ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming AM4 Motherboard Review: Page 4 of 9

Posted by Damon Bailey on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 8:00am

A Closer Look

 

ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming

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

ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming

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.

ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming

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 2x2 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.

ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming

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.

ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming

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.

ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming

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

ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming

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.

ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming

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

ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming

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

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