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Socket / CPU
Black / Silver
PCI-E x16 Slots
PCI-E x8 Slots
PCI-E x4 Slots
PCI-E x1 Slots
SATA 6 Gb/s
Depends on CPU
Onboard USB3.0 Headers
- 22 points
- 13 months ago
from completed build Backpack-able 3.3L 2400G Powerhouse
NVMe on top of the motherboard (important for cases like InWin Chopin)
Good audio even on front panel header
Wifi extremely stable and fast
Stock "Auto" settings for CPU and SOC massively overvolt, generating extra heat and power fluctuations
SOC VRM buzzes whenever iGPU is under load, gets louder when overclocked
Moderate SOC voltage (1.175) leads to VRM temps in the 90C range, causing power draw to increase
Flashing motherboard with Gigabyte @BIOS utility bricked board, requiring replacement
8-pin CPU power socket in an awful location, making it difficult to unplug without pulling out the whole board
Other Thoughts: Note: This review is based on having two of this board, both exhibiting all of the same issues.
If you're planning on using this for a CPU-only build, you'll probably be fine. But I would not suggest putting an APU on this board, especially if you plan on overclocking it, until Gigabyte either revises the board or fixes the voltage control issues with a BIOS update. My 2400G APU pulls over 120W on stock motherboard settings during Cinebench and Blender testing, immediately causing the CPU to throttle even with aftermarket cooling. Core voltage was measured at over 1.4V, which is an insane amount of voltage considering stock voltage is 1.225!!! The GPU/SOC voltages suffered similar problems, with stock settings causing offsets of +.05-.1 volts (which is a lot considering recommended SOC range is 1.05-1.2). With a 150W 80+ PSU, adjusting the GPU clocks at all would cause over-voltage protection to trip on the PSU, causing an immediate shutdown. This is unacceptable and is probably the poorest stock voltage regulation I've seen across multiple AM4 mITX boards from ASrock, Asus and Gigabyte.
VRM cooling is also rather poor. Doing GPU only overclocking, I had to limit myself to 1.2V SOC voltage to keep VRM temps below 100C during extended load. Certainly part of this is due to my case being very small, but I ensured that the VRMs had plenty of intake and exhaust airflow to prevent recirculation. This heat and voltage limitation meant that instead of getting 1650MHz on my GPU (tested on a different board to be stable at 1.25V), I had to come all the way down to 1550MHz @ 1.175 for long-term stability. That's a lot of performance left on the table because of insufficient surface area for VRM cooling.
The last annoyance is more of a pet-peeve, but still worth mentioning. When the GPU is being used, the SOC VRMs create a buzzing noise that changes frequency based on framerate, and volume depending on SOC voltage. It's definitely audible outside of the case with the cover on. The noise is evident everywhere the GPU is used, from the Windows 10 start menu (audible click on every single scroll) to synthetic and gaming benchmarks (Fire Strike combined test produces a slow, loud clicking noise @ 6 FPS, Crysis benchmark produces a constant grinding noise @ 60+ FPS).
- 20 points
- 12 months ago
from completed build PROJECT: Red Falcon
Good WIFI for the price. Plus I like Aorus.
- 14 points
- 1 month ago
from completed build Ryzen SFF build
Decent mid-tier board with wireless features. I personally am a fan of the overall design. Has an M2 slot so one less wire to worry to about without a sata drive.
- 13 points
- 5 months ago
from completed build Hell of an Engineer Mk. II
Died randomly after 3 months. Seems that clearing the CMOS fixed it, but still not cool. I'll probably upgrade to a X570 or B550 board when they release.
- 11 points
- 8 months ago
from completed build RyTX - lets get smaller
MOBO: B450 I Aourus ProPretty nice lookin B450 board. it does it's job pretty well.
- 11 points
- 23 days ago
from completed build My first PC (3600/5700)
I got this for $90 at micro center after $30 off for CPU/mobo combo deal. This board has everything I need. Its mITX, its got wifi, the color scheme is nice, and it has a bit of RGB built in. No complaints here.
- 10 points
- 8 months ago
from completed build SHARKOON C10 : Portable, Affordable, Expandable
Had everything I needed. Then again, it's my first build. Only thing I did miss was being able to plug in more fans. So far I've only been able to plug in the CPU cooler and 1 more fan. I'd love it if it had less LED plugs and just one more fan instead.
- 10 points
- 2 months ago
from completed build Black Lightning
does exactly as what its supposed to do, only complaint is that the VRMs run a little hot, but thats no big deal, also the m.2 screw is impossible to remove, i still havent gotten it off yet
- 9 points
- 13 months ago
from completed build Ryzen Silver Mini-Monster
Great looking, clean silver-black itx board. Board LEDs are non-addressable. Needs 2 more fan headers rather than LED headers. 4+2 phase. No VRM issues yet. For a b450 board, this is more than enough. This is the body of the Ryzen Silver Mini-monster.
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