Highly anticipated: AMD’s companions are anticipated to launch the AM4 B550 motherboards on June 16. With that date drawing nearer, distributors have began itemizing fashions of the upcoming mobos, which supply most of the options discovered within the costlier X570 platform.
News that AMD could be axing Zen Three help on its 400-series motherboards didn’t go down nicely with homeowners of these boards, who hoped to improve with out having to spend further on a brand new mobo. But the corporate later backtracked, saying that it will provide board companions with a beta BIOS for B450 and X470 motherboards that allow Zen Three help. But those that do go for a 500-series board can have the benefit of PCIe 4.zero and full help for Zen 3.
Other B550 enhancements over its predecessor embody help for as much as two USB 3.1 gen2 ports, twin GPUs, and the bandwidth of the motherboard’s general-purpose PCIe lanes doubling.
While the X570 platform that launched final 12 months does have a couple of benefits over B550, together with elevated bandwidth, most avid gamers are unlikely to wish the additional bells and whistles, particularly as they will seize the upcoming boards at extra affordable costs—beginning at $100.
As is often the case with new-chipset motherboards, every producer provides a number of fashions of B550 mobos with completely different options and at varied worth factors.
Asus says it has eleven new B550 boards listed on its web site in the mean time. Covering the ROG, TUF, and Prime households, they embody PCIe 4.zero M.2 and 16x slots, WiFi 6 (on ROG boards), 2.5Gbps Ethernet, and USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, amongst different options.
Gigabyte/Aorus has six boards listed. These embody as much as Direct 16 phases of digital energy design, pre-installed I/O shields, and superior thermal options.
MSI has ten B550 motherboards on its web site protecting its MPG, MAG, and PRO collection manufacturers. These boast “aggressive” VRM energy designs (as much as 21 + 2 + 1), element shielding, and aRGB interfaces.
ASRock has the selection of 12 mobos. They embody the B550 Taichi because the high-end flagship, which encompasses a 16 Phase VRM design and help for reminiscence speeds as much as 4,733 MHz.