With AMD’s new mainstream Ryzen 3 3000 CPUs hitting our test bench a couple of weeks ago and Vega-packing Ryzen 4000 Renoir desktop chips seemingly waiting in the wings, now is as good a time as any for new affordable AMD motherboards. Board makers have recently been busy rolling out to Intel-based Z490 boards. But those same companies are also about to usher in a slew of B550 boards (announcing today and going on sale starting June 16) for recent AMD processors that bring most of the key features (like PCIe 4.0 support) of the higher-end X570 platform that launched last year at lower price points that start at $100.
AMD has been going from strength to strength in recent years. The launch of their multi-award-winning Ryzen 1st Gen CPUs was a big turning point for the company. They made some minor improvements for the 2nd Gen CPUs, but it’s this superb 3rd Gen that’s really pushed them into the lead. The 3xxx CPUs have blown us (and others) away since they launched. However, now we have two new models, the Ryzen 3 3100 and the Ryzen 3 3300X that look set to disrupt the affordable CPU market. Not only do they offer great prices, they look set to tangle with some more expensive Intel CPUs such as the i7-7700K.