MSI MPG B550I Gaming Edge MAX WiFi Announced - Listed On Swedish Website - PC SEEKERS

MSI MPG B550I Gaming Edge MAX WiFi Announced - Listed On Swedish Website

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MSI MPG B550I Gaming Edge MAX WiFi

After the announcement of the refreshed version of the MSI B450 Tomahawk Max - the MSI B450 Tomahawk Max II, MSI have also announced the refresh / Max variant of one of its ITX-B550 boards, the MSI MPG B550I Gaming Edge Max WiFi. AMD released the B550 chipset based motherboards on June 16 of 2020 with out of the box support for the Ryzen 3000 Series motherboards and AMD promising future CPU support on the AM4 socket. Now B550 boards along with X570 and A520 boards support Ryzen 5000 Series CPUs comprising AMD Ryzen 5 5600, Ryzen 7 5800X, Ryzen 9 5900X and 5950X with B450 support promised from January 2021. Today we will look at how the Max variant of the B550I Gaming Edge WiFi differs from the original / non-Max variant. So lets get into it.

 

Introduction:

In the past MSI have refreshed their boards with MAX variants (for example: MSI B450 Tomahawk Max, B450 Mortar Max) which may or may not have any differences in the hardware part but do ship with updated BIOS to support the recent generation of CPUs on the previous generation of motherboards. In the same way the new MSI B550 Gaming Edge Max WiFi should ship with updated BIOS that should support the Ryzen 5000 Series CPUs out of the box where as the MSI MPG B550 Gaming Edge WiFi (non-Max) would be old stock and not have the updated BIOS to support Zen 3 based CPUs out of the box and may require a BIOS update from the user himself which becomes easier with the provided BIOS Flashback feature on both the boards. 
 

MSI MPG B550I Gaming Edge Max WiFi Vs MSI MPG B550I Gaming Edge Max (Non-WiFi): 

There are not many differences between the non-Max and the Max variants but that said there are a few and we are going to list only them. For example from MSI's official specifications page of both boards, there are zero differences coming to the internal connectors on both boards so we will not be mentioning them. So if we have not mentioned something that you are interested in, that means there is no difference in that regard on both the boards unless we have missed it and we would be glad if you can point it out to us and we will update the same as soon as we can confirm it.

The Looks:

MSI MPG B550I Gaming Edge Max WiFi (Right)   -   MSI MPG B550I Gaming Edge WiFi (Left)
 
There is not much difference in the way the boards look except the branding on them. As you can see from the image above, the branding on the boards (between the CPU socket and the RAM slots) vary with the MAX board getting the extra MAX branding.

Rear I/O:

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MSI MPG B550I Gaming Edge Max WiFi (Right)   -   MSI MPG B550I Gaming Edge WiFi (Left)
 
Coming to the Rear I/O the max variant copies it from the the non-Max / Original version while also adding a physical CLEAR CMOS button which will reset the BIOS to factory default when pressed, make sure you turn off your PC and unplug the power cord and then hold the CLEAR CMOS button for 5-10 seconds.
 

Out Of Box Support For Ryzen 5000 CPUs:

The original non-Max boards that shipped very recently to the distributors and retails may or may not have the AGESA 1.0.8.0 and newer BIOS that can support the Ryzen 5000 CPUs out of the box. But the boards that are on shelves for more than a month will not have the required BIOS to run latest Zen 3 CPUs out of the box and that is where the Max variants come in, they ship with the BIOS that guarantee support for the latest CPUs out of the box.
 

Pricing:

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MSI MPG B550I Gaming Edge Max WiFi non Max Pricing Compared Based On Swedish Etailer Listing

There should not be any difference in pricing for either version of the the board as one (the MAX variant) is meant to replace the other (the original / non-max variant). And the same can be confirmed by the pricing that is listed by this Swedish website where both boards are listed for 206.90€.
 

VRM, Memory Support, Internal Connectors, Dimensions & Everything Else:

Coming to the dimensions, both variants are ITX form factor and have the same 17.0cm x 17.0cm dimensions. As mentioned earlier there is literally zero difference when comparing the Internal connectors on both the variants. They both also have the exact same heat sinks to cool the VRM and they both of a MOSFET base plate.

There is also zero difference coming to the memory support. MSI does not mention the VRM components they use but the VRM configuration is still the same with a 8+2+1Digital Power System. Both the boards have WiFi 6 integrated with the same WLAN, Bluetooth and LAN controllers.

Conclusion:

Assuming MSI is going with the same VRM layout as the non-Max variant and you were thinking of getting the MSI MPG B550I Gaming Edge WiFi, the MSI MPG B550I Gaming Edge MAX WiFi is a good buy given it replaces the original board at the same price with a few extra perks like CLEAR CMOS Button and out of the box support for Ryzen 5000 Series CPUs (but it is also to be noted that the BIOS on the non-Max variant of the board can also be easily updated, without requiring to have a older gen CPU, with the help of the BIOS Flashback button that is present on the rear I/O of both the boards).
 
So are you planning to get an ITX motherboard soon? If you yes and if it so happens to be on Amazon, then you can do so buying it using one of our links for which we will be paid a small commission that will help us in running this website without you having to anything extra on the product you are buying. Also if this article was helpful to you do let us know down in the comments section below. 

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