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  • Updated: March 03, 2021

Asus Floats First AMD B550 Thunderbolt 4 Motherboard

Asus Floats First AMD B550 Thunderbolt 4 Motherboard

Taiwanese multinational computer and phone hardware and electronics company, Asus has announced the pro-ART B550-Creator, the first Am4 motherboard to come with Thunderbolt 4 support.

The ProART B550-Creator like other ProART motherboards arrived with a minimalistic design that features a black exterior accented with gold.

The motherboard employs a powerful 12+2-phase power delivery subsystem that's cooled by a pair of thick heatsinks. The motherboard feeds the processor with a combination of 8-pin EPS and 4-pin ATX power connectors.

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Asus Floats First AMD B550 Thunderbolt 4 Motherboard

On the memory side, the ProART B550-Creator is equipped with four DDR4 memory slots and accommodates up to 128GB of memory. However, Asus didn't specify up to what memory frequencies are supported.

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Asus stated that the motherboard will be available next month with a price tag of $299 (N113,933.95).

Storage-wise, the ProART B550-Creator offers four normal SATA III connectors for conventional hard drives and SSDs. There are also a pair of M.2 ports for high-speed storage. Logically, the primary M.2 port adheres to the PCIe 4.0 x4 interface, however, the nature of the secondary M.2 port is uncertain. The ProART B550-Creator's M.2 ports utilize Asus' new M.2 latch mounting system that facilitates SSD installation, tomshardware posted.

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The ProART B550-Creator provides three PCIe x16 and two PCIe x1 expansion slots. Since the motherboard's product page isn't available, the speed of the expansion slots is unknown.

Being a motherboard tailored to professionals and creative artists, the ProART B550-Creator naturally has the latest in connectivity. The motherboard flaunts two Thunderbolt 4 ports as well as dual 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet ports. The rear panel also shows a pair of USB 2.0 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, a combo PS/2 connector, a DisplayPort In connector and a standard HDMI port.

The ProART B550-Creator's audio system is based on Realtek's ALC1220A audio codec. The codec itself is isolated from the other components of the motherboard. The system also includes audio-grade capacitors and an integrated amplifier. The motherboard supplies five 3.5mm audio jacks and one SPDIF-Out connector for connecting your audio devices.

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