Gigabyte rolls out the X299 AORUS Master

Posted on Tuesday, Nov 27 2018 @ 14:28 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Gigabyte introduces the X299 AORUS Master for Intel's 9th Gen Core X processors:
GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, has released the all new X299 AORUS MASTER motherboard. Fully supporting 9th Gen. Intel® Core™ X Series Processors, the new enthusiast grade motherboard features a 12-Phase Digital VRM Solution and Advanced Thermal Design as a means of providing the optimal power and temperature management for users to maximize the overclocking potential of these new state-of-the-art CPUs. The X299 AORUS MASTER brings to the table highly-sought features such as Triple Ultra-Fast M.2 PCIe Gen3 x4 with Thermal Guard, Quad Channel DDR4 configuration with XMP support, HI-FI Audio system, Realtek 2.5GbE LAN, and much more. For users seeking a enthusiast grade platform, X299 AORUS MASTER delivers on all levels and offers the performance and reliability that users have come to expect from the GIGABYTE AORUS brand.

X299 AORUS MASTER provides full support for the new 9th Gen. Intel® Core™ X Series Processors which are built on 14nm technology and compatible with LGA 2066 sockets. Loaded with overclocking potential, the board adopts a 12-Phase Digital VRM Solution with Smart Power Stage for optimized power management. The fully digital controller and 8+8 Solid Pin CPU power connectors reinforced by metal shielding offer precise power delivery to some of the most power hungry components on the board. The upgraded PCB design also plays a huge role in optimizing CPU performance for users. GIGABYTE exclusive 2X Copper PCB provides sufficient power trace paths between essential components which allows for greater handling compared to normal power loads. The design also removes excess heat from the CPU power delivery area generated from the increased power loading while overclocking. The superb power management on the X299 AORUS MASTER makes way for higher power efficiency along with extra durability to prevent both overheating and power supply issues from affecting system performance so that users can maximize the potential of their new 9th Gen. CPUs. Furthermore, the motherboard’s quad-channel DDR4 memory configuration with XMP Support provides the best compatibility with memory modules rated for 4000 MHz and beyond.

With new generation multi-core processors increasingly capable of taking on heavier workloads due to evolving CPU microarchitecture and technology, GIGABYTE takes an innovative approach into developing advanced thermal solutions for these powerful CPUs. X299 AORUS MASTER utilizes a sophisticated thermal solution to bolster heat dissipation on the performance focused board. Fins Array heatsink is an integral part of the thermal solution as it boasts 300% larger heat dissipation surface area compared to traditional heatsinks. The substantially larger surface area allows for superior heat dissipation and prevents excess heat from building up in the VRM area. The addition of a 6mm heatpipe connects two parts of the MOS heatsink for improved cooling. To further add to the effectiveness of this thermal solution, a high performance LAIRD thermal conductivity pad thickened to 1.5mm is used and provides up to 2.7x more heat dissipation than standard thermal pads in the same time frame. A built-in active smart fan has also been implemented underneath the I/O armor for faster MOSFET heat dissipation and activates/deactivates based on VRM temperatures. Additionally, the Thermal Backplate uses thermal pads between the baseplate and the back components of the PCB to improve heat transfer through the metal backplate.

X299 AORUS MASTER offers blazing fast network connectivity on the board along with the versatility of both Ethernet and WIFI. AORUS has elevated its Ethernet to the next level with the implementation of an onboard Realtek 2.5 GbE LAN adopter which accelerates network connectivity to speeds twice as fast as standard 1 GbE LAN. The board also supports Multi-Gig (10/100/1000/2500Mbps) RJ-45 Ethernet with a second Intel Gigabit LAN and cFosSpeed accelerator for the fastest Ethernet connectivity on the market. The addition of AORUS WIFI to pair with the board’s ridiculously fast Ethernet not only provides the versatility in network connectivity that users want but also provides them with high speed WIFI connectivity at further reception ranges. Onboard Intel® 802.11ac WIFI offers 867 mp/s network speeds and BLUETOOTH 4.2 while the 2.4GHz/5GHz Dual Band and 2T2R antenna increases the range of reception for users obtain higher WIFI signal strengths from further distances. The all new high peak gain AORUS Antenna ramps up WIFI connectivity by supporting both 2.4GHz and 5GHz WIFI frequencies and provides better signal strength compared to that of traditional antennas. The antenna’s unique magnetic base and excellent design allows for better positioning of the antenna and offers greater flexibility for user configurations.

The HI-FI AUDIO sound system on the X299 AORUS MASTER imports studio grade audio to the PC so users can enjoy the most advanced sound system PCs have to offer. The two main aspects of HI-FI Audio sound are its audio signal processing and optimization. For the audio signal processing, the audio system with Realtek ALC1220-VB high-SNR audio codec provides surround sound audio while undistorted digital signals are filtered through the ESS SABRE DAC 9218 with 130dB SNR audio to deliver high audio fidelity. For the audio signal optimization, WIMA and NICHICON studio-grade capacitors clean up the audio to deliver balanced, crystal clear professional grade sound to users so they can enjoy immersive, high-fidelity audio from their PCs. The higher front dynamic range on the microphone input also allows for better gaming or streaming voice chat so that users can communicate better with teammates or stream viewers.

Expansion capability is a core asset for power users and the X299 AORUS MASTER is engineered to provide the flexibility for users to enhance their motherboard’s graphical performance through multi-graphical configurations. The 4-way dual-width PCIe lanes design on the board enables 4-way graphics with 40 PCIe lanes bandwidth. The motherboard features a unique PCIe express design which utilizes all 44 lanes from the CPU for the full bandwidth. With this placement, users can choose to install 4 dual-width PCIe cards for use at the same time. Installation of a multi-graphical configuration allows users to enjoy a more immersive and high-quality experience whether it’s for gaming, watching movies, and more. Motherboard and component durability is highly important for users who purchase high-end graphics cards to add to their configuration. GIGABYTE exclusive 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.

X299 AORUS MASTER offers the best compatibility with NVMe storage in the industry so users seeking top-of-the-line storage performance will be enamored with the board’s excellent support for M.2 storage devices. The board’s M.2 PCIe Gen3 x4 support enables lightning quick NVMe read/write speeds on ultra-fast M.2 devices, blowing away traditional SATA devices and leaving users with only the best in storage performance. With the AORUS design, users can configure RAID arrays to obtain sequential read speeds of up to 3551 MB/s. As fast as these M.2 devices can be, users want to avoid thermal throttling on these devices so GIGABYTE provides optimal cooling protection with Triple M.2 Thermal Guard to ensure that these devices are kept cool and running smoothly. With Triple M.2 Thermal Guard, users can prevent thermal throttling and bottlenecks from affecting performance on their ultra-fast storage devices. The motherboard is also Intel® Optane Memory ready so users can enhance high capacity HDD read/write speeds to match that of SSDs to further bolster their storage performance.

Added utility on the X299 AORUS MASTER offers extra convenience for users. The integrated I/O shield not only provides solid protection to the rear panel but also makes it much easier for users to build their PCs. The addition of power, restart, reset BIOS (Clear CMOS), and other buttons makes also debugging significantly easier. The impressive connectivity on the board includes front and rear USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C support and the ports are both backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 3.0. while providing bandwidth speeds of up to 10Gb/s, doubling that of previous generations. For users who charge their smartphones or tablets through the USB ports on their PCs, USB TurboCharger allows users to charge their Android devices through QC 3.0 and Apple devices through Apple Fast-Charge at an lightning-quick charge rate from 0% to 50% in under 30 minutes.

RGB Fusion adds impressive aesthetic flair to the X299 AORUS MASTER and supports the use of digital LED lighting strips for extra lighting effects. The onboard lighting zones mesh fantastically with the overall aesthetics of the board and give the board a futuristic touch. The customizability of the lighting configurations allows users add their own style to the board and they can also sync lighting strips and peripherals with the lighting technology. The board supports both 5V or 12V addressable lighting strips and up to 300 lights for added lighting styles. RGB Fusion App allows users to control the lighting configuration on their boards to show of their cool, unique style to friends.

GIGABYTE Smart Fan 5 with Intelligent Fan Control is back and better than ever. Users can make full use of this advanced cooling technology to configure liquid cooling setups. With Fan Stop technology, users can also configure the onboard fans to stop when system temperatures drop below selected temperature thresholds and start back up when necessary. This function saves energy and reduces unwanted fan noise to provide users that perfect balance between quiet and cool. Users can monitor GPU temperatures in-game with Smart Fan 5 intelligent fan control, making it perfect for preventing FPS drops due to GPU overheating during intense in-game teamfights.

GIGABYTE X299 AORUS Master delivers the newest motherboard technologies for power users and uses highly-acclaimed GIGABYTE Ultra-Durable components for added durability. With all-solid capacitors, a digital power design, and intelligent fan control design for low-temperature energy saving performance, this energy-saving and environmental friendly motherboard offers impressive performance and durability for the best user experience.
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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.



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