The N7 B550 looks even sleeker than its Intel Z490 cousin because although it uses the same metal covers and vents, there’s even less silver around the CPU socket. This is one good-looking piece of kit with minimal interruptions. In fact, only a few red status LEDs at the bottom indicate that it’s booting and they switch off once POST has been achieved. If Batman had a board, this would be it.
NZXT actually boosts this board’s electrical performance compared to Z490, which is strange yet more than welcome. Built on a six-layer PCB, there’s a 12+2-phase supply with 50A on each. Put simply, you cannot run enough voltage through, say, a Ryzen 9 5950X for the board to be the limiting factor. Unlike some with connected heatpipes, a large, L-shaped metal block cools the power delivery. Truth is even this is overkill given the intended purpose.
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