One of AMD's most recent chipsets, the B550, has been designed for the AM4 socket, but many wonder if it'll support the AM5 socket?
This chipset allows the Ryzen 5000 series processors to provide incredible performance and the PCIe 4.0 support ensures that graphics cards connected can benefit from the increased bandwidth.
Let's see if the B550 chipset will make the jump to the AM5 socket.
Will B550 Support AM5?
The B550 chipset has been specifically designed for the AM4 socket, instead of the unreleased AM5 socket, with the socket being AMD's first socket since the release of the Ryzen processor series, many are led to assume that a new chipset will be released alongside the new socket.
Since the AM5 socket will most likely feature more pins and different highest TDP for each processor, a new chipset for the new socket will most likely be required.
What is the B550 Chipset?
The B550 Motherboard chipset was originally built to support the Zen 3 microarchitecture, and this microarchitecture was released alongside the Ryzen 5000 processor series.
This chipset offers PCIe 4.0 support through the processor, which has the motherboard generate significantly less heat when compared to the X570 chipset motherboard. This heat reduction allows for the B550 motherboard to use passive cooling, unlike the X570 motherboard, which requires an active cooling solution.
The B550 motherboard can support a single PCIe 4.0 expansion slot, which allows for graphics cards to benefit from the increased bandwidth.