The Intel B560 Motherboard Overview: 30+ Budget Models Starting from $75by Gavin Bonshor on March 29, 2021 7:00 AM EST
ASUS Prime B560M-A AC & B560M-A
Moving down the Prime series of models from ASUS, the Prime B560M-A AC and B560M-A are essentially smaller (micro-ATX) versions of the Prime B560M-Plus. The other difference between the two B560M-A models is the AC variant includes a Wi-Fi 5 CNVi. Both models include a black and silver patterned PCB, with silver heatsinks covering the CPU section of the power delivery. Providing power to the advertised 8-phase power delivery is a single 8-pin 12 V ATX CPU power input.
ASUS includes two full-length PCIe slots including one operating at PCIe 4.0 x16 and the other at PCIe 3.0 x4, with one PCIe 3.0 x1 slot. For storage, there are two M.2 slots, one operating at PCIe 4.0 x4 with its own M.2 heatsink, and a second bare slot operating at PCIe 3.0 x4 with support for SATA drives. Towards the bottom right-hand corner of the boards is four SATA ports, two with straight angled and two with right-angled ports with support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays. The ASUS Prime B560M-A AC and B560M-A both have four memory slots, with support for up to DDR4-5000 and a maximum capacity of up to 128 GB.
The ASUS Prime B560M-A AC includes an unspecified Wi-Fi 5 CNVi, which the regular B560M-A model doesn't include. Everything else on the rear panel is the same including one Intel I219-A GigabitEthernet port, a Realtek ALC897 HD audio codec that powers three 3.5 mm audio jacks, and a PS/2 combo port. USB connectivity includes one USB 3.2 G2 Type-C, one USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, and four USB 2.0 ports. Finishing off the rear panel is a trio of video outputs including two HDMI and one DisplayPort.