So far there are just four mainboards in the small Mini-ITX format with the AM5 socket for AMD Ryzen 7000 (test). Gigabyte will soon provide more choice: The B650I Aorus Ultra with B650 chipset has already been revealed in detail.
So far little choice for AM5 in the ITX -Format
With an edge length of 17 cm, Mini-ITX is the smallest of the common desktop mainboard formats and is now used relatively frequently for gaming PCs that are as compact as possible. Of the 65 AM5 mainboards currently listed in the price comparison, only four use the ITX form factor. Among them are the MSI MPG B650I Edge WIFI with B650, the ASRock B650E PG-ITX WiFi and the ASUS ROG Strix B650E-I Gaming WIFI with B650E as well as the ASUS ROG Strix X670E-I Gaming WIFI with X670E chipset.
< h2 class="text-width text-h2" id="section_soon_coming_the_b650i_aorus_ultra_added">The B650I Aorus Ultra will be added soon
The new Gigabyte B650I Aorus Ultra (via @momomo_us) should be found at the lower end of the equipment and price range, because it also uses the “entry-level” B650 chipset. In general, the entry hurdle for AMD's new platform is very high in terms of price, but in return the board's equipment is comparatively lavish. Basically, there is no such thing as a classic entry point.
The B650I Aorus Ultra also comes with a board that is suitable for the signal requirements of PCIe 5.0. Since no “E” chipset is used, PCIe 5.0 is only used for one SSD slot (M.2 with PCIe 5.0 x4). This is equipped with an active cooler and fan.
The other two M.2 slots on the back of the motherboard work with PCIe 4.0 x4. According to an illustration, the backplate coated with “NanoCarbon” has to be unscrewed for assembly, which in turn helps to cool the circuit board. The single PCIe x16 slot for a graphics card also uses PCIe 4.0. The two DDR5 slots are designed for effective clock rates of up to 6,400 MHz when overclocked.
On the other side of the AM5 socket, under a large heatsink, are the voltage regulators with an 8+2+1 phase design. The I/O area is integrated in the cooler construction with heat pipe, which equips the PC with the following ports:
- 1 x DisplayPort
- 1 x HDMI port
- 1 x USB Type-C port (DisplayPort), with USB 3.2 Gen 2 support
- 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports (red)
- 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports
- 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
- 1 x RJ-45 port
- 2 x SMA antenna connectors (2T2R)
- 1 x Q-Flash Plus button
- 2 x audio jacks
USB-C with 20 Gbit/s can be retrofitted via an internal header. There are three fan connectors, two headers for RGB LEDs, 4 SATA ports and the usual connectors for the front panel and power.
Wired network is offered in the form of 2.5 Gbit Ethernet (Intel), wireless connections are possible via Wi-Fi 6E (AMD) and Bluetooth 5.2. The ALC4080 audio chip provides 7.1 sound.
It's still not known when and at what price the Gigabyte B650I Aorus Ultra will hit stores. For the similarly equipped MSI MPG B659I Edge Wifi, which does not offer PCIe 5.0 at all, it currently costs around 275 euros.
More information deliver the product pages of the manufacturer. The Chinese website HKEPC has already taken a closer look at the motherboard.