After several months of continuous blowout, several motherboard manufacturers are finally pre-empting several new products based on the AMD B550 chipset, which are expected to open on June 16. One of the great regrets of the previous generation of B450 chipsets was that they were not perfectly compatible with PCIe 4.0 transport standards. Although some vendors introduced this feature in testing BIOS, AMD eventually reversed this decision for stability reasons.
The good news is that the B550 chipset is expected to make PCIe 4.0 more secure, and the motherboard is more affordable than the X570 chipset.
And despite AMD’s commitment to maintain compatibility with the AM4 processor interface for four years, older boards such as the B450 and X470 may be struggling to cope with the Zen 3 new architecture CPU.
The B550 is worth starting with compared to the X570 if you don’t want the ultimate overclocking performance and scaling experience.
Earlier, AMD was impressed by the release of the Ryzen 33000 Series entry-level processor, the 3300X and 3100.
The B550 is clearly a great choice for those who like the latest but don’t want to pay a lot of money to buy the X570 chipset board.
It is reported that the biggest benefit of upgrading from the B450 to the B550 is that the PCIe x16 slot for graphics cards can officially support PCIe 4.0, and some manufacturers even support dual-card splitting x8 / x8 (e.g., SLI fighting supporting Nvidia).
From the vendor’s published list of CPU support, the B550 also removes the historical baggage that is compatible with older AM4 processors and is compatible only with the Ryzen 3000 Series (and the future Ryzen 4000 Series) CPUs.
On the storage side, the B550 chipset also offers a PCIe 4.0 x4 MSD slot directly connected to the CPU. For more M.2 hard drive bits, manufacturers can also pull the PCIe 3.0 channel from the chipset and up to 6 SATA ports.
On the USB side, the B550 adds two more USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports on top of the B450’s USB 3.1 Gen 1 (up to 6). For audio, some vendors also offer Raytheon’s ALC1220 or ALC1200 on-board sound card solutions.
Asus, Asrock, Yingtai, MSI, Gigatech and other manufacturers have released the AMD B550 chipset based on the mid- to high-end AM4 motherboard, consumers can choose on demand mATX or ATX patterns.
In recent years, many motherboards have offered on-board wireless cards, and the B550 lineup is full of new wi-fi 5 and 2.5GbE Ethernet support.
On the memory side, MSI B550 TOMAHAWK even supports DDR4-4866. In terms of PCIe scalability, in addition to a full-length PCIe 4.0 x16 and a PCIe 3.0 x4, there are two PCIe 3.0 x1.
For friends who like the mini-ITX board, check out Asus’s ROG Strix B550-I. In terms of price, the company has only disclosed.
For example, the Prime B550M-A starts at $134 (about 947 RMB) and the ROG Strix B550-E Gaming is $279 (about 1986 RMB).
The latter supports the AX200 Wi-Fi 6 wireless card, Intel I225-V 2.5GbE LAN, and The SupremeFX S1220A HD sound card.
More vendors are expected to announce new products and prices for the B550 motherboard in the coming weeks.