Aorus B450 Pro Wifi

AN X470 LEVEL BOARD WITH­OUT THE X470 PRICE

PC & Tech Authority - - REVIEWS INTRO - CHRIS SZEWCZYK

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. ”

KEY SPECS

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

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