GIGABYTE B550 AORUS Elite
The Gigabyte B550 Aorus Elite is an entry-level motherboard in the Aorus series and stands below some of the premium models. This motherboard comes with 12+2 Phase DrMOS VRM usually in B550 motherboards and has a 2.5G network interface controller. The black and grey colored PCB with the same colored heatsinks makes this motherboard look aesthetically significant. Simultaneously, a few orange-colored lights at the audio section of these motherboards make it look even better.
There are three full length PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard that support multiple graphics card configurations and support Nvidia SLI and AMD Crossfire technology. Also, there is a single PCIe x1 slot for expansion cards as this motherboard doesn’t have integrated Wi-Fi, so that you can install an external Wi-Fi card. The four DIMMs of this motherboard accept a total of 128 GB of memory rated at the clock speed of 4800 MHz. There are two M.2 slots on this motherboard from which the top slot has an M.2 heatsink and runs at 4.0 mode, while the bottom one lacks it and runs at 3.0 mode.
The rear IO panel has two USB 3.2 Gen2, four USB 3.2 Gen1, and two USB 2.0 ports for peripheral devices. There is a 2.5G ethernet port, display output ports, and BIOS flashback button if you corrupt the motherboard BIOS. This motherboard is no less than any premium option, but for its price, the company cut off some of the features like the integrated Wi-Fi, secondary M.2 heatsink, and sadly the USB Type-C port. This motherboard has a lot to offer, and we can still consider it for our build.
There are some premium motherboards too in the Aorus lineup, and you can even consider them for this build if you are not satisfied with this one.
MSI B550-A PRO ProSeries
We all like to have cheap hardware without compromising the features, especially when the competitors are priced premiums. This motherboard is an excellent alternative over the X470 motherboards and some premium models of B450 as they lack PCIe Gen4 support. At the same time, with entry-level features, you can experience outstanding overclocking performance and exceptional features. This motherboard’s aesthetics are very straightforward as it comes in all black design with some white accent on it that gives looks of some mid-range motherboard. Realtek powers the audio and network controllers on this motherboard, and they are very cost-effective and don’t disturb the overall price of this motherboard. This ATX motherboard has two full-sized PCIe x16 slots that support AMD Crossfire technology, and you can pair multiple graphics cards on it. At the same time, there are two PCIe x1 slots too that accept expansion cards.
This motherboard’s DIMMs don’t support highly overclocked modules but still accept DDR4 4400 MHz 128 GB memory across four slots. For storage, there are four right-angled SATA 6 Gb/s slots and two M.2 slots with a black colored heatsink over the primary slot, and the top and bottom slots run at 4.0 and 3.0 mode, respectively. This motherboard’s rear panel has nothing special as firstly it lacks an integrated IO shield and has only one USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A port while has Type-C port, two USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A ports, and four USB 2.0 ports. There is a BIOS flashback button that rolls back any changes done to the BIOS of this motherboard, and you can save it from going to the factory for BIOS installation in case of corruption. Overall for its price, this motherboard is a great option to consider for Zen3 processors, especially when building a rig under a specific budget.
ASUS TUF Gaming B550-PLUS
There was a time when TUF (The Ultimate Force) motherboards were known for their durability as they have shock-resistant capacitors and anti-surge technology with dust covers and motherboard armour. They are built to survive in the harsh environments, and the company gives additional two years of warranty which in total is five years, but that’s not the case these days. Now when you look at the latest ASUS TUF series motherboards, you are only going to see some yellow and grey stripes on an all-black base which reminds us of the color scheme of older TUF motherboards but features wise they stand below the Rog Strix.
The motherboard we’ve on our list is the ASUS TUF Gaming B550-Plus which offers moderate features, not the one that TUF mobos tend to provide before. It has extended heatsinks over the VRM, and they are spread on two sides across the socket. It’s a bit disappointing that this motherboard lacks integrated IO cover while most of the competitors are offering that. The base of this motherboard is colored in black, but there are grey lines that start from the bottom right and go diagonally to the top left. Also, there is some yellow accent on this motherboard that is reminiscent of The Ultimate Force.
The two PCIe x16 slots accept multiple AMD graphics cards and the three PCIe x1 slots allow you to install expansion cards. There are two M.2 slots where the bottom one comes with an M.2 heatsink, and there is also an M.2 for Wi-Fi module. Right on the bottom of this motherboard, you will find an RGB header, CMOS header Thunderbolt port, fan and USB headers. The rear IO panel has USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A & Type-C, four USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A and two USB 2.0 ports. Overall this motherboard is an excellent option for Ryzen 3000 & 5000 series processors, and you can consider it for your build.
ASUS ROG Strix B550-F
Before the release of B550 motherboards, there was a conversation on different forums that, when will be the average price of these motherboards. Also, what features we are going to get in some mid-range motherboard. When Best Buy listed the motherboards in their stores, it came to know that most of the motherboards with this chipset are listed under 150-300 USD, and they all are counted as mid-range motherboards. In that motherboard list, there is a cost-effective but yet premium motherboard we’ve found for this list, and there is the ASUS ROG Strix B550-F, which is a moderate variant of the top on class B550-E.
You might already know that AMD has targeted the Strix series motherboards for Core or Esport gamer, while those who are looking for some premium audio and networking solution can go with the ROG series. This motherboard comes with two PCIe x16 slots and two PCIe x1 slots for graphics cards and expansion cards. The two M.2 slots on this motherboard come with heatsinks that offer robust cooling to the NVMe drive and allow you to get the full potential out of it. Interestingly Intel 2.5G NIC and W-Fi 6 are considered as premium features in X570 motherboards, but in B550, they are becoming a mainstream thing.
This motherboard’s design seems attractive as it comes with an all-black PCB with some pink colored highlights that give excellent looks and have an integrated IO cover with the ROG logo. The rear side of this motherboard has USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A and Type-C ports and Wi-Fi 2.5G Ethernet and display ports. Overall this motherboard is an excellent addition to the ASUS ROG Strix series, and the premium features and budget-friendly price makes it an appealing option to consider.
ASUS ROG Strix X570-I Gaming
Small form factor builds get common these days because they don’t take much space and can be used as a second build for HTPC or streaming computers. The good thing about these builds is they are small in size but don’t compromise on performance and other features. To cover the small gaming builds, we’ve included the ASUS ROG Strix X570-I Gaming in this list, which is a great gaming motherboard, and even with its small size, this motherboard doesn’t compromise on features. There are two M.2 Gen4 slots for NVMe SSDs and eight SATA 6 Gb/s slots for further storage expansion, and that’s impressive in any ITX motherboard. For the graphics card, you are getting only one full length PCIe x16 slot that comes with PCI Steel Armor and accepts big graphics cards while it has two DIMMs for memory and accepts memory up to 64 GB.
Aesthetically this motherboard is very attractive as it has a black colored base with some grey accent on it and RGB lights on the M.2 heatsink, and underneath the right side of the motherboard, there is a strip. There are USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A and Type-C ports on this motherboard and both DisplayPort and HDMI 2.0. This motherboard’s overclocking power is moderate, but it can ideally handle both Ryzen 3000 and 5000 series processors. Of course, it’s a mid-range motherboard. Still, the premium options like the Wi-Fi 6 support, impressive storage options, premium components, and aesthetics make it one of the best motherboards to consider for small or compact builds. There are other options available but believe me, no other vendor motherboard offers these features for the same price.