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Hello everyone, so i've been wondering to upgrade my 3600x to a 5900x and i have an ASUS TUF B450M PLUS GAMING Motherboard which has a B450 chipset.Is it worth upgrading to a B550? What features or things will i lose if i remain on a B450? Will i lose performance? And what B550 motherboards do you guys recommend for an ATX case that are cheap and also good?

💠Case: SilentiumPC Signum SG7V EVO TG ARGB
💠Processor: AMD Ryzen 9 5900x
💠Graphics Card: MSI GAMING X TRIO RTX 2080S (8GB DDR6)
💠RAM: 32 GB Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO @ 3600 CL18
💠CPU Cooler:NZXT KRAKEN X53
💠Power Supply: Corsair CX750 (750W)
💠HDD: 1 TB WD Blue
💠SSD 1: 240GB Kingston A400
💠SSD 2: 960GB Kingston A400
💠Motherboard: ASUS TUF B450M PLUS GAMING
 

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5 minutes ago, probablydumb said:

Is it worth upgrading to a B550?

This article should clarify it pretty well for you.

9 minutes ago, probablydumb said:

And what B550 motherboards do you guys recommend

For my other gaming rig I use an Asus ROG Strix B550-E and my girl uses an B550 AORUS Elite. So that's for me, I'm sure others can add their choices as well.

RYZEN 7 3700X / MSI X570S TOMAHAWK MAX WIFI / ZOTAC 3070 TWIN EDGE OC / CORSAIR VENGEANCE RGB PRO 32GB @ 3200 / SAMSUNG 980 PRO M.2 / WD BLACK SN850 M.2 / GIGABYTE P750GM 80+ GOLD / MSI MAG FORGE 100R / MSI MAG CORELIQUID 240R 

 

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B550 chipset based motherboards offer pci-e 4.0 for the video card and the m.2 connector and also bring support for the Ryzen 5xxx series. 

 

They also tend to have newer better onboard audio (alc1200 or 1220 versus alc887 or alc892) and some models have 2.5gbps ethernet and you have better features like more usb connectors on the IO shield and some boards have usb 3 10gbps header for front panel usb type c connector.

 

Last but not least, a lot of b550 boards have a significantly better VRM for the CPU (the dc-dc converter that converts 12v from the power supply to 0.7-1.5v used by the processor)

The 5900x is not very power hungry, but even so a lot of B450 boards will get quite hot powering such processor and in extreme situations the processor may even be slowed down a bit to allow for that circuit to cool down to reasonable temperatures.

 

Your particular motherboard will probably be fine with a 5900x but it's just average ... even some low end b550 motherboards now have better power delivery circuits or better heatsinks to keep that circuit cool.  

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