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!