Choosing the Right B450 Motherboard

While there are over twenty-five motherboards to select from on the B450 chipset, finding the right one with the right balance of features can be somewhat confusing. Selecting based on certain criteria can help narrow down between features such as dual M.2, integrated WiFi and pricing; some shine above others in the specifications whereas others may not have a specific desired feature.

Prices given from July 31st

B450 Motherboards
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Key Features Current Options  Size Price (Amazon) Price (Newegg)
Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec

(vs. ALC892 / ALC887)
ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming
ASUS ROG Strix B450-I Gaming
ASRock B450 Gaming-ITX/ac
GIGABYTE B450 Aorus Pro
GIGABYTE B450 Aorus Pro WiFi
MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC
ATX
mITX
mITX
ATX
ATX
ATX
$130
N/A
N/A
N/A
$120
N/A
$130
N/A
$130
N/A
$120
N/A
Intel Gigabit LAN

(vs. Realtek)
ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming
ASUS ROG Strix B450-I Gaming
ASRock B450 Gaming-ITX/ac
GIGABYTE B450 Aorus Pro
GIGABYTE B450 Aorus Pro WiFi
MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC
ATX
mITX
mITX
ATX
ATX
ATX
$130
N/A
N/A
N/A
$120
N/A
$130
N/A
$130
N/A
$120
N/A
WiFi

(vs. non-WiFi)
ASUS ROG Strix B450-I Gaming
ASRock B450 Gaming-ITX/ac
GIGABYTE B450 Aorus Pro WiFi
MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC
MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC
mITX
mITX
ATX
ATX
mITX
N/A
N/A
$120
N/A
N/A
N/A
$130
$120
N/A
N/A
6 SATA Ports

(vs. 4)
ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming
ASUS TUF B450-Plus Gaming
ASUS TUF B450M-Plus Gaming
ASUS Prime B450 Plus
ASRock B450 Gaming K4
ASRock B450 Pro4
ASRock B450M Pro4
GIGABYTE B450 Aorus Pro
GIGABYTE B450 Aorus Pro WiFi
GIGABYTE B450 Aorus M
MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC
MSI B450 Tomahawk
MSI B450 Gaming Plus
MSI B450-A Pro
ATX
ATX
mATX
ATX
ATX
ATX
mATX
ATX
ATX
mATX
ATX
ATX
ATX
ATX
$130
$120
$100
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A

$120
$85
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
$130
$120
$100
$110
$100
$90
$80
N/A
$120
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
2 M.2 Ports ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming
ASRock B450 Gaming K4
ASRock B450 Pro4
ASRock B450M Pro4
GIGABYTE B450 Aorus Pro
GIGABYTE B450 Aorus Pro WiFi
MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC
MSI B450M Mortar
MSI B450M Mortar Titanium
ATX
ATX
ATX
mATX
ATX
ATX
ATX
mATX
mATX
$130
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A

$120
N/A
N/A
N/A
$130
$100
$90
$80
N/A
$120
N/A
N/A
N/A
HDMI 2.0 ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming
ASUS ROG Strix B450-I Gaming
ASUS TUF B450-Plus Gaming
ASUS TUF B450M-Plus Gaming
ASUS Prime B450-Plus
ASRock B450 Gaming-ITX/ac
GIGABYTE B450 Aorus Pro
GIGABYTE B450 Aorus Pro WiFi
GIGABYTE B450 Aorus M
GIGABYTE B450M DS3H
ATX
mITX
ATX
mATX
ATX
mITX
ATX
ATX
mATX
mATX
$130
N/A
$120
$100
N/A
N/A
N/A

$120
$85
$70
$130
N/A
$120
$100
$110
N/A
N/A
$120

$85
$70

The B450 chipset is essentially a B350 first generation refresh which has given manufacturers the opportunity to refine and define; for example GIGABYTE has focused their attention on specifically on defining their Aorus gaming brand to users and has used the B450 chipset to implement the new naming schemes. Other vendors have made slight aesthetic adjustments, while others have added more premium componentry to their offerings in exchange for a slightly higher MSRP; or in a lot of cases, remained with the same pricing structure.

B450 Motherboards
Key Features Price Link SATA M.2 GbE WiFi Audio
ASUS
ROG Strix B450-F Gaming
ROG Strix B450-I Gaming
TUF B450-Plus Gaming
TUF B450M-Plus Gaming
Prime B450-Plus
Prime B450M-K
$130
$120
$120
$100
$100
-
Link
Link
Link
Link
Link
Link
6
6
6
6
6
4
2
1
1
1
1
1
I211-AT
8111H
8111H
8111H
8111H
8111H
Intel
-
-
-
-
-
ALC1220A
ALC1220A
ALC887-VD2
ALC887-VD2
ALC887-VD2
ALC887
ASRock
B450 Gaming K4
B450 Gaming ITX/ac
B450 Pro4
B450M Pro4
B450M-HDV
$100
$130
$90
$80
$70
Link
Link
Link
Link
Link
6
4
6
6
4
2
1
2
2
1
8111H
I211-AT
8111H
8111H
8111H
-
Intel
-
-
-
ALC892
ALC1220
ALC892
ALC892
ALC887
GIGABYTE
B450 Aorus Pro WiFi
B450 Aorus Pro
B450 Aorus M
B450 Aorus Elite
B450M DS3H
$120
-
$85
-
$70
Link
Link
Link
-
Link
6
6
6
?
4
2
2
1
2
1
I211-AT
I211-AT
8111H
?
8111H
Intel
-
-
-
-
ALC1220-VB
ALC1220-VB
ALC892
?
ALC887
MSI
B450 GPC AC
B450 Gaming Plus
B450M Gaming Plus
B450I Gaming Plus AC
B450 Tomahawk
B450M Bazooka
B450M Bazooka Plus
B450M Mortar
B450M Mortar Titanium
B450-A Pro
B450M Pro-M2
B450M Pro-VDH
$130
$100
-
$120
$110
$85
-
-
-
$90
$70
-
Link
Link
Link
Link
Link
Link
Link
Link
Link
Link
Link
Link
6
6
4
4
6
4
4
4
4
6
4
4
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
2
1
1
1
I211-AT
8111H
8111H
8111H
8111H
8111H
8111H
8111H
8111H
8111H
8111H
8111H
Intel
-
-
Intel
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
ALC1220
ALC892
ALC887
ALC887
ALC892
ALC892
ALC892
ALC892
ALC892
ALC887
ALC887
ALC892

Each vendor seems to have a good range of products on offer, from $70 to $130, with at least one board in the range with Intel Ethernet, Intel Wi-Fi, and the top end codec. In order to get all three, it looks like the minimum price will be $120.

MSI B450M PRO-M2 and B450M PRO-VDH
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  • patire - Wednesday, August 01, 2018 - link

    The ASRock microATX B450M Pro4 has a total of four SATA ports not the six as wrongly posted on the final page table for choosing the right B450 Motherboard. Reply
  • Xajel - Thursday, August 02, 2018 - link

    Yet not a single high-end X470 mATX motherboard !! Reply
  • Xajel - Thursday, August 02, 2018 - link

    Yet not a single high-end X470 mATX motherboard !! Reply
  • jensend - Saturday, August 04, 2018 - link

    WHY ON EARTH DO THEY KEEP MAKING AMD BOARDS WITHOUT DISPLAYPORT?

    FreeSync is a game changer for the Ryzen APUs, and very few of the inexpensive adaptive sync displays support FreeSync over HDMI.
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  • KAlmquist - Sunday, August 05, 2018 - link

    Gavin Bonshor's otherwise excellant page on choosing the right B450 motherboard doesn't include a list of boards that support DisplayPort. Unless I've missed some, there are eight:

    ASRock B450 Gaming K4
    ASRock B450 Gaming ITX/ac
    ASRock B450 Pro4
    ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming
    MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC
    MSI B450M Mortar
    MSI B450M Mortar Titanium
    MSI B450-A Pro

    I once had a motherboard with a Realtek network controller and got so sick of it randomly connecting at 10 mb/sec that I vowed I would never buy another Realtech network controller. That leaves only one B450 option:

    ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming
    Reply
  • AdrianB1 - Sunday, August 05, 2018 - link

    There is also the MSI B450 Carbon AC that in theory is better as it has better VRM and wireless LAN. It is also a bit cheaper in the stores in my area. Reply
  • DMCbr - Sunday, August 05, 2018 - link

    I think MSI totally won this time, with the PRO Carbon AC board: best sound, best lan, wifi, 5+2 VRM phases, good heat-sinks... Reply
  • foxbat - Tuesday, August 07, 2018 - link

    Great, really great ... but still can't buy outside of USA 13" laptop with Mobile Ryzen APU except extremely expensive not so well designed Lenovo 720S. What is the reason? Reply
  • Djoie123 - Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - link

    I think that B450 gaming plus have 4+3 vrm phase design, on their site they said it's 7 phase power design Reply
  • tonecas1 - Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - link

    Asus Prime 450M-K has only 4 Sata ports, audio is Realtek’s ALC887 only, and memory support goes to 3466 (OC) Reply

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