If you have been looking with envious eyes at the 2nd generation of AMD Ryzen motherboard, then this Asus ROG Strix B450-F Gaming AMD B450 DDR4 SDRAM motherboard manages to combine the performance and a feature set that we desire with an exceptional or great look and all wrapped up in an affordable or budget package.
Although it might not quite best the full-fat X470 models, it gets a damn sight closer than anyone excepted.
- AMD AM4 CPU socket
- B450 Chipset
- DDR4 RAM memory
- Fast memory speed
- 6+2 power digital phase design
- Display port and video ports
- Extensive connectivity ports
- Intel Gigabyte LAN
- 4 DIMMs sockets
- 4-pin fan headers
- Three years warranty
- HD audio codec
So, the included accessory stack is appropriate for the motherboard and should contain what is need to get started, thus the accessories included are:
- 4 SATA cables
- 2 screws
- RGB lighting extensions
- 7 Zip ties
- Alternative chipset cover
- Driver disk
- Asus ROG stickers
- Asus ROG door hanger
Additionally, the motherboard itself is matte black with a shiny black stenciling around the PCI and the chipsets, with Asus ROG related slogans like the republic of gamers, hybrid, and few characters from languages other than English.
It is worth noting, this design is also on the back of the motherboard in grey, but unless you happen to have a case with a see-through motherboard tray and this is not something you are going to see once the motherboard is installed.
Moreover, covering the rear input or output are and parts of the VRM heatsink is a plastic shroud with only AURA RGB LED implementation on the motherboard and embedded in the Asus ROG logo.
However, the heatsinks for the VRMs are grey and they have a fair amount of surface area to keep the heat-producing components underneath running in specifications.
Furthermore, the Asus employs its safe slot reinforcement technology on the first two full-length PCIe slots and identifying the primary PCIe slots in the process as well.
Although, another design feature that is similar to what we saw in the PCIe area is located on the chipset heatsink as well. Also, Asus calls this styling a futuristic cyber test pattern which fuses multiple gaming cultures to create a unique identity for this generation, according to Asus.
If the brighter plate on the chipset is not your style a more subtle option is included. In order to swap these out which simply peel off the cover protecting the tape and stick it on.
Overall, the Asus Strix B450-F Gaming presents users with a fairly blank slate to work in with a building theme. If the single RGB LED section is not enough, then there’re two headers on the motherboard to expand your lighting options.
However, Both the integrated & external RGB LEDs are controlled through the Asus AURA Sync software. Taking a look at the top half of this motherboard. We will focus on the AMD AM4 CPU socket first, where you will find VRMs and DRAM slots as well as a few fan headers.
On the left side, we get a much better look at the shroud which partially covers on of the two VRMs heatsinks and also holds the RGB LEDs lights under the Asus ROG symbol.
So, the heatsinks themselves are tall and able to dissipate the heat generated from the 6+2 phase VRM in our testing. Just above the heatsink is a single 8 pin EPS connector for the processor.
In addition, the VRM is 6 total phases managed by a 4+2 channel controller and the SOC uses a split or teamed 2+2 configuration. In a nutshell, we should not have an issue driving most processors with this setup.
We did not have an issue without 2700X overclocked at 4.2GHz which is about the end of the road for the current generation AMD Ryzen based processors.
OF the motherboards, six total fan headers four are located on the top half, two sit on the right of the top VRMs heatsinks, and two more live above the PCIe x 1 slot.
The two located to the right of the VRMs are for the processor fans with the other two including CHA_FAN1_ and AIO_PUMP designated for the fan case and an AIO PUMP duty as well.
All the fan headers on this motherboard support both DC and PWM fans and it can be controlled through the Q fan in the BIOS and fan Xpert 4 in the AI suite as well.
Just below the two fan headers, there is a Q LED which displays a color LED to identify where in the boot process the motherboard may be. So, the four options are boot, VGA, DRAM, and CPU respectively.
If it gets hung up in one of those areas, the LED remains lit and letting you know there’s an issue in that area. This’s an important feature, especially since the motherboard does not include a postcode LED debugger or deep speaker.
In addition to the fan headers to the right of the VRM, we see the first of two RGB headers and the other located across the bottom of the motherboard next to the other fan headers.
Both the RGB headers connect to standard 5050 digital LED strips and will output a maximum of 3A or 36W. Although, both the integrated and control RGBs are controlling via the Asus ROG AURA Sync Software.
Continue to move right, we run into the 4 DRAM slots. They lack any metal protection and RGB lighting but do use a single latch to lock the memory sticks down securely. If you happen to swap out the RAM memory frequently, then you may learn to like them for easier removal.
Either way, the sticks are not going anywhere, once you get them latched in. Finally, on the far right side, there is the 24-pin power ATX connector and a front-panel USB 3.1 generation header.
Looking at the bottom half of the motherboard, on the left side, we find the audio bits, which are separated from the rest of the motherboard by a small yellow line.
Under the shi8ny faraday cage labeled SupremeFX is the audio module with the same namesake and marketing aside, what you are looking at here Asus twist on the HD audio codec Realtek ALC 1220.
So, the dedicated audio capacitors are made by Nichicon and said to produce warm or hot and natural audio as well. Additionally, pumping out the tunes to your headphones are dual Optional amplifiers that are able to support input impedance of 32-600 Ohm which is fairly typical.
Frequently Asked Questions:
IS Asus ROG Strix B450-F gaming motherboard is a good motherboard?
Asus places the B450-F gaming as a middle of the road from its Asus ROG lineup. It comes with a budget price of $120 and its supports both AMD and NVIDIA-based multi graphics card (GPU) build.
Overall, it is a mid-range gaming motherboard with some premium aesthetics which we will delve into below.
Are Asus ROG motherboards good?
Asus ROG Strix B55-E gaming motherboard… performance too is typically good or the best for a high-end Asus motherboard, matching X570 motherboards for gaming performance without any issue.
That said of the B550 motherboards we have tested. it is a far more affordable MSI motherboard that actually comes out top in our straight performance testing.
Is Asus ROG Strix g is good for gaming?
The Asus ROG G gets the latest or powerful 9th generation Intel core processors and it supports up to NVIDIA GTX 1650 graphics. Also, the Asus ROG Strix G is one of the most stunning-looking gaming laptops in its budget price range.
What CPU is compatible with the Asus ROG Strix B450-F?
This Asus motherboard uses the AMD B450 chipset and it is compatible with 1st generation, 2nd generation, and 3rd generation AMD Ryzen and Athlon processors which featuring the AMD AM4 CPU socket.