Three years after expanding to motherboards, NZXT has finally launched a model for AMD users, the N7 B550. Presumably this is the first of others, and like the first Intel motherboard from NZXT, the N7 Z370, the company is kicking off the AMD party with a midrange chipset.
In that regard, it’s a bittersweet announcement. NZXT celebrated the start on Twitterand said, “We heard you loud and clear!” signaling that there was feedback on the release of an AMD motherboard. It’s good. But it would have been nice if NZXT had come out of the gate with an X570 offer or in addition to the N7 B550 instead.
Regardless, the N7 B550 is here and costs $ 230, just like that We checked the N7 Z490 last year. It’s another aesthetically pleasing design – NZXT stuck to the blueprint of offering a matte white or matte black metal cover on an optimized layout, or selling a bare version (all three options cost the same).
One of the selling points is the integration of intelligent controls. The N7 B550 has built-in RGB digital and fan controls that allow users to customize four RGB lighting channels and seven fan channels through the company’s CAM utility. NZXT also notes that lighting accessories from all manufacturers are supported.
As for the I / O options, the card has three USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports, a single USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C port, four USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A ports, two USB 2.0 ports, and HDMI Output, a 2.5 G LAN connection and various audio connections (analog and S / PDIF) on the back. It also has headers to support additional front USB ports.
Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 are both built into the N7 B550. Two M.2 slots and half a dozen SATA 6 Gbit / s ports are available for storage. Other notable functions are BIOS flashback and clear CMOS buttons, LED diagnostics, and power and reset buttons.
Overall, it looks like a solid entry into the AMD space. NZXT’s first motherboard was a bit of a mess, with a BIOS that couldn’t really hold its own against its competitors in this competitive environment. This time around, however, NZXT partnered with ASRock to make the N7 B550’s BIOS more feature-rich.
We haven’t tested it ourselves yet – our device will soon be on the test bench – but our friends do Tom’s hardware was impressed and awarded him an Editor’s Choice badge.
The N7 B550 is available now and backed by a three-year guarantee.