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Brand - Asus, Model - Asus PROART B550-CREATOR, Chipset Brand - AMD, Chipset - AMD B550, CPU Sockets - AM4, Supported CPU - AMD Ryzen 5000 Series/ 4000 G-Series/ 3000 Series Processors, Memory Type - DDR4, Memory MHz - 5100(O.C)/ 4800(O.C.)/ 4600(O.C)/ 4466(O.C.)/ 4400(O.C)/ 4266(O.C.)/ 4133(O.C.)/ 4000(O.C.)/ 3866(O.C.)/ 3600(O.C.)/ 3466(O.C.)/ 3200/ 3000/ 2800/ 2666/ 2400/ 2133 MHz, Memory Channel - Dual, Memory Slot - 4, Memory Max. - 128GB, Multi-GPU Support - AMD 3-Way/2-Way CrossFireX Technology, PCI Express Slot - 2 x PCIe 4.0 x16, 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x4 mode), 2 x PCIe 3.0 x1, Storage Interface - 6Gb/s, M.2 Slot - 2 x M.2 slots (1 x M.2, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 (supports PCIe 4.0 x4 & SATA modes), (1 x M.2, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 (supports PCIe 3.0 x4 & SATA modes)), LAN Chipset - Intel I225-V, LAN Speed (Mbps) - 10/100/1000/2500Mbps, Audio Chipset - Realtek S1220A, Audio Channel - 7.1 Channel, USB Port - 2 x Thunderbolt 4 USB Type-C, 4 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 2 x USB 2.0 Type-A, HDMI Port - 1, DisplayPort (DP) - 1, SATA Port - 4, BIOS Type - 256 Mb Flash ROM, BIOS Model - UEFI AMI BIOS, RaidSupport - 0, 1, 10, Thunderbolt - 2 x Intel Thunderbolt 4, TPM Port - 1, COM Port - 1, RGB Support - Yes, RGB Sync - Aura Sync, RGB Connector - 2 x AURA RGB header, Form Factor - ATX, Supported Operating System - Windows 10, Special Features - AMD B550 Ryzen AM4 ATX motherboard for content creators features PCIe 4.0, dual Thunderbolt 4 Type-C ports, dual Intel 2.5Gb Ethernet, dual M.2 with heatsinks, USB 3.2 Gen 2 and advanced security management, Advanced Security: USB port management, software blacklisting and Regedit on/off controls via ASUS Control Center Express, ProArt Gives You More: Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation for clear online communication and ProArt Creator Hub with CreationFirst for one-stop system control, Trusted Stability: Tested for 24/7 operation, validated for extensive compatibility and equipped with SafeSlot for enhanced durability, Others - 1 x 4-pin CPU Fan header, 1 x 4-pin CPU OPT Fan header, 1 x 4-pin AIO Pump header, 4 x 4-pin Chassis Fan header, 1 x 24-pin Main Power connector, 1 x 8-pin +12V Power connector, 1 x 4-pin +12V Power connector, 2 x AURA Addressable Gen 2 header, 1 x Clear CMOS header, 1 x Front Panel Audio header, 1 x Speaker header, 1 x 20-5 pin System Panel header, 1 x Thermal Sensor header, 5 x Audio jacks, 1 x Optical S/PDIF out port, 1 x BIOS FlashBack button, 1 x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse combo port, Warranty - 3 Year, Country of Origin - Taiwan, Made in/ Assemble - China
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.