover. The lighting is entirely customizable and you can even choose from different effects.

Page 1 - Introduction Page 4 - Layout
Page 2 - Specs and Delivery Page 5 - Connectors and I/O
Page 3 - Features Page 6 - Conclusion

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