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Brand - Asrock, Model - Asrock B450M, CPU Sockets - AM4, Chipset - AMD Promontory B450, Supported CPU - Ryzen 2000, 3000 and 5000 Series Processors, Memory Type - DDR4, Memory MHz - AMD Ryzen series CPUs (Matisse): 3200/ 2933/ 2667/ 2400/ 2133, Summit Ridge & Raven Ridge: 3466+(OC)/ 3200(OC)/ 2933/ 2667/ 2400/ 2133, Pinnacle Ridge: 3533+(OC)/ 3200(OC)/ 2933(OC)/ 2667/ 2400/ 2133, Picasso: 2933/ 2667/ 2400/ 2133, Memory Channel - Dual, Memory Slot - 4, Memory Max. - 128GB, Graphics - Radeon Vega Graphics, PCI Express Slot - 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slot (PCIE2: x16 mode), 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slot (PCIE2: x4 mode), Storage Interface - 6.0 Gb/s, M.2 Slot - 2 x M.2 (1 x Ultra M.2, type 2242/2260/2280 M.2 PCI Express Gen3 x4), (1 x M.2, type 2230/2242/2260/2280 M.2 SATA3)), LAN Chipset - Realtek RTL8111H, LAN Speed (Mbps) - 10/100/1000 Mb/s, Audio Chipset - Realtek ALC892/897 Audio Codec, Audio Channel - 7.1 channel, USB Port - 4 x USB 2.0, 5 x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C, HDMI Port - 1, DisplayPort (DP) - 1, SATA Port - 4, DirectX Support - 12, BIOS Type - 1 x 128 Mb flash, BIOS Model - AMI UEFI Legal BIOS, BIOS Version - ACPI 5.1, SMBIOS 2.3, CrossFire Support - Yes, RaidSupport - 0, 1, 10, TPM Port - 1, COM Port - 1, RGB Support - Yes, RGB Sync - Polychrome SYNC, RGB Connector - 1 x RGB LED Header, Form Factor - Micro ATX, Supported Operating System - Windows 10, Special Features - ASRock motherboards deliver stunning performance and superior aesthetics to rule your own colorful lighting way. ASRock offers a very comprehensive control to perform the built-in RGB LEDs or the connected LED strips, CPU fans, coolers, chassis and any RGB devices smoothly. Devices can be synchronized across the Polychrome RGB Sync-certified accessories as well., Others - 1 x Chassis Intrusion Header, 1 x Power LED and Speaker Header, 1 x Addressable LED Header, 1 x AMD Fan LED Header, 1 x CPU Fan Connector (4-pin), 1 x CPU/Water Pump Fan Connector (4-pin), 3 x Chassis/Water Pump Fan Connectors (4-pin), 1 x 24 pin ATX Power Connector, 1 x 8 pin 12V Power Connector, 1 x Front Panel Audio Connector, 1 x PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard Port, 1 x RJ-45 LAN Port, AMD Quad CrossFireX, Certifications: FCC, CE, ErP/EuP, 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.