ASUS AMD B550 Motherboards for Gen 3 Ryzen have arrived.
Asus brings PCIe 4.0 to the masses with their release of their B550 chipset motherboards. The new ROG Strix, TUF Gaming and Prime motherboards have 20 general-purpose PCIe 4.0 lanes for the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processors.
You might have to bear with me here, this article will be mostly straight-up tech specs.
Headlining features of the B550 boards:
- Chonky VRMs: The boards VRMs (Voltage Regulator Module) have been “Beefed-up” to supply reliable and responsive power. Auxilary power inputs now also feature ASUS’s ProCool solid-pin connectors.
- Improved connectivity: Most notably the B550 boards will have WiFi 6 and 2.5 Gbps Ethernet. To go with that you also see IO upgrades to USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (is it time to rethink USB naming conventions yet?) and of course PCIe 4.0 M.2.
To go with this, ASUS are also pushing their Enhanced Experience which includes AI noise-cancelling microphone technology supposedly providing; “crystal-clear in-game communication.” The AI uses a deep-learning database to eliminate noisey keyboard clatter, mouse click and other background noise, like the kids… maybe, I look forward to performing some tests. The noise-cancelling feature will only be available on ROG Strix and TUF Gaming boards.
ASUS has a total of 11 B550 motherboards across three families to ensure they have something for everyone.
- ROG Strix boards are the top of the line and feature all the bells and whistles. Cool-running VRMs, enhanced audio, 2.5 Gbps Ethernet, WiFi 6 connectivity and Multi GPU support. Both ROG Strix and TUF Gaming boards feature reinforced PCIe x16 SafeSlots to accommodate heavy GPUs.
- TUF Gaming boards is the middle ground and perfect for most gamers. the TUF boards blend high-end features with “battle-tested” reliability.
- Prime series boards are aimed at users who prioritise productivity over gaming. While the Prime boards do still have some enthusiast settings available they are more than happy to operate in a ‘set and forget’ environment.