Most bashing of b550 is a case of unadjusted expectations. Decades of empirical historical evidence show us:
No.1: To just wait for the prices to settle (As it has been since the dawn of PC)
No.2: To wait for the previous generation to sell out, because another reason the new one is more expensive is to make you buy the old one to clear stock without dropping the prices.
No.3: Adjust accordingly to how the company adjusted, if b550 does not follow b450 price points, don't prolong how long you're annoyed it's not similar (or are wishing it wasn't). The faster you reconcile the cognitive dissonance and switch from emotion to logic, the faster you can objectively search and compare and find what you need in the new generation that's comparable to the old.
No.4: Not to mention unforeseen consequences due to Covid-19, Trade War, etc, ...
To reiterate on No.3, Steve from hardware unboxed also mentioned it: take b450 Tomahawk best bang for buck ~$120, and find the nearest comparable motherboard which is MSI B550-A Pro ~$140.
Only a $20 difference and you get the following: An additional VRM phase, PCI-E 4.0 slot, an additional M.2 slot (of which one is PCI-E 4.0), 2x additional 4-pin fan headers, 1x internal USB3.2gen1 Type-C. To me that looks more than worth the extra $20
And don't forget once No.1 and No.2 kick in, it's gonna be even cheaper.
Last edited by Dogzilla07; 06-17-2020 at 06:35 AM.