Tuesday, July 31st 2018

ASUS Launches AMD B450 Series Motherboards

ASUS today announced that the ROG Strix, Prime and TUF Gaming series motherboards built on the AMD B450 chipset and supporting the latest AMD Ryzen processors are now available. AMD's Ryzen platform offers an incredible desktop compute experience with multithreaded horsepower plus accessible overclocking and gaming prowess. Earlier this year AMD launched the second-generation Ryzen family with the updated X470 chipset designed to further enhance the performance of higher-end gaming and content creation rigs. Now, AMD is launching the B450 chipset for a new generation of affordable motherboards.

The B450 is streamlined for straightforward builds and smaller form factors, and ASUS has a complete collection available now. ROG Strix B450-I and B450-F Gaming elevate the platform with signature features for serious gamers, TUF B450-Plus and B450M-Plus Gaming focus on essentials and durability, and Prime B450-Plus, B450M-A and B450M-K put a more professional face on the platform.
Despite differences within the series, the ASUS B450 family is bound together by common features and capabilities honed over nearly 30 years of making motherboards. From intelligent tuning to cooling to personalization, ASUS has designed these new motherboards to help users maximize their PC's potential.

ROG Strix raises the game
ROG is the original gaming motherboard brand, with roots that go back more than a decade to the very first Crosshair, which was also built for AMD processors. The latest ROG Strix X470-I Gaming and ROG

Strix X470-F Gaming motherboards bring the enhanced features and functionality users expect to both mini-ITX and full-size ATX form factors. Both motherboards feature predominantly blacked-out designs inscribed with cyber-text patterns that match other recent ROG hardware.

While ROG Strix B450-I Gaming has the right ingredients for small integrated graphics builds. The two-DIMM setup combines with exclusive ASUS DRAM OC Profiles to drive memory up to DDR4-3600 or beyond. Integration is key for this form factor, which is why B450-I adds dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi that provides cable-free connectivity right out of the box. Storage and sound share the stage in ROG Strix B450-I Gaming, whose M.2 Audio Combo card stacks components vertically to compensate for the compact Mini-ITX footprint.

ROG Strix B450-F Gaming stretches across a larger area with more expansion capacity for well-balanced builds. With comprehensive cooling, customization and connectivity options, dual PCIe 3.0 M.2 slots, improved DDR4 memory stability, Aura Sync and much more, this motherboard delivers excellent performance with room left in the budget for accompanying hardware. ROG Strix B450-F Gaming offers guided performance tuning and optimization via intuitive ROG software that makes it easy for experienced and first-time system builders alike to create a unique gaming rig.

TUF Gaming's new Ryzen recruits
More than just motherboards, TUF has grown into family of gaming components that includes ASUS products alongside hardware from industry partners in the TUF Gaming Alliance. Battle-hardened styling permeates the lineup, letting gamers easily put together a distinctive system that matches inside and out.

While styling sets TUF Gaming apart aesthetically, it also matches the military-grade components populating the PCB. High quality TUF Components comprising MOSFETs, chokes, and capacitors help to ensure long-term durability.

For B450, ASUS created the TUF B450-Plus Gaming and TUF B450M-Plus Gaming motherboards based on ATX and micro-ATX form factors. They share the same basic specs, with support for up to 64GB of DDR4-3200 memory, dual graphics cards in CrossFireX, 8-channel HD audio with DTS, and extensive connectivity options.

It's prime time for a Ryzen upgrade
The Prime series stands apart from gaming-oriented designs with more understated styling suitable for those seeking to apply Ryzen's considerable horsepower to content creation and everyday productivity. The geometric aesthetic channels architectural inspirations to create a retro-modern look that invites closer inspection without calling undue attention.

The Prime B450-Plus marries a businesslike demeanor with enthusiast sensibilities. It's well-equipped with a wide range of connectivity options, Fan Xpert 4 Core, 5X Protection III safeguards, premium 8-Channel HD audio and an Aura Sync RGB header.

With less real estate and entry-level affordability, the micro-ATX Prime B450M-A and B450M-K motherboards are more minimalist, yet still designed for a wide variety of users. They scale back on connectivity options, but still retain core ASUS features like Fan Expert, 5X Protection III and DIGI+ VRM circuitry that delivers reliable power, and overvoltage protection that guards against damage from spikes.
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15 Comments on ASUS Launches AMD B450 Series Motherboards

#1
dj-electric
Finding a decent mid-range board for overclocking today...

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btarunr
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dj-electricFinding a decent mid-range board for overclocking today...

I'm aware of GBT's phase drama.

But GBT appears to be aggressively pricing their boards to win back market-share. This has been happening since their 2017 results and subsequent firing spree.

At $149-ish, I think Aorus B450 Pro has to be the best B450 offering.

For the simple reason that very few other boards at this price give you ALC1220+Amp+WIMA+Nicicon+EMI onboard audio; dual M.2 heatsinks; Intel GbE, RGB bling, and okay OC headroom. GBT also has a B360 Aorus board, but because it's Intel, no CPU OC there.

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#3
dj-electric
GBT's phase drama?
Everybody's phase drama. ASRock cheating in phase count, MSI not having adaptive voltage for Vcore, Asus having clay-shaped heatsinks.
That 4+2\4+3 phase GBT board is not giving me any confidence.

Where are the brave motherboard makers to use actual 6+2 systems with proper regulators and cooling? 150$ is enough budget for that. These should power 8 core monsters, not the dinky 4 core CPUs of yesteryear.

VRM was never an issue with advanced boards for moderate overclocking unftil very recently. Power consumption sky-rockets while design seem to take the exact opposite direction.

These used to be 150$:
www.tomshardware.com/reviews/p67-motherboard-roundup-lga-1155-sandy-bridge,2837-12.html
Just look at them...
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#4
IceShroom
Very disappointing motherboard from Asus :mad::mad:. B450-I does not have Displayport, USB Type-C , Optical Out or proper VRM heatsink. And no good quality m-ATX with proprer 6+2 phase power design. Does 40A MOSFET or 6+2P VRM controller cost that much? Oh! spend BOM on RGB.
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#5
Manu_PT
"With amd you can overclock with any board"; " it supports up to 8 core 16 thread chips".

Then you understand that if you are serious about OC and 8 cores you really need the cash for x470
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#6
RH92
dj-electricGBT's phase drama?
Everybody's phase drama. ASRock cheating in phase count, MSI not having adaptive voltage for Vcore, Asus having clay-shaped heatsinks
NO not realy , Asus are the only one not lying or trying to mislead about their VRMs . Those heatkins are far from ideal indeed but they should do the job with some minimal airflow .
IceShroomB450-I does not have Displayport, USB Type-C , Optical Out or proper VRM heatsink.
You have HDMI 2.0 why would you need DP ?
Also tell me wich itx am4 board has proper VRM heatsink ?

At least B350/B450-I have proper 6phase VRM and what many peoples overlook wich is proper BIOS ( unlike the others ).
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#7
IceShroom
RH92You have HDMI 2.0 why would you need DP ?
Also tell me wich itx am4 board has proper VRM heatsink ?

At least B350/B450-I have proper 6phase VRM and what many peoples overlook wich is proper BIOS ( unlike the others ).
Cause a DP is a DP and it is not cheap m-ITX board. Oh! they spend the money on RGB.
Asrock X470/B450 has finned heatsink which is much better than flat heatsink. Flat surface has less surface to dissipate heat. So it will not dissipate heat instead will keep the heat in the sink will will raise tempereture.
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#8
Xzibit
Here is a round up on VRM temps

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#9
AlwaysHope
Manu_PT"With amd you can overclock with any board"; " it supports up to 8 core 16 thread chips".

Then you understand that if you are serious about OC and 8 cores you really need the cash for x470
x470 for those who need Xfire or other multiple GPU setups, but some OCers & gamers like single GPU for their gaming needs. In that sense, B450 is all they need. But it's a dilemma cause X470 support DDR4 3600 (OC) as opposed to B450's 3200 (OC) except ITX form factor. >Link
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#10
robot zombie
I had to change out my B350 board recently. Initially I felt bad not waiting a *little* longer for the 400 series boards to roll out. Now I'm kinda glad I jumped on an Asus X370-F at a good price. For pretty much the same money I spent on that decently solid board I could've been stuck with one of these...
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#11
Zubasa
Manu_PT"With amd you can overclock with any board"; " it supports up to 8 core 16 thread chips".

Then you understand that if you are serious about OC and 8 cores you really need the cash for x470
Then you also need to be a aware for crap boards like the X470 TUF Gaming, actually has worse VRMs than some B450 Boards.
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#12
dj-electric
ZubasaThen you also need to be a aware for crap boards like the X470 TUF Gaming, actually has worse VRMs than some B450 Boards.
Yup.

This is exactly why i used the drunken sad guy meme in this thread.

This is bad, we're being cheaped out on - on a not-so-cheap boards. IMO it is very important to raise awareness of this issue and be loud about it, so at least 1 of the 4 big board makers will show a serious change, so the rest of them also will.
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#13
RH92
IceShroomCause a DP is a DP and it is not cheap m-ITX board. Oh! they spend the money on RGB.
Asrock X470/B450 has finned heatsink which is much better than flat heatsink. Flat surface has less surface to dissipate heat. So it will not dissipate heat instead will keep the heat in the sink will will raise tempereture.
Yes i know what DP is .....you still didn't answered my question !

Asrock X470/B450 have finned heatsink ? LOL we don't have the same definition of what a finned heatsink is i guess ! Because a chunk of aluminium has some grooves doesn't make it a finned heatsink .

Anyway on the heatsinks again as i said even the worst of them will do the job with some kind of airflow ( heck even the tiny one on my Fatality B350 ITX does ) , beside that if your VRMs are crap even the best heatsink won't help much ,hence why i would base my choice on VRM quality rather than heatsink quality.
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#14
IceShroom
RH92Yes i know what DP is .....you still didn't answered my question !

Asrock X470/B450 have finned heatsink ? LOL we don't have the same definition of what a finned heatsink is i guess ! Because a chunk of aluminium has some grooves doesn't make it a finned heatsink .

Anyway on the heatsinks again as i said even the worst of them will do the job with some kind of airflow ( heck even the tiny one on my Fatality B350 ITX does ) , beside that if your VRMs are crap even the best heatsink won't help much ,hence why i would base my choice on VRM quality rather than heatsink quality.
See the HardwareUnbox Review of Strix B450-F. Smaller but same flat heat soaking heatsink.
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#15
RH92
IceShroomSee the HardwareUnbox Review of Strix B450-F. Smaller but same flat heat soaking heatsink.
Have already seen it and the results speak for themselves . Even under heavy stressing with an 8 core at 1.4V there is no issue assuming you have some kind of airflow . Again that's undrer heavy productivity load ( i hardly see peoples using itx boards for that but still ) , for gaming usage those numbers mean nothing since the load will be MUCH lower !
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