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Gigabyte X299 AORUS Gaming 9: The one with 'Extreme' tendencies

By John Law - 7 Aug 2017
Launch SRP: RM2499

Benchmark Performance and Conclusion

Benchmark performance

To test out the X299 AORUS Gaming 9, we set it up with the following components:

  • Intel Core i9-7900X
  • Corsair H75 Dual-fan 120mm AiO Cooler
  • 2x 8GB Apacer Blade DDR4-3200 (CL timings: 18-18-18-42)
  • Palit GeForce GTX 1080 GameRock Premium Edition
  • Corsair RM1000 PSU
  • Plextor M6S 128GB
  • Kingston HyperX Predator 480GB
  • WD Caviar Black 6TB
  • Windows 10 Professional (Creators Update)

The Intel Core i9-7900X was provided by Gigabyte for the purpose of this review.

For our synthetic benchmarks, we used the following programs:

  • Cinebench R15
  • Futuremark 3DMark 2013 (CPU and Physics test only)
  • Futuremark PCMark 8 (Home and Creative Accelerated)
  • Futuremark PCMark 10

Naturally, we also overclocked the CPU, but what amazed (and actually impressed) us was just how far we were able to overclock the CPU. By default, the Core i9-7900X sits on a base clock speed of 3.3GHz and a boost clock speed of 4.3GHz. At the end of the day, we managed to attain that boost clock speed to 5GHz, but this was not without some issues. Firstly, we had to set the CPU’s vCore level to 1.35v, and also played around with the VRN output and set it between 1.8v and 2.0v. We also had to disable the motherboard’s onboard Turbo Core limiter, so that the CPU wouldn’t throttle its own speeds during testing.

Even at its default clock speeds, the Core i9-7900X was already a beast. PCMark 8’s Home and Creative Accelerated tests were already registering scores of up to 4,195 and 8,057 points, respectively, which are quite fast, if we might could add. After overclocking it, both the CPU and the motherboard showed an increase in performance by approximately 300 points on each benchmark.

The same story was echoed when we ran the PCMark 10 benchmark. At this stage, though, we’d be lying if we didn’t say that we actually had expected higher gains from the CPU, especially when you consider the stress we were able to put this CPU through, and with this motherboard.

On Cinebench R15, the Core i9-7900X and X299 AORUS Gaming 9 reached a score of 2,190 points on the multi-core CPU test before overclocking. At 5GHz, the same benchmark churned out a score of 2,442 points, and the single-core CPU test scores hovering between 209 and 214 points.

On 3DMark 2013's Fire Strike and Time Spy benchmarks, the differences in performance for both CPU and Physics tests were more prominent, with the Fire Strike's Physics score jumping nearly 3,000 points, while the Time Spy CPU test's jump was closer to 2,000 points.

Throughout the test, there was only one caveat that we could find, and it was actually with the CPU, and not the motherboard. When overclocked at the speeds that pushed it at, the temperature for some of the 7900X’s 10 cores were almost reaching boiling point at certain points in the test, but overall, the CPU was still hovering between 31 and 50 degrees Celsius across the board. 

Cinebench R15

3DMark 2013's Fire Strike and Time Spy (CPU and Physics test)

 PCMark 8 (Home and Creative Accelerated)

 

PCMark 10

Conclusion

Likes its Z270 brethren, the X299 AORUS Gaming 9 is a motherboard that doesn’t just come with all the bells and whistles, but also presents itself with a solid build, so much so that you’d be forgiven for thinking that this large PCB was actually part of a tank.

Performance-wise, the motherboard was surprisingly stable throughout our testing period, and at no point did we encounter any bottlenecks in its performance. That being said, you are going to need to bypass and disable several of the motherboard’s onboard parameters in order to ensure that your CPU won’t throttle its own speeds.

While we still have yet to receive the official SRP of the motherboard here in Malaysia, but considering the nature of this 'Extreme' motherboard, it's safe to say that potential buyers should be prepared to pay a premium for it.

9.0
  • Performance 9
  • Features 9
  • Value 8.5
The Good
Beautiful, solid design
Stable overclocking performance
Plenty of storage and PCIe ports
RGB lighting looks more informed
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
The Bad
Not easy to overclock
Too many overclocking parameters to bypass
Rear I/O panel could use more ports
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