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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MrVibrato - Sunday, July 12, 2020 - linkTotally. You are absolutely right. How can anyone ever doubt your wisdom...
Tomatotech - Friday, July 10, 2020 - linkWireless keyboards and mouses do exist. Hopefully by then the shitshow that is Windows wireless tech will have improved (looks at my Apple gear where almost all my wireless keyboards and mouses from various manufacturers mysteriously work rather better than they do on my Windows boxes).
Most modern monitors include USB hubs anyway and you can plug your wireless dongle into them so it's a bit nearer the keyboard / mouse rather than hidden under your desk & communicating through various layers of paperwork and desk materials.
eastcoast_pete - Friday, July 10, 2020 - linkDo these MBs support Bluetooth? Doesn't say that, so I doubt that they do. Maybe after one installs a wireless networking adapter. Apart from that, I still prefer wired keyboards, saves me from having to remember charging a wireless one.
Oxford Guy - Friday, July 10, 2020 - link"Wireless keyboards and mouses do exist."
Spunjji - Friday, July 10, 2020 - link+10
ingwe - Friday, July 10, 2020 - linkYou had me until stating that USB-A is better than USB-C in almost every regard. I just don't agree. They are both good connectors that serve different purposes. I happen to prefer USB-C but to each their own.
Deicidium369 - Friday, July 10, 2020 - linkI like the speed of gen2 USB with a C connector - wish it had a little more of a mechanical connection - like the Type A.
sonny73n - Saturday, July 11, 2020 - linkUSB-A is a nuisance. It’s huge and it can only be plugged in one way. USB-C is much better but the design’s still crappy. I’m not an Apple fan but the Lightning connector should be made universal. Every device including the chargers should have only Lightning port(s).
peevee - Thursday, July 23, 2020 - linkUSB-C is better than Lightning. That is why even Apple uses it in their laptops and good tablets.
DanNeely - Friday, July 10, 2020 - linkI'm hoping my next board (eta about 2 years) will be 4+4 on the back and have connections for 2+2 up front. Enough A ports I don't need to buy another hub to connect all my legacy devices, and enough modern ports to carry me forward to ~2030.