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GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO WIFI (rev. 1.0) AM4 AMD B450 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard
  • Supports AMD Ryzen 5000 series / 3rd / 2nd / 1st Gen Ryzen Processors
  • Supports AMD 2nd / 1st Gen Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics Processors
  • Supports AMD Athlon with Radeon Vega Graphics Processors
  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • Intel Ethernet LAN + Dual Band 802.11 ac WI-FI
  • Dual PCIe Gen3 M.2 NVMe with Dual Thermal Guards
  • ALC1220-VB Enhanced Audio with WIMA Capacitors
  • RGB FUSION with Digital LED & RGB LED Headers
  • Smart Fan 5 with FAN STOP
  • USB 3.1 Gen 2 with USB Type-C & Type-A
  • Integrated I/O Shield of Ultra Durable Design
  • CEC 2019 Ready
  • $139.99 
  • Free Shipping (restrictions apply)
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4 out of 5 eggs Lots of features problems with M.2 SSD and Windows 10 10/07/2018

This review is from: GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO WIFI (rev. 1.0) AM4 AMD B450 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros:

Quality components and 8.3 phase PWM. Onboard sound ALC1220 is really good. I like the integrated IO shield. Integrated dual channel WIFI works well and getting close to advertised speed. Windows 10 did not require any drivers to complete install.

Cons:

Update:
Was able to resolve problems by moving M.2 to first slot, turning off Secure boot, enabling CSM and setting all devices to AHCI (Gigabyte should make AHCI default -- 99% installs are Windows 10).

Previous:
Installing Windows 10 on PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD was a real pain with this motherboard. As first the board did not show the drive in bios and it was on the compatible products list for this motherboard. In order to get Windows 10 to install, I had to go into bios and delete all the existing keys under Secure Boot, reset to Factory settings, reset to Setup, disable CSM Support to get Windows 10 to install. CSM should be disabled by default, that's old school and UEFI should be the default on all motherboards bios. After installing, I got the windows boot loader error to insert bootable disk. I went back into the bios, and set the first boot device to the M.2 SSD (Windows Boot Loader was not in the options). I then booted one time and shut down to install my other SATA drives. None of the SATA drives showed up in Windows after reboot. Went back into bios and noticed CSM Support was re-enabled (don't know how this was enabled) so I set all storage options in CSM support to UEFI only. After restart, my SATA drives showed up in bios and Windows Boot Loader showed in boot devices. I set boot to Windows Boot Loader and rebooted. Windows 10 booted and all my SATA device showed up in file explorer and disk manager. I spent 6 hours and did 4 installs of Windows 10 before I finally got the system to boot from the M.2 drive.

Overall Review:

Update:
Received email from Gigabyte support. The stated I needed to install the M.2 in first slot (M.2A) for Windows 10, enable CSM and set all SATA to AHCI (Gigabyte should make this the default) and disable Secure boot. Once I made those settings, Windows 10 boot problems went away and SSD speed doubled. There is no instructions in the motherboard manual to tell me to install the OS SSD in the first slot.

Previous Review: I like the motherboard and everything about it is good quality. My only gripe is I should be able to install an M.2 SSD and install Windows 10 without any bios tweaking. Gigabyte and the SSD manufacturers need to get together and come up with a standard or at least publish some instructions. This should all be plug and play just like when installing a SATA SSD. On a new build, I expect to be able to plug in the M.2, insert the Windows 10 install USB stick, and install the OS without even entering bios. There is nothing in the Gigabyte manual or the AData install instructions concerning installing Windows 10. If you need specific bios settings to install the OS on the M.2 SSD, it should be in the motherboard manual and/or with the instructions that come with the SSD.

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