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This board can’t quite push Ryzen chips to lớn their limits, so only expect modest overclocks. But otherwise, Gigabyte delivers an excellent value here that"s worthy of the Aorus brand.

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Introduction khổng lồ B450 and Product Description

AMD"s Ryzen 2000 CPUs (like the Ryzen 7 2700X) might be old news by now, but AMD"s new budget-focused B450 chipset comes out of the gate ready lớn inject more value into the AMD AM4 platform. Our success with the X470 Aorus Gaming 7 WIFI gives us high hopes for the lesser B450 Aorus Pro board, but Gigabyte does hold back on some features that could have made this board spectacular. Regardless, the B450 chipset is a sweet spot for builders and gamers who don’t need X470’s added feature set, and Gigabyte delivers a great product with the B450 Aorus Pro WIFI, at a surprisingly affordable $120 MSRP.

ChipsetAMD B450
Form FactorATX
Voltage Regulator8+3 Phases
Video Ports(1) HDMI 2.0(1) DVI-D
USB Ports10Gbps: (1) Type A, (1) Type-C5Gbps: (4) Type-A
Network Jacks(1) Gigabit Ethernet
Audio Jacks(5) Analog, (1) Digital
Legacy Ports/Jacks
Other Ports/Jack(2) SMA Antenna
PCIe x16(1) v3.0(1) v2.0 (x4) *shared with PCIEX1_2(1) v2.0 (x1)
PCIe x8
PCIe x4
PCIe x1(1) v2.0
Over the past year of testing Ryzen-based builds, we’ve had nothing but success with the company"s boards, and their B450 takes its improvements from X470 and applies them lớn AMD"s updated “mainstream” chipset.

AMD Socket AM4 Chipset Features

Row 0 - Cell 0 USB 3.1 Gen2USB 3.1 Gen1USB 2.0SATA 3.0SATA Express / PCIe Gen3PCIe Gen2CPU PCIe Gen3OverclockingXFR2XFR2 EnhancedPrecision Boost Overdrive
X4702664281x16 / 2x8YesYesYesYes
X3702664281x16 / 2x8YesYesNoNo

For those of you not keeping up with chipset changes, AMD’s increment from the 300 series to lớn 400 series primarily includes improvements for board physical specifications to formally tư vấn XFR2 (an update of AMD"s extended frequency range feature) và Precision Boost Override for what AMD calls its 2nd Generation Ryzen chips (Ryzen 2000 series). AMD provides specifications for layer counts và supported memory speeds, regulator kiến thiết requirements, & other stipulations for these refreshed boards. Between X470 và B450, the same IO support dynamic that was found with last year"s X370/B350 remains. In other words, B series boards support fewer USB3.0 Gen1, PCIe Gen3 x16 slots, and PCIe Gen2 lanes than their more expensive brothers. For more details, you can kiểm tra the chart above.

On the surface, fewer slots and port support sounds lượt thích an instant “con,” but honestly the majority of builders don’t support for a second graphics card, larger SATA RAID configurations, or a plethora of 5Gbps USB. Also, with that same mindset, manufacturers don’t need lớn provide fully enabled lower-end boards that directly compete with their higher-tiered offerings. From there, it really is a thought experiment as to which chipset truly is “better,” and hopefully we’ll shine some light on that throughout the article.

Enter the Gigabyte B450 Aorus Pro WIFI. Gigabyte has traditionally kept its Aorus brand relegated to lớn premium offerings, but for B450 they couldn’t resist unleashing the falcon that we have appreciate from previous reviews. Bringing a well-respected brand to a lower tier might appear to be a marketing gimmick, but it turns out this board is on-par with similar offerings from X470. From an aesthetics perspective, the B450 Aorus Pro WIFIlooks shockingly similar lớn the X470 Aorus 5, with the omission of LED lit DIMM & PCIe slots. Comparing the B450 board against the X470 Aorus Ultra, the inclusion of Wi-Fi in the B450 Pro might be enough for some lớn negate the X470’s improved connectivity elsewhere.

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The B450 Pro WIFI comes equipped with ample RGB lights, RGB nguồn switches, & an addressable LED interface that helps mitigate these deficiencies for future upgrades for builders. For a budget board, we don’t expect the contents of the box khổng lồ be substantial và Gigabyte doesn"t overwhelm with accessories and extra parts. The company includes their badge sticker along with documentation, a couple SATA cables, and a Wi-Fi antenna for connecting the SMA plugs on the back panel.

The I/O panel reflects the B450 chipset’s decreased IO, with access khổng lồ only four USB3.1 Gen1, two USB3.1 Gen2, HDMI 2.0, DVI-D, Gigabit Ethernet, five analog audio & one digital audio jack, và two Wi-Fi antenna ports. The integrated back panel is a nice aesthetic inclusion that"s usually only found on pricier enthusiast-chipset boards. Builders with APUs like the Ryzen 5 2600 are primed for upgrading from older chipsets thanks lớn the đoạn clip ports. And the lack of USB 2 means we aren’t left questioning which ports are high speed when reaching around behind the PC.

Audio coverage on the B450 Aorus Pro is provided through the Realtek ALC1220-VB codec boasting improved audio signal-to-noise ratios & impedance detection for use with different strength drivers on various grades of “head-worn audio devices.” As for wired networking, the tried and true hãng intel I211AT controller is used here and Gigabyte includes its c
Speed mạng internet Accelerator for prioritizing network traffic through the Ethernet port. We don’t have performance results with this tool, but it appears that more vendors are implementing features that mimic Rivet Network’s Killer-brand, which prioritizes packets for improved network performance. One benefit we lượt thích with this board is the inclusion of the 802.11ac controller, even if it is a 1x1 thiết kế using Intel’s AC3168. Even if you"re planning khổng lồ use wired Ethernet, Wi-Fi can be handy in a pinch when you"re building, troubleshooting, or upgrading your PC và your work bench/kitchen table is nowhere near an Ethernet jack.

As we look along the outer edge of the board, we see two USB2.0 headers, one USB3.1 Gen1, & various front-panel headers on the bottom edge. RGB connectors are located in the bottom-left & top-right quadrants of the board, also accompanied by three of the board’s five 4-pin tín đồ headers. The right edge hosts four angled SATA3 headers and the 2 vertical SATA headers which look lonely on this B450 chipset board. System power nguồn is provided through the standard 24-pin ATX header next to the four dual-latch DIMM slots, and an 8-pin EPS 12V plug is crammed next to a fan hâm mộ header in the top-left quadrant of the board. Lastly, a single 4-pin fan hâm mộ header is directly below the Vreg heatsink, for use with fans directly above the IO shield.

As simple as the PCIe configuration looks, there are some interesting things to lớn keep in mind when picking parts. First, the M.2 slots are wired out for PCIe Gen3 x4 & x2 respectively, which is a pleasant departure from the Gen2 variants on other boards. However, the x16 slots are misleading, with only the đứng đầu slot being wired out for PCIe Gen3 x16. The middle x16 và bottom x16 nói qua bandwidth with the x1 slot, và the middle slot only works at x4 when neither of the others is populated. Otherwise, it runs at x2 mode.

Having looked at a few higher-end boards with X470, building with the B450 shows its limitations: The target audience steers component choices & our nitpicks. The fan hâm mộ header by the 8-pin EPS header really needs lớn be in a different location to lớn be considered useful, and it would have been nice to have the 2 vertical SATA headers converted to lớn angled headers và moved closer lớn the chipset. As for component recommendations, we suggest a dedicated GPU & either running a capture thẻ or other device in the đứng đầu or bottom slots. If extra bandwidth is needed, you can populate the x4 slot. But if you do, we see the risk of blocking the GPU’s airflow. We vày not recommend running more than two IO cards in this motherboard.

BIOS update might require for AMD Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 series CPUSupports AMD Ryzen 5000 series / 5000 G-Series / 3rd / 2nd / 1st gene Processors
Supports AMD 2nd / 1st gene Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics Processors
Supports AMD Athlon with Radeon Vega Graphics Processors
Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
Intel Ethernet LAN + Dual Band 802.11 ac WI-FIDual PCIe Gen3 M.2 NVMe with Dual Thermal Guards
ALC1220-VB Enhanced Audio with WIMA Capacitors
RGB FUSION with Digital LED & RGB LED Headers
Smart tín đồ 5 with fan STOPUSB 3.1 gene 2 with USB Type-C và Type-AIntegrated I/O Shield of Ultra Durable Design
CEC 2019 Ready

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The onboard 802.11ac WIFI module from intel supports Dual Band and up to 433 Mbps, 3x faster WIFI speed than 802.11n and also tư vấn BLUETOOTH 4.2.
AMD 400-series chipset provides native USB 3.1 Gen2 ports with speeds up to lớn 10Gbps. 2x faster than USB 3.1 gene 1 along with backwards compatibility with existing USB devices.