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Gigabyte B450 Aorus Pro Motherboard Review

ATTO Disk Benchmark

The ATTO disk benchmark is a Windows-based utility for testing storage performance of any storage drive or controller. We use the default benchmark setup.

M.2 PCIe Performance

For M.2 testing we use a Toshiba OCZ RD400 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD.

M.2 performance was as expected and the thermal solution prevented any thermal throttling behaviour.

USB Performance

We test USB 3.0 and 3.1 performance using a pair of Transcend SSD370S 512GB SSDs in RAID 0 connected to an RaidSonic Icy Box RD2253-U31 2-bay USB 3.1 enclosure powered by an ASMedia ASM1352R controller.

USB 3.0 performance brought no surprises while USB 3.1 performance was surprisingly good – especially given some of the compatibility and performance issues experienced with other AM4 motherboards (the ASUS ROG Strix B450-I Gaming and ASRock Fatal1ty X470 Gaming-ITX/ac, for example).

In fact the performance was so good it was back on the same level as Z370, we’re not sure what the technical explanation for this is, as the USB 3.1 ports come from the B450 chipset, but the result is excellent.

SATA III 6Gbps Performance

For SATA 6Gbps testing we use an OCZ Trion 150 480GB SSD.

SATA performance was within variance of all other motherboards on test.

Audio

Rightmark Audio Analyser is a freeware benchmarking utility designed to objectively test the performance characteristics of audio solutions. We setup a line-in line-out loop and execute the record/playback test before generating the results report you see below. A sampling mode of 24-bit, 192 kHz is tested where available. If unavailable the closest alternative operating mode available is used and clearly marked.

Audio performance returned a score of Very Good, with 6 Excellent,Good and 1 Very Good rating in each of the main categories. The performance is in line with what we’ve seen from other Realtek ALC1220 codec based motherboards including Z370 motherboards using the same codec.

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