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The GIGABYTE X570 I Aorus Pro WIFI is a mini-ITX motherboard which is the only small form factor board in GIGABYTE's current X570 product lines. Not only this, but it's currently the cheapest mini-ITX model of any X570 board on the market. Comparing its design to previous generations, this GIGABYTE mini-ITX board drops any garish plastic covers and instead opts for a more svelte black and grey theme. This model does include a strip of RGB LEDs on the underside of the board, which is located at the right-hand side and provides an under glow. For users looking to add their own RGB strips, GIGABYTE has included a pair of headers: an ARGB header and standard RGB header.

Although the mini-ITX form factor tries to offer users ATX sized features and controller sets, one of the usual size restrictions in size comes into play when looking at the PCIe and memory slots. The GIGABYTE X570 I Aorus Pro WIFI has a single full-length PCIe 4.0 x16 slot which is coated in metal PCIe armor for a more durable slot.

Looking to the memory, this model has two memory slots which support up to DDR4-4400 and can accommodate up to 64 GB of system memory. Users can install both ECC and non-ECC memory, but the X570 I Aorus Pro WIFI will only allow memory to work with unbuffered modules.

Providing power to the motherboard is a 24-pin 12 V ATX motherboard power input, while the CPU is using an 8-pin 12 V CPU power input to provide power. GIGABYTE includes just two 4-pin fan headers with one for the CPU and one for a chassis fan.

Focusing on the power delivery, and the GIGABYTE X570 Aorus I Pro WIFI is using a 6 phase set up for the CPU. This consists of six Infineon TDA21472 70 A power stages and is controlled by an Infineon IR35201 PWM controller. The Infineon IR35201 PWM controller is operating in a 6+2 output with two Infineon IR3553 40 A power stages which are for the board's SoC power rail. While it's not the most powerful power delivery we have seen from an X570 model, it uses a similar design to the ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Impact (7+1 instead of 6+2), and we know the Impact is a capable model. Each phase is individual and the board isn't using teaming or doublers for an effective power delivery design.

Looking at the power delivery heatsink, it integrates into the rear panel cover which makes it look bulky, but upon removing it, it's quite light and small. It doesn't have much in weight and uses four small channels to direct air over the top for chassis with good passive airflow to help keep VRM thermals in check. 

Removing the actively cooled X570 chipset heatsink, this also doubles up as one of the boards PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 heatsinks. Users looking to benefit from the rapid speed and bandwidth from a PCIe 4.0 X4 M.2 drive are likely to use the top slot over the one on the rear of the board. That being said, the chipset/M.2 heatsink doesn't include any thermal pad or interface which seems strange as it effectively renders the active segment of the heatsink moot. On top of that, when a user has an M.2 drive installed in this slot, it could potentially block some of the airflow directed towards the X570 chipset itself.

On the backside of the GIGABYTE X570 I Aorus Pro WIFI is a black metal backplate which covers the majority of the PCB. Adding some extra cooling capacity is a thermal pad between the backplate and the rear of the power stages which makes up the boards power delivery. Also on the rear is a PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slot which doesn't include a heatsink out of the box. Both of the boards PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots support drives up to M.2 2280, while the board also has four straight-angled SATA ports with support for RAID 0, 1, and 10 arrays. The SATA ports are angled such that each one can be removed individually (other boards require you to remove one cable before another, due to bad design).

Looking at the rear panel and GIGABYTE has included a Q-Flash button to allow users to flash the firmware without a CPU or memory installed. Also present is one USB 3.1 G2 Type-A, one USB 3.1 G2 Type-C, and four USB 3.1 G1 Type-A ports. A trifecta of video outputs makes the GIGABYTE X570 I Aorus Pro WIFI more than handy when used with Ryzen based APUs with two HDMI 2.0, and a single DisplayPort 1.2 output. A Realtek ALC1220-VB HD audio codec powers the three 3.5 mm audio jacks, although the board doesn't include any form of optical output. For networking, the board has an Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 wireless interface with two antenna ports on the back panel also offering BT 5.0 support, while a single Intel I211-AT Gigabit Ethernet controller provides a single slot for wired networking.

What's in the Box

The accessories bundle included with the GIGABYTE X570 I Aorus Pro WIFI isn't huge, but everything needed to get a system up and running is included. Some of the standout accessories include a user manual, an Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 desktop antenna, two black SATA cables, and an M.2 thermal heat pad.

As we mentioned in regards to the front-mounted M.2 slot underneath the actively cooled chipset heatsink, this pad doesn't quite fill the gap between the heatsink and an M.2 drive and is likely for users looking to install an M.2 drive on the rear of the board.

  • 2 x SATA cables
  • 1 x M.2 thermal pad
  • Driver and software installation disc
  • Installation manual
  • Intel AX200 Antenna set
  • GIGABYTE Aorus case badge
  • 1 x RGB extension cable
GIGABYTE X570 I Aorus Pro WIFI Overview BIOS And Software
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  • SSTANIC - Thursday, March 19, 2020 - link

    for X670 GIGABYTE could do: 1. lose all video out 2. double USB inputs 3. double fan connectors 4. real fins on VRMs 5. keep the price because noone will buy this for 300$ and maybe 6. who needs WIFI really? 7. another LAN port
  • danturbo316 - Friday, March 20, 2020 - link

    The video out will be worth it with next gen apus, but right now I agree that it's a waste as the 3400g is a weakling
  • eek2121 - Friday, March 20, 2020 - link

    Just because you don’t have a use case for it doesn’t mean others don’t. ITX is a relatively popular form factor. Not everyone is a gamer, and of those who are, some want to use GPU passthrough for gaming on Linux and other virtualization scenarios.

    Check out cases like the DanPC case or the louqe ghost s1.
  • jospoortvliet - Sunday, March 22, 2020 - link

    I get that but if you want to run a cheap APU why on earth would you buy a x570 motherboard??? I understand using one video out just in case but 3 does seem like a waste for a high en board that people most likely will use with a high end cpu and GPU...
  • spikebike - Thursday, March 19, 2020 - link

    Yes another motherboard with a fan. Testing on similar motherboards show there's not much heat to dissipate. Why is there only one very expensive motherboard without a fan? I'm hoping B550 motherboards fix this.
  • Marlin1975 - Thursday, March 19, 2020 - link

    The B550 boards will not need a fan as they do not support PCIe 4.0 on the B550 chipset.

    The B550 looks like it will support PCIe 4.0 from the CPU to video card and M.2 port. But that is all.
  • InTheMidstOfTheInBeforeCrowd - Friday, March 20, 2020 - link

    No. It has to be more. Like the chipset offering PCIe 3.0 lanes. Just the requirement of the motherboard having PCIe 4.0 slots tied to the CPU is not enough. AMD could have done that with the B450 months ago(!) with little hassle. Basically the B550A play.

    If after so many months, AMD would release a B550 that is merely a rebranded B450 with the added requirement that motherboard manufacturers support the PCIe 4.0 lanes of the CPU (basically the same as the B550A rebrand), then AMD is basically presenting itself to the world as an incompetent and inept clown posse. I don't think they are that dumb, though...
  • a5cent - Friday, March 20, 2020 - link

    Ehm... Wat? B550 will not support PCIe 4.0, but that doesn't mean it's just a rebranding of B450!

    B450 is PCIe 2.0, not PCIe 3.0. Just supporting PCIe 3.0 is already a huge upgrade in itself. More importantly, B450 has a ridiculously low number of PCIe lanes, forcing motherboard makers to jump through all sorts of performance reducing hoops if they want to support even just a second M.2 drive. B550 is expected to support the same number of lanes as X570, so that too is a very significant upgrade. Lastly, not requiring the chipset to be actively cooled is also an improvement. Sacrificing PCIe 4.0 in order to ditch the fan is a very reasonable trade-off to make, as almost nobody will notice the difference between PCIe 4.0 and 3.0 coming off the chipset anyway.

    B450 was hopelessly outdated last year already. It is a bargain bin chipset, as it was itself a rebranding of B350. B550 is not like that at all.
  • InTheMidstOfTheInBeforeCrowd - Friday, March 20, 2020 - link

    Erm ... i never said that B550 will be a rebranded B450. I was saying "If...", addressing the implication made in the comment above mine that B550 will only bring support for the CPU PCIe 4.0 lanes to the table (which essentially is the same as implying that B550 would be merely a rebrand of B450)
  • a5cent - Friday, March 20, 2020 - link

    Yeah, sorry, I misread your comment. The comment you responded to is so ridiculous that it didn't register in my brain the way it was written.

    It seems a lot of people here don't understand that the CHIPSET is a separate thing that has no bearing on the PCIe lanes coming off the CPU. The traces between the CPU and the GPU on B450 motherboards were simply never validated for PCIe 4.0 (resistance, signal reflections, etc), so they deactivated PCIe 4.0 in firmware to protect the motherboard manufacturers from warranty claims. I guess some people's imaginations associated that downgrade to the chipset, which really has nothing to do with it.

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