...enhanced WiFi, lots of fan headers, masses of USB and M.2, and enough physical slots to take advantage of the Core i9 feature set.
Intel has had to up its high-end desktop game after AMD came in swinging with Ryzen 7 and Ryzen Threadripper, and the culmination of Intel's efforts is the X299 platform.
With an established roadmap that fits in more cores and threads than ever before, motherboard manufacturers have been eager to take advantage of the high average selling price of X299 and build boards that throw in that proverbial kitchen sink.
Such thinking is perfectly exemplified by the Aorus X299 Gaming 7 - a board that costs a significant £400.
For that you get the 'above and beyond' treatment in every area, from LEDs galore, enhanced WiFi, lots of fan headers, masses of USB and M.2, and enough physical slots to take advantage of the Core i9 feature set.
And that is how we see the Gaming 7, as a partner to the Core i9 chips alone, and ideally suited to a powerful build that has to look the part, too. So powerful, in fact, that its PCIe and M.2 ambition is more than the chipset can deliver.
Bottom line: an expensive X299 board that goes big wherever it can.
Good overclocking potential
Ample expansion opportunities
Quad-channel DDR4 memory
Lots of overclocker-friendly options
Performance not always optimal
BIOS sluggish at times
Massive price tag
Aorus X299 Gaming 7
The Aorus X299 Gaming 7 motherboard is available to purchase from Scan Computers.
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