Best B550 Motherboards: AMD’s More Affordable PCIe 4.0 Option

jpe1701

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The b550 aorus master has 3 pcie 4.0 m.2 slots. It steals 8 lanes from the primary x16 slot and splits them between the bottom 2 m.2. it is a weird setup. You actually get all of the lanes directly from the CPU so storage nuts should love it, but gamers probably won't like there gpu at x8 if they use those slots. This is pretty important stuff and should be listed.
 

dennphill

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I've not been to Tom's in a while - particularly POed they refuse to even consider or comment on mATX form factor sized products - it's like ya' gotta' git a giant tower!...or read their reviewers' anguish over all they can't fit anything else in an ITX MB. For the record, to go with my new 5600X (which I scored a few weeks ago from B&H for list price (!)) I just received an ASUS TUF Gaming B550M-Plus. Now all I have to do is wait a year or two more to get something to upgrade my old MSI GTX 1660 Ventus that I bought 2 years ago from NewEgg for just over $220 (BTW, it is now going for $684 according to NewEgg's site yesterday - 30 Mar 2021 - and $749 on Amazon today...and that is not for the 15660 Super, just the vanilla 6GB 1660!). What a lousy situation. Truly disgusting.
 

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I have seen this false statement for over a year now: " Asus’ ROG Strix B550-I Gaming stands out. At $230, it’s on the pricier end, but $100 less than Gigabyte’s B550I Aorus Pro AX, while still delivering two M.2 slots (one around back), Wi-Fi 6 and 2.5Gb Ethernet. " I have the B550I Aorus Pro AX, purchased for $180 15 months ago. Amazon has it now listed at $200.
Not saying the Gigabyte board is better, but it is not priced at $330.
 

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