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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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The First AMD B450 Motherboards Revealed!

AMD officially launched their B450 chipset on 31 July 2018. We had earlier shared with you our previews of the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS  PRO WIFI motherboard, as well as the MSI B450 Tomahawk and B450A-Pro motherboards. Today, we will share with you details of the first AMD B450 motherboards to hit the market!

 

The Official AMD B450 Tech Briefing

For a primer on the AMD B450 chipset, here is the official AMD B450 tech briefing, conducted by Don Woligroski, AMD Business Development and Desktop Processor Marketing.

And here is a diagram showing what features are provided by the AMD B450 chipset, and what are provided by the AMD Ryzen processor itself.

For more details on the AMD B450 chipset, check out our article – The AMD B450 Chipset Explained!

 

The First AMD B450 Motherboards Revealed!

Now, let’s take a look at the first AMD B450 motherboards to hit the market!

ASRock – 5 Motherboards

ASUS – 3 Motherboards

GIGABYTE – 3 Motherboards

MSI – 12 Motherboards

 

AMD B450 Motherboard Price + Availability

Although these motherboards have all been announced, not all are available for purchase yet. Here are some models that are currently for sale, with their prices :

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ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming : US$ 129.99RM 599
ASUS PRIME B450M-K
 : US$ 88.99 / RM 429
ASUS PRIME B450M-Plus Gaming
 : US$ 99.99 / RM 519

GIGABYTE B450 AORUS  PRO WIFI : US$ 137
GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO
 : RM 509
GIGABYTE B450M DS3H
 : US$ 69.99

MSI B450 Gaming Plus : US$ 99.99 / RM 470
MSI B450M Gaming Plus
 : RM 390
MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC
 : US$ 119.99
MSI B450 Tomahawk
 : US$ 93.21
MSI B450M Gaming Plus
 : RM 360

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ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming K4

The ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming K4 motherboard is an ATX motherboard that supports DDR4-3200, and comes with two PCIe x16 slots, two Ultra M.2 sockets, and six SATA ports.

Here are the ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming K4‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4 3200+ (OC)
  • 2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 4 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Graphics Output: DisplayPort, HDMI, D-Sub
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec), Supports Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 5
  • 6 SATA3, 1 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4), 1 M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x2 & SATA3)
  • 2 USB 3.1 Gen2 (Rear Type-A+C) with 6 USB 3.1 Gen1 (2 Front, 4 Rear)
  • Realtek Gigabit LAN

 

ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX/ac

The ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX/ac motherboard is a mini-ITX motherboard that supports DDR4-3466, and comes with one PCIe x16 slot, one Ultra M.2 socket, and four SATA ports.

Here are the ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX/ac‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4 3466+ (OC)
  • 1 PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Graphics Output: DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0
  • 7.1 channel HD Audio (Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec) with Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 5
  • 4 SATA3, 1 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3)
  • 2 USB 3.1 Gen2 (Rear Type-A+C)
  • 4 USB 3.1 Gen1 (2 Front, 2 Rear)
  • Intel Gigabit LAN with Intel 802.11ac WiFi + BT 4.2

 

ASRock B450 Pro4

The ASRock B450 Pro4 motherboard is an ATX motherboard that supports DDR4-3200, and comes with two PCIe x16 slots, two M.2 sockets, and six SATA ports.

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Here are the ASRock B450 Pro4‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4 3200+ (OC)
  • 2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 4 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Graphics Output: HDMI, Display Port, D-Sub
  • 7.1 channel HD Audio (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec), ELNA Audio Caps
  • 6 SATA3, 1 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4), 1 M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x2 & SATA3)
  • 2 USB 3.1 Gen2 (Rear Type A+C) with 6 USB 3.1 (2 Front, 4 Rear)
  • Realtek Gigabit LAN

 

ASRock B450M Pro4

The ASRock B450M Pro4 is the micro-ATX version of the ASRock B450 Pro4 motherboard. It supports DDR4-3200, and comes with two PCIe x16 slots, two M.2 sockets, and four SATA ports.

Here are the ASRock B450M Pro4‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4 3200+ (OC)
  • 1 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Graphics Output:HDMI, DVI-D, D-Sub
  • 7.1 channel HD Audio (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec), ELNA Audio Caps
  • 4 SATA3, 1 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4), 1 M.2 (SATA3)
  • 2 USB 3.1 Gen2 (Rear Type-A+C) with 6 USB 3.1 Gen1 (2 Front, 4 Rear)
  • Realtek Gigabit LAN

 

ASRock B450M HDV

The ASRock B450 HDV motherboard is a micro-ATX motherboard that supports DDR4-3200, and comes with one PCIe x16 slot, one M.2 socket, and four SATA ports.

Here are the ASRock B450M HDV‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4 3200+ (OC)
  • 1 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Graphics Output: HDMI, DVI-D, D-Sub
  • 7.1 channel HD Audio (Realtek ALC887 Audio Codec), ELNA Audio Caps
  • 4 SATA3, 1 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3) with 6 USB 3.1 Gen1 (2 Front, 4 Rear)
  • Realtek Gigabit LAN

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ASUS ROG STRIX B450-F Gaming

The ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming is an ATX gaming motherboard with DDR4-3200 support, two M.2 sockets, three PCIe x16 slots and six SATA ports.

Here are the ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming‘s key features :

  • Fast memory and storage : Dual-channel DDR4 3200 MHz (OC) and NVM Express RAID supported.
  • Aura Sync RGB : Synchronize LED lighting with a vast portfolio of compatible PC gear.
  • Gaming connectivity : Dual M.2 and USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A connectors.
  • Gaming networking : Intel Gigabit Ethernet, plus ASUS LANGuard and GameFirst technologies.
  • 5-Way Optimization : Automated system-wide tuning, providing overclocking and cooling profiles that are tailor-made for your rig.
  • Gaming audio : SupremeFX S1220A teams with Sonic Studio III to create an aural landscape that draws you deeper into the action.
  • Gamer’s Guardian : Pre-mounted I/O shield, ASUS SafeSlot and premium components for maximum endurance.

Here are some purchase links and prices for the ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming :

 

ASUS PRIME B450M-K

The ASUS Prime B450M-K is a microATX gaming motherboard with DDR4-3200 support, one M.2 socket, one PCIe x16 slot and four SATA ports.

Here are ASUS PRIME B450M-K‘s key features :

  • Fan Xpert : Flexible controls for ultimate cooling and quietness, plus GPU-temperature sensing for cooler gaming
  • 5X Protection III : Multiple hardware safeguards for all-round protection
  • Ultrafast connectivity : Supreme flexibility with USB 3.1 Gen 2, Native M.2
  • LED illumination : Lighting control for both PCIe slot and audio trace paths

Here are some purchase links and prices for the ASUS PRIME B450M-K :

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ASUS TUF B450M-Plus Gaming

The ASUS TUF B450M-Plus Gaming is a microATX gaming motherboard with DDR4-3200 support, one M.2 socket, two PCIe x16 slots and four SATA ports.

Here are the ASUS TUF B450M-Plus Gaming‘s key features :

  • GPU Temperature Sensing & Fan Xpert 2+ : Ensures every fan achieves the best balance of cooling performance and acoustics
  • TUF Protection : SafeSlot, ESD Guards, DDR4 overvoltage protection, Digi+ VRM, and stainless-steel back I/O for long-term reliability
  • Military-grade TUF Components : TUF LANGuard, TUF Chokes, TUF Capacitors, and TUF MOSFETs for maximum durability
  • Exclusive DTS Custom audio : Delivers positional cues to stereo headphones, helping you to pinpoint enemies and action
  • Aura Sync RGB : Synchronize LED lighting with a vast portfolio of compatible PC gear

Here are some purchase links and prices for the ASUS PRIME B450M-Plus Gaming :

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GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO WIFI

We showcased the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS  PRO WIFI at Computex 2018. It boasts a hybrid digital PWM, with built-in dual-band Intel 802.11ac WiFi and Gigabit LAN capability, as well as dual M.2 sockets.

Here are the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS  PRO WIFI‘s key features

  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • Intel Dual Band 802.11ac WIFI & BT 4.2
  • HDMI, DVI-D Ports for Multiple Display
  • Integrated I/O Shield of Ultra Durable Design
  • Dual Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe Gen3 M.2 (x4, x2) with Dual Thermal Guards
  • ALC1220-VB Enhanced 114dB (Rear) / 110dB (Front) SNR in Microphone with WIMA Audio Capacitors
  • RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone LED Light Show Design, Supports Digital LED & RGB LED Strips
  • Intel GbE LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Software
  • Smart Fan 5 Features 6 Temperature Sensors and 5 Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP
  • APP Center Including EasyTune and Cloud Station Utilities
  • CEC 2019 Ready, Save Power with a Single Click

Here are some purchase links and prices for the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS  PRO WIFI :

 

GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO

The GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO is basically the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS  PRO WIFI with the Intel WiFi-ac capability removed.

Here are the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO‘s key features :

  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • HDMI, DVI-D Ports for Multiple Display
  • Integrated I/O Shield of Ultra Durable Design
  • Dual Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe Gen3 M.2 (x4, x2) with Dual Thermal Guards
  • ALC1220-VB Enhanced 114dB (Rear) / 110dB (Front) SNR in Microphone with WIMA Audio Capacitors
  • RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone LED Light Show Design, Supports Digital LED & RGB LED Strips
  • Intel GbE LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Software
  • Smart Fan 5 Features 6 Temperature Sensors and 5 Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP
  • APP Center Including EasyTune and Cloud Station Utilities
  • CEC 2019 Ready, Save Power with a Single Click

Here are some purchase links and prices for the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO :

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GIGABYTE B450M DS3H

The GIGABYTE B450M DS3H is a micro-ATX motherboard that supports DDR4-3200, and comes with two PCIe x16 slots, one M.2 socket and four SATA ports.

Here are the GIGABYTE B450M DS3H‘s key features :

  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • HDMI, DVI-D Ports for Multiple Display
  • Ultra-Fast PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 with PCIe NVMe & SATA mode support
  • High Quality Audio Capacitors and Audio Noise Guard with LED Trace Path Lighting
  • RGB Fusion supports RGB LED Strips in 7-Colors
  • Realtek Gigabit LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Software
  • Smart Fan 5 Features 5 Temperature Sensors and 2 Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP
  • APP Center Including EasyTune and Cloud Station Utilities
  • CEC 2019 Ready, Save Power with a Single Click

Here are some purchase links and prices for the GIGABYTE B450M DS3H :

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MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC

The MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC is an ATX motherboard with built-in Intel 802.11ac WiFI capability. It supports DDR4 memory speeds of up to 3466 MHz, and comes with two PCIe x16 slots, two M.2 sockets and 6 SATA ports.

Here are the MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4-3466+(OC) Memory
  • Mystic Light and Mystic Light Sync : 16.8 million colors / 17 effects in one click. Synchronize RGB/RAINBOW strips and other RGB solutions for customization.
  • Lightning Fast Game experience : TURBO M.2 with M.2 Shield, StoreMI, AMD Turbo USB 3.1 GEN2
  • Audio Boost 4 with Nahimic : Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive gaming experience
  • Set Core Power Free : Core Boost, 8+4 pin CPU power connector, Extended Heatsink Design
  • Core Boost : With premium layout and digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance.
  • DDR4 Boost : Give your DDR4 memory a performance boost with A-XMP
  • GAMING LAN and Wireless support, powered by Intel: The best online gaming experience with lowest latency and bandwidth management.
  • MULTI-GPU : With STEEL ARMOR PCI-E slots. Supports 2-Way AMD Crossfire
  • BIOS FLASHBACK+ : Simply use a USB key to flash any BIOS within seconds, without installing a CPU, memory or graphics card.
  • In-Game Weapons : Game Boost, GAMING Hotkey, X-Boost

 

MSI B450 Gaming Plus

The MSI B450 Gaming Plus is an ATX motherboard that supports DDR4 memory speeds of up to 3466 MHz. It comes with two PCIe x16 slots, one M.2 socket and 6 SATA ports.

Here are the MSI B450 Gaming Plus‘ key features :

  • Supports DDR4-3466+(OC) Memory
  • Lightning Fast Game experience : TURBO M.2, StoreMI, AMD Turbo USB 3.1 GEN2
  • Audio Boost with Nahimic : Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive gaming experience
  • Core Boost : With premium layout and digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance.
  • DDR4 Boost : Give your DDR4 memory a performance boost with A-XMP
  • MULTI-GPU : With STEEL ARMOR PCI-E slots. Supports 2-Way AMD Crossfire
  • VR Ready : Automatically optimizes your system for VR usage, pushing for maximum performance.
  • BIOS FLASHBACK+ : Simply use a USB key to flash any BIOS within seconds, without installing a CPU, memory or graphics card.
  • In-Game Weapons : Game Boost, GAMING Hotkey, X-Boost

Here are some purchase links and prices for the MSI B450 Gaming Plus :

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MSI B450M Gaming Plus

The MSI B450M Gaming Plus is the micro-ATX version of the MSI B450 Gaming Plus. It supports DDR4 memory speeds of up to 3466 MHz, and comes with one PCIe x16 slot, one M.2 socket and four SATA ports.

Here are the MSI B450M Gaming Plus‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4-3466+(OC) Memory
  • Lightning Fast Game experience : TURBO M.2, StoreMI
  • Audio Boost with Nahimic : Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive gaming experience
  • Core Boost : With premium layout and digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance.
  • DDR4 Boost : Give your DDR4 memory a performance boost with A-XMP
  • VR Ready : Automatically optimizes your system for VR usage, pushing for maximum performance.
  • BIOS FLASHBACK+ : Simply use a USB key to flash any BIOS within seconds, without installing a CPU, memory or graphics card.
  • In-Game Weapons : Game Boost, GAMING Hotkey, X-Boost
  • EZ Debug LED : Easiest way to troubleshoot

Here are some purchase links and prices for the MSI B450M Gaming Plus :

 

MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC

The MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC is a mini-ITX motherboard with built-in Intel 802.11ac WiFi capability. It supports DDR4 memory speeds of up to 3466 MHz, and comes with one PCIe x16 slot, one M.2 socket and four SATA ports.

Here are the MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4-3466+(OC) Memory
  • Lightning Fast Game experience : TURBO M.2, StoreMI
  • Audio Boost : Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive gaming experience
  • Core Boost : With premium layout and digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance.
  • DDR4 Boost : Give your DDR4 memory a performance boost with A-XMP
  • Intel Wireless support : Uses smart MU-MIMO technology, delivering AC speeds up to 433Mbps with lower CPU loading and better long-term usage.
  • VR Ready : Automatically optimizes your system for VR usage, pushing for maximum performance.
  • In-Game Weapons : Game Boost, GAMING Hotkey, X-Boost
  • EZ Debug LED : Easiest way to troubleshoot

Here are some purchase links and prices for the MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC :

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MSI B450 Tomahawk

The MSI B450 Tomahawk is an ATX motherboard that supports DDR4 memory speeds of up to 3466 MHz. It comes with two PCIe x16 slots, one M.2 socket and 6 SATA ports.

Here are the MSI B450 Tomahawk‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4 Memory, up to 3466+(OC) MHz
  • Extended Heatsink Design : MSI extended PWM and enhanced circuit design ensures even high-end processors to run in full speed.
  • Lightning Fast Game experience : 1x TURBO M.2, AMD Turbo USB 3.1 GEN2, Store MI technology
  • Core Boost : With premium layout and fully digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance.
  • DDR4 Boost :Advanced technology to deliver pure data signals for the best gaming performance and stability.
  • MULTI-GPU : With STEEL ARMOR PCI-E slots. Supports 2-Way AMD Crossfire
  • Audio Boost : Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive audio experience.
  • Mystic Light and Mystic Light Sync : 16.8 million colors / 10 effects in one click. Synchronize RGB strips and other RGB solutions for customization.
  • BIOS FLASHBACK+ : Simply use a USB key to flash any BIOS within seconds, without installing a CPU, memory or graphics card.
  • In-Game Weapons : Game Boost, GAMING Hotkey, X-Boost
  • EZ Debug LED : Easiest way to troubleshoot

Here are some purchase links and prices for the MSI B450 Tomahawk :

 

MSI B450M Mortar

The MSI B450 Mortar is a micro-ATX motherboard that supports DDR4 memory speeds of up to 3466 MHz. It comes with two PCIe x16 slots, two M.2 sockets and four SATA ports.

Here are the MSI B450M Mortar‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4 Memory, up to 3466+(OC) MHz
  • Extended Heatsink Design : MSI extended PWM and enhanced circuit design ensures even high-end processors to run in full speed.
  • Lightning Fast Game experience : 1x TURBO M.2, AMD Turbo USB 3.1 GEN2, Store MI technology
  • Core Boost : With premium layout and fully digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance.
  • DDR4 Boost : Advanced technology to deliver pure data signals for the best gaming performance and stability.
  • MULTI-GPU : With PCI-E STEEL ARMOR slot. Supports 2-Way AMD Crossfire
  • Mystic Light and Mystic Light Sync : 16.8 million colors / 10 effects in one click. Synchronize RGB strips and other RGB solutions for customization.
  • Audio Boost : Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive audio experience
  • BIOS FLASHBACK+ : Simply use a USB key to flash any BIOS within seconds, without installing a CPU, memory or graphics card.
  • In-Game Weapons : Game Boost, GAMING Hotkey, X-Boost
  • EZ Debug LED : Easiest way to troubleshoot.

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MSI B450M Mortar Titanium

The MSI B450 Mortar Titanium is basically the white version of the B450 Mortar motherboard. It supports DDR4 memory speeds of up to 3466 MHz, and comes with two PCIe x16 slots, two M.2 sockets and four SATA ports.

Here are the MSI B450M Mortar Titanium‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4 Memory, up to 3466+(OC) MHz
  • Extended Heatsink Design : MSI extended PWM and enhanced circuit design ensures even high-end processors to run in full speed.
  • Lightning Fast Game experience : 1x TURBO M.2, AMD Turbo USB 3.1 GEN2, Store MI technology
  • Core Boost : With premium layout and fully digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance.
  • DDR4 Boost : Advanced technology to deliver pure data signals for the best gaming performance and stability.
  • MULTI-GPU : With PCI-E STEEL ARMOR slot. Supports 2-Way AMD Crossfire
  • Mystic Light and Mystic Light Sync : 16.8 million colors / 10 effects in one click. Synchronize RGB strips and other RGB solutions for customization.
  • Audio Boost : Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive audio experience
  • BIOS FLASHBACK+ : Simply use a USB key to flash any BIOS within seconds, without installing a CPU, memory or graphics card.
  • In-Game Weapons : Game Boost, GAMING Hotkey, X-Boost
  • EZ Debug LED : Easiest way to troubleshoot.

 

MSI B450M Bazooka

The MSI B450M Bazooka is a micro-ATX motherboard that supports DDR4 memory speeds of up to 3466 MHz. It comes with one PCIe x16 slots, one M.2 sockets and four SATA ports.

Here are the MSI B450M Bazooka‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4 Memory, up to 3466+(OC) MHz
  • Lightning Fast Game experience : 1x TURBO M.2, Store MI technology
  • Core Boost : With premium layout optimized power design to support more cores and provide better performance.
  • DDR4 Boost : Advanced technology to deliver pure data signals for the best gaming performance and stability.
  • Audio Boost : Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive audio experience
  • PCI-E Steel Armor : Protecting VGA cards against bending and EMI
  • X-Boost : Software that auto-detects and allows you to boost the performance of any storage, Optane or USB device
  • EZ Debug LED : Easiest way to troubleshoot.

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MSI B450M Bazooka Plus

The MSI B450M Bazooka Plus is a micro-ATX motherboard that supports DDR4 memory speeds of up to 3333 MHz. It comes with one PCIe x16 slots, one M.2 sockets and four SATA ports.

Here are the MSI B450M Bazooka Plus‘ key features :

  • Supports DDR4 Memory, up to 3333+(OC) MHz. Supports ECC UDIMM memory.
  • Lightning Fast Game experience : 1x TURBO M.2, Store MI technology
  • Extended Heatsink Design : MSI extended PWM and enhanced circuit design ensures even high-end processors to run in full speed.
  • Core Boost : With premium layout and fully digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance.
  • DDR4 Boost : Advanced technology to deliver pure data signals for the best gaming performance and stability.
  • Audio Boost : Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive audio experience.
  • Mystic Light and Mystic Light Sync : 16.8 million colors / 10 effects in one click. Synchronize RGB strips and other RGB solutions for customization.
  • Audio Boost : Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive audio experience
  • BIOS FLASHBACK+ :  Simply use a USB key to flash any BIOS within seconds, without installing a CPU, memory or graphic cards
  • PCI-E Steel Armor : Protecting VGA cards against bending and EMI
  • VR Ready : Best virtual reality game experience without latency, reduces motion sickness
  • In-Game Weapons : Game Boost, GAMING Hotkey, X-Boost
  • EZ Debug LED : Easiest way to troubleshoot.

 

MSI B450-A Pro

The MSI B450A-Pro is an ATX motherboard that supports DDR4 memory speeds of up to 3466 MHz. It comes with two PCIe x16 slots, one M.2 socket and six SATA ports.

Here are the MSI B450A-Pro‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4-3466+(OC) Memory
  • Audio Boost : Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality.
  • DDR4 Boost : Fully isolated, shielded and optimized DDR4 PCB design to give your DDR4 memory a performance boost.
  • Turbo M.2 : Delivering Speeds Up to 32Gb/s.
  • EZ Debug LED : Easiest way to troubleshoot.
  • PCI-E Steel Armour : Protecting VGA cards against bending for better performance, stability and strength.
  • BIOS FLASHBACK+ : Simply use a USB key to flash any BIOS within seconds, without installing a CPU, memory or graphics card.
  • X-Boost : Software that auto-detects and allows you to boost the performance of any storage or USB device.
  • Core Boost : With premium layout and fully digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance.

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MSI B450M Pro-VDH

The MSI B450M Pro-VDH is a micro-ATX motherboard that supports DDR4 memory speeds of up to 3466 MHz. It comes with one PCIe x16 slot, one M.2 socket and four SATA ports.

Here are the MSI B450M Pro-VDH‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4-3466+(OC) Memory
  • Audio Boost : Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality.
  • DDR4 Boost : Fully isolated, shielded and optimized DDR4 PCB design to give your DDR4 memory a performance boost.
  • Turbo M.2 : Delivering Speeds Up to 32Gb/s.
  • EZ Debug LED : Easiest way to troubleshoot.
  • PCI-E Steel Armor : Protecting VGA cards against bending for better performance, stability and strength.
  • X-Boost : Software that auto-detects and allows you to boost the performance of any storage or USB device.
  • Core Boost : With premium layout and fully digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance.

Here are some purchase links and prices for the MSI B450M Gaming Plus :

 

MSI B450M Pro-M2

The MSI B450M Pro-M2 is a micro-ATX motherboard that supports DDR4 memory speeds of up to 3466 MHz. It comes with one PCIe x16 slot, one M.2 socket and four SATA ports.

Here are the MSI B450M Pro-M2‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4-3466+(OC) Memory
  • Audio Boost : Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality.
  • DDR4 Boost : Fully isolated, shielded and optimized DDR4 PCB design to give your DDR4 memory a performance boost.
  • Turbo M.2 : Delivering Speeds Up to 32Gb/s.
  • EZ Debug LED : Easiest way to troubleshoot.
  • PCI-E Steel Slot : Protecting VGA cards against bending for better performance, stability and strength.
  • X-Boost : Software that auto-detects and allows you to boost the performance of any storage or USB device.
  • Core Boost : With premium layout and fully digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance.

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AMD B450 Chipset Explained with Official AMD Tech Briefing!

We had earlier shared with you our previews of the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS  PRO WIFI motherboard, as well as the MSI B450 Tomahawk and B450A-Pro motherboards. The AMD B450 chipset powering those motherboards is officially launched today, so yes, you can purchase these motherboards starting today!

In this article, we will share with you the official AMD B450 tech briefing video, as well as the full details and slides on the AMD B450 chipset. Don’t forget to share this with your friends!

 

The Official AMD B450 Tech Briefing

Let’s start with the official AMD B450 tech briefing, conducted by Don Woligroski, AMD Business Development and Desktop Processor Marketing.

 

The AMD B450 Chipset Explained!

Needless to say, the AMD B450 chipset uses Socket AM4. That means it will support every AM4 processor from their 7th Gen APUs all the way to the highest-end 2nd Gen Ryzen processors.

Key message : Future AMD desktop processors will use Socket AM4 until 2020, so they will run on your AMD B450 motherboard with a BIOS update.

Because the new AMD B450 chipset can be used with all AMD Ryzen and 2nd Gen Ryzen processors, it can be used in everything from a compact HTPC, all the way to an enthusiast-class gaming PC.

Key message : You can build an AMD gaming PC with a B450 motherboard for as low as US$350 / €300 / RM 1,400!

This table shows you all of the AMD AM4 processor families that are fully compatible with the new AMD B450 chipset. They have “suggested chipsets” for each family, but every AM4 processor will work with the new B450 chipset as well as older AM4 chipsets.

Key message : You will be able to upgrade to multiple generations of processors with a B450 motherboard.

This comparison shows you how much performance headroom you have with the B450 chipset. You can start with a low-cost AMD Ryzen 3 2200G APU and eventually upgrade to an AMD Ryzen 7 2700X, using the same motherboard.

Key message : Upgrading your AMD processor does not require you to buy a new motherboard!

For a mid-range chipset, the AMD B450 has a number of impressive features. It allows for better memory overclocking and the AMD StoreMI Technology.

Key message : The AMD B450 chipset offers better memory overclocking and a free AMD StoreMI license.

This slide just shows how AMD B450 chipset communicates with the AMD Ryzen processor through four PCI Express 3.0 lanes.

Key message : The AMD B450 chipset offers 24 PCIe Gen 3 lanes with all AMD Ryzen and 2nd Gen Ryzen processors.

This slide reinforces AMD’s messaging that they will continue to use Socket AM4 until 2020.

Key message : The AMD B450 chipset should be able to support another 3 generations of AMD processors, with the necessary BIOS updates.

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The AMD B450 Chipset Explained Part 2

Compared to the X470 chipset, the only thing you are really giving up is CPU PCIe Bifurcation. This is only necessary if you plan to use a M.2 or PCI Express expansion card, like the ASUS Hyper M.2 X16 card we showcased recently… or get maximum performance from two graphics cards.

Key message : The AMD B450 chipset is great value!

This slide shows how AMD offers unlocked processor overclocking, while Intel does not.

Key message : If you want to overclock, get AMD!

This slide shows just how much more affordable the AMD B450 platform is, when paired with the AMD Ryzen 5 2400G APU. If you top up your budget to the same price point, you get the Ryzen 5 2600 CPU, which can process twice the number of threads simultaneously!

Key message : AMD offers better value for comparable performance.

The AMD B450 chipset comes with AMD StoreMI, which combines your solid state drive and hard disk drive with a RAM cache, to create an incredibly fast storage solution.

Key message : AMD B450 motherboards offer a big boost to storage performance.

StoreMI works by intelligently rearranging your files so that the most-frequently used blocks are store on the fastest drive. Best of all – it’s FREE with B450 motherboards!

Key message : AMD B450 motherboards offer a FREE boost in storage performance.

This is not quite a fair comparison, since Optane Memory is a dedicated solid state cache, while StoreMI uses your own SSD. It’s not like AMD is providing you with a fast cache with the B450 motherboards.

Key message : StoreMI gives you a free boost in storage performance… if you have your own SSD.

This slide summarises the price-performance advantage of the AMD B450 platform.

Key message : AMD B450 offers incredible price-performance over competing Intel platforms.

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The Complete AMD B450 Presentation Slides

Here is the complete set of AMD B450 presentation slides for your perusal.

 

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Desktop Kaby Lake Processor Launch Details Leaked!

As AMD gears up to launch the AMD Ryzen desktop processor in early Q1 2017, Intel has finalised the launch plans for their desktop Kaby Lake processors, and the accompanying 200 Series chipsets.

Although Intel has been extremely secretive, we managed to obtain the specifications and launch details of the desktop Kaby Lake processors, and the 200 Series chipsets. Check it out! 😀

 

It’s All Happening At CES 2017!

We can now confirm that Intel will announce the desktop Kaby Lake processors and Intel 200 Series chipsets on January 4 at CES 2017. The news conference will be held from 4:00 to 4:45 PM at the Mandalay Bay Ballroom E, but the media NDA is set to 1 AM, Pacific Standard Time on January 5, 2017.

The 8-hour delay allows the media in the rest of the world to catch up and prepare their stories for publication. So officially, the launch date for the desktop Kaby Lake processors, as well as the Intel 200 Series chipsets, is January 5, 2017.

 

The Desktop Kaby Lake Processors

The desktop Kaby Lake processors offer evolutionary upgrades over their desktop Skylake counterparts. The key improvements include :

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  • a new 14 nm+ tri-gate process technology that delivers 12% higher clock speeds
  • hardware decoding of H.264, HEVC Main, VP9 (10-bit and 8-bit) video.
  • hardware encoding of H.264, HEVC Main, VP9 (8-bit only) video.
  • support for HDCP 2.2 and Intel Optane Technology
  • improved graphics processor
  • Intel Speed Shift 2, which allows for faster switching of clock speeds

For more information on Intel Kaby Lake, take a look at The Intel Kaby Lake Processor Tech Briefing.

Here is the list of the desktop Kaby Lake (Kaby Lake-S) processors that will be announced at CES 2017.

Processor ModelCores | ThreadsBase FrequencyL3 CacheTDPSocketLaunch Price
Xeon E3-1205 v64 | 83.0 GHz8 MBTBDTBDTBD
Core i7-7700K4 | 84.2 GHz8 MB95 WLGA1151US$ 349
Core i7-77004 | 83.6 GHz8 MB65 WLGA1151US$ 309
Core i7-7700T4 | 82.9 GHz8 MB35 WLGA1151TBD
Core i5-7600K4 | 43.8 GHz6 MB95 WLGA1151US$ 239
Core i5-76004 | 43.5 GHz6 MB65 WLGA1151US$ 219
Core i5-7600T4 | 42.8 GHz6 MB35 WLGA1151TBD
Core i5-75004 | 43.4 GHz6 MB65 WLGA1151US$ 199
Core i5-7500T4 | 42.7 GHz6 MB35 WLGA1151TBD
Core i5-74004 | 43.0 GHz6 MB65 WLGA1151US$ 189
Core i5-7400T4 | 42.4 GHz6 MB35 WLGA1151TBD
Core i3-73002 | 44.0 GHz6 MB51 WLGA1151TBD
Core i3-7310T2 | 43.4 GHz6 MB35 WLGA1151TBD
Pentium G46202 | 23.8 GHz4 MB51 WLGA1151TBD
Pentium G39502 | 23.0 GHz4 MB35 WLGA1151TBD
Pentium G39302 | 22.9 GHz4 MB35 WLGA1151TBD
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The Intel 200 Series Chipsets

The desktop Kaby Lake processors will be supported by these Intel 200 Series chipsets :

ChipsetSocketSteppingProduct CodeS-Spec
Intel C422TBDA0GL82C422SR2WG
Intel X299TBDA0GL82X299SR2Z2
Intel Z270LGA1151A0GL82Z270SR2WB
Intel H270LGA1151A0GL82H270SR2WA
Intel Q270LGA1151A0GL82Q270SR2WE
Intel B250LGA1151A0GL82B250SR2WC
Intel Q250LGA1151A0GL82Q250SR2WD

 

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The New AMD Socket AM4 Chipsets Revealed

Together with the official release of the new 7th Generation AMD A-Series desktop APUs, AMD also revealed the new AMD chipsets for their new Socket AM4 platform. Let’s check out the details of the new AMD Socket AM4 chipsets!

Be sure to check out our companion article – The 7th Generation AMD A-Series Desktop APUs Revealed.

 

AMD Socket AM4

The Socket AM4 platform is designed for both longevity and scalability. AMD will use Socket AM4 for all of their future processors, from entry-level processors all the way to the top-of-the-line AMD Zen processors.

AMD has also committed to use the Socket AM4 for many years to come. This will give users peace of mind, because they know they can upgrade on the same platform, preserving their investment for many years.

 

The New Socket AM4 Chipsets Revealed

In this video, Don Woligroski, Global Marketing Manager for Desktop Processors at AMD, reveal the new Socket AM4 chipsets to complement the new 7th Generation AMD A-Series desktop APUs.

Here is a simplified table of the capabilities of the three Socket AM4 chipsets announced today :
Chipset PCI Express Support SATA Ports SATA Express Ports SATA RAID Capability USB Support
B350 PCI Express Gen. 2 (6 lanes) 2 1 0, 1, 10 USB 3.1 G2 x 2
USB 3.1 G1 x 2
USB 2.0 x 6
A320 PCI Express Gen. 2 (4 lanes) 2 1 0, 1, 10 USB 3.1 G2 x 1
USB 3.1 G1 x 2
USB 2.0 x 6
X/B/A300 None None None 0, 1 None
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The New Socket AM4 Chipsets Slides

For those who prefer to go through the presentation slides in detail, here they are for your perusal :

Be sure to check out our companion article – The 7th Generation AMD A-Series Desktop APUs Revealed.

 

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