Question B550M Phantom Gaming 4 vs. HDV

mattieboo

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I'm considering between Phantom Gaming 4 vs. HDV for the B550M mobo, to pair with a Ryzen 5 3600 (little to no overclocking). The price difference is small (like $13), but I'm in a tight budget. The difference in features seem to be:
  • CPU Power Connector: Phantom's 8-pin vs. HDV's 4-pin
  • M.2 Socket: Phantom has 2 sockets, while HDV only has 1
  • PCIe 3.0: Phantom has one more PCIe 3.0 x 16 slots.
  • Max Memory Supported: Phantom supports 128gb while HDV supports 64gb
With the above, I was wondering the following:
  1. What does the 8-pin vs. 4-pin imply, for the CPU Power Connector? Is the 8-pin for "future proof," say 3-4 years down the lane?
  2. Is having one more PCIe 3.0 x 16 slots only more useful if I plan on adding PCIe SSDs in the future?
 
I'm considering between Phantom Gaming 4 vs. HDV for the B550M mobo, to pair with a Ryzen 5 3600 (little to no overclocking). The price difference is small (like $13), but I'm in a tight budget. The difference in features seem to be:
  • CPU Power Connector: Phantom's 8-pin vs. HDV's 4-pin
  • M.2 Socket: Phantom has 2 sockets, while HDV only has 1
  • PCIe 3.0: Phantom has one more PCIe 3.0 x 16 slots.
  • Max Memory Supported: Phantom supports 128gb while HDV supports 64gb
With the above, I was wondering the following:
  1. What does the 8-pin vs. 4-pin imply, for the CPU Power Connector? Is the 8-pin for "future proof," say 3-4 years down the lane?
  2. Is having one more PCIe 3.0 x 16 slots only more useful if I plan on adding PCIe SSDs in the future?
  1. Gives more power for overclocking.
  2. Only for multiple GPUs. PCIe SSDs use only up to 4 lanes.
 

madmatt30

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$13 gets you

2 extra ram slots
4 extra usb 2 ports
4 extra USB 3 ports
1 extra m2 slot
Better 8 phase vrm setup.

Personally I think for $13 that's absolutely worth it.
It depends on your own needs though and if you're absolutely certain the specs on the hdv are going to be enough for you.

Future proofing wise for me personally I'd spend the extra on the phantom board.

Is the b550m pro 4 any cheaper or available ??

Its as good if not better than the phantom and is normally a little cheaper.
 

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