Date Joined: 07/25/20
Pros: This review for ASRock review rebate program.
-Good value B550 board with a nice upgrade path (Ryzen 4xxx CPU's, PCIE 4.0, etc)
-Wifi and Bluetooth card for convenience
-Was in stock and shipped fast by Newegg at time of purchase (in middle of PC parts stock crysis)
Cons: This review for ASRock review rebate program.
-No M.2 thermal pad/shield included
-Doesn't include current Wifi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 versions although there is a slot to add a seperate Wifi 6 card
-VRM thermals could be a bit bettter considering the trend that most B550 boards have such. I wouldn't run anything more than a TDP 65w chip on this board.
-Bios UI could be more navigation friendly
Overall Review: On a tight budget, I was surprised to find this newly released B550 format in the lower price range (where B550's are supposed to be). Given the features and ASRock brand, I gave it a shot and paired with a Ryzen 3600 and Asrock 5500XT Phantom Gaming card. The results was shocking when I'm able run most AAA games in high settings 80+ FPS 1080p. Not worth spending more $ on better components if I can game in 1080p on decent settings. Good value board! Thanks ASRock!