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AMD officially unveils the Ryzen B450 chipset

The AMD B450 chipset is now official. (Source: Anandtech)
The AMD B450 chipset is now official. (Source: Anandtech)
AMD, today, unveiled the B450 chipset aimed at mainstream Ryzen customers. The B450 offers good value for money while also offering some of the features of the more expensive X470 chipset. The B450 chipset is compatible with all Ryzen CPUs and even supports overclocking with low-end motherboards.

AMD's B450 chipset and associated motherboards are now official. The B450 succeeds the B350 series and brings premium features such as Precision Boost 2, XFR 2.0, SenseMI, and StoreMI support, normally expected to be the domain of the flagship X470 chipset, to mainstream users. Commemorating today's launch is the announcement of close to 25 motherboard models from the likes of MSI, ASRock, Asus, and Gigabyte.

The upgrade from a B350 to a B450 is not jarring by any means. Nothing has changed with respect to USB connectivity, storage, or PCIe lanes. A PCIe 3.0 x16 lane is available from the SoC, which means this chipset is suitable for single GPU setups. There is no CPU PCIe bifurcation — that is still the dominion of the more expensive X470. The addition of StoreMI enables mixing and matching the RAM, SSD, and HDD combination to create the fastest possible access to data.

The best thing about the B450 is that it supports overclocking on all supported Ryzen CPUs. AMD showed off a slide detailing that its competition (Intel, of course) supports overclocking (CPU and memory) only on the higher Z370 and Z270 chipsets. With AMD, however, even low-end B450 motherboards will get overclocking support. In fact, even the company's lowest tier A320 chipset supports memory overclocking. Intel's low-end  H300-series allow memory overclocking up to 2400 MHz only when paired with an unlocked 'K' series CPU. 

Motherboards featuring the B450 chipset are now available in a variety of form factors across different price points (most B450 boards are available under US$150) making the chipset a compelling option to those who like to have mainstream performance without sacrificing too much.

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Feature comparison between AMD and Intel chipsets. (Source: Tom's Hardware)
Feature comparison between AMD and Intel chipsets. (Source: Tom's Hardware)

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2018-07-31 (Update: 2018-08- 1)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.