AMD B500 motherboards should be hitting the shelves from June 16th onwards. With not long to go, we’re hearing a bit more information from retailers from new leaks.
However, it’s important to bear in mind that these are only preliminary listings and could very well change. If these listings are true though, we can start to get a good idea of what to expect.
Interconnect IT Solutions posted three different ASUS motherboards with the same price tag of $262.90 AUD. This figure includes Australia’s Goods and Services tax though (GST).
This translates to around $153.14 US dollars minus the GST. This is the first indication that the prices listed aren’t accurate as these are three different motherboards in different tiers in the series. It’s highly unlikely that they’ll all be priced the same.
For example, if you look at the ROG Strix B450-F Gaming motherboard and compare it to the TUF B450M Plus Gaming motherboard, you can see that they’re priced very differently - $129.99 and $89.99 USD respectively.
What Can We Expect From AMD B550 Motherboards?
The main thing to highlight is that these motherboards should bring in PCIe 4.0 support for budget PC builders to use in their machines.
PCIe 4.0 will require motherboard tracers with wider spacing when compared to PCIe 3.0. PCIe 3.0 signals can be carried over single PCB layers, however, you need at least six layers to support PCIe 4.0. This means that B550 motherboards should cost a bit more than B450 ones with them not being just a simple upgrade.
Currently, you can pick up a B450 motherboard from anything between $70 to $200 although we imagine that the B550 motherboard will go for a bit more than that. If we’d have to guess, we’d say that the pricing listed on the Australian retailer website should correspond to at least one of those motherboards, but it's impossible to work out which one at the moment.
If we hear any updates about the real prices, we will let you know. We expect to get a better idea of the prices this month, given that they will become available in June. So, keep an eye out here!