Thursday, May 21st 2020

MSI Announces its B550 Motherboard Family

MSI, the world-leading motherboard brand, continues to be dedicated to the AMD AM4 platform with the launch of the new B550 motherboards. Since AMD launched Ryzen Desktop Processors with AM4 platform, MSI has been occupied the market with our AM4 motherboards. For the B450 platform, MSI undoubtedly is in the market leadership with our iconic TOMAHAWK and MORTAR motherboards. This year, together with the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen processors and readiness of PCIe Gen 4 technology, MSI offers a complete B550 motherboard lineup from MPG, MAG to PRO series with advanced technology and MSI exclusive features to satisfy all types of gamers and users' need.

"We are seeing increasing user demands for flexible systems that perform well in a multitude of tasks from gaming to content creation more than ever before," said Chris Kilburn, corporate vice president and general manager, client component business unit, AMD. "AMD is excited to bring the power of 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen desktop processors and cutting edge PCIe 4.0 support to the mainstream users with our latest AMD B550 chipset. With an extensive platform lineup from our partners at MSI, AMD is confident these new B550 platforms will provide flexibility and power never seen before on a mainstream platform."

Lightning Gen 4 Ready
Doubling the speeds offered by the previous PCI-e 3.0 standard, PCI-e Gen 4 provides faster data transfer for graphics cards, storage devices, networking devices, and so much more. All MSI B550 motherboards support Lightning Gen 4 solution including PCIe and M.2 slot for the latest technology.

Enhanced Thermal Solution
All B550 motherboards enhance thermal design to improve heat dissipation for 3rd Gen Ryzen processors. Additional choke thermal pad rated for 7 W/mk to the MOS heatsinks and PCB with 2 oz thickened copper both ensure best heat transfer effects and lower temperature.

Addressable RGB LED Ready
All B550 motherboards support addressable RGB LED (JRAINBOW pin header) that allows gamers and users to easily decorate their system with million colors and various LED effects.

USB Front Type-C
Featuring the USB Front type-C connector, all B550 motherboards allows users to connect with the latest USB devices conveniently; on the other hand, USB Front Type-C can also perfectly compatible with MSI PC cases and other case brands for the best experience.

Flash BIOS Button with Optmized ClearCMOS Function
Flash BIOS Button provides the simplest way to flash the BIOS with only a power supply connected in a few steps without CPU, memory, and graphics card installed. Moreover, MSI optimized ClearCMOS function helps restore the BIOS to default settings quickly and without any additional actions.

MPG Series
To bring out the best gaming performance and immersive experience with colorful RGB lightning effects, MPG series motherboards allow gamers to show their personal styles with advanced hardware design and exclusive features and technology to transform your motherboards into the center of attention.

MPG B550 GAMING CARBON WIFI
MPG B550 GAMING CARBON WIFI is inspired by supercars concept with a slick look and feel. An aggressive 12+2+1 VRM power with doubler design ensures perfect power delivery for high performance. Enhanced thermal solution including Aluminium Cover with additional choke thermal pad rated for 7W/mk, 6 layers PCB with 2oz thickened copper, and two M.2 Shield Frozr all designed for better heat dissipation. 2.5G LAN and Wi-Fi 6 AX solution provide faster wired and wireless network connection and other advanced technology such as Pre-installed I/O Shielding, Front Type-C and Flash BIOS Button improved efficiency for better gaming experience.

MPG B550I GAMING EDGE WIFI
A Sharp designed mini-ITX board is equipped with 8+2+1 premium power design. MPG B550I GAMING EDGE WIFI features a M.2 Shield Frozr with Frozr Heatsink Design including a double ball bearings fan and Zero Frozr Technology to improve thermal issues for M.2 devices. The latest HDMI 2.1 standard supports 4K display with up to 4096x2160@60Hz for the most immersive graphic experience. This mini-ITX motherboard also provides Front Type-C connector which is compatible with the latest PC cases for external devices.

MAG Series
Being a symbol of toughness and sturdiness, MAG series motherboards ensure rigorous high quality with best durability and stability. MSI offers MAG B550 TOMAHWAK, MAG B550M MORTAR WIFI/MAG B550M MORTAR and MAG B550M BAZOOKA to satisfy entry level gamers.

MAG B550 TOMAHAWK
The military totem style shows rigid and stable design. MAG B550 TOMAHAWK offers essential specifications and features for the mainstream gaming PC market. Dual LAN including 2.5G LAN and Gigabit LAN provides both faster intranet and internet experience. Extended Heatsink Design, 2x M.2 Shield Frozr and PCB with 2oz thickened copper all enhance heat dissipation effect. Other features including Flash BIOS Button, Pre-installed I/O Shielding and Front Type-C all provide more convenience for gamers.

MAG B550M MORTAR WIFI / MAG B550M MORTAR
MORTAR series is always an iconic Micro-ATX motherboard for gamers. MAG B550M MORTAR WIFI is designed with a silver concept and MAG B550M MORTAR is a pure military green style with 8+2+1 Duet Rail Power System, both featuring enlarged extended heatsink, PCB with 2oz thickened copper and M.2 Shield Frozr for excellent thermal solution. MAG B550M MORTAR WIFI is equipped with the latest Wi-Fi 6 AX solution to support up to 2400 Mbps wireless speed.

PRO Series
PRO series provides users a smarter working environment. B550-A PRO supports Lightning Gen 4 solution for both PCIe and M.2 slot. Featuring 10+2+1 Digital PWM with Duet Rail Power System for stable power delivery. Extended Heatsink Design, M.2 Shield Frozr and PCB with 2oz thickened copper are essential for better thermal effect.

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11 Comments on MSI Announces its B550 Motherboard Family

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1d10t
MAG B550M MORTAR WIFI / MAG B550M MORTAR
MORTAR series is always an iconic Micro-ATX motherboard for gamers. MAG B550M MORTAR WIFI is designed with a silver concept and MAG B550M MORTAR is a pure military green style with 8+2+1 Duet Rail Power System, both featuring enlarged extended heatsink, PCB with 2oz thickened copper and M.2 Shield Frozr for excellent thermal solution. MAG B550M MORTAR WIFI is equipped with the latest Wi-Fi 6 AX solution to support up to 2400 Mbps wireless speed.
This would be a "massive" upgrade from my current B450 Mortar MAX.Good job MSI :)
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Turmania
Yeap that Mortar wifi Micro-atx board looks good. finally some love for micro atx with wifi versions.
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Raendor
That itx board looks sweet.
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Xzibit
That military green Mortar

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puma99dk|
I am sad because there ain't any Arctic or Titanium board in this line up :(
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Valantar
Wonder if the MPG ITX has one or two m.2 slots - really hoping for 2. HDMI 2.1 support is awesome to see - though stating HDMI 2.1 and "The latest HDMI 2.1 standard supports 4K display with up to 4096x2160@60Hz" doesn't quite make sense, as HDMI 2.0 supports 4k60, while 2.1 supports 4k120. Though I guess DCI 4K60 might not be supported with HDMI 2.0? Still, I would think UHD@120Hz is more of a selling point? Not that there's much of a chance of running any game at 4k120 on an iGPU, but the option for 4k120 FreeSync output with resolution scaling would be really nice.
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Apocalypsee
MSI didn't list their BIOS size, other manufacturer states they using 256Mbit BIOS but I like to assume they did.
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lynx29
puma99dk|
I am sad because there ain't any Arctic or Titanium board in this line up :(
Yeah I really loved those all white mobo's MSI used to do. They were gorgeous.
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AlB80
puma99dk|
I am sad because there ain't any Arctic or Titanium board in this line up :(
Mortar Wi-Fi has silver heat-sinks, but everything else are the same.
Apocalypsee
MSI didn't list their BIOS size, other manufacturer states they using 256Mbit BIOS but I like to assume they did.
You can check flash sizes at
docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1wmsTYK9Z3-jUX5LGRoFnsZYZiW1pfiDZnKCjaXyzd1o/edit#gid=2112472504
by creating new filter.
128Mb chips are common. 256Mb chips are rare. And there only one MB with double 256Mb flash chip.
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