Today we have a quick overview of the Gigabyte X570 I AORUS PRO WiFi. This is a mITX AMD Ryzen socket AM4 platform and is a higher-end offering. This is also part of our series of platforms we are using to test AMD PSB or Platform Secure Boot. As we started to find AMD PSB being enabled by some vendors, thereby vendor-locking AMD Ryzen processors, we decided to get a set of test platforms together. That is why we have the X570 I AORUS PRO overview today. This is one of the platforms we are using to check for AMD PSB. Plus, it is a cool little platform.
Gigabyte X570 I AORUS PRO WiFi Overview
The board itself is a fairly standard mITX platform for the AM4 generation. mITX is just at the point where all of the platform features can mostly be utilized while also remaining compact.
The system itself supports AMD Socket AM4 so this is a Ryzen motherboard.
We think many will use this motherboard with a PCIe GPU, but we are focusing on using integrated graphics. As such, we have the AMD Ryzen 7 5700G as our standard CPU in this platform.
One of the challenges is cooling in these mITX systems. The stock AMD cooler fit but things are certainly tight. One can also see that there is a fairly tight 8-pin power connector next to the CPU fan 4-pin PWM header.
Next to the CPU, we get two DDR4 DIMM slots. There is only a little bit of room between these and the ATX 24-pin power connector that looks monstrous in size on such a small motherboard. We also get our front panel headers, four SATA ports, and the USB 3.0 front panel header along this edge. Everything is packed.
On the bottom of the motherboard, we get a heatsink with a fan as well as a PCIe x16 slot. With the AMD Ryzen G and GE processors, this slot operates at PCIe Gen3 speeds, but it can run at Gen4 speeds if a non-G/GE CPU is used.
Removing the heatsink and fan takes two screws, underneath the remaining heatsink is the AMD X570 chipset. This uses quite a bit of power hence the larger cooling solution.
In the middle, we have space for a M.2 slot. We can see a Crucial P5 Plus 1TB NVMe SSD installed in there.
For the second M.2 slot, one can find that on the bottom side of the motherboard. Something that we really like here is that Gigabyte has a nice shield on the bottom of the motherboard. That makes this feel like a much more premium platform.
In terms of rear I/O we get a lot here it is an interesting story. There are four USB 3.2 Gen1 (5Gbps) Type-A ports. Continuing on the USB side we also get a USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A and Type-C 10Gbps pot on the rear of this board. There are only three audio jacks, but that is due to space constraints. We get three video outputs though, one DisplayPort and two HDMI ports.
On the rear of the unit, we also get WiFi headers, and an included WiFi antenna.
WiFi is provided by an Intel AX200 module.
Networking on the wired side is a bit of a letdown since there is only a single 1GbE port. Some of the other solutions we are looking at have 2.5GbE NICs.
Still, there is a lot packed in here. So much so that we only have two 4-pin fan headers. It is amazing to see just how much is packed into this platform.
One quick note on this is that the first motherboard we had an over 1-year old BIOS installed that did not play nicely with the Ryzen 7 5700G. Updating the BIOS caused a hang, and the first board could not be recovered even with the Q-FLASH Plus. That is how we realized that this board was so packed that it did not have Gigabyte’s dual BIOS feature.
Still, this is a nice little platform. We really wish it had 2.5GbE. Putting an X570 on a small motherboard like this is challenging, so it is awesome to see Gigabyte do it. Once the BIOS challenge was sorted, this became a great platform to do verification on for AMD PSB processors. Since we had it, we figured why not show it off.