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ASUS launches AMD B450 motherboards series



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By: Luis Padilla | 07-31-18

Press release. ASUS announced today that motherboards from the ROG Strix, Prime and TUF Gaming series based on the AMD B450 chipset and supporting the latest AMD Ryzen ™ processors are now available. AMD's Ryzen platform offers an incredible desktop computing experience with multiprocessing horsepower plus overclocking acceleration and accessible gaming dexterity. Earlier this year, AMD launched the second generation of the Ryzen family with the updated X470 chipset, designed to further enhance the performance of high-end games and content creation teams. Now, AMD is launching the B450 chipset for a new generation of affordable motherboards.

The B450 is optimized for simple constructions and smaller form factors, and ASUS has a complete collection available now. The ROG Strix B450-I and B450-F games elevate the platform with exclusive features for serious players, TUF B450-Plus and B450M-Plus Gaming focus on the essentials and durability, and Prime B450-Plus, B450M-A and B450M- K put a more professional face on the platform.

Despite the differences within the series, the ASUS B450 family is united by common characteristics and improved capabilities during almost 30 years of motherboard manufacturing. From intelligent adjustment to cooling and customization, ASUS has designed these new motherboards to help users maximize the potential of their PCs.

ROG Strix Poses the Game

ROG is the original brand of motherboards for games, with roots that go back more than a decade to the first Crosshair, which was also built for AMD processors. The latest ROG Strix X470-I Gaming and ROG Strix X470-F Gaming motherboards provide the enhanced features and functionality that users expect from mini-ITX and full-size ATX form factors. Both motherboards feature predominantly muted designs, inscribed with cybernetic text patterns that match other recent ROG hardware.

While ROG Strix B450-I Gaming has the right ingredients for small integrated graphics compilations. The configuration of two DIMMs is combined with the exclusive ASUS DRAM OC profiles to carry the memory up to DDR4-3600 or more. Integration is key to this form factor, so B450-I adds 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi that provides wireless connectivity right from the start. Storage and sound share the stage in ROG Strix B450-I Gaming, whose M.2 Audio Combo card stacks the components vertically to compensate for the compact size of Mini-ITX.

ROG Strix B450-F Gaming extends to along a larger area with greater expansion capacity for well-balanced constructions. With comprehensive cooling, personalization and connectivity options, dual 3.0 M.2 PCIe slots, enhanced DDR4 memory stability, Aura synchronization and much more, this motherboard offers excellent performance with room in the budget for the hardware that comes with it. . ROG Strix B450-F Gaming offers optimization and guided performance optimization through intuitive ROG software that makes experienced system developers easier and for the first time to create a unique gaming platform.

The new Ryzen recruits from TUF Gaming

More than just motherboards, TUF has become a family of gaming components that includes ASUS products along with hardware from industry partners at TUF Gaming Alliance. The battle-hardened style permeates the lineup, allowing players to easily assemble a distinctive system that blends inside and out.

While the style distinguishes TUF Gaming aesthetically, it also matches military-grade components that populate the PCB. High-quality TUF components comprising MOSFETs, throttles and capacitors help ensure long-term durability.

For B450, ASUS created the TUF B450-Plus Gaming and TUF B450M-Plus motherboards based on ATX and form factors micro-ATX. They share the same basic specifications, with support for up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 memory, dual graphics cards in CrossFireX, 8-channel HD audio with DTS and extensive connectivity options.

It's the best time for an upgrade by Ryzen

The Prime series is distinguished from game-oriented designs with a more discreet style, suitable for those seeking to apply Ryzen's considerable power for content creation and daily productivity. Geometric aesthetics channels architectural inspirations to create a retro-modern appearance that invites closer inspection without drawing undue attention.

The Prime B450-Plus marries a businesslike attitude with enthusiastic sensitivity. It is well equipped with a wide range of connectivity options, Fan Xpert 4 Core, 5X Protection III protections, premium 8-channel HD audio and an Aura Sync RGB head.

With less real estate and entry-level affordability, motherboards micro-ATX Prime B450M-A and B450M-K are more minimalist, but are still designed for a wide variety of users. Connectivity options are reduced, but still retain the basic features of ASUS such as Fan Expert, 5X Protection III and DIGI + VRM, which offers reliable power and surge protection that protects against peak damage.

SPECIFICATIONS

ROG Strix and TUF Gaming Series

Model Name ROG STRIX B450-F Gaming ROG STRIX B450-I GAMING TUF B450-PLUS

GAMING

TUF B450M-PLUS GAMING
CPU AM4 socket for AMD Ryzen ™ 2nd Generation / Ryzen ™ 1st Generation

/ Ryzen ™ with Radeon ™ Vega Graphics Processors

Chipset AMD B450 Chipset
Form Factor ATX (12 x 9.6 in.) ITX (6.7 x 6.7 in. .) ATX (12 x 9.6 in.) mATX (9.6 x 9.6 in.)
Memory 4/64 GB DDR4 2 / 32GB DDR4 4/64 GB DDR4 4/64 GB DDR4
3200 MHz (OC) 3600 MHz (OC) 3200 MHz (OC) 3200 MHz (OC)
Graphics Output HDMI 2.0b / DP HDMI 2.0b HDMI 2.0b / DVI-D HDMI 2.0b / DVI-D
Expansion Slot PCIe 3.0 x16 2
@ x16 or x8 / x4
1
supports x16
1
@ x16 or x8
1
@ x16 or x8
PCIe 2.0 x 16 1

max @ x4

1

max @ x4

1

max @ x4

PCIe 2.0 x1 3 3 1
Storage & Connectivity SATA 6Gb / s 6 [19659022] 4 6 6
M.2 1x 2280

(SATA + PCIe 3.0 x4)

1x 2280

(SATA + PCIe 3.0 x4)

1x 22110

(SATA + PCIe 3.0 x4)

1x 22110

(SATA + PCIe 3.0 x4)

1x 22110

(PCIE 3.0 x4 mode)

1x 2280

(PCIE 3.0 x4 mode)

N / A N / A
USB 3.1 Gen 2 2 x Type-A 2 x Type-A 2 Type-A 1x Type-A
USB 3.1 Gen 1 1 x Type-C at back
3 x Type-A at back
2 x Type-A at front
] 4 x Type-A at back
2 x Type-A at front
1 x Type-C at back

2 x Type-A at the back

2 x Type-A at the front

1x Type-C at the back
2x Type-A at the back
2x Type-A at front
USB 2.0 6 2 6 6
Networking Gigabit Ethernet Intel® I211AT Intel® I211AT Realtek® 8111H ] Realtek® 8111H
Wireless N / A 2 × 2 Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac supports dual frequency band 2.4 / 5 GHz N / A N / A
Audio Codec SupremeFX S1220A SupremeFX S1220A Realtek® ALC887 Realtek® ALC887
Effects Sonic Radar III

Sonic Studio III

Sonic Studio Link

Sonic Radar III

Sonic Studio III

Sonic Studio Link

DTS Custom for GAMING Headsets DTS Custom for GAMING Headsets
Aura Aura Sync V V ] V V
4-pin RGB Header 1 1 1 1
Addressable RGB header N / A 1 N / A N / A
Others Pre-Mounted I / O Shield

SafeSlot

M.2 Audio Combo Card

SafeSlot

SafeSlot SafeSlot

PRIME Series

Model Name PRIME B450-PLUS PRIME B450M-A ] PRIME B450M-K
CPU AM4 socket for AMD Ryzen ™ 2nd Generation / Ryzen ™ 1st Generation

/ Ryzen ™ with Radeon ™ Vega Graphics Processors

Chipset AMD B450 Chipset
Form Factor ATX (12 x 9.6 in.) mATX (9.6 x 9.5 in. .) mATX (8.9 x 8.7 in.)
Memory 4/64 GB DDR4 4/64 GB DDR4 2 / 32GB DDR4
3200 MHz (OC) [19659145] 3200 MHz (OC) 3200 MHz (OC)
Graphics Output HDMI 2.0b / DVI-D HDMI 2.0b / DVI-D / D_Sub DVI-D / D_Sub [19659049] Expansion Slot PCIe 3.0 x16 1
@ x16 or x8
1
@ x16 or x8
1
@ x16 or x8
PCIe 2.0 x 16 1

max @ x4

PCIe 2.0 x1 3 2 2
Storage & Connectivity SATA 6Gb / s ] 6 6 4
M.2 1x 22110

(SATA + PCIe 3.0 x4)

1x 22110

(SATA + PCIe 3.0 x4)

1x 2280

(SATA + PCIe 3.0 x4)

N / A N / A N / A
USB 3.1 Gen 2 2 Type-A 2 Type -A 2 Type-A
USB 3.1 Gen 1 1 x Type-C at the back
2 x Type-A at the back
2 x Type-A at the front
4 Type-A at the back
2 Type-A at the front
4 x Type-A at the back
2 x Type-A at the front
USB 2.0 6 4 4
Networking Gigabit Ethernet Realtek® 8111H Realtek® 8111H Realtek® 8111H
Wireless N / A N / A N / A
Audio Codec Realtek® ALC887 Realtek® ALC887 Realtek® ALC887
Effects N / A N / A N / A
] Aura Aura Sync V V N / A
4-pin RGB Header 1 1 N / A
Addressable RGB header [19659144] N / A N / A N / A


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