Wednesday, May 24th 2017

ASUS Intros the ROG STRIX B350-F Gaming Motherboard

ASUS today introduced its RGB LED-rich implementation of AMD's mid-tier B350 chipset, with the ROG STRIX B350-F Gaming motherboard. This socket AM4 motherboard built in the ATX form-factor, this is one of the rare few B350 chipset based boards to feature two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots wired to the AM4 SoC, and x8/x8 lane switching, something B350-based boards generally lack. Don't expect SLI support, though. You can still install CrossFireX with not just these two slots, but also the third x16 (electrical x4) slot wired to the chipset. Three x1 slots make for the rest of the expansion. The board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors, conditioning it for the SoC using an 8-phase VRM.

Storage connectivity on the ROG STRIX B350-F Gaming includes one 32 Gb/s M.2 slot with NVMe booting support, and six SATA 6 Gb/s ports. USB connectivity includes two 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 ports (both type-A, rear panel), and six 5 Gb/s USB 3.0 ports (four on the rear panel, two by headers). Networking is care of an Intel I211-AT gigabit Ethernet controller. The ROG SupremeFX onboard audio solution is powered by a Realtek ALC1220 CODEC (up to 120 dBA SNR), mated with two headphones amplifiers, audio-grade capacitors, and ground-layer isolation. Besides the RGB LED-lit ornament on the chipset heatsink, the board features two RGB LED headers, controlled by the ASUS Aura Sync RGB software. The company didn't reveal pricing, although we expect it to be around the $140 mark.
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5 Comments on ASUS Intros the ROG STRIX B350-F Gaming Motherboard

#1
Camm
Was personally hoping we might finally see a Crosshair Formula. Oh well.
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#2
Nuckles56
Camm, post: 3664313, member: 110377"
Was personally hoping we might finally see a Crosshair Formula. Oh well.
It'll arrive in 2019 no doubt
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btarunr
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Camm, post: 3664313, member: 110377"
Was personally hoping we might finally see a Crosshair Formula. Oh well.
Maybe ASUS is reserving Forumla/Extreme for the Threadripper platform.
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#4
Chufeg
How am I supposed to put 3rd videocard? It will interfere with USB extenders.
Or should I buy 150$ motherboard to put 3 LP RX550s?
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#5
Mistral
How is that "LED-rich"? It seems to have only one strip that gets hidden by the video card. I demand more LEDs!
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