One for budget and the other for high-end builds; it’s a common discussion between users about B550 vs X570 and reasons to consider them over each other. We will also discuss that are B550 chipset motherboards better than some entry-level X570 motherboards.
The first thing you need to know about these chipsets is their release date, as B550 motherboards were released in June 2020, while X579 chipset motherboards came into the market in July 2019.
Though the release date of these chipsets doesn’t matter a lot because the X570 chipset surpasses most of the B550 chipset motherboards in performance.
B550 vs X570 Comparison
There are a lot of reasons to consider these motherboards over each other but we will discuss them after comparing the features and number of ports and slots you are getting on each of these motherboards.
|PCIe Lanes||36x PCIe 4.0 x16||20x PCIe 4.0 x16|
|PCIe Lanes Configuration||1x PCIe x16 or 2x PCIe x8||1x PCIe x16 or 2x PCIe x8|
|General Purpose PCIe Lanes to Chipset||PCIe 4.0||PCIe 3.0|
|USB 3.2 Gen2 (10 Gbps)||8x||2x|
|USB 3.2 Gen1 (5 Gbps)||2x||1x|
|Crossfire & SLI||Yes||Yes & No|
|CPU Support||Ryzen 3000 & 5000||Ryzen 3000 & 5000|
This is a general specification comparison of B550 vs X570 chipset and you will know in detail about them below with everything explained including the pricing of both of these chipset motherboards.
Overclocking refers to increasing the voltage of a component in a computer and getting more performance out of it. When overclocking a processor, you need a potent cooler and a motherboard with powerful voltage regulators and thermal solution.
The better VRM your motherboard has, the better overclocking options you will have. Both B550 and X570 chipset boards offer great overclocking, but the thing is their pricing and performance difference.
As you already know that X570 motherboards are made for high-end users or enthusiasts and thus offer better components and features. An entry-level X570 motherboard costs around 180-200 bucks and comes with 14-phases voltage regulators and at least 60A MOSFETs.
While at the same time, B550 motherboards are more affordable and offer at least 12-phase voltage regulators with 60A MOSFETs, while the cheapest B550 motherboard you can get might be MSI B550 DS3H costs around 130$.
The cooling solution on both of these motherboards is not different unless you are not comparing cheap options from both of these chipsets. In my opinion, considering a mid-range B550 motherboard will be good for mainstream processors and an X570 motherboard for flagship options.
If you are investing three-hundred bucks on a motherboard, most of us want it to last at least a few years so that you don’t have to change the components in your build.
In B450 and X470 motherboards, features like PCIe 4.0 slots and overclocking support for high-end processors were missing, but thanks to these two latest-generation chipsets, which stand against the Intel motherboard, which lacked these features for at least a year.
We will discuss some specifications of these motherboards, which makes them future proof for most users, and compare some features.
PCIe 4.0 Slots
The previous generation lacks the PCIe 4.0 slots which offer a 64 Gbps data transfer rate at least double the PCIe 3.0 slots. While at the same time, Intel motherboards were also missing this technology for a long time but the latest Z690 motherboard offers PCI 5.0.
AMD currently lacks these PCI 5.0 slots, but we are expecting them to come with their Ryzen 7000 processors, which the company will announce in a few days.
In B550 motherboards, there can be one PCIe x16 slot supporting Gen4 for graphics card and one M.2 slot as this chipset supports 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes.
While at the same time, when it comes to the X570 chipset, there are at least 36 PCIe 4.0 lanes which means you can have one PCIe x16 4.0 slot for GPU and multiple PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots for high-speed storage.