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ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming AMD B450 DDR4-SDRAM Motherboard

4.7 10 reviews

EUR10890

Details
Supports up to 64GB Dual Channel DDR4-SDRAM ATX form factor Ports: 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI, 1 x LAN (RJ45), 2 x USB3.1 Gen2, 4 x USB3.1 Gen1, 2 x USB2.0, 1 x Optical S/PDIF out, 5 x Audio jacks Chipset: AMD B450 Backed by a 3 years manufacturers warranty
Reviews
User says:

I recently sold my old Intel based 4790k system with the intention of upgrading to something a little more future proof, and importantly, faster. After doing a lot of research I decided to be daring and make a move over to the red team! This was for a few reasons. AMD at the moment just represents far better value for money, power for pound. The AM4 platform has also matured to a level where it is robust and reliable, so no longer an unknown quantity as was the case when it first launched. AMD are also promising that the AM4 platform will be around until at least 2020, whereas Intel are rumoured to be dropping socket 1151 after the 9th gen CPU’s are launched in the near future. Red team decided, I quickly opted for a Ryzen 5 2600 processor. With Amazon’s pricing at the time of purchase it was amazing value for money. The question though, which motherboard to slot it into! Again I donned my research cap and settled on the Asus ROG Strix B450-F gaming motherboard, and with good reason. The B450 platform offers almost all the advantages you would get from the new X470 platform, but with a significant cost saving. You lose some functionality such as less USB ports and SLI compatibility, but get access to precision overboost overdrive and Store MI. That’s not to mention guaranteed support for second gen Ryzen CPU’s. If you have the cash I would recommend getting an X470 board, but if you want value for money, or a good system on a budget, then B450 is the obvious choice. The board was a pleasure to work with when building a new system. I have been self-building systems for 22 years and off the top of my head I cannot think of a board I’ve worked with that was more intuitive. Observations include: Fan headers are just ‘in the right place’. There’s a selection close to the CPU, but also close to where rear mounted fans would go. Additional headers can be found at the top (perfect for AIO solutions), and also at the bottom which works well for both bottom and front mounted cooling solutions. Also, whilst I can’t speak for others, the RBG headers were perfectly located for my needs (top and bottom of the board). All 6 SATA ports are mounted perpendicular to the motherboard, which places less stress on the SATA connections and is also better for good cable management. The IO shield is already connected as part of the motherboard; this is a small but useful feature. You’re less likely to misplace it (it happens), and less likely to cut your fingers on the sharp edges (it happens). Port selection is very good. There are more than enough connections on the motherboard, with a sufficient amount of headers for additional connectivity. Two M.2 slots. On a board of this level and price I would expect to see a single M.2 slot, but to have two is a real treat. However note that when populating the second M.2 it drops the speed of the PCI-E lane for your GPU from 16x to 8x. This translates to a performance loss of under 1% (Source – Gamers Nexus), so it’s not really anything to worry about. The Aura RGB looks absolutely lovely. The on-board RGB close to the IO shield can be set to light up all the time, or just when the system is on, which is a nice touch. My CoolerMaster AIO cooler also has RGB and synced to the motherboard automatically with no set-up required. The Asus Aura software is excellent too; it even lets me Sync with my Philips Hue lights! Overall this board ticks all the boxes. It’s relatively cheap, I’d say it hits the premium budget category, but it’s still a step up from an Asus Prime motherboard. It’s comprehensively kitted out and features a chipset that won’t leave you regretting the purchase. Overclocking is impressive too. When running 3DMark the motherboard automatically boosted by CPU to 4.2GHz, which is the level most overclockers see with their 2600’s running more expensive X470 chipsets. One thing of note, for dual channel memory use slots 2 and 4, not 1 and 3. The motherboard and CPU should see me all the way to 2020 without incident. Then unlike Intel I will be able to swap the CPU for the best one around in 2020 and continue to benefit for a few additional years. TL;DR - This is a great board, buy with confidence.

User says:

Plus points: - Its a motherboard - It works. - Adequate ports - Multiple fan drivers for around 4 fans - Minimal touch so far as drivers are concerned. On first boot post build it prompted me to download the tools for the motherboard which was a nice touch. Not so great: - Just adopt the Intel Front Panel pin outs! The Intel solution is well thought out and just works. Forget trying to read the pin labels unless you have a microscope!

User says:

La mobo fa il suo lavoro ed è molto accattivante esteticamente ma ha un piccolo neo: non sfrutta la tecnologia xmp per l'overclock automatico delle ram. Ha però un sistema manuale per farlo ed ecco qui il neo... Io ho 16gb di Corsair Vengeance a 3000 mhz montate sulla mobo e nonostante siano le ram più diffuse e vendute probabilmente sul mercato, non vengono supportate se overclockate a 3000 mhz, sono riuscito a settarle dopo aver aggiornato il bios a 2666 mhz ma non oltre, per quanto non vi siano differenze rilevanti ai fini del funzionamento è cmq scocciante perchè la scheda viene venduta specificando che quella frequenza viene supportata ma non con tutte le ram questo è fattibile. Una rog strix, scheda concepita per il gaming dove appuntano le frequenze delle ram vengono sfruttate al massimo, ad oggi non dovrebbe avere queste problematiche soprattutto se si sfruttano memorie ram commercialissime di uso comune e diffusissimo.

User says:

This is good for what it advertises itself to be. Fast and easy installation. I am using it with a Ryzen 7 2700X - installation was easier than the previous pentium, celeron, Core 2 Duo, Athlon, Core i5 CPUs I have used. Thermal paste included. Just place it in the right position, turn the lever and you're done. Nice back - no fiddling around with backplates as it is built in. There are quite a few USB ports, but I always feel I need more to attach external card readers, external hard drives x3, camera, phone, printer, scanner, guitar effects pedal (boss me-25, since you ask), usb microphone. The usb-c port is present and correct, but most usb-c hubs come with 15cm cables which are difficult to access if you can't get to the back of your PC very easily, so I had to buy a usb-c extension cable, which works fine. There are internal hi-def audio and usb 3.0 port connectors, but you need to buy a separate front panel to actually use these things. I have ordered one (https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07KWR7BSJ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) - let's see how that works. I have a firewire audio interface (m-audio firewire 410). I bought a PCI firewire card (https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00MMKJJY4/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) but this is not working. I have been informed that this is because this uses the VIA chipset and I should get one with a Texas instrument chipset instead. In future, I would get a mobo with built in firewire port (if possible) and more usb ports to save myself some hassle. Once you go into the settings, you can choose whether or not to have all 6 SATA interfaces working with the NVME card or not (trade off- loss in speed of the NVME device). I am not playing fast games so I was fine with activating all 6 SATAs - to allow the 4 hard discs and DVD drive to be used alongside the NVME. If that option wasn't there, I would have removed one of the hard drives, which would not have been the end of the world. Othwerise, excellent performance. Highly recommended with the caveats above.

User says:

ASUS RoG products are some of the best on the market (having installed and having experience with a multitude of other brands). This motherboard is no exception, although there are a few things to note. I purchased this thinking it would be exactly the same as the ROG Strix B450-E motherboard, but only missing the WiFi (I did not need this in the build). However, this model differs by having no included M.2 headsink, there is an RGB stripe missing on this compared to the B450-E model just below the ROG logo and it has fewer RGB headers overall. If any of these things are required by you, then I would opt for the B450-E model as it's more fully featured for the extra you pay. That said however, this is a solid performing AM4 board for the money; VRM's are good overall for running higher core processors, and the stock voltages are more accurate than other boards when using the same processor (had issues with an Aorus Ultra over-volting a poor 2600X). Memory compatability is solid, however at time of writing there is no out-the-box upport for Corsair VEngeance RGB memory without running their iCUE software in conjunction with ASUS AURA (extra bloatware you can be doing without judging by how much of a resource hog iCUE actually is; Gamers Nexus posted a video demonstrating this). Another good point is the inclusion of a temperature sensor that can be linked to fan control in the BIOS; handy for custom water cooling types! Slightly more expensive than some basic B450 boards, but worth it in my view for the feature set.

User says:

Das Board ist qualitativ over the top da gibt es gar nichts. Es ist nur so, dass ASUS verdammtnochmal noch nicht einmal mehr einen Satz vernünftiger ATX Board-Screw Gewinde mit dazugehörigen Schrauben für den Preis rein legt, aber dann 34234324234 verschiedene, schwachsinnige Aufkleber, wie bei kleinen Kindern - sowas braucht doch kein Mensch. Legt doch mal mehr wert, auf das "Wesentliche", nämlich, dass die Funktion von dem Ding gut ist und dass man es anständig installieren kann. Dieser ganze dumme "Leuchtquatsch" in allen Farben und BIldchen hier und Stickerchen da, sowas geht eher im ZWeifelsfall mit dem postalischen Weg als Retoure zurück, wenn der verärgerte KUnde es nicht einmal installieren kann! Zum Glück hat man sowas ja mittlerweile daheim gebunkert, aber was wäre wenn nicht Hauptsache jedes einzelne Teil muss in allen Farben leuchten wo sind wir hier eigentlich - das hat ja nichts mehr mit Stil zu tun. Das ist einfach nur noch hochpervertierter Wahnsinn und sieht auch gar nicht mehr cool aus, es war noch zu einfarbigen Zeiten "extrem cool" aber das ist lächerlich. Da wird mit AuraSync geworben was nichts anderes bedeutet, wie "ja es ist genauso bunt im Gehäuse, wie auf der Tastatur". Die meißten Spieler wollen sowas gar nicht und stellen den Mist schleunigst wieder ab, weil einfarbig für das menschliche Auge auf dauer erträglicher ist und besser ausieht. Dummen Mitläufer-Hersteller MAN macht doch einfach euer eigenes Ding, ohne Witz. Immer dieser "State of the Art" Mist, dass jeder alles 0815 mitmachen muss, was der Vorgänger vormacht ich kanns nicht mehr sehen so. Aber das Board ansich ist qualitativ wie gesagt top.

User says:

This is our second PC build, previous build was centered around the i7 and Asus 970 Strix in SLI it was a beast of a PC. So after a few years, a few issues and lack of supporting spares, cheers motherboard manufacturers for constantly changing the pin amount, we have built a new pc based on the ROG B450 F, the AMD 3600x and the 2070 super. The build was simple, the setup easy and installation a doddle. We have used Artic silver for thermal transfer, which reduces temperatures enough to allow use of the stock fan, note.. the supplied fan with the AMD is not the light up as advertised. The windows installation was straight forward and bios was up to date to accept the components we were installing. Visit manufacturer websites for the Gucci software and ensure your drivers are up to date. Now, I’m not one for tech specs but I will say “beast” that is the computing performance, graphical look and output and I mean solid, it looks amazing, is very quiet,(make sure the AMD fan is secure to the stops) and keeps cool. (We have made use of the extra fan ports and some splitters, running about eight cooling fans. All in all a monster PC that cost about £1000, which is not bad.

User says:

I was looking for a simple motherboard for a Ryzen 5 CPU, and this fits the bill OK. I'm not exactly the target audience, and some of the features of the board look like unnecessary and silly features to me, like the LED color animation. This board is pretty solid and has not given me any problems so far. The board has 6 SATA connectors, but if you are also using an M.2 disk, then the last 2 SATA ports are disabled. This is a pretty ittitating limitation, IMHO. The BIOS is functional, but again loaded with features that make navigating the BIOS menu unnecessarily difficult. I'd prefer a simple text based menu with a good keyboard navigation. Instead you get a graphically overloaded menu with mouse navigation, that never feels quite natural (think GUIs of games from the late '90s). Keyboard navigation is still possible, but also does not feel very natural to me. However, the BIOS allows you to tune a lot of features in quite some detail. Also, there are 2 or 3 different layers of LED settings, and I failed miserably to disable the RGB LED animation, and have the power LED on when the PC is ON, and OFF when the PC is in standby. Some things are just difficult, apparently. Updating the BIOS is really easy and can be done from the BIOS itself. No more booting into FreeDOS to update the BISO. Yay!

User says:

Had issues with a MSI board and RAM overclocking after doing a BIOS update for CPU support that made no sense or was able to fix. This worked straight out the box with processor & accepted overclocked RAM on first attempt and now had 3600mhz RAM overclocked to over 4000mhz since building and has been rock solid. The board is well made and looks the part. The all in covered IO really gives it a better finish nothing worse than cheap IO shields from razor sharp thin bendy metal on a motherboard to realise that it was an afterthought. For the price it was easy to pick this one and wasn't disappointed. Have since upgraded to a 3600 CPU and worked with no problem. I did flash to latest BIOS before hand just incase but didn't then create any other problems like I had on a different brand of board.

User says:

For the it's price, you get everything that you need and more. The only drawback is that there is no bios flashback button but it's ok since it came with a ryzen 3000 ready sticker. Make sure you see that sticker on the box. If it's missing, you will need to use an older CPU to update the bios since there is no bios flashback button on the board. If that is the case, you can ask for a replacement or ask AMD for their free kit which gives you a CPU to use for the update of the bios, then you will have to return that CPU. The motherboard manual is really good and explains everything in detail, as it should. You also get a lot of stickers, 1 led strip cable, 2 sata cables and a couple of black cable ties. All in all, great product with a lot of expansions, usb3, usb type c, 2 md2 ssd slots, 3 chasis fan connectors, 1 led strip connection, 2 pump connector. I recommend this boardbif you don't have a big budget but want a solid product.

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