AMD just produced and introduced their performance X-470 chipset together with the new and improved Ryzen 2000 series of processors. At the same time, AMD also spoke of the B450 chipset which is designed for the average systems where price is generally a concern.
Today, we are going to test the B450 AORUS Pro motherboard which is obviously based on the B450 chipset and its feature set.
B450 AORUS Pro Review – What’s in the Box?
When we received the B450 AORUS Pro, it came in a decent-looking yet very sturdy and durable box. You will see the usual high-end branding of the company and excellent protection for the motherboard during transit.
At the top part of the package, you will see the brand’s name, as well as the device’s name; these also include a variety of symbols that indicate the features of the motherboard. Not only that, but you’ll also see a huge logo of AORUS which takes up almost most of the area of this side of the box.
Once you check inside the box, you’ll see the device itself which is wrapped securely while also being surrounded by extra cardboards for additional protection. As for the additional accessories, these include M.2 screws, x2 SATA 6 GB/s, an instructional DVD, driver, and manuals.
B450 AORUS Pro Review
The motherboards under this more affordable series come with support for heatsinks and dual M.2 – NVMe solid state drives, and USB 3.1. The B450 AORUS Pro is based on the B450 chipset. The primary PCIe slot is reinforced with metal to be able to handle the weight of high-end cards; for its audio, it features the Realtek ALC-1220 codec.
With its features, it will definitely look great in any DIY PC build. The dark style of the PCB and the subtle RGB accents come with the AORUS style.
The B450 AORUS Pro comes with a single 8-pin power connector and there’s also an available LED enablement located on and underneath the motherboard. You’ll also find an RGB, LED-strip connector that you can easily set up with the software.
The motherboard 305 x 244 millimeters and makes use of the AMD B450 chipset. It has an ATX form factor with a CPU support that is the AMD socket AM4 and includes all the standardized B450 options with a single speed M.2 SSD slot. As for its memory support, it utilizes the dual-channel four slots 64GB max while the 8-channel Realtek ALC-1220 works for the sound. The 1x Intel Gigabit Ethernet is utilized for networking.
The I/O back panel displays a couple of USB 3.1 ports while its audio unit is established on Realtek 1220. You will also see one Intel 10 | 100 | 1000 Gigabit Ethernet jack and an optical S /PDIF out port plus x5 analog audio jacks. We also really loved the new built-in backplate which we think is really nice.
Ports that are available on the B450 AORUS Pro include one M.2 PCIe 3.0, four 32GBps (PCIe / SATA 6GBps up to a 22,110), three PCIe 3.0 x 16 slots, four SATA 6GBps, one USB 3.1 Type A and Type C, six USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, one LAN port, an audio in and line in port, a microphone port, and an optical S / PDIF out port.
The other four DIMM slots will be present and these will provide you with support for dual-channel DDR-4 memory which is up to the advertised 2,933 MHz with the Zen+; you’ll be able to install a maximum of 64GB.
The CPU alone has a total of 4 phases that are doubled for the CPU +3 power phase designs; the CPU is also being powered by a single 8-pin power connector. The MOSFETs are conveniently cooled by the right VRM heatsink and honestly, this is very nice to see for a budget B450 board.
The AMD Store-MI Technology
The Gigabyte 400 series augments your computer’s potential with the use of AMD’s Store-MI technology. This hastens the classic storage devices to decrease the boot time while also improving the overall user experience.
It’s an easy to use feature that combines the high capacity of HDDs and the speed of SSDs in just one drive, boosts the data performance for better value,improves the read / write speeds to match the SSDs, and bolsters your everyday computer to a performance-driven system.
Better Performance with the NVMe PCIe Gen3 SSDs
The Dual M.2s that are present on the 400 series motherboard from AORUS makes it easier to configure the RAID Arrays. This feature basically makes things simpler which is really convenient.
Hybrid Digital PWM & Lower RDS MOSFETs
These motherboards utilize the Hybrid Digital PWM plus Lower RDS MOSFETs style to assist the 2nd Gen Ryzen processors. This is by providing excellent precision in the developing power of the board’s energy sensitive and power-hungry elements, as well as delivering improved hardware scalability and system performance.
This also allows for improved gate charge to decrease switching losses & decrease temperature, as well as better thermal statistics.
The latest Ryzen 2000 series from AMD provides the computing power for all your gaming needs. The 400 series motherboards of Gigabyte perfectly fit
s the computing performance of the AMD Ryzen’s latest 2000 series processors with more control and features.
Fresh Realtek High-End HD Audio Codec
The ALC-1229 120 dB(A) SNR HD audio can automatically detect the impedance of your head-worn device. This will prevent a variety of issues like distortion, low volume, and more. The new VB series audio controller will stream your voice clearly with both the front and rear mics SNR up to 110 / 114 dB(A).
High-End WIMA and Audio Capacitors
Motherboards from AORUS boast a mix of high-end, HQ Chemicon audio capacitors and Hi-Fi WIMA FKP-2 capacitors. While the high-end capacitors are adequate for high grade audio tools, the WIMA FKP-2 capacitors are being widely utilized for systems that are premium grade. The inclusion of this to the AORUS AMP UP Audio technology makes it an excellent sound solution for you and every other avid audiophile.
RGB Fusion + Digital LED Support
With the motherboards from AORUS, the RGB Fusion becomes even better with the Digital LEDs. This feature provides you with the chance to control the onboard external RGBW / Digital LED light strips and RGB for your computer. Also, the RGB Fusion on the AORUS Motherboards is fully enhanced with Digital LED support.
With the external digital LED light strips, you will be able to readily experience more patterns, illuminations, and styles. The motherboard will also support either 12V or 5V digital LED strips and up to a total of 300 LED lights. The RGB Fusion, together with the Digital LEDs come with nine different patterns and a variety of speed settings for your convenience.
Multi-Zone Light Show Design
With more LED customizations, full RGB support, and an improvised RGB Fusion app, you’ll be able to fully personalize your PC to express your lifestyle.
Customizable Onboard Pin Header for RGBW / UV LED Strips
If the lights aren’t bright enough for you, 12V external RGB/UV, RGB, or RGBW light strips can be installed on the RGBW pin header to control its color via the RGB Fusion software. With this, you can have more vibrant LEDs based on your preference.
Improved Cooling with Smart Fan 5 and Fan Stop
This feature will make sure that your gaming PC will stay cool as it maintains its performance. It lets you interchange fan headers to reflect various thermal sensors at different areas of the motherboard. Aside from that, Smart Fan 5 also offers additional hybrid fan headers that support Voltage mode fans and PWM to make the motherboard better for liquid cooling.
For Fan Stop, you can experience fan silence by setting any fan to stop when temperatures drop at a certain level. You can customize everything based on your preferences.
With its built-in I/O shield, building a PC is made easier and convenient. AORUS motherboards under the 400 series, also feature solid-plated ATX power connectors which provide stable power supply even when overloading your CPU.
Power Saving with Just One Click
CEC needs – computer power consumption should be under a certain level when in off, idle, and standby mode. With the increased power adaptability, fine-tuned BIOS and high-powered efficiency hardware elements, the motherboards can easily achieve decreased power consumption under idle mode. Plus, they can fully comply with new CEC 2018 requirements for power consumption.
The DDR-4 Memory
The latest firmware used for both the newer 400 chipset series and the older 300 chipset series including the B450 / X-470 have matured, developed, and has an accumulation of the DDR-4 memory support. This was improved when the original Ryzen series came in the market. When it comes to memory compatibility, we think that this should not be an issue as long as you stick to the newest DIMMs.
CPU AM4 Socket:
- AMD Ryzen™ 2nd Generation processors
- AMD Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics processors
- AMD Ryzen™ 1st Generation processors
- AMD B450
- 4 x DDR4 DIMM sockets supporting up to 64 GB of system memory
- Dual channel memory architecture
- Support for DDR4 3200(O.C.)/2933/2667/2400/2133 MHz memory modules
- Support for ECC Un-buffered DIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8 memory modules (operate in non-ECC mode)
- Support for non-ECC Un-buffered DIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8/1Rx16 memory modules
- Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules
- 1 x DVI-D port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920×1200@60 Hz
- 1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096×2160@60 Hz
- Realtek® ALC1220-VB codec
- High Definition Audio
- Support for S/PDIF Out
- Intel® GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
- 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16)
- 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4)
- 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x1 (PCIEX1_2)
- 1 x PCI Express x1 slot (PCIEX1_1)
- 1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 SATA and PCIe 3.0 x4/x2 SSD support) (M2A_SOCKET)
- 1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280 PCIe 3.0 x2 SSD support)(M2B_SOCKET)
- 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
- Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, and RAID 10
- Support for AMD Quad-GPU CrossFire™ and 2-Way AMD CrossFire™ technologies
- 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
- 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
- 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports on the back panel
Internal I/O Connectors
- 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
- 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
- 2 x M.2 Socket 3 connectors
- 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
- 1 x CPU fan header
- 1 x water cooling CPU fan header
- 2 x system fan headers
- 1 x system fan/water cooling pump header
- 1 x CPU cooler LED strip/RGB LED strip header
- 2 x digital LED strip headers
- 2 x digital LED strip power select jumpers
- 1 x RGB (RGBW) LED strip header
- 1 x front panel header
- 1 x front panel audio header
- 1 x S/PDIF Out header
- 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 header
- 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
- 1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header (2×10 pin, for the GC-TPM2.0 module only)
- 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
Back Panel Connectors
- 1 x HDMI port
- 1 x DVI-D port
- 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports
- 1 x USB Type-C™ port, with USB 3.1 Gen 2 support
- 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A port (red)
- 1 x RJ-45 port
- 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
- 5 x audio jacks
- I/O Controller
- iTE® I/O Controller Chip
- Voltage detection
- Temperature detection
- Fan speed detection
- Water cooling flow rate detection
- Overheating warning
- Fan fail warning
- Fan speed control
- 2 x 128 Mbit flash
- Use of licensed AMI UEFI BIOS
- Support for DualBIOS™
- PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0
- Support for APP Center
- 3D OSD
- Cloud Station
- Fast Boot
- Game Boost
- ON/OFF Charge
- RGB Fusion
- Smart Backup
- Smart Keyboard
- Smart TimeLock
- Smart HUD
- Smart Survey
- System Information Viewer
- USB Blocker
- Support for Q-Flash
- Support for Xpress Install
Using the Product
Let’s focus on the B450 Pro’s performance this time. We’ve categorized these into different portions so you can easily get more details about this board and to see if it functions and performs efficiently.
When it comes to overclocking with the B450 AORUS Pro, we found this a bit tricky since a manual voltage control wasn’t present. Yet despite this, it still functioned with ease through all of our benchmarks; so all in all, we entirely had no issues when we attempted with overclocking.
Temperature, Speed Rates, and Audio Performance
Just like when we tested the overclocking performance, we didn’t have issues when it came to its temperature, audio, and speed rates.
There weren’t any hints of problems with controlling in any of our benchmarks, and when it’s about the stock speed, the B450 AORUS Pro was able to avail itself perfectly and even matching the other boards that we’ve tested. We were able to see the board match other boards as well, and with read and write speeds of about 3,405 MB/s and 1,882 MB/s.
For the audio performance, it was something that we were quite expecting for the Realtek ALC-1229 codec. It was better and more efficient compared to those utilized in other motherboards.
Generally, with its looks, performance, audio features and overclocking options, this is definitely a great motherboard to invest in. It’s pretty good stuff. Although overclocking was a bit tricky due to the lack of manual Voltage control, we still didn’t experience any problems with this.
The motherboard also stayed cool so we didn’t have issues with temperature rates. Audio was perfectly fine and when it came to the speed rates, these were all really fast so we actually enjoyed our experience with this motherboard. All in all, the B450 AORUS Pro is not just all about the looks; it also offers excellent performance that was beyond what we expected.
HDMI and 4K Ultra HD Support
The B450 AORUS Pro motherboard also supports HDMI and 4K Ultra HD interfaces. HDMI, or High-Definition Multimedia Interface, provides up to 5 Gbps of video transmitting bandwidth, as well as 8-channel high-definition audio with only one cable.
This transmits uncompressed and outstanding digital video and audio; plus, it provides you up to 1080p of resolution without losing quality due to analog interfaces and digital-to-analog conversion. Aside from these, it is also compatible with High Bandwidth Digital Content Protection or HDCP, which allows playback of protected digital content such as Blu-ray and HD DVD.
For 4K resolution, this is the next milestone in technology when it comes to high-definition media content. As named, it uses approximately 4000 pixels on the horizontal axis which is more than four times of the current standard HD pixel density. With the integrated Intel HD Graphics via HDMI, this motherboard offers native 4K support through HDMI.
GIGABYTE BIOS and Applications
We all know that BIOS is important for every user especially during the initial set up. This is to provide you with the most optimal and efficient settings. With easier to use functions and a new GUI, Gigabyte was able to reinvent and improve the BIOS to provide you with a better setting up experience for your new system.
There’s also the Gigabyte App center which gives you better access to the numerous applications that Gigabyte has to help you take advantage of the B450 AORUS Pro.
By making use of a simple and unified UI, the app lets you quickly and seamlessly launch all the Gigabyte applications that are installed in your system, download the latest apps BIOS, driver, as well as check all other updates onlines. AS for the 3D OSD, it instantly displays and detects your system’s information via games which lets you acquire your system data without altering between scenes.
The new Smart Fan 5 Software lets you customize each of the fans to allow these to operate at a variety of speeds based on any defined temperature input. For the fan curves, you can also customize these based on the specific temperatures via the intuitive graphic UI. you will get to select from numerous modes: from quiet to full speed, you’ll be able to match your system’s utilization scenario or theme.
For each of the pump or fans, you can utilize the instinctive fan curve to determine the trigger thresholds, as well as the corresponding fan speed.
Gigabyte offers the B450 motherboard that functions and performs excellently; plus, it also has a great feature set which makes it highly notable. The motherboard is also well tuned and we didn’t experience any stability issues. For the fan control options, these were both excellent in the EFI and the software.
What we absolutely liked about this Pro model is that it is packed with a lot of excellent characteristics that are definitely useful. In fact, there is nothing to worry about this device unless you plan to create multi-threaded content, benchmark, and overclock beyond its extent.
All in all, the B450 AORUS Pro comes with a solid build, great appearance, and superb features for a very affordable price. The I/O shield that has been integrated in the motherboard makes it a great deal, and we really liked that the company made use of Realtek ALC-1220 audio.
We really think that most enthusiasts will be happy with this affordable motherboard since it offered more than what we have expected and it gave us more than what we paid for. If you are looking for a motherboard within a lower price range, we highly recommend the B450 AORUS Pro.
Where to Buy
You can pickup the B450 AORUS Pro for around $220AUD. For more information head on over to the official product page.