The Intel B560 Motherboard Overview: 30+ Budget Models Starting from $75by Gavin Bonshor on March 29, 2021 7:00 AM EST
GIGABYTE B560 Aorus Pro AX
Moving on to GIGABYTE's B560 stack, we have its premium (at the time of writing) ATX sized offering via the B560 Aorus Pro AX. It's a quintessential Aorus board with a similar design we've seen from GIGABYTE over the last couple of years. It is using an all-black PCB, with black power delivery heatsinks, with a black metallic-looking rear panel cover that features an Aorus Falcon logo. There's a pair of M.2 heatsinks, with a black and grey chipset heatsink which has a diagonal-like design. GIGABYTE is advertising a 12+1 power delivery with 50 A power stages and uses a single 8-pin 12 V ATX CPU power input.
GIGABYTE has included a total of three full-length PCIe slots, including the top slot operating at PCIe 4.0 x16, the middle slot at PCIe 3.0 x4, and the bottom slot at PCIe 3.0 x1, which seems odd that it's not a smaller slot. For storage, there are three M.2 slots including one PCIe 4.0 x4, and two PCIe 3.0 x4/SATA slots, with six SATA ports with support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays. At the time of writing, GIGABYTE hasn't unveiled its memory QVL list so support is listed at DDR4-3200, but we know the four slots can accommodate up to 128 GB.
The rear panel includes one USB 3.2 G2x2 Type-C, one USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, four USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, and two USB 2.0 ports. Sitting below the USB 2.0 ports is a PS/2 combo port while networking support consists of an Intel I225-V 2.5 GbE controller, with an Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 CNVi which also offers support for BT 5.1 devices. A total of six 3.5 mm audio jacks are powered by Realtek's latest ALC4080 HD audio codec, with two video outputs including a DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4.