ASRock on Thursday announced plans to demonstrate its new AM4 motherboards based on AMD’s yet-unannounced B450 chipset next week at Computex. The new chipset is expected to bring a number of important performance-related enhancements to AMD’s mainstream platform and allow upcoming systems to take advantage of faster memory and storage on affordable systems.

While AMD yet has to confirm official specifications of the B450 chipset, we can make an educated guess about what to expect from the new unit. As reported in our Ryzen 2000/AMD X470 coverage, the X470 chipset is identical to the X370 in terms of general functionality, but it brings several important improvements over the predecessor: it consumes a lower amount of power, it enables support for faster memory, it supports improved CPU boosting techniques (XFR2 Enhanced and Precision Boost Overdrive), and it comes with the AMD StoreMI software (re-badged Enmotus FuzeDrive software) to build hybrid storage sub-systems consisting of SSDs and HDDs.

That said, it is logical to expect the B450 to feature the same key advantages over the B350 as the X470 has over the X370: lower power, faster DRAM, and possibly StoreMI (some preliminary leaks prove that, but the information cannot be verified). The B450 is not going to support multi-GPU, it will also support a lower amount of USB 3.1 Gen 1 as well as SATA ports compared to the X470/X370, but it is going to be significantly better than the predecessor.

AMD AM4 Chipsets
AnandTech
  DDR4 OC USB SATA PCIe
2.0
GPU XFR2
PB2
StoreMI TDP RAID
SATA
RAID
NVMe
3.1 3.0 2.0
X470 2933 Y 2 6 6 6 8 x8/x8 Y Y 4.8W 0,1,10
X370 2667 Y 2 6 6 6 8 x8/x8 N N 6.8W 0,1,10
B450* 2667+ Y 2 2 6 4 6 x16 Y Y 4.8W? 0,1,10
B350 2667 Y 2 2 6 4 6 x16 N N 6.8W 0,1,10
A320 2667 N 1 2 6 4 4 x16 N N 6.8W 0,1,10 -
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X300 2667 Y 0 4 0 2 4 x8/x8 N N ? 0,1 -
B300 2667 N 0 4 0 2 4 x16 N N ? 0,1 -
A300 2667 N 0 4 0 2 4 x16 N N ? 0,1 -

*Based on unofficial information

One of the key things to remember about the B350/B450 chipsets is that they are designed for reasonably-priced gaming PCs. Therefore, motherboards based on the AMD B450 will be considerably cheaper than platforms featuring the X470, but will support the same key enhancements. Meanwhile, the demonstration at a major trade show means that the launch of the AMD B450 is just around the corner.

ASRock has not disclosed anything technical about the motherboards it plans to showcase at Computex, so stay tuned tuned with us next week as we will be bringing the latest news from the show floor.

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  • Stochastic - Friday, June 01, 2018 - link

    I'm actually looking forward to these. Once Nvidia releases their next-gen GPUs and RAM and SSD prices fall a bit, it may be time to pull the trigger for a new build. Reply
  • Alexvrb - Friday, June 01, 2018 - link

    B450 is more than enough for me, as long as I can get one with decent power delivery. That's gonna be the trick, and it might push me into an X470 anyway, but I'll wait a little longer and see what hits the market. As far as GPUs go, I'm using an older GPU now so I might not wait that long. Even current gen is a good step up. Reply
  • s334 - Saturday, June 02, 2018 - link

    Wait, PCIe 2.0? Reply
  • DigitalFreak - Saturday, June 02, 2018 - link

    Yes, PCIe 2.0. The one fail in the Ryzen platform. No reason they couldn't have gone with PCIe 3.0 on their chipsets like Intel does. Reply
  • watzupken - Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - link

    I believe the GPU still runs on PCI-E 3 x16. I don't see any show stopper with this chipset. Reply

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