Monday, August 20th 2018

GIGABYTE Intros B450-I Aorus Pro WiFi Motherboard

GIGABYTE introduced an Aorus-branded, quasi-premium mini-ITX motherboard based on AMD B450 chipset, for socket AM4 processors, the B450-I Aorus Pro WiFi. The board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS, conditioning it for the SoC with a lean 4+2 phase VRM. The AM4 SoC is wired to two DDR4 DIMM slots, supporting up to 32 GB of dual-channel DDR4 memory; and the board's lone PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot.

Storage connectivity on the B450-I Aorus Pro WiFi includes an M.2-2280 slot with PCI-Express 3.0 x4 and SATA 6 Gbps wiring; and four SATA 6 Gbps ports. USB connectivity includes six USB 3.0 ports (four on the rear panel, two by headers); and two USB 3.1 gen 2 (both on the rear panel). With just 6-channel jacks, the onboard audio solution may look cheap, but is redeemed by Realtek ALC1220 CODEC. The Intel 9260 adapter is at the helm of wireless networking, with 802.11ac + Bluetooth 5.0, while GbE is handled by Intel i211AT. There's also some RGB LED fun to be had, with two 4-pin ARGB headers, and a small 8-pixel diffuser behind the PCB. GIGABYTE could price this board around $120.
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7 Comments on GIGABYTE Intros B450-I Aorus Pro WiFi Motherboard

#1
altcapwn
Oh wow, nice board.

Sad they have a shitty after-sale warranty/support.
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#2
Durvelle27
Damn I can say that’s the best looking ITX board I’ve seen thus far and the VRMs actaully have a HSF
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#3
IceShroom
No USB Type-C, no Optical out and only 3 audio port. Gigabyte is treating AM4 platform as 2nd class platform.
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#4
SimpleTECH
"btarunr said:
while GbE is handled by Intel i219-V
Is that a typo? The i219-V is handled by a proprietary connection and exclusive to that of Intel chipsets.
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#5
GamerNerves
"IceShroom said:
No USB Type-C, no Optical out and only 3 audio port. Gigabyte is treating AM4 platform as 2nd class platform.
Yep, this would be a different case if the name was not "Aorus Pro". Their ATX-products are very fine though.
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#6
Caring1
What's so "Pro" about the shit VRM on this board, or did they mean Pro RGB now!!
And the brain dead slogans they all seem to have now, really, Team up, Fight on?
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
"SimpleTECH said:
Is that a typo? The i219-V is handled by a proprietary connection and exclusive to that of Intel chipsets.
Got a correction from Gigabyte that this board features i211-AT.

You are correct, i219-V uses half-speed PCIe to talk to the Intel PCH.
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