AMD has finally lifted the veil on their latest B450 chipset and with it comes incredible scalability. The chipset continues where the B350 chipset left off, still retaining overclocking capabilities for both CPU and DRAM, and is expected to support AMD’s future processors up till 2020. The newest technology to hit the chipset though is AMD’s StoreMI Technology which looks like it will compete against Intel’s Optane.
On the B450 you get full bandwidth across the board for SATA, NVMe SSDs, GPUs, and motherboard peripherals. You’ll see the usual USB 3.1 Gen1 and Gen2, USB 3.0, 6x PCIe 2.0 lanes and SATA. This makes the B450 a great choice for PC gamers due to its flexibility. Like we said earlier the B450 is unlocked for CPU overclocking, so with unlocked processors you can enjoy overclocking even without higher-tiered X370 and X470 motherboards.
On the other hand what truly sets the X470 and B450 motherboard apart that matters to gamers is the support for multi-GPU setups. Although you can give it a shot, multi-GPU setups aren’t supported for the B450 chipset, which means if you want to be sure your extra GPUs won’t go to waste, best to just go for the X470 chipset. But if you’re looking for a motherboard that supports overclocking and are happy enough with single GPU usage then the B450 seems to ring all the right bells.
Directly competing with the Intel Optane is AMD’s StoreMI technology which lets you pair your HDD with a SSD and up to 2GB of RAM. StoreMI combines the storage into a virtual disk and makes sure your commonly used applications and games are all placed into the fastest performing hardware. StoreMI doesn’t require additional hardware to be purchased and can be done on-the-fly without any need of reformatting.
AMD is taking steps to ensure that users won’t have to pay premiums to get full functionality, and this works great towards those with tight budgets. Their socket support also means cheaper and easier upgrades in the future, and we can see that AMD could become a popular choice for newer builders as well as old as time passes by.