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MSI B660 DDR5 boards leak with prices starting at US$119: could help bring Alder Lake and DDR5 to the mainstream

The B660 boards will succeed parts like the B560 Tomahawk pictured here (Image source: MSI)
The B660 boards will succeed parts like the B560 Tomahawk pictured here (Image source: MSI)
Tipster @chi11edog released what appears to be a leaked price list for an entire lineup of MSI B660 DDR5 motherboards, starting at US$119. With extant Z690 boards starting at US$220, this could give budget builders a path forward to Alder Lake.

Tipster @chi11edog tweeted what appears to be a price list for MSI's entire upcoming lineup of B660 motherboards. The budget LGA 1700 parts start at just US$119, a big step down in price from Z690 boards currently on the market. 

What's remarkable here is that all of the parts listed appear to be DDR5-compatible B660 variants, not DDR4. If launched today, the US$119 MSI PRO B660M-E would be the cheapest DDR5-compatible motherboard on the market by a wide margin. 

The implications here are interesting. Previous leaks indicated that the Alder Lake i3-12100, alongside Pentium Gold and Celeron parts could arrive early next year. Golden Cove's IPC improvements mean gamers could get considerably more bang-for-buck over the ageing Zen 2-based Ryzen 3 3300X AMD still has on the market. Without cheap LGA 1700-compatible motherboards Alder Lake budget builds just wouldn't make sense. 

Unfortunately, even if these B660 boards release at a sub-US$150 price point, DDR5 price inflation could make all of that a moot point. The cheapest 32GB DDR5-5200 kits will set you back close to US$300, when they're actually in stock. It'll be interesting to see what happens to DDR5 prices over the coming months, when we expect to see B660 boards and budget Alder Lake parts hit the market. 

Check out the MSI PRO Z690 here on Amazon.

MSI's upcoming B660 boards could start at US$119 (Image source: @chi11edog)
MSI's upcoming B660 boards could start at US$119 (Image source: @chi11edog)

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Arjun Krishna Lal
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I've had a passion for PC gaming since 1996, when I watched my dad score frags in Quake as a 1 year-old. I've gone on to become a Penguin-published author and tech journalist. Apart from working as an editor at Notebookcheck, I write for outlets including TechSpot and Gamingbolt. I’m the Director of Content at Flying V Group, one of the top 5 digital marketing agencies in Orange County. When I'm not traveling the world, gathering stories for my next book, you can find me tinkering with my PC.
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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2021-12- 4 (Update: 2021-12- 4)