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Socket / CPU
Black / Silver
PCI-E x16 Slots
PCI-E x8 Slots
PCI-E x4 Slots
PCI-E x1 Slots
- 2242/2260/2280 M-key
- 2230 E-key
SATA 6 Gb/s
Depends on CPU
USB 2.0 Headers
USB 3.2 Gen 1 Headers
USB 3.2 Gen 2 Headers
USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Headers
- 147 points
- 4 months ago
from completed build Grand Finale
So far... Great. Worked right out of the box with my Ryzen 7 3700x without bios flash needed... Wifi, Bluetooth, 5v & 12v rgb, everything I need
- 44 points
- 6 months ago
from completed build mITX AMD Build 2019 // 3600 & 5700XT
Nothing too much to report here; it's a Ryzen 300 series ready board for a reasonably good price point. I know the newer models have additional M.2 drives, for example, but if you can get by using just one M.2 drive, or a few 2.5" SSD's I'd really recommend grabbing a B450 board like this one to save some money without compromising on performance. I also fancy the Gigabyte BIOS interface; accessible and straight forward.
- 27 points
- 1 month ago
from completed build 'Mesh' Cougar QBX [& How To Get Better Temps!]
Great mini-itx board for AM4 - admittedly a touch expensive but it looks and performs very well.
BIOS was easy to navigate, and gigabyte's RGB software is simple to use and understand.
- 23 points
- 20 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).
- 21 points
- 19 months ago
from completed build PROJECT: Red Falcon
Good WIFI for the price. Plus I like Aorus.
- 20 points
- 4 months ago
from completed build The Clockwork Angel
its fine rn for what it is, it holds up well, will change out for x570 at some point tho
- 17 points
- 7 months 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.
- 17 points
- 6 months ago
from completed build Mum’s new office PC
I was looking for a quality motherboard that has BT+WIFI with it, and I decided to pick this as Gigabyte never disappoints. As expected of an M-ITX board, it was a little hard to mount
- 15 points
- 11 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.
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