ASUS ROG Strix B550-XE Gaming WiFi Preview

Up Close - The PCB and Video

ASUS ROG Strix B550-XE Gaming WiFi Preview

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Up Close - The PCB

The B550-XE Gaming WiFi is the latest in a long line of Strix models and it appears that ASUS have dialed back on the "glitch" font that we took against last time. It's nice. The whole package looks a little more professional. The 135° stripes running from the top left, through the heatsink, and down to the chipset heatsink is nice and bold.

ASUS ROG Strix B550-XE Gaming WiFi Preview  

At the top left your Ryzen CPU is kept sated with power by an 8+4 12V arrangement. It might just be us but these are always the trickiest cables to install in any system we build. Between the AIO and your case bracing there is rarely quite enough room for our sausage fingers.


ASUS ROG Strix B550-XE Gaming WiFi Preview  

At the top right there are one each of the RGB and Addressable headers than form the basis for the ASUS AURA Sync lighting setup, whilst alongside them are three headers for your CPU cooling needs, including a dedicated pump header.


ASUS ROG Strix B550-XE Gaming WiFi Preview  

In the middle we have two USB 3.2 headers in Gen1 Type-A and Gen2 Type-C formats to ensure the front of your case is still useful. Anything to save us digging around the back trying to sort out ten identical black USB cables is a plus in our book.


ASUS ROG Strix B550-XE Gaming WiFi Preview  

At the bottom right we find six SATA ports just above the front panel connectors and, thankfully, two USB 2.0 front panel headers. As so much of our hardware requires a USB header to control the lighting these days it's good to see the old USB 2.0 still having a place in our modern world.


ASUS ROG Strix B550-XE Gaming WiFi Preview  

Lastly on our tour the B550-XE has the familiar ASUS SupremeFX audio on its own board for smooth audio without needing to buy an addon sound card, unless of course you're heavily into audio engineering then you'll need one if only for the extra connectivity. There is also a couple more fan headers here, as well as the AURA RGB and Addressable headers.


ASUS ROG Strix B550-XE Gaming WiFi Preview  

As you would expect from a motherboard bearing the famous Republic of Gamers branding, and from the now equally famous Strix range, the power on the B550-XE is 14+2, which is more than enough to handle anything you care to throw at it. Given the requirements of the Ryzen 9 3950X this is a welcome feature indeed. We're also big fans of the heatsink design that keeps it all cool, and how well the slashes marry up to the blended IO Shield and RGB section.


ASUS ROG Strix B550-XE Gaming WiFi Preview  

Lastly for those of you with tiny fingers there is a fan header tucked away between the bottom of the aforementioned heatsink and the top of the uppermost M.2 heatspreader.


ASUS ROG Strix B550-XE Gaming WiFi Preview  

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30-10-2020, 21:58:05

robbiec
Crossfire lite The Hyper card is 70 quid on its own so that is a nice value add. Think the Type C to audio (out or in?) is a weird one but that's just me personally I expect.Quote

31-10-2020, 00:49:28

AlienALX
Nice looking board. Nice to see the premium stuff with it too.

From what I can make out the CPU has so many lanes, then the PCH adds more. I got caught out by this when I got my X570, as I thought I had so many lanes. Turns out I could fit both PCIE SSDs and etc without losing any on the GPU. IIRC the CPU takes care of the GPU, then the PCH does the rest.Quote

08-11-2020, 16:36:14

Gothmoth
the connection to the chipset is only 4x PCI3.0 if im not wrong so yes there will be a bottleneck for the expansion card.


https://i.imgur.com/ctHU8Kt.png
this would be more fit for an x570 board.
when it will increase the price even more this is kind of a stupid decision.Quote

08-11-2020, 16:38:56

AlienALX
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Originally Posted by Gothmoth View Post
the connection to the chipset is only 4x PCI3.0 if im not wrong so yes there will be a bottleneck for the expansion card.


this would be more fit for an x570 board.
when it will increase the price even more this is kind of a stupid decision.
It's fine. The CPU has 20 lanes. So X16 for a GPU and X4 for a PCIE SSD. That's PCIE 4.

That is the ecosystem you will need to get the most out of SAM any way. PCIE 3.0 X4 SSDs are fine for everything else. Gen 4s will only (maybe) make a difference to SAM. And that needs coding for, so won't happen for a while yet.Quote

08-11-2020, 18:31:00

FTLN
And once again, skipping straight over the thunderbolt 3 header with not even the slightest mention (maybe its not TB3), do you do this on purpose ?

https://i.imgur.com/6fe8NdZ.pngQuote
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