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Intel Core i9 9900K – Intel’s Answer to RYZEN is here!

This is the Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Pro WiFi

The last and most recent to arrive in the Z390 stable is from our friends at Gigabyte and it is the Z390 AORUS Pro WiFi.


Gigabyte has been making a strong push in recent chipset generations to really step up their game in regards to aesthetics, performance and component quality across the board. That says a lot as we saw on the X470 Gaming 7 which had a super capable VRM well suited for far more power than any current Gen RYZEN could pull. Now this board we have only read a little about thus far due to its late appearance to the show.

Some of the things we are interested to check out on the Pro WiFi will be.

  • VRM components and quality

Did Gigabyte keep the same quality and component level? I know this board employs a 12+1 phase VRM and in reality, it’s a 6 phase controller with 12 physical power stages. I have seen some in the community getting up in arms about this as they are “fake phases” but in reality the power stages are very much real the only difference is if you use a “dumb doubler” you will simply be splitting off a PWM signal to multiple phases (2 in this case) so that two phases on a  “Phase” will be aligned but the current capability will still be there and the balancing, for the most part, will be capable.

  • Audio Quality

Yes, I know Audio is a weird one to test and testing specifics like SnR and the sorts doesn’t mean anything to most people so I give it a listen much like I do when reviewing audio cards as I tend to enjoy high fidelity audio and varying audio solutions to see who can get great gaming audio while also providing crisp accurate instrument representation in some of my favorite FLAC files for testing. Gigabyte has always shown a very capable audio setup I hold them to continuing that and we will see how the pro wifi stacks up.


This board looks interesting and falls kind of in the middle of the pack similar to the MPG EDFE AC from MSI, so we look forward to seeing what we can accomplish as far as performance and overclocks in the coming review.

Now let’s check out how the new 9900K performed.

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  1. So you need yet another mb with a new, re-cooked intel only chipset… MMmmmm NO. Ive for the first gen AMD and I can put in after a new bios the 2nd gen core/16 thread ryzen and then I can put in the 3rd gen die shrink and speed up ryzen. So pass. For what Intel are charging you can buy the ryzen, mb and memory. And did you see the power and thermals needed once you go past 4.0ghz! Well my amd is sweet at 4 and Im happy ~ intel can again go broke as they have learnt nothing!

    • You do not need a new motherboard. The Z370 or other 300 series chipset will work just fine with it… We would recommend a newer 390 based board for pushing the limits of the 9900K though.

  2. 1. why are reviewers running super pi on this multicore chip? 2. why are we still doing single core benchmarks on workstation “like” chips? 3. all the benchmarks software ran on this chip favor and are written for intel. 4. you did not even attempt to put a TR 10 core in the mix. 5. this chip is not a ground up chip. 6. some of the conclusions to the review, i agree with.

    • The review clearly states the feelings toward the “value proposition” of the 9900K as far as the benchmarks being Intel focused, this is a complete fallacy. These benchmarks are static vendor agnostic ways of interpreting IPC performance differences. There is no 10 core TR chip… and I see no point comparing a HEDT platform to a mainstream platform, that simply doesn’t make sense.

      Either way you look at it, the introduction of the 9900K has actually helped more than hurt AMD.

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