B450 vs X470 Comparison
Ryzen 2nd Generation series processors are still rocking in the market, lots of PC users are searching for the most suitable options for their ryzen CPUs. Although there are a variety of options available in the market, B450 and X470 are AMD‘s best Motherboard for Ryzen 2000 Series processors.
X470 is a chipset that offers you high-end usage capability while the B450 is considered as the mid-range option. Both of these processors are highly suitable for the Gen 2 processors but yet they are backward compatible so you can run 1st gen processors on these as well.
Like lots of the PC users if you are confused for which option is the best? What are the main differences between them ? Then you don’t need to do further research, Here you can find primary differences and the reasons to select or deselect any of the options.
Not wasting your time let’s dive into the comparison.
If you are on mid-range budget and looking for something that could be the best option for Ryzen 2000 series and would be compatible with 3000 series then B450 motherboard could be the best available option for you.
If you are a user of older B350 then it is a worthwhile upgrading option for you as it comes in a clean and grey metallic color scheme with customizable integrated RGB LED lighting and 3.1 Gen 2 USB Ports.
Mainly it is a gaming themed motherboard that is designed to be an affordable option with many high-end features that other expensive models do offer.
The center of the board comes with an AM4 socket that can support both new 2nd Gen AMD’s Ryzen CPUs along with that it can also support 1st generation CPUs as well.
Memory support is the something that you get better than its previous models as it comes with the 4 memory slots which runs in dual channel and can support upto 64 GB memory at DDR4-2666 Speed and With the overclocking you can run upto DDR4-3466
B450 comes with 2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type A ports, and Two USB 3.1 Gen 2 Ports. Output of Videos can be achieved via DVI-D and HDMI 1.4 ports. These ports are only useful when you are using APU with the Vega Graphics.
IT comes with PCIe 3.0 Slot that supports speed upto x16, If you are using vega graphics then from an APU you can achieve the speed upto x8.
Aside from USB ports there is an Ethernet port which is followed by realtek ALc892 Audio port.
It comes with the total 6 SATA ports that supports RAID 0, 1 and 10 arrays and you can also use AMD’s StoreMi with the board, Which basically uses SSD to cache frequently from the hard drive that helps to achieve pretty fast performance overall.
Talking about the network compatibility it comes with realtek RTL8111H gigabit networking controller for a single LAN port followed by the 6 gold plated 3.5 mm jack slots.
Power consumption is pretty improved from their previous model. During testing power consumption was near about 2W which is considered to be idle for such a type of chipset. Power is considered as a very impressive factor because with maximum load it managed to be the low power consuming unit which is a real plus point for it.
Moving ahead let’s talk about the BIOS. Accessing BIOS is pretty easy as it can be accessed by pressing delete during the boot.
Considering the BIOS update, While testing we haven’t faced any issue. As it comes with a BIOS flashback button that makes the BIOS update operation pretty easy, All you have to do is put your BIOS setting in your pen drive and by pressing the BIOS flashback button it will take only a few minutes to complete.
Talking about its price could be a bit confusing as the different models of B450 cost you a different price tag as Asus B450 cost you near about 70$ while the MSI arsenal model will cost you around 112$.
In our comparison X470 is the most expensive option but in general if we compare it with other market available options then it is considered to be an affordable board having almost every feature which an expensive high-end motherboard does have. If budget is not an issue for you then this is an option that you should consider.
All variants of x470 offer multi-GPU support which is a lacking feature in B450 and along with that it also offers good VRMs for overclocking.
If you are thinking of getting a 2nd gen CPU then you will be happy to know x470 is pretty much capable to run 3rd Generation CPUs whether its Ryzen 3000 or 3600 you can enjoy unlimited high speed gaming experience with multiple GPUs.
Talking about the RGB lights you won’t get anything really fancy but there is an RGB stripper on the side of the board that lights up along with the two 12 volts RGB headers. There are two other lighting options, one for the CPU while the other one is available at the bottom of the board.
The lighting customization can be achieved using the available software for the variant/brand you have purchased. Talking about the MSI variant it comes with MSI software support that enables you to customize RGB lighting to literally any color you want.
Talking about the ports the x470 offers more options in terms of ports whether its USB ports, fan headers, and SATA slots it offers you more options as compared to B450.
It supports dual channel memory for its four RAM slots that enables you to achieve speed upto DDR4 – 3600. The board supports upto 64 GB memory that can be clocked upto 3,466 MHz.
This board does support 3 way crossfire with its 2 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slots. It comes with two different modes for the top runner it can provide speed upto 16x while the other mode offers a max of eighth times of the speed.
Moving ahead, It comes with the total number of eight SATA 3.0 Ports on the motherboard. Two of them are designed to connect with CPUs whose performance is mainly dependent upon your AM4 Processor. From the remaining, the two M.2 Slots are limited to connect your storage devices.
One important thing that you should keep in mind is that one SATA,one M.2 slot and one PCI Express slot does share a PCI Express Lane so you can use only one of them at a time.
So If you are going to use SATA port then it is going to disable the rest, and If you use the PCI Express 16x slot then it is going to disable the SATA slot along with M.2 Port
On the x470 you can also run the APU just like Ryzen 2400G. But if you have planned to run APU then you should keep one thing in mind that it is really going to downscale speed from x16 to x8 and the 2nd PCI Express slot will also be turned off.
Talking about the back of the board you get four USB 3.0 Slots and two 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A ports followed by the Gigabit Ethernet E2500 port and audio ports. Along with that for I/O you get two USB 2.0 Ports next to that you get two connections for the Display port which offers you DVI-D port and HDMI port if you want to use Ryzen APU.
Talking about the BIOS setting although it could vary brand by brand we have tested it with the MSI variant that comes with the two different settings which is named as Easy and Advance modes.
The Easy Mode enables you to quickly check your system information,your CPU clock speed, memory’s speed, voltages, your boot priorities and much more.
By Enabling the advanced mode you can overclock your CPU, memory, still you can change the voltages, boot priority, You can check your fan speed and perform calibration along yet there is much more to go with.
For our testing purposes we have used ryzen 2700 CPU along with GTX 1080 and 16 Gig of RAM. With these specs we were able to overclock our Ryzen 2700 to 4.2 Gigahertz at the 1.4 volts and memory overclocking was achieved upto 3200 Megahertz.
The x470 is introduced by the different companies such as MSI’s Gaming Pro, Gigabyte’s Aorus, ASRock’s Fatal1ty and others. The price tag of the board could also vary by the brand you have decided to go with.
B450 Vs x470 Side By Side Comparison
|USB Ports (3.1 Gen 2)||2||2|
|USB Ports (3.1 Gen1)||2||6|
|USB port (2.0)||6||6|
|PCIe Gen 3 Lanes||1||2|
|PCIe Gen 2 Lanes||6||8|
|PCIe Slot Speeds||1x16||1x16/2x8|
|Precision Boost overdrive||Yes||Yes|
|Multi GPU Support||No||Yes|
|3rd Gen CPU Compatibility||Yes||Yes|
|Air Cooling||1x4 Pin CPU|
4x4 Pin System
1 x 4 Pin System
|Liquid Cooling||N/A||1x4 Pin Pump|
If you are still confused and not sure with which motherboard you should go with then definitely this final call is for you. Although both of these models are pretty capable to run 3rd Generation Ryzen CPUs along with 2nd and 3rd Gens
We we have a look at the performance then the performance of B450 and x470 is pretty similar you aren’t going to find that much difference over there but if you are the one who wants to have more than one graphics card then definitely x470 is going to be your choice as B450 doesn’t support this feature.
Although the default performance is somehow similar but yet the overclocking feature makes x470 a better option, If you are an Enthusiast and looking for really higher performance than x470 is considered a must go option for you.
Including all above there are some other features which give a pretty good edge to the x470. It offers you some extra USB 3.1 ports, SATA 3.0 Ports, and PCIe Gen 2 / 3 ports. As both of these models offer similar types of Air cooling but yet x470 offers you 1×4 Pin pump liquid cooling feature which is unavailable in the b450.
Winding up to this article, If you are on a pretty tight budget then you can afford to go with B450 but if the money isn’t the affecting factor for you then there is nothing more to think about it you must go with x470.