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ASUS, Gigabyte & MSI Launch AMD B450 AM4 Motherboards for 2nd Gen Ryzen Chips

Targetted at the budget-conscious, AMD’s latest B450 chipset is now featured on a variety of motherboards produced by its industry partners. Coming in largely under SGD 300, AMD B450 motherboards are perfect for those who are willing to trade peripheral support for a better price.

Compared to the X450 chipset which is aimed at enthusiasts who demand the best performance, the B450 is slightly more limited in its functions. It only supports a single graphics card, has fewer PCIe Gen 2 lanes (six, as compared to eight on the X450), has fewer SATA 6Gbps ports (four, as compared to six on the six), and has only six USB3.1 Gen 1 ports to the ten found on the X450.

Aside from these differences in IO and peripheral support, both ranges are largely similar.

ASUS newly-announced range of B450 Motherboards consists of six models, with four regular-sized boards: the ROG Strix B450-F Gaming (SGD 239), Prime B450-Plus (SGD 185), Prime B450M-A (SGD 162), and TUF B450-Plus Gaming (SGD 189). They are joined with small form factor boards: the mini-ITX ROG Strix B450-I Gaming (SGD 282) and micro-ATX TUF B450M-Plus (SGD 199) Gaming.

The top-tier ROG Strix motherboards offer a great range of customisations with ASUS Aura Sync lighting, Fan Xpert 4 and 5-way optimisation.

All motherboards will be available in Singapore from 1st October.

The ROG Strix B450-F Gaming. Image: ASUS

Gigabyte comes with four entrants: the full-sized B450 Aorus Pro, and the B450 Aorus Pro WiFi, along with micro-ATX boards, the B450 Aorus M and the B450M DS3H. The two pro models sport dual M.2 slots with thermal guards and a hybrid digital PWM.

The Gigabyte Aorus Pro B450 Motherboard. Image: Gigabyte

MSI leads the pack with the sheer number of releases this year. Full-sized options include the B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC, B450 Gaming Plus, B450 Tomahawk, and the B450-A Pro. For more compact builds, MSI has the B450M Gaming Plus, B450I Gaming Plus AC, B450M Mortar Titanium, B450M Mortar, B450M Bazooka, B450M Pro-VDH, and B450M Pro-M2.

The MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Motherboard. Image: MSI

Ian Ling
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Ian is the resident Tech Monkey and Head of Content at VR Zone. His training in Economics and Political Science is at the basis of his love for journalism and storytelling. A photographer by passion, and an audiophile by obsession, Ian is captivated by all forms of tech that makes enthusiasts tick.

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