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GIGABYTE Releases X399 AORUS Pro Motherboard for Threadripper

GIGABYTE X399 AORUS Pro Motherboard Feature

Gigabyte has just released its latest HEDT gaming motherboard, the X399 AORUS Pro which makes use of AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper processors. The motherboard is the fourth (and cheapest) board Gigabyte has produced for the AM4 platform and supports both first and second generation Threadripper processors up to 32 cores.

What makes this board unique is the affordable price. While most TR4 Threadripper motherboards have been selling north of $400, the X399 AORUS Pro is currently available at Newegg for only $279.99. Other AORUS motherboard currently offered by Gigabyte are the GIGABYTE X399 Designare EX, X399 AORUS Xtreme and the X399 AORUS Gaming 7 all of which are $400+.

At a glance, the new motherboard offers some pretty decent features such as three M.2 SSD slots (one of which are heatsinked), 5x PCIe slots (only two of them are reinforced), 8x SATA6 ports. CPU performance is likely where the cost savings have occurred. The board features an 8-phase CPU VRM design which may limit overclocking potential when compared to other, more expensive motherboards.

Lastly, RGB lighting is also included on the chipset heatsink of the X399 AORUS Pro motherboard. Color effects and controls are provided by Gigabyte’s RGB Fusion software.

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Features and Specifications of the X399 AORUS Pro Motherboard

  •  CPU
    • SocketTR4:AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper™ processor
  • Chipset
    • AMD X399
  • Memory
    • 8 x DDR4 DIMM sockets supporting up to 128 GB of system memory
    • Quad channel memory architecture
    • Support for DDR4 3600+*(O.C.)/ 3466(O.C.)/ 3333(O.C.)/ 3200(O.C.)/ 2933(O.C.)/ 2800(O.C)/ 2667/ 2400/ 2133 MHz memory modules
      * Recommend to use a 1st Gen. Ryzen™ Threadripper™ processor to achieve 3600MHz (O.C.) speed.
    • Support for ECC Un-buffered DIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8 memory modules
    • Support for non-ECC Un-buffered DIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8/1Rx16 memory modules
    • 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)
    • 2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x8 (PCIEX8_1, PCIEX8_2)
      (The PCIEX16 and PCIEX8 slots conform to PCI Express 3.0 standard.)
    • 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4)
      (The PCIEX4 slot conforms to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
  • Storage Interface
    • 2 x M.2 connectors (Socket 3, M key, type 2260/2280/22110 SATA and PCIe x4/x2 SSD support) (M2M_32G) (M2Q_32G)
    • 1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280 SATA and PCIe x4/x2 SSD support) (M2P_32G)
    • 8 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
    • Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, and RAID 10
  • Multi-Graphics Technology
    • Support for AMD Quad-GPU CrossFire™ and 4-Way/3-Way/2-Way AMD CrossFire™ technologies
    • Support for NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI™ and 4-Way/3-Way/2-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ technologies
  • USB
    • CPU:
      • 8 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports on the back panel
    • Chipset:
      • 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
      • 1 x USB Type-C™ port with USB 3.1 Gen 1 support, available through the internal USB header
      • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports available through the internal USB header
      • 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 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
    • 1 x CPU fan header
    • 1 x water cooling CPU fan header
    • 4 x system fan headers
    • 2 x system fan/water cooling pump headers
    • 1 x addressable LED strip header
    • 1 x addressable LED strip power select jumper
    • 2 x RGB (RGBW) LED strip headers
    • 3 x M.2 Socket 3 connectors
    • 8 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
    • 1 x front panel header
    • 1 x front panel audio header
    • 1 x S/PDIF Out header
    • 1 x USB Type-C™ header with USB 3.1 Gen 1 support
    • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 header
    • 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
    • 1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header (2×6 pin, for the GC-TPM2.0_S module only)
    • 1 x power button
    • 1 x reset button
    • 1 x Clear CMOS 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)
    • 8 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports
    • 1 x RJ-45 port
    • 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
    • 5 x audio jacks
  • I/O Controller
    • iTE® I/O Controller Chip

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