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Thoughts on GALAX B450m?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I saw this motherboard on sale for $73, I live somewhere in Southeast Asia. I that the price is actually cheaper than a b450m-hdv, which was the cheapest b450 motherboard. 

http://www.galax.com/en/motherboard/galax-b450m-motherboard.html 

 

By looking at it, I'm already scared to overclock my system. Because I don't see any VRM heatsinks anywhere. Idk I might be wrong 

 

Also, it has no information about the anount of fan connectors it has. Not so confident so far. (Again, I might be mistaken, correct me if I'm wrong) 

 

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Color me surprised, didn't know Galax made mobos

29 minutes ago, snouh said:

By looking at it, I'm already scared to overclock my system. Because I don't see any VRM heatsinks anywhere. Idk I might be wrong 

You'd be right on that front

 

29 minutes ago, snouh said:

Also, it has no information about the anount of fan connectors it has. Not so confident so far. (Again, I might be mistaken, correct me if I'm wrong) 

I spy only 2 fan headers, both at the top right.

 

As a basic board, nothing stands out as very terrible (for what you're targeting anyway) so if you're not planning on upgrading to an 8 core and overclocking it's serviceable as the cheapest option available


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First reaction: Galax makes motherboards?

 

Second reaction: No. I'm not sure if you have a Ryzen 5 1600 or a Ryzen 3 1200, but given the 1600 I'm guessing it's a 5. Even if it is a Ryzen 3, I wouldn't plan on much of an overclock on a board with no VRM heatsinks at all. Hell, I wouldn't OC at all on a board without them, even on something like a Ryzen 3.

 

Even with the B450 chipset, this board looks like it's intended for something like an Athlon GE or an APU build. There are actually a couple of reports out there of people being told by Galax and/or resellers (not 100% clear) that the board isn't overclockable, so I suppose it's possible that Galax included only the most basic of overclocking features in the BIOS, possibly none at all. I can't speak to the board's quality, and Galax is known for producing solid GPUs, but this isn't a board I'd buy to OC on. Honestly, in the US, unless it was under $50 and I had a very specific plan for it, I wouldn't buy it at all when there are known options with VRM cooling within the $70-75 price range.


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Well, considering the Ryzen 1600 consumes only 60-80 watts at stock frequencies, there should be some room to overclock the processor a bit. With a bit of overclocking, maybe the cpu will consume 100w or a bit more than that. 

 

You could add heatsinks on the vrm yourself it looks like the mosfets are arranged in a nice way that would make it possible to use a plain rectangular aluminum heatsink (or a bunch of small memory chip heatsinks that are commercially available for video card modding) ... yo would use a double sided adhesive thermal tape to keep the heatsink glued to the mosfets.

 

This being said, it's not just about the heatsink and how well the heat can be dissipated, it's also about how easy it is to overclock from the bios, what options you have.

Do you have options in bios to change the voltages, do you have options to lock frequencies? I don't know, i guess it depends on bios.

 

 

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If you can tell me what model of mosfets it's using I can make a guess on its capability once you stick some heatsinks onto it with some thermal adhesive


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Posted · Original PosterOP
35 minutes ago, Fasauceome said:

Color me surprised, didn't know Galax made mobos

You'd be right on that front

 

I spy only 2 fan headers, both at the top right.

 

As a basic board, nothing stands out as very terrible (for what you're targeting anyway) so if you're not planning on upgrading to an 8 core and overclocking it's serviceable as the cheapest option available

How do you think it is compared to another basic board, like the B450m HDV? 

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I use a Galax 2060 and the only thing i learnt about this company from my experience is that unless you are spending money, the lower price stuff is crap and if you are willing to spend a little more, you will be better off getting it from a different manufaturer


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20 minutes ago, snouh said:

How do you think it is compared to another basic board, like the B450m HDV? 

you shouldn't expect a huge difference in quality, features, or performance, and honestly the bigger deciding factor would be the warranty service available.


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i7 8086k (won) - EVGA Z370 Classified K - G.Kill Trident Z RGB - Force MP500 - Jedi Order Titan Xp - The venerated Hyper 212 Evo (with RGB Riing flair) - EVGA G2 650W - Black and green theme, Razer branwashed me.

Draws 400 watts under max load, for reference.

 

Linux Proliant ML150 G6:

Dual Xeon X5560 - 24GB ECC DDR3 - GTX 750 TI - old Seagate 1.5TB HDD - Dark moded Ubuntu (and Win7, cuz why not)

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP
6 minutes ago, boggy77 said:

worse. the hdv at least has a heatsink.

No, no it doesn't

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