ASRock B550M-ITX/ac

It looks like ASRock will have a second mini-ITX motherboard, this time on the cheaper end of the scale. The B550M-ITX/ac, at first glance however, seems to have some rough layout choices. First of all, the CPU 8-pin connector, is on the rear panel. Whoever thought that was a good idea needs removing from the design team.

The CPU power delivery seems to be an 8-phase design, with a small heatsink to assist. The socket area has two 4-pin fan headers above it to assist, and there is a third on the bottom right of the board, although this is a bit far away for any air coolers. The two DRAM slots in between are single sided latch designs.

On the right hand side of the board is the 24-pin ATX power connector, and four SATA ports in a configuration which makes taking two of the locking cables out impossible if memory is installed – again, an odd design choice. Below this are a USB 3.0 header, a USB 2.0 header, the front panel header, and that third 4-pin fan header.

The chipset and PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slot have one combined heatsink, just above the PCIe 4.0 x16 slot. The PCIe slot doesn’t have additional support embedded in it. To the left is the audio codec, in this case it’s the low-end ALC887 design.

The rear panel has a DisplayPort, a HDMI port, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, a combination PS/2 port, gigabit Ethernet from a Realtek RTL8111H controller, a Type-A USB 3.2 Gen 2 port, a Type-C USB 3.2 Gen 2 port, audio jacks, and Wi-Fi antenna for the built in Wi-Fi 5 module (likely Intel’s 1x1 AC3168 solution).

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  • Makaveli - Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - link

    Replace AMD in your sentence with motherboard makers AMD it not setting the price for them. Looking at list of boards here is seems most of them added features just to jack the prices up. Reply
  • WaltC - Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - link

    Yep, price is all down to the mboard OEMs. Reply
  • sing_electric - Thursday, June 18, 2020 - link

    On one hand, you're right, on the other, AMD provides the chipset and specifications, and the fact that NO OEMs seem to be able to make cheap boards suggests that there's challenges with meeting the spec at a certain budget. Reply
  • _cracken - Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - link

    No you are wrong on both hands. AMD does not deliver chipsets for B550, it is made by asmedia. Reply
  • Irata - Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - link

    Well, the cheapest board starts at $95, there are still plenty cheap B450 boards around and there will be B520 soon.

    As for OEM, I am sure they will have boards built based on their requirements.

    I am curious to see what will happen to mainboard prices in a few months and if there will be additional / improved entry level options like for X570.
    Reply
  • Chaitanya - Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - link

    B550 has better connectivity than X470 with excellent VRM to boot. Reply
  • _espo - Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - link

    U have to understand amd didnt fuck up.motherboard companys didnt too because theres thing like covid and mb are made in china so
    Its more expensive to them now.And they have less stock and they still have to make money
    Reply
  • Desierz - Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - link

    Article refers to AMD's SMT as hyperthreading. I think hyperthreading is an Intel specific term. Reply
  • WaltC - Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - link

    Intel has no objection to AMD using the phrase...;) Reply
  • MB-Guru - Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - link

    I would like to purchase this MB. Which Reputable Vendor is selling this Gigabyte B550 vision D right now? Does anyone know? Thanks ! Reply

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