The AMD B550 chipset motherboard will have the PCIe 4.0, bringing the new bandwidth support to the mainstream and more affordable platform. While these motherboards are expected to be available from June 16th, onwards, it does bring a question if B series will retain that ‘value for money’ factor with the new standard.
Distributor listed pricing
According to an eagle-eyed prolific leaker, some B550 motherboards were found to be listed with an Australian based retailer ‘Interconnect IT Solutions’. Some of the listings are a well-known variation of previous chipsets. This included Asus ROG Strix B550-F Gaming Wi-Fi, TUF Gaming B550M-Plus Wi-Fi and the Prime B550M-A. B450 motherboards are available up to 200$ with all the bells and whistles.
ASUS ROG STRIX B550-F GAMING(WI-FI) : $262.90 inc GST.
ASUS TUF GAMING B550M-PLUS (WI-FI) : $262.90 inc GST
ASUS PRIME B550M-A : $262.90 inc GST
— 188号 (@momomo_us) May 2, 2020
According to the Australian distributor’s listing, the pricing (in AUD including 10% GST) is in the range of B450 motherboard’s current pricing. After converting to US pricing, the following are the comparisons:
|Listed Pricing (after USD conversion)||Current B450 variant pricing|
|Asus ROG Strix B550-F Gaming (Wi-Fi)||$153.14||$129.99|
|Asus TUF Gaming B550M-Plus (Wi-Fi)||$153.14||$89.99|
|Asus Prime B550M-A||$153.14||$116.34|
The premium incurred byB550 is due to the increased PCB tracing requirement needed for the PCIe 4.0. The PCIe 3.0 works on a single layer, but the PCIe 4.0 requires a minimum of four. While the gap between some motherboards might be higher, the mainstream and premium AMD B550 chipsets should be similar to its B450 variants.
Other platform’s PCIe 4.0 support
Previous to the B550, X570 was the only chipset to support PCIe 4.0 bandwidth. Meanwhile, Intel PCIe 4.0 support is expected only on the 11th generation CPUs. While it uses the 400 series motherboards, it relies on sub-components and not on the chipset. A real PCIe 4.0 support is expected on the 500 series chipsets, but we’ll have to wait and watch.
— Hardware BBQ (@HardwareBBQ) May 5, 2020