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GIGABYTE B550 AORUS PRO AC AM4 AMD B550 ATX Motherboard with Dual M.2, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.2 Gen 2, Intel 802.11ac, 2.5 GbE LAN, PCIe 4.0

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  • Supports 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Processors
  • Dual Channel ECC/Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • True 12+2 Phases Digital VRM Solution with 50A DrMOS
  • Advanced Thermal Design with Fins-Array Heatsink and Direct Touch Heatpipe
  • Ultra Durable PCIe 4.0 Ready x16 Slot
  • Dual Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe 4.0/3.0 x4 M.2 with Thermal Guards
  • Onboard Intel Dual Band 802.11ac & BT 4.2 Wireless with AORUS Antenna
  • AMP-UP Audio with ALC1220-VB and WIMA Capacitors for Rear 120dB SNR
  • Blazing Fast 2.5GbE LAN with Bandwidth Management
  • USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C & HDMI Support
  • RGB FUSION 2.0 with Multi-Zone Addressable LED Light Show Design
  • Support Addressable LED & RGB LED Strips
  • Smart Fan 5 Features Multiple Temperature Sensors
  • Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP
  • Q-Flash Plus Update BIOS without Installing the CPU, Memory and GPU
  • Pre-installed IO Shield for Easy and Quick Installation

  • Overview
  • Specs
  • Warranty & Returns
  • Reviews

DESIGN CONCEPT

DOMINANT IN DARKNESS

a robot with aorus logo as his heart
In the dark, starless night, the falcon strikes fear into the heart of its prey. Even with minimal visibility, the falcon pinpoints its prey and patiently anticipates the perfect moment to swoop in for the kill. The falcon with its laser sharp gaze dominates the darkness of night in the same manner that AORUS Core Lighting illuminates the vast AORUS ecosystem.
detail of the motherboard
  1. Intel Dual Band 802.11ac & BT 4.2
  2. HDMI
  3. Q-Flash Plus Button
  4. 2.5 GbE LAN
  5. Rear USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C
  6. Advanced Thermal Design
    • Fins-Array II
    • Direct-Touch Heatpipe II
    • 5 W/mK LAIRD Thermal Conductivity Pad
    • Pre-installed I/O Shield
  7. Dual M.2 Connectors
    • NVMe PCIe 4.0/3.0 x4 & PCIe 3.0 x4
    • 1X PCIe 4.0 M.2 Slot
    • 2X M.2 Thermal Guards
  8. Audio Solutions
    • ALC1220-VB Audio
    • Nichicon Fine Gold Audio Capacitors
    • Audiophile Grade WIMA Capacitors
  1. True 12+2 Phases Digital VRM with DrMOS
    • 50A DrMOS
    • Premium Choke and Capacitor
    • 6 Layer PCB
    • PCIe 4.0 Ready Mid-Loss PCB
    • 2X Copper PCB
  2. Supports 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Processors
  3. Dual Channel DDR4, 4 DIMMs
    • DDR4 XMP up to 5400MHz+
  4. Solid Pin Power Connectors
    • 24 Pin ATX Power Connector
    • 8 Pin CPU Power Connector
  5. Smart Fan 5 + FAN STOP
    • 8 Fan / Water Pump Connectors
    • 7 Internal Temperature Sensors
    • 2 External Temperature Sensors
  6. Ultra Durable PCIe Armor
    • PCIe 4.0 Slot
    • Running 1* x16
  7. RGB FUSION 2.0
    • Addressable LED Header*2
    • RGB LED Header*3
amd ryzen of the motherboard  ultimate-power-design of the motherboard

ULTIMATE POWER DESIGN

To fully support the latest 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processors, B550 motherboards equip with the ultimate power solution which is true direct, digital and multiple phases. After countless experiments and testing, GIGABYTE presents the unbeatable B550 motherboards for enthusiast. No Compromise and never stop to achieve higher.

Digital Power Design of the motherboard

True 12+2 Phases Digital Power Design

B550 AORUS PRO AC motherboard uses an 12*+2 phases digital CPU power design which includes both digital PWM Controller and DrMOS. These 100% digital controller offer incredible precision in delivering power to the motherboard's most power-hungry and energy-sensitive components, allowing enthusiasts to get the absolute maximum performance from 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processors.

  • Digital PWM Controller delivers appropriate voltage to the CPU.
  • True 12+2 Phases DrMOS with PWM Doublers, each power phase connects directly to the CPU. With capability to handle up to 700 Amps current in total.
  • All-solid capacitors to improve Transient response and minimize oscillation.
  • 8pin Solid Pin CPU Power Connectors.
  1. Intersil Digital PWM Controller
  2. True 12+2 Phases of Digital PWM with 50A DrMOS
  3. All-Solid Capacitor
  4. 8pin Solid Pin CPU Power Connectors
True Power Design

Power Efficiency & Voltage Ripple Graph

power-efficiency Design

GIGABYTE's exclusive 2X Copper PCBs design provides sufficient power trace paths between components to handle greater than normal power loads and to remove heat from the critical CPU power delivery area. This is essential to ensure the motherboard is able to handle the increased power loading that is necessary when overclocking.

pcb2x-02, three pic to show detail of Copper PCB, Lower temperature icon, Better Overclocking icon, Better Power effciency icon, Lower Impedance icon
UNPARALLELED PERFORMANCE design

UNPARALLELED PERFORMANCE

GIGABYTE realize that customer won't stop chasing a better computing performance. We take care of it and implement on products. Protective and optimized memory trace enhance the performance. Faster read and write are needed to save time and improve efficiency. We offer plenty of M.2 storage with thermal guards to ensure unthrottled read and write. In advance, adopting PCIe 4.0 ready components get the B550 motherboards easier to upgrade.

Support for DDR4 XMP Up to 5400MHz and Beyond*

AORUS is offering a tested and proven platform that ensures proper compatibility with profiles up to 5400MHz and beyond. All users need to do to attain this performance boost is to ensure that their memory module is XMP capable and that the XMP function is activated and enabled on their AORUS motherboard.

mb_xmp, a chart of XMP profiles Support
mb_xmp, DDR4 in motherboard as background
 detail of the XTREME MEMORY
Shielded Memory Routing

All memory routing is under the PCB inner layer shielded by a large ground layer to protect from external interference.

Memory Layout - Daisy Chain Design

With the optimized daisy-chain routing, the B550 AORUS motherboard provides a proven speed of up to DDR4-5400+ MHz with high density memory modules*. Optimized daisy-chained routing eliminates the stub effect, pushes the one DIMM per channel in dual channel interleaving mode to hit higher memory frequencies, providing professional gamers a denser and faster system memory experience.

Memory Layout effect

*Performance may vary in circumstances. Please refer to the QVL list for detail support information.

 faster speed icon, 32GB Capacity icon, Multi-Tasking icon, RAM Intensive icon, Quick Response icon, Lower Usage icon.
Single 32GB Support

With populated 2 DIMMs per channel on GIGABYTE B550 motherboards, the maximum memory capacity support is 128GB. For users who always run out of memory capacity, they are able to enjoy more bandwidth now for memory-intensive application such as rendering and video editing.

detail of the PCIe design
  1. PCIe 4.0 Slot

    PCIe 4.0 x16 slot with faster bandwidth and lower impedance.
  2. PCIe 4.0 Ready PCB

    Low signal loss PCB.
  3. M.2 PCIe 4.0 Slot

    M.2 PCIe 4.0 x4 slot with Lower impedance.
m2Slot, a compare of PCIe 4.0x4 M.2 with PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2

Dual NVMe M.2 PCIe SSDs in RAID 0 Support

Performance with PCIe 4.0 x4 + PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe PCIe SSDs

B550 AORUS motherboards offer the industry's best compatibility in terms of NVMe storage for users who demand high capacity and seek the best performance. AORUS' unique design can be configured in RAID for record speeds of up to 6560 MB/s (Sequential Read), making AORUS the obvious choice for the ultimate PC.

detail of the PCIe 4.0 design of the motherboard m2Slot, a compare of M.2 and sata3 up to 6GB/s ADVANCED THERMAL SOLUTION design of the motherboard

ADVANCED THERMAL SOLUTION

Unthrottled performance is guaranteed by the advanced thermal solution which including Fins-Array Heatsink, Direct Touch Heatpipe and Thermal Guards. B550 AORUS motherboards are cool on MOSFETs and M.2 SSDs even on full loading. It provides lower temperatures for enthusiasts, overclockers and professional gamers.

detail of the inside

1.Direct Touch Heatpipe
Heatpipe directly touches the heating source VRM components that guarantee good contact between VRM and heatsink.

2.Fins-Array Heatsink
Fins-Array Heatsink on both TMOS side and RMOS side uses the stacked-fins design which increasing the heat dissipation area by 300% as compared to traditional heatsinks of the same size and also providing at least 30% lower temperature on MOSFETs.

3.LAIRD 5 W/mK Thermal Pad
By using LAIRD 5 W/mK high thermal conductivity pads, it can transfer 4x more heat as compared to traditional thermal pads in same time.

4.2X M.2 Thermal Guard
Built-in M.2 thermal guard heatsink helps the high-speed, large capacity of PCIe 4.0/3.0 SSDs to prevent overheat throttling and performance bottlenecks.

AORUS M.2 Thermal Guard

GIGABYTE Ultra-Efficient M.2 Thermal Guard
With durability in mind, GIGABYTE provides a thermal solution for M.2 SSD devices. The M.2 Thermal Guard prevents throttling and bottlenecks from high speed M.2 SSDs as it helps to dissipate heat before it becomes an issue.

AORUS M.2 Thermal Guard II

Thermal Throttling As Temperature Rises

M2ThermalGuard, a performance chart of cooler and hotter
smart-fan5-logo

Smart Fan 5

With Smart Fan 5 users can ensure that their gaming PC can maintain its performance while staying cool. Smart Fan 5 allows users to interchange their fan headers to reflect different thermal sensors at different locations on the motherboard. Not only that, with Smart Fan 5 more hybrid fan headers that support both PWM and Voltage mode fans have been introduced to make the motherboard more liquid cooling friendly.
inside of the motherboard
temperature sensors and hybrid fan headers icon
  • 8 Fan / Water Pump Connectors
  • 7 Temperature Sensors
  • 2 External Temperature Sensors
  • All Hybrid Fan Headers
  • Interoperable Fans and Sensors
  • Supports High Current Fans up to 24W(2A x 12V) with Over-Current Protection
  • Intuitive UI for Fan Control
Different models have a different number of fan pin headers and temperature sensors. Smart Fan 5 function may vary by model.

Hybrid Fan Pin Headers

Assume complete control over your liquid cooling setup! Smart Fan 5 receives up-to-the-second information on flow-rate and water-temperature through the Hybrid Fan Pin Headers or external thermistor sensors—giving you absolute mastery over your PC.

  • All Hybrid Fan Headers can automatically detect the type of cooling device whether it be fan or pump with different PWM or Voltage mode.
example of the hybrid fan pin header and temperature sensor pin header
Achieve fan silence. With Fan Stop, map any fan to stop completely when temperatures drop below a specified threshold. Which fan stops, based on readings from which sensor, and at what temperature—all of it can be customized to your liking.
fan-control-design

New Smart Fan 5 Software

Choose from different modes, Quiet to Full Speed, to match your system usage preferences. For each fan or pump, you can use the intuitive fan curve to define trigger thresholds and corresponding fan speeds.
two screenshots of system inofrmation viewer
mainsec04, one side of the motherboard

Next Generation Connectivity

A high-end product needs to be future-proof so your system stays up-to-date with the latest technology. B550 AORUS motherboards provide all next generation network and storage to keep you up to speed.

2.5GbE LAN Onboard

2X Faster than ever

Adoption of 2.5G LAN provide up to 2.5 GbE network connectivity, with at least two times faster transfer speeds compared to general 1GbE networking. It's perfectly suit for gamers and streamer with ultimate and smooth online experience. It also backward compatible with Multi-Gig(10/100/1000/2500Mbps) RJ-45 ethernet.
mainsec04, one side of the motherboard

Faster and Better Coverage with Dual Band 802.11ac WIFI + BT4.2 Module

The onboard 802.11ac WIFI module from Intel supports Dual Band and up to 433 Mbps, 3x faster WIFI speed than 802.11n and also support BLUETOOTH 4.2.
a chart showing different between 2x2 802.11ax and others
detail of the wifi signal

AORUS Antenna Supports Dual Band with Better WIFI Signal

  • All new antenna supported dual band 802.11ax/ac 2.4GHz & 5GHz.
    better signal strength compared to traditional antenna design
  • AORUS Antenna with smart antenna function for the best WIFI signal transmitting
  • Multiple angle tilt and magnetic base for the best signal strength direction and location
USB Type-C

Connecting the Future - USB Type-C

AMD's native USB 3.2 Gen2 provides USB 3.2 Gen2 ports with speeds up to 10Gbps. With twice the bandwidth compared to its previous generation as well as backwards compatibility with USB 2.0 and USB 3.2 Gen1, the much improved USB 3.2 Gen2 protocol is available over the new reversible USB Type-C and the traditional USB Type-A connector for better compatibility over a wider range of devices.

chart of USB 3.2 Gen 2 and USB 3.2 Gen 1
hdmi_port

HDMI 2.1 for 4K / 60P / 21:9 / HDCP 2.3 Support

HDMI 2.1, which is backwards compatible with HDMI 2.0/ 1.4 and offering 48 Gb/s of bandwidth – twice times more than previous generation. This unlocks the potential for users to transfer multiple video streams, as well as a native cinematic 21:9 ratio (which most movies are shot in), Full HDR and HDCP 2.3 support, to offer the best visual experience for viewers.

chart of HDMI 2.1, HDMI 2.0 and HDMI 1.4

HI-FI AUDIO SYSTEM

For enthusiasts, sound quality is just as essential to the gaming experience. B550 AORUS motherboards are equipped with high quality audio components such as Hi-Fi grade WIMA FKP2 capacitors and Nichicon Fine Gold capacitors to provide a superb audio experience. The exclusive AORUS AMP-UP Audio technology makes for the ideal onboard sound solution for the most demanding audiophiles.
hi-res-audio icon

Hi-Res Audio

Hi-Res Audio certified, meaning that the product is capable of reproducing frequencies up to 40kHz or above which ensures user with the best audio quality at all times.

ALC1220-VB Immersive Gaming ViBes

All New Realtek High-End HD Audio Codec

ALC1220 120dB(A) SNR HD Audio with Smart Headphone Amp automatically detects impedance of your head-worn audio device, preventing issues such as low volume and distortion.
With the new VB series audio controller, stream your voice to the world vibrantly with both front/rear microphone SNR up to 110/114dB(A).
mb_headphone with smart headphone amp VB_table of the motherboard ALC1220-VB of the motherboard
Audio of the motherboard

High-End WIMA & Audio Capacitors

The AORUS motherboards boast a combination of Hi-Fi grade WIMA FKP2 capacitors and high-end Nichicon Fine Gold audio capacitors. While the high-end audio capacitors are suited for high-grade audio equipment, using state of the art technology to provide rich sound in the bass and clearer high frequencies, the WIMA FKP2 capacitors are being used widely in premium grade Hi-Fi systems. The addition of this to the exclusive AOURS AMP-UP Audio technology makes for the ideal onboard sound solution for the most demanding audiophiles.

Audio Noise Guard

AORUS motherboards feature an audio noise guard that essentially separates the board's sensitive analog audio components from potential noise pollution at the PCB level. LED trace path lighting Illuminates to show the separation of the PCB layers.

B550 AORUS PRO AC motherboard

DEFINITIVE AESTHETICS

B550 motherboards feature RGB FUSION 2.0 and offer the option to control onboard, external light strips, and/or AORUS devices with RGB/ Addressable RGB LEDs to make your PC unique and stylish.

Multi-Zone Light Show Design

Now offering more LED customizations than ever, users can truly adapt their PC to represent their lifestyle. With full RGB support and a redesigned RGB Fusion 2.0 application, the user has complete control over the LEDs which surround the motherboard.
ledstrip01, cycle color icon, static icon, pulse icon, flash icon, double flash icon, music icon, random icon, game icon, digital A icon, digital B icon, digital C icon,  a pic of RGB LED and Digital Addressable LED
RGB_Fusion, the components of computer together in a black background

With an integrated intuitive user interface, the RGB Fusion 2.0 provides you a better solution for customizing the lighting effects across all supported devices. From motherboards, graphics cards to the peripheral products, you can personalize your gaming rig with your own style and show off your build by sharing the profiles. In addition, the new gaming mode makes the lighting effects interactive with selected games to bring you the most immersive gaming experience.

rgbsoftware, RGB FUSION 2.0 ICON, two screenshots of RGB fusion 2.0

GIGABYTE RGB Fusion APP

Don't just make your PC shine, make it a work of art that friends will envy. With the GIGABYTE RGB Fusion mobile app users can watch as they control the lighting within their gaming PC. This gives users ease of access as they try and adjust colors and speeds for different modes, all this can be achieved away from the keyboard and monitor of their PC.

screenshot of Fusion APP
ULTRA DURABLE

ULTRA DURABLE

GIGABYTE is reputable for its product durability and high standard of manufactured process. Needless to say, we use the best, high quality components on B550 AORUS motherboards and reinforce each part of components to be solid and durable.

Ultra Durable Memory Armor

AORUS' exclusive one piece stainless steel shielding design prevents against PCB distortion/twisting and plate bending, in addition to preventing any possible ESD interference.

one image splited into two, showing different between with gigabyte memory armor and without

Ultra Durable PCIe Armor

Industry Leading Ultra Durable PCIe Armor

The innovative one piece stainless steel shielding design from GIGABYTE reinforces the PCIe connectors to provide the extra strength required to support heavy graphics cards.

mb_exclusive, the detail of extra anchor points, a pic of different between 1.7X stronger and 3.2X stronger

Solid Pin Power Connectors

B550 AORUS motherboards feature solid plated ATX 24pin & ATX 12V 8pin power connectors to offer a stable power supply during CPU overloading.

solid pin design and traditiona design

Solid Pin Power connector advantages

  • Larger contact area for electricity
  • More metal quantity to sustain higher power and generated heat
  • Ultra durable and longer lifespan
detail of the ports on the motherboard
q-flash-plus icon

Q-Flash Plus

Update the BIOS easily without installing the CPU, memory and graphics card.

With GIGABYTE Q-Flash Plus, you don't need to install the CPU, memory and graphics card nor enter the BIOS menu to flash the BIOS. Just download and save a new BIOS file (rename to gigabyte.bin) on the USB flash drive, then press the dedicated Q-Flash Plus button and you're good to go!

qflashstep2, three steps to show you how to use Q-flash plus.
app center screenshot

GIGABYTE BIOS & APP CENTER

Good software goes hand in hand with perfect hardware. B550 motherboards bundled several useful and intuitive software to help users to control every aspect of motherboard.

BIOS

software_bios, a screenshot of bios

New User Interface

All new EASY MODE shows important hardware information in one page including CPU clock, Memory, Storage, Fan.

My Favorites

Add constantly used items into the favorite menu for quick access.

Storage Information

Show all kinds of storage information including SATA, PCIE and M.2 interface.

Changelog

List all changes before saving and exiting bios. Quickly review overall settings modification.

Intuitive Load Line Curve

Clearly show each loadline calibration setting in an intuitive curve graph.

APP CENTER

GIGABYTE APP CENTER is a useful portal of all GIGABYTE MB utilities and drivers, you can choose any utility you want to install from APP CENTER and keep updated with the latest utilities and drivers version.
software_appcenter, a screenshot of APP center

EasyTune

GIGABYTE's EasyTune is a simple and easy-to-use interface that allows users to fine-tune their system settings or adjust system and memory clocks and voltages in a Windows environment. With Smart Quick Boost, one click is all it takes to automatically overclock your system, giving an added performance boost when you need it the most.

software_easytune, a screenshot of easytune

@BIOS

The GIGABYTE @BIOS app allows you to update your system's BIOS from within Windows using a simple and slick graphical user interface. @BIOS can automatically download the latest version from the GIGABYTE servers or you can update your BIOS from a file on your computer. @BIOS also allows you to save your current BIOS to a file, recover your previous BIOS from an image and backup your BIOS to an image.
a screenshot of bios information viewer

System Information Viewer

GIGABYTE System Information Viewer is a central location that gives you access to your current system status. Monitor components such as the clocks and processor, set your preferred fan speed profile, create alerts when temperatures get too high or record your system's behavior; these are the possibilities of the System Information Viewer.
software_siv, a screenshot of system information viewer

XSplit Gamecaster + Broadcaster: Cast Your Game Anytime, Anywhere

Now set up your stage and share the greatest gaming moments with XSplit Gamecaster + Broadcaster! Fully optimized social media integration is ready for real-time chats—keeping you notified yet focused in the game. It takes just one click to stream your gameplay to Twitch. Host your game like a pro!

* Free 1 year XSplit Gamecaster + Broadcaster Premium License.
xsplit, three screenshots of XSplit gamecaster + broadcaster
mb_wtfast, a grey background with WTFast
  • Enjoy 3 days FREE seamless connection to any game server in the world
  • Experience up to 60% overall connection improvement
  • Receive FREE unlimited access to PC Gaming Launchpad, supporting over 800 MMO games
  • Monitor your Game Ping and Connection Statistics continuously

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great motherboard choice, but buyers beware 9/29/2020 1:13:27 AM

Pros: Has 2 M.2 slots (I think only one is NVMe).
Supports 2400Mhz ram and beyond (up to like 5400Mhz)
Works beautifully with the Rosewill Cube Mini ITX/Micro-ATX/ATX Mid Tower Gaming PC Computer Case.
A huge performance increase from the B350 series of motherboards.

Cons: Does not support Ryzen Gen 2 at all, wording on the page says supports Gen 3 and beyond. Does not indicate it isn't backwards compatible.
Noting this con specifically because I made the error after doing a week of research and even looked at the Gigabyte official support page.

Overall Review: I would highly recommend this motherboard if you have a Gen 3 or soon to be released Gen 4 Ryzen processor.
The board was easy to install, attach components to and just works.
The manual is detailed and explains everything you need for Front Panel case connections.
The Bios screen is very easy to work with and get setup to your needs.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Unable to Post 9/20/2020 9:21:57 PM

Pros: Aesthetics, connections, options .. Very nice indeed...

Cons: Moved my thermaltake 850 and case fans from my working old box to the new SAMA, after coupling my amd ryzen 9 3900x to this board. After everything was connected, I turned on the PSU and hit the power button: the 2 case fans that I had added, and the Prism cpu cooler revved up with lights. Add the CPU diagnostics light as a bonus, but no boot post tones of any kind. I tried every option, including breadboxing, same results: the only things that would load up are the fans that require 5v. Nothing requiring 12v input worked. I tested all my PSU lines, no issues. I moved my PSU back to the old box and connected to the mobo: booted up and posted like a charm. Upon disassembly of the new board and CPU/prism combo, I discovered that the CPU had never even warmed up to melt the paste and spread it evenly across the CPU surface. Also, side note, the Q flash plus never responded to my attempts to update the bios - no lights of any kind!
I moved everything back to my old system and it booted flawlessly.

To make things worse, due to extended waiting for the various components, I am well past my ONE MONTH NEW EGG deadline for returns ...

Overall Review: At this point, I personally cannot recommend this product. However, a lot of reviews say I just got the lemon in the bunch.

Depending on what kind of response I get from New Egg and/or Gigabyte, my disposition might or might not change ..

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Get something else 8/29/2020 8:57:29 AM

Pros: None

Cons: None

Overall Review: Showed up with a dead cpu socket

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great mother board 8/25/2020 12:58:13 PM

Pros: Dropped this in a fresh gaming pc build over the weekend and had the pc up and running in about 2 hours. Mobo is super straight forward, has all the headers you’d ever need and everything is placed well on the board.

Cons: Only thing I had trouble with (probably on my end, not Gigabyte’s) was getting sound on my tv (using a tv instead of monitor). When I booted everything up, it said it was running sound through the Realtek digital optic audio and i downloaded the drivers and installed them and restarted the tower. No sound still; plugged in A headset and got sound through those. So I started trying to see what was going on and didn’t find anything. Only way I got the sound to come on the tv was by updating the gpu drivers and got sound through regular hdmi. Would’ve liked to use the digital optic audio from the board but at least I have sound.

Overall Review: I’d say definitely get this product. Super easy to setup and has headers for everything you will need to plug in

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Why even bother getting it for the built-in wifi? 8/22/2020 12:38:43 AM

Overall Review: I got this board so that i would have more expansion slots for stuff like SSD, RAM, GPU etc. And it had the built-in wifi, so i thought it would be a good pick. Well the wifi doesn't actually seem to work, claiming that my PC is using an incorrect or nonexistent DNS server while my old board didn't have that issue. Why have on board wifi if its not even gonna work properly?

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Very Satisfied with This Board 8/18/2020 7:13:39 AM

Pros: - Good layout
- Plenty of USB ports of various versions
- Sturdy
- Worked the first time with the components I have
- BIOS provides everything I need, and then some
- Windows 10 Pro like it

Cons: - None thus far.
- If anything, the available software utilities are the typical bloatware, but solved by simply not installing them.

Overall Review: I’ve been using Gigabyte MBs for years, since Asus had a capacitor QC problem over a decade ago. I have never had a reliability problem with Gigabyte.

I am not used to assembling much of anything that works the first time. So, I am impressed that this build has worked right out of the chute with no backtalk. What I have thus far is:
• Gigabyte B550 Aorus Pro AC motherboard
• AMD RYZEN 5 3600 Processor
• G. Skill Flare X Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 Memory Model F4-3200C16D-32GFX
• SAMSUNG 970 EVO Plus M.2 2280 1TB SSD
• Noctua NH-U12S Chroma (bought elsewhere, they only had the Chroma model in stock)
• EVGA GTX 1660 SC Ultra
• Existing Corsair HX650 Power Supply
• Fractal Design Define C case using 2 Silent Wings 3 140mm and 1 120mm PWM fans

Everything went together, POSTed properly and booted the first time. It came with the F1 BIOS which I updated to F2 and later F3 without any issue. It passed numerous Memtest cycles, including a 24-hour test, and a considerable amount of time running Passmark. Windows 10 Pro installed without any complaints (other than the Resume on Alarm note below) and has not given me any problems thus far. This build worked harder on the test bench than it will in service.

As for the motherboard, itself, the layout is good, it feels substantial, and the overall quality does Gigabyte proud. The layout looks to be a good design. It has plenty of fan headers. Overall, there is nothing I want that it does not have. The BIOS is easy to work with. The heatsinks included for M2 SSDs are appreciated, and fairly beefy for stock units. There are a ton of various USB ports on the back plane and headers on the MB. I don’t care about LEDs, other than the diagnostic ones on the motherboard (which work).

The memory installed and was recognized fine, although initially at 2133 vs. 3200. I enabled XPM in the BIOS, and it responded with a memory profile with the correct timings and adjusted voltage, then everything was fine. That configuration is what Memtest and Passmark have run on without failure.

I installed the device drivers from Gigabyte's web site, but not the utility software. I have used Gigabyte software before, and while some may like or want it, there is nothing there I need for my application and I don't want to install it for the sake of installing it. I set the fan profiles in the BIOS and don't want their software monkeying around with it.

If anyone is going to use the Resume on Alarm function to automatically power the system up at a specified time, it did not work for me initially regardless of the BIOS settings. That turned out to be a Windows registry entry. If anybody is interested, make sure HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Power, HiberbootEnabled DWORD is set to zero. My installation had it set to 1 by default. This is not a motherboard issue, but a Windows feature that speeds startup but wreaks havoc with Resume on Alarm or Wake on LAN. Amazing what one can find on the internet!

Based on what I have seen thus far, I have no reason to expect any hardware or compatibility problems going forward. While this build will not be worked hard, it needs to work reliably.

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2/ 5
Flaky connections 8/9/2020 12:12:23 PM

Pros: Nice features
Easy to work around

Cons: It will not hold a Bluetooth connection to my headphones that work with everything else. I'm going to try a USB BT fob.
I also appear to have flaky USB 2.0 ports right off the back of the motherboard.

Overall Review: Would not recommend, would not buy again.

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5/ 5
Works great 8/8/2020 3:02:54 PM

Pros: Easy install and set up. Easy install CPU and video card. Plenty of case fan headers. Fast AC on board wifi so I ditched my usb wifi adapter. You can use the antenna or not. Seems just as fast either way.

Cons: second m.2 connector is slightly underneath video card so have to remove card to access. So I used the PCI Express x16 slot (PCIEX4) slot to add m.2 adapter card.

Overall Review: The board fits my needs for editing photo and video. I'm not a gamer. It has everything I need.

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