MSI MPG B550I Gaming Edge Wi-Fi ITX Motherboard $295.59 + Delivery (Free with Prime) @ Amazon UK via AU

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Dropped from price from $327.77 to 295.59. Seems to be one of the cheaper B550 ITX Motherboards which supports type c front header. Enjoy!

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  • Are we going back to fan-cooled northbridges? :(

    • That fan is able to disabled in bios. You might want it to be on if your m.2 drive runs hot, otherwise you can just keep it off.

  • +4 votes

    Good price, competitive against the Gigabyte B550i AORUS AX.

    Although for the overclockers, be aware the Clear CMOS Jumper is obnoxiously behind the IO Shield and underneath the VRM heatsink shroud (so you got to take the shroud out first in order to access). (Source: page 40 of the manual, https://download.msi.com/archive/mnu_exe/mb/E7C92v1.0.pdf )

    • +3 votes

      I got this mobo and had a fail bios update which caused it not to post. However for some MSI mobo including this one there is a way to clear CMOS by simply holding the power button down for 5-10 seconds. It will do a short reset and then you turn it back on which will boot back to default bios settings. Hope this helps others who is looking to purchase this board.

      • or wire your reset button the the clear cmos which is honestly the most galaxy brain stratergy I have heard.

      • That's very nice to know. Thanks!

        • Not needed for this motherboard. It has a flash BIOS button at the back. Just use that, it allows you to update BIOS even without a CPU and RAM.

          However, if for some reason you tend to screw up BIOS settings and overclock like crazy a lot, then sure, wire the clear CMOS button up to a button could be handy. Top end motherboards have both flash BIOS and clear CMOS buttons at the back.

    • IMO the Gigabyte is a much better deal if Type-C header isn't needed.

      Issues with this board:

      • Non-standard rear PCB makes it incompatible with almost all custom backplates: https://i.imgur.com/WWgpBZr.jpeg
      • 5Gbps USB Type-C header, no benefit over USB 3.0.
  • Seems to be one of the cheaper B550 ITX Motherboards which supports type c front header. Enjoy!

    Didn't see this deal, so went with the ASUS ROG Strix B550i (for the USB-C Front Header) during the eBay Sale.

    • This deal popped up within the last 12 hours. I set a price drop email on camelcamelcamel, didnt expect much of it but woke up with a nice surprise!

      • Nice feature of camel. Why doesn’t Amazon or eBay have this feature?

      • If you're after moterboard with front panel USB-C header, ASRock B550 Phantom Gaming-ITX/ax is a better option, IMO. 'Cos B550 Phantom's USB-C header supports transfer speed up to 10Gbps, while this B550I Gaming Edge's header only supports transfer speed up to 5Gbps.

        • Ah damn you're right! At this point I cant be bothered though, and its still $30 more expensive. I'm sure I'll just be able to deal with the 5Gbps

    • A bit narrow minded

        • +3 votes

          I agree with you that it isn't mainstream, but personally I quite like the smaller footprint (for someone that has a lot of clutter, every small bit of space matters
          😂😂😂).

          I've built and am maintaining the Chopin build for my wife, cable management was quite an exercise (especially it was my first build ever), but it was worth it. She doesn't want anything bigger and it's more than sufficient for all her needs (I managed to get a i7-4770S into the Z97 mobo I've already got). With the noctua L9i (or L9a if running AMD), it's nice and nifty. NUCs and the likes are great and even smaller, however, it's similar if not more expensive for similar level of performance, and no upgradability when the newer gen hardware comes out. The whole system needs replacing rather than the motherboard, CPU (and sometimes RAM). The amount of IOs in NUCs/NUC-like systems is also a further downgrade. Granted one can use hubs, but, more cables lol. Although I definitely was dreaming a Ryzen NUC-like device when Zen+ was out, but just nobody was doing it (ASRock's DeskMini A300 came close, except availability was miles away). Personally I'm also aiming more at a 45-80W product too. So, hands-on and DIY it was.

          I went with a SG05 and its size worked for me, and able to house discrete GPU of sufficient performance (I don't need 4K/high refresh gaming). So yea, each to their own.

          • @zrmx: InWin Chopin - I have no issue with that type of setup. But, like you said, the cable management is a pain (I have done a few ITX before).

            Part of the problem now is it is still easier to do ITX with intel (not that I am happy with that). AMD setup is possible, but the parts and the extras… It's just too much hassle.

            NUC - you might think the I/O is downgrade, but it's not the case (unless you insist on 2x m.2 and lots of SATAs, but let's face it, with InWin Chopin, that cannot be the case). NUC has 1 Thunderbolt 3, ALL USB 3.1 gen2 ports, HDMI with 4K/60, microSD or SD card reader. In terms of actual speedy ports, my NUC beats my intel and Ryzen 3xxx desktop setup. Sure, I have GPUs to counter 4K, but if you are looking at APU setup, would most boards actually offer 4K/60 or you are left with 4K/30?

        • people want to pump big components into small form factors is all it is at the end of the day.

          I just forked out some dollars for a Coolermaster NR200P and a new motherboard for my ryzen 3700x. It will be paired with a 3080 at some point. <20L in volume and it will fit most triple slot AIB 3080's and a 240 radiator. Ticked all the boxes for me. I'm not after an itx case that can fit onto the back of my monitor, just after something small as I can get while having as powerful of parts as I want.

          • @fulltimepanda: That's the issue I am facing. I have that type of case before and I threw it away. It's just not a proper ITX for me. I also have a small micro ATX case. If we are looking at 3 PCIe slots worth of space, you whack in an ITX board with 1 slot while the case has to give you 3, you are basically doing a desktop build, rather than an ITX build.

            The point is being an ITX board, it should allow every type of ITX build, NOT just the desktop type of build. Right now, it is a struggle to get the other parts to do a slim ITX build on AMD. As for getting ITX simply to do a smaller micro ATX build. I really question how much space you actually save.

            I've given up on ITX after years of supporting it. You just end up spending more without any real benefit. For space saving without needing gaming, NUC type mini PC is better. If you want a desktop, just go micro ATX or ATX. Why pay the extra for an inferior board if you are going to still put in a dual slot GPU in that system?

            Honestly, if you are going for RTX 3080, you really should be using an X570 board. B550 is a good marketing trick from AMD. Purposely blocked B450 / X470 from supporting PCIe gen 4 on the x16 slot and the CPU linked m.2, forcing people to cave into B550. Motherboard makers managed to do it, but AMD used their AGESA BIOS kill switch to stop that. Great work, AMD… NOT.

            • @netsurfer: Go take a look at the current quality micro-atx cases. Now go look at more popular m-itx cases like the Coolermaster NR200 or the Ncase m1. The quality micro-atx cases are still in the ball park of traditional mid towers with the popular itx being a touch bigger than a shoebox. You can debate the pros and cons of either all you want but at the end of the day some people just want the smaller form factor while being able to game. The enthusiast market has very much moved past 'true' sff and into more of these sorts of builds.

              • @fulltimepanda: Reviews are out and it is clear that it is not a good idea to put RTX 3080 on an ITX case as it impacts the air flow too much, causing the fan to spin a lot.

                One of the reviewers essentially told you that he simply had to use a different build to test and the reasons. And, all reviewers agree that the FE card has really good design (so AIB cards have a tough baseline to beat). That said, the ITX setup would cause the air flow to suffer.

                I had CoolerMaster ITX and MicroATX cases. Honestly, I get why you think it is small enough, but no matter how you try to spin this, NR200P has 3 PCI-e slots and 2 slot space on top of CPU. That's a case that makes ITX install more bearable, rather than space saving. Ryzen 3700X also probably has a bit to do with choosing that case (nice stock cooler, but bulky). We know where the RTX 3080 is going to be installed.

                Based on the reviews, it is clear that if you insist on going ITX with RTX 3080, you will have inferior air flow. You are also looking at SFX, SFX-L with preferably 750W (600W is no go, 650W not tested, but it's going to be a gamble). The clearance is going to be interesting too. Hopefully, there is enough space as RTX 3080 is a lengthier card. AIB cards, which way do you think the fans are going to be positioned? The most expensive component in your system is going to have the least desirable airflow?

                I like Ryzen CPU coolers, BUT they are an issue with ITX builds. Sure, the intel coolers are junk in comparison, but if I just want to setup an ITX box that's actually shoe box size, it is possible. For family members not gaming, that's viable. I do look forward to more Ryzen APU options. 4K Gaming, ITX just simply doesn't make sense. I don't like loud fans and coil whine annoys me.

                • @netsurfer:

                  I had CoolerMaster ITX and MicroATX cases. Honestly, I get why you think it is small enough, but no matter how you try to spin this, NR200P has 3 PCI-e slots and 2 slot space on top of CPU. That's a case that makes ITX install more bearable, rather than space saving.

                  I'm still waiting to see a micro-atx case that I can currently buy that has a similar footprint, features and ease of install. And I'll say good luck finding one, because I just went through that entire process myself. Space is a consideration for some people, whether you care about it or not.

                  Based on the reviews, it is clear that if you insist on going ITX with RTX 3080, you will have inferior air flow. You are also looking at SFX, SFX-L with preferably 750W (600W is no go, 650W not tested, but it's going to be a gamble). The clearance is going to be interesting too. Hopefully, there is enough space as RTX 3080 is a lengthier card. AIB cards, which way do you think the fans are going to be positioned? The most expensive component in your system is going to have the least desirable airflow?

                  I like Ryzen CPU coolers, BUT they are an issue with ITX builds. Sure, the intel coolers are junk in comparison, but if I just want to setup an ITX box that's actually shoe box size, it is possible. For family members not gaming, that's viable. I do look forward to more Ryzen APU options. 4K Gaming, ITX just simply doesn't make sense. I don't like loud fans and coil whine annoys me.

                  Wow, you know how I'm going to set my system up. I picked the NR200p specifically because I know a 3080 will fit with sufficient airflow. I also picked it because I have multiple options in configuring things. It's advertised with a tempered glass panel but also comes with the standard panel.

                  This is very similar to what I will be doing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AATjREpgKC0

  • Great price. I paid $360 a couple of months back when it launched.

  • Bought "GIGABYTE B550I AORUS PRO AX" couple of days ago for $280.30 from Amazon UK and its been dispatched today.
    https://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B089TP3GQF/ref=ppx_yo_d...
    Waiting for Ryzen 9 3900x to drop down further (currently on $650)

    • I also bought this, and it shipped very quickly (cancelled the Asrock board after it didn't ship within a week and I read the reviews were unfavourable).
      I'm contemplating just waiting the month for Ryzen 4 series, However if the Ryzen 9 DID come down below $500, well now…

    • I just bought one, mainly due to the VRM and the lack of fans. Then again, I never really took the time to compare it against MSI's offering …

    • The $650 for the Ryzen 9 from Amazon is most likely a fake offer (not sold by Amazon).
      But let's hope they will drop soon with the new 4000 series in October.

      I ordered a MSI MAG Tomahawk X570 for $360 on ebay (with PIP10) yesterday. Looks like a solid foundation for the 9 series.

    • im considering it…

      But what are you doing about warranty?

      GB-AU will need you to send it back to Amazon UK to sort out if it needs RMA/etc ?

    • Also got this last week when it was $289. I never use type C front header so I dont mind not having it. Compare to all the others Asus, MSI and Asrocks. Gigabyte seems to be the most well balanced and the price isn’t that bad either. Was going for the Asus but the vrm is the poorest out of the bunch (not that we’re gonna need more but it is expensive af).

      It’s got shipped out last week from UK by DHL, not sure how long it usually takes to arrive Australia.

  • @mitchins Hope that prices of ryzen 3 will start dropping soon, who knows, we might get an Amazon's stock clearance sale before ryzen 4000 release date (8th Oct)

  • Very nice. Had my eye on this for a while before deciding to go with the Gigabyte.

  • I'm a simple man. I see a new ITX board for under $300 i upvote lol ITX is the way of the pc gaming future…

  • More A520 models when :(

  • Oof, that's not a lot of USB ports. Very nice to see 2.5GbE though.

    • 6 USB ports seems pretty good for an ITX

      • My current B450 ITX board has 4x USB3.0 and 2x USB 10Gbps, this one has 2x USB3.0 and 2x USB 10Gbps, one of which is Type-C, and 2x USB2.0 ports. I guess it's not too bad assuming you can use the BIOS flashback port as a regular USB2.0 port.

        • Yeah i assumed you could use the bios flashback port as a normal usb. Would be somewhat redundant most of the time for my case if not.

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