ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming AM4 Motherboard Review: Page 5 of 9

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

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

ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming

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.

ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming

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

ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming

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

ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming

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.

ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming

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.

ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming

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.

ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming

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.

ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming

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.

ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming

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

ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming

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.

ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming

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.

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