Last year, AMD released the Ryzen 5000 series desktop processors in one of the most monumental hardware launches of the modern era. This final step completed the Red brand's ascent back into the forefront of the desktop processor market that began with the launch of the first generation of Ryzen CPUs.
With the Ryzen 3000 launch in 2019 came the AMD X570 chipset. Featuring PCIe 4.0 support, X570 was an impressive leap from generations past. It was also hot, with motherboards often including chipset cooling fans and, more significantly, expensive. The high cost of the chipset increased the average cost of X570 motherboards considerably over previous generations.
While AMD has done a great job of maintaining motherboard compatibility with new generation processors, none of the previous-generation AM4 motherboards featured official PCIe 4.0 support, not even for the storage and PCIe controlled by PCIe 4.0 compatible CPUs. Enter B550, the more value-oriented little brother of X570. While the B550 chipset is PCIe 3.0 only, B550 motherboards support PCIe 4.0 from the CPU to the primary PCIe slot as well as the primary M.2 slot (dependent on a PCIe 4.0 ready CPU). That having been said, with PCIe 4.0 support also came increased cost.
The ASUS ProArt B550-CREATOR features a robust VRM cooling solution and a 12+2 power stage design utilizing 50 A stages from Vishay Semiconductor. BIOS flashback has also been included, as well as ASUS's excellent BIOS designed to provide an optimal, stress-free overclocking experience. The ASUS ProArt B550-CREATOR even includes dual 2.5 Gb/s Ethernet using Intel's new I225-V controller, as well as a pair of Thunderbolt ports. All of this performance is bundled with a unique RGB -less black and gold aesthetic.
Let's take a closer look at what the ASUS ProArt B550-CREATOR has to offer.
|CPU Support:||AMD AM4 Socket 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ Processors|
|Power Design:||CPU Power: 14-phase*|
Memory Power: 2-phase
|Integrated Graphics:||Dependent on installed CPU|
|Memory:||4x DIMM, supports dual-channel DDR4-5100 (OC) MHz|
|BIOS:||AMI UEFI BIOS|
|Expansion Slots:|| 3x PCIe x16 (2x PCIe 4.0/1x PCIe 3.0) slots |
2x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots
|Storage:|| 4x SATA 6 Gb/s ports |
2x M.2 ports (SATA3/1x PCIe 3.0 x4/1x PCIe 4.0 x4)
|Networking:||2x Intel® I225-V 2.5 Gb/s Ethernet|
|Rear Ports:||2x Thunderbolt™ 4 USB Type-C® port(s)|
4x USB 3.2 Gen 2 port(s) (4 x Type-A)
2x USB 2.0 port(s) (2 x Type-A)
1x DisplayPort (Input only)
1x HDMI™ port
2x Intel® I225-V 2.5Gb Ethernet ports
5x Audio jacks
1x Optical S/PDIF out port
1x BIOS FlashBack™ button
1x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse combo port
|Audio:||1x Realtek ALC1220 Codec|
|Fan Headers:||7x 4-pin|
|Form Factor:||ATX Form Factor: 12.0 in x 9.6 in, 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm|