GIGABYTE X299X AORUS Designare Review

Sleek Aesthetics

A simple glance at the thick motherboard armour gives customers a sense of how thorough the cooling solution on these boards is since efficient heat dissipation is vitally necessary for content production systems to work at their best. With its professional appearance and lighting setup, the armour improves the board’s aesthetics. Read more about MSI MPG Z490 motherboard.

Heat is dissipated from the board as efficiently as possible thanks to the thermal backplate, wide diameter Heatpipe, highly conductive pad, and fins-array heatsink. The X299X AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE brings cooling to the next level with an AIO cooling architecture that cools the CPU, VRM, chipset, and M.2 SSDs for high cooling. Read more about MSI MPG X570 GAMING PLUS motherboard.

The optimal cooling system, Smart Fan 5 Technology, is included with X299X motherboards. The latest version of Smart Fan innovation permits content producers to adjust fan speeds and desired heat thresholds, but it also contains convertible fan headers and pressure sensors to implement various fan devices and offer up-to-date heat and fan speed measurements. Read more about ASUS ROG Strix B550-F motherboard.

Smart Fan 5 eliminates overheating and sluggish coolant flow, making water cooling more user-friendly. Furthermore, Ultra-Durable components improve the endurance and performance of motherboards. Read more about ASUS X570 ROG Crosshair VIII motherboard.


  • Dual 10GbE, plus 2.4Gbps Wi-Fi 6
  • Thunderbolt 3 with dual Type-C outputs and dual DisplayPort inputs
  • The price premium is lower than the value of its premium components


  • Expensive
  • Excessive PCIe, M.2 & SATA sharing

Storage Performance

Content makers may reduce read/write times and operate more efficiently with faster data transmission speeds. To meet this demand, the X299X AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE, X299X DESIGNARE 10G uses built-in Intel Thunderbolt 3 through two USB Type-C connections for 40 Gb/s bandwidth, in addition to saves a lot of time but also allows for more excellent file transfers. Read more about GIGABYTE X570 Gaming motherboard.

The daisy-Chain technique provides users to link up to six devices. The Type-C interface may be utilized as a video and audio output due to the lane design between the motherboard and the GPU. The Intel Thunderbolt 3 driver chip on the two X299X boards includes integrated USB 3.2 technology for more incredible data transfer speeds and functionality with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0, establishing the bar for pro multimedia creation systems. Read more about GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS motherboard.

With DisplayPort 1.2 support, the Thunderbolt 3 connectivity becomes even more vital for creative professionals. GIGABYTE X299X systems include built-in NVMe PCIe x4 M.2 slots with single slot transmitting rates of up to 32 Gb/s. Users can allocate lanes from the chip or CPU to add Intel OPTANE MEMORY or build up a VROC disc array for exceptional storage performance in M.2 slots.

GIGABYTE has researched and implemented M.2 Thermal Defender to counteract thermal throttling and avoid extra heat from decelerating read/write rates on M.2 SSD components while working at high speeds. The X299X DESIGNARE, 10G versions, have the AORUS Gen4 AIC Adaptor, which provides customers with four extra M.2 PCIe X4 slots for SSD expansion.

Users may configure VROC or construct a RAID disc array for ultra-fast data transmission, ideal for working with high-resolution, large-sized files for content development. The active cooling architecture and built-in fans keep all four SSDs cool while operating at high speeds, ensuring that heat does not degrade storage performance!


The new GIGABYTE X299X series includes several GIGABYTE-exclusive technology and features. The server- and robust workstation-level Intel X550-AT2 ethernet control system is a feature of the X299X DESIGNARE 10G, which offers connection speeds of at least 5Gbps.

The X299X DESIGNARE 10G is the world’s first and only X299 board with Intel Twin 10Gbe and dual Thunderbolt 3 connections, providing customers with high-quality, reliable network access.

Additionally, with developed Intel 802.11AX WiFi6 for super duper network access and compatibility for 2-Way NVIDIA NVLINK and 4-Way AMD CrossFire to increase graphics performance, X299X series motherboards provide a great lot of versatility.

GIGABYTE X299X motherboards feature excellent graphics performance at a highly competitive value and offer 4K UHD resolution for consumers to enjoy, thanks to GIGABYTE’s unique verification and validation and the usage of the finest components. GIGABYTE’s proprietary PCIe armour offers Ultra-Durable level sturdiness to the card slots, mitigating any weight-inflicted harm caused by more giant graphics cards while assuring exceptional performance.

Audio Experience

The selected GIGABYTE X299X range has the latest ALC 1220-VB IC and highly qualified ESS 9218 SABRE DAC for the most excellent audio experience content production motherboards have to offer. The total audio quality is improved with AMP-UP AudioTM technology, which amplifies the front and back audio output for elevated, 130 dB SNR.

On all GIGABYTE X299X versions, X Extreme Technology increases audio quality to boost the 3D sound impression and further synchronizes audio on both speakers and headphones via DTS Headphone.

The Microsoft Structural Sound feature improves audio fidelity even further, while DTS Sound Unbound’s comment upgrades, device modifications, and entity surround sound technologies provide a more transparent, richer, and more immersive 3D audio experience.

In addition to enjoying decadent audio pleasures in their leisure time, individuals can use the enhanced audio for content production.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Aorus manufactured by Gigabyte?

AORUS, a flagship gaming brand derived from GIGABYTE, offers a comprehensive range of gaming devices, including GeForce® GTX series gaming laptops for VR, motherboards, GPUs, ergonomic game keyboards, and gaming mice that provide the most intense gaming experiences.

Are Gigabyte motherboards trustworthy?

Gigabyte provides motherboards for various applications, including gaming, ultra-durable, server/workstation, and embedded/IoT. They are compatible with all Intel, AMD, and NVidia CPUs and use Intel, AMD, or NVidia chipsets. Furthermore, they are resilient, making them an excellent alternative for intensive jobs such as gaming.

Final Analysis

The X299X Designare 10G is significantly more expensive than the X299X Taichi. Hence it is bound to trail in terms of performance to price.

But, in terms of features, the X299X Designare 10G comes out on top. Its double 10Gbps centralized controller is worth the price advantage over ASRock’s X299 Taichi CLX. The X299X Designare 10G also has twin Thunderbolt 3 connections that share the 40Gbps bandwidth of its single controller. In addition, that controller has two DisplayPort inputs allowing Thunderbolt 3 visual to pass through from the builder’s selection of GPU card.

Buyers of the X299X Designare 10G also receive the company’s PCIe Gen4 M.2 to x16 slot adaptor. We have mixed opinions regarding the utility of this item in a PCIe Gen3-platform system kit, especially as it requires an x16 slot to feed four M.2 SSDs.

The Gen4 capability is no longer available, and dual graphics card configurations often require the builder to place the expandable card in an x8 slot with just one or 2 of its M.2 slots operational. When given a choice between two graphics cards and single graphics with numerous M.2 discs, we usually prefer more drives, but you may not.