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GIGABYTE B450 Aorus Pro WIFI (AMD B450) Motherboard Review (Page 2)

By Steven Bassiri from Jul 31, 2018 @ 8:00 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Packaging and Overview

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The box and motherboard are decent; you get the high-end Aorus branding and decent protection of the motherboard.

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The accessory package includes two SATA6Gb/s, WIFI antenna, M.2 screws, case badge, G-Connector, driver DVD, and manuals.

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GIGABYTE put in five fan headers circled in red. All the headers are hybrid PWM/DC mode headers and offer up to 2A of current, which is pretty good. Fans can be controlled through the UEFI or through GIGABYTE's System Information Viewer program. The motherboard features interesting aesthetics that blend in the metal from the heat sinks with a plastic shield over the IO panel. There are hints of orange on the motherboard as well, and they match the default orange RGB LED color. The back of the motherboard is bare of any major components.

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The rear IO panel features four USB 3.0 ports, USB 3.1 type-A, USB 3.1 type-C, WIFI antenna, DVI port, HDMI port, Gbit LAN, and 7.1 audio ports with S/PDIF out.

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The PCI-E layout is simple because the chipset doesn't offer SLI support, so the top slot is wired x16 directly to the CPU. There are two x16 slots wired as x4 PCI-E 2.0 and x1 PCI-E 2.0, and they share bandwidth with each other and the top x1 slot. The bottom M.2 slot operates at x2 PCI-E 2.0 and shares its bandwidth with two of the SATA ports. It has a heat sink attached to it as well.

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The top M.2 slot is wired x4 PCI-E 3.0 to the CPU and features a heat sink. There are also four SATA6Gb/s ports on the motherboard that are right-angled.

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Two of the SATA6Gb/s ports are angled straight up under the 24-pin connector. We also find an 8-pin power connector in the top right corner of the motherboard.

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A digital (addressable) RGB LED header is located at the top right corner of the motherboard, and it has a 5v/12v selector header. The header also utilizes spacing that is more common among accessories. At the bottom right corner of the motherboard, we find front panel headers, a USB 3.0 internal header, and two USB 2.0 headers.

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To the left of the TPM header, we find an RGBW header and another digital (addressable) RGB LED header. The heat sinks on the VRMs are not screwed into the motherboard but use push-pins. The heat sinks and shields are screwed into the motherboard.

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