Aorus B450 Pro Wifi
AN X470 LEVEL BOARD WITHOUT THE X470 PRICE
It’s kind of dif cult to think of a $229 motherboard as expensive, but, relatively, the B450 Aorus Pro WiFi is exactly that. It is by far the most expensive board in the roundup. We were chasing one of the lowerpriced Gigabyte boards, but time constraints made this impossible. Normally a 20% or more price premium would count against many boards, but this is one that is brimming with features and has specs that truly illustrate what a ‘budget’ chipset-equipped motherboard is capable of.
If looks justi ed pricing, then the Aorus Pro should be $300+. It’s the only board in the roundup to feature M.2 drive heatsinks. We usually like to see an M.2 slot above the rst PCIe slot, but the beefy heatsink means your M.2 drive should stay at peak performance without throttling. There’s a capable VRM system that will handle overclocking even eight core Ryzen processors. We’d like to see screw down heatsinks though; push pins should not be seen on all but the cheapest boards in 2018. Of course it wouldn’t be Aorus without a healthy dose of RGB lighting. It really does look lovely.
Being the most expensive board in the test, the Aorus Pro WIFI needs to have a feature set to justify its relatively high price, and it does. And then some. While the other boards by necessity have lower spec controllers onboard, the Aorus Pro crams in everything a high-end board should have. There’s ALC 1220 audio with an extra dose of WIMA and Chemicon capacitors, it’s got Intel LAN and course 802.11ac WiFi is a strong value add. We also have that important HDMI 2.0 support for optimal Ryzen APU performance. Even the integrated I/O shield has a RGB logo. It’s primo alright.
The I/O area has a good helping of ports starting with the AC Wi-Fi antenna ports. The USB complement is about the minimum we’d like, with two USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type-A and Type-C), plus there’s four 3.1 Gen 1 ports. There’s the aforementioned HDMI 2.0 port, DVI-D, the Intel LAN port and a set of analogue ports joining a welcome S/PDIF optical port. A couple more USB would be nice but this is a set of ports we’re happy with.
As with all the boards in our roundup, the Aorus Pro performed exactly as we expect. Any signi cant differences that existed between boards have been addressed through ongoing BIOS updates and electrical improvements over rst generation Ryzen boards. This is the kind of board you’d be looking to slap a good quality GPU into, and get essentially identical performance to an X470 motherboard costing $100 more.
Though it’s the most expensive board in our roundup, the Aorus Pro justi es it. It will extract the most from your shiny new Ryzen processor and look good doing it, while ticking all the key feature boxes. If you’re baulking at the price of typical X470 motherboard, then the list price of just $229 makes this one a highly compelling option.
“...has specs that truly illustrate what a ‘budget’ chipset-equipped motherboard is capable of. ”
1x PCIe 3.0 x16, 1x PCIe 2.0 x4, 1x PCIe 2.0 x1 • Realtek ALC1220-VB audio CODEC • 6x SATA 3, 1x M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4), 1 M.2 (SATA3) • 1 x USB Type-C, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A, 2 x USB 3.1 • Intel I211AT Gigabit LAN
$229 • www.gigabyte.com.au