The Intel B560 Motherboard Overview: 30+ Budget Models Starting from $75by Gavin Bonshor on March 29, 2021 7:00 AM EST
GIGABYTE B560M Aorus Elite
The GIGABYTE B560M Aorus Elite is another micro-ATX offering based on its gaming-inspired design, with a black and grey patterned PCH, and black heatsinks with subtle silver highlights on the rear panel cover. The Aorus Falcon logo is embossed onto the chipset heatsink, and GIGABYTE is advertising a direct 12+1 phase power delivery. Providing power to the CPU is a single 8-pin 12 V ATX CPU power input.
Looking at the board's feature set are two full-length PCIe slots, with the top slot operating at PCIe 4.0 x16 and the bottom slot operating at PCIe 3.0 x4. In between both full-length slots is one PCIe 3.0 x1 slot, while storage options include a PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slot, one PCIe 3.0 x4/SATA M.2 slot, and six SATA ports. In the top right-hand corner are four memory slots, with support for up to 128 GB of capacity, but at this time, GIGABYTE hasn't provided us with its memory QVL list.
On the rear panel, the GIGABYTE B560M Aorus Elite includes one USB 3.2 G2 Type-C, one USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, two USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, and six USB 2.0 ports. A pair of video outputs including one DisplayPort and one HDMI allows users to utilize Intel's UHD integrated graphics, while an unspecified Realtek HD audio codec powers six 3.5 mm audio jacks. The B560M Aorus Elite also features a Realtek-based 2.5 GbE controller, with a PS/2 combo port offering support for legacy peripherals.