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B550M Pro4

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IT’S TIME FOR B550 MOTHERBOARDS

Everything You Need For Computing

Nahimic Audio

Whether you are using headphones, a headset, external or internal speakers, via USB, Wi-Fi, analog output or even HDMI, Nahimic Audio offers you the most engaging listening experience, vibrant and rich with details.

The Sound Tracker is a visual indicator that points out the directions from which predominant sounds are coming. Each sound is properly positioned in 360° on a radar for a full immersion during the game.

8 Power Phase Design

Featuring sturdy components and completely smooth power delivery to the CPU. Plus, it offers unmatched overclocking capabilities and enhanced performance with the lowest temperature for advanced gamers as well.

Premium 50A Power Choke

Compared to traditional chokes, ASRock’s premium 50A power chokes effectively make the saturation current up to three times better, thus providing enhanced and improved Vcore voltage to the motherboard.

2oz Copper PCB

2 ounce copper inner layers that provide stable signal traces and power shapes! Delivering lower temperature and higher energy efficiency for overclocking, it’s able to support the latest DDR4 memory modules with most extreme memory performance!

RULE YOUR OWN LIGHTING WAY. POLYCHROME RGB

This motherboard features onboard RGB headers and an addressable RGB header that allow motherboard to be connected to compatible LED devices such as strip, CPU fans, coolers, chassis and so on. Users may also synchronize RGB LED devices across the Polychrome RGB Sync-certified accessories to create their own unique lighting effects.

The addressable RGB LED header supports WS2812B addressable RGB LED strip (5V/Data/GND), with a maximum power rating of 3A (5V), a max of 80 LEDs and length within 2 meters. The RGB LED header supports standard 5050 RGB LED strip (12V/G/R/B), with a maximum power rating of 3A (12V) and length within 2 meters.

A SOLID M.2-SOLUTION PERFORMER

Dual M.2 For SSD, Supports Type 2280 M.2

Ready for higher capacity and even faster Type 2280 M.2 NVMe SSD to fulfill the need of performance. Hyper M.2 socket that supports PCIe Gen4 x4 while M.2 socket is capable of running PCIe Gen3 x2 and SATA3 mode.

AMD Smart ACCESS MEMORY

Conventional PC systems processor can only access a fraction of graphics memory and limits system performance. With AMD Smart Access Memory, the data channel gets expanded to harness the full potential of GPU memory, removes the bottleneck and increase performance.

Reinforced Steel Slot [PCIe 4.0 Version]

The reinforced steel slot is capable of supporting PCI Express 4.0 standard. The various benefits include: Extra anchor points Stronger latch Ensure signal stability Make sure heavy graphics cards to be well-installed.

Dual USB 3.2 Gen2 (Type-A Type-C)

This motherboard has a pair of onboard Type-A and Type-C USB 3.2 Gen2 ports built on the rear i/o for supporting next generation USB 3.2 Gen2 devices and to deliver up to 10 Gbps data transfer rates.

USB 3.2 Gen2 doubles the data transfer rate

USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C doubles the charge speed!

Charge speed may vary due to controller protocol, please make sure your device can support 3.0A charging.

M.2 (KEY E) For Wi-Fi

Besides the onboard LAN port, users may also choose 802.11ac wireless connections by M.2 (Key E) slot.

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Post Status Checker

An easy troubleshooting tool that shows the CPU / DRAM / VGA / BOOT operation every time you start up the system. Post Status Checker is an fast and easy way to identify the source of the problem.

AMD StoreMI Technology

A powerful tool that combines the speed of your SSD with the capacity of your hard disk into a single, fast, easy-to-manage drive, AMD StoreMI technology “combines” these two types of storage into a single drive and automatically moves the data you access the most to the SSD, so you get the best of both worlds.

XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsink

Extra large aluminum alloy heat sinks that effectively take away heat from the MOSFET and chipset so that your whole system may perform more stable.

Sapphire Black PCB

Pure black PCB appearance. The new Sapphire Black PCB represents rock-solid quality and gives the motherboard a more mysterious touch.

High Density Glass Fabric PCB

High Density Glass Fabric PCB design that reduces the gaps between the PCB layers to protect the motherboard against electrical shorts caused by humidity.

2oz Copper PCB

Using only carefully selected copper materials for PCB layers, 2oz Copper PCB delivers lower temperature and higher energy efficiency for overclocking.

3 Graphics Outputs

Complete with all three types of most used connectors! Packed with a D-Sub DisplayPort HDMI combo. Plus the HDMI port supports 4K resolution.

Supported only with processors with integrated graphics. Please check CPU support list from each motherboard webpage.

Full Spike Protection

Some sensitive digital components on the motherboard are vulnerable to power surges, the excessive current may cause your system to malfunction immediately. ASRock Full Spike Protection includes various technologies to prevent your motherboard’s components from being damaged by these unexpected voltage spikes.

Live Update APP Shop

ASRock Live Update APP Shop is designed for your convenience. We provide various apps and support software for users to download. You can also easily optimize your system and keep your motherboard up to date with ASRock Live Update APP Shop.

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For Ryzen Series APUs (Picasso, Cezanne and Renoir), ECC is only supported with PRO CPUs.Please refer to below table for AMD non-XMP memory frequency support. For more details.

Ryzen Series CPUs (Vermeer):

Ryzen Series CPUs (Matisse):

Ryzen Series APUs (Cezanne):

Ryzen Series APUs:

Ryzen Series CPUs (Picasso):

SR: Single rank DIMM, 1Rx4 or 1Rx8 on DIMM module label x=1 or 2DR: Dual rank DIMM, 2Rx4 or 2Rx8 on DIMM module label

Due to the operating system limitation, the actual memory size may be less than 4GB for the reservation for system usage under Windows 32-bit OS. For Windows 64-bit OS with 64-bit CPU, there is no such limitation.

Actual support may vary by CPU

The Max shared memory 16GB requires 32GB system memory installed.

Picasso supports HDCP 2.2 with HDMI 2.0 Port

AMD Ryzen series CPUs (Vermeer and Matisse)- 2 x PCI Express x16 Slots (PCIE1: Gen4x16 mode; PCIE3: Gen3 x4 mode) AMD Ryzen series APUs (Cezanne and Renoir)- 2 x PCI Express x16 Slots (PCIE1: Gen3x16 mode; PCIE3: Gen3 x4 mode) AMD Ryzen series APUs (Picasso)- 2 x PCI Express x16 Slots (PCIE1: Gen3x8 mode; PCIE3: Gen3 x4 mode)

M2_2 and SATA3_5_6 share lanes. If either one of them is in use, the other one will be disabled.

Supports NVMe SSD as boot disks

Support in total up to 12V/3A, 36W LED Strip

Support in total up to 5V/3A, 15W LED Strip

The CPU Fan Connector supports the CPU fan of maximum 1A (12W) fan power.

The CPU/Water Pump Fan supports the water cooler fan of maximum 2A (24W) fan power.

The Chassis/Water Pump Fan supports the water cooler fan of maximum 2A (24W) fan power.CPU_FAN2/WP, CHA_FAN1/WP, CHA_FAN2/WP, CHA_FAN3/WP and CHA_FAN4/WP can auto detect if 3-pin or 4-pin fan is in use.

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A beast of a B550 board that’s priced above numerous X570 alternatives

Our Verdict

Asus’s range topping Strix B550-E board based on the ‘budget ‘B550 chipset isn’t quite as crazy as it seems, provided you don’t demand dramatic quantities of bandwidth for secondary peripherals

Against

  • Very pricey for a B550 board
  • Stock-clocked performance is unremarkable
  • Limited bandwidth for peripherals

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Allow me to present the Asus ROG Strix B550-E Gaming, the most expensive of Asus’ new lineup of AMD B550 boards. Nearly 300 for a motherboard based on a budget chipset? Really? If that sounds like something you never knew you needed, hold on. It’s not actually altogether crazy.

Chipset. AMD B550 Socket. AM4 CPU compatibility. AMD Ryzen 3000 Form factor. ATX Expansion slots. 2x PCIe 4.0 x16, 1x PCIe 3.0 x4 Storage. 2x M.2, 6x SATA 6Gbps Networking. Intel Wi-Fi 6, Intel 2.5Gb ethernet, Bluetooth 5.1 Rear USB. 3 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (2 x Type-A1 x USB Type-C 5 x USB 2.0 (1 for audio USB Type-C) Extras. 1x Thunderbolt header, Aura RGB lighting, SLI and CrossfireX support, two-digit debug display

Yes, the B550 is strictly the second tier variant of AMD’s latest 500-series chipsets. But it doesn’t miss out on all that much compared to its bigger X570 brother. Essentially, there’s one really significant downgrade, from which a host of detailed changes flow.

For the B550, AMD has hooked up the PCH chip at the heart of the chipset to the CPU socket via a quad-lane PCI Express Gen 3 interface. The X570 gets quad-lane PCI Express, too, but a Gen 4 interface. In simple terms, that means double the bandwidth. In detail terms, consequences for the B550 include support for just a single M.2 PCIe Gen 4 SSD running at full speed, while the X570 chipset supports two.

There are knock-on effects in other bandwidth-sensitive areas, such as USB connectivity. But in other regards, the B550 isn’t necessarily the poverty-spec choice you might expect.

With the fuller context established, what to make of this premium B550 board? At a glance it cuts a convincing enthusiast dash thanks to copious heat sinks and spreaders, including one for each M.2 slot, snazzy LED lighting, and three full-length PCI Express slots, two of which come in Gen 4 trim.

Impressively, those slots support dual-GPU graphics, each in eight-lane PCIe 4.0 configuration, ensuring the maximum currently available bandwidth for high end graphics. A niche concern? Perhaps, but it’s indicative of the ambitions of this board. Similarly, the Strix B550 has not just an eight-pin but also a four-pin supplementary CPU power supply connector. Again, that’s an indication of a board designed for high performance.

Other performance-centric features include chunky heat sinks for the VRMs (there’s no fan for the chipset thanks to the B550’s piffling 5W power draw to the X570 10W rating), a dedicated power header for an AIO water cooler pump and multiple PWM fan headers. For the record, the board is a six-layer PCB design and offers a decent 142 power stage.

Additionally, you get a two-digit debug display, which is nice, and 7.1 audio with shielding to reduce interface and improve sound quality. Oh, and not only an Intel I225-V 2.5Gb Ethernet controller for blazing fast networking, but also Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 wireless connectivity with 2×2 Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax) support. That’s double nice with extra cheese. The aforementioned LED lighting, incidentally, can be easily synced with an ever-growing portfolio of Aura-capable Asus hardware. So now you know.

Asus ROG STRIX B550-E Gaming

The STRIX series is ROG’s Entry Level: a family of board focused primarily on its CPU over-clocking abilities. Gaming centric, it comes with aggressive aesthetics, and premium features.

In short when someone has a STRIX in its build, it needs to wow.

AMD’s B550 chipset offers a much more versatile and affordable motherboard.

  • 4 SATA cables
  • 2 Wi-Fi antennas
  • VRM Fan bracket
  • VRM fan add-on
  • Thermistors
  • M.2 SSD screws and screw raisers
  • RGB addressable cable extension
  • RGB cable extension
  • Manual
  • DVD driver Software
  • Asus coaster

We are dealing with a 6 layered PCB ATX motherboard. A significant upgrade when compared to its predecessor, the STRIX B450 4 layers, and an added signal isolation which will allow a stable PCIe 4.0 support.

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It also will benefit VRM heat dissipation and audio quality. Obviously, a very solid foundation for a performant and durable motherboard.

AM4

Our AM4 CPU socket can support :

This is a PCIe 4.0 only CPU support, which makes sense since it is the CPU PCIE 4.0 lanes which will feed the PCIe 4.0 enable components (GPU PCIe slots and on M.2 SSD connector).

This is where Asus really did well!

It has nothing to do with its predecessors, and closely follow the ROG STRIX X570-E Gaming.

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We are dealing with 16 70 amps Powers stages, 14 of which are CPU centric.

They are paired into 7 phases, delivering a whooping 980 AMPs to our poor CPU. Obviously more than you’ll ever need to run and severely overclock any processors featured in the Ryzen 3000 and 5000 series.

First, we have a 6 layered PCB, meaning a greater heat dissipation through the board,

Second, 700 amps are spread amongst 14 power stages meaning more radiating surface

Third and finally we have these imposing VRM heat-sinks, which do an amazing job at radiating all that excess heat away.

Worth noting, Asus introduced the double contact thermo-padded design which improves its Heat-sink heat diffusion ratio quite a bit.

A simple inexpensive evolution which really adds a ton of VRM value here!

And that all translate in a cool and efficient VRM, even in the most demanding and continuous load.

With an overclocked Ryzen 3900X (4,7 GHz / BIOS Auto). CPU stressed for 60 minutes:

Needless to say, with this kind of power, at hat price range, nothing on the market manages to compare the Over-clocking potential of the STRIX B550-E Gaming VRM.

The ROG STRIX B550-E Gaming can support up to 128 GB of DDR4 ram in a dual channel configuration.

It is overclockable up to a whooping 4.8 GHz, which is noticeably more than its Z390 equivalent.

Our board can support up-to 2 M.2 SSD (11 cm and 8 cm respectively).

Equipped with PICe 3 M.2 SSDs, our sticks can swap data upto 32 Gbs.

But if you do purchase a PCie 4.0 enabled M.2 SSD, then the CPU fed M.2 SSD will be able to swap data up to an indecent 64 Gbs.

In both cases our M.2 SSD sticks will experience a lot of heat.

Fortunately. we do have rather impressive thermo-padded heat-shields which do a wonderful job at keeping our stick cool in any usage condition.

Our B550 chipset is in all and for all a B450 chipset with an upgraded Wi-Fi integrated module (Wi-Fi 6 802.11AX) and a few more iOS.

It does remain a PCIe 3.0 Chipset. The PCIe 4.0 abilities of this board will be provided by its processor, which is not a bad thing.

One one hand it keeps our Chipset cold enough not to require an active cooling solution as seen on the boiling 11 watts X570 chipset, and on the other, the motherboard still benefits from the PCIe 4.0 standard brought in by its CPU.

As a result, we have a cooler, more affordable and arguably more durable motherboard.

SATA 3.0

For more classical storage solutions, we have our usual SATA 3.0 plugs. 6 in total, with a transfer rate of 6 Gbps each. They can be configured to run into a 0,1, or 10 RAID configuration.

The ROG STRIX B550-E Gaming has 6 PCI expresses slots.:

Only the closest one to your CPU can deliver up to 16 full bus speed meaning, this is where you’d want your video card to be placed for optimal performances.

In a dual GPU configuration, our slots will be sharing bandwidth in a 8 by 8 configuration.

And finally the last one one will further share bandwidth giving us an 8 by 8 by 4 configuration.

So a good board for a single or even a dual GPU configuration, hence the metal reinforcement on the two first 16 PCIe slots.

Note that the board support both SLI (x2) and Crossfire (x3) multi-GPU standards.

First let me note the presence of an IO integrated plate which is always a good point!

  • 2x display outputs for our integrated graphics (HDMI 2.0 / DP 1.4)
  • 4x 2 nd Gen USB plugs
  • a BIOS flash back button, delighted to find one. great to update or recover your BIOS on the go!
  • 2x 3.2 2 nd GEN USB plus. including a type C
  • a 2.5 gigabit LAN which is the same upgrade I had spotted on the Asus prime Z490 A preview. and that you should see if you have not done so yet!… and that absolutely make me happy to see!
  • a Wi-Fi 6 AX201 with transfer up to 2.4 Gb/s, same that is available on AMD’s X570 powered boards.
  • a rather premium S1220A REALTEK audio codec (including an AUDIO Type-C), which fully benefits from the 6 PCB layers board, since both left and right audio channel have been traced on separate and dedicated PCB layers, insuring a better static isolation, especially when recording. Problem that people living in a non grounded house will certainly appreciate !
  • 2x 2 nd gen USB front panel connectors. good for our AIO pumps, or PSU monitoring,
  • 1x 5Gbs USB 3.2 (1st Gen) front panel Connector
  • 1x 10Gbs USB 3.2 (2nd Gen) TYPE-C front panel Connector

Overall a well furnished board-based peripherals in par with its pricing.

We have 7 nested PWM FAN connectors, 1 of which can support a water pump (AIO or dedicated)

Definitely what you want to see on an enthusiast driven board. The STRIX B550-E can handle about any cooling solutions you will throw at it. Spanning from the classic air to the eccentric dual-loop custom water cooling apparatus.

Only regret here, is the fact that these connectors are not Hybrids which could support anything you’d throw at it, whether a fan, a water pump or a flow sensor.

I would have given this boards an unprecedented level of agility which enthusiast would have most certainly appreciate.

EZ Debugger

The EZ debugger is really the a crucial must have on the overclockers. often than not, enthusiasts can’t resist the call to find their RAM or CPU overclocking limits, and fail boots becomes a daily incidence.

The EZ debugger will give us a first-aide troubleshooting guidance one what stage of the boot your system failed.

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Q_LED

Very glad to see a Q-LED screen introduced on the Z powered STRIX series. The Q-LED screen will display codes with a more precise definition of what went wrong during your boot.

A refined troubleshooting experience, which truly makes the STRIX B550-E Gaming an enthusiast grade product.

RGB wise, our ROG STRIX B550-E Gaming has 2 nest RGB Strips

One under our Chipset heat sink,

and one under the IO roof.

We also have 4 RGB connectors :

2 standard 12V RGB connector and 2 addressable RGB connector.

All of which can obviously be synced though Asus proprietary AURA Sync effect software.

At 270 USD the ROG STRIX B550-E Gaming is a revolution in it s own merit! It has NOTHING to do with its predecessors.

It marks a strong departure from watered-down B powered motherboards to real full featured products, plainly stating that technologically wise, the market can now deliver real budget alternatives.

It’s almost a new class of its own!

Despite not being fully PCIe 4 enabled, it cleverly uses the RYZEN 3000 PCIe 4.0 abilities to source and deliver PCIe 4.0 level performances in crucial sectors.

Which also brings the benefit of not having a hot PCIe 4.0 enable chipset, and avoiding the obvious trap of an active cooling solution.

And Asus really built beautifully on this, and went where no B powered board even went before.

We got The full and entire ROG range of features, including Q-led Screens, front panel Type-C

The most powerful VRM I have seen on B chipset powered motherboard, and in many instances, one of the most powerful available even on X series board.

And finally a 6 layered PCB which greatly improves this board durability and stability.

All at about half the cost than ROG STRIX X570-E gaming launched at.

And that’s the real question. When you got a B550 powered motherboard like this, is there a real incentive to spend more on an X570 powered motherboard, which, in essence bring very little more to your build if anything at all.

Is there still an incentive to spend more on a X570 or Z490 powered motherboard, when your budget friendly B550 board can deliver everything they can? Cause it really can.

Asus ROG Strix B550-F Gaming Wi-Fi Review: Lower Price, Well Appointed

Asus’ ROG Strix B550-F Gaming Wi-Fi delivers premium features including SupremeFX Audio, Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200, solid power delivery and more. It’s a good option around the 200 mark, though there are similarly specced boards that cost less.

Cons

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Features and Specifications

After reviewing Gigabyte B550’s Aorus Master, we found for X570-level pricing, you can get most of the features and capabilities of the generally more expensive platform. The Asus ROG Strix B550-F Gaming Wi-Fi we’re looking at here costs less at 209.99 (or about 20 less for the non-Wi-Fi model) but still comes with a lot of appreciated features.

Asus’ B550 product stack currently consists of 11 boards that range in price from 134 (Prime B550M-A) up to the B550-E Gaming with an MSRP of 279. In between are several options that include boards from the ROG Strix, TUF, and Prime lineups. Within this lineup are ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ITX size boards, all designed to support the latest AMD Ryzen processors.

Sitting second from the top of Asus’ B550 motherboards, the B550-F Gaming Wi-Fi includes 14-phase power delivery, 2.5 GbE LAN, integrated Wi-Fi 6 AX200, two M.2 slots (each with a heatsink), six SATA ports and premium audio, among other features.

In our testing, the B550-F Gaming Wi-Fi performed well, matching the other boards we’ve tested so far. We didn’t come across anything out of the ordinary during our stock runs. With optimized defaults set, the B550-F Gaming Wi-Fi had no issues boosting to the factory 4.6 GHz clock speed. Overclocking the 12 core 24 thread Ryzen 9 3900X also went without an issue. Our sample was able to push all cores and threads on the CPU to 4.3 GHz, while running our 4×8 GB RAM KIT at DDR4 3600 with Infinity Fabric 1:1 to the memory speed.

Specifications

ChipsetForm FactorVoltage RegulatorVideo PortsUSB PortsNetwork JacksAudio JacksLegacy Ports/JacksOther Ports/JackPCIe x16PCIe x8PCIe x4PCIe x1CrossFire/SLIDIMM slotsM.2 slotsU.2 PortsSATA PortsUSB HeadersFan/Pump HeadersRGB HeadersLegacy InterfacesOther InterfacesDiagnostics PanelInternal Button/SwitchSATA ControllersEthernet Controller(s)Wi-Fi / BluetoothUSB ControllersHD Audio CodecDDL/DTS ConnectWarranty
B550
ATX
14 Phase (122)
(1) HDMI (v2.1), (1) DisplayPort (v1.2)
(1) USB 3.2 Gen 2, Type-C (10 Gbps), (1) USB 3.2 Gen 2, Type-A (10 Gbps), (4) USB 3.2 Gen 1, Type-A (5 Gbps), (2) USB 2.0, Type-A
(1) 2.5 GbE
(5) Analog SPDIF
(1) v4.0 (x16), (1) v3.0 (x4)
(3) v3.0 (x1)
2-Way CrossfireX
(4) DDR4 4400(OC) 128GB Capacity
(1) PCIe 4.0 x4 / SATA PCIe, (1) PCIe 3.0 x4 / SATA PCIe
(6) SATA3 6 Gbps (Supports RAID 0, 1 and 10)
(1) USB v3.2 Gen 1, (2) USB v2.0
(6) 4-Pin
(2) RGB, (1) ARGB
FP-Audio, TPM
Yes (4 LEDs)
Intel I225-V (2.5 GbE)
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 / Bluetooth 5.1
SupremeFX S1220A
✗ / Yes
3 Years

Features

Here’s a list of what ships in the box with this ATX board:

  • User manual
  • Wi-Fi antenna
  • Support DVD
  • Case badge / ROG Strix Stickers
  • ARGB LED extension cable
  • Four SATA cables
  • M.2 Rubber Packages
  • M.2 SSD screw packages
  • Cable ties
  • ROG thank you card

At first glance, what stands out with this board are the black PCB, heatsinks and slots. The only components that are not black are highlights on the chipset heatsink, along with the ROG Name and ROG symbol (LEDs) on the IO shroud. In addition, slogans such as “Game On” and others can also be seen in black on the IO shroud.

Like the other B550 boards we’ve looked at so far, the ROG Strix B550-F Gaming Wi-Fi does not have a fan on the chipset heatsink as the B550 chipset itself uses less power because it doesn’t have to support as many PCIe 4.0 lanes. Given the dark overall theme, this board should match most build themes.

Starting off at the top of the board, the IO shroud reaches out over the rear IO bits and partially covers the large VRM heatsink on the left. Above that are two EPS connectors, one 8-pin (required) and a 4-pin (optional). Moving right, across the top are two (of six) 4-pin PWM/DC fan/pump headers, along with the first RGB header (of three). There are two additional fan headers located to the right of the IO shroud and above the top M.2 slot. All fan headers are able to output up to 1A/12W, which is adequate for a majority of fans and AIOs.

The board sports four single-side latching DIMM slots capable of holding up to 128GB of DDR4 Memory. Memory speed is listed up to DDR 4400(OC), which is notably less than the B550 Aorus Master and MSI MAG B550 Tomahawk. That said, AMD’s self-proclaimed sweet spot for memory is in the DDR4 3600-3733 range, which also keeps the infinity fabric (IF) at a 1:1 ratio with the RAM speed. Once past that, the IF ratio isn’t 1:1 and latency increases dramatically. So most users should probably stick to memory speeds below 4000.

Located on the far right side of the board is a 24-pin ATX connector, along with a front-panel USB 3.2 Gen1 (5 Gbps) header. Just above these are four LED lights (Asus calls these Q-LEDs) that light up during the motherboard booting process, checking key components such as VGA, CPU, DRAM and Boot. If an error is found, the critical component’s LED stays lit until the problem is resolved. This is convenient when troubleshooting POST issues, especially when the board doesn’t have a debug LED screen to display specific codes.

\The EPS power plugs feed a 14-phase (122) VRM controlled by Asus’s Digi 6 channel controller (ASP1106GGQW). This in turn sends power to the “Teamed” MOSFETs (Vishay SIC639 50A) that yields 600A capacity for the CPU/Vcore. This isn’t the most robust power delivery we’ve seen so far, but this setup was plenty capable of handling our Ryzen 9 3900X without causing issues or running too hot. That said, it did run roughly 10 degrees Celsius higher than the other boards, though it was still well within operating parameters at stock and overclocked.

Sliding down to the bottom half of the board, the audio section is found on the far left and is mostly uncovered, outside of the SupremeFX audio chip hidden under a shiny faraday cage to prevent EMI. Also visible are the Nicicon audio capacitors, along with two op-amps. Input sensitivity is automatic and ranges from 32-600 ohm-headphone impedance, allowing greater flexibility and proper output. The premium audio section will be adequate for most users.

In the middle of the board we see two full-length PCIe slots with the primary GPU slot reinforced (Asus calls this Safeslot) to prevent sagging and shearing from heavy video cards. The top slot is fed from the CPU, providing 16 PCIe 4.0 lanes. The second full-length slot is fed from the chipset, running at PCIe 3.0 x4 speeds. Two-Way CrossfireX is supported. In addition to the full-length slots, the B550-F Gaming Wi-Fi provides an additional three PCIe 3.0 x1 slots.

Also found in the middle of the board are two M.2 sockets. Both support M.2 modules up to 110mm in length, of both PCIe- and SATA-based variety. Additionally, both sockets have their own individual heatsinks to keep hot-running NVMe drives cool. The top slot is PCIe 4.0 x4, while the bottom slot is limited to PCIe 3.0 x4, since those lanes come from the chipset.

On the right edge of the board are six SATA3 6Gbps ports, all fed from the chipset. These ports support RAID 0, 1 and 10. Port sharing is inevitable on this chipset, and the ROG Strix B550-F Gaming Wi-Fi shuts down SATA ports 5/6 when any M.2 module is installed in M.2_2 (the lower socket).

Across the bottom edge of the B550-F Gaming Wi-Fi are several headers that cover USB, fan control, audio, and more. Below is a list of the headers and jumpers here, from left to right.

  • Front panel audio
  • Thunderbolt header
  • RGB header / Aura aRGB header
  • Clear CMOS header
  • Temperature sensor header
  • Chassis fan header
  • (2) USB 2.0 headers
  • Chassis fan header
  • System panel header

The rear IO area on our B550-F Gaming Wi-Fi has enough connectivity to keep most users happy. There’s a total of eight USB ports.- two USB 3.2 Gen2 (Type-A and Type-C), four USB 3.2 Gen1 and two USB 2.0. One of the USB 2.0 ports is designated for BIOS FlashBack functionality (flashing the BIOS without a CPU), a feature that can be particularly handy for AM4 boards, given the multitude of CPU models. The single Intel 2.5 GbE LAN port is next to the HDMI and DisplayPort video outputs. The audio stack consists of standard 5-plug analog outputs plus SPDIF. Last but not least are two antenna connections for the included Wi-Fi.

Reviewed: Asus ROG STRIX B550-E Gaming

The Asus ROG STRIX B550-E Gaming motherboard is a prime example of something that I’d buy for myself. The design team has done everything right, the build quality is excellent and the price, whilst premium, is justifiable and not over the top.

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There is a lot to like here and its hard to know where to start. The layout is well-considered, and I’ll cover that in more detail later. The durability, connectivity and performance are as sharp as the aesthetic – the STRIX B550-E Gaming doesn’t just look good, it delivers in every way. This motherboard gives its owner options, real flexibility in terms of multi-GPU support, 2.5Gb LAN, Wi-Fi 6 AX200 and Bluetooth, M.2 slots supporting up to 110mm drives, an external thermal sensor and a USB 3.2 Gen 2 front-panel connector.

As with all “Gaming” motherboards, there’s RGB, but it isn’t excessive. There are two on-board RGB areas and 4 RGB headers (2×3-pin Addressable Gen2 RGB headers, 2×4-pin Aura RGB Headers) for connecting case lighting, fans or other bling and co-ordinating the lighting.

The audio solution also introduces Audio USB Type-C to the Asus line-up – more on that later as well. We see the stable Asus SupremeFX S1220A CODEC and dual OP amplifiers with Sonic Studio software suite. Another new audio feature is the Asus AI noise cancelling Mic function that is able to FOCUS on voice and cancel out background noise and keyboard clicks in realtime.

In addition to the usual AMD Crossfire support (3-way crossfire support here), Asus has also included NVIDIA SLI support (2-way) for multi GPU solutions. In recent years, multi-GPU solutions have become far less popular since, say, the Nvidia GTX 6xx days, but if you’re looking for a B550 board with SLI then this is a solid option as it isn’t a typical feature. The spacing of the PCIe x16 Gen 4.0 slots is three spaces so a pair of dual-slot cards will be able to breathe.

DIY Friendly – what does this mean?

Asus marketing makes a big deal of “DIY Friendly” – so what does this mean and how is the STRIX B550-E any easier to use than competing boards?

For many people, the thought of getting hands-on with a PC build is daunting and spending a small fortune on parts can cause some anxiety that a mistake might become an expensive lesson. Asus has tried to make the process of building your PC a little bit easier by including a few features to help the installation and any troubleshooting.

The pre-mounted I/O shield makes installing the STRIX B550-E Gaming into your case easier than having to install the rear shield and then make sure all the ports line up. It also means that you don’t find the I/O shield in the box after building your rig and realise that you forgot to install it at the start – anyone who has done this will appreciate a pre-mounted solution.

BIOS FlashBack can be a lifesaver. This feature allows you to flash the BIOS using the BIOS FlashBack button and a USB (FAT32/NTFS) with an appropriate BIOS file to update the BIOS without the need to POST. You can do this without a CPU or memory installed. Being able to do this can be very handy if you are building your PC for the first time and realise that you need a BIOS update for the system to recognise your CPU or memory.

Q-Design is the Asus feature-set that helps you quickly identify why your PC isn’t doing what it’s meant to. Asus break it down as follows:

Asus Q-CODE – this is an LED indicator on the bottom edge of the board that can tell you the status of the system using two characters. If your build won’t boot, check the code here and look up the Q-CODE table in the user manual to get an indication of what might be wrong.

– Asus Q-DIMM – Have you ever noticed how some memory slots have two latches with one at each end and others have only one latch? The Asus Q-DIMM slots have one latch at the top of each slot that you need to activate to install or remove RAM.

– Asus Q-LED (DRAM [yellow],CPU [red], VGA [white], Boot Device [yellow green). If we look at the non-cosmetic lighting, we see the indicator lights on the top right that help trouble-shoot POST issues such as boot device, VGA, CPU or DRAM. These are in a spot that should be easy to see in most cases, even with a roof-mounted radiator.

Circling back to the “DIY Friendly” claim from Asus – all of these measures together make this board very easy to work with and it’s going to be a little easier to install than other boards or even lower-tier Asus motherboards that don’t have all of these features.

Flex-key allows you to reassign the purpose of the reset button/header to other functions such as aura-effect, DirectKey or the traditional reset function. As someone who rarely uses the reset button, the ability to switch RGB modes from game-time to stealth while my PC completes a download or finishes a transcoding job would be more useful – so this is something I’d actually use.

Aesthetics

Overall, the board is matte black – there are some very subtle red pinstripes but it’s a black motherboard that has some detail and brushed surfaces on the M.2 heatsinks. The STRIX B550-E Gaming has a rugged and stealthy look to it

The VRM heatsinks didn’t get hot at all when overclocking our 3300X – they felt warm to touch on the surface but only a few degrees above body temperature. This was on the open test bench without any active airflow. I noted that there is no heat-pipe for the VRM heatsinks but from what I’ve seen, they shouldn’t need it.

The shape of the heatsinks is important with grooves and tiers in the blocks allowing for more surface area. The upper section of the rear/left heatsink is also quite deep under the rear I/O shroud and the design is incredibly effective at keeping power delivery thermals down under load when overclocked. They also look great – which is always good too.

The onboard RGB LEDs are subtle with the ROG logo on the rear I/O shroud and the “STRIX” LED on the chipset heatsink but there are two pairs of RGB/ADD_RGB headers for additional LED lighting and the software will link with Philips Hue, Asus ROG graphics cards, RGB Memory modules and ROG peripherals.

The software interface is easy to use with many options to choose from to achieve the look you are after.

Build Quality

Both PCIe 4.0 slots have been reinforced and you can see the metal encased in the plastic outer shell of the Asus Q-slot PCIe levers that lock and release the PCIe card. These slots have additional soldering and a full metal shield surrounding the slot to protect against sheering during transport or heavy-handed installation.

The whole board felt strong but lighter than some of the higher-tier Asus ROG boards that include backplates and full cover heat sinks on the front of the board. The STRIX B550-E Gaming seems to have enough heat dissipation measures and reinforcement to do the job (and do it well) but without the overkill that would make the board heavier and more expensive.

Asus has implemented a 6-layer of 2oz PCB for added strength and thermal performance. The VRM heatsinks appear well fitted with no movement or flex in them and they also seem to be very well attached to the components underneath.

Although there is no Clear CMOS button on the rear I/O or the motherboard, there is a Clear CMOS header on the motherboard that is easy to access. Whilst we’re talking headers, there is also a Thunderbolt header for an add-in TB card, S/PDIF header and a thermal probe point for specific monitoring/cooling.

The packaging offers good protection for the board inside with different compartments for the included accessories, an anti-static bag and the usual separate cardboard motherboard box within.

I can’t fault the finish and execution of this board from an aesthetic, functional or quality perspective – it’s the perfect B550 motherboard.

Specifications

I’ve listed the Qualified Vendor Lists for both memory and SSD storage below. This information can be handy when planning your build.

Layout

The Asus STRIX B550-E Gaming has a good layout to the point where it looks deceptively simple. There were a few things that I noted when building the test system that worked really well. As an example, the areas around both the CPU socket and the central PCIe 4.0 slot are deliberately clear – highlighted in green below.

The VRM heatsinks sit back a little and there is enough clearance for water blocks or larger tower mounting systems for the CPU.

Most air-cooled graphics cards that will be paired with this motherboard will be at least double-slot – the outline above shows that central section of the motherboard has nothing in the “Graphics card zone”. Even the SATA connections are set lower down so that if you have a longer GPU like the STRIX series with 3 fans, you will be able to add or change SATA drives without needing to get under the graphics card.

The battery would be partially obscured, but this would be rarely needed and there is space to work around a 2.5 slot card like the STRIX RTX 2080 Ti without needing to remove the card. By having the M.2 slot sitting low above the top PCIe 4.0 slot, the PCIe release lever is also readily accessible.

The PWM fan headers are highlighted in red on the layout and whilst there are none along the right edge, the placement on the top, bottom and tucked in near the rear I/O shroud will make for a very neat cabling job. I prefer this fan header placement if it means that the area under the GPU is completely clear for future SATA additions.

The USB 3.1 Gen 1 header is vertical rather than horizontal and sits directly below the 24-pin power connector mid-way along the right side of the board, not along the bottom edge.

The Q-Code LED can also assist with more detailed trouble-shooting and will display a clear “OC” when overclocking so that you know it’s running outside the stock configuration.

Everything about this layout made complete sense and the design decisions are consistent with other ROG boards that I’ve reviewed over the past few years. Installation is quick and easy with very little effort or planning required from the system builder to execute a neat cabling job.

Storage

There are 6 SATA3 connectors but both M.2 slots will support SATA devices – just check the specifications and manual for the implications on the SATA ports.

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The top/central M.2 slot supports PCIe 4.0 x4 whilst the lower M.2 slot is PCIe 3.0 x4. Both M.2 slots have an aluminium heatsink and support up to 110mm (2242-22110) storage devices.

Audio

Asus has implemented their SupremeFX S1220 audio platform that is essentially a tuned Realtek ALC1220 CODEC with some exclusive collaboration effort between Realtek and Asus to tweak the chipset. The rating is 120dB Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) for stereo output and 113dB SNR recording input. Playback support goes up to 32-Bit/19kHz. The chipset is shielded against interference and uses premium Nichicon audio capacitors as seen on other Asus ROG products.

The AI Noise Cancellation Mic feature is something new from Asus and it is able to effectively isolate a voice from the background noise including mechanical keyboard clatter from the microphone input in realtime with minimal CPU impact. The configuration for this feature is available via the Armoury Crate software.

When testing this with Windows Voice Recorder, I noted that the background noise and keyboard clatter was much more pronounced at the beginning of the clip and then faded after 1-2 seconds as the algorithm adapted. At this point the key-presses were still audible in the voice recordings but my voice came through a lot clearer. In a gaming situation players I was talking to found the reduction to be more obvious – seemingly because the ambient noise of the game was louder than the residual background noise left behind after the AI Noise Cancelling process had done it’s job. All they could hear was my voice – which is how it should be. Your mileage may vary here depending on the type of background noise you have and the sensitivity of your mic but in my testing, this feature was clearly effective.

In my testing, I used both the HyperX Cloud gaming headphones as a typical representation of what many people use, along with the Blue Satellite headphones that are of higher quality (and cost). In both cases, the analogue output from the ROG SupremeFX platform is brilliant from both the rear I/O ports and the front panel connection.

This is also the first time I’ve seen a dedicated USB Type-C Audio connector on a motherboard; This replaces the Optical out S/PDIF. Asus include a cable (USB Type-C to 3.5mm combo jack) that will be suitable for most modern headsets.

S/PDIF has gradually scaled back from an optical and RCA input/output connection to a single optical output so a shift to USB Type-C makes sense for the following reasons:

  • HDMI can carry both audio and video to external amplifiers making the S/PDIF redundant where the PC is connected to a home theatre or other similar device.
  • External DACs typically offer both USB and S/PDIF inputs that produce the same result
  • USB Type-C is still new but likely to be adopted more widely by manufacturers of multi-channel speakers moving forward as it still connects to the source with one cable and may offer new solutions to existing challenges where digital compression standards such as DTS Connect or Dolby Digital Live are not supported at either end which results in 2.1 audio output.

The software is also more useful than the typical rebadged drivers that we often see. Sound Studio 3 allows different audio profiles/equaliser settings to be assigned to different applications or games so if you are using Spotify, then you can use one profile but as soon as you fire up COD: Warzone Sound Studio will automatically apply a different pre-defined profile better suited to first-person shooter games. It doesn’t stop at equalizer settings – you can also allocate different audio devices to different applications. There is a function to create an online login so that you can save your settings which could be handy if you spend a lot of time/effort setting this up. If you don’t manually intervene, the default setup will apply per Windows settings.