Thursday, August 31st 2017

ASUS Intros TUF B350M-Plus Gaming Motherboard

ASUS introduced its first socket AM4 motherboard bearing the durable TUF branding, the TUF B350M-Plus Gaming. Built in the micro-ATX form-factor, the board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors, conditioning it for the AM4 SoC using a 6-phase VRM. The components that make up the VRM are of a very high grade, enough to warrant TUF branding. The AM4 socket is wired to four DDR4 DIMM slots, supporting up to 64 GB of dual-channel DDR4 memory; and the board's single and reinforced PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot. The second x16 slot is electrical x4, and wired to the AMD B350 chipset.

Storage connectivity includes one 32 Gb/s M.2 slot, and six SATA 6 Gb/s ports, two of which are directly wired to the SoC. Display connectivity includes one each of HDMI, D-Sub, and DVI. USB connectivity includes two 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 ports (both type-A), eight USB 3.0 ports (six on the rear panel, two by headers). Networking is care of a single 1 GbE interface, driven by a Realtek RTL8111H controller. The onboard audio solution combines a 6-channel Realtek ALC887 CODEC (<90 dBA SNR) with audio-grade capacitors and ground-layer isolation. The board features RGB LED headers. Expect this board to feature a sub-$100 price-tag, while being slightly higher than comparable mATX AMD B350 motherboards due to the TUF value-addition.
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12 Comments on ASUS Intros TUF B350M-Plus Gaming Motherboard

#1
Dj-ElectriC
I like the color combination. but wassup with that puny chipset sink
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Valantar
This is exactly the board I've been waiting for for my GF's video editing rig. two x16 PCIe slots (to add a 5G/10G NIC in addition to the GPU at some point), built to last, and no over-the-top frills - all in an mATX form factor. Perfect! The m.2 isn't even directly below the GPU! Damn, they seem to have nailed this.

Dj-ElectriC said:
I like the color combination. but wassup with that puny chipset sink
Why have a bigger heatsink than what is necessary?
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Dj-ElectriC
Valantar said:

Why have a bigger heatsink than what is necessary?
For the same reason mobo manufacturers do that with VRM sinks, or AIBs with graphics cards.

Colder chips are happier chips. When there's space, why not use it for a little bit more cooling
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#4
DigitalDude
Realtek RTL8111H controller

why asus why... why not an Intel???
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#5
ensabrenoir
.....what a beautiful board and at sub $100...wheels a'turning.
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#6
LogitechFan
this thing screams sub-100 pricepoint, also showing what board partners think of AMDone platform and the place it occupies on their prerogatives list. The only thing missing to complete the insult with injury is the printer port...
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#7
DeathtoGnomes
they need a TUF 370 then I might take a closer look.
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#8
Jhelms
6 phase? Not seeing it as implemented. Not seeing anything over a ASRock ab350m pro4 that I would like and the pro4 is cheaper and NOT YELLOW lol. Looks more like an $80 board max. mATX market is seriously lacking for ryzen.
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#9
MrMilli
TUF motherboards supposedly have 5 years warranty but only 3 years is given to this one.
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#10
Vayra86
The Ultimate Fail

Pay Asus premium for nothing, go go!
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#11
9700 Pro
Used to like those when they were Sabertooths. My Sabertooth Z87 was an excellent board.

But like said above, this is just a normal B350 board with a better branding.
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#12
DeathtoGnomes
I recall TUF boards being designed to be thicker boards to allow for more CPU cooler weight.
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