The MSI B550 Gaming Carbon Wifi Motherboard sports carbon fiber wrapped accessories along with MSI’s Mystic Light LED lighting controls can really take your PC to the next level in the looks department. But, with the carbon series, the goal is not just about looks, performance reliability, and stability all matter as well. In the past, I’ve had great success with other MSI Carbon boards. MSI has packed the latest technology into this motherboard and includes dual M.2 slots with heatsinks, WiFi 6, 2.5 GbE LAN, a 12+2 phase power design helps to get the maximum performance from the latest and greatest CPUs from AMD and support for up to 5100 MHz DDR4 memory. On top of all that or rather under it, the motherboard is built on a 6-layer PCB with 2 oz of copper to ensure long-lasting performance and stability. Is the new B550 version a worthy replacement? Read on to find out.
Considering that sports cars and supercars contain a lot of carbon fiber, it is only natural that MSI includes a stylized graphic on the front of the box. The chipset, socket, and supported CPU types are also listed on the front of the box and it would be hard to miss. On the back of the box, MSI featured a graphic of the motherboard and the I/O panel. The features and specifications are also listed on the back of the box.
Lifting the lid on the box reveals a two-compartment box. The motherboard wrapped in an anti-static back sits in the top compartment and the manuals and accessories are housed in the lower compartment.
Included in the accessory kit is a user manual, quick installation guide, SATA cable labels, MSI case badge, produce registration card, driver installation DVD, case screw guide, 2x SATA cables, a thermistor cable, an RGB LED extension cable, and the MSI product catalog.
|CPU (Max Support)||Ryzen 9|
|Chipset||AMD B550 Chipset|
|DDR4 Memory||Supports DDR4 1866/ 2133/ 2400/ 2667/ 2800/ 2933/ 3000/ 3066/ 3200 MHz by JEDEC
Supports DDR4 2667/ 2800/ 2933/ 3000/ 3066/ 3200/ 3466/ 3600/ 3733/ 3866/ 4000/ 4133/ 4266/ 4400/ 4466/ 4533/ 4600/ 4866/ 5000/ 5100 MHz by A-XMP OC MODE
|Max Memory (GB)||128|
|LAN||1x Realtek® RTL8125B 2.5G LAN|
|USB 3.2 ports (Front)||1(Gen 1, Type C), 2(Gen 1, Type A)|
|USB 3.2 ports (Rear)||1(Gen 2, Type C), 1(Gen 2, Type A), 2(Gen 1, Type A)|
|USB 2.0 ports (Front)||4|
|USB 2.0 ports (Rear)||4|
|Audio ports (Rear)||5+ Optical S/PDIF (Realtek® ALC1200 Codec)|
Support for Windows® 10 64-bit