It has been a very long time coming, practically 5 months to be exact, however now you can get AM5 motherboards for $125. We provide the ASRock B650M-HDV/M.2.

Again when AMD launched the Ryzen 7000 collection CPUs and their new AM5 platform final 12 months, AMD stated motherboard pricing would begin at $125. The truth is, costs kicked off manner greater than that and it is solely now that AMD’s promise has come true.

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Funnily sufficient, it is AMD itself that has shouted out the brand new pricing and even referred to as itself out for tardiness in hitting that $125 goal.

As for the $125 board in query, maybe not surprisingly it comes from ASRock, ever the purveyor of appealingly priced PC elements. The ASRock B650M-HDV/M.2 is up for exactly $124.99 on Newegg and the instant query is simply how minimize down it’s to hit that worth level.

For starters, it is a Micro-ATX board, which robotically limits connectivity. So, you get simply two DIMM slots for reminiscence, a complete of simply seven USB ports and 4 SATA sockets. Nonetheless, the excellent news is that there are two 2280 size M.2 slots for fast storage, one PCIe Gen 5 spec, the opposite PCIe Gen 4.

The Realtek ALC897 audio chip is not precisely leading edge, however hey there is a 2.5Gb ethernet port, DisplayPort and HDMI and USB-C. So, in actuality, it is received most connectivity wants pretty nicely lined.

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Even higher, there’s an M.2 Wi-Fi slot and antenna mounting factors prepared on your wi-fi networking setup of selection. Certain that provides to the associated fee. But when you have already got an M.2 E Wi-Fi card, you may move it over to this new board. Anyway, we would not actually count on Wi-Fi as normal given the value level.

General, although we’re by no means in love with the concept of going with Micro-ATX on the idea of value, the ASRock B650M-HDV/M.2 does appear to be a viable possibility, particularly because of the twin M.2 storage slots.

With DDR5 reminiscence having additionally come down so much since Ryzen 7000 launched, the leading edge mobo, CPU and reminiscence trifecta in AMD flavour now appears fairly attainable. It is only a pity that the ultimate piece of the puzzle, graphics, stays painfully dear.

Certainly, you could possibly seize this motherboard, a Ryzen 7 7700X CPU and 32GB of DDR5 RAM for about $600. That is so much lower than you will pay for an AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT alone, even with its newest worth drop to $799. So it goes.