ASUS ROG STRIX B450-F Gaming II Review 18

ASUS ROG STRIX B450-F Gaming II Review

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Introduction

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Last year, AMD released the Ryzen 5000 series desktop processors in one of the most monumental hardware launches of the modern era. This final step completed the Red brand's ascent back into the forefront of the desktop processor market that began with the launch of the first generation of Ryzen CPUs.

With the Ryzen 3000 launch in 2019 came the AMD X570 chipset. Featuring PCIe 4.0 support, X570 was an impressive leap from generations past. It was also hot, with motherboards often including chipset cooling fans, and, more significantly, expensive. The high cost of the chipset increased the average cost of X570 motherboards considerably over previous generations.

While AMD has done a great job of maintaining motherboard compatibility with new generation processors, none of the previous-generation AM4 motherboards featured official PCIe 4.0 support, not even for the storage and PCIe controlled by PCIe 4.0 compatible CPUs. Enter B550, the more value-oriented little brother of X570. While the B550 chipset is PCIe 3.0 only, B550 motherboards support PCIe 4.0 from the CPU to the primary PCIe slot as well as the primary M.2 slot (dependent on a PCIe 4.0 ready CPU). With PCIe 4.0 support also came increased cost. PCIe 4.0 devices are still rare in 2021, so for those on a budget, the tried and true B450 chipset is the way to go. What B450 lacks in cutting-edge features it makes up for in value.


The ASUS ROG STRIX B450-F Gaming II features a robust VRM cooling solution and a 8+4 VRM design. BIOS flashback has also been included, as well as ASUS's excellent BIOS designed to provide an optimal, stress-free overclocking experience. The ASUS ROG STRIX B450-F Gaming II is even compatible with the latest Ryzen 5000 series processors. All of this performance is bundled into a sleek, modern package that comes in at less than US$150.

Let's take a closer look at what the ASUS ROG STRIX B450-F Gaming II has to offer.

Specifications

Specifications
CPU Support:AMD AM4 Socket for AMD Ryzen? 5000 Series/ 4000 G-Series/ 3rd/2nd/1st Gen
Power Design: CPU Power: 12-phase*
Memory Power: 2-phase
Chipset:AMD B450
Integrated Graphics:Dependent on installed CPU
Memory:4x DIMM, supports dual-channel DDR4-4400 (OC) MHz
BIOS:AMI UEFI BIOS
Expansion Slots: 3x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16/x0/x4 or x8/x8/x4) slots
3x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots
Storage: 6x SATA 6 Gb/s ports
2x M.2 ports (SATA3/PCIe 3.0 x4)
Networking:Intel? I211AT Gigabit Ethernet
Rear Ports:1x RJ45 Ethernet port
2x USB 3.2 Gen 2
3x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 USB Type-C?
1x BIOS FlashBack? Button
1x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port
1x DisplayPort
1x HDMI
2x USB 2.0
1x Optical S/PDIF out
5x Audio jacks
Audio:1x Realtek ALC1220A Codec
Fan Headers:6x 4-pin
Form Factor:ATX Form Factor: 12.0 in x 9.6 in, 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm
Exclusive Features:
  • Aura Sync
  • ASUS Q-Design
  • ASUS Q-DIMM
  • ASUS Q-LED
  • ASUS Q-Slot
  • ASUS Thermal Solution
  • Aluminium M.2 heatsink
  • ASUS EZ DIY
  • BIOS FlashBack? button
  • BIOS FlashBack? LED
  • Clear CMOS header
  • Pre-mounted I/O shield
  • SafeSlot
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