ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming AM4 Motherboard Review: Page 6 of 9

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

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.

 ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming

ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming

ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming

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 ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming

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.

ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming

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.

 ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming

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!

ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming

ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming

ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming

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

ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming

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

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