During CES 2022, GIGABYTE introduced many B660 and H610 motherboards designed for Intel’s latest Alder Lake processors. Perhaps the most interesting and ‘premium’ of these are the GIGABYTE B660 Aorus Master and B660 Aorus Master DDR4 models, which include identical feature sets. The only difference is that one supports the latest DDR5 memory and the other DDR4. Other features include three M.2 slots, four SATA ports, 2.5 GbE networking, as well as typical Aorus-inspired gaming aesthetics.
As part of GIGABYTE’s Aorus themed gaming series, the GIGABYTE B660 Aorus Master and DDR4 versions have the same basic specifications and design. This includes a standard ATX-sized printed circuit board, with a large black back panel cover, with a silver heatsink covering M.2 slots and a chipset, as well as two zones of integrated RGB LED lighting.
The DDR5 version supports DDR5-5333 memory, while the DDR4 version has support for up to DDR4-6000 memory. Both models can store up to 128 GB of their memory type in four memory slots.
Looking at the features of both GIGABYTE B660 Aorus Master models, they include one full-length PCIe 4.0 x16 slot, with two full-length PCIe 3.0 slots running at x4 / x1. In terms of storage, there are a total of three M.2 slots, including two with support for PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 drives and one with support for PCIe 3.0 x4 drives. There are also four SATA ports that support RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10 arrays.
On the back of both B660 Aorus Master motherboards, there is 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. Also on the back panel are five 3.5mm audio jacks and an S / PDIF optical output controlled by a Realtek ALC1220-VB HD audio codec. Looking at networking, the Intel I225-V 2.5 GbE controller powers a single Ethernet port, with an Intel Wi-Fi 6 CNVi that includes support for BT 5.2 devices.
GIGABYTE has not shared the expected prices of its B660 Aorus Master motherboards, nor do we know when they might arrive on retail shelves.
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