Gigabyte B550 Aorus Master Review

Packaging and Accessories

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The Aorus packaging is now as familiar as any other famous hardware brand, with what we consider to be the screaming eagle large and in charge on the front, allied to the orange lettering that lets you know which model this is. On the reverse all the key features are easily found without resorting to miniscule fonts to cram it all on. Most of us only care about how much we can plug into a motherboard and how fast it will go when we do, and the Aorus Master ticks those boxes in feature terms.

Gigabyte B550 Aorus Master Preview  
Gigabyte B550 Aorus Master Preview  

Inside the box we have the clearly written manual and driver CD as well as a healthy collection of cables. First up the SATA ones which are such a feature of every motherboard box on earth that we think the people who makes the cardboard for the box probably include them without being told to.


Gigabyte B550 Aorus Master Preview  
Gigabyte B550 Aorus Master Preview  

Monitoring your temperatures is key to keeping a healthy system and the B550 Aorus Master has two thermistor cables letting you keep a close eye on those points where heat might build up in your case.


Gigabyte B550 Aorus Master Preview  

No RGB LED strip comes with enough cable unless you're running your system in an HTPC chassis, so the inclusion of some extension cables is always welcome. Here they are in plain RGB and Addressable formats.


Gigabyte B550 Aorus Master Preview  

WiFi without antenna is pointless, so having the Aorus standard design antenna included is very nice too. It's funny how, in a world determined to bring unique and easily recognisable designs everyone has agreed that this is the shape WiFi antennae should be.


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Most Recent Comments

17-06-2020, 12:13:42

Avet
I don't know why Tom is so against 3 NVME Gen 4 full speed drives. I think it is a masterstroke. (pun intended) If it was Gen 3 lanes I would understand. Probably not even 3080Ti/3090 will be able to saturate X8 Gen 4. SLI is dead so why not use those PCI-E lanes for uber-fast storage? Two chipset PCI-E slots will be more than enough for any expansion like 10G or capture card.

If you use 2 GPUs for rendering well then go for another board, but for most people, this is a much better distribution of lanes.Quote

19-06-2020, 10:37:50

The_Crapman
Another motherboard release with eye watering prices. B550 is meant to be the knock down cheaper alternative, but they're still pushing out £300 boards!? Mental. B550 lowers the scale of pricing from x570 sure, but am I the only one who thinks we're getting screwed by motherboard manufacturers?Quote

19-06-2020, 13:38:45

AlienALX
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Originally Posted by The_Crapman View Post
Another motherboard release with eye watering prices. B550 is meant to be the knock down cheaper alternative, but they're still pushing out £300 boards!? Mental. B550 lowers the scale of pricing from x570 sure, but am I the only one who thinks we're getting screwed by motherboard manufacturers?
Apparently the traces need to be super clean. Meaning the cost goes up. That is at least what I have heard.

Don't forget that a part of that price is the chipset price also. Like, from AMD. IDK if they charge a license fee like Intel...

Sadly this will just continue, until Intel give them a reason to have to drop.

"We create monsters".Quote
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