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ASUS ROG Strix B450-I Gaming (AMD B450) Motherboard Review (Page 2)

By: Steven Bassiri from Nov 9, 2018 @ 2:49 CST
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: ASUS

Packaging and Overview

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The motherboard box is pretty colorful, so we know it supports RGBs. The box and packaging are well done and protect the motherboard well.

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The accessory package includes two SATA6Gb/s, WIFI antenna, M.2 screws, IO shield, M.2 mounting kit,ROG Strix stickers, cable ties, extension cable for addressable LED, panel cable, driver DVD, and manuals.

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ASUS put in three fan headers. The CPU fan header is circled in red and is a hybrid PWM/DC mode header rated up to 1A. We do not know the capabilities of the AIO pump header (blue) or chassis fan header (green), but we assume the AIO header runs full speed and/or supports more than 1A current. The motherboard also supports an external temperature sensor, the header is circled in orange. The motherboard's dark aesthetics are quite nice, and on the rear of the motherboard we find some features, ICs, and the addressable RGB LEDs on the right edge of the motherboard.

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The rear IO panel features HDMI 2.0b, four USB 3.0, two USB 3.1 type-A, Gbit LAN, illuminated audio connectors (headphone, mic, and input), and WIFI antenna connectors.

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We find an M.2 slot on the topside of the motherboard that supports up to x4 PCI-E 3.0 and SATA based drives and has a heat sink. The M.2 slot on the rear is x4 PCI-E 3.0, and it shares x4 for the PCI-E x16 slot, so that means if you use that slot it will bring the x16 slot to x8, which also means Raven Ridge won't support this slot since it only offers x8 PCI-E 3.0.

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The motherboard has a USB 3.0 internal header and USB 2.0 internal header, four SATA6Gb/s ports, and front panel headers on the right side of the motherboard. There is a temperature input header located behind the SATA ports in the shot on the left.

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There are boot LEDs at the top right corner of the motherboard. At the top of the motherboard we find our RGB LED header and addressable RGB LED header near the fan headers.

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The motherboard also has an 8-pin power connector for the CPU. The heat sinks are all screwed into the motherboard, and the VRM heat sink cools both the power stages and the inductors.

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