Gigabyte B550 Aorus Master Review

Up Close - Part 2

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Up Close - More Detail

Finishing our tour we begin with the front panel connectors in, what has become a feature of recent Gigabyte boards, the monochrome stylings. We still prefer the multi-coloured ones for speed of installation, but we build more systems in a month than most people do in their lifetime, so we have different requirements. Next to that a Type-A USB 3.2 header.

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And wrapping up the onboard connections another couple of fan headers sit next to the USB 2.0 headers which power most of our RGB and AIOs. Lastly the addressable and regular RGB led strip connectors sit next to the separate traced audio. You can also get a clear look at how nicely designed the heatspreaders on the M.2 are. We half expect them to come with a dose of Also Sprach Zarathustra.


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We spoke on the second page about how well the power section is designed, both in power deliver and cooling terms, and you can see it all clearly for yourself here. It might not be an X570 but you'll have trouble spotting the difference.


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Lastly the all-important back panel, with 6 USB 2.0 ports, 5 USB 3.2 Gen2 ports, 1 USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C port, an HDMI, RJ45, optical jacks and the two 2T2R antenna connectors.


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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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