Gigabyte B650E Aorus Master Review: A PCIe 5.0 M.2 Party

The B650E Aorus Master is the flagship board from Gigabyte’s B650 lineup. Priced around $150 less than the X670E Aorus Master we reviewed previously, it still comes well equipped, with multiple PCIe 5.0 M.2 sockets, 13 USB ports (including 20 Gbps Type-C), last-gen flagship-class audio solution, overbuilt power delivery, and an appearance that looks more premium than the price. While it is missing 40 Gbps ports (a feature few B650 boards include), unless you require this feature, choosing a B650-based motherboard will save you a considerable amount of money compared to X670E models.

Gigabyte went all in on the B650 chipset, offering a total of 13 motherboards (compared to five X670) of varying sizes and prices. You’ll find all the familiar Aorus lines (Master, Elite, Ultra, and Pro) and a B650 Aero G for the Creators. There are also a couple of non-Aorus boards, namely the Gaming X and DS3H SKUs. With the sheer number in the product stack, there’s something for everyone, including MicroATX and Mini-ITX SKUs. Prices range from $159.99 (B650M DS3H) to $349.99 with the Aorus Master.

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