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Review: Aorus B450 Pro

by Tarinder Sandhu on 31 July 2018, 13:01

Tags: AORUS, Gigabyte (TPE:2376)

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Conclusion

The Pro model has a few nice benefits such as dual (heatsink-clad) M.2, decent audio, a basic integrated I/O shield, and restrained lighting.

The AMD B450 chipset is an obvious move to increase the breadth of Ryzen support in the ecosystem. Though little different from outgoing B350, the new chipset continues to be a solid foundation for users who don't plan to overclock to the limit and, arguably more importantly, want to keep the costs of a PC build in check.

Aorus, however, still reckons B450 deserves some features love. The Pro model has a few nice benefits such as dual (heatsink-clad) M.2, decent audio, a basic integrated I/O shield, and restrained lighting. A cheaper chipset enables Aorus to hit the £100 mark here, which is not possible with the same feature-set on X470, so this board makes sense when paired with a mid-range Ryzen 2000-series CPU or, if you can still get one cheap, a first-generation model whose bang-for-buck is even more impressive.

Most enthusiasts will be happy with the price-to-performance ratio of a B450 board. Available for around a ton, the Aorus B450 Pro is solid in all respects.

The Good
 
The Bad
Good OC potential
Reasonable price
Dual heatsink-clad M.2
 
Layout not perfect


Aorus B450 Pro

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… It's difficult to say how much more efficient B450 is against the last generation. …

Well, it is when you don't test it against a B350 motherboard :o

I'm not normally one to comment on the choice of comparison systems in Hexus reviews, but when the introduction makes a point of highlighting that AMD have worked on the chipset power efficiency, it seems criminal to then NOT test against a B350 mobo - even if it's ONLY for the power draw tests….
Wait you can get xfr2 on x370?
scaryjim
Well, it is when you don't test it against a B350 motherboard :o

I'm not normally one to comment on the choice of comparison systems in Hexus reviews, but when the introduction makes a point of highlighting that AMD have worked on the chipset power efficiency, it seems criminal to then NOT test against a B350 mobo - even if it's ONLY for the power draw tests….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqQcgwz1hYA

It seems the MSI B450 Tomahawk is one of the best B450 boards,has good cooling and you can upgrade the BIOS without a CPU. It seems the MSI B450 boards can have BIOS updates without a CPU.

I used the MSI B350 Tomahawk before and it was a good board too.

Edit!!

Having said that - I do wish reviewers tested the Ryzen 5 2600 too and see how it fared,as even though YT channels have made criticisms of a number of B450 boards,the fact is many people buying ~£100 boards will be probably buying a Ryzen 5,not a £250+ Ryzen 7 2700X though.

Second Edit!!

The ASRock Gaming K4 also looks solid too.

The Gigabyte seems to have some problems and is the least stable one!
outwar6010
Wait you can get xfr2 on x370?

Nope, the power delivery isn't designed for it.
They're giving away a 256gb ssd along with this board, gigabyte branded