The lowest priced AMD B450 board listed on PCPartPicker costs less than the lowest priced B360 or B365 boards listed. Where do the $40 and $44 minimum prices come from in the article, manufacturer suggestions or an actual retailer selling actual boards? I would love to pay $44 for a new B450 motherboard. Seems like Intel only won this category on paper.
I'm not sure I understand the I/O interface tech win either. The AMD platform is listed as having two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports and six USB 3.0 ports, which according to Tom's
equates to the same thing, plus the author didn't mention that AMD still includes 6 USB 2.0 ports to Intel's 0, which is nice for those rare times when you just don't have USB 3.0 support baked in. I get the impression "six USB 3.0
ports" should have read "six USB 2.0
ports" in the article. Shouldn't RAID support also count in AMD's favor?
If we're making up categories, why not a category for power draw? AMD's B450 only has a TDP of 4.8 watts to Intel's TDP of 6 watts. AMD can claim a sensational 20% lower TDP. Imagine the headlines that might generate?