Performance – part 1
All tests were performed on the ASRock B550M Steel Legend motherboard, Ryzen 9 3900X processor, XFX RX5600XT THICC Ultra III graphics card, 64GB HyperX Fury DDR4-3200 CL16 memory kit and Patriot VPR100 SSD on which was installed Windows 10 Pro x64 OS with the latest updates. In tests were also used additional memory kits and storage devices. Everything else will be mentioned during the tests.
The motherboard has no problem handling memory up to DDR4-4800, which at first was a surprise, but as we will see in our next B550 motherboard reviews, it’s starting to be a standard. We were able to set DDR4-4800 using two Micron E-die based Ballistix Elite memory modules. There was also no problem with 128GB of DDR4-3600 Hynix M-die memory, which we could overclock up to DDR4-4000. Most users won’t need to overclock, but it’s still good to know the limit as recently RAM prices are going down, and higher capacity memory kits are getting more affordable.
Processor performance and mixed load tests
The performance of our processor is excellent. Overall performance in 7-Zip compression and decompression benchmark is about as high as on X570 motherboards.
Worth to add is that in this benchmark in use was nearly 60GB of RAM.
There are also no problems with rendering. Results are about as high as that on ASRock X570 motherboards.
As we can see in the Cinebench (above) and the PCMark benchmark series (below), the performance of our test platform is excellent.
PCMark 8 and PCMark 10
PCMark results are essential as they’re showing how all components work with each other in a mixed load environment. It can be translated into regular daily work, so what we all do and expect good results. The B550 Steel Legend performs exceptionally in this benchmark providing high scores in each category.