MSI MPG B550 Gaming Plus

The MPG series represents its gaming-centric range, and the MSI MPG B550 Gaming Plus sits at the bottom of its performance gaming-inspired series. The design follows a simple sleek all-black aesthetic, with integrated RGB LED lighting underneath the chipset heat sink. Included in the core feature set is a pair of M.2 slots, a Realtek ALC892 HD audio codec and a Realtek Gigabit Ethernet controller.

The MSI MPG B550 Gaming Plus includes two full-length PCIe slots with the top slot capable of supporting up to PCIe 4.0 x16, and the second slot is locked at PCIe 3.0 x4. In addition to this is two PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. Making up the board’s storage is six SATA ports with support for RAID 0, 1, and 10 arrays, while MSI also includes two M.2 slots. These consist of a PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slot which includes a heatsink, and a second PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slot which does not. There are four memory slots which can accommodate up to 128 GB, with speeds of up to DDR4-4400 officially supported.

On the rear panel are a single USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, one USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, two USB 3.2 G1, and four USB 2.0 ports, with a pair of video outputs including an HDMI and DisplayPort. There is five 3.5 mm audio jacks and a single S/PDIF optical output which is powered by a Realtek ALC892 HD audio codec, while a single RJ45 is driven by a Realtek RTL8111H Gigabit Ethernet controller. Finishing off the rear panel is a small BIOS Flashback button and a PS/2 keyboard and mouse combo port.

The MSI MPG B550 Gaming Plus is one of its more affordable B550 models with an MSRP of $150. This price point represents a highly competitive space for MSI to duel it out with other vendors, and the inclusion of a budget Realtek RTL811H and ALC892 controller pairing is what is expected at this price point. It does, however, include some USB 3.2 G2 connectivity which is a huge plus point.

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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.
  • WaltC - Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - link

    Yep, price is all down to the mboard OEMs.
  • 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.
  • _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.
  • 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.
  • Chaitanya - Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - link

    B550 has better connectivity than X470 with excellent VRM to boot.
  • _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
  • Desierz - Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - link

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

    Intel has no objection to AMD using the phrase...;)
  • 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 !

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