Thursday, March 21st 2019

ASUS Rolls Out TUF B450M-Pro Gaming Motherboard

ASUS expanded its TUF Gaming motherboard series for the AMD platform with the new TUF B450M-Pro Gaming, positioned above its existing TUF B450M-Plus Gaming. This board features a more upscale CPU VRM design, chunkier VRM heatsinks, a more premium onboard audio solution, an additional M.2 slot, and more fan headers than the B450M-Plus Gaming. To begin with, the board features a 10-phase CPU VRM compared to the simpler 6-phase design of the B450M-Plus Gaming. Both areas of the CPU VRM are cooled by visibly bigger heatsinks, while the B450M-Plus Gaming features no heatsink over the VSoC phases. The board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connectors.

ASUS rearranged the expansion slot layout to make room for a second M.2 slot. The upper slot features both PCI-Express 3.0 x4 and SATA 6 Gbps wiring, while the lower slot features PCI-Express 3.0 x2 and SATA 6 Gbps wiring. Both slots use SATA switching logic to divert SATA links from the board's six SATA 6 Gbps ports. The third major area of improvement is the onboard audio solution, which uses a top-grade Realtek ALC1220A CODEC compared to the entry-level ALC887 of the B450M-Plus Gaming. This chip is still wired out to 6-channel analog jacks. There are a couple of additional 4-pin fan headers. The onboard gigabit Ethernet solution is unchanged, driven by a Realtek RTL8111H PHY. The ASUS TUF B450M-Pro Gaming is expected to be priced at USD $99.
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9 Comments on ASUS Rolls Out TUF B450M-Pro Gaming Motherboard

#1
HwGeek
Hopping to see more AM4 ITX boards, just thinking about 16C/32T mini PC:toast:.
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#2
dj-electric
" To begin with, the board features a 10-phase CPU VRM compared to the simpler 6-phase design of the B450M-Plus Gaming. "



Looks like a dumb-split 3+2 to me (no smart a-sync frequency split)
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Caring1
Landcross said:
I don't quite understand how this is a 'new' board. It was on their site since at least late december 2018. That's also when I added it to my website: https://motherboarddb.com/motherboards/1469/TUF B450M-Pro Gaming/
So... why a press release now? :confused:
Because Press releases aren't news, and don't always coincide with initial release.
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#5
Tsukiyomi91
the I/O shield that ASUS & other vendors are shipping with their mid range product is trash. I mean, at least integrate powder-coated ones with the motherboard for the sake of ease of installation... if it doesn't even integrated with the board, at least powder coat both sides & cut away those finger-cutting protrusions when beginners are building their own PC. this is why no one is buying parts & assembling but to buy straight from system integrators or boutique PC builders.
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#6
simlariver
Maybe they sent the press release because they realised that asrock was the go-to mATX board choice and wanted some product awareness.
Seriously thought, why can't mATX boards have good vrm design ?
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#7
prtskg
ALC1220A CODEC below $100 is always welcome.
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#8
Tsukiyomi91
that'll be great but you need to spend a little more than $100 if you want that.
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#9
plonk420
dj-electric said:
" To begin with, the board features a 10-phase CPU VRM compared to the simpler 6-phase design of the B450M-Plus Gaming. "



Looks like a dumb-split 3+2 to me (no smart a-sync frequency split)
nah, 4 with 2x chokes + 2

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