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Have the durability and performance to take your gaming experience to the next level with the ASUS TUF Gaming B550M-PLUS AM4 Micro-ATX Motherboard. Designed with military-grade components to withstand overclocking and powered by the AMD B550 chipset, this micro-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 four 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. An additional PCIe 3.0 x1 slot is available 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 B550M-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. 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 B550M-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 deliver power to critical components such as the CPU.
The TUF Gaming B550M-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.
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.
Model - Asus TUF GAMING B550M-PLUS, CPU Sockets - AM4, Chipset - AMD B550, Supported CPU - AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation Processors with Radeon Graphics processors, Generation - 3rd Gen, Memory Type - DDR4, Memory MHz - 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 Channel, Memory Slot - 4, Memory Max. - 128GB, Optane Memory Support - No, Graphic - Integrated Graphics, Multi-GPU Support - 2-Way AMD CrossFireX, PCI Express Slot - 1 x PCIe 4.0 x16 (x16 mode), 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16 mode), 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x4 mode), 1 x PCIe 3.0 x1, Storage Interface - 6Gb/s, M.2 Slot - 2 x M.2 Socket 3 (1 x M.2 (M Key, Type 2242/2260/2280 (PCIE 4.0 x4 and SATA modes) / 1 x M.2 (M Key, Type 2242/2260/2280/22110 (PCIE 3.0 x4 and SATA modes)), LAN Chipset - Realtek RTL8125B, LAN Speed (Mbps) - 2.5Gbps, Audio Chipset - Realtek ALC S1200A, Audio Channel - 7.1-Channel, WiFi - No, Bluetooth - No, USB Port - 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 5 x USB 3.2 Gen 1, 4 x USB2.0, VGA Port - No, DVI Port - No, HDMI Port - 1, DisplayPort (DP) - No, IDE Port - No, SATA Port - 4 x SATA, BIOS Type - 1 x 256 Mbit Flash ROM, BIOS Model - UEFI AMI BIOS, FireWire - No, CrossFire Support - Yes, Sli Support - No, RaidSupport - 0,1,10, Thunderbolt - No, TPM Port - Yes, COM Port - Yes, RGB Support - Yes, RGB Sync - Aura Sync, RGB Connector - 2 x Aura RGB Strip Headers, Form Factor - mATX, Supported Operating System - Windows 10, Special Features - AMD B550 (Ryzen AM4) micro 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, AMD AM4 socket, Ready for 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen and 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen with Radeon Graphics Processors, Enhanced power solution, 8+2 DrMOS power stages, ProCool connector, military-grade TUF components, and Digi+ VRM for maximum durability, Comprehensive cooling, VRM heatsinks, PCH fanless heatsink, M.2 heatsink, hybrid fan headers and Fan Xpert 2+ utility, Next-gen connectivity, PCIe 4.0 M.2, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A and Type-C support, Made for online gaming, 2.5 Gb Ethernet, TUF LANGuard and TurboLAN technology, Realtek S1200A codec, Pristine audio quality with unprecedented 108 dB signal-to-noise ratio for stereo line out and 103 dB SNR for line in, AI noise-canceling microphone, Provides crystal-clear in-game voice communication, Others - 1 x DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.1, 2 x Chassis Fan connector(s), 1 x Addressable Gen 2 header(s), 1 x SPI TPM header, 1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP), 1 x Clear CMOS jumper(s), 1 x System panel connector, 1 x COM port header, 1 x Speaker connector, 1 x BIOS FlashBack Button(s), 5 x Audio jack(s), 1 x Optical S/PDIF out, Warranty - 3 Year, Country of Origin - Taiwan, Made in/ Assemble - China
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.