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Quick OverviewModel - MSI B550-A PRO
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Model - MSI B550-A PRO, CPU Sockets - AM4, Chipset - AMD B550, Supported CPU - AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation Processors and New Generation AMD Ryzen processors, Memory Type - DDR4, Memory MHz - 1866/ 2133/ 2400/ 2667/ 2800/ 2933/ 3000/ 3066/ 3200/ 3466/ 3600/ 3733/ 3866/ 4000/ 4133/ 4266/ 4400 + MHz by JEDEC and A-XMP OC MODE, Memory Channel - Dual Channel, Memory Slot - 4, Memory Max. - 128GB, Optane Memory Support - No, Graphic - Integrated Graphics, Multi-GPU Support - 2-Way AMD CrossFire, PCI Express Slot - 1x PCIe 4.0/ 3.0 x16 slot (PCI_E1), 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot (PCI_E3), supports x4 speed, 2x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots, Storage Interface - 6Gb/s, M.2 Slot - 2 x M.2 (1 x M.2 (Supports PCIe 4.0/ 3.0 x4, Supports SATA 6Gb/s, Supports 2242/ 2260/ 2280/ 22110 storage devices), 1 x M.2 (Supports PCIe 3.0x4, Supports 2242/ 2260/ 2280 storage devices)), LAN Chipset - Realtek 8111H, LAN Speed (Mbps) - 10/100/1000, Audio Chipset - Realtek ALC892, Audio Channel - 7.1-Channel, WiFi - No, Bluetooth - No, USB Port - 1 x USB3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, 1 x USB3.2 Gen 1 Type-C, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 3 x USB3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 6 x USB2.0, VGA Port - No, DVI Port - No, HDMI Port - 1, DisplayPort (DP) - 1, IDE Port - No, SATA Port - 6 x SATA, DirectX Support - 12, FireWire - No, CrossFire Support - Yes, Sli Support - No, RaidSupport - 0,1,10, Thunderbolt - No, TPM Port - Yes, COM Port - No, Form Factor - ATX, Supported Operating System - Windows 10, Special Features - Lightning Fast Experience, PCIe 4.0, Lightning Gen4 x4 M.2 with M.2 Shield Frozr, AMD Turbo USB 3.2 Gen 2, Premium Thermal Solution, Extended Heatsink Design with additional choke thermal pad and 7W/mK pad, and M.2 Shield Frozr are built for high performance system and non-stop works, Powerful Design, Core Boost, Digital PWM IC, 2oz Thickened Copper PCB, Creator Genie, DDR4 Boost, Audio Boost, Multi-GPU With Steel armor PCI-E slots. Supports 2-Way AMD Crossfire, Others - 1 x DisplayPort, 1x 4-pin CPU fan connector, 1x 4-pin water-pump fan connector, 6x 4-pin system fan connectors, 1x Front panel audio connector, 2x System panel connectors, 1x Chassis Intrusion connector, 1x 4-pin RGB LED connector, 2x 3-pin RAINBOW LED connectors, 1xTPM module connector, 1x Clear CMOS jumper, HD Audio Connectors, 9 mounting holes, Warranty - 3 Year
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.