It looks like the wait is finally over. AMD has just announced its new mid to low-end chipset called the “B450.” This motherboard chipset is, of course, a direct successor to the older but popular B350 chipset. AMD’s B450 chipset is made to cater for AMD’s second generation Ryzen processors. Prior to this, the only “new” chipset that was released to support AMD’s new CPUs is the X470 chipset, which isn’t exactly affordable for some.
With the release of AMD’s B450 chipset, consumers can expect companies like Asus, Gigabyte, MSI and etc to be releasing more affordable motherboards in the coming weeks; which is great news for consumers who are on a tight budget. It’s worth noting however, that second generation Ryzen processors are still compatible with AMD’s B350-based motherboards – a point worth considering before deciding to buy a new B450 mainboard.
Those aside, when it comes to specifications, AMD’s B450 chipset support two USB 3.1 Gen2 and USB 3.1 Gen1 ports each along with up to six USB 2.0 ports. In addition, the chipset is also compatible with up to two SATA 3.0 ports. Other notable features of the B450 chipset is that it supports up to six PCIe Gen 2 slots and one PCIe x16 slot.
What makes AMD’s newest chipset even more interesting is the fact that it comes with support for Precision Boost Overdrive and StoreMI technologies, both of which will aid towards better overclocking of the CPU as well as to combine both traditional HDDs and faster SSDs into single volumes respectively.
It’s not known when we’ll be able to see B450-based motherboards locally, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated should there be any announcements from the local distributors.