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ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming AM4 Motherboard Review

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Introduction

AMD’s latest midrange B450 platform is making quite the splash by offering 99% of what its bigger X470 platform does, but without the price tag to match. The main difference between X470 and B450 is the latter’s lack of being able to split the CPU’s PCIe lanes to more than 1 GPU, but that won’t really matter here on an ITX platform with one slot now will it? We recently checked out the ROG Strix X470-I Gaming so today we’ll check out the new baby brother and you can decide which one you should use.

 

ProClockers would like to thank ASUS for sending the ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming over to check out!

 

ASUS’s take on the ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming:
Featuring an innovative riser card that frees up real estate by elevating onboard audio and M.2 storage above the board, the ROG Strix B450-I Gaming packs the complete arsenal of ROG enhancements into the diminutive mini-ITX form factor. With intelligent overclocking and cooling, support for high-performance memory, all the latest connectivity options, and a host of firmware and software utilities that enhance your experience, the ROG Strix B450-I Gaming is a compact gaming powerhouse.

  • Powered by 2nd generation AMD® Ryzen™ AM4 processors to maximize connectivity and speed with dual NVMe M.2, USB 3.1 Gen2, 802.11ac WiFi, Gigabit LAN, and up to 32GB of DDR4 (3600 MHz)
  • 5-Way Optimization with Auto-Tuning and Fan Xpert 4 automatically tailors overclocking profiles to your unique build for maximum OC performance and dynamic system cooling
  • Aura Sync RGB lighting plus 2 additional RGB headers provide a nearly endless spectrum of colors with the ability to synchronize effects across an ever-expanding ecosystem of enabled products
  • M.2 audio combo card raises M.2 drives and SupremeFX audio circuitry to minimize lateral interference
  • Industry-leading 8-channel HD audio with the ROG exclusive SupremeFX S1220A driven by Japanese capacitors

AM4 socket for AMD Ryzen™ 2nd Generation / Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics / Ryzen™ 1st Generation Processors

The AMD Ryzen™ processor is based on the innovative Zen core architecture and features up to eight cores and Radeon™ Vega integrated graphics. Together with dual-channel DDR4 memory, native 5Gbps USB 3.1 Gen 1 and 16 PCI Express® 3.0/2.0 lanes, these AMD AM4-socket processors deliver superb computing performance.

AMD B450 chipset

The AMD B450 chipset delivers high performance and flexibility with the latest AMD AM4-socket Ryzen™ processors. It also offers AMD StoreMI storage acceleration technology and provides two 10Gbps USB 3.1 Gen2 ports, two USB 3.1 Gen1 ports, and four 6Gbps SATA ports for faster data retrieval.

Features & Specifications

SOLID HARDWARE SPECS FOR GAMING AND MORE

Ripe for cooling with air or liquid, the ROG Strix B450-I Gaming gives you the flexibility to pair any Ryzen CPU and graphics card into a suitable chassis without worrying about thermals. And with all the latest tech onboard, there’s less clutter in and around your build, leaving more space for accompanying hardware, gaming gear, and peripherals.

INNOVATION

ROG Strix B450-I Gaming features an innovative riser card to help alleviate the constraints imposed by the mini-ITX form factor. The M.2 Audio Combo Card frees up prized real estate by raising M.2 drives and SupremeFX audio circuitry above the mainboard to minimize lateral signal interference. And it’s neatly covered by a stylish heatsink that’s capable of keeping the latest high-performance SSDs cool.

Cooler By Design

ROG Strix B450-I Gaming features the most comprehensive cooling options ever, configurable via Fan Xpert 4 or the UEFI BIOS.

M.2 Heatsink

ROG Strix B450-I Gaming is equipped with a stylish, angular M.2 heatsink that keeps your SSD cool. By efficiently dissipating heat away from the M.2 area, ROG Strix B450-I Gaming minimizes the possibility of performance-sapping throttling, which can occur when drives become too warm.

Improved DDR4 Stability

Tuned to take full advantage of Ryzen’s capabilities, and ready for the latest memory kits, ROG Strix B450 Gaming series motherboards are built specifically for high-performance gaming rigs. Intelligent firmware delivers the plug-and-play experience that first-time DIYers demand and the essential tuning options that performance-addicts need. Maximize frame rates with a high-bandwidth memory kit or leverage a host of tuning options to extract peak performance potential from a modest setup. Load up any way you want and get into the game with ROG Strix B450 Gaming Series motherboards.

Intel Gigabit Ethernet

ROG Strix B450-I Gaming features Intel Ethernet (I211-AT), ensuring data exchanges with your network and the outside world are fast and smooth. Intel LAN reduces CPU overhead and increases TCP and UDP throughput, keeping more processing power available for the game.

Intel Integrated Ultra Wi-Fi support

ROG Strix B450-I Gaming features the latest Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi with 2×2 MU-MIMO and wide 160MHz channels, for wireless speeds of up to 1.73Gbps.* In fact, its integrated Wireless-AC 9560 Wi-Fi adapter pushes wireless data up to 2X faster than other Wi-Fi solutions — so you’ll get fast, smooth transfers, even when your rig is further away from the router. Intel Wireless-AC 9560 also offers Bluetooth 5.0 for connections that are up to 2X faster than ever before, and with up to 4X the range.

SupremeFX

Immerse yourself in sound with SupremeFX audio technology. Utilizing the S1220A codec, SupremeFX is the integrated-audio solution that’s engineered to provide a flat frequency response for a neutral, detailed sound signature. And to ensure that pristine signature is perfectly preserved, the front-panel output is driven with dual op-amps, delivering sonics with the scale and authority to create virtual worlds via your gaming headset.

DESIGN, CUSTOMIZATION, AND SETUP

Neat design touches, customization options, comprehensive validation lists, and the most diverse ecosystem of components in the industry make building and personalizing a gaming rig with the ROG Strix B450-I wonderfully easy.

CYBER OUTLOOK
The distinctive sleek cuts across the ROG Strix heatsink are now accented with a futuristic cyber-text pattern, fusing multiple gaming cultures to create a unique identity for this generation. But it’s not all about arresting looks: the all-new ROG Strix motherboards exude material excellence, with a high-quality metal heatsink that adds a premium touch.

Outshine the Competition

ROG Strix motherboards deliver sterling performance and superior aesthetics to Outshine the Competition. ASUS Aura offers full RGB lighting control with a variety of functional presets for the built-in RGB LEDs as well as strips connected to the onboard RGB header — and it can all be synced with an ever-growing portfolio of Aura-capable ASUS hardware.

Certified Compatibility

Having the freedom to pick and choose the parts that go into your machine is at the heart of PC DIY. That’s why ROG Strix undergoes an extensive certification program focused on providing the very best compatibility with the widest range of components and devices. Our extensive list of guaranteed-compatible components is an invaluable aid to building a ROG Strix gaming rig. It specifies thousands of compatible parts, and it includes a dedicated Qualified Vendor List (QVL) for memory — so you can build fuss-free.

The ROG Strix Ecosystem Awaits

Gear up with ROG Strix components, from graphics and monitors to mice and keyboards, and up your game with complementary aesthetics, control, and compatibility. The ROG Strix ecosystem is more extensive than any competing brand, so enjoy greater choice as your system expands.

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TUNE YOUR RIG THE WAY YOU WANT

Whether it’s overclocking, cooling, assigning network priorities, or tuning audio characteristics, the ROG Strix B450-I Gaming has the firmware options and software utilities to tailor your rig’s performance for any type of gaming environment.

Packaging & Unboxing

 

ASUS’s ROG Strix B450-I Gaming comes in the classic Strix box. Matte black with the neon ROG eye in the background, the B450-I is perched full color on the cover with the model written left center.

The rear has a picture of the board with specs and features laid out around it. Special features are called out on a banner near the bottom.

One end of the box has some features listed in multiple languages.

Once you open the box, you don’t really see much initially.

When you flip the flap up, you get a partial peek at the board inside.

There is a large block of cardboard holding the board in place, as well as a foam block.

Under the motherboard tray is a large pile of goodies.

You get the manual, driver disk, ROG sticker sheet, rear I/O, SATA and RGB cables, Wi-Fi antenna kit, M.2 drive mounting hardware, Zip tie, an adapter to make plugging in the front panel I/O easier and a thank you note from ASUS.

A Closer Look

 

ASUS manages to cram a TON of features into a diminutive ITX form factor.

Given the feature list, it’s no surprise the bottom of the board is quite busy. There are a ton of components back here, but most importantly is a 2nd M.2 drive slot.

The rear I/O area is somewhat sparse given how much I/O is on the board itself.  You get six USB ports, four USB 3.1 gen 1 and two USB 3.1 gen 2. You also get gigabit ethernet, 802.11 AC 2×2 WiFi, Lighted analog audio jacks which was also on the X470 version of this board, and a single HDMI 2.0b which is only available when using AMD Ryzen processors equipped with VEGA graphics.

The top corner has the 8-pin EPS connection to feed power to the AM4 socket, three 4-pin fan headers, and a pair of RGB headers that covers both analog and digital RGB setups.

The front edge is also jam-packed with connectors. Besides the main 24-pin power, you get a pair of SATA ports, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 headers and the front panel I/O connections.  It’s also easy to miss, but you get 4 LED’s near the 24-pin that indicate POST steps to help you quickly diagnose which sub-system is causing issues such as VGA or memory. Two more SATA ports sit just on the other side of the DIMM slots.

This is actually a pretty unique solution even though ASUS has used daughter boards on its ITX offerings before.

Even though the M.2 cover doesn’t light up like its X470 sibling, it pops loose quite easily and includes a thermal pad to help keep your drive cool.

Along the bottom of the front edge is a dozen RGB LED’s.

These LED’s create a nice indirect splash across your motherboard tray and of course, they are fully ASUS Aura controllable.

System Configuration & BIOS

 

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X

Motherboard: ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I

RAM: 16GB G.Skill TridentZ RGB 3200Mhz

GPU: Galax GTX 1070 HOF

SSD: Samsung 960 Pro 2TB

OS: Windows 10 Professional X64

Like most of ASUS’s boards, with the ROG Strix B450-I Gaming, you start out on a simplified landing page when entering the UEFI BIOS.

Hitting F7 brings you to the advanced part of the BIOS. This Main page gives a quick overview of your system.

The My Favorites is a customizable place for you to pin your own most used settings.

The Ai Tweaker page is where most would normally spend their time in the BIOS. We stopped by to kick XMP settings on via D.O.C.P.

The advanced tab has several useful things if you need to dig deep into the guts of the system, but a few things are here such as PXE booting if you wanted to network boot this system for example.

The Monitor tab is pretty short, with only 3 fan headers, 3 voltages, and a handful of temperatures to monitor, you don’t need much.

The Boot tab is pretty self-explanatory. In our experience, the need to visit this tab is pretty rare, most boards are pretty good about picking the right device and settings to get you to your chosen OS with little intervention.

The Tools tab should be the first stop on any new build if for no other reason than to update the BIOS. As we are checking this out prior to launch, there aren’t any new versions publicly available yet.

Another useful tool here is the SPD info page. This shows us our kit of memory is indeed rated for 3200Mhz operations.

The exit page has some useful things, even if you are used to hitting F10 to save and exit, you may find the need to load defaults or even force load an EFI shell from USB such as the Windows installer.

Accessible from the monitor tab or by pressing F6 at any time, the Q-fan control lets you manually adjust fans and profiles, or allow ASUS to optimize them for you with one click.

Software

 

The front edge lighting, as well as the Digital RGB header, are controlled by ASUS’s AURA software. There are quite a few effects to choose from, both static and dynamic, but our favorite was the Flash and Dance, as well as the Temperature mode. Other Aura compatible devices can be controlled from here as well.

 

The GameFirst IV Application allows you to Monitor and control all traffic over the Intel Gigabit Lan connection, as well as see statistics and vital information. By Default, the application runs in intelligent mode and will prioritize Traffic based on its purpose, but you can switch to Manual mode and take over full control. You can see here while browsing the web and installing games on Steam for benchmarking where most of the bandwidth is being used.

ASUS’s RAMCACHE II carves off a user selectable portion of system memory to speed up Disk transfers. Even if you have the fastest NVMe drive out there, using your ram as a cache can speed it up significantly.

As you can see, this makes a standard SATA SSD into a Monster! More than 12GB/s from a drive rated for 500MB/s is pretty snappy, and at the cost of a few unused GB’s of ram.

 

Clone Drive does exactly what the name implies. If you need to migrate to a new larger or faster SSD down the road, simply cone it over and away you go. It does work for data drives as well, not just your OS drive.

Overwolf

Overwolf is a clever, unobtrusive overlay that keeps you in the game and allows you to browse the Web, email, IM, stream or record while you play. The overlay features color-matched ROG skins that show you’re part of an elite pack. Grab it now from the Overwolf Appstore!

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Overwolf provides access to lots of tools for many popular games, as well as some handy utilities for streaming and online play.

Overwolf also comes with a small desktop widget similar to Dual Intelligent Processors 5.

Performance Testing

 

All benchmarks are run using stock settings on the CPU, which leaves XFR2 enabled for some automatic boosting. We set our ram to its XMP rated speeds of 3200MHz @ 16-18-18-38. Games where ran at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and higher presets used as indicated.

 

General Performance Testing

  • Futuremark PCMark 10
  • Principled Technologies WebXPRT 2015
  • Passmark Performance Test 9.0

CPU Performance

  • Super Pi – Mod 1.5
  • Cinebench R15
  • 7-zip

Memory Performance

  • AIDA64
  • Passmark  – Memory Mark
  • SiSoft Sandra

Storage Performance

  • CrystalDiskMark 6.0.0
  • ATTO Disk Benchmark
  • AS SSD Benchmark

Synthetic Gaming Performance

  • Futuremark 3DMark Firestrike
  • Futuremark 3DMark Timespy

Real Gaming Performance

  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Far Cry 5
  • Metro: Last Light
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

 

PCMark 10

PCMark 10 is the complete benchmark for the modern office. It is the ideal test for organizations that are evaluating PCs for a workforce with a range of performance needs. The tests in this benchmark cover a wide range of activities from everyday productivity tasks to demanding work with digital media content.
PCMark 10 uses a modular approach to build relevant benchmark tests around common end-user scenarios. A Test Group is a collection of workloads that share a common theme or purpose. There are four test groups in PCMark 10, we use three of them. Essentials: covers the common, everyday ways that people use a PC. The workloads include Web Browsing, Video Conferencing, and App Start-up time.  Productivity: measures system performance with everyday office applications. This test group includes the Spreadsheets and Writing workloads. Digital Content Creation: This test group’s workload reflects the demands of working with digital content and media. The tests include Photo Editing, Video Editing, and Rendering and Visualization.

Our first general system test edges out our other B450 system overall, but trades blows in most of the subcategories.

 

WebXPRT 2015

WebXPRT 2013 uses scenarios created to mirror the tasks you do every day to compare the performance of almost any Web-enabled device. It contains four HTML5- and JavaScript-based workloads: Photo Effects, Face Detect, Stocks Dashboard, and Offline Notes.  WebXPRT is run with the latest stable release version of Google Chrome browser, in this case, Version 61.

While a score of 742 comes in lower on the chart, the difference is within the margin of error since the score is +/- 9 points.

 

PassMark PerformanceTest 9
Fast, easy to use, PC speed testing and benchmarking. PassMark PerformanceTest allows you to objectively benchmark a PC using a variety of different speed tests and compare the results to other computers.

Passmark comes in a few points behind other systems, but only a few hundred points.

 

CPU Performance Testing

Super PI Modded 1.5

“In August 1995, the calculation of pi up to 4,294,960,000 decimal digits was succeeded by using a supercomputer at the University of Tokyo. The program was written by D.Takahashi in collaboration with Dr.Y.Kanada at the computer center. This record should be the current world record. (Details are shown in the windows help.) This record-breaking program was ported to personal computer environments such as Windows NT and Windows 95. In order to calculate 33.55 million digits, it takes 3 days with a Pentium 90 MHz, 40 MB main memory and 340 MB available storage.”

Super Pi finishes its run in 9 minutes and 31 seconds, our fastest 400 series time to date.

 

CINEBENCH R15

“CINEBENCH is a real-world cross platform test suite that evaluates your computer’s performance capabilities. CINEBENCH is based on MAXON’s award-winning animation software CINEMA 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation. MAXON software has been used in blockbuster movies such as Iron Man 3, Oblivion, Life of Pi or Prometheus and much more.CINEBENCH is the perfect tool to compare CPU and graphics performance across various systems and platforms (Windows and OS X). And best of all: It’s completely free.”

On the flip side of the coin, with all cores engaged, the Strix B450-I Gaming manages 4 points behind 1st place with 1773 points.

 

7-Zip

The benchmark shows a rating of MIPS (million instructions per second). The rating value is calculated from the measured speed, and it is normalized with results of Intel Core 2 CPU with multi-threading option switched off. So if you have modern CPU from Intel or AMD, rating values in single-thread mode must be close to real CPU frequency. There are two tests, compression with LZMA method and decompression with LZMA method. Once the total passes reach 100, the score is taken.

7zip comes in a hair lower than our other B450 board, but still well ahead of the X470 platforms.

 

Memory Performance Testing

AIDA64 Engineer Edition

“FinalWire Ltd. today announced the immediate availability of AIDA64 Extreme Edition 1.50 software, a streamlined diagnostic and benchmarking tool for home users; and the immediate availability of AIDA64 Business Edition 1.50 software, an essential network management solution for small and medium scale enterprises. The new AIDA64 update implements AVX-optimized benchmarks for the upcoming Intel Sandy Bridge processors, adds a brand-new video encoding benchmark, and supports the latest AMD and NVIDIA graphics processors.”

Memory bandwidth is spot on where it should be, hitting around 46GB/s writes and 47GB/s reads.

Latency comes in at a snappy 68.2 ns. It’s hard to highly optimize PCB trace layout on such a cramped board, but ASUS does a good job at it and snags the lowest latency yet of the AMD 400 series platforms.

 

Passmark Performance Test – Memory Mark – Threaded

“Fast, easy to use, PC speed testing and benchmarking. PassMark Performance Test ™ allows you to objectively benchmark a PC using a variety of different speed tests and compare the results to other computers.”

Passmark’s Memory Mark gives us a score of 43,431.

 

SiSoft Sandra

“SiSoftware Sandra provides a robust package of diagnostic tools for testing your system and teasing out its problems–or potential headaches.”

In Sisoft, memory bandwidth shows a flat 37GB/s across the board placing it firmly in first place on AMD systems.

 

Storage Testing

ATTO Disk Benchmark

“As the industry’s leading provider of high-performance storage & network connectivity products, ATTO has created a widely-accepted Disk Benchmark freeware utility to help measure storage system performance. As one of the top tools utilized in the industry, Disk Benchmark identifies performance in hard drives, solid state drives, RAID arrays as well as connections to storage. Top drive manufacturers, like Hitachi, build and test every drive using the ATTO Disk Benchmark”

ATTO shows the Samsung NVMe drive running more than 1GB/s slower on reads than it should, and even write speeds are down a few hundred MB/s. Interesting.

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CrystalDiskMark 6.0

“CrystalDiskMark is designed to quickly test the performance of your hard drives. Currently, the program allows measuring sequential and random read/write speeds.”

CrystalDiskMark shows quite clearly our Samsung 960 Pro is certainly heavily impaired on read speeds and slowed down a bit from rated write speeds as well.

Crystal Disk Info shows the drive is connected and operating at its intended PCIe 3.0 x4 link speed, so we’re not sure where the bottleneck is coming from.

 

AS SSD

The AS SSD benchmark determines the performance of Solid State Drives (SSD). The tool contains six synthetic and three copy tests. The synthetic tests determine the sequential and random read and write performance of the SSD. These tests are performed without using the operating system cache. In the sequential test, the program measures how long it takes to read and write a 1 GB file. In the 4K test, read and write performance is determined for randomly selected 4K blocks. The 4K-64 Third test is equivalent to the 4K procedure, except that the read and write operations are distributed to 64 threads. This test should show differences between the IDE operating mode where NCQ is not supported and the AHCI mode for SSDs with Native Command Queuing (NCQ). The additional compression test can measure the performance of the SSD as a function of the compressibility of the data. This is especially important for the controllers that are used to increase the performance and life of the cell compression.

AS SSD sort of does its own thing. The scores here are ok but still a little lower than we’d like.

 

Synthetic Game Testing

3DMark – Fire Strike

“Fire Strike is a showcase DirectX 11 benchmark designed for today’s high-performance gaming PCs. It is our most ambitious and technical benchmark ever, featuring real-time graphics rendered with detail and complexity far beyond what is found in other benchmarks and games today”

The combined test came in a little lower than expected here dropping the Strix B450-I to the bottom of the list while most of the scores are very close.

 

3DMark – Time Spy

“3Dmark Time Spy is a new DirectX 12 benchmark test for Windows 10 gaming PCs. Time Spay is one of the first DirectX 12 apps to be built “the right way” from the ground up to fully realize the performance gains that the new API offers. With DirectX 12 engine, which supports new API features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading, Time Spy is the ideal test for benchmarking the latest graphics cards.”

Timespy also shows a performance level near the top of the list.

 

Real Gaming Performance

Grand Theft Auto V

“When a young street hustler, a retired bank robber, and a terrifying psychopath find themselves entangled with some of the most frightening and deranged elements of the criminal underworld, the U.S. government and the entertainment industry, they must pull off a series of dangerous heists to survive in a ruthless city in which they can trust nobody, least of all each other.”

The ‘oldie but goldie’ GTA: V comes in with an average of 139 FPS.

 

Far Cry 5

Anything can happen. Everything will.

Welcome to Hope County, Montana, land of the free and the brave, but also home to a fanatical doomsday cult—known as The Project at Eden’s Gate—that is threatening the community’s freedom. Stand up to the cult’s leaders, Joseph Seed and the Heralds, as you spark the fires of resistance that will liberate the besieged community.

 One of the newest games in our test suite, Far Cry 5 lands at 91 FPS average at 1080P, matching our other B450 system.

 

Metro: Last Light

“It Is the Year 2034. Beneath the ruins of post-apocalyptic Moscow, in the tunnels of the Metro, the remnants of mankind are besieged by deadly threats from outside – and within. Mutants stalk the catacombs beneath the desolate surface, and hunt amidst the poisoned skies above.”

Developed by 4A Games and published by Deepsilver, Metro: Last Light uses the 4A game engine. At its highest settings, the 4A game engine is capable of bringing all but the most extreme gaming systems to their knees.

Metro: Last Light comes in at 109 FPS average over 3 test runs, surpassing most of the X470 systems and our other B450 system.

 

Dues Ex: Mankind Divided

The year is 2029, and mechanically augmented humans have now been deemed outcasts, living a life of complete and total segregation from the rest of society. Now an experienced covert operative, Adam Jensen is forced to operate in a world that has grown to despise his kind. Armed with a new arsenal of state-of-the-art weapons and augmentations, he must choose the right approach, along with who to trust, in order to unravel a vast worldwide conspiracy.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided really doesn’t show a strong preference here to any of the boards.

Overclocking

 

 

AMD’s latest CPU’s don’t leave a lot of room to overclock with how aggressive XFR and everything is, they CPU already spends much of its time north of the 4GHz mark, but we’ll claw a little more out of it anyway.

We’ll start with ASUS’s own EZ Tuning wizard.

You answer a few questions about how your system is configured.

And you get an estimate of performance increase.

This gives us 4.12GHz on all eight cores and around 2200Mhz memory speed, a significant drop from the 3200MHz XMP rating.

 

EZ Tune lands us a 4.12 GHz CPU speed but kicks the memory speed down to about 2200MHz.

In the end, our best and 100% stable overclock was 4.175GHz. We did get 4.25GHz bootable, but could not get benchmark stable at this speed.

Final Thoughts & Conclusion

 

ASUS continues to deliver a well-rounded and fully inclusive ITX offering on every platform, and the B450 is no different. With B450 being able to do everything X470 can except split up PCIe slots for multiple graphics cards which is a non-issue on ITX, there really isn’t a reason to spend more on the X470 version of this board. AMD and ASUS continue to tweak drivers and performance which is quite evident with a midrange board beating X470 boards tested in the last few months in most tests. We’re not sure why NVMe speeds are impacted here, there should be plenty of bandwidth available on the platform so we’ll have to reach out to ASUS and figure that one out and update this review.

Performance is awesome, aesthetics continue to do well, the only thing we sort of miss on the Strix B450-I gaming is the light-up ROG eye on the M.2 cover. The socket is there, it just doesn’t have the lights in the cover this time like the X470 did. There is no lack of expansion capabilities with the myriad of ports around the board, and there are plenty of fan headers too, something quite welcome on an ITX offering capable of this level of performance.

 

Great Job ASUS!

 

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