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ASRock X299 Gaming i9 Review

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Introduction


There is no question that Intel's latest X299 platform is built for HEDT use, yet not every such board has all the high-end features you'd expect out of a HEDT product. Today's motherboard, the ASRock X299 Gaming i9, however, is most definitely equipped with a huge whack of high-end features and abilities, including AQUANTIA 10G LAN so you can get your downloads faster than ever before.

This is our third 2017 HEDT motherboard review. The first was a pre-release product, the second a retail product, and this third one, the ASRock X299 Gaming i9, is also a retail version, and now that some time has passed since the platform's launch, it has seen a BIOS update or two as well and should, as such, be ready to rock your socks off while you either play your games or get your work done, or whatever else you want to do - this board is ready. HEDT boards aren't for everyone you might think, but this is a board that dares to challenge that idea. It's not often you see both gaming and professional use all tied into one.

Starting with the AQUANTIA 10G LAN controller, you can add in dual Intel LAN controllers, support for Tri-SLI, a 13-phase digital VRM design with 65A power chokes capable of pushing 1300W, Sound Blaster Cinema 3 audio support, and a 600-ohm capable headphone amp and triplet of 32 Gb/s M.2 ports. This thing just OOZES high-end all around, and for all you RGB LED haters out there, has a very minimalist approach to its LED implementation to soothe your senses.



Specifications

Specifications
CPU Support: Supports Intel Core X-Series Processor Family for the LGA 2066 Socket
Power Design: CPU Power: 13 phase
Memory Power: 2 phase
Chipset:Intel X299
Integrated Graphics:N/A
Memory:8x DIMM, Support Quad Channel DDR4-4133 (OC)+
BIOS:AMI UEFI BIOS
Expansion Slots: 4x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (connectivity varies based on CPU)
1x PCIe 3.0 x1 slot
Storage: 8x SATA 6 Gb/s port (Intel X299)
2x SATA 6 Gb/s port (ASMedia ASM1061)
3x M.2 port (PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA 6 Gb/s)
Networking:1x Intel I219-V, 1x Intel I211, AQUANTIA 10 Gigabit LAN
Rear Ports: 1x Clear CMOS button
1x BIOS FLSAHBACK+ button
1x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse combo port
2x USB 2.0 Type-A ports
4x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A ports
3x LAN (RJ45) ports
2x WiFi antennas
1x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A port
1x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port
5x Audio jacks
1x Optical S/PDIF OUT connector
Audio:Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec
Fan Headers:5x 4-pin
Form Factor:ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 9.6-in, 30.5 cm x 24.3 cm
Exclusive Features:
  • ASRock USB 3.1 Gen2
  • ASRock USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A Port (10 Gb/s)
  • ASRock USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C Port (10 Gb/s)
  • ASRock Super Alloy
  • XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsink
  • Premium 65A Power Choke
  • Dr. MOS
  • Nichicon 12K Black Caps (100% Japan made high quality conductive polymer capacitors)
  • I/O Armor
  • Matte Black PCB
  • High Density Glass Fabric PCB
  • AQUANTIA® 10G LAN
  • ASRock 802.11ac WiFi
  • ASRock Steel Slots
  • ASRock Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3)
  • ASRock Ultra USB Power
  • ASRock Full Spike Protection (for all USB, Audio, LAN Ports)
  • ASRock Live Update & APP Shop
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