ASRock’s B650 motherboard drops below $125
And it is not the rumored entry-level A620 chipset
Cheaper PC motherboards would enable more people to afford building their own computers or upgrading their existing ones. With AMD launching more Ryzen 7000 CPU options and DDR5 memory reaching even lower price points, the full platform cost for Zen4 upgrade is now reaching its promised levels.
ASRock is set to launch a B650M-HDV/M.2 motherboard that will cost less than $125. This is the starting price for the AM5 series that has been announced by AMD. Unfortunately, for many months now, this price was unreachable by any AM5 board on the market.
According to the new listing on Newegg, on March 10th, ASRock’s Micro-ATX board with B650 chipset will become available. The original listed price was $139.99, but it has been reduced to $124.99 as per the retailer listing. This model is based on the cheaper B650 chipset without the PCIe Gen5 support for the main x16 slot, however Gen5 functionality is still available for the M.2 SSDs.
The B650M-HDV/M.2 supports two DDR5 memory modules, rated up to 6400 MT/s when overclocked. There are two full-size PCIe Gen4 x16 slots and one with four lanes. This platform is powered by 8+2+1 phase VRM which is enough for all Ryzen 7000 CPUs.
What is more important is that the full AM5 upgrade cost has now dropped below $500, which includes 6-core Ryzen 7 7600, this ASRock B650 motherboard and AMD recommended DDR5-6000 memory, that’s $480.97 total:
- ASRock B650M HDV/M.2: $124.99
- AMD Ryzen 5 7600: $229.99
- G.Skill Flare X5 2x16GB DDR5-6000 (EXPO): $129.99
Source: Newegg via David McAffee