Tuesday, November 20th 2018

GIGABYTE Intros X399 Aorus Pro Motherboard at $270

GIGABYTE began shipping its second socket AMD TR4 motherboard since 2nd generation Ryzen Threadripper launch, the X399 Aorus Pro. If you've been paying attention to GIGABYTE's new nomenclature for Aorus, the "Pro" SKU is slotted between what was "Gaming 3" and "Gaming 5," making this GIGABYTE's most affordable TR4 motherboard, positioned below the X399 Gaming 7, and a far cry from the range-topping X399 Aorus Xtreme. The board ships with out-of-the-box support for 2nd generation Ryzen Threadripper processors. GIGABYTE appears to have reused the same exact PCB as the X399 Gaming 7, but with aesthetic updates and cost-cutting. The board's design scheme (I/O shroud and heatsink designs) are somewhat aligned with its newer generation design aesthetic introduced with its Z390 Aorus family.

Cost cutting over the X399 Gaming 7 comes in the form of the I/O shroud no longer running the entire length of the PCB, only one out of three M.2 slots getting a SSD heatsink, only two out of five PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots getting full metal reinforcement, and the lack of a WLAN module. The board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX, 8-pin EPS, and 4-pin ATX, and uses an 8-phase VRM to power the CPU. Expansion slot layout is unchanged from the Gaming 7, with two x16 slots running at x16, and two taking 8 lanes from them. A fifth x16 slot is gen 2.0 x4. All three M.2 PCIe slots are wired to the CPU. The onboard audio solution is carried over, with Realtek ALC1220 CODEC, WIMA capacitors, and ground-layer isolation. The sole networking interface is a 1 GbE pulled by an Intel i211-AT controller. Available now, the GIGABYTE X399 Aorus Pro is priced at $270, a whole Benjamin cheaper than what the Aorus X399 Gaming 7 launched at.
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12 Comments on GIGABYTE Intros X399 Aorus Pro Motherboard at $270

#1
zo0lykas
iam done with gigabytes

2 motherboards die in a bit over the year.. waste of money and your time

or maybe just no luck, lol
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#2
Mark Little
An extremely advanced motherboard with all the latest I/O but still sporting a PS/2 port which was introduced in 1982.
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#3
IceScreamer
Mark Little, post: 3945916, member: 168714"
An extremely advanced motherboard with all the latest I/O but still sporting a PS/2 port which was introduced in 1982.
Probably for those vintage-ish keyboards. And I'm fine with that personally.
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#4
Johan45
Mark Little, post: 3945916, member: 168714"
An extremely advanced motherboard with all the latest I/O but still sporting a PS/2 port which was introduced in 1982.
Also makes it easier to install Win7 without slipstreaming a disk with the right drivers.
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#5
Nephilim666
Manufacturers should not be allowed to produce new x399 boards with anaemic vrm. They should all handle 2990wx without additional vrm cooling.
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#6
PrEzi
Nephilim666, post: 3945987, member: 30789"
Manufacturers should not be allowed to produce new x399 boards with anaemic vrm. They should all handle 2990wx without additional vrm cooling.
Sooo darn true...
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#7
SIGSEGV
damn, even this board is way cheaper than my board. is it really a good board?
tempting to get this board and put epyc rome on it.
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#8
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
Mark Little, post: 3945916, member: 168714"
An extremely advanced motherboard with all the latest I/O but still sporting a PS/2 port which was introduced in 1982.
Trust me you still want it, by the way it was 1987.
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#9
R-T-B
IceScreamer, post: 3945932, member: 161373"
Probably for those vintage-ish keyboards. And I'm fine with that personally.
Or for full n-key rollover instead of 6. And you know, instant interrupt driven input. Both somethings every incarnation of USB lacks to this day.

My modern gaming keyboard, the WASD Code, supports PS/2 mode and full n-key rollover. Thus, this factors into my mobo choice. It's not obsolete when it's better than USB at this, people.
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#10
Ubersonic
Mark Little, post: 3945916, member: 168714"
An extremely advanced motherboard with all the latest I/O but still sporting a PS/2 port which was introduced in 1982.
You're thinking of serial. PS/2 was introduced in 1987 and didn't become popular for keyboards until the mid 90's.

The reason it's still in use is because it was required for high end keyboards for a long time, it's only recently that USB 3.0 has allowed high end keyboards to use USB instead and 99% of high end keyboards are still PS/2.
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#11
yakk
Threadripper platform doesn't seem to be the right place to skimp out on components, but I guess at least since motherboard manufacturers will try.
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#12
Th3pwn3r
Mark Little, post: 3945916, member: 168714"
An extremely advanced motherboard with all the latest I/O but still sporting a PS/2 port which was introduced in 1982.
That PS/2 port works wonders when USB keyboards and mice don't work for whatever reason. There's nothing wrong with having it, it's usually the lack of features/options that people complain about but not this time around...
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