Gigabyte B450 Aorus Pro WiFi Review: What Does This Gaming Motherboard Offer?

Gigabyte 400 series maximizes your computer’s potential using AMD StoreMI technology. StoreMI speeds up traditional storage devices to speed up boot times and improve the user experience. StoreMI is an easy-to-use utility that combines SSD speed with high-capacity HDDs to create a single drive. It also boosts read/write speeds to match SSDs and makes everyday computers more performance-driven.

Gigabyte 400 Series

– Endurance: 22W TDP – Intel XMP Support – Industry-exclusive features such as Secure Boot, Secure Volume Mode (SVM), and Server Platform Guard – A total of 18 SATA 6Gbps Ports (4 SATA 6Gbps ports & 12 SATA Express Ports) – 1x M.2 2280 Hub – 2x 2.5″/3.5″/5.25″ Internal Drive Bays – Full-size PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot – 8x PCI-Express 3.0 x4 slots – 3x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A – 3x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A – 8x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A – 2x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C – 4x USB 2.0 ports – 1x Gigabit Ethernet – 2x 3.5mm audio jacks – 1x Optical S/PDIF Out – 1x 4-pin 6-pin Power – 1x 1-pin PS/2 connector – 2x PCIe x16 Gen3 slots (RX/TX), plus 1x PCIe x4 Gen3 slot (RX) – Optional E-ATA slot – Optional DIMM M.2/PCIe-SATA M.2 slot – Optional M.2/PCIe-SATA M.

What is StoreMI?

StoreMI technology is a free solution created by AMD in partnership with industry leaders such as Microsoft, Google, and Samsung to improve the performance of traditional storage devices in PCs. This enhancement in the modern era of faster, always-connected PCs boosts the speed and reliability of conventional storage devices while offering a slight performance hit compared to SSDs, making it the ideal solution for systems on the go. Using a single storage device, users can leverage any of the computer’s high-speed storage devices to make up for the performance hit caused by a large amount of storage.

Gigabyte B450 Aorus Pro WiFi Review

Inside the B450 Aorus Pro is AMD’s newest platform, the B450 chipset. There is only one difference between the B450 and the B450X; the B450 is an x16 / x1 chipset, and the B450 is an x4 / x2, making it easier for more AMD processors to be used in the same motherboard. That’s because the AMD AM4 sockets only have four PCIe x16 lanes for the fastest available graphics cards. The other difference is that B450 Aorus Pro WiFi has a total of two full-length PCIe x4 lanes, which makes installing cards to the other side more efficient and saves on the number of heatsinks needed. All current-gen X299 motherboards (except the ASUS ARES X299-A) are x16 / x16 / x16. The BIOS options for Aorus Pro WiFi include the PCIe x16 mode and the M.2 mode.

Compatibility and other things to know

This motherboard is compatible with AMD Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 series processors, AMD RX 500 series graphics, Intel X299 chipset, and Intel G40 chips. You will need a chipset, RAM, video adapter, and a storage controller (either SATA or M.2) to get the most out of this motherboard.

Conclusion

The Gigabyte B450 Aorus Pro WiFi was a perfect board for a $55 price point, especially considering the other boards I looked at a cost twice as much. The panel was a clear improvement over the Gigabyte B450 Aorus Pro Gaming as the B450 has weaker overclocking capabilities while the B450 Pro Gaming has an entirely different design that limits customization. However, the B450 Pro Gaming comes in a 4-pin password-protected SLI configuration that costs $30 more but has no legacy overclocking support or onboard WiFi. This motherboard is a great mid-range offering that will outperform its predecessor and the B450 Aorus Gaming WiFi, an excellent motherboard for those looking to overclock and need built-in WiFi for better connectivity and real-time system monitoring.

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