REDLINING YOUR BUD­GET

‘Bud­get’ is no longer a dirty word in PC hard­ware, and AMD’s new boards show ex­actly why.

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The other in­ter­est­ing tech is StoreMI, which is a way to com­bine all of your stor­age into a sin­gle vir­tual vol­ume.

In years past, bud­get chipsets have tended to be as­so­ci­ated with OEM sys­tems, of­fice ma­chines or gen­er­ally cheap sys­tems. That’s all been chang­ing in re­cent years, par­tic­u­larly in the case of AMD with its con­sumer­friendly, un­locked ecosys­tem. B450 is now pretty much X470 lite. You can over­clock, run your mem­ory at what­ever speed the sys­tem is ca­pa­ble of, and all you give up is a bit of con­nec­tiv­ity, SLI, and a few PCIe lanes. So if you’re run­ning a typ­i­cal gam­ing sys­tem, with a sin­gle GPU, an NVMe SSD and a SATA hard drive or two, there’s re­ally very lit­tle between X470 and B450. Ex­cept the price!

B450 moth­er­boards sup­port all AM4 Ryzen pro­ces­sors. This in­cludes first and sec­ond gen­er­a­tion Ryzen, and Ryzen APUs with Vega graph­ics. B450 isn’t any­thing rev­o­lu­tion­ary, but it does add sup­port for a few key AMD tech­nolo­gies, in­clud­ing the im­proved XFR and Pre­ci­sion Boost 2 au­to­matic OC func­tions.

The other in­ter­est­ing tech is StoreMI, which is a way to com­bine all of your stor­age into a sin­gle vir­tual vol­ume. The al­go­rithm au­to­mat­i­cally as­signs your fre­quently used files to the fastest stor­age avail­able, so if you’re us­ing a hard drive to store games, this is a cool way to dy­nam­i­cally al­lo­cate fre­quently ac­cessed files over to an SSD as op­posed to fill­ing up the SSD with mega-sized AAA ti­tles.

We’ve tried to go with bud­get friendly op­tions where pos­si­ble, avoid­ing the high­est end mod­els from the re­spec­tive man­u­fac­tur­ers’ B450 ranges. Our fea­tured roundup in­cludes boards from ASRock, Asus, Gi­ga­byte and MSI, and this was an es­pe­cially dif­fi­cult roundup to judge. All the boards tested are qual­ity prod­ucts, and feel very much re­fined over first-gen­er­a­tion Ryzen moth­er­boards.

Read on as we take a look at mod­els that will likely end up be­ing among the high­est sell­ing AMD moth­er­boards on the mar­ket. If you’re on a bud­get and think­ing of go­ing Ryzen, these are all boards you will want to con­sider. With the value on of­fer, you’ll be able to di­vert your hard earned dol­lars to a bet­ter CPU or GPU. After all, they are the things that will re­ally make your sys­tem fly!

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