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Have the durability and performance to take your gaming experience to the next level with the ASUS TUF Gaming B550-PLUS AM4 ATX Motherboard. Designed with military-grade components to withstand overclocking and powered by the AMD B550 chipset, this ATX motherboard supports third-generation AMD Ryzen processors with the AM4 socket for high-end video games and content creation. The chipset takes full advantage of the large PCIe 4.0 data bandwidth to handle demanding tasks such as 4K live streaming, video editing, and gaming at high settings. Up to 128GB of dual-channel ECC DDR4 RAM, reaching 4400 MHz when overclocked, can be installed across four memory slots to improve the system's multitasking capabilities and speed. The motherboard also features advanced cooling and supports up to two M.2 SSDs and six SATA III storage drives, which can be put into RAID 0, 1, or 10 configurations. Its PCIe 4.0 x16 and PCIe 3.0 x16 slots can accommodate a 2-way AMD CrossFireX configuration to maximize your system's frame rates at high resolutions. Or you can take advantage of AMD Ryzen processors with integrated graphics by connecting monitors to the motherboard's DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 2.1 ports. Three additional PCIe 3.0 x1 slots are available alongside a Thunderbolt 3 header for compatible expansion cards.
Connect peripherals such as mice and keyboards to the USB 2.0 Type-A ports while reserving the USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A and Type-C ports for transferring data from compatible devices at up to 10 Gb/s. The TUF Gaming B550-PLUS also features a fast 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet port, providing you with the bandwidth needed for online games, 4K video streaming, and live stream broadcasts when paired with compatible devices. You also have the option to install an M.2 Key E Wi-Fi card onto the motherboard for wireless network connectivity. Other features include addressable Gen 2 Aura Sync RGB lighting headers and Realtek ALC S1200A 7.1-channel audio. Windows 10 64-bit is required to take advantage of all the motherboard's features.
The ASUS TUF Gaming B550-PLUS pairs third-generation AMD Ryzen processors with high PCIe 4.0 memory bandwidth through the B550 chipset for maximum performance.
ASUS TUF Gaming motherboards are built using durable military-grade components to withstand overclocking.
The motherboard features fanless VRM and chipset heatsinks using the ASUS Stack Cool 3+ design to enhance passive cooling and maintain optimal temperatures for critical components. Aluminum M.2 heatsinks are also included to quickly dissipate heat from installed SSDs and help avoid heat throttling.
The motherboard has 8+2 DrMOS power stages and uses high-quality alloy chokes alongside durable capacitors that deliver power to critical components such as the CPU.
The TUF Gaming B550-PLUS includes a 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet port for high-speed network connections with compatible devices. The Ethernet port uses LANGuard technology to protect it against surges and to provide a cleaner data signal while reducing the chance of errors without taking up CPU resources. An M.2 Key E slot is available for installing compatible Wi-Fi devices.
Installing multiple graphics cards will enhance the computer's performance for demanding tasks such as gaming, video editing, and more. This motherboard supports a 2-way AMD CrossFireX configuration.
The DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.2 ports support 4K monitors, which allow you to take advantage of AMD Ryzen CPUs that have integrated graphics.
Aura Sync technology allows you to connect, customize, and control lighting equipment such as RGB LEDs and light strips on the onboard RGB headers. You can choose from a variety of lighting presets that include Static, Strobing, and Color Cycle. These presets can be synchronized with Aura-capable peripherals such as keyboards, mice, monitors, and more. The addressable Gen 2 RGB headers can detect the number of LEDs on a compatible device to further tailor the lighting effects.
ASUS Armoury Crate is a suite of management software for system customization. It includes ASUS Aura Sync RGB lighting control, keyboard and mouse preferences, fan speed control, and more.
Brand - Asus, Model - Asus TUF GAMING B550-PLUS, Chipset Brand - AMD, Chipset - AMD B550, CPU Sockets - AM4, Supported CPU - AMD Ryzen 5000 Series/ 4000 G-Series/ 3000 Series Desktop Processors, Memory Type - DDR4, Memory MHz - AMD Ryzen 5000/ 3000 Series (4600(O.C)/ 4400(O.C)/ 4266(O.C.)/ 4133(O.C.)/ 4000(O.C.)/ 3866(O.C.)/ 3733(O.C.)/ 3600(O.C.)/ 3466(O.C.)/ 3333(O.C.)/ 3200/ 3000/ 2800/ 2666/ 2400/ 2133MHz), AMD Ryzen 4000 G-Series (4800(O.C.)/ 4600(O.C)/ 4466(O.C.)/ 4400(O.C)/ 4266(O.C.)/ 4133(O.C.)/ 4000(O.C.)/ 3866(O.C.)/ 3733(O.C.)/ 3600(O.C.)/ 3466(O.C.)/ 3333(O.C.)/ 3200/ 3000/ 2800/ 2666/ 2400/ 2133MHz), Memory Channel - Dual, Memory Slot - 4, Memory Max. - 128GB, Graphics - Integrated Graphics, Multi-GPU Support - 2-Way AMD CrossFireX Technology, PCI Express Slot - 1 PCIe 4.0 x16, 2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 3 PCIe 3.0 x1, Storage Interface - 6Gb/s, M.2 Slot - 2 x M.2 (1 x M.2 Socket 3 M key type 2242 / 2260 / 2280 / 22110 (SATA & PCIe 4.0 x4 mode), (1 x M.2 Socket 3 M Key Type 2242/2260/2280/22110 (PCIE 3.0 x4 and SATA modes)), LAN Chipset - Realtek RTL8125B, LAN Speed (Mbps) - 2.5Gb, Audio Chipset - Realtek ALC S1200A, Audio Channel - 7.1 - Channel, USB Port - 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, 5 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 4 x USB 2.0, HDMI Port - 1, SATA Port - 6 x SATA, BIOS Type - 256 Mb Flash, BIOS Model - AMI UEFI BIOS, CrossFire Support - Yes, RaidSupport - 0, 1, 5, 10, Thunderbolt - 1, RGB Support - Yes, RGB Sync - Aura Sync, RGB Connector - 2 x Aura RGB Strip Headers, Form Factor - ATX, Supported Operating System - Windows 10, Special Features - AMD B550 (Ryzen AM4) ATX gaming motherboard with PCIe 4.0, dual M.2, 10 DrMOS power stages, 2.5 Gb Ethernet, HDMI, DisplayPort, SATA 6 Gbps, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A and Type-C, and Aura Sync RGB lighting support, ASUS TUF PROTECTION - ASUS DIGI+ VRM (Digital power design with Dr. MOS) - ASUS Enhanced DRAM Overcurrent Protection - ASUS ESD Guards - TUF LANGuard - ASUS Overvoltage Protection - ASUS SafeSlot - ASUS Stainless-Steel Back I/O, ASUS Q-Design - ASUS Q-DIMM - ASUS Q-LED (CPU [red], DRAM [yellow], VGA [white], Boot Device [yellow green]) - ASUS Q-Slot, ASUS Thermal Solution - Aluminum M.2 heatsink, ASUS EZ DIY - BIOS FlashBack button - BIOS FlashBack LED - Procool, AURA Sync - Standard RGB headers - Addressable Gen 2 RGB header, Others - 1 x Addressable RGB header, 1 x Thunderbolt header(s), 1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s), 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s), 1 x 4-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s), 1 x System panel(s) (Chassis intrusion header is inbuilt), 1 x Thermal sensor connector(s), 1 x Clear CMOS jumper(s), 1 x CPU_OV jumper, 1 x VRM_HS_FAN Header, 1 x M.2_FAN connector, 1 x CPU Fan connector(s), 1 x CPU OPT Fan connector(s), 2 x Chassis Fan connector(s), 1 x AIO_PUMP connector, 1 x AAFP connector, 1 x Intel I225-V 2.5Gb Ethernet, 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI, 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (1 x Type-A + USB Type-CTM), 4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 2 x USB 2.0 (one port can be switched to USB BIOS FlashBack), 1 x Optical S/PDIF out, 1 x USB BIOS FlashBack Button(s), 5 x Gold-plated audio jacks, Warranty - 3 Year Replacement
Whether you build a new PC or upgrade the existing one, the motherboard is the most vital component to choose when you have already picked the processor of your choice.
It is important to keep a few things in mind while purchasing the mainboard:
You can single out a great CPU from either Intel or AMD, but whatever CPU you choose, make sure your mainboard has the right socket for the selected CPU. The latest mainstream AMD chips use AM4 sockets while current Intel 9th Gen Core CPUs require LGA 1151v2 sockets.
Motherboards typically come in three sizes from largest to smallest: ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ATX motherboards. ATX motherboards offer the highest number of RAM and expansion slots. If you are looking for a budget build, you can use a smaller chassis with the micro or mini boards, but you'll have to settle for fewer PCIe slots, RAM banks, and other connectors.
Most mainstream boards these days have four RAM slots, although Mini-ITX models often have just two, and high-end boards frequently offer eight. The amount of slots, of course, limits the amount of RAM you can install.
It’s essential to check the I/O area on a motherboard to make sure it has the external connection options you need. You may need more USB 3 ports while others may want more audio ports. Among the most common ports, there are USB 3, USB 2, audio, USB type C, USB 3.1 Gen1 and Gen2, HDMI, Display port, PS/2 and Thunderbolt 3 ports. Ports one probably want the most are USB 2 and USB 3 Gen1 ports, as the first one is perfect for keyboard, mouse, and many other devices and the later one work with most peripherals. USB 3.1 Gen2 and USB Type-C ports will come handy in the near future, although most peripherals do not support this standard yet.