We’re in for a busy days of announcements of AMD B550 motherboards; this time around we have Gigabyte launching their AMD B550 AORUS Motherboards. Like the AMD X570 flagship motherboards before, the B550 motherboards will come with PCIe 4.0 to take advantage of 3rd Gen Ryzen processor’s capabilities.
GIGABYTE B550 AORUS motherboards will have varying power designs to suit different builder setup and budget. Users can choose from 10+3 phases, 12+2 phases DrMOS all digital PWM design. Or just go straight to the flagship model, the B550 AORUS MASTER, to experience a solid power supply from Direct 16 phases digital power design. By having 16 Direct Phases each phase of Powerstage is capable of managing up to 70A. As for Mini-ITX board fans, B550I AORUS PRO AX implements 6+2 phases of DrMOS digital power design at 90A per phase. This maximizes the overclocking potential of 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen desktop processors under different configurations while balancing the power efficiency and durability.
Aside from the variety of power supply designs, GIGABYTE B550 AORUS motherboards have advanced thermal design for power supply. B550 AORUS PRO and higher-end motherboards come equipped with Fins-Array Heatsinks with Direct Touch Heatpipe for the strongest VRM cooling. This ensures cooling and stability to users while overclocking. The B550 AORUS MASTER accomplishes a fusion of stylish thermal design and remarkable performance. This is made possible with optimized heat dissipation of the thermal baseplate and I/O audio armor
GIGABYTE B550 motherboards adopt a PCIe 4.0 M.2 design. Users can experience lightning-fast read/write and data transfer speed of PCIe 4.0 SSD with 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processors. GIGABYTE B550 AORUS motherboards all implement a M.2 thermal guard design to ensure that the M.2 SSD is adequately cooled. Moreover, the B550 AORUS MASTER integrates three PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slots layout directly from the processor, which allows users to allocate the bandwidth between PCIe and M.2 slots accordingly. Users can even to build a NVMe M.2 SSD RAID 0 array which can achieve up to 12700MB/s in write speed. This brings the performance of PCIe 4.0 VGA cards and SSDs into full play. And depending on the type of B550 AORUS motherboard, DDR4 Support has been increased to up to DDR4 5000 memory.
Network and Connectivity
GIGABYTE B550 AORUS motherboards provide a lot of ports for mainstream extension interfaces, and also capable for future upgrades. The B550 AORUS series ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards provide 2.5Gbps Ethernet speeds. Wireless connectivity is included on select GIGABYTE B550 AORUS motherboards. Some examples are the B550 AORUS PRO AC, which feature Intel WiFi 802.11ac wireless configuration. There’s the B550I AORUS PRO AX and B550 AORUS MASTER motherboards that feature Intel WiFi6 802.11ax wireless configuration. Boards with WiFi6 come with 2T2R high-gain antenna, delivering blazing fast 2.4Gbps connection speeds. With both high-speed Ethernet and wireless connection, users can have extra flexibility, optimized network efficiency, and reliability.
GIGABYTE B550 AORUS motherboards integrate USB 3.2 Gen 2 interface, bringing 10 Gbps high-speed data transfer. This offers extensive capability and convenience for external devices with USB Type-C on select models. Pre-installed I/O shield armor design on all B550 AORUS motherboards also provide easier alignment for system assembly. This also prevents loss of the IO shield when moving between chassis in the process.
GIGABYTE B550 series motherboards come with the newest version of Q-Flash Plus Technology. Users can easily update BIOS without even installing a processor, memory, graphics cards, or booting up the PC so they can flash the BIOS without the concerns of not being able to boot up the system due to compatibility issues. GIGABYTE B550 series motherboards use an upgraded BIOS interface, providing users with a more intuitive user interface so they can easily fine tune their settings to upgrade their performance and overclocking.