GIGABYTE B560M Aorus Pro AX & B560M Aorus Pro

The GIGABYTE B560M Aorus Pro AX is a smaller (micro-ATX) variant of the B560 Aorus Pro AX and includes much of the same feature set, well as much as the reduction in PCB allows. GIGABYTE is also offering a non-AX version, which is identical in features barring the Wi-Fi 6 CNVi. Both the B560M Aorus Pro AX and B560M Aorus Pro follow a slightly different aesthetic to the ATX version, with a black and grey printed PCB and silver heatsinks, with black highlights. GIGABYTE also includes an Aorus Falcon logo on the rear panel cover, with a more prominent logo located on the chipset heatsink.

Located towards the center of the board is a pair of full-length PCIe slots, including one PCIe 4.0 x16 (top), and one PCIe 3.0 x4 (bottom) slot, a smaller PCIe 3.0 x1 located in between these. Storage options include two M.2 slots, including one PCIe 4.0 x4 slot which includes an M.2 heatsink, with a bare slot operating at PCIe 3.0 x4 and includes support for SATA drives too. Looking at SATA, GIGABYTE includes six SATA ports located in the bottom right-hand corner, with support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays. At the present time, GIGABYTE hasn't unveiled its memory QVL, so support is listed as DDR4-3200, with a combined capacity of up to 128 GB across four slots. GIGABYTE is also advertising a direct 12+1 power delivery.

On the rear panel,the B560M Aorus Pro AX includes an Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 CNVi which also adds BT 5.1 connectivity, which is the only difference between this model and the regular B560M Aorus Pro. Everything else is the same, including one USB 3.2 G2x2 Type-C, one USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, two USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, and six USB 2.0 ports. Wired networking is taken care of by an Intel I225-V 2.5 GbE controller, while six 3.5 mm audio jacks are powered by an unspecified RealtekHD audio codec. For integrated graphics users, there's one HDMI and one DisplayPort video output, with a PS/2 keyboard and mouse combination port designed for legacy peripherals.

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  • siggidarius - Monday, March 29, 2021 - link

    With pricing like that for both motherboards and cpus, and good availability Intel is becoming a great value option.
    Personally I don't see why I'd choose AMD cpu in 200-350USD bracket with local prices.
  • ballsystemlord - Monday, March 29, 2021 - link

    "Intel great value option" LOL. How the mighty have fallen.
  • m53 - Monday, March 29, 2021 - link

    @ballsystemlord: Or in other words how AMD starts price gouging and becoming more anti-consumer. How the "value brand" is now too expensive for the average customers.

    (not disagreeing with you. Just showing the other side of the reality.)
  • WaltC - Monday, March 29, 2021 - link

    If it wasn't for AMD you might be in one of these Intel "value" motherboards, only you'd be paying 2x-3x as much for you were about 4 years ago, remember? And there's no question that if it wasn't for AMD you'd be paying *huge sums* for ~14nm++++++++++++++++++++ CPUs Intel is selling now for bargain-basement prices *because* of AMD. Don't you realize that if not for AMD you'd be paying more, though the nose, for inferior components? Have you even checked to see that Z590 motherboards are ~$1k and up and can't even provide system-wide PCIe4 bus coverage? Heck, that's more expensive than the most expensive x570 motherboards. Welcome to the real side of reality....;) Without AMD there would be no competition in these markets at all and Intel would be selling the same--likely worse garbage--at stratospheric prices.
  • laduran - Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - link

    Everything you said is provably false
  • Qasar - Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - link

    you sure about that ? i guess you forgot the wonderful <10% gen on gen performance increases we were getting before Zen was released, and the ever increasing prices for that performance ? or the fact that mainstream was stuck on quad core cpus and you NEEDED to get intel HEDT cpus to get anything more then 4 cores ?
  • RanFodar - Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - link

    Tbf what AMD did to competition back then doesn't mean it's an excuse for them to copy Intel's playbook in the past. They can maintain their value position, but even the lowest Ryzen 5000 SKU is a bit overpriced for consumers here in the Philippines. Maybe Intel needs to thank AMD for being in such a position that is desired for consumers.
  • pablo906 - Sunday, April 4, 2021 - link

    Even the 3000 series? I've seen the 3000 series for pretty good prices around the world, the 5000 is supply constrained and demand outstrips supply so there is no reason to lower the price....That's how markets work
  • jabber - Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - link

    I remember not that long ago an AMD 'budget board' would have HDMI/eSATA/Toslink/6 USB ports (some USB3) and decent audio chip etc. and the Intel budget board would give you just VGA/PS2/ serial, a couple of USB2 and a parallel port instead. Terrible.
  • cxtalxg - Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - link

    Such a dumb argument, you do realize than intel had massive generations jumps from core 2 duo, to intel core 1st gen, then second gen. While amds overpriced phenoms flopped. All these companies are the same, lack of competition means lack of advancement

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