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AMD B550 Chipset : What You Need To Know!

AMD B550 Chipset : What You Need To Know!

AMD introduced the B550 chipset as part of their Spring 2020 desktop Ryzen update, offering PCI Express 4.0 support at a lower price point. Here is what you need to know!

 

AMD B550 Chipset : Official Tech Briefing

Let’s start with the official AMD B550 tech briefing by AMD Ryzen Product Marketing Manager, Erin Maiorino.

 

AMD B550 Chipset : Key Features

The AMD B550 chipset is an upgrade of the B450 chipset from 18 months ago, introducing three key features :

  • PCI Express 4.0 support for both graphics cards and NVMe storage
  • Dual GPU support
  • PCI Express 3.0 general purpose lanes

This AMD table gives you a good idea of what the B550 chipset offers over the B450, and how it differs from the X570.

It is obvious that unless you use multiple NVMe SSDs in your system, the new AMD B550 will offer a much better value proposition than the X570.

This diagram shows what PCI Express lanes and USB ports are available through the B550 chipset, and the 3rd Gen Ryzen processor.

While AMD has been rather decent in providing backward compatibility for their newer Ryzen processors, eventually a chipset will not sufficiently support a newer processor.

Like the X570, the new B550 chipset will support future AMD Ryzen processors based on the Zen 3 microarchitecture.

 

AMD B550 Motherboard : Availability

AMD says that their partners have some 60 motherboard designs in the pipeline, and that you should expect some B550 motherboards to ship by 16 June 2020.

 

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AMD Ryzen Desktop CPU Spring 2020 Update!

The AMD Ryzen Desktop CPU Spring 2020 Update reveals that AMD is pushing for affordable computing and gaming in these difficult times, with two cheap Ryzen 3 processors and a new B550 chipset!

 

AMD Ryzen Desktop CPU Spring 2020 Update

Some ten months after they first announced 3rd Gen Ryzen family, AMD is releasing their first 3rd Gen Ryzen 3 processors, as well as a new B550 chipset to pair them with.

AMD Ryzen 3 3300X

The AMD Ryzen 3 3300X is a quad-core processor that supports SMT (simultaneous multi-threading), allowing it to handle up to 8 threads.

It has a 3.8 GHz base clock with a 4.3 GHz boost clock, and comes with 2 MB of L2 cache and 16 MB of L3 cache.

The Ryzen 3 3300X has a 65 watt TDP, and comes bundled with the Wraith Stealth cooler, with a launch price of US$120 / ~£97 / ~A$190 / ~S$172 / RM 549.

Recommended : AMD Ryzen 3 3300X vs Ryzen 3 3100 Comparison

AMD Ryzen 3 3100

The AMD Ryzen 3 3100 is a quad-core processor that supports SMT (simultaneous multi-threading), allowing it to handle up to 8 threads.

It has a 3.6 GHz base clock with a 3.9 GHz boost clock, and comes with 2 MB of L2 cache and 16 MB of L3 cache.

The Ryzen 3 3100 has a 65 watt TDP, and comes bundled with the Wraith Stealth cooler, with a launch price of US$99 / ~£80 / ~A$157 / ~S$142 / RM 449.

AMD B550 Chipset

The AMD B550 chipset introduces PCI Express 4.0 and USB 3.2 Gen 2 support at a more affordable price point. It also offers Dual GPU support, which was previously available only on the X470 / X570 chipsets.

It will also support the next-generation AMD Ryzen processors, built around the upcoming Zen 3 microarchitecture.

Recommended : AMD B550 Chipset : What You Need To Know!

 

3rd Gen Ryzen 3 + B550 Motherboard Price + Availability

Both 3rd Gen Ryzen 3 processors will be available for sale globally starting 21 May 2020, with these recommended retail prices :

Here are some online purchase options :

AMD B550 motherboards are expected to ship beginning 16 June 2020.

 

AMD Ryzen Desktop CPU Spring 2020 Presentation Slides

Here are the slides from the presentation for your perusal :

 

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