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The new AMD B550 motherboard is designed to support the newer CPUs, Ryzen 3 3100 and Ryzen 3 3300X. These motherboards are critical to supporting the CPU, so we have been keeping an eye on their cost.
For those who are considering buying one of the new CPUs, Gigabyte and MSI recently announced their pricing.
Gigabyte will launch 11 B550 motherboards. The details have been published on Reddit. MSI conducted a two-hour live broadcast and also announced the details of its 11 motherboards. The most surprising thing about the prices advertised by
is that they are much higher than what you would expect from a cheap X570 motherboard.
Until recently, the X570 chipset motherboard was the only PCIe 4.0 for Ryzen 3000 CPUs. Most manufacturers offer affordable X570 chipset boards. This makes the high price of the B550 seem a bit odd. Why would anyone buy an expensive B550 board while the budget X570 is fine?
Gigabyte currently offers top-of-the-line B550 Aorus Master products with a retail price of US $ 279. MSI's flagship product is the MSI B550 Gaming Carbon Wifi, priced at US $ 219. Next, Gigabyte also offered the microATX B550M DS3H motherboard priced at $ 94, while the MSI B550M ProDash was priced at $ 119. The downside to these is that due to the smaller form factor, there will be fewer PCIe slots. However, they are much cheaper than high-end products.
Elsewhere in the announcement, Gigabyte also has the Gigabyte B550 Aorus Pro priced at US $ 129 and MSI B550A Pro priced at US $ 139. There are many differences between these two boards, but the memory support is different. MSI boards also provide DisplayPort and HDMI, while Gigabyte products only support HDMI. This is important if you are considering using APUs on the motherboard.
Although prices will definitely vary between models and manufacturers, you can generally buy a cheap X570 chipset motherboard for around $ 160. Will rising prices bring big performance improvements? If you don't see the circuit board in action, it's hard to be sure.
If we receive more information about the performance or B550 products from other manufacturers (such as ASUS), we will notify you in time.
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