ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming Review

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There is no denying that the Strix packaging has quickly become as iconic as the all red ROG boxes are. We'd argue they are even nicer than the regular ROG ones, but then we're fans of pretty colours here at OC3D Towers.

ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming Review  

It is surprising how quickly the blended in IO Shield/Power Heatsinks have become the standard aesthetic for motherboards. Looking at the B450 Prime Plus it looked odd how much like an island on a PCB sea the heatsinks looked, but here on the Strix-F they blend in beautifully and the extra effort taken on the looks of the heatsinks themselves certainly makes the Strix look significantly more expensive than its stablemate.

ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming Review  

Down the bottom end we find three full length PCI Express slots alongside 3 x1 PCIe slots. Above the primary PCI Express slot is one of the two M.2 slots, with the other in its now usual spot just below the chipset cooler. There are also four headers here, three for fans and one dedicated to the pump of your AIO.

ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming Review  

We're not sure how good our language skills are but doesn't "sigue jugando" translate to "keep playing"? Is the ASUS ROG arm the KP arm in Spain? Just curious.

ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming Review  

We wonder if the numbers beneath the RGB Strix logo on the chipset heatsink have any significance. Is it LongLat coordinates for the ASUS factory? The combination to the ASUS safe? Just random numbers? You can also see from the following two photographs the wording placed upon the PCB itself. We like it a lot. It manages to catch the eye without being distracting, not an easy combination to pull off.

ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming Review  
ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming Review  

We know we harp on about it a lot but horizontally mounted SATA ports always look more upmarket than vertically mounted ones. Not only are they a ton easier to work with and cable route, but by keeping it all together rather than having them strewn across the PCB lends an air of professionalism to proceedings.

ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming Review  

The IO section is a big step up from that which we saw on the Prime Plus, having enough USB ports for even the most peripheral rich gamer whilst also providing a full selection of audio ports, display outputs and the all important Gigabit LAN that is the pathway to the information superhighway.

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Most Recent Comments

31-07-2018, 17:44:57

You left it kinda vague. Is it good or not?


I might just get this one if I decide to build a Ryzen system this year.Quote

01-08-2018, 05:59:16

Quite amazed by the impact a motherboard can make in terms of performance... 30 FPS increase in Gears CPU and 20 in Gears GPU if you use the Crosshair mobo...

ImprovizoR: I'd say Tom likes it, lol.Quote

01-08-2018, 10:36:53

Glad they did not hike the price too much. £10 for an IO cover with a lit logo on is more than worth the cost IMO.

Nice board, shame about all of the ghey writing. But yeah, given the B-350 Strix was probably the best selling mobo on AM4 (at least from what I saw around the interwebs) then this board had pretty large boots to fill.

The 350, like this, was so good it competed with lower end 370 boards, yet cost £50 less at least *and* looked better to boot.Quote

14-08-2018, 16:35:36

I installed the driver but my multi display is still not working and my driver have an exclamation mark in device managerQuote

14-08-2018, 16:52:35

Originally Posted by John_Slayer View Post
I installed the driver but my multi display is still not working and my driver have an exclamation mark in device manager
If you are having difficulties it would be better to open a new topic and provide more info such as you systems specs and any troubleshooting already done.Quote

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