Gigabyte X299 AORUS Master Motherboard Power Consumption
Power consumption can vary a significant amount depending on processors used and the number of HDDs/ SSDs /Expansion cards used. Here we test just a primary system as configured for its review on STH.
For our tests, we use AIDA64 Stress test which allows us to stress all aspects of the system. The X299 AORUS Master maintains high performance while using low power even at high loads. We ended with OS Idle at 119W and our AIDA64 Stress Test at 262W.
One of the drawbacks with motherboards in this class is no ECC memory support, but that is sidelined if you require higher speed RAM settings at up to 4000MHz speeds for specific applications. Likewise, one sacrifices Intel Xeon support for the Core X series with high core counts and high clock speeds. If you contrast this to something like the Fujitsu D3598-B13 industrial/workstation platform with Xeon support, one sees that Gigabyte is delivering a wholly different and more complete feature set. GPU compute and deep learning users will like the fact the X299 AORUS Master can mount 4-way GPUs. As we saw in our Dual NVIDIA Titan RTX Review Compute with NVLink Performance that can yield high-end performance for many applications.
We also like that we are starting to see RJ-45 LAN ports that can provide speeds to 2.5GbE speeds and save a PCIe slot for GPU’s. The Gigabyte X299 AORUS Master also supports up to 128MB of RAM which is ample for many applications. As a fully loaded system with four GPU’s, NVMe SSDs and memory can run hot. Features of the Gigabyte X299 AORUS Master allow for quiet power saving modes when using less demanding applications. Those same features also include temperature monitoring and specific fan controls to direct airflow exactly where it is needed minimizing power consumption and noise. Overall the Gigabyte X299 AORUS Master is a solid motherboard when options to satisfy many workstation type configurations. With a street price of $335, that can seem high, but the solution provides a lot of functionality onboard. Frankly, if this is the level of feature set you need, this is in-line with what we would expect on pricing.