Colorful Announces Two sub-$130 micro-ATX B550 Motherboardsby Gavin Bonshor on July 9, 2020 2:00 PM EST
With AMD's B550 models now on the shelves, a lot of focus around its launch was based on pricing - or rather the lack of very low-cost entry-level models.
The motherboard manufacturer Colorful has today unveiled two new micro-ATX sized B550 motherboards: the CVN B550M Gaming Frozen V14 and B550M Gaming Pro V14 models. Some of the primary features include a Realtek ALC892 HD audio codec, two PCIe M.2 slots with one Gen4 and one Gen3 slot, as well as a Realtek Gigabit Ethernet controller.
The most striking of the new pair from Colorful is the CVN B550M Gaming Frozen V14 model. It features a very aesthetically pleasing white and silver color scheme, with Naval inspired CVN aircraft carrier class branding and an actively cooled chipset heatsink with a red ring around the fan for contrast.
Although the Colorful CVN B550M Gaming Pro 14V follows a black and silver aesthetic, both models share the same feature set, with a full-length PCIe 4.0 x16 slot, a full-length PCIe 3.0 x4 slot, and a small PCIe 3.0 x1 slot. For storage, both models include a single PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slot, and a secondary PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slot, with four SATA ports that includes support for RAID 0, 1, and 10 arrays. Each model also includes four memory slots with support for up to DDR4-4000, with a maximum capacity of up to 128 GB. Colorful is also advertising a 10-phase power delivery on both boards but doesn't go into detail in regards to the componentry or design.
The Colorful CVN B550M Gaming Pro V14 micro-ATX motherboard
Neither model includes any USB 3.2 G2 connectivity, but there are three USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, one USB 3.2 G1 Type-C, and two USB 2.0 ports. Also present is a pair of video outputs including HDMI and DisplayPort, with six 3.5 mm audio jacks powered by a Realtek ALC892 HD audio codec. For networking is a single Ethernet port which is powered by a Realtek 8111H Gigabit controller, with a PS/2 combo port which finishes off the pairings rear panels.
The cool-looking Colorful CVN B550M Gaming Frozen V14 has an MSRP of $126, while the black and grey B550M Gaming Pro V14 comes with a slightly cheaper MSRP of $121. Although Colorful hasn't divulged when or where these models will be available, they are likely to hit stockists of Colorful motherboards in the coming month.
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TheinsanegamerN - Thursday, July 9, 2020 - linkPutting a fan on a B550 chipset.
Absolute lunacy. X570 doesnt really need one, and B550 DEFINETLY doesnt need one.
MrVibrato - Thursday, July 9, 2020 - linkYeah. The look of the board would be alright if there wasn't that fan. The fan kinda turns the board into a joke...
MrVibrato - Thursday, July 9, 2020 - linkHold on a second. I am confused. The board pictures is a X570. What is going on? Does the B550 board actually have a fan, or is this a case of mistaken identity and somewhere somehow somebody confused a X570 board with a B550 board?
brucethemoose - Thursday, July 9, 2020 - linkColorful (mistakenly?) put photos of their X570 board on the B550 page, and presumably send that to Anand as well.
If you scroll down a bit, there's a picture of the white B550 board, and it doesn't have a fan.
CrystalCowboy - Thursday, July 9, 2020 - linkThat clears it up, and explains the "X570" text clearly visible on the heatsink.
MrVibrato - Thursday, July 9, 2020 - linkOh god. Their marketing on their website is so full of little funny nuggets. Quote:
"Both M.2 slots use PCI-E 4.0. The first M.2 slot supports PCI-E 4.0 channel and SATA mode for data transmission, and the second M.2 slot only supports PCI-E 3.0 channel."
Yeah, you read that right. The second M.2 slot also use PCI-E 4.0, but only supports PCI-E 3.0
Or: "Full Cover Cooling Fin. High thermal conductive materials to strengthen heat dissipation for power supper."
I tell you, try some spicy Chinese power supper and you will be glad for any opportunity for shedding some heat...
"L.R T MOS Tube. Low RDS MOS tube can provide higher conversion efficiency".
Audiophiles will approve of VRMs with tubes. Which, by the way, is also necessary for the "Nature Audio System" the board employs. I am looking forward to hearing all the warm high-fidelity sounds of birds chirping, leaves rustling and waves rolling when turning on the board.
brucethemoose - Thursday, July 9, 2020 - link"silk screen as "M.2_1_SATA/PCIE" slot"
"misty-white PCB technology"
"10K black gold capacitor" (where black/gold is the capacitance code)
"to generate excellent performance for gamer and content creator"
"...avoid network interference by complex circuit and electromagnetic wave"
The_Assimilator - Thursday, July 9, 2020 - linkImagine if AnandTech did basic QA of things they're sent.
bananaforscale - Saturday, July 11, 2020 - linkImagine blaming the mfr's screwup on someone else.
HideOut - Saturday, July 11, 2020 - linkAnandtech did post it. At some point reading prior to clicking is a good idea.