ASUS has just revealed a whole horde of AMD B550 motherboards that will be available in Malaysia, bringing along with them a host of new upgrades over the current AMD B450 series.
With these new B550 motherboards, you can expect new features such as PCIe 4.0 support, Wi-Fi 6, 2.5 Gbps Ethernet, robust power delivery, increased DRAM speed and BIOS Flashback™.
ROG Strix B550-E Gaming
The ROG Strix B550-E Gaming was built with AMD’s high-performance processors and dual/triple expansion card setups in mind. It has a 14+2 power stage VRM for reliable performance under sustained loads from many-core CPUs, while reinforced PCIe x16 SafeSlots support SLI™ or CrossFireX™ setups for that extra oomph of power.
It also supports two M.2 SSDs which will be kept cool by their individual heatsinks, while Intel-powered 2.5 Gbps Ethernet, Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth 5.1 ensure seamless connectivity.
USB connectivity is also plentiful, with three USB 3.2 Gen 2 connectors (one Type-C and two Type-A), along with an array of USB 3.2 Gen 1 and USB 2.0 ports. Audio-wise, the high-end SupremeFX S1220A audio chip comes with a USB-C Audio port which enables both Type-C audio devices and standard USB connectivity as needed.
ROG Strix B550-I Gaming
ROG Strix B550-I Gaming is designed for small builds. The Mini-ITX design makes room for a single PCIe 4.0 x16 slot, and is able to drive compatible DIMMs at speeds up to 5100 MHz and beyond, thanks to the shorter trace length between the memory slots and the CPU.
The 8+2 power stage VRM is a fine fit for 3rd gen Ryzen chips. Active cooling on the VRM and an eight-pin connector with our ProCool II design that power delivery remains stable in the tight confines of Mini-ITX enclosures.
It also manages to pack in a medley of USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C and Type-A ports, an Intel I225-V 2.5 Gbps Ethernet connector, and an Intel AX200 WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 adapter.
TUF Gaming B550M-Plus (Wi-Fi)
ASUS TUF Gaming B550M-Plus (Wi-Fi) takes many of the features of TUF Gaming B550-Plus and reconfigures them for the smaller microATX footprint. This board keeps the same pairs of PCIe x16 and M.2 slots as its ATX sibling. The main difference is that one of the M.2 slots takes in standard 80 mm devices instead of longer 110 mm units. In exchange, this model offers a more attractive price tag to go with its trimmed dimensions.
TUF Gaming B550M-Plus comes in two variants: with or without an Intel AX200 WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 controller and antennas. No matter which is chosen, the user enjoys 2.5 Gbps Ethernet connectivity, Realtek S1200A audio with DTS ® Custom support, and a host of fan and RGB LED headers that includes Gen 2 addressable strip connectors.
ASUS Prime B550M-A (Wi-Fi)
Space in offices and bedrooms is often at a premium, making ASUS Prime B550M-A (Wi-Fi) a better option to go into places where an ATX build might not. This variation on Prime B550-Plus offers nearly the same specs but uses the compact microATX form factor.
Due to the WiFi 6 standard, this motherboard is now perfectly viable to use the airwaves in situations where users would previously need a cable. For that reason, ASUS offers Prime B550M-A with Gigabit Ethernet only or in a version with an Intel AX200 WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 adapter.
ASUS Prime B550M-K
A compact microATX form factor lets builders save on space without sacrificing expandability, and both the main PCIe x16 slot and M.2 slot are wired directly to the processor with latest-gen PCIe 4.0 connectivity for maximum bandwidth with next-gen devices.
The board can take in two M.2 devices, one of them of the longer 110 mm variety. The rear I/O panel contains two USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports along with four USB 3.2 Gen 1 connectors, ensuring that attached peripherals enjoy plenty of bandwidth. HDMI, DVI-D and D-sub ports give Prime B550M-K plenty of versatility for processors with integrated graphics.
Pricing and Availability
All the motherboard models mentioned above are available immediately and come with 3+1 year warranties. The prices are as follows:
ROG STRIX B550-E GAMING: RM1,548
ROG STRIX B550-F GAMING (WIFI): RM1,095
TUF GAMING B550-PLUS: RM779
TUF GAMING B550M PLUS (WIFI): RM749
TUF GAMING B550M PLUS: RM635
PRIME B550M-A: RM485
PRIME B550M-K: RM439