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ASUS ROG STRIX B450-F Gaming II

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The new ASUS ROG STRIX B450-F Gaming II strikes a balance between compatibility, performance, and price. Featuring support for AMD's new Ryzen 5000 family, a sleek modern aesthetic, and a capable VRM cooling solution, it aims to answer the question of whether there is still a place for B450 motherboards in 2021.

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I don't know why the B550 chip motherboards are so much more than the B450??? Nice review, nice board.

Only constructive feedback I could ask for is perhaps ECC UDIMM compatibilty testing on these AM4 boards.
 
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I don't know why the B550 chip motherboards are so much more than the B450??? Nice review, nice board.

Only constructive feedback I could ask for is perhaps ECC UDIMM compatibilty testing on these AM4 boards.

Because B550 has partial support for PCIe gen 4. Gen 4 is, apparently, a bit costly to implement. B450 lacks PCIe gen 4 and the hardware needed, so naturally it's quite a bit cheaper :)
 
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Because B550 has partial support for PCIe gen 4. Gen 4 is, apparently, a bit costly to implement. B450 lacks PCIe gen 4 and the hardware needed, so naturally it's quite a bit cheaper :)
Some of that is BS. The MSI TRX40 Pro Wifi is $399 and has the entire board wired as PCIe 4.0. Even the MSI B550 Pro is a $99 (US) board that has PCIe 4.0 and WIFI 6.
 
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what a nice approach. some b450 board advertised pcie4 capability partially, this one, if the article has no typos, has pcie4 on the m.2 slot :), which is where (and the only place) it is needed currently. nice approach to absolutely deck out a b450 with intel Lan and 1220vb, as well as absolutely Asus-tastic VRM that is quite capable, if not lacking power stages (did asus want to clear their entire 4c10n inventory LMAO).

the only thing now is pricing. and pray to god that the pricing on this thing will make sense. (checked just then, not available on my area, if was available would be priced too close to x570-p for it to make sense, discounting this is a better board I/O wise)

also when I checked this don't be having gen4 on the m.2, was that a typo or actually offered here? @Black Haru
 
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I could understand still releasing B450 boards at a low price point for people who don't want to pay for B550, but that's not what this is. It's $140. For that money you can buy a very decent B550 board with PCIe 4.0 support, so why would anybody buy this?
 
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I could understand still releasing B450 boards at a low price point for people who don't want to pay for B550, but that's not what this is. It's $140. For that money you can buy a very decent B550 board with PCIe 4.0 support, so why would anybody buy this?
they probably had a surplus of b450 chips. and it's ROG so it'll sell regardless. there are a lot of clueless people with money who only look at the brand.
 
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PCI-e 4.0 is CPU dependent as far as I am aware.
Most B450 should support it with the 5000 series, at least for the NVME with lanes direct to the CPU.
 
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Because B550 has partial support for PCIe gen 4. Gen 4 is, apparently, a bit costly to implement. B450 lacks PCIe gen 4 and the hardware needed, so naturally it's quite a bit cheaper :)
Except Asus has a bunch of entry level b450 boards that have pciex 4.0 ....lamo
 
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a B450 board review in 2021 ? Seriously ... I checked the date of the review just to be sure :D
 
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TPU award for an old board with a dumb aka lower end VRM config refreshed in a new form. MSI B550-A was retailing around $120 months ago... I have the older version of this board in my mom's, it's ok but nothing award worthy.
 
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Because B550 has partial support for PCIe gen 4. Gen 4 is, apparently, a bit costly to implement. B450 lacks PCIe gen 4 and the hardware needed, so naturally it's quite a bit cheaper :)
That's about 1% truth and 99% marketing BS and artificial roadblocks. Technically you can have PCIe 4.0 even on the earliest X370. Heck, even my trusty X470 Aorus Ultra had PCIe 4.0 for a short while, before it got locked out on the following update. Haven't had a chance to test it out personally, but there were quite a few vids with PCIe 4.0 SSD benchmarks on B450 and X470 boards.
Chipset isn't a limitation, since at the very minimum you always have an x16 and at least one M.2 NVME wired directly to CPU, and I'm more than sure that hi-end X370/X470 has better design and higher throughput potential than some $100-$150 boring mediocrity. I highly doubt that this segment was special enough to get any relevant type of board layout optimizations, since they look, work, feel, and most importantly cost exactly the same as their predecessors (except X570, of course).

a B450 board review in 2021 ? Seriously ... I checked the date of the review just to be sure :D
55nm Asmedia chipsets probably give higher margins and more stable supply than cutting-edge in-house AMD designs. Seems like everyone is adopting strategies straight from BIOSTAR's recent cookbook :roll:
 
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Utterly pointless board. You can get a B550 mortar for a few dollars mroe, with a B550 chipset, superior VRM, ece.
Because B550 has partial support for PCIe gen 4. Gen 4 is, apparently, a bit costly to implement. B450 lacks PCIe gen 4 and the hardware needed, so naturally it's quite a bit cheaper :)
Firmware updates locked out many B450/X470/X370 boards that could do PCIe 4.0 speeds. If Intel did that, people would be apocalyptic, but AMD got away with it for....reasons.
PCI-e 4.0 is CPU dependent as far as I am aware.
Most B450 should support it with the 5000 series, at least for the NVME with lanes direct to the CPU.
Most B450 boards are locked from enabling PCIe 4.0 support, this varies by board and manufacturer. You cant count on having it. If they dont support it with the 3000s, they wont support it with the 5000s either.
 
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Intel did that, people would be apocalyptic, but AMD got away with it for....reasons.
Except people did complain, a lot. Mainly because B550 took a long time to release.
PCIe 4.0 on previous chipsets was a no go from a liability standpoint. I think AMD lacked the capacity to validate it on previously released motherboards. Heck even now, on officially supported platforms there are problems (usb dropouts).

On intel's side, they plan to support pcie 4.0 on z490, but even then it's not crystal clear for non-enthusiasts which motherboards will support it, and on which slots.
 
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I am missing something, why is it flagged as II? does the first model has something wrong?
 
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I am missing something, why is it flagged as II? does the first model has something wrong?
Same as MSI Max variants. Basically the same thing, only swapped SPI flash from 128Mbit to 256Mbit, so they can fit all the microcode and keep all firmware features with some space to spare.
 
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what a nice approach. some b450 board advertised pcie4 capability partially, this one, if the article has no typos, has pcie4 on the m.2 slot :), which is where (and the only place) it is needed currently. nice approach to absolutely deck out a b450 with intel Lan and 1220vb, as well as absolutely Asus-tastic VRM that is quite capable, if not lacking power stages (did asus want to clear their entire 4c10n inventory LMAO).

the only thing now is pricing. and pray to god that the pricing on this thing will make sense. (checked just then, not available on my area, if was available would be priced too close to x570-p for it to make sense, discounting this is a better board I/O wise)

also when I checked this don't be having gen4 on the m.2, was that a typo or actually offered here? @Black Haru

Just a typo, thanks!
 
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