After taking a look at the new Intel Core X CPUs and one X299 board I took a quick break to check out Gigabytes new Mini-ITX board for AM4 and now I’m back at it checking out the second X299 board to come into the office. This time the board is from Gigabyte and it is a little more down to earth compared to the Asus X299 Deluxe’s nearly $500 price point. Today I’m going to check out the Gigabyte X299 Gaming 3 from the Aorus brand. It isn’t Gigabytes lowest priced board, but at just under $280 for the MSRP it is down close to the range that people who aren’t shopping for $1000 or more CPUs would be looking. So today I’m going to see what it’s all about, test it, then run down where it stands in the market.

Product Name: Gigabyte X299 Aorus Gaming 3

Review Sample provided by: Gigabyte

Written by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes

Amazon Affiliate Link: HERE

 

Specifications

CPU

Support for Intel® Core™ X series processors in the LGA2066 package

L3 cache varies with CPU

Chipset

Intel® X299 Express Chipset

8 x DDR4 DIMM sockets supporting up to 128 GB of system memory.

* Support for up to 512 GB of system memory when using Registered DIMMs.

* Supported when using a 44-lane or 28-lane CPU.

4 x DDR4 DIMM sockets supporting up to 64 GB of system memory.

* Supported when using a 16-lane CPU.

4 channel memory architecture.

* Supported when using a 44-lane or 28-lane CPU.

Dual channel memory architecture.

Supported when using a 16-lane CPU.

Support for DDR4 4400(O.C.) to 2133 MHz memory modules

Support for non-ECC Un-buffered DIMM memory modules

Support for Registered DIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8/1Rx4/2Rx4 memory modules (operate in non-ECC mode)

Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules

Audio

Realtek® ALC1220 codec

High Definition Audio

2/4/5.1/7.1-channel

Support for S/PDIF Out

LAN

Intel® GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)

Expansion Slots

2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x16 (PCIEX16_1, PCIEX16_2)

1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8)

2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x4 (PCIEX4_1, PCIEX4_2)

Storage Interface

1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280 SATA and PCIe x4/x2 SSD support) (M2Q_32G)

1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2260/2280/22110 SATA and PCIe x4/x2 SSD support) (M2P_32G)

8 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors

Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10

Multi-Graphics Technology

Support for NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI™ and 3-Way (with 44-lane CPU) / 2-Way (with 44 & 28-lane CPU) NVIDIA® SLI™ technologies

Support for AMD Quad-GPU CrossFire™ and 3-Way (with 44-lane CPU) / 2-Way AMD CrossFire™ technologies

USB

Chipset+ASMedia® USB 3.1 Gen 2 Controller:

1 x USB Type-C™ port on the back panel, with USB 3.1 Gen 2 support

1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A port (red) on the back panel

Chipset:

10 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (6 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB headers)

4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports available through the internal USB headers

Internal I/O Connectors

1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector

1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector

1 x CPU fan header

1 x water cooling CPU fan header

4 x system fan headers

1 x system fan/water cooling pump header

1 x 3 Amp fan/water cooling pump header

1 x digital LED strip extension cable header

2 x RGB (RGBW) LED strip extension cable headers

2 x M.2 Socket 3 connectors

8 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors

1 x Intel® VROC Upgrade Key header

1 x front panel header

1 x front panel audio header

1 x S/PDIF Out header

2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 headers

2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers

1 x Thunderbolt™ add-in card connector

1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header

1 x power button

1 x OC button

2 x temperature sensor headers

1 x Clear CMOS jumper

Back Panel Connectors

1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port

1 x USB Type-C™ port, with USB 3.1 Gen 2 support

1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A port (red)

6 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports

1 x RJ-45 port

6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Side Speaker Out, Line In, Line Out, Mic In)

I/O Controller

iTE® I/O Controller Chip

H/W Monitoring

Voltage detection

Temperature detection

Fan speed detection

Water cooling flow rate detection

Overheating warning

Fan fail warning

Fan speed control

BIOS

2 x 128 Mbit flash

Use of licensed AMI UEFI BIOS

Support for DualBIOS™

PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0

Unique Features

-Support for APP Center

3D OSD

@BIOS

AutoGreen

BIOS Setup

Color Temperature

Cloud Station

EasyTune

Easy RAID

Fast Boot

Game Boost

ON/OFF Charge

Platform Power Management

RGB Fusion

Smart Backup

Smart Keyboard

Smart TimeLock

Smart HUD

System Information Viewer

USB Blocker

V-Tuner

-Support for Q-Flash

-Support for Xpress Install

Bundle Software

Norton® Internet Security (OEM version)

Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready

cFosSpeed

Operating System

Support for Windows 10 64-bit

Form Factor

ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm

 

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