Micro-ATX with 2.5 GbE and Wi-Fi 6

Biostar has launched its newest AMD B550-based board, the B550M-Silver. Geared toward avid gamers trying to make use of AMD’s newest Ryzen 5000 processors, it brings a number of premium options to the micro-ATX type issue with USB 3.2 G2 connectivity, a Realtek 2.5 Gb Ethernet controller, Wi-Fi 6, and PCIe 4.0 assist. 

During the last couple of years, premium AMD micro-ATX boards have been few and much between, with nearly all of distributors opting to launch their micro-ATX fashions on the extra budget-friendly chipsets equivalent to AMD’s A520. The micro-ATX type issue usually presents a handy compromise, with extra enlargement slot assist than the smaller mini-ITX type issue, however with out the general footprint of ATX. Based mostly on the AMD B550 chipset, the Biostar B550M-Silver presents out of the field assist for Ryzen 5000 processors, with assist for Ryzen 3000 chips too.

Specializing in the design, the Biostar B550M-Silver makes use of a wave of silver heatsinks, together with a big rear panel cowl, which doubles up as one part of the ability supply heatsink. It consists of no built-in RGB LED lighting nor any RGB headers, which is both fairly unusual or a welcome reduction given how widespread RGB is nowadays in boards aimed toward avid gamers.

The Biostar B550M-Silver consists of twin PCIe M.2 slots, with the highest slot able to supporting as much as PCIe 4.0 x4 2280 M.2 drives, whereas the second slot consists of assist for PCIe 3.0 x4; each of those slots can accommodate SATA primarily based SSDs. For SATA, Biostar consists of six SATA ports, with two straight-angled and 4 right-angled ports, with assist for RAID 0, 1, 10 arrays. There are 4 reminiscence slots with assist for DDR4-4933, with a most capability of as much as 128 GB. 

There are two full-length slots at PCIe assist, together with a PCIe 4.0 x16 and a PCIe 3.0 x4 slot, with a PCIe 3.0 x1 slot sandwiched in between. Situated below the full-length PCIe 4.0 x16 slot is a Key-E 2230 slot, though the board already consists of an built-in wi-fi module.

On the rear panel is a wide range of connections, together with a single USB 3.2 G2 Kind-A, one USB 3.2 G2 Kind-C, 4 USB 3.2 G1 Kind-A, and two USB 2.0 ports. There’s a trio of video outputs together with an HDMI, DisplayPort, and DVI-D to be used with AMD’s third gen APUs, whereas the board’s three 3.5 mm audio jacks are powered by an older Realtek ALC1150 HD audio codec. A PS/2 keyboard and mouse combo port sits above the USB 2.0 ports, whereas a single RJ45 port is powered by a Realtek RTL8125B 2.5 GbE controller, whereas Biostar is utilizing an unspecified wi-fi interface with assist for Wi-Fi 6. 

At current, we do not know when the Biostar B550M-Silver will hit retail cabinets, nor do we’ve got data regarding the pricing.

Replace – Biostar has knowledgeable us that the B550M-Silver has an MSRP of $119, which represents improbable worth with 2.5 GbE and Wi-Fi 6 networking.

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