B550 boards looking killer

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  1. trevor68

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    True that, in shopping for a B550 board I have also noticed the speed of that second M2 slot varies a lot also. Some are PCI3x4 some are only PCI3x2
     
  2. Phido

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    Picked up a mitx B550 board for $280.. B550 seems to be cutting its way down under $300 for mitx. Which is great, because the B450 mitx board seemed to go up in value. Plenty of b450 mitx board above $200.

    GIGABYTE B550I AORUS PRO AX

    2.5Gb ethernet
    Wifi6 bt 5
    2 NVME drives (1 x pcie4, 1 x pcie3)
    ECC support
    64gb ram max (2 dimms).

    The matx and atx b550 boards seem to drop in price pretty much instantly, the mitx ones have been very slow to drop. For mitx x570 really makes no sense.
     
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    Just got my new Ryzen 3600 system up and running, a big step up from my i5 3470. It's been 10+ years since building a PC but was fun.

    Question: I got a NZXT H510 Tempered Glass Mid-Tower ATX Case, but I couldn't find anywhere on my Gigabyte B550M AORUS ELITE to plug in the USBC cord, anyone know?

    Here's what it looks like:

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    dont think its got a usbc connection on the board mate
     
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    Ah k.

    Is there any converters you can get to convert it to USB 3 or 2?
     
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    i honestly dont know man
     
  7. RnR

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    Yeah, but they are expensive;
    I didn't look for USB 2 adapters, but I'm sure they are out there as well.

    From my quick googling, seems to be a premium feature for boards to have such a connector. Its case of chicken and the egg. If no cases have USB-C front panels, then no motherboards will build support for it. NZXT is trying to break the cycle, but it will take time :)
     
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  8. Phido

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    You mean something like this
    https://www.pccasegear.com/products...4-internal-usb-3-0-to-internal-type-c-adapter
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    I would only be plugging that into a USB 3.1 or 3.2 mobo header.. $25.. I am sure there are cheaper versions out there.

    Oh there are..
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/400...yLkRaj5L6JXmPOQ-mpBoC2LQQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
    $5..
     
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    You could use a PCI-E card with a USB 3.2 Gen 2 internal connector on it. Something like this:
    https://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=918=en
    https://www.mwave.com.au/product/silverstone-ecu04e-usb-31-gen-2-pcie-card-ac21797

    Cheaper option:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33041188233.html
    https://www.aliexpress.com/i/4000038426290.html
     
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  11. trevor68

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    My B550i Aorus Pro AX arrived today. I got to say what a nice board.

    Good upgrade on the b450.
    2.5Gb ethernet verse the 1gb
    2 x NVME slots (over 1 on the b450)
    1 x NVME is pci4 with cooler. (nothing on the b450i)
    AX Wifi6 over wifi5
    Double the phases of b450

    Given these are now ~$100 more its pretty decent value. Now to convince my wife the b450 should be her machine!
     
  13. lithos

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    Just ordered an Asrock B550 Steel Legend from Mwave. Think I got more than enough mileage out of my ol' MSI B350 PC Mate, so it'll be a worthy upgrade.
     
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    Thje review i read says this board, the m.2 isnt a cooler/heatsink, just a big brick of metall over the m.2 slot, can you confirm?

    i am looking at upgrading my B450i STRIX, but tbh, i already have 2 m.2 on this board, dont need faster WIFI/BT/ethernet, and phases on the B450 more then enough to overclock my 3700x and DDR4 4266, so i dont think there would be much benefit in changing boards.

    Although this GB does does look nice, heavy board too.
     
  15. Phido

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    Its a weird setup.

    The Gigabyte B550 has a heatpipe connecting the M.2 near the graphics card to the chipset. It has a very substantial block on it as well approximately 15mm thick. The block can be removed and you get a still sizeable ridged/finned heatsink underneath (still about 8mm thick), which is connected to the heatpipe and a heatsink that goes to the other side underneath to the pci slot.

    If you have this board I can't see any NVME drive overheating in this configuration.
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    Showing the finned heatsink under the giant metal brick. The blue in the sockets is locktight!.The brick is on the CPU socket. It feels immensely weighty, I am assuming its actually steel, not aluminum.

    Gigabyte B450ITX board was a bit under done, only 1 nvme slot, like 3 phase power delivery. Their B550 is much better. I've purchased two of them. My only criticism is lack of PS/2 ports, which would free up USB, like all B550 it could do with more USB ports. But then again some x570 boards are also short on IO as well.
     
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    Does anyone have the Aorus B550M Pro board? How are your VRM temps? Reviews show it sits in the midrange for VRM temps (not terrible, but not great)

    I am considering changing my MSI B550M Mortar board out for this one as the aesthetic is a bit nicer for my build, as well as the odd Debug LED boot bug is annoying (No the latest bios still hasn't fixed it for me personally despite supposedly fixing it for others)
     
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    I grabbed a B550 Aorus Pro AC (wireless inc). Once my cpu shows up I can let ya know..
     
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    Got a B550-F off a bloke off here what are they like?
     

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