AMD B550 motherboards start at $115, now available for pre-order

nanoguy

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We already know from manufacturers like MSI that AMD X570 motherboards will cost a pretty penny, so naturally some people will want to gravitate towards the mid-range, B550 variants, which leave some more cash to put towards a beefier CPU, perhaps even a Zen 3 one if AMD can keep its promises.

Several B550 motherboards have started to show up on the horizon (spotted by Tom's Hardware), and the full lot of over 60 variants is expected to officially become available on June 16. Now we only have Newegg listings to look at, but this already offers a relatively clear picture of the kind of prices you can expect to pay for a shiny new B550 motherboard.

Depending on what you want in your motherboard and the specific system you're building/upgrading, there are several models ranging from mini-ITX to microATX and standard ATX sizes. Price-wise, you'll have to pay at least $114.99 for a basic ASRock variant with an 8-phase power delivery subsystem, two M.2 slots, and 2 PCIe slots (with PCIe 4.0 support on the top PCIe slot and M.2 slots). If you want onboard Wi-Fi capabilities, you're going to have to pay at least $10 more for the privilege.

With mini-ITX motherboards you get two RAM slots for up to 64 GB of RAM, and you can expect to pay upwards of $199 to get the more compact design. ATX and microATX variants offer four slots for a total of up to 128 GB of RAM. If you want a primer on how to decide between various configurations of RAM modules, you can read our guides here.

So far, the most expensive B550 motherboard is the $299 ASRock Taichi model, which offers a beefed-up power delivery subsystem with 16 phases, which is especially useful for those of you looking to do some overclocking. However, at this price point you might as well wait on a deal to snatch an X570 motherboard.

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Irata

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On the plus side, there are some very nice B550 boards and components and features also appear to have gotten a nice upgrade over their B450 predecessors. I would assume that PCIe 4.0 support alone requires a higher quality PCB.

So yes, boards are more often expensive but you also have many very nice options.
 
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Irata

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So this means that intel is now the better buget option if you are using a dedicated gaming gpu.
Depends how much decent boards cost.....and the HSF.
Plus, if PCIe 4.0 does not matter, there will be B520 soon and B450 boards are still available for low prices.
 

Lew Zealand

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So this means that intel is now the better buget option if you are using a dedicated gaming gpu.
How so? If you want to use RAM over 2666MHz, then you need a $160 minimum Intel Z490 board and you better do your homework to avoid all the crap ones at that price. And if you use an Intel B460 Mobo, you have no overclocking and slower memory, and Intel needs *both* of those to do better than AMD at gaming.

So there are actually no good Intel options for budget motherboards which offer more than AMD.
 

scavengerspc

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Buildzoid did an overview of the B550 motherboards. In short, avoid the cheaper ASRock options. Otherwise yes there are some good cheap motherboards at that price.
Then it's a good thing you mentioned that. I did hear good things about the Asrock B550 Phantom Gaming board ($122) but nothing else positive.

But really if I was to build a Ryzen system I would probably hold off a few months to see Samsungs PCIe 4.0 offerings.
 

Dimitrios

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Yes, unfortunately this is true. A B450 Mobo that I bought for $85 a year ago is now $190! There are some available for under $100 but not many
That's crazy! for under $100 all I see are the crappy A320 boards. I'm pi$$ed off because I started my new job and wanted to spoil myself. I'm still stuck with my old Phenom X4 965BE with 8GB DDR2 Ram, ( yes that's DDR2) RX 560 4GB OC pretty high and a 1 TB old school hard drive. 1080p ULTRA settings I get around 30-56FPS on Far Cry New Dawn.
 

Evernessince

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Then it's a good thing you mentioned that. I did hear good things about the Asrock B550 Phantom Gaming board ($122) but nothing else positive.

But really if I was to build a Ryzen system I would probably hold off a few months to see Samsungs PCIe 4.0 offerings.
Yeah, the existing options on the market are lackluster. They provide lots of sequential performance but that's about it. I too am looking forward to what samsung has coming up.
 

treetops

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Lol after ytubers declared em hard to get, it looks like people bought em up like toilet paper, so sad everything was fine on newegg