AMD B650 Motherboards Listed at U.S. Retailer Starting at $199

MSI Pro B650M-A WiFi
MSI Pro B650M-A WiFi (Image credit: B&H Photo Video)

AMD's Ryzen 7000 (Raphael) processors and premium X670 motherboards are already on the market. However, the more budget-friendly B650 motherboards aren't far behind. Slated for an October launch, U.S. retailers have already started to list the B650 motherboards on their online stores.

B650 motherboards have PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 support, similar to the high-end X670 motherboards. The most substantive difference is that X670 motherboards deliver more I/O options. Other than that, you still get access to the more essential features of Zen 4 at a more affordable price. Like the X670 Extreme (X670E), AMD will also offer an "extreme" version of the B650 chipset (B650E), which supplies at least one PCIe 5.0 expansion slot.

B&H Photo Video (via momomo_us (opens in new tab)) is one of the first retailers to list a plethora of B650 motherboards. The seven offerings come from MSI and are available in different form factors between standard ATX to Micro ATX. The MSI B650 motherboards start at $199.99. Unfortunately for those looking to build a more affordable Ryzen 7000 system now, these boards aren't available for purchase yet. Although we always recommend treating retailer listings with a grain of salt, we doubt these prices are placeholders, given we're now in the month when AMD promised these boards would go on sale.

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MotherboardPriceForm Factor
MSI MPG B650 Carbon WiFi$329.99ATX
MSI MPG B650 Edge WiFi$289.99ATX
MSI MAG B650 Tomahawk$259.00ATX
MSI MPG B650I Edge WiFi$239.99mini-ITX
MSI MAG B650M Mortar$239.99microATX
MSI Pro B650-P WiFi$219.99ATX
MSI Pro B650M-A WiFi$199.99microATX

The MPG B650 Carbon WiFi is likely the most premium MSI B650 motherboard, retailing for $329.99. Compared to the MPG X670E Carbon WiFi, we're looking at a 31% ($150) lower price. On the other end, the Pro X670-P WiFi seems to be the cheapest X670 motherboard from the company at $289.99. In its defense, the Pro X670-P has more connectivity and expansion options at a lower price. However, the MPG B650 Carbon WiFi is a more gaming-oriented motherboard.

MSI's Tomahawk-branded motherboards have always been a favorite for offering the best bang for your buck in terms of performance and features. However, we're unsure about the MSI MAG B650 Tomahawk, which is listed here for $259. It represents a 52% ($89) increase over the previous MSI MAG B550 Tomahawk. The B650 chipset logically brings a lot of new goodies, but the higher price may scare off some consumers.

Continuing with its tradition, MSI has cooked up the MPG B650I Edge WiFi for small-form-factor (SFF) enthusiasts. The Mini-ITX motherboard carries a $239.99 price tag, so only 20% ($40) more expensive than the MPG B550I Gaming Edge WiFi, which it's replacing.

At $199.99, the Pro B650M-A WiFi could be the cheapest ticket to get on the Zen 4 train, at least from MSI. The Micro ATX board lacks the eye candy of pricier models, but it's packing all the features you'd expect from an entry-level B650 motherboard.

AMD's B650 motherboards officially hit retail shelves this month, so expect to see more competition from the other vendors, such as Asus, ASRock, and Gigabyte very soon.

Zhiye Liu
RAM Reviewer and News Editor

Zhiye Liu is a Freelance News Writer at Tom’s Hardware US. Although he loves everything that’s hardware, he has a soft spot for CPUs, GPUs, and RAM.

  • hotaru251
    biggest concern i have seen from people reviewing the high end boards is that even they lack features for their price point so the budget ones being even worse is possible
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  • -Fran-
    hotaru251 said:
    biggest concern i have seen from people reviewing the high end boards is that even they lack features for their price point so the budget ones being even worse is possible
    AIBs are milking early adopters hard this gen. I'm guessing pricing on Z790 is not going to be less horrible compared to what Z690 goes for right now.

    Regards.
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  • InvalidError
    Great time to not need or want a new PC.
    Reply
  • SunMaster
    I'll stick to my x570/5950x until next gen - at least. Glad I don't have to be an early adopter of the DDR5-platforms.
    Reply
  • daworstplaya
    At those prices, they can keep the motherboards and CPUs. A quick look at the inventory of my local Microcenter shows none of them are moving. Good luck selling any of them.
    Reply
  • Why_Me
    -Fran- said:
    AIBs are milking early adopters hard this gen. I'm guessing pricing on Z790 is not going to be less horrible compared to what Z690 goes for right now.

    Regards.
    Price wise atm (Newegg): X670 > Z790 > Z690
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  • ohio_buckeye
    Right now I’m staying on my 5900x. Maybe if they get boards more towards 100 dollars and ram to a reasonable level I’ll be more interested. But I may look at Intel at some point. As a long time amd user.
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  • -Fran-
    Why_Me said:
    Price wise atm (Newegg): X670 > Z790 > Z690
    I see they're, more or less, the same mess:

    https://www.overclockers.co.uk/pc-components/motherboards/intel-motherboards/z790-motherboards-lga-1700?sort=price_asc
    https://www.overclockers.co.uk/pc-components/motherboards/amd-motherboards/am5-motherboards?sort=price_asc
    DDR4 models are cheaper, slightly, but not by a big enough margin.

    And Newegg doesn't even have many AM5 motherboards to make a comparison like for like:

    https://www.newegg.com/p/pl?N=100007627%20601409372&Order=1
    https://www.newegg.com/p/pl?N=100007625%20601406716&Order=1
    There's barebones Z790s in there, but holy damn those are bottom of the barrel.

    Regards.
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  • Why_Me
    -Fran- said:
    I see they're, more or less, the same mess:

    https://www.overclockers.co.uk/pc-components/motherboards/intel-motherboards/z790-motherboards-lga-1700?sort=price_asc
    https://www.overclockers.co.uk/pc-components/motherboards/amd-motherboards/am5-motherboards?sort=price_asc
    DDR4 models are cheaper, slightly, but not by a big enough margin.

    And Newegg doesn't even have many AM5 motherboards to make a comparison like for like:

    https://www.newegg.com/p/pl?N=100007627 601409372&Order=1
    https://www.newegg.com/p/pl?N=100007625 601406716&Order=1
    There's barebones Z790s in there, but holy damn those are bottom of the barrel.

    Regards.
    Other than the Asus Prime series boards, their Z690 boards were and still are expensive compared to the other board manufactures. It's no different with their Z790 boards.

    https://www.scan.co.uk/shop/computer-hardware/motherboards-amd/3657/3658/3659/3660/3661/3662
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  • LastStanding
    InvalidError said:
    Great time to not need or want a new PC.
    It's great to see comments like this from site's staff. Most sites I've recently visited seems like they are just ~ masked ~ sales(wo)men for all these chip makers lately, especially for NVIDIA and AMD. Real talk!
    Reply