AMD introduces new B450 chipset for mainstream users
AMD has announced a brand new chipset for its AM4 platform. The B450 chipset replaces the B350 chipset in the mainstream segment, but it will continue to support AMD’s Socket AM4, which the company has said will be in use till 2020.
The company’s commitment to backward compatibility with its existing products remains one of its strong points, and you’ll be able to drop a first-generation Ryzen chip into one of the new boards.
The new B450 motherboards will also continue to support the entire AM4 product stack, which includes everything from AMD’s entry-level Athlon X4 chips to the higher end 8-core Ryzen processors.
In terms of chipset features, B450 is very similar to B350. Instead, it comes with small changes such as optimizations for higher overclocks and better performance. It also supports Precision Boost Overdrive, an overclocking feature that lets you enjoy improved performance on two or more cores without giving up the benefits introduced by the new Precision Boost 2 frequency boosting algorithm. But that aside, it offers the same 24 PCIe 3.0 lanes and support for CPU and memory overclocking as B350.
AMD is once again touting the chipset’s support for CPU overclocking as a key advantage over Intel. That’s because the latter’s mainstream B360 chipset doesn’t let you overclock your CPU, and you’ll have to shell out for a pricier Z370 motherboard to take advantage of its unlocked K-series processors.
AMD’s B450 chipset also now supports AMD’s StoreMI Technology by default, just like the flagship X470 chipset that launched with the second-generation Ryzen processors. StoreMI lets you combine all your storage devices into a single drive and improves performance by moving the most frequently accessed files to the fastest storage medium. It also supports up to 2GB of DDR4 RAM cache.
Motherboard manufacturers like ASUS and Gigabyte have already readied their own B450 motherboards, so you’ll have plenty of choice if you’re looking for a new board to go with your new Ryzen chip.