NZXT surprises the internet with the N7 B550, its first AMD motherboard

The NZXT N7 B550 is launched and looks like it’s a second step in the right direction. NZXT, more known to start with PC cases and moving steadily towards CPU cooling and certain peripherals. The company did step into motherboards starting with the Z490 which is made by ECS. Many did appreciate its motherboard design, It’s just that the N7 Z490 was overshadowed by other variants due to multiple reasons (as shown in this review).

NZXT’s run with motherboards so far…

Still, it’s the first step and usually, it takes time. The second step is delayed but in the right direction. NZXT launched a new motherboard, calling it the N7 B550. While it doesn’t carry any N7 themed design on the motherboard (but it did make a Mass Effect themed CRFT 07 Limited Edition), it did learn what it can from the previous launch. As a result, NZXT is playing it safe by having B550 motherboards. Due to its accessibility and features in the native chipset, B550 makes sense. It stuck with its design philosophy with its PCB plate. This comes with several features, the main takeaway being that this motherboard is made by ASRock, a veteran motherboard maker. They’re two colour variants- matte black and matte white.

The offering on the NZXT N7 B550

What I do appreciate on this motherboard is the specific amp rating for the CPU/ AIO Pump and system header, as it’s something nobody really mentions. This is more important for system fans since people go crazy with fan daisy-chaining. Both the CPU and AIO Pump header supports 2A each, while the 5x sys_fan header support 0.5A each. There is a 2x NZXT RGB LED connector, but it does also include a 1x 5v ARGB and a 1x 12v RGB LED connector for others. There’s a decent amount of I/O options on the rear and mid-board and includes the Intel AX210 WiFi 6E+ BT v5.2 chip support with an included antenna.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the N7 B550 motherboard layout matches something from ASROCK’s stable. But you would expect some specific customizations. In this case, the ones I can differentiate from the paper specs is the wide array of NZXT CAM Software and RGB support. NZXT is slowly building an ecosystem with its cases, coolers, power supplies and motherboards.

Specification

CPU & Socket Supports AMD Socket AM4 Ryzen™ Processors (3000, 4000, and 5000 Series Processors)*
*Not compatible with AMD Ryzen™ 5 3400G and Ryzen™ 3200G
Chipset AMD® B550
Memory 4 x DIMM, Max. 128GB, DDR4
Dual-channel memory architecture

  • AMD Ryzen series CPUs (Vermeer) support DDR4 4666+(O.C.)/ 4600(O.C.)/ 4533(O.C.) /4466(O.C.)/ 4400(O.C.)/ 4333(O.C.)/ 4266(O.C.)/ 4200(O.C.)/ 4133(O.C.)/ 4000(O.C.)/ 3866(O.C.)/ 3800(O.C.)/ 3733(O.C.)/ 3600(O.C.)/ 3466(O.C.)/ 3200/ 2933/ 2667/ 2400/ 2133ECC & non-ECC, un-buffered memory*
  • AMD Ryzen series CPUs (Matisse) support DDR4 4666+(O.C.)/ 4600(O.C.)/ 4533(O.C.) /4466(O.C.)/ 4400(O.C.)/ 4333(O.C.)/ 4266(O.C.)/ 4200(O.C.)/ 4133(O.C.)/ 4000(O.C.)/ 3866(O.C.)/ 3800(O.C.)/ 3733(O.C.)/ 3600(O.C.)/ 3466(O.C.)/ 3200/ 2933/ 2667/ 2400/ 2133 ECC & non-ECC, un-buffered memory*
  • AMD Ryzen series APUs (Renoir) support DDR4 4733+(O.C.)/ 4666(O.C.)/ 4600(O.C.)/ 4533(O.C.) /4466(O.C.)/ 4400(O.C.)/ 4333(O.C.)/ 4266(O.C.)/ 4200(O.C.)/ 4133(O.C.)/ 4000(O.C.)/ 3866(O.C.)/ 3800(O.C.)/ 3733(O.C.)/ 3600(O.C.)/ 3466(O.C.)/ 3200/ 2933/ 2667/ 2400/ 2133 ECC & non-ECC, un-buffered memory*
  • Support Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules
  • 15μ Gold Contact in DIMM Slots

*Please refer to Memory QVL on NZXT’s website (www.nzxt.com) for more information.

Expansion Slots AMD Ryzen Series CPUs (Vermeer)
2 x PCIe x16 Slots (PCIe1: Gen4x16 mode; PCIe3: Gen3 x4 mode)
AMD Ryzen Series CPUs (Matisse)
2 x PCIe x16 Slots (PCIe1: Gen4x16 mode; PCIe3: Gen3 x4 mode)
AMD Ryzen Series CPUs (Renoir)
2 x PCIe x16 Slots (PCIe1: Gen3x16 mode; PCIe3: Gen3 x4 mode)

  • Supports AMD Quad CrossFireX™ and CrossFireX™
  • Supports NVMe SSD as boot disks

2 x PCIe 3.0 x1 Slots
1 x M.2 Socket (Key E), supports type 2230 Wi-Fi/BT module

Integrated Graphics Integrated AMD Radeon™ Vega Series Graphics in Ryzen Series APU*
*Actual support may vary by CPU

  • DirectX 12, Pixel Shader 5.0
  • Shared memory default 2GB. Max Shared memory supports up to 16GB with 32GB system memory installed.
  • Supports HDMI 2.1 with max. resolution up to 4K x 2K (4096×2160) @ 60Hz, HDR and HDCP 2.3
  • Supports Microsoft PlayReady®
Multi-GPU Support Supports AMD 2-Way CrossFireX™ Technology
Storage AMD® B550 Chipset
1 x M2_1: M.2 type 2242/2260/2280 (PCIe 4.0 x4 mode (with Matisse & Vermeer) or PCIe 3.0 x4 (with Renoir))
1 x M2_2: M.2 type 2242/2260/2280 (PCIe 3.0 x2 & SATA mode)
6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports*

  • Support RAID 0/1/5/10, NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug

* M2_2 and SATA3_5_6 share lanes.

LAN Realtek® RTL8125BG 2.5G LAN

  • Support Wake-On-LAN
  • Supports Energy Efficient Ethernet 802.3az
Wireless Intel Dual Band Wireless-AX210 Wi-Fi 6E
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ax

  • Support dual-band frequency 2.4/5GHz/6GHz
  • Support MU-MIMO
Bluetooth Bluetooth V5.2
Audio Realtek® ALC1220 Codec

  • 8-Channel High Definition Audio, 32-bit /192KHz DAC
  • 120dB SNR DAC with Differential Amplifier
  • NE5532 Premium Headset Amplifier for Front Panel Audio Connector (Supports up to 600 Ohm impedance headsets)
  • Nichicon Fine Gold Series Audio Capacitors
  • 15μ Gold Audio Connector and Gold Audio Jacks
USB Ports 3 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports (3 at back panel)
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (at back panel)
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 front panel port (For USB Type-C)
8 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports (4 at back panel, 4 at mid-board)
8 x USB 2.0 ports (2 at back panel, 6 at mid-board)
Rear I/O 2 x USB 2.0 ports
3 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 port
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port
4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports
1 x HDMI™ port
2 x Wireless antenna SMA connectors
1 x Clear CMOS button
1 x BIOS Flashback button
1 x LAN (RJ45) port
1 x Optical S/PDIF Out port
1 x 5.1-Channel audio jacks
Internal I/O
Included Accessories 1 x User’s manual
4 x SATA cables (2 x 90 degree, 2 x 180 degree)
2 x Wireless antenna
2 x M.2 screws
Operating System Microsoft® Windows® 10 (64-bit)
Form Factor ATX
Regulations & Certifications (EMC & Safety) FCC, CE, KCC, BSMI, ErP/EuP Ready
Warranty 3 Years
Model Number N7-B55XT-W1
UPC 815671015235
EAN 5060301696680

Ryzen Compatibility

Naturally, it carries over the native chipset support with corresponding AMD Ryzen APUs and CPUs. It does not support Ryzen 3200G and 3400G, something AMD made clear in many of its promo. Sure, there is compatibility with AMD Ryzen 4000 series APUs, natively these APUs don’t have PCIe 4.0 lanes. Again, something that AMD made clear. It would be nice if NZXT listed a CPU BIOS section and history. Though it just has one, usually the BIOS section mentions certain details one needs to know. It’s not clear if NZXT N7 B550’s Day 1 BIOS includes the AGESA 1.2.0.2 update which fixes an issue with intermittent USB disconnection many AMD Ryzen users faced. We’ll just have to wait and watch. It does have a BIOS flashback button to make the whole process much easier for a wider userbase.

Pricing and Availability

At the time of writing, this isn’t listed in Amazon. But NZXT priced the N7 B550 for $229.99. It is about the same price as the N7 Z490 when it made a debut. This will be updated once the respective websites listed the motherboard for retail. But even at this price, NZXT N7 B550 kept itself against many dominant options. So, let us see how things progress with these.

What about the NZXT Z590?

I am curious to see if NZXT Z590 will be made by ASROCK. I wouldn’t be shocked. It will be interesting to see how fast NZXT can be when it comes to BIOS updates considering Intel Microcode and AMD AGESA update is something that would come either regularly or once in a blue moon, depending on the situation.

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  1. This is a really good piece of hardware. I like the specs and it looks aesthetically pleasing. It looks great for an RGB build especially since I just bought the NZXT elite case. However since it’s offering, just like the Asus Proart b550 (the world’s only AMD motherboard with thunderbolt 4 on board not just a stupid header) this product is also nowhere to be found! It’s has launched and you can’t find it on NewEgg you can’t find it on B&h and it doesn’t even come up on Amazon or Best Buy. My local Micro Center a(ll 3 of them).. Nope! They haven’t been keeping the latest tech releases lately. Understandable given the climate of today. But It’s strange because on NZXT’s website you can’t buy directly and they list a link of where to buy. You click all of them and none of them carry the product that they’re advertising which is this motherboard sadly. So I have a 5000 series processor and an NZXT AV case just sitting around collecting dust waiting for me to get the rest of the components to finish the build….

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