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Manufacturer
Gigabyte
Part #
B550 AORUS PRO
Socket / CPU
AM4
Form Factor
ATX
Chipset
AMD B550
Memory Max
128 GB
Memory Type
DDR4
Memory Slots
4
Memory Speed
DDR4-2133
DDR4-2400
DDR4-2666
DDR4-2933
DDR4-3200
DDR4-3333
DDR4-3600
DDR4-4000
DDR4-4400
DDR4-4600
DDR4-4866
DDR4-5000
Color
Black / Orange
PCI-E x16 Slots
3
PCI-E x8 Slots
0
PCI-E x4 Slots
0
PCI-E x1 Slots
2
PCI Slots
0
M.2 Slots
2242/2260/2280/22110 M-key
2242/2260/2280/22110 M-key
mSATA Slots
0
Onboard Ethernet
1 x 2.5 Gbit/s
SATA 6 Gb/s
6
Onboard Video
Depends on CPU
USB 2.0 Headers
2
USB 3.2 Gen 1 Headers
1
USB 3.2 Gen 2 Headers
0
USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Headers
0
Supports ECC
No
Wireless Networking
None
RAID Support
Yes




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PCIe is getting confusing in these latest generations. So this board has the following:

PCIe gen4:
* 16x slot - 32GB/s
* 4x NVMe - 8GB/s

PCIe gen3
* 16x slot operating as 4x - 4GB/s
(Shared slot with second NVMe)

* 16x slot operating as 2x - 2GB/s
* 1x slot 1GB/s
* 1x slot 1GB/s

I tend to reuse my computers after I've finished using them as a workstation. Is this going to be enough PCIe 5 to 10 years from now? It seems like I am best off going for an x570, I think.
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Good price. Paid $180 at launch at Newegg 2 months ago for new ryzen build.
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PCIe is getting confusing in these latest generations. So this board has the following:

PCIe gen4:
* 16x slot - 32GB/s
* 4x NVMe - 8GB/s

PCIe gen3
* 16x slot operating as 4x - 4GB/s
(Shared slot with second NVMe)

* 16x slot operating as 2x - 2GB/s
* 1x slot 1GB/s
* 1x slot 1GB/s

I tend to reuse my computers after I've finished using them as a workstation. Is this going to be enough PCIe 5 to 10 years from now? It seems like I am best off going for an x570, I think.
x570 only adds some PCIe gen 4 lanes to the chipset. Depending on how high end you go, that might be worthwhile but you'd really need to be maxing out your NVMe speeds to begin to care and you'll probably already be limited somewhere else in your system, especially networking. 1 x16 4th gen is enough to run every graphics card for many years to come in the most likely cases, even the new ones coming out aren't really maxing out 3rd gen.

Do you run a bunch of other expansion cards? SLI/Crossfire are all but dead, so it's not likely you're running multiple graphics cards. Are you planning to run a bunch of separate NVMe drives or fewer larger ones?
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Somehow feel like this is better than the Asus TUF gaming plus X570?
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x570 only adds some PCIe gen 4 lanes to the chipset. Depending on how high end you go, that might be worthwhile but you'd really need to be maxing out your NVMe speeds to begin to care and you'll probably already be limited somewhere else in your system, especially networking. 1 x16 4th gen is enough to run every graphics card for many years to come in the most likely cases, even the new ones coming out aren't really maxing out 3rd gen.

Do you run a bunch of other expansion cards? SLI/Crossfire are all but dead, so it's not likely you're running multiple graphics cards. Are you planning to run a bunch of separate NVMe drives or fewer larger ones?
The idea is that a 3700x or whatever I would put into it, would end up being a pretty good build box / NAS down the road in 5 or so years when I want to upgrade.

Let me label these to make it easier to reference...
PCIe gen4:
(A) 16x slot - 32GB/s
(B) 4x NVMe - 8GB/s

PCIe gen3
(C) 16x slot operating as 4x - 4GB/s
(Shared slot with second NVMe)

(D) 16x slot operating as 2x - 2GB/s
(E) 1x slot 1GB/s
(F) 1x slot 1GB/s

So, lets assume that (A) needs to be allocated to a graphics output. (B) is used for your boot drive. (C) is used for a 10gb network card. If you want a second NVMe or well... anything else, you're just about out of room. You'll have to use one of the slower ports which are already slow now, not to mention how slow they'll be in 5 years.

Now, maybe you can move your main graphics output to a different slot and then even enable bifurcation, but I am just not sure how robust that solution is.
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PCIe is getting confusing in these latest generations. So this board has the following:

PCIe gen4:
* 16x slot - 32GB/s
* 4x NVMe - 8GB/s

PCIe gen3
* 16x slot operating as 4x - 4GB/s
(Shared slot with second NVMe)

* 16x slot operating as 2x - 2GB/s
* 1x slot 1GB/s
* 1x slot 1GB/s

I tend to reuse my computers after I've finished using them as a workstation. Is this going to be enough PCIe 5 to 10 years from now? It seems like I am best off going for an x570, I think.
X570 will be more future proof, having all PCIe lanes gen 4. However, you're talking about 4 total lanes through the chipset.

I'm not sure, but there might be some X570 Motherboards that allow you to split the lanes between two physical 16x slots, making them each electrically 8x of the PCIe4 that typically just goes 16x to the top slot.. Would be worth looking into.

That isn't likely to be a feature on any B550 motherboards.
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Gigabyte user for years..

For those looking at current tech and not what might come out in the months/years to come, I'd say its a solid board. Gigabyte in general I've seen less issues with which is likely due to better QC at the factory (comparing to Asus).

For whats on the market, its a great board but I know many here like to split hairs so do what you like, for me I think I might bite (still doing more research).
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Somehow feel like this is better than the Asus TUF gaming plus X570?
my main reason for getting the x570 Tuf is proven VRM to overclock a 3900x to 4.5 at least . Graphically challenged on youtube has a full in depth video on it.
note, there may be some variables between same model of boards. so its not a 100 percent guarantee that all tuf x570 boards will push 4.5 ghz on the 3900x all corea.
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X570 will be more future proof, having all PCIe lanes gen 4. However, you're talking about 4 total lanes through the chipset.

I'm not sure, but there might be some X570 Motherboards that allow you to split the lanes between two physical 16x slots, making them each electrically 8x of the PCIe4 that typically just goes 16x to the top slot.. Would be worth looking into.

That isn't likely to be a feature on any B550 motherboards.
Right, I agree, it looks like the splitting on the primary 16x slot is the most important feature for me.

Looks like B550 can do it, but any B550 board with that feature is already priced in the same neighborhood as the X570 motherboards.
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Per the suggestions from other threads it's better to wait unless you need a board right now for your PC build as it seems the next gen CPUs are around the corner.
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