Gigabyte recently introduced its X299 AORUS Gaming 7 Pro motherboard which supports the Intel 18-Core i9 7980XE processor. The board comes with an updated VRM design paired with Smart Fan 5 technology, useful in cooling down that monster 18-core processor.
“The X299 AORUS Gaming 7 Pro motherboard is designed to fully support Intel’s newest Core i9 7980XE processor. With our tried-and-true approach and seasoned experience, we have designed a motherboard that truly fulfils enthusiasts’ highest expectations,” said Vincent Liu, Senior Associate Vice President of Gigabyte’s Motherboard Business Unit.
The X299 AORUS Gaming 7 Pro features a server-grade digital power design with 12 power phases rated at 60 amps each. A digital Intersil PWM controller has been implemented within the VRM to enhance the communication efficiency between the CPU and PWM.
Of course, since it’s part of the cream of the crop, the board also comes with RGB Fusion technology for that extra bling in lighting. Components inside the chassis can also be lit up with support for external RGB LEDs, including Digital LED, RGBW and RGBUV.
With Digital LED support, you can control each LED light individually and hence customize your own RGB light show! Of course, 5V and 12V LEDs in the form of strips, arrays or matrices can also be added.
Since it supports the 18-core processor, it’s only natural that there is 3-Way SLI and CrossFire multi-graphics support. For connectivity, there is Intel’s GbE which offers stable low latency network connections.
The X299 AORUS Gaming 7 Pro has triple PCIe x4 M.2 slots protected by M.2 Thermal Guard and support for Intel Optane technology. It’s also Virtual RAID On CPU ready and enables the usage of CPU PCIe lanes for CPU RAID.
This is all capped by Gigabyte’s famous durability trademarks, this time coming in the form of Ultra Durable 10K BlackTM Solid Caps, patented Double Locking brackets and Ultra Durable PCIe armor to reinforce the connectors which hold heavy graphics cards.