Motherboard - ASUS X470 TUF-PLUS Gaming
ASUS tends to release various TUF-branded motherboards for each generation of chipsets, which naturally fall into that balanced price vs. performance segment. We are using the AMD-based X470-PLUS Gaming board and combine it with a Ryzen 5 CPU. If you are looking to go for the latest generation, there is the ASUS AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus for AMD as well.
The box is naturally heavily branded with TUF elements, and even the motherboard is silk-screened with pretty cool military elements all over it. One reason some may prefer the X470 over the newer generation X570 boards is the fact that these are cooled passively.
The board comes with several elements to underline that it is a TUF unit, including higher-grade chokes, capacitors, and MOSFETs, as well as a sturdier PCIe slot setup. On top of that, ASUS has embedded additional surge protection measures for the LAN part and covers and a TUF-branded shielding for your onboard audio.
Several special branding elements that sport the TUF logo can be found on the shroud, chipset heatsink, and a TUF Gaming logo that actually lights up when the system is powered on.