ASRock B450 Pro4 Review

Today we will help you decide whether the ASRock B450 Pro4 is the motherboard you need for your PC rig.

Choosing a motherboard can be daunting and if you’re new to building PCs, chances are you won’t know where to start. This review will help answer any questions you have regarding the ASRock B450 Pro4 motherboard.

Our review will include information regarding the physical properties of the hardware, the included RGB software, and its benefits to the gaming audience.

ASRock B450 Pro4 Review
ASRock ATX Motherboard (B450 PRO4)
  • Socket AM4, Digi Power design, 9 Power Phase design, Supports 105W Water Cooling (Pinnacle Ridge); Supports 95W Water Cooling (Summit Ridge); Supports 65W Water Cooling (Raven Ridge)
  • Chipset: AMD Promontory B450
  • Memory: 4x DDR4-3200+(OC)/2933/2667/2400/2133 DIMM Slots, Dual Channel, ECC, Non-ECC, Unbuffered, Max Capacity of 64GB (AMD Ryzen series CPUs (Pinnacle Ridge))
  • Slots: 4x PCI-Express 3.0 x16 Slots (one runs at x8, two run at x4), 4x PCI Express 2.0 x1 Slots
  • SATA: 4x SATA3 Ports, Support RAID 0, 1, 10, NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug; 2x SATA3 Ports by AS Media ASM1061, supports NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug

ASRock B450 Pro4 Motherboard (Our Review)

Overall Assessment

Fresh out of the box, you will receive all the necessary starter cables, screws, and the installation disk needed to set up your brand-new ASRock B450 Pro4 motherboard.

The ASRock B450 Pro4 won’t break the bank and is a good starting point for building a brand-new PC. In other words, you get more than you bargained for.

When compared to its predecessors, such as the ASRock 970m Pro3 released in 2015 or the ASRock B250 Pro4 released in 2017, 2018’s ASRock B450 Pro4 is a more powerful and updated motherboard. It includes extra SATA ports along with 3 PCI-Express slots, 2 more than the listed predecessors. 

It is also important to note that both the ASRock B450M and B450 Pro4 can support up to 5 fans–two CPU fans, 1 system fan, and an additional 2 fans.

Gamers will be pleased to know that the physical appearance of the motherboard has a sleek design that complements your rig. It also includes various software functions such as the ASRock Polychrome RGB software that helps spice up the display according to your preferences. 

ASRock ATX Motherboard (B450 PRO4)
  • Socket AM4, Digi Power design, 9 Power Phase design, Supports 105W Water Cooling (Pinnacle Ridge); Supports 95W Water Cooling (Summit Ridge); Supports 65W Water Cooling (Raven Ridge)
  • Chipset: AMD Promontory B450
  • Memory: 4x DDR4-3200+(OC)/2933/2667/2400/2133 DIMM Slots, Dual Channel, ECC, Non-ECC, Unbuffered, Max Capacity of 64GB (AMD Ryzen series CPUs (Pinnacle Ridge))
  • Slots: 4x PCI-Express 3.0 x16 Slots (one runs at x8, two run at x4), 4x PCI Express 2.0 x1 Slots
  • SATA: 4x SATA3 Ports, Support RAID 0, 1, 10, NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug; 2x SATA3 Ports by AS Media ASM1061, supports NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug

Not only will the colors complement your rig, but the ability to have two graphics cards running simultaneously seriously boosts performance on graphics-intensive games, making this a suitable motherboard for gamers.

It doesn’t include built-in Bluetooth or Wi-Fi functionality and instead relies on added cards. Due to the limited SATA connectors, upgrading or expanding will prove to be a problem in the future.

Many users reported having problems running certain desktop processors, such as the Ryzen 5 3600, causing the BIOS to fail and reset. 

The limited heatsinks found on the motherboard reduces the card’s ability to push itself when overclocking. This could lead to the CPU overheating which causes permanent damage.

Both the ASRock B450M Pro4 and the B450 Pro4 are well suited for casual gamers looking to get into PC gaming.

Now that we have covered the basics, let’s go over some pros and cons.

Pros 

  • Heatsinks allow you to experiment with basic overclocking.
  • Has both USB 3.1 Type-A and C ports.
  • Affordable.
  • Ability to use two graphics cards simultaneously.
ASRock ATX Motherboard (B450 PRO4)
  • Socket AM4, Digi Power design, 9 Power Phase design, Supports 105W Water Cooling (Pinnacle Ridge); Supports 95W Water Cooling (Summit Ridge); Supports 65W Water Cooling (Raven Ridge)
  • Chipset: AMD Promontory B450
  • Memory: 4x DDR4-3200+(OC)/2933/2667/2400/2133 DIMM Slots, Dual Channel, ECC, Non-ECC, Unbuffered, Max Capacity of 64GB (AMD Ryzen series CPUs (Pinnacle Ridge))
  • Slots: 4x PCI-Express 3.0 x16 Slots (one runs at x8, two run at x4), 4x PCI Express 2.0 x1 Slots
  • SATA: 4x SATA3 Ports, Support RAID 0, 1, 10, NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug; 2x SATA3 Ports by AS Media ASM1061, supports NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug

Cons

  • Does not include built-in Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
  • Ryzen 5 3600 desktop processors are not compatible.

Common Questions about Asrock b450 Pro4

Is there a difference between the ASRock B450 Pro4 and the ASRock B450M Pro4?

Whilst they are similar in performance and design, the primary differences between them are the storage and physical size of the board. 

The B450 Pro4 is bigger than the B450M Pro4, meaning that the heatsinks on the B450M are smaller. If you want a bigger board with higher overclocking capabilities then the B450 Pro4 is the way to go. If you don’t care much for overclocking then the smaller B450M Pro4 is the board you want.

Regarding storage, the B450 Pro4 has 6 SATA ports and the B450M Pro4 has 4 SATA ports.

How does the ASRock B450 Pro4 perform compared to the ASRock z-series?

It is not as powerful as the z-series ASRock motherboards, mainly the ASRock z390 taichi or the ASRock z97 extreme4

Those motherboards lean more towards high-end PC users. 

However, as a mid-range motherboard, the ASRock B450 Pro4 is a good entry-level piece of hardware that we highly recommend to those building their PCs on a budget.

Would I be required to perform a BIOS update?

A BIOS update would need to be performed with the CPU, RAM, and video card present. It’s crucial to update or reset your BIOS to increase stability and get regular security updates. It also allows the motherboard to interface with other hardware components.

Customer Reviews

“When purchasing a motherboard, an important inclusion inside the box is a manual that provides clear instructions on how to install the board. Thankfully the ASRock B450 Pro4 package includes a paperback copy of how to set it up, walking the user through detailed instructions. The package includes a driver disc that contains the User’s manual, which can also be found online on the official Asrock website. The installation was quick and easy, and the motherboard is exactly what I was looking for. Everything works perfectly and I am delighted with the motherboard. A must-buy for anyone looking to get into building their PC.”

J Britt

5/5 Stars

“It booted up in an instant and so far, I am not having any problems with it. The overall appearance of the board is not the most extravagant I have seen, but it is a good bang for your buck. It worked perfectly whilst I was running my Gskill V 3200mhz RAM with the XMP enabled. I made use of all the fan headers, and I would say that they are decent. Overall, this is a good motherboard.”

Marlon S

5/5 Stars

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