The Intel B560 Motherboard Overview: 30+ Budget Models Starting from $75

Intel is set to launch itslatest generation of processors, known as Rocket Lake 11th Gen, on the 30th March 2021.We know Rocket Lake brings with it PCIe 4.0 directly from the CPU itself and is expected to bring better IPC performance over the last generation Comet Lake architecture. We’ve already takena look at 50+ models on Intel’s flagship Z590 chipset, which Rocket Lake works best with, but with the high prices,users who don’t plan on overclocking the CPU have the option of the more value orientedB560 chipset. As an upgrade to theolder B460 models B560 brings some new features to the table including support for Wi-Fi 6, up to four USB 3.2 G2 ports, and it also supports memory overclocking as well.

In our B560 overview, we reached out to every motherboard vendor for a list of its B560 models, including images and specifications. We’ve compiled a list of all available B560 models at the time of writing, including pricing and updating the overview as more models are announced or made available at a later date.

Typically an unsung platform in terms of pure performance and focused on budget computing,Intel’s B series chipsets tend to offer a more modest set of specifications with a lower overall cost. Compared to Intel’s previous B460 chipset, Intel has made some refinements to its specifications to produce one of its best budget series chipsets in recent years. There are three or four (if you count PCIe Gen4)interesting new elements to the chipset, making it an interesting choice as technology and certain controllers become more affordable.

Intel’s 500 series chipsets, including Z590 and B560, are set to be compatible with both 10th generation Comet Lake and 11th Generation Rocket Lake processors. The only platform that enables PCIe 4.0 will be a Rocket Lake processor at least at an i5 level, coupled with a Z590 or B560 motherboard. Alongside a full PCIe 4.0 x16 slot for graphics, one of the main benefits from PCIe 4.0, regardless of the 500-series motherboard model, is going to be had through storage. B560 will enable one PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slot from the CPU, with additional slots being PCIe 3.0 from the chipset. This sounds very identical to Z590, however the devil is in the details and our table below.

Moving from B460 to B560, one good improvement will be in memory support, with Intel making a move fromDDR4-2933 to DDR4-3200 (CML to RKL), which means vendors are building around DDR4-3200to meet official JEDEC specifications. Arguably this might not change much for most boards, given they seem to be built for beyond DDR4-3200 anyway, but Intel has re-enabled memory overclocking on B560. As a result, we’re going to seemotherboard vendors QVL for up to DDR4-5066 (on some models).Unfortunately, this is where overclocking ends.Users looking to overclock the processor will still need a Z590 motherboard.

Intel Z590, Z490, and Z390 Chipset Comparison
Feature B560 B460   Z590 Z490
Socket LGA1200 LGA1200   LGA1200 LGA1200
PCIe Lanes (CPU) 20 20   20 16
PCIe Specification (CPU) 4.0 3.0   4.0 3.0*
PCIe Config x16
x16/+4
x16
x16/+4
  x16
x8/x8
x8/x8/x4+4
x16
x8/x8
x8/x8/+4
DMI Lanes (3.0) x4 x4   x8 (RKL)
x4 (CML)
x4
Chipset PCIe 3.0 Lanes 12 16   24 24
Max USB 3.2 (Gen2/Gen1) 4/6 0/8   6/10 6/10
USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 (20 Gbps) Y N   Y ASMedia
Total USB 12 12   14 14
Max SATA Ports 6 6   6 6
Memory Channels (Dual) 2/2 2/2   2/2 2/2
Intel Optane Memory Support Y Y   Y Y
Intel Rapid Storage Technology (RST) Y Y   Y Y
Integrated WiFi MAC Wi-Fi 6 N   Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 6
Intel Smart Sound Y Y   Y Y
Overclocking Support *Memory N   Y Y
Intel vPro N N   N N
Max HSIO Lanes ? ?   ? 30
ME Firmware 15 14   15 14
TDP (W) 6 6   6 6

The other noticeable improvement in B560 over B460 is native support for USB 3.2 G2 (10 Gbps), which was also introduced with Z590. Intel has allowed for up to four USB 3.2 G2 ports on B560, with some vendors even adjusting the connectors to implement USB 3.2 G2x2 Type-C connectivity. Vendors can also install up to six USB 3.2 G1 separately from the G2 connectivity, which makes for a more generous selection of premium input and output available to the end-user.

Intel’s Rocket Lake processors bring 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes to the table, which in relation to B560, means 16 of these lanes will feed the top full-length PCIe slot, with the additional 4 being made available for M.2 storage. One of the main differences to Z590 will be that B560 has only 12 PCIe 3.0 lanes from the chipset. Vendors can use this PCIe bandwidth where they need it to go, with most vendors using fourof these lanes generally going to a full-length slot where applicable. Taking these PCIe 3.0 x4 slots into consideration, mainly on ATX and some micro-ATX models, this leaves 8 PCIe 3.0 lanes available for storage, such as PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slots, as well as PCIe 3.0 x1 slots, and non-Intel networking or additional functionality.


The ASRock B560M Steel Legend motherboard

The last of the improvements come via Intel defined networking, with Intel including a Wi-Fi 6 CNVi for vendors to implement up-to-date networking controllers. This is a notable improvement over the B460 chipset, which required vendors to install its own interface thus taking available bandwidth away from other devices, and adding an extra cost to models. Some boards we have seen in this overview have even included Intel’s latest AX210 Wi-Fi 6E wireless interface, with some opting for Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi 5,or none at all. The main fact is, the CNVi is there for vendors to now do as they wish, and it’s a nice move from Intel, but does limit vendors to Intel Wi-Fi unless they want to use a PCIe model from a Broadcom or someone else.

From looking at what’s available on B560 model-wise, there is a shift happening with vendors choosing 2.5 Gigabit ethernet over standard gigabit. Over the last couple of years, we’ve seen many chipsets adopted these 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet controllers, such as Intel’s latest I225-V and the Realtek RTL8125, however it was quite rare. B560 brings this feature to more models, and it will mean some additional cost at the end of the day, which is being passed on to the end customer, but it’s welcomed in the grand scheme of things.

Models Confirmed So Far (as of 03/29)

After reaching out to all of the vendors, we’re expecting at least 37+ models to hit retail shelves, which could increase considerably with some models likely to be available in certain regions such as the Asian market. At the time of writing, we’ve seen models range from $75 up to $220, which is a good range for a budget board in the grand scheme of things. We’ve seen B-series models from both Intel and AMD come with more premium features in recent years, and the added cost with new controllers does eventually add up.

The vast majority of B560 models announced so far come in the micro-ATX form factor, with a few full-sized ATX boards and a minimal number of mini-ITX models. There are just a few mini-ITX models announced so far, the ASRock B560M-ITX/ac, the ASUS ROG Strix B560-I Gaming WIFI, and the MSI MPG B560I Gaming Edge Wi-Fi.

ASRock

For the launch of Intel’s Rocket Lake desktop processors, ASRock has a varied stack with various models catering to different market segments. Its Steel Legend series leads the pack with an ATX and micro-ATX sized pairing, with 2.5 GbE and three available M.2 slots on the larger B560 Steel Legendwith its Pro4 for professionals covering the majority of its B560 options, as well as the entry-level HDV series.


ASRock B560M-ITX/ac ($95)

ASRock B560 Motherboard Product Stack
Model Size Overview
Link
Price
ASRock B560 Steel Legend ATX Link $130
ASRock B560M Steel Legend mATX Link $120
ASRock B560 Pro4/ac ATX Link
ASRock B560 Pro4 ATX Link $110
ASRock B560M Pro4/ac mATX Link $105
ASRock B560M Pro4 mATX Link $100
ASRock B560M-HDV-A mATX Link
ASRock B560M-HDV mATX Link $75
ASRock B560M-ITX/ac ITX Link $95

ASRock’s only mini-ITX offering comes in the form of the B560M-ITX/ac, which has an MSRP of $95, making a small form factor system with Rocket Lake more affordable. Although none of the models listed at the time of writing include USB 3.2 G2x2 Type-C, ASRock opts for a ‘cheaper’ approach to B560, with solid features and affordability as its key strengths.

ASUS

It wouldn’t be an ASUS product stack without its key ranges making an appearance, including its alphabet ROG Strix models, the Prime series, and TUF Gaming ranges. The ROG Strix series brings premium features to what is commonly referred to as a mid-range chipset, with three ATX models, one micro-ATX, and one mini-ITX offering. All of the ROG Strix models include 2.5 Gb Ethernet as standard, with Intel’s Wi-Fi 6 CNVi included, which ultimately makes them more expensive overall.


ASUS ROG Strix B560-I Gaming Wi-Fi

ASUS B560 Motherboard Product Stack
Model Size Overview
Link
Price
ASUS ROG Strix B560-E Gaming WIFI ATX Link*
ASUS ROG Strix B560-F Gaming WIFI ATX Link
ASUS ROG Strix B560-G Gaming WIFI mATX Link
ASUS ROG Strix B560-A Gaming WIFI ATX Link $175
ASUS ROG Strix B560-I Gaming WIFI ITX Link
ASUS Prime B560-Plus ATX Link $120
ASUS Prime B560M-A AC mATX Link
ASUS Prime B560M-A mATX Link $110
ASUS Prime B560M-K mATX Link
ASUS TUF Gaming B560-Plus WIFI ATX Link
ASUS TUF Gaming B560M-Plus WIFI mATX Link $150
ASUS TUF Gaming B560M-Plus mATX Link
*Awaiting images and details

The ASUS Prime series focuses on more professional elements such as content creation and uses subtle aesthetics to great effect. The TUF Gaming series offers a competitive blend of gaming-focused features for entry-level gamers, with ATX, Micro-ATX, and non-Wi-Fi variants available depending on a user’s specific needs.

Biostar

Biostar has just one B560 model available to the market at the time of writing, the B560GTQ. This is micro-ATX, so fits in with most other B560 models (most are micro-ATX), with a different styling and alternative approach to aesthetics. Biostar has opted not to focus too much on memory support, offering up to DDR4-4000 officially, while other vendors breach beyond DDR4-5000 on most of its models.


Biostar B560GTQ

Biostar B560 Motherboard Product Stack
Model Size Overview
Link
Price
Biostar B560GTQ mATX Link

Biostar does include USB 3.2 G2x2 Type-C connectivity, so it’s using Intel’s available support, and has a better rear panel than most with 2.5 Gb Ethernet, and does provide fixings for users to install their own Wi-Fi interfaces.

GIGABYTE

As it stands at the time of writing, the GIGABYTE B560 stack is the smallest out of the big four vendors. The GIGABYTE B560 Aorus Pro AX stands as its B560 flagship, with 2.5 gigabit Ethernet, three M.2 slots, and Intel’s Wi-Fi 6 CNVi. Other models making an appearance include the Aorus Elite on a micro-ATX sized frame, as well as a micro-ATX version of the Aorus Pro AX.


GIGABYTE B560 Aorus Pro AX ($220)

GIGABYTE Z590 Motherboard Product Stack
Model Size Overview
Link
Price
GIGABYTE B560 Aorus Pro AX ATX Link $220
GIGABYTE B560M Aorus Elite mATX Link
GIGABYTE B560M Aorus Pro AX mATX Link
GIGABYTE B560M Aorus Pro mATX Link
GIGABYTE B560M DS3H AC mATX Link
GIGABYTE B560M DS3H mATX Link
GIGABYTE B560M D3H mATX Link

GIGABYTE’s more affordable options include the DS3H and D3H models, which are all micro-ATX and come with very similar aesthetics. The only difference between the three DS models comes in small variances, including video output configuration and M.2 heatsinks. The most premium of the three is the B560M DS3H AC which includes an Intel Wi-Fi 5 CNVi.

MSI

Lastly, we have MSI’s range of B560 models, which, as it stands, is a wide varied mix-up between its MAG (Arsenal Gaming) and Pro series models. There is one MPG (Performance Gaming) model, the mini-ITX sized MPG B560I Gaming Edge Wi-Fi, but MSI hasn’t provided any details which point to either a later launch date or it just hasn’t officially announced it at the time of writing. The Tomahawk series makes an appearance with an ATX sized model with plenty of features, including an Intel Wi-Fi 6E CNVi, 2.5 Gb Ethernet, and USB 3.2 G2x2 Type-C, which means it could be one of the best B560 boards around based on price to features at $189.


MSI MAG B560M Mortar ($139)

MSI Z590 Motherboard Product Stack
Model Size Overview
Link
Price
MSI MPG B560I Gaming Edge Wi-Fi ATX Link* $159
MSI MAG B560 Tomahawk Wi-Fi ATX Link $189
MSI MAG B560 Torpedo ATX Link $169
MSI MAG B560M Mortar Wi-Fi mATX Link $179
MSI MAG B560M Mortar mATX Link $159
MSI MAG B560M Bazooka mATX Link $139
MSI B560M Pro-VDH Wi-Fi mATX Link* $149
MSI B560M Pro-VDH mATX Link* $129
MSI B560M-A Pro mATX Link $99
MSI B560M Pro mATX Link $109
MSI B560M Pro-E mATX Link
*Awaiting images and details

MSI also includes at least five Pro series models, with different levels of features and all on a micro-ATX sized PCB. These represent the entry-level B560 models with pricing starting from around $99 and ranging up to $149 for the more premium B560M Pro-VDH Wi-Fi model.

There is still plenty of time for vendors to announce and release even more models in the future, and we will endeavor to keep this B560 overviewupdated as regularly as possible. Each subsequent page includes a brief analysis of eachB560 model we have information on (at the time of writing), culminating with a conclusion of board features versus other models.

Starting our B560 overview in alphabetical order (by vendor), the first board we’re taking a look at is ASRock’s B560 Steel Legend. The Steel Legend is a common mainstay on its premium desktop chipsets as a mid-range model and currently sits atop its product range for B560. Visually, the ASRock B560 Steel Legend is using a black, grey, and white urban camouflage theme on the PCB, with silver and grey heatsinks. It includesRGB LEDs integrated into the chipset heatsink and along the right-hand side of the board which creates an underglow effect.

Located centrally on the board are two full-length PCIe slots, with the top slot operating at PCIe 4.0 x16 and the bottom slot electronically locked to PCIe 3.0 x4. ASRock also includes two PCIe 3.0 x4 slots for devices such as additional networking and audio controllers. For storage, the B560 Steel Legend includes three M.2 slots with the top slot operating at PCIe 4.0 x4 and the other two including support for both PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA drives. The third M.2 slot does share bandwidth with one of the board’s six SATA ports, which as with Intel chipsets, includes support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays. ASRock also includes four memory slots with support for DDR4-4800 and a maximum capacity of 128 GB.

On the rear panel are one USB 3.2 G2 Type-C, four USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, and two USB 2.0 ports, with an HDMI and DisplayPort video output pairing. For networking, there is a single Realtek RTL8125BG 2.5 GbE controller, while the board’s five 3.5 mm audio jacks and S/PDIF optical output is driven by a Realtek ALC897 HD audio codec. Finishing off the rear panel is a PS/2 keyboard and mouse combination port.

ASRock has set an MSRP of $130 for the B560 Steel Legend, which is representative of its modest controller options,and the market position of B560. It is nice to see ASRock has included a 2.5 GbE port which is becoming normalized as we move past Gigabit networking.

The ASRock B560M Steel Legend is essentially a cut-down version of its ATX B560 Steel Legend, with similar features with a smaller micro-ATX footprint. Going from ATX to micro-ATX, the reduction in size is generally achieved by lowering PCIe slot count, as the PCB lost is almost always from the bottom. Design-wise, it uses a grey, black and white urban camouflage patterning on the PCB, with silver and grey heatsinks. ASRock includes limited integrated RGB LEDs along the right-hand side of the board, which allows users to create an underglow effect.

ASRock includes a single full-length PCIe 4.0 x16 slot, with two PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. Memory support consists of four memory slots that can accommodate up to DDR4-4800 with a maximum capacity of 128 GB. For storage, ASRock has included two M.2 slots with the top slot operating at PCIe 4.0 x4, while the second operates at PCIe 3.0 x4 and includes support for SATA drives. There is a total of six SATA ports with two along the bottom with straight-angled connectors and four with right-angled connectors, and all feature support with RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays. For users looking to add Wi-Fi, there’s also an M.2 Key E slot as this board doesn’t come equipped with a wireless CNVi.

The rear panel includes four USB 3.2 G1 Type-A ports and two USB 2.0 ports, with an HDMI and DisplayPort video output pairing for users planning on using Intel’s UHD integrated graphics. ASRock is using a single Realtek RTL8125BG 2.5 GbE controller, with five 3.5 mm audio jacks and S/PDIF powered by a Realtek ALC807 HD audio codec. Last on the rear panel is a PS/2 combo port which is designed for use with legacy peripherals.

At the time of writing, ASRock hasn’t unveiled any pricing information for the B560M Steel Legend.

A lot of Intel B560 models are micro-ATX sized, which is a stark contrast compared with Z590, where there are barely any. ASRock does have a couple of ATX sized B560 models including the B560 Pro4/ac and B560 Pro4, with the only difference between both models is the ac version includes an Intel Wi-Fi 5 CNVi. Focusing on the design, the B560M Pro4 pairing includes a grey and black patterned PCB, with silver heatsinks and a small section of integrated RGB LED’s located in the bottom right-hand corner.


The ASRock B560M Pro4 ATX motherboard

Located towards the center of the board are two full-length PCIe slots and two PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. The top full-length slot operates at PCIe 4.0 x16, while the second slot is electronically locked to PCIe 3.0 x4. ASRock includes four memory slots with support for up to DDR4-4800, with a maximum combined capacity of 128 GB. For storage, both the B560M Pro4/ac and B560M Pro4 include threeM.2 slots, with the top slot operating at PCIe 4.0 x4, one with support for PCIe 3.0 x4/SATA, and the third including support for PCIe 3.0 x2/SATA. The third M.2 slot shares bandwidth with one of the board’s six SATA ports, which includes support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays.


ASRock B560M Pro4 rear panel (only difference is Wi-Fi 5 on B560M Pro4/ac)

On the rear panel is four USB 3.2 G1 Type-A and two USB 2.0 ports, with three 3.5 mm audio jacks powered by a Realtek ALC897 HD audio codec. Both models include an Intel I219-V Gigabit Ethernet controller, while the B560M Pro4/ac includes an unspecified Intel Wi-Fi 5 CNVi. Finishing off the rear panel is a pair of video outputs including one HDMI and one DisplayPort, as well as a PS/2 combo port for legacy peripherals.

At the time of writing, ASRock hasn’t provided pricing information for the B560M Pro4/ac, although we do know the non-Wi-Fi variant, the B560M Pro4 has an MSRP of $110.

Up next in our overview is a pair of modest micro-ATX models from ASRock, the B560M Pro4/ac, and the B560M Pro4. The only difference between the two models is the ac variant includes an 802.11ac Wi-Fi 5 CNVi. Everything else is built to the same specification and design, including a black and grey patterned PCB, silver heatsinks, as well as an advertised 8-phase power delivery with 50 A power chokes. ASRock does include a small section of RGB LEDs in the bottom-right hand corner of the board.


The ASRock B560M Pro4/ac pictured above

Both the ASRock B560M Pro4/ac and B560M Pro4 include a smaller micro-ATX sized PCB, with two full-length PCIe slots with the top slot operating at PCIe 4.0 x16, and the second slot locked down to PCIe 3.0 x4. ASRock also includes one PCIe 3.0 x1 slot, with the B560M Pro4/ac using an Intel-based Wi-Fi 5 CNVi. In regards to memory support, there are four slots with supported speeds of up to DDR4-4800 and a maximum capacity of up to 128 GB. Storage options consist of dual PCIe M.2 slots with one operating at PCIe 4.0 x4, and the other including support for both PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA drives. ASRock also includes six SATA ports with two of these featuring straight-angled connectors and four with right-angled connectors, with RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays supported.


The ASRock B560M Pro4/ac rear panel

On the rear panel, both models include four USB 3.2 G1 Type-A and two USB 2.0 ports, with a single HDMI video output and three 3.5 mm audio jacks controlled by a Realtek ALC897 HD audio codec. The B560M Pro4/ac includes a pair of antenna connectors for an unspecified Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi 5 CNVi, with both models including a single Intel I219-V Gigabit Ethernet controller and a PS/2 combo port.

ASRock has set an MSRP of $105for the ASRock B560M Pro4/ac, although the ASRock B560M Pro4 (without Wi-Fi) is slightly cheaper with an MSRP of $100.

Another series of micro-ATX motherboards within ASRock’s B560 stack includes the B560M-HDV-A and the B560M-HDV. Both models are visually identical with grey and black patterned printed PCBs, with a small silver chipset heatsink, but includes no heatsinks for the power delivery. The only difference between both models is that the B560M-HDV-A comes with an M.2 Key-E slot for users to install a wireless interface.


The ASRock B560M-HDV-A micro-ATX motherboard

Both models include just one full-length PCIe 4.0 x16 slot, with two PCIe 3.0 x1 slots, as well as two M.2 slots. One of the M.2 slots is PCIe 4.0 x4 enabled, while the other includes support for both PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA drives. ASRock also includes four SATA ports, two with straight-angled and two with right-angled slots, with all four featuring support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays. The ASRock B560M-HDV-A and B560M-HDV have just two memory slots, with support for up to DDR4-5000 and a total capacity of up to 64 GB.


The ASRock B560M-HDV-A rear panel (with M.2 Key-E slot)

The rear panel of both models includes four USB 3.2 G1 Type-A and two USB 2.0 ports. The only difference is that the A version includes an M.2 Key-E slot for users to install a wireless interface, which is located next to the three 3.5 mm audio jacks which are powered by a Realtek ALC897 HD audio codec. ASRock also includes three video outputs including a D-sub, DVI-D, and HDMI, with one PS/2 combo port for legacy keyboard and mice. Last on the rear panel of both boards is one Ethernet port driven by an Intel I219-V Gigabit controller.

At the time of writing, ASRock hasn’t given us any information on the price of the B560M-HDV-A, although we do know the B560M-HDV has an MSRP of $75.

ASRock’s only mini-ITX model announced so far for the Intel B560 chipset is the B560M-ITX/ac. It’s a typical budget-focused small form factor offering from ASRock, with a simplistic black and grey patterned PCB, with a decent-sized silverrear panel cover and combined power delivery heatsink, with a small silver chipset heatsink. ASRock is also advertising a 6-phase power delivery, with one 8-pin 12 V ATX CPU power input.

Due to its small mini-ITX PCB, there are obvious limitations on expansion slot support, which is most noticeable in both memory and PCIe slots. The ASRock B560M-ITX/ac includes one full-length PCIe 4.0 x16 slot, with two memory slots capable of handing up to DDR4-4600 memory with a maximum capacity of 64 GB across two memory slots. ASRock includes just one M.2 slot which operates at PCIe 4.0 x4 and includes support for SATA drives, as well as four straight-angled SATA ports with RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 array compatibilities.

On the rear panel of the B560M-ITX/ac, ASRock includes two USB 3.2 G1 Type-A and two USB 2.0 ports, but it does include a front panel USB 3.2 G1 Type-C header. There are also two video outputs including one HDMI and one DisplayPort, with a PS/2 combo port for legacy peripherals, and three 3.5 mm audio jacks powered by a Realtek ALC897 HD audio codec. Last but not least, the B560M-ITX/ac is using an Intel-based Wi-Fi 5 CNVi for both wireless and BT 4.2 connectivity, with a single Intel I219-V Gigabit Ethernet controller.

ASRock looks to have found a very attractive price for the B560M-ITX/ac with an MSRP of $95. Thismakes it a very attractive option for users to use as the foundation for a cost-effective small form factor option combined with Intel’s 11th gen Rocket Lake processors.

At the time of writing, we have been made aware that the ASUS ROG Strix B560-E Gaming WIFI will be announced at some stage. However the case, we have no details about it and this page is a placeholder for when those details are shared with us.

The second in ASUS’s Republic of Gamers B560 series is the ROG Strix B560-F Gaming WIFI which is one offive (at the time of writing) available Alphabet Strix models. The ASUS ROG Strix B560-F Gaming WIFI offers a mixture of premium features commonly found on its Z590 models but keeping in line with the overall premise of the value element of B560. Its design consists of a typical Strix model, with primarily black heatsinks with Strix graffiti-inspired text. There is also an illuminated RGB ROG logo integrated within the rear panel cover.

Included in the feature set are two full-length PCIe slots including one PCIe 4.0 x16 (top) and one PCIe 3.0 x4 (bottom), with two PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. Storage on the F model consists of three PCIe M.2 slots with one PCIe 4.0 x4 and two with support for PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA drives. Along the right-hand side are six SATA ports arranged in a line with support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays. At the time of writing, ASUS hasn’t published its QVL memory list, so support is listed as DDR4-3200 in line with Rocket Lake, but we do know that the four available slots will accommodate up to 128 GB of memory.

On the rear panel is plenty of connectivity including one USB 3.2 G2x2 Type-C, two USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, two USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, three USB 2.0 ports, as well as one of ASUS’s latest Type-C audio ports. For users of integrated graphics, ASUS includes one HDMI 2.0 and one DisplayPort 1.4 video output, as well as five 3.5 mm audio jacks and S/PDIF optical output driven by a ROG Supreme FX S1220A HD audio codec. On the networking side of things, there’s an Intel pairing including an I225-V 2.5 GbE controller and an AX200 Wi-Fi 6 CNVi model. Finishing off the rear panel is a BIOS Flashback button.

ASUS’s ROG Strix B560-A Gaming WIFI is another model focused on gamers building a new system on a budget but opts for a slightly different aesthetical design. For the A model, ASUS has gone with a sleek silver and black patterned PCB, with silver heatsinks with subtle pink highlighting and an RGB-enabled ROG logo on the rear panel cover. The ROG Strix B560-F and B560-A Gaming WIFI are similar visually,apart from the storage configuration, the color scheme, and an additional PCIe 3.0 x1 slot on the A.

The ASUS ROG Strix B560-A Gaming WIFI includes one full-length PCIe 4.0 x16, one full-length PCIe 3.0 x4, and three PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. In regards to storage, there are two M.2 slots with the top slot operating at PCIe 4.0 x4, and the second slot at PCIe 3.0 x4 with support for SATA drives. A total of six SATA ports sit on the right-hand side of the board and include support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays. At the time of writing, ASUS hasn’t published its memory QVL list for B560, but we do know the four memory slots will support up to 128 GB of DDR4-3200.

At present, we don’t have a view of what’s on the rear panel, but we do know the ROG Strix B560-A Gaming WIFI includes a Realtek-based2.5 GbE Ethernet controller, an Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 CNVi, and it is using a Supreme FX S1220A HD audio codec. ASUS is also advertising two video outputs including one HDMI 2.0 and one DisplayPort 1.4.

For users looking for a premium-looking micro-ATX board, the ASUS ROG Strix B560-G Gaming WIFI is a fabled Gene’esq board in all but name; perhaps the G naming stands for Gene. Although not as high-end as Gene modes in the past, the Strix series offers gamers a more mid-ranged gaming experience, with consisting styling throughout. The design consists of a mainly black color scheme, with black and grey patterning on the PCB, and modern graffiti-styled ASUS designs on the rear panel cover and chipset heatsink.

Looking at the board’s specifications, ASUS includes two full-length PCIe slots including one PCIe 4.0 x16 and one PCIe 3.0 x4 slot, with two additional PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. For storage, there are two M.2 slots including one PCIe 4.0 x4 and one PCIe 3.0 x4/SATA, with six SATA ports that feature support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays. In the top-right hand corner are four memory slots, with support for up to DDR4-5000 and capacity for up to 128 GB of memory. ASUS is advertising the B560-G Gaming WIFI to include a 10-phase power delivery featuring teamed power stages, with one 8-pin 12 V ATX CPU power input.

ASUS includes a single USB 3.2 G2x2 Type-C port on the rear panel, as well as oneType-C port designed for audio devices, one USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, and six USB 2.0 ports. There are two video outputs including an HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.4, with one Intel I225-V 2.5 GbE port and an Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 CNVi offering BT 5.1 connectivity. Finishing off the rear panel is a small BIOS flashback button, and five 3.5 mm audio jacks, and S/PDIF optical output controlled by a SupremeFX S1220A HD audio codec.

ASUS also plans to release a mini-ITX form factor model based on its Strix series. The ASUS ROG Strix B560-I Gaming WIFI has all the hallmarks of a typical ROG mini-ITX board, with subtle, but Strix-inspired styling. The design follows an all-black PCB, with black heatsinks and rear panel cover, with a combinedM.2/chipset heatsink that includesGraffiti style lettering.

Along the bottom is one full-length PCIe 4.0 x16 slot, with two M.2 slots including one PCIe 4.0 x4 and one PCIe 3.0 x4 with support for SATA drives. In the bottom right-hand corner is four straight-angled SATA ports with support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays. As the ROG Strix B560-I Gaming WIFI is mini-ITX, this means there are just two memory slots, although ASUS includes support for DDR4-5333 memory with capacities of up to 64 GB.

The rear panel includes a single USB 3.2 G2x2 Type-C, one USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, five USB 2.0 Type-A, and one USB 2.0 Type-A audio port. ASUS includes a ROG SupremeFX S1220A HD audio codec, with an assisting Savitech SV3H712 amplifier which powers five 3.5 mm audio jacks. For users planning on leveraging Intel’s UHD integrated graphics, there’s one HDMI 2.0 and one DisplayPort 1.4 video output pairing, while networking includes a Realtek-based 2.5 GbE controller and Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 CNVi.

The ASUS Prime series focuses on the more basic elements, with strong features, but with a more subtle and simple aesthetic. Primarily designed as its core series, the ASUS Prime B560-Plus is using a black and silver patterned printed PCB, with silver heatsinks and is advertised as having an 8-phase power delivery. It is also using a single 8-pin 12 V ATX CPU power input. The Prime B560-Plus is also the only ATX sized model in the Prime series, with more PCIe support than its micro-ATX sized Prime branded options.

In terms of PCIe support, the Prime B560-Plus includes one full-length PCIe 4.0 x16 slot, one full-length PCIe 3.0 x4 slot, and two PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. In the top right-hand corner, ASUS includes four memory slots with support for up to DDR4-5000, with a maximum capacity of up to 128 GB. On the storage front, there’s a pair of M.2 slots including one with PCIe 4.0 x4 and one with PCIe 3.0 x4/SATA support. In the bottom right-hand corner, there are six SATA ports including four with straight angled and two with right-angled connectors. All six SATA ports support RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays.

On the rear panel are two USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, one USB 3.2 G1 Type-C, and two USB 2.0 ports. Powering three3.5 mm audio jacks is a Realtek ALC897 HD audio codec, while a single Intel I219-V Gigabit Ethernet controller takes care of networking. There’s a trio of video outputs which consist of a DisplayPort, HDMI, and D-sub, while a PS/2 combo port provides support for legacy peripherals.

Moving down the Prime series of models from ASUS, the Prime B560M-A AC and B560M-A are essentially smaller (micro-ATX) versions of the Prime B560M-Plus. The other difference between the two B560M-A models is the AC variant includes a Wi-Fi 5 CNVi. Both models include a black and silver patterned PCB, with silver heatsinks covering the CPU section of the power delivery. Providing power to the advertised 8-phase power delivery is a single 8-pin 12 V ATX CPU power input.

ASUS includes two full-length PCIe slots including one operating at PCIe 4.0 x16 and the other at PCIe 3.0 x4, with one PCIe 3.0 x1 slot. For storage, there are two M.2 slots, one operating at PCIe 4.0 x4 with its own M.2 heatsink, and a second bare slot operating at PCIe 3.0 x4 with support for SATA drives. Towards the bottom right-hand corner of the boards is four SATA ports, two with straight angled and two with right-angled ports with support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays. The ASUS Prime B560M-A AC and B560M-A both have four memory slots, with support for up to DDR4-5000 and a maximum capacity of up to 128 GB.

The ASUS Prime B560M-A AC includes an unspecified Wi-Fi 5 CNVi, which the regular B560M-A model doesn’t include. Everything else on the rear panel is the same including one Intel I219-A GigabitEthernet port, a Realtek ALC897 HD audio codec that powers three 3.5 mm audio jacks, and a PS/2 combo port. USB connectivity includes one USB 3.2 G2 Type-C, one USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, and four USB 2.0 ports. Finishing off the rear panel is a trio of video outputs including two HDMI and one DisplayPort.

The ASUS Prime B560M-K is the most basic of the Prime series models, with a very minimalistic looking PCB, and focuses on just the basics. The design follows the typical Prime series black and silver color scheme, including a patterned PCB and a small silver power delivery and chipset heatsink pairing. ASUS also cuts down the memory slots to two from four on the other Prime B560 models. It is however advertising an 8-phase power delivery and requires a single 8-pin 12 ATX CPU power cable to provide power to the processor.

Located in the center of the board is a single full-length PCIe 4.0 x16 slot, with two PCIe 3.0 x1 slots sitting beneath it. For storage, the ASUS Prime B560M-K includes two M.2 slots with one operating at PCIe 4.0 x4 and the second at PCIe 3.0 x4/SATA. There’s a total of six SATA ports, which all include straight-angled connectors, and allow for users to install RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays. In the top right-hand corner are two memory slots, with support for up to DDR4-5000 and a total capacity of 64 GB.

Although we don’t have an image of the rear panel at the time of writing, we know the ASUS Prime B560M-K includes one HDMI and one D-Sub video output. It also hasthree 3.5 mm audio jacks powered by a Realtek ALC897 HD audio codec, as well as a single Intel I219-V Gigabit Ethernet controller. There’s a PS/2 combo port for legacy peripherals, while the board also has four USB 3.2 G1 Type-A and two USB 2.0 ports.

TUF or the Ultimate Force used to be notable for its tough and rugged Sabertooth models, but a couple of years ago, ASUSrebranded TUFto thegaming series we have today, which is designed to offervalue at a reasonable price point.ASUS has unveiled three TUF Gaming branded models (at the time of writing). This includes two micro-ATX and the sole ATX sized model, the ASUS TUF Gaming B560-Plus WIFI. The aesthetic follows the same black, grey and yellow accented design we have become accustomed to with the redefined TUF series. ASUS is advertising an 8+1 phase power delivery, with one 8-pin 12 V ATX CPU power input.

Being an ATX sized model, the ASUS TUF Gaming B560-Plus WIFI has plenty of PCIe options available, including two full-length PCIe slots and three PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. The top of the two full-length PCIe slots operates at PCIe 4.0 x16, while the second slot is electronically locked down to PCIe 3.0 x4. The board includes two M.2 slots, including one PCIe 4.0 x4 and one with support for both PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA drives. There’s also a total of six SATA ports including four in the bottom right-hand corner with straight angled ports, although all six include support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays. For memory support, four slots allow users to install up to 128 GB, with supported speeds of DDR4-5000.

On the rear panel is two USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, one USB 3.2 G1 Type-C, two USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, and three USB 2.0 ports. It is using an Intel Wi-Fi 6 CNVi, although ASUS hasn’t specified which at this time, as well as a Realtek RTL8125 2.5 GbE controller. There’s an HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.4 video output pairing, with five 3.5 mm audio jacks and S/PDIF optical output which are powered by an unspecified HD audio codec.

Rounding off the ASUS B560 models is a pair of micro-ATX motherboards which are targetted at gamers on a budget. Both theASUS TUF GamingB560M-PlusWIFI and B560M-Plusfollow the quintessential TUF Gaming design with black, grey, and yellow accented PCB and heatsinks. Nearly identical to its larger ATX sibling, both the B560M-Plus and Wi-Fi model is advertised as including an 8+1 phase power delivery, with a single 8-pin 12 V ATX CPU power input delivering power to the processor.

Both boards include one full-length PCIe 4.0 x16 slot, one full-length PCIe 3.0 x4 slot, and a single PCIe 3.0 x1 slot. For storage, there’s a pair of M.2 slots, including one PCIe 4.0 x4 and one with support for PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA drives. In the bottom right-hand corner is six SATA ports, three with straight angled and three with right-angled connectors, with all available ports allowing for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays. In the top right-hand corner is four memory slots, with support for DDR4-5000 and 128 GB of capacity.

Although we don’t have a clear image of the rear panel, we know both models include a Realtek RTL8125 2.5 GbE port, while the Wi-Fi version comes with an Intel-based Wi-Fi 6 CNVi.There arefive 3.5 mm audio jacks and S/PDIF optical output powered by an unspecified Realtek HD audio codec. In regards to USB, there’s one USB 3.2 G2 Type-C port and eight unspecified Type-A ports. ASUS has also included a pair of video outputs including one HDMI and one DisplayPort.

At the time of writing, Biostar has announced one B560 model designed for use with both Intel’s 11th and 10th generation processors. The Biostar B560GTQ is a micro-ATX model with a very different aesthetic to everything else currently available on B560. It is using a primarily black PCB, with light blue and grey accented patterning. This stretches across the rear panel cover too and with the images we have available, it is hard to tell if the board includes integrated RGB LEDs or whether the chipset LEDs are blue only. Biostar is also advertising the B560GTQ as being equipped with a 12-phase power delivery, although the technical specifications of this are unknown.

Dominating the majority of the lower half of the board is the PCIe slots, with two full-length PCIe slots operating at PCIe 4.0 x16 and PCIe 3.0 x4, with a single PCIe 3.0 x1 slot sandwiched between them. For storage, the board includes one PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slot, with six SATA ports with support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays. Biostar also includes a Key-E M.2 slot for users to install its own Wi-Fi 6 wireless interface. In the top-right corner is four memory slots, which include support for up to DDR4-4000 and with a maximum capacity of 128 GB.

The rear panel includes one USB 3.2 G2x2 Type-C, five USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, and two USB 2.0 ports. Despite the rear panel image showing an antenna with Wi-Fi capability, the B560GTQ does not come with any wireless networking and will require users to use its own. Other connectivity includes one DisplayPort, one HDMI, and one DVI-D video output, with a PS/2 combo port for legacy peripherals. The B560GTQ has three 3.5 mm audio jacks which are powered by a Realtek ALC1220 HD audio codec and includea single Ethernet port driven by a Realtek RTL8125B 2.5 GbE controller.

Moving on to GIGABYTE’s B560 stack, we have its premium (at the time of writing) ATX sized offering via the B560 Aorus Pro AX. It’s a quintessential Aorus board with a similar design we’ve seen from GIGABYTE over the last couple of years. It is using an all-black PCB, with black power delivery heatsinks, with a black metallic-looking rear panel cover that features an Aorus Falcon logo. There’s a pair of M.2 heatsinks, with a black and grey chipset heatsink which has a diagonal-like design. GIGABYTE is advertising a 12+1 power delivery with 50 A power stages and uses a single 8-pin 12 V ATX CPU power input.

GIGABYTE has included a total of three full-length PCIe slots, including the top slot operating at PCIe 4.0 x16, the middle slot at PCIe 3.0 x4, and the bottom slot at PCIe 3.0 x1, which seems odd that it’s not a smaller slot. For storage, there are three M.2 slots including one PCIe 4.0 x4, and two PCIe 3.0 x4/SATA slots, with six SATA ports with support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays. At the time of writing, GIGABYTE hasn’t unveiled its memory QVL list so support is listed at DDR4-3200, but we know the four slots can accommodate up to 128 GB.

The rear panel includes 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. Sitting below the USB 2.0 ports is a PS/2 combo port while networking support consists of an Intel I225-V 2.5 GbE controller, with an Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 CNVi which also offers support for BT 5.1 devices. A total of six 3.5 mm audio jacks are powered by Realtek’s latest ALC4080 HD audio codec, with two video outputs including a DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4.

The GIGABYTE B560M Aorus Elite is another micro-ATX offering based on its gaming-inspired design, with a black and grey patterned PCH, and black heatsinks with subtle silver highlights on the rear panel cover. The Aorus Falcon logo is embossed onto the chipset heatsink, and GIGABYTE is advertising a direct 12+1 phase power delivery. Providing power to the CPU is a single 8-pin 12 V ATX CPU power input.

Looking at the board’s feature set are two full-length PCIe slots, with the top slot operating at PCIe 4.0 x16 and the bottom slot operating at PCIe 3.0 x4. In between both full-length slots is one PCIe 3.0 x1 slot, while storage options include a PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slot, one PCIe 3.0 x4/SATA M.2 slot, and six SATA ports. In the top right-hand corner are four memory slots, with support for up to 128 GB of capacity, but at this time, GIGABYTE hasn’t provided us with its memory QVL list.

On the rear panel, the GIGABYTE B560M Aorus Elite includes one USB 3.2 G2 Type-C, one USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, two USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, and six USB 2.0 ports. A pair of video outputs including one DisplayPort and one HDMI allows users to utilize Intel’s UHD integrated graphics, while an unspecified Realtek HD audio codec powers six 3.5 mm audio jacks. The B560M Aorus Elite also features a Realtek-based 2.5 GbE controller, with a PS/2 combo port offering support for legacy peripherals.

The GIGABYTE B560M Aorus Pro AX is a smaller (micro-ATX) variant of the B560 Aorus Pro AX and includes much of the same feature set, well as much as the reduction in PCB allows. GIGABYTE is also offering a non-AX version, which is identical in features barring the Wi-Fi 6 CNVi. Both the B560M Aorus Pro AX and B560M Aorus Pro follow a slightly different aesthetic to the ATX version, with a black and grey printed PCB and silver heatsinks, with black highlights. GIGABYTE also includes an Aorus Falcon logo on the rear panel cover, with a more prominent logo located on the chipset heatsink.

Located towards the center of the board is a pair of full-length PCIe slots, including one PCIe 4.0 x16 (top), and one PCIe 3.0 x4 (bottom) slot, a smaller PCIe 3.0 x1 located in between these. Storage options include two M.2 slots, including one PCIe 4.0 x4 slot which includes an M.2 heatsink, with a bare slot operating at PCIe 3.0 x4 and includes support for SATA drives too. Looking at SATA, GIGABYTE includes six SATA ports located in the bottom right-hand corner, with support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays. At the present time, GIGABYTE hasn’t unveiled its memory QVL, so support is listed as DDR4-3200, with a combined capacity of up to 128 GB across four slots. GIGABYTE is also advertising a direct 12+1 power delivery.

On the rear panel,the B560M Aorus Pro AX includes an Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 CNVi which also adds BT 5.1 connectivity, which is the only difference between this model and the regular B560M Aorus Pro. Everything else is the same, including one USB 3.2 G2x2 Type-C, one USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, two USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, and six USB 2.0 ports. Wired networking is taken care of by an Intel I225-V 2.5 GbE controller, while six 3.5 mm audio jacks are powered by an unspecified RealtekHD audio codec. For integrated graphics users, there’s one HDMI and one DisplayPort video output, with a PS/2 keyboard and mouse combination port designed for legacy peripherals.

Representing a more modest pair of micro-ATX options from GIGABYTE is the B560M DS3H AC and B560M DS3H. The only difference between both models is that the B560M DS3H AC includes a Realtek Wi-Fi 5 CNVi, whereas the regular B560M DS3H does not. Both models follow the same design, with a black, grey and deeper grey patterned PCB, withblack power delivery and chipset heatsinks. GIGABYTE is advertising a direct 6+2 phase power delivery, which is using a single 8-pin 12 V ATX CPU power input.


The GIGABYTE B560M DS3H AC motherboard and B560M DS3H share the same design

Located in the center of the board is one full-length PCIe 4.0 x16 slot, with two PCIe 3.0 x1 slots below it. For storage, GIGABYTE includes two M.2 slots, including one with support for PCIe 4.0 x4 drives,a second slot that can accommodate both PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA drives, with six SATA ports; two with right-angledand four with straight-angled connectors. In the top right-hand corner is four memory slots, with support for up to 128 GB of DDR4 memory, although GIGABYTE hasn’t currently given us its memory QVLlist.


GIGABYTE B560M DS3H AC rear panel (only difference is Wi-Fi)

On the rear panel, the GIGABYTE B560M DS3H AC includes an AzureWave RTL8821CE Wi-Fi 5 CNVi, which is the only difference between both models. Both models include one USB 3.2 G1 Type-C, three USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, and two USB 2.0 ports. GIGABYTE includes a pair of video outputs including a DisplayPort and HDMI, with three 3.5 mm audio jacks powered by a non-specified Realtek HD audio codec. Finishing off the rear panel is a single Realtek Gigabit Ethernet port, with a PS/2 combo port designed for use with legacy peripherals.

Finishing up our look at GIGABYTE’s B560 models, we come to what seems like its entry-level option (at the time of writing). The GIGABYTE B560M D3H looks similar to the B560 DS3H visually, with a black and off-white printed PCB, with a black power delivery heatsink cooling the CPU section of the VRMand a black chipset heatsink which resembles a shield. GIGABYTE is advertising a direct 6+2 phase power delivery and requires a single 8-pin 12 V ATX CPU power input to deliver power to the processor.

Unique to other GIGABYTE B560 models, the B560M D3H includes a legacy PCI slot, one PCIe 3.0 x1 slot,with two full-length PCIe slots with the top slot operating at PCIe 4.0 x16 and the second slot locked down to PCIe 3.0 x4. We have plenty of storage options for a budget board, with one PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2, one PCIe 3.0 x4/SATA M.2 slot, and six SATA ports, which do include support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays. Four of the SATA ports feature straight angled connectors. Focusing on the memory, there are four slots with support for up to 128 GB, although GIGABYTE hasn’t revealed its memory QVL list at the time of writing.

On the rear panel are a single USB 3.2 G1 Type-C, three USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, and two USB 2.0 ports, with four video outputs including one D-sub, one DVI-D, one HDMI, and one DisplayPort. For networking, GIGABYTE includes an unspecified Intel Gigabit Ethernet port, with six 3.5 mm audio jacks powered by an unspecified Realtek HD audio codec. Finishing off the rear panel is a PS/2 combo port for legacy keyboard and mice.

At the time of writing, we have been made aware that the MSI MG B560I Gaming Edge Wi-Fiwill be announced at some stage. However the case, we have no details about it and this page is a placeholder for when those details are shared with us.

One of MSI’s most interesting series over the last few years has been the Tomahawk. Representing its more modest gaming-focused MAG (arsenal gaming) series, it’s been proven to good effect with a mixture of decent features, usually at a very competitive price point. The MSI MAG B560 Tomahawk Wi-Fi looks to further solidify this for Intel’s more budget-focused LGA1200 B560 series. It includes a black PCB, with gunmetal grey heatsinks, including militaristic themed lettering we’ve come to expect from a Tomahawk; its namesake is a popular missile in the US military’s arsenal.

Looking towards the B560 Tomahawk Wi-Fi’s feature set, it includes two full-length PCIe slots, with the top slot operating at PCIe 4.0 x16 and the second slot electronically locked to PCIe 3.0 x4. MSI also includes one PCIe 3.0 x1 slot. For storage, there’s a trifecta of M.2 slots, with one supporting PCIe 4.0 x4 drives, and two with support for PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA. There are six SATA ports, two with straight-angled and four with right-angled connectors, all including support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays. In the top right-hand corner are four memory slots which include support for up to DDR4-5000 and a combined capacity of up to 128 GB.

On the rear panel is a single USB 3.2 G2x2 Type-C, four USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, and four USB 2.0 ports. MSI is using an unspecified Realtek HD audio codec that powers five 3.5 mm and S/PDIF optical output, while its networking capabilities come from an Intel AX210 Wi-Fi 6E CNVi, and a Realtek RTL8125B 2.5 GbE controller. Finishing off the rear panel are a pair of video outputs including one HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.4 output.

A newer addition to MSI’smore cost-effective ranges is the Torpedo. Built around the Arsenal Gaming (MAG) series, the MSI MAG B560 Torpedo a slightly different take on the Tomahawk series, with a more vibrant color scheme, as well as offering a more premium (and ultimately more expensive) alternative. The MSI MAG B560 Torpedo uses a metallic blue finish on its power delivery and chipset heatsinks, with a solid-looking rear panel cover. It also uses a deeper blue and gunmetal grey for its alternative colored memory slots. It does have some RGB, which can be found integrated around the chipset area.

In the center of the Torpedo’s PCB is a full-length PCIe 4.0 x16 slot, with a second full-length slot locked to PCIe 3.0 x4. MSI includes just one PCIe 3.0 x1 slot, with one PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2, and two PCIe 3.0 x4/SATA M.2 slots. For SATA devices, MSI includes a total of six SATA ports, with two featuring straight-angled connectors found in the bottom right-hand corner. The four with right-angled connectors are located towards the right, with MSI employing a PCB cut-out for easier cable management. Located in the top-right hand corner are four memory slots, with support for up to DDR4-5000 and a maximum capacity of up to 128 GB.

Interestingly, MSI also includes a 6-pin 12 V PCIe power input, which can deliver more power to the PCIe slots for large graphics cards, although the decision to include this on a B560 board that doesn’t support overclocking is a little strange.

The rear panel includes one USB 3.2 G2x2 Type-C, with four USB 3.2 G1 Type-A and four USB 2.0 ports. A pair of video outputs including one HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.4 output allows users to utilize Intel’s UHD integrated graphics. MSI hasn’t given us information at the time of writing on the HD audio codec of choice, but it’ll be Realtek and it powers five 3.5 mm audio jacks and a single S/PDIF optical output. The Torpedo drops wireless networking but instead opts for a duo of Ethernet controllers, including one Realtek RTL8125B 2.5 Gb and an Intel I219-V Gigabit.

Moving on to MSI’s MAG series micro-ATX sized models, and we have the MAG B560M Mortar Wi-Fi and B560M Mortar. Both models share the same core specifications and features, with the only difference between both models is the Wi-Fi version comes with Intel’s latest Wi-Fi 6E CNVi. Both Mortar models use the same design, with an all-black PCB and metallic silver heatsinks, including one covering the PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slot, the chipset, and power delivery heatsinks. The rear panel cover also fits in with the design, which also includes black accents on all of the board’s heatsinks.

In the middle of the board is the B560M Mortars PCIe slots, which include one full-length PCIe 4.0 x16, one full-length PCIe 3.0 x4, and one PCIe 3.0 x1 slot. The storage options consist of two M.2 slots with one supporting PCIe 4.0 x4 and the other PCIe 3.0 x4/SATA, with six SATA ports with RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 array capabilities. In the top right-hand corner is four memory slots, which can accommodate up to 128 GB, with speeds of up to DDR4-5066.


The MSI MAG B560M Mortar Wi-Fi rear panel with Intel’s AX210 Wi-Fi 6E CNVi

On the rear panel, the MSI MAG B560M Mortar Wi-Fi includes an Intel AX210 Wi-Fi 6E CNVi, which also adds support for BT 5.2 devices. Other than that, the rear panels of both models are the same including a Realtek RTL8125B 2.5 GbE controller, with five 3.5 mm audio jacks and S/PDIF optical output powered by a Realtek ALC897 HD audio codec. USB support consists of one USB 3.2 G2x2 Type-C, one USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, two USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, and four USB 2.0 ports. Finishing off the rear panel is a pair of video outputs including an HDMI and DisplayPort.

The cheapest and ultimately most basic of MSI’s MAG offerings for B560 is the Bazooka. Following the trend of military-inspired naming, the MSI MAG B560M Bazooka is a micro-ATX option, with an interesting take on a war-like theme. It is using a shade of green for the power delivery and chipset heatsinks, as well as an M.2 heatsink which covers the PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slot. Even the memory slots follow a similar theme, with alternating green and black slots, with an all-black PCB.

In regards to PCIe support, MSI includes just one full-length slot operating at PCIe 4.0 x16, with two PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. The storage capabilities consist of one PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slot which includes an M.2 heatsink, one PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slot, and six SATA ports. The SATA ports include two with straight angled connectors, although all six include support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays. In the top-right hand corner arefour memory slots, with support for DDR4-5066 and up to 128 GB of capacity.

Although there’s no Type-C connectivity on the B560M Bazooka, MSI does include two USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, two USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, and two USB 2.0 ports. At the far left is a PS/2 combo port for legacy peripherals, while there’s also one HDMI and one DisplayPort video output for users planning to utilize Intel’s UHD integrated graphics. For networking, there’s a single Realtek RTL8125B 2.5 GbE controller, while the board’s three 3.5 mm audio jacks is powered by a Realtek ALC897 HD audio codec.

At the time of writing, we have been made aware that the MSI B560M Pro VDH Wi-Fi and B560M Pro VDH will both be announced at some stage. However the case, we have no details about it and this page is a placeholder for when those details are shared with us.

The MSI B560M-A Pro and B560M Pro represent its more professional series of motherboards, designed for a basic and no-frills approach. Typically designed for more professional systems such as small office PCs, the Pro series curtails on the gaming-focused features and goes with a basic set of controllers. The design of bothboards is the same, with a black chipset and M.2 heatsink pairing, as well as a black and grey patterned PCB.

with only the following subtle differences in the specifications.The MSI B560M Pro includes a DisplayPort 1.4 output, while the B560M-A Pro omits this; this is the only difference between both models.

Both models include one full-length PCIe 4.0 x16 slot, with two PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. For storage, there’sone PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slot, with six SATA ports including two with straight-angled connectors, and feature support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays. In the top-right hand corner are two memory slots that can accommodate up to 64 GB of DDR4-5200 memory. The power delivery doesn’t include a heatsink, and there is a single 8-pin 12 V ATX CPU power input.


The MSI B560M Pro includes a DisplayPort 1.4, the B560M-A Pro does not

The only difference between both models is the MSI B560M Pro includes a DisplayPort 1.4, as well as one HDMI and one D-sub video output. The B560M-A Pro includes both the D-sub and HDMI, but not the DisplayPort. Both models include four USB 3.2 G1 Type-A and two USB 2.0 ports, with a PS/2 combo port and three 3.5 mm audio jacks powered by a Realtek ALC897 HD audio codec. Finishing off the rear panels is a single Realtek RTl8125B 2.5 GbE controller.

The MSI B560M Pro-E another micro-ATX model in its professional series and is very similar to both the B560M Pro and B560M-A Pro barring a couple of minor differences including storage and rear panel connectivity.Following a basic theme throughout, the B560M Pro-E has a black and grey patterned PCB, with a small black chipset heatsink. MSI hasn’t disclosed to us any power delivery information, but there’s no heatsink, but we can see a single 8-pin 12 V ATX CPU power input.

Lighter than most B560 models on features, this is by far the most basic of MSI’s B560 stack. In the center of the board is a single full-length PCIe 4.0 x16 slot, with an additional PCIe 3.0 x1 slot. Storage options include one PCI 4.0 x4 M.2 slot, with four SATA ports with RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 support. In the top-right hand corner is a pair of memory slots, with support for up to DDR4-4800, and a maximum capacity of 64 GB.

The rear panel includes two USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, and four USB 2.0 ports, with one HDMI and one D-sub video output. There’s a PS/2 combo port for legacy keyboard and mice, with three 3.5 mm audio jacks powered by a Realtek ALC897 HD audio codec. Finishing off the rear panel is a single Intel I219-V Gigabit Ethernet port.

One of Intel’s new Rocket Lake (11th gen) processors’ biggest driving forces is official support for PCIe 4.0. We’ve seen AMD implement PCIe 4.0 into the mainstream with its Ryzen 3000 series processors almost two years ago now, back in the summer of 2019. It took a while for Intel to catch up finally, but PCIe 4.0 after March 30th will be a key element of Intel’s desktop platforms going forward into 2021 and beyond.

Not just looking forward to the future of its technologies and designs, Intel has also made its Z590, B560, and H510 backward compatible with existing Comet Lake (10th gen) processors too. This allows users to either use existing chips to upgrade to the 500 series chipsets or pick up a cheaper 10-core Comet Lake processor. However, using Comet Lake with 500-series boards willmean PCIe 3.0 as per Intel’s specifications.

The most notable additions toB560 over the previous B460 are in networking. Not only do a number of boards come with a Wi-Fi 6 interface, a lot of B4570 models are 2.5 Gb Ethernet enabled. Over half of the models announced so far include either a Realtek RTL8125 or Intel’s own I225-V 2.5 GbE controller. Even in a mid-range chipset such as B560, it’s a notable statement of intent and an indicator that Gigabit Ethernet could soon be a thing of the past.

When paired with an 11th generation Rocket Lake processor, on all the B560 boards we’ve looked at so far, at least one of the M.2 ports will support super-fast PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 drives. The rest of the M.2 slots are all PCIe 3.0, as they come from the chipset, which is limited to PCIe 3.0. Regarding the number of M.2 slots on B560 boards, the maximum number we’ve seen a B560 model includes is three, but this requires an ATX model, and uses 66% of the chipset PCIe lanes in full speed mode (some boards use x2 links instead).

Regardless of the needs or requirements, functionality, storage support, even in rear panel connectivity, we have a handy table that specifies which model includes what specific feature.

Note: We usually include a list of micro-ATX models in the below list, but given that most B560 models are micro-ATX, we’ve opted to highlight the ATX and mini-ITX boards. Outside of this, it means that the model is micro-ATX.

Choosing the Right B560 Motherboard
If You Need Then The Options Are Size Price
2.5 Gigabit Ethernet ASRock B560 Steel Legend ATX $130
  ASRock B560M Steel Legend mATX $120
  ASUS ROG Strix B560-F Gaming WIFI ATX
  ASUS ROG Strix B560-A Gaming WIFI ATX $175
  ASUS ROG Strix B560-G Gaming WIFI mATX
  ASUS ROG Strix B560-I Gaming WIFI ITX
  ASUS TUF Gaming B560-Plus WIFI ATX
  ASUS TUF Gaming B560M-Plus WIFI mATX
  ASUS TUF Gaming B560M-Plus mATX
  Biostar B560GTQ mATX
  GIGABYTE B560 Aorus Pro AX ATX
  GIGABYTE B560M Aorus Elite mATX
  GIGABYTE B560M Aorus Pro AX mATX
  GIGABYTE B560M Aorus Pro mATX
  MSI MAG B560 Tomahawk Wi-Fi ATX
  MSI MAG B560 Torpedo ATX
  MSI MAG B560M Mortar Wi-Fi mATX
  MSI MAG B560M Mortar mATX
  MSI MAG B560M Bazooka mATX
  MSI B560M-A Pro mATX
  MSI B560M Pro mATX
 
3 or more M.2 Slots ASRock B560 Steel Legend ATX $130
  ASRock B560 Pro4/ac ATX
  ASRock B560 Pro4 ATX $110
  GIGABYTE B560 Aorus Pro AX ATX
 
Intel Wi-Fi 6E MSI MAG B560 Tomahawk Wi-Fi ATX
  MSI MAG B560M Mortar Wi-Fi mATX
 
Intel Wi-Fi 6 ASUS ROG Strix B560-F Gaming WIFI ATX
  ASUS ROG Strix B560-A Gaming WIFI ATX $175
  ASUS ROG Strix B560-G Gaming WIFI mATX
  ASUS ROG Strix B560-I Gaming WIFI ITX
  ASUS TUF Gaming B560-Plus WIFI ATX
  ASUS TUF Gaming B560M-Plus WIFI mATX
  GIGABYTE B560 Aorus Pro AX ATX
  GIGABYTE B560M Aorus Pro AX mATX
 
USB 3.2 G2x2 Type-C ASUS ROG Strix B560-F Gaming WIFI ATX
  ASUS ROG Strix B560-G Gaming WIFI mATX
  ASUS ROG Strix B560-I Gaming WIFI ITX
  Biostar B560GTQ mATX
  GIGABYTE B560 Aorus Pro AX ATX
  GIGABYTE B560M Aorus Pro AX mATX
  GIGABYTE B560M Aorus Pro mATX
  MSI MAG B560 Tomahawk Wi-Fi ATX
  MSI MAG B560 Torpedo ATX
  MSI MAG B560M Mortar Wi-Fi mATX
  MSI MAG B560M Mortar mATX
 
USB 3.2 G2 Type-C ASRock B560 Steel Legend ATX $130
  ASUS Prime B560M-A AC mATX
  ASUS Prime B560M-A mATX
  ASUS TUF Gaming B560-Plus WIFI ATX
  ASUS TUF Gaming B560M-Plus WIFI mATX
  ASUS TUF Gaming B560M-Plus mATX
  GIGABYTE B560M Aorus Elite mATX
 
BIOS Flashback Button ASUS ROG Strix B560-F Gaming WIFI ATX
  ASUS ROG Strix B560-G Gaming WIFI mATX
 
ATX ASRock B560 Steel Legend ATX $130
  ASRock B560 Pro4/ac ATX
  ASRock B560 Pro4 ATX $110
  ASUS ROG Strix B560-E Gaming WIFI ATX
  ASUS ROG Strix B560-F Gaming WIFI ATX
  ASUS ROG Strix B560-A Gaming WIFI ATX $175
  ASUS Prime B560-Plus ATX $120
  ASUS TUF Gaming B560-Pro WIFI ATX
  Biostar Racing B560GTQ ATX
  GIGABYTE B560 Aorus Pro AX ATX
  MSI MAG B560 Tomahawk Wi-Fi ATX
  MSI MAG B560 Torpedo ATX
 
Mini-ITX ASRock B560M-ITX/ac ITX $95
  ASUS ROG Strix B560-I Gaming WIFI ITX
  MSI MPG B560I Gaming Edge Wi-Fi ITX

As the B560 chipset is considered budget, the vast majority include one of Realtek’s budget-friendly HD audio codecs, such as the ALC897. Only one model so far includes one of Realtek’s latest ALC4080 HD audio codec (GIGABYTE), with some of the ASUS ROG models, which is using a Realtek S1220A HD audio codec.

Only a minimal selection of modelscomes with anything better than the ALC897.

Z490 Motherboard Audio
Codec Boards
Realtek ALC897 Almost Everything, Except The Following
 
Realtek ALC4080 GIGABYTE B560 Aorus Pro AX
 
Realtek S1220A ASUS ROG Strix B560-F Gaming WIFI
  ASUS ROG Strix B560-A Gaming WIFI
  ASUS ROG Strix B560-G Gaming WIFI
  ASUS ROG Strix B560-I Gaming WIFI
  ASUS TUF Gaming Z590-Plus
 
Realtek ALC1220 Biostar B560GTQ

As we receive updates from vendors with more information, we will endeavor to keep this B560 overview updated and as often as possible.