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Review: Aorus X299 Gaming 7

by Tarinder Sandhu on 6 September 2017, 14:01

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Conclusion

...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.

The Good
 
The Bad
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

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Meh. Needs better RGB lighting…
On a more positive note, the Aorus is the best of the bunch when overclocked.

Apart from the one test that mattered, the real world performance one where it was still behind the other systems.
Kanoe
Apart from the one test that mattered, the real world performance one where it was still behind the other systems.

:lol:
I can't help but feel that the person who would need this sort of connectivity is the type who also needs extra cores, so would be better off going with Threadripper, as they not only offer more cores for cheaper, but they offer the connectivity for less too, as they have just..all the PCIe lanes.
Meh, I need an old, bog standard PCI slot and this almost always relegates me to cheaper boards. Hopefully by the time I feel the need to upgrade my motherboard my old sound card will have been bettered and be worth upgrading but it's just a shame when you spend a lot of money on something decent to last a long time and it's just the bloody interface becoming obselete that creates issues.