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Quick OverviewMSI MAG B550M BAZOOKA
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Set the foundation of your next custom gaming-focused PC with the MAG B550M Bazooka Micro-ATX Motherboard from MSI. The micro-ATX form factor provides the utility of larger boards in a compact size. Built upon the AMD B550 chipset, you get an AM4 CPU socket, ideal for RYZEN brand processors. Install up to a total of 128GB of dual-channel DDR4 memory with speeds up to 4400 MHz to experience quick multitasking and smooth system performance. Store your virtual gaming library with four SATA III ports and two M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD interfaces for faster application loading speeds. Further expand the capabilities of the MAG B550M with one PCIe 4.0 x16 slot for graphics cards, while two PCIe 3.0 x1 slots allow the installation of game capture, audio, and wireless networking cards.
You can utilize six USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A and Type-C ports for resource demanding devices such as external storage or microphones. Another six USB 2.0 Type-A ports are available for low-resource devices such as keyboards and mice. An RJ45 gigabit Ethernet port provides speedy wired networking capabilities for a low-latency online experience. This motherboard is compatible with Windows 10 (64-bit) operating system.
Embracing the ever-growing culture of custom PC building, the B550M is clearly designed with easily accessible and defined ports. Keep Out Zone ensures case standoffs don't interact with electrical components while installing, keeping your motherboard safe from accidental short circuits. An enlarged PCIe clip helps eject graphics cards without damaging any components. An EZ Debug LED system indicates the sources of possible problems, notifying you if any errors exist within the CPU, DRAM, VGA, or Boot system. You can even switch this function off if you wish with the flick of an on-board switch. A BIOS flashback button allows you to quickly go back to a prior BIOS version, allowing you to continue gaming within moments.
MSI designed the B550M with a mindfulness, starting with a 2oz thickened copper printed circuit board which increases conductivity and improves heat dissipation. A 4+2+1 Duet Rail CPU power system utilizes phasing technology, enabling core boost capabilities that empower the processor for overclocking, while reducing electrical loads. Load line calibration and overvoltage protection stabilizes CPU voltage and protects critical components from short-circuiting under heavy operational loads. ESD protection provides additional grounding layers around the mounting holes, preventing potential static discharge from damaging the motherboard. Additionally, the PCIe slot features steel-armor covering, preventing the weight of heavy graphics cards from affecting the motherboard by heavily reinforcing soldered connections.
Lightning Gen 4 works with the two M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD slots to provide you with enhanced data transfer speeds up to 64 Gb/s, increasing loading times and general operating system performance. Audio Boost also provides studio-grade sound for immersive gaming experiences. Game Boost is a quick one-second enhancement that allows your system to enable overclocking with just the press of a button. HDMI and DisplayPort outputs allow up to 4K resolution depending on the CPU installed.
MSI provides multiple thermal solutions to keep your motherboard and components cool as you game. Pump fan support allows you to attach various water cooling systems while also reducing radiator noise. Extended heatsinks and cooler pads provides better heat transference through the board, reducing temperature throughout the system. The M.2 Shield Frozr is a specialized heatsink designed for M.2 PCIe NVMe solid-state drives, preventing damage caused by overheating.
Adjust operation parameters and monitor performance with the MSI Dragon Center software. This program allows you to fine-tune various aspects of your build, streamlining fan control and making custom changes simple and easy. With the LAN Manager, you can prioritize your games over other applications, adjust bandwidth properties, and run multiple tests to ensure optimized gaming performance. Dragon Center also enables you to change lighting settings for compatible RGB-enabled components such as fans and peripherals like mice and keyboards.
Brand - MSI, Model - MSI MAG B550M BAZOOKA, CPU Sockets - AM4, Chipset - AMD B550, Supported CPU - AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation Processors, Memory Type - DDR4, Memory MHz - 4400(OC)/ 4300(OC)/ 4266(OC)/ 4200(OC)/ 4133(OC)/ 4000(OC)/ 3866(OC)/ 3733(OC)/ 3600(OC)/ 3466(OC)/ 3400(OC)/ 3333(OC)/ 3300(OC)/ 3200(JEDEC)/ 3000(JEDEC)/ 2933(JEDEC)/ 2666(JEDEC)/ 2400(JEDEC)/ 2133(JEDEC) MHz, Memory Channel - Dual channel, Memory Slot - 4, Memory Max. - 128GB, Optane Memory Support - No, Graphic - Onboard Graphics, Multi-GPU Support - No, PCI Express Slot - 1x PCIe 3.0/ 4.0 x16 slot (PCI_E1), 2x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots, Storage Interface - 6Gb/s, M.2 Slot - 1 x M.2 (Supports PCIe 4.0/ 3.0 x4 or Supports SATA 6Gb/s and Supports 2242/ 2260/ 2280 storage devices)), 1 x M.2 ( Supports PCIe 3.0x4 or Supports 2242/ 2260/ 2280 storage devices), LAN Chipset - Realtek RTL8111HN, Audio Chipset - Realtek ALC892, Audio Channel - 7.1-Channel, Wi-Fi - No, Bluetooth - No, USB Port - 3x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C 4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A 6 x USB 2.0 ports Type-A, VGA Port - No, DVI Port - No, HDMI Port - 1, DisplayPort (DP) - 1, SATA Port - 4 x SATA, DirectX Support - 12, CrossFire Support - No, Sli Support - No, RaidSupport - 0,1,10, Thunderbolt - No, TPM Port - No, COM Port - No, RGB Support - Yes, RGB Sync - Mystic Light, RGB Connector - 2 x 4-pin RGB LED connector, Form Factor - Micro-ATX, Supported Operating System - Windows 10, Special Features - Support for 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Processors and future AMD Ryzen processors with BIOS update, Supports DDR4 Memory, up to 4400+(OC) MHz, Lightning Fast Game experience: PCIe 4.0, Lightning Gen 4 x4 M.2 with M.2 Shield Frozr, Premium Thermal Solution: Extended Heatsink Design with additional choke thermal pad rated for 7W/mk and PCB with 2oz thickened copper are built for high performance system and non-stop gaming experience, Gigabit LAN with LAN Manager: Upgraded network solution for professional and multimedia use. Delivers a secure, stable and fast network connection, Enhanced Power Design: 4+2+1 Duet Rail Power System, Digital PWM, Core Boost, DDR4 Boost, Audio Boost: Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive gaming experience, Flash BIOS Button with Optmized ClearCMOS Function: Simply use a USB key to flash any BIOS within seconds. Restore the BIOS to the default settings without any additional actions, Others - 1 x Display Port, 1x 24-pin ATX main power connector, 1x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector, 1x 4-pin CPU fan connector, 1x 4-pin water-pump fan connector, 3x 4-pin system fan connectors, 1x Front panel audio connector, 2x System panel connectors, 1x Serial port connector, 1x Chassis Intrusion connector, 2x 3-pin RAINBOW LED connectors, 1xTPM module connector, 1x Clear CMOS jumper, 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.