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AMD’s B550 motherboards are finally here, bringing PCIe 4.0 to the masses


AMD's B550 motherboards are finally here, bringing PCIe 4.0 to the masses

If you’ve been eyeing up AMD’s glorious Ryzen 3 3300X CPUs just lately, then you definately’ll be happy to listen to that AMD’s new mid-range B550 motherboards have lastly arrived to purchase alongside them. The long-awaited successor to AMD’s well-liked B450 chipset, the primary benefit of shopping for a brand new B550 board is that it’s acquired built-in help for AMD’s subsequent CPU structure, presently code-named Zen 3, providing you with loads of future-proofing to your subsequent improve.

The B550 chipset additionally helps the tremendous quick PCIe 4.Zero normal like AMD’s flagship X570 motherboards, which provides you much more future-proofing for including PCIe 4.Zero SSDs and graphics playing cards to your system additional down the road. All of AMD’s present Radeon RX 5000 GPUs have help for PCIe 4.0, for instance, together with the budget-oriented RX 5500 XT, and there are extra PCIe 4.Zero SSDs beginning to change into accessible now, too, though the latter nonetheless price an arm and a leg just like the £270 / $230 1TB Gigabyte Aorus NVMe Gen 4 SSD.

PCIe 4.0, in case you’ve forgotten, offers you masses extra bandwidth than the prevailing PCIe 3.Zero normal, permitting as much as 32GB/s of information flowing in every route as a substitute of the present 16GB/s. Provided you’ve acquired PCIe 4.Zero appropriate {hardware} plugged in, this could result in considerably higher efficiency throughout the board – though how a lot profit you’ll see with regards to gaming stays to be seen in the intervening time, as few video games demand that type of knowledge circulate proper now. Still, with AMD’s {hardware} sitting on the coronary heart of each next-gen consoles come the top of the 12 months, it’s solely a matter of time earlier than PCIe 4.Zero begins coming into its personal.

The B550 chipset additionally comes with help for as much as two native USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports (plus six USB 3.1 ports and 6 USB 2.Zero ports), in addition to as much as eight SATA ports for any present 2.5in SSDs you’ve acquired knocking round, and overclocking help.

Chipset 1st Gen Ryzen CPUs 1st Gen Ryzen APUs with Radeon graphics 2nd Gen Ryzen CPUs 2nd Gen Ryzen APUs with Radeon graphics third Gen Ryzen CPUs Future Zen 3 Ryzen CPUs
X570 X X Yes Yes Yes Yes
B550 X X X X Yes Yes
X470 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Selective Beta BIOS replace wanted
B450 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Selective Beta BIOS replace wanted
X370 Yes Yes Yes Yes Selective Beta BIOS replace wanted X
B350 Yes Yes Yes Yes Selective Beta BIOS replace wanted X
A320 Yes Yes Yes Yes X X

The draw back? They’re solely going to be appropriate with third Gen Ryzen processors. Sadly, that doesn’t embody the Ryzen 5 3400G and Ryzen 3 3200G APUs, and it doesn’t appear like AMD will probably be issuing any BIOS updates in order that 1st or 2nd Gen Ryzen homeowners will be capable of use their present CPUs with it both.

Still, the truth that each B550 and X570 motherboards will probably be appropriate with AMD’s upcoming Zen Three structure means that AMD will probably be sticking with their AM4 socket for the foreseeable future, going method past their 2018 promise of help till the top of 2020. However, the truth that solely 500-series chipsets will probably be appropriate with Zen Three additionally suggests we’ll see an identical type of scenario that Intel had with their eighth and ninth Gen Coffee Lake CPUs. These nonetheless used the identical LGA 1151 socket as Intel’s sixth Gen Skylake and seventh Gen Kaby Lake chips, however you needed to have a 300-series chipset to ensure that them to work. Indeed, with the launch of their 10th Gen Comet Lake chips, Intel have now deserted the LGA 1151 socket altogether and moved to a brand new LGA 1200 socket, requiring one more new motherboard buy for would-be upgraders.

Still, should you’re fascinated with shopping for the Ryzen 3 3300X, or certainly any of AMD’s different third Gen Ryzen CPUs reminiscent of the superb Ryzen 5 3600 or Ryzen 7 3700X, then a B550 board is certainly the way in which to go should you don’t fancy forking out for an costly X570 board. They’re accessible from all the standard suspects reminiscent of Asus and MSI in all method of kind elements, though it could take some time earlier than inventory begins trickling via. Asus have informed me their boards will probably be accessible from June 16th, for instance, so you’ll want to maintain your eyes peeled should you’re available in the market for upgrading your PC quickly.

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