Gigabyte B460M AORUS PRO Review

Gary Baker

Gary Baker

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August 14th 2020

Intel updated its Core product line this year, followed by an upgrade of pin motherboards. The new tenth-generation Core uses LGA 1200 pins and the chipset is also upgraded to Intel 400 chipset. Prior to this, mainstream motherboard manufacturers have launched different types of Z490 motherboards for the gaming community, and for the entry-level market, the new B460 chipset products are more suitable for users who wants value for their money.Therefore, Gigabyte has also updated its own B460 motherboard product line. For the entry market, Gigabyte has launched a new Gigabyte B460M AORUS PRO motherboard.  

In this article, Rocking Review will do a detailed evaluation. 

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Exterior 

The Gigabyte B460M AORUS PRO motherboard continues the classic orange-black color scheme of the AORUS series. The heat dissipation armor of the IO panel, the heat dissipation armor of the motherboard on the CPU side, the heat dissipation armor on the M.2 interface and the heat dissipation armor on the South Bridge chip have orange trim lines. As an M-ATX motherboard, the Gigabyte B460M AORUS PRO motherboard compared to the Z490 board retains the most core internal slot for users to facilitate daily use.The CPU socket part uses the latest LGA 1200 interface and supports tenth-generation Core desktop processors. Since the B460 chipset does not support overclocking, the corresponding CPU power supply has also been changed from Z490’s 8+4 Pin to 8 Pin.

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Here Gigabyte B460M AORUS PRO motherboard uses 4+2 phase hybrid digital power supply, with low resistance transistor design can bring more precise power supply control.The IO interface of the Gigabyte B460M AORUS PRO motherboard is covered by the heat dissipation armor, and the heat dissipation armor above the CPU socket can effectively transport the heat generated by the motherboard.The memory slot is located on the right side of the CPU slot on the Gigabyte B460M AORUS PRO motherboard, and supports up to DDR4 2933 dual-channel memory.The PCIe expansion and M.2 expansion areas of Gigabyte B460M AORUS PRO motherboards are basically the same as the previous generation products. The M.2 interface includes one 22110 specification slot, one 2280 specification slot and one 2230 specification slot for Wi-Fi expansion.

Among them, 22110 specification M.2 slot also has independent heat dissipation armor, users can achieve the rapid heat dissipation effect of NVMe SSD through this heat dissipation armor.

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In terms of PCIe interface, there is a PCIe x16 slot in the middle of the 22110 and 2280 M.2 slots. The alloy armor package is used here to avoid crushing the slot due to the large graphics card. The other two PCIe slot specifications are PCIe x1 and PCIe x4.

Gigabyte AORUS series motherboards introduce Gigabyte magic sound effects. The Gigabyte B460M AOURS PRO motherboard is also equipped with this audio technology. Four golden audio dedicated capacitors in the lower left corner can achieve Gigabyte magic sound effects.

In addition to the conventional internal interfaces, other interfaces inside the Gigabyte B460M AORUS PRO motherboard are also very rich. There are 4 vertical SATA 3 interfaces next to the 24 Pin motherboard power cord, and the USB 3.2 expansion interface next to it. In addition, it is near the south bridge of the motherboard. There are also 2 horizontally placed SATA 3 ports next to the chip armor.

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The back of the Gigabyte B460M AORUS PRO motherboard is relatively rich in IO ports, including 2 USB 2.0 ports, 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, 1 USB 3.2 Gen 2 port, 1 USB Type C USB 3.2 Gen 2 port, 1 PS/2 interface, 1 DVI interface, 1 DP interface, 1 HDMI interface, 1 audio interface, 1 RJ45 network cable interface. Among them, this network port supports cFosSpeed ​​intelligent management software, which can prioritize network usage in different situations.

Compared with the Z490 motherboard, the Gigabyte B460M AORUS PRO motherboard has more IO interfaces, and the USB interfaces of different eras can also fully meet the daily needs of use. Next, let's take a look at the BIOS experience of Gigabyte B460M AORUS PRO motherboard.

BIOS experience 

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The Gigabyte B460M AORUS PRO motherboard has made a relatively large adjustment to the BIOS this time. Compared with the previous BIOS firmware, the new 400 series chipset BIOS firmware is more friendly.

The Gigabyte B460M AORUS PRO motherboard defaults to the simple mode after entering the BIOS. After entering the BIOS, you can see the motherboard and hardware related information, including motherboard model, RAM frequency and capacity, storage device conditions, boot sequence, fan information, etc. Users can follow their needs Make simple adjustments. Although it seems to support XMP memory overclocking by default, in fact, it can only be adjusted to 2933MHz.

After entering the advanced mode, we see that the Gigabyte B460M AORUS PRO motherboard still lists overclocking options such as CPU and memory. Since overclocking is not possible, these options cannot actually be adjusted. The only thing that can be adjusted is probably the memory frequency.

Tenth-generation Core desktop processors currently have many products, some of which support up to 2933MHz memory. If the memory frequency exceeds 2933MHz, it can be said to be excessive performance for the Gigabyte B460M AORUS PRO.

The settings tab contains options such as platform management, IO interface management, miscellaneous, computer health status, fan settings, etc. Users can adjust related settings according to their actual needs, including common settings such as LED lights and RAID.

Boot settings are closely related to us. At this stage, device booting is basically on top of UEFI, so before using new devices, you must enable CSM support options and enable UEFI support. In this way, the device can be started smoothly.Judging from the BIOS of the Gigabyte B460M AORUS PRO motherboard, the BIOS firmware of this motherboard has been greatly changed. Next, let's take a simple test to see how the Gigabyte B460M AORUS PRO motherboard actually performs.

Performance Testing

Because the Gigabyte B460M AORUS PRO motherboard cannot be overclocked, the frequency of the two 3600MHz Royal Halberd memory is limited to 2933MHz. Next, let's take a look at the performance of the CPU and GPU on the Gigabyte B460M AORUS PRO motherboard.

Let's take a look at the performance of the i7-10700K under the Gigabyte B460M AORUS PRO motherboard through the CPU-Z. The base frequency of the Intel Core i7-10700K processor is 3.8GHz and the core frequency can reach 5.3GHz. It uses 8 cores and 16 threads. Design, the three-level cache reaches 16MB, and the TDP is 125W. Through the CPU-Z test, we see that its single-core score is 568 points, and the multi-core score is 5716 points. Since the B460 chipset does not support overclocking, we see that its actual performance is basically the same as the i7-10700.

We are testing this processor through Cinebench R15 and Cinebench R20. Under silent frequency, i7-10700K R15 single-core score is 206cb, multi-core score is 1926cb; R20 single-core score is 484pts, multi-core score is 4611pts. The single-core performance of this score is basically the same as our Z490 evaluation score a few days ago, but the multi-core performance is relatively low.

In terms of graphics card performance, we used 3DMark to perform regular running scores on the Gigabyte B460M AORUS PRO motherboard. The actual scores are as follows:

Time Spy: 13038

Time Spy Extreme: 6283

Port Royal: 9003

Fire Strike Ultra: 8281

Fire Strike Extreme: 14836

Since there is no overclocking, the power consumption of the Gigabyte B460M AORUS PRO motherboard is relatively good. In the AIDA 64 FPU and Furmark donut tests, the CPU power consumption is stable at the TDP upper limit of 125W, and the GPU power consumption also reaches the TGP upper limit of 300W, one and a half hours There is no blue screen or power failure after the double baking, and the CPU frequency is relatively stable.

As an entry-level gaming motherboard, how does the Gigabyte B460M AORUS PRO motherboard perform?

We tested several 3A masterpieces that are common on the market in 2K scenarios, and the tests were all performed at the highest image quality preset or manually adjusted. Here,Rocking Review selected four games from "Far Cry: New Dawn", "Assassin's Creed: Odyssey", "Red Dead Redemption" and "Grand Theft Auto V" for testing. The average frame rate is as follows:

"Far Cry: New Dawn": 102 FPS

"Assassin's Creed: Odyssey": 63FPS

"Red Dead Redemption: Redemption": 34FPS

"Grand Theft Auto V": 98-185 FPS

Through the game test, we can see that the overall test data has reached the smooth level recommended by the game. At the same time, the overall performance of the Gigabyte B460M AORUS PRO is also very stable, and there is no blue screen power failure.

To sum up:

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As one of the first batch of B460 motherboards, the Gigabyte B460M AORUS PRO motherboard brings us more user-friendly BIOS settings and stable energy consumption performance. As an entry-level product to experience the tenth-generation Core desktop processor, the tenth-generation Core The processor runs on the Gigabyte B460M AORUS PRO without any difficulty, and its performance can basically compete with the Z490 motherboard. If you want to experience the latest tenth-generation Core products and have higher requirements for online games, then the latest Gigabyte B460M AORUS PRO is definitely worth considering.

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