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AMD Smart Access Memory : How To Enable It?

AMD Smart Access Memory (Resizable BAR) Guide

Find out what AMD Smart Access Memory is all about, and how to turn it on for a FREE BOOST in performance!

 

Smart Access Memory : PCIe Resizable BAR for AMD!

Smart Access Memory is AMD’s marketing term for their implementation of the PCI Express Resizable BAR (Base Address Registers) capability.

What does that mean exactly?

CPUs are traditionally limited to a 256 MB I/O memory address region for the GPU frame buffer. This of it as an “data dump” for stuff like textures, shaders and geometry.

Since this “data dump” is limited to 256 MB, the CPU can only send texture, shader and geometry data as and when the GPU requires them.

This introduces some latency – delay from when the GPU requires the data, and the CPU send them.

Turning on Resizable BAR or Smart Access Memory greatly expands the size of that data dump, letting the CPU directly access the GPU’s entire frame buffer memory.

Instead of transferring data when requested by the GPU, the CPU processes and stores the data directly in the graphics memory.

Graphics assets can be transferred to graphics memory in full, instead of in pieces. In addition, multiple transfers can occur simultaneously, instead of being queued up.

While this AMD graphic above suggests that Smart Access Memory will widen the memory path (and thus memory bandwidth) between the CPU and GPU, that is not true.

Smart Access Memory / Resizable BAR will not increase memory bandwidth.

What it does is let the CPU directly access the entire GPU frame buffer memory, instead of using the usual 256 MB “dump”. That reduces latency because the graphics assets are now accessible by the GPU at all times.

 

AMD Smart Access Memory : Performance Gains

According to AMD, enabling Smart Access Memory will give you a small but free boost of 5% to 11% in gaming performance.

Here is a summary of the test results from our article, RX 6800 XT Smart Access Memory Performance Comparison!

You can expect up to 16% better performance in some games, but no effect in certain games. But overall, you get a free boost in performance. There is simply no reason not to enable Smart Access Memory.

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AMD Smart Access Memory : Requirements

Since Smart Access Memory is just an AMD implementation of PCI Express Resizable BAR. Therefore, it can be be implemented for all PCI Express 3.0 and PCI Express 4.0 graphics cards and motherboards.

However, AMD is currently limiting it to a small subset of components, having validated it only for their new Ryzen 5000 series CPUs, select Ryzen 3000 Series Processors and Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards.

So this is what you currently require to enable AMD Smart Access Memory :

Hardware

Software

  • AMD Radeon Software Driver 20.11.2 or newer
  • Latest Motherboard BIOS (AMD AGESA 1.1.0.0 or newer)

AMD currently recommends these X570 motherboards, because they have updated BIOS available :

 

AMD Smart Access Memory : How To Enable It?

If you have all of those supported components above, and updated your motherboard BIOS, you need to manually enable Smart Access Memory.

Now, the method will vary from motherboard to motherboard, and it probably won’t even be called Smart Access Memory.

Instead, look for variations of Above 4G Decoding, or Resizing BAR, or Resizable BAR, or Re-Size BAR Support.

AMD Generic Method

AMD has provided these generic steps to enable Smart Access Memory :

  1. Enter the System BIOS by press <DEL> or <F12> during the system startup.
  2. Navigate to the Advanced Settings or Advanced menu.
  3. Enable “Above 4G Decoding” and “Re-Size BAR Support“.
  4. Save the changes and restart the computer.

Step-by-Step Method For ASUS Crosshair VIII Hero

In our guide, we are using the ASUS CROSSHAIR VIII Hero (AMD X570) motherboard, as an example :

  1. First you will need to turn off CSM (Compatibility Support Module), or make sure it’s disabled.Go to the Boot menu and look for a CSM / Compatibility Support Module option.

  1. Set CSM (Compatibility Support Module) to Disabled.

  1. Go to the Advanced menu and look for the PCI Subsystem. In other motherboards, look for PCIe / PCI Express configuration options.

  1. Enable Above 4G Decoding.

  1. This will give you access to the Re-Size BAR Support option. Set it to Auto.

  1. Now go to the Exit menu, and select Save Changes & Reset.

  1. It will ask you to confirm the changes. Just verify both, and click OK.

After the motherboard reboots, AMD Smart Access Memory (PCIe Resizable BAR) will be enabled for your Ryzen 5000 series CPU and Radeon RX 6000 series graphics card!

 

CSM Warning For GIGABYTE AORUS X570 Master

AMD currently recommends these X570 motherboards, because they have updated BIOS available :

CSM is disabled by default for the ASUS, ASRock and MSI motherboards. However, it is enabled by default in the GIGABYTE AORUS X570 Master.

If you installed Windows without first turning CSM off, it will be configured as non-UEFI. It will NOT boot if you enable Resizable BAR Support (Smart Access Memory).

You will need to reinstall Windows with CSM support disabled.

 

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Precision Boost Overdrive 2 : Adaptive Undervolting Comes To Ryzen!

AMD just introduced Precision Boost Overdrive 2 (PBO2), which introduces adaptive undervolting for Ryzen processors, amongst other improvements.

Find out what Precision Boost Overdrive 2 offers, and what effect it has on performance of AMD Ryzen 5000 series processors!

 

Precision Boost Overdrive 2 : Improved Overclocking + Adaptive Undervolting!

Precision Boost Overdrive is the dynamic overclocking capability built into AMD Ryzen processors, with these features :

  • raises socket power limit
  • raises motherboard VRM limit
  • can override max boost frequency
  • primarily designed to improve multi-thread performance

Precision Boost Overdrive 2 (PBO2) comes with all of the original PBO features, as well as these new features :.

  • improved single-thread performance
  • adds adaptive undervolting capability
  • adds standalone undervolting capability for AMD Ryzen 5000 Series processors
  • improved performance per watt.
  • can lower operating temperatures.
  • ability to customise voltages and frequencies to a specific processor.

 

Precision Boost Overdrive 2 : Curve Optimizer

The new adaptive undervolting capability in Precision Boost Overdrive 2 (PBO2) is achieved through the Curve Optimizer.

The new Curve Optimizer tells the firmware what window of undervolting is desired, and adapts to both light and heavy workloads.

Undervolting, however, will not be done with raw millivolts. Instead, it will be applied with “counts“.

  • 1 Count is approximately 3 mV ~ 5 mV. This range means less undervolting during high loads, and more undervolting when the load is lower.
  • You can adjust the voltage by +/- 30 Counts. 30 Counts would be a range of 90~150 mV.
  • The adjustments can be applied per core, or on all cores.

The Curve Optimizer algorithm is adaptive – so it will automatically underplot when the circumstances are suitable, and restore voltage when it needs to.

 

Precision Boost Overdrive 2 : Performance Boost

According to AMD, PBO2 offers better single-threaded performance than the original PBO.

Enabling it will let the Ryzen 7 5800X deliver 2.6% better 1T performance in CINEBENCH R20, while the Ryzen 9 5900X delivers 2% better 1T performance.

Hardly earth-shattering performance, but hey, it’s free!

Multi-threaded performance also gets a small but nice boost from PBO2.

AMD says the Ryzen 7 5800X should get a 2.2% boost, while the Ryzen 9 5900X gets a very nice 10% boost in multi-threaded performance!

 

Precision Boost Overdrive 2 : System Requirements

Here are the system requirements for Precision Boost Overdrive 2 to work :

  • AMD Ryzen 5000 Series desktop processor
  • AMD 500 or 400 Series motherboard
  • Motherboard BIOS based on AMD AGESA 1.1.8.0 or later

The PBO2 update is available for all AMD Ryzen 5000 Series desktop processors through a motherboard BIOS upgrade available in December 2020.

 

AMD Ryzen 5000 Series Processors : Where To Buy?

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X

AMD Ryzen 9 5900X

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X

 

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AMD B550 Chipset : What You Need To Know!

AMD introduced the B550 chipset as part of their Spring 2020 desktop Ryzen update, offering PCI Express 4.0 support at a lower price point. Here is what you need to know!

 

AMD B550 Chipset : Official Tech Briefing

Let’s start with the official AMD B550 tech briefing by AMD Ryzen Product Marketing Manager, Erin Maiorino.

 

AMD B550 Chipset : Key Features

The AMD B550 chipset is an upgrade of the B450 chipset from 18 months ago, introducing three key features :

  • PCI Express 4.0 support for both graphics cards and NVMe storage
  • Dual GPU support
  • PCI Express 3.0 general purpose lanes

This AMD table gives you a good idea of what the B550 chipset offers over the B450, and how it differs from the X570.

It is obvious that unless you use multiple NVMe SSDs in your system, the new AMD B550 will offer a much better value proposition than the X570.

This diagram shows what PCI Express lanes and USB ports are available through the B550 chipset, and the 3rd Gen Ryzen processor.

While AMD has been rather decent in providing backward compatibility for their newer Ryzen processors, eventually a chipset will not sufficiently support a newer processor.

Like the X570, the new B550 chipset will support future AMD Ryzen processors based on the Zen 3 microarchitecture.

 

AMD B550 Motherboard : Availability

AMD says that their partners have some 60 motherboard designs in the pipeline, and that you should expect some B550 motherboards to ship by 16 June 2020.

 

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GIGABYTE B450 Motherboard Models, Features + Prices Revealed!

AMD officially launched their B450 chipset on 31 July 2018, driving further demand for the 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen processors. In this article, we will look at the first GIGABYTE B450 motherboards to hit the market!

 

The Official AMD B450 Tech Briefing

For a primer on the AMD B450 chipset, here is the official AMD B450 tech briefing, conducted by Don Woligroski, AMD Business Development and Desktop Processor Marketing.

And here is a diagram showing what features are provided by the AMD B450 chipset, and what are provided by the AMD Ryzen processor itself.

For more details on the AMD B450 chipset, check out our article – The AMD B450 Chipset Explained!

 

The First GIGABYTE B450 Motherboards Revealed!

Now, let’s take a look at the first GIGABYTE B450 motherboards to hit the market!

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AMD B450 Motherboard Price + Availability

Although GIGABYTE announced six B450 motherboards, not all are available for purchase globally. Here are some GIGABYTE B450 models that are currently for sale, with their prices :

GIGABYTE B450 AORUS  PRO WIFI : US$ 119
GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO
 : RM 489
GIGABYTE B450 AORUS M : US$ 84.99 / RM 415
GIGABYTE B450M DS3H : US$ 69.99

 

GIGABYTE B450 AORUS Elite

The GIGABYTE B450 AORUS Elite is an ATX gaming motherboard with DDR4-3200 support, two M.2 sockets, two PCIe x16 slots and six SATA ports.

Here are the B450 AORUS Elite‘s key features :

  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • HDMI, DVI-D Ports for Multiple Display
  • Integrated I/O Shield of Ultra Durable Design
  • Dual Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe Gen3 M.2 (x4, x2) with One Thermal Guard
  • High Quality Audio Capacitors and Audio Noise Guard with LED Trace Path Lighting
  • RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone LED Light Show Design, Supports Digital LED & RGB LED Strips
  • GIGABYTE Exclusive 8118 Gaming LAN with Bandwidth Management
  • Smart Fan 5 Features 6 Temperature Sensors and 4 Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP
  • APP Center Including EasyTune and Cloud Station Utilities
  • CEC 2019 Ready, Save Power with a Single Click

 

GIGABYTE B450 I AORUS PRO WIFI

The GIGABYTE B450 I AORUS PRO WIFI is a mini-ITX motherboard with two DDR4-3200 slots, one PCIe x16 slot, two M.2 sockets, and four SATA ports.

Here are the B450 I AORUS PRO WIFI‘s key features :

  • Dual Channel ECC/ Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 2 DIMMs
  • Intel Dual Band 802.11ac Wave2 WIFI & BT 5
  • DisplayPort, HDMI 2.0 Ports for Multiple Display
  • Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 with Thermal Guard
  • ALC1220-VB Enhance 114dB(Rear)/ 110dB(Front) SNR in Microphone with High-end Audio Capacitors
  • RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone LED Light Show Design, Supports Digital LED & RGB LED Strips
  • Intel GbE LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Software
  • Smart Fan 5 Features 5 Temperature Sensors and 2 Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP
  • APP Center Including EasyTune and Cloud Station Utilities
  • CEC 2019 Ready, Save Power with a Single Click

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GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO WIFI

We showcased the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS  PRO WIFI at Computex 2018. It boasts a hybrid digital PWM, with built-in dual-band Intel 802.11ac WiFi and Gigabit LAN capability, as well as dual M.2 sockets.

Here are the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS  PRO WIFI‘s key features

  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • Intel Dual Band 802.11ac WIFI & BT 4.2
  • HDMI, DVI-D Ports for Multiple Display
  • Integrated I/O Shield of Ultra Durable Design
  • Dual Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe Gen3 M.2 (x4, x2) with Dual Thermal Guards
  • ALC1220-VB Enhanced 114dB (Rear) / 110dB (Front) SNR in Microphone with WIMA Audio Capacitors
  • RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone LED Light Show Design, Supports Digital LED & RGB LED Strips
  • Intel GbE LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Software
  • Smart Fan 5 Features 6 Temperature Sensors and 5 Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP
  • APP Center Including EasyTune and Cloud Station Utilities
  • CEC 2019 Ready, Save Power with a Single Click

Here are some purchase links and prices for the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS  PRO WIFI :

 

GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO

The GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO is basically the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS  PRO WIFI with the Intel WiFi-ac capability removed.

Here are the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO‘s key features :

  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • HDMI, DVI-D Ports for Multiple Display
  • Integrated I/O Shield of Ultra Durable Design
  • Dual Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe Gen3 M.2 (x4, x2) with Dual Thermal Guards
  • ALC1220-VB Enhanced 114dB (Rear) / 110dB (Front) SNR in Microphone with WIMA Audio Capacitors
  • RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone LED Light Show Design, Supports Digital LED & RGB LED Strips
  • Intel GbE LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Software
  • Smart Fan 5 Features 6 Temperature Sensors and 5 Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP
  • APP Center Including EasyTune and Cloud Station Utilities
  • CEC 2019 Ready, Save Power with a Single Click

Here are some purchase links and prices for the B450 AORUS PRO :

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GIGABYTE B450 AORUS M

The GIGABYTE B450 AORUS M is a micro-ATX motherboard that has four DDR4-3200 sockets, and comes with two PCIe x16 slots, one M.2 socket and six SATA ports.

Here are the key features of the B450 AORUS M motherboard :

  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • HDMI, DVI-D Ports for Multiple Display
  • Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 with Thermal Guard
  • High Quality Audio Capacitors and Audio Noise Guard with LED Trace Path Lighting
  • RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone LED Light Show Design, Supports Digital LED & RGB LED Strips
  • GIGABYTE Exclusive 8118 Gaming LAN with Bandwidth Management
  • Smart Fan 5 Features 5 Temperature Sensors and 3 Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP
  • APP Center Including EasyTune and Cloud Station Utilities
  • Anti-Sulfur Resistors Design
  • Ultra Durable 25KV ESD and 15KV Surge LAN Protection
  • CEC 2019 Ready, Save Power with a Single Click

Here are some purchase links and prices for the B450 AORUS M :

 

GIGABYTE B450M DS3H

The GIGABYTE B450M DS3H is a micro-ATX motherboard that supports DDR4-3200, and comes with two PCIe x16 slots, one M.2 socket and four SATA ports.

Here are the GIGABYTE B450M DS3H‘s key features :

  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • HDMI, DVI-D Ports for Multiple Display
  • Ultra-Fast PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 with PCIe NVMe & SATA mode support
  • High Quality Audio Capacitors and Audio Noise Guard with LED Trace Path Lighting
  • RGB Fusion supports RGB LED Strips in 7-Colors
  • Realtek Gigabit LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Software
  • Smart Fan 5 Features 5 Temperature Sensors and 2 Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP
  • APP Center Including EasyTune and Cloud Station Utilities
  • CEC 2019 Ready, Save Power with a Single Click

Here are some purchase links and prices for the GIGABYTE B450M DS3H :

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The First AMD B450 Motherboards Revealed!

AMD officially launched their B450 chipset on 31 July 2018. We had earlier shared with you our previews of the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS  PRO WIFI motherboard, as well as the MSI B450 Tomahawk and B450A-Pro motherboards. Today, we will share with you details of the first AMD B450 motherboards to hit the market!

 

The Official AMD B450 Tech Briefing

For a primer on the AMD B450 chipset, here is the official AMD B450 tech briefing, conducted by Don Woligroski, AMD Business Development and Desktop Processor Marketing.

And here is a diagram showing what features are provided by the AMD B450 chipset, and what are provided by the AMD Ryzen processor itself.

For more details on the AMD B450 chipset, check out our article – The AMD B450 Chipset Explained!

 

The First AMD B450 Motherboards Revealed!

Now, let’s take a look at the first AMD B450 motherboards to hit the market!

ASRock – 5 Motherboards

ASUS – 3 Motherboards

GIGABYTE – 3 Motherboards

MSI – 12 Motherboards

 

AMD B450 Motherboard Price + Availability

Although these motherboards have all been announced, not all are available for purchase yet. Here are some models that are currently for sale, with their prices :

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ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming : US$ 129.99RM 599
ASUS PRIME B450M-K
 : US$ 88.99 / RM 429
ASUS PRIME B450M-Plus Gaming
 : US$ 99.99 / RM 519

GIGABYTE B450 AORUS  PRO WIFI : US$ 137
GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO
 : RM 509
GIGABYTE B450M DS3H
 : US$ 69.99

MSI B450 Gaming Plus : US$ 99.99 / RM 470
MSI B450M Gaming Plus
 : RM 390
MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC
 : US$ 119.99
MSI B450 Tomahawk
 : US$ 93.21
MSI B450M Gaming Plus
 : RM 360

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ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming K4

The ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming K4 motherboard is an ATX motherboard that supports DDR4-3200, and comes with two PCIe x16 slots, two Ultra M.2 sockets, and six SATA ports.

Here are the ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming K4‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4 3200+ (OC)
  • 2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 4 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Graphics Output: DisplayPort, HDMI, D-Sub
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec), Supports Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 5
  • 6 SATA3, 1 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4), 1 M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x2 & SATA3)
  • 2 USB 3.1 Gen2 (Rear Type-A+C) with 6 USB 3.1 Gen1 (2 Front, 4 Rear)
  • Realtek Gigabit LAN

 

ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX/ac

The ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX/ac motherboard is a mini-ITX motherboard that supports DDR4-3466, and comes with one PCIe x16 slot, one Ultra M.2 socket, and four SATA ports.

Here are the ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX/ac‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4 3466+ (OC)
  • 1 PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Graphics Output: DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0
  • 7.1 channel HD Audio (Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec) with Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 5
  • 4 SATA3, 1 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3)
  • 2 USB 3.1 Gen2 (Rear Type-A+C)
  • 4 USB 3.1 Gen1 (2 Front, 2 Rear)
  • Intel Gigabit LAN with Intel 802.11ac WiFi + BT 4.2

 

ASRock B450 Pro4

The ASRock B450 Pro4 motherboard is an ATX motherboard that supports DDR4-3200, and comes with two PCIe x16 slots, two M.2 sockets, and six SATA ports.

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Here are the ASRock B450 Pro4‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4 3200+ (OC)
  • 2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 4 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Graphics Output: HDMI, Display Port, D-Sub
  • 7.1 channel HD Audio (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec), ELNA Audio Caps
  • 6 SATA3, 1 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4), 1 M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x2 & SATA3)
  • 2 USB 3.1 Gen2 (Rear Type A+C) with 6 USB 3.1 (2 Front, 4 Rear)
  • Realtek Gigabit LAN

 

ASRock B450M Pro4

The ASRock B450M Pro4 is the micro-ATX version of the ASRock B450 Pro4 motherboard. It supports DDR4-3200, and comes with two PCIe x16 slots, two M.2 sockets, and four SATA ports.

Here are the ASRock B450M Pro4‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4 3200+ (OC)
  • 1 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Graphics Output:HDMI, DVI-D, D-Sub
  • 7.1 channel HD Audio (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec), ELNA Audio Caps
  • 4 SATA3, 1 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4), 1 M.2 (SATA3)
  • 2 USB 3.1 Gen2 (Rear Type-A+C) with 6 USB 3.1 Gen1 (2 Front, 4 Rear)
  • Realtek Gigabit LAN

 

ASRock B450M HDV

The ASRock B450 HDV motherboard is a micro-ATX motherboard that supports DDR4-3200, and comes with one PCIe x16 slot, one M.2 socket, and four SATA ports.

Here are the ASRock B450M HDV‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4 3200+ (OC)
  • 1 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Graphics Output: HDMI, DVI-D, D-Sub
  • 7.1 channel HD Audio (Realtek ALC887 Audio Codec), ELNA Audio Caps
  • 4 SATA3, 1 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3) with 6 USB 3.1 Gen1 (2 Front, 4 Rear)
  • Realtek Gigabit LAN

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ASUS ROG STRIX B450-F Gaming

The ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming is an ATX gaming motherboard with DDR4-3200 support, two M.2 sockets, three PCIe x16 slots and six SATA ports.

Here are the ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming‘s key features :

  • Fast memory and storage : Dual-channel DDR4 3200 MHz (OC) and NVM Express RAID supported.
  • Aura Sync RGB : Synchronize LED lighting with a vast portfolio of compatible PC gear.
  • Gaming connectivity : Dual M.2 and USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A connectors.
  • Gaming networking : Intel Gigabit Ethernet, plus ASUS LANGuard and GameFirst technologies.
  • 5-Way Optimization : Automated system-wide tuning, providing overclocking and cooling profiles that are tailor-made for your rig.
  • Gaming audio : SupremeFX S1220A teams with Sonic Studio III to create an aural landscape that draws you deeper into the action.
  • Gamer’s Guardian : Pre-mounted I/O shield, ASUS SafeSlot and premium components for maximum endurance.

Here are some purchase links and prices for the ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming :

 

ASUS PRIME B450M-K

The ASUS Prime B450M-K is a microATX gaming motherboard with DDR4-3200 support, one M.2 socket, one PCIe x16 slot and four SATA ports.

Here are ASUS PRIME B450M-K‘s key features :

  • Fan Xpert : Flexible controls for ultimate cooling and quietness, plus GPU-temperature sensing for cooler gaming
  • 5X Protection III : Multiple hardware safeguards for all-round protection
  • Ultrafast connectivity : Supreme flexibility with USB 3.1 Gen 2, Native M.2
  • LED illumination : Lighting control for both PCIe slot and audio trace paths

Here are some purchase links and prices for the ASUS PRIME B450M-K :

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ASUS TUF B450M-Plus Gaming

The ASUS TUF B450M-Plus Gaming is a microATX gaming motherboard with DDR4-3200 support, one M.2 socket, two PCIe x16 slots and four SATA ports.

Here are the ASUS TUF B450M-Plus Gaming‘s key features :

  • GPU Temperature Sensing & Fan Xpert 2+ : Ensures every fan achieves the best balance of cooling performance and acoustics
  • TUF Protection : SafeSlot, ESD Guards, DDR4 overvoltage protection, Digi+ VRM, and stainless-steel back I/O for long-term reliability
  • Military-grade TUF Components : TUF LANGuard, TUF Chokes, TUF Capacitors, and TUF MOSFETs for maximum durability
  • Exclusive DTS Custom audio : Delivers positional cues to stereo headphones, helping you to pinpoint enemies and action
  • Aura Sync RGB : Synchronize LED lighting with a vast portfolio of compatible PC gear

Here are some purchase links and prices for the ASUS PRIME B450M-Plus Gaming :

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GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO WIFI

We showcased the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS  PRO WIFI at Computex 2018. It boasts a hybrid digital PWM, with built-in dual-band Intel 802.11ac WiFi and Gigabit LAN capability, as well as dual M.2 sockets.

Here are the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS  PRO WIFI‘s key features

  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • Intel Dual Band 802.11ac WIFI & BT 4.2
  • HDMI, DVI-D Ports for Multiple Display
  • Integrated I/O Shield of Ultra Durable Design
  • Dual Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe Gen3 M.2 (x4, x2) with Dual Thermal Guards
  • ALC1220-VB Enhanced 114dB (Rear) / 110dB (Front) SNR in Microphone with WIMA Audio Capacitors
  • RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone LED Light Show Design, Supports Digital LED & RGB LED Strips
  • Intel GbE LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Software
  • Smart Fan 5 Features 6 Temperature Sensors and 5 Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP
  • APP Center Including EasyTune and Cloud Station Utilities
  • CEC 2019 Ready, Save Power with a Single Click

Here are some purchase links and prices for the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS  PRO WIFI :

 

GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO

The GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO is basically the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS  PRO WIFI with the Intel WiFi-ac capability removed.

Here are the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO‘s key features :

  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • HDMI, DVI-D Ports for Multiple Display
  • Integrated I/O Shield of Ultra Durable Design
  • Dual Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe Gen3 M.2 (x4, x2) with Dual Thermal Guards
  • ALC1220-VB Enhanced 114dB (Rear) / 110dB (Front) SNR in Microphone with WIMA Audio Capacitors
  • RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone LED Light Show Design, Supports Digital LED & RGB LED Strips
  • Intel GbE LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Software
  • Smart Fan 5 Features 6 Temperature Sensors and 5 Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP
  • APP Center Including EasyTune and Cloud Station Utilities
  • CEC 2019 Ready, Save Power with a Single Click

Here are some purchase links and prices for the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO :

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GIGABYTE B450M DS3H

The GIGABYTE B450M DS3H is a micro-ATX motherboard that supports DDR4-3200, and comes with two PCIe x16 slots, one M.2 socket and four SATA ports.

Here are the GIGABYTE B450M DS3H‘s key features :

  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • HDMI, DVI-D Ports for Multiple Display
  • Ultra-Fast PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 with PCIe NVMe & SATA mode support
  • High Quality Audio Capacitors and Audio Noise Guard with LED Trace Path Lighting
  • RGB Fusion supports RGB LED Strips in 7-Colors
  • Realtek Gigabit LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Software
  • Smart Fan 5 Features 5 Temperature Sensors and 2 Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP
  • APP Center Including EasyTune and Cloud Station Utilities
  • CEC 2019 Ready, Save Power with a Single Click

Here are some purchase links and prices for the GIGABYTE B450M DS3H :

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MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC

The MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC is an ATX motherboard with built-in Intel 802.11ac WiFI capability. It supports DDR4 memory speeds of up to 3466 MHz, and comes with two PCIe x16 slots, two M.2 sockets and 6 SATA ports.

Here are the MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4-3466+(OC) Memory
  • Mystic Light and Mystic Light Sync : 16.8 million colors / 17 effects in one click. Synchronize RGB/RAINBOW strips and other RGB solutions for customization.
  • Lightning Fast Game experience : TURBO M.2 with M.2 Shield, StoreMI, AMD Turbo USB 3.1 GEN2
  • Audio Boost 4 with Nahimic : Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive gaming experience
  • Set Core Power Free : Core Boost, 8+4 pin CPU power connector, Extended Heatsink Design
  • Core Boost : With premium layout and digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance.
  • DDR4 Boost : Give your DDR4 memory a performance boost with A-XMP
  • GAMING LAN and Wireless support, powered by Intel: The best online gaming experience with lowest latency and bandwidth management.
  • MULTI-GPU : With STEEL ARMOR PCI-E slots. Supports 2-Way AMD Crossfire
  • BIOS FLASHBACK+ : Simply use a USB key to flash any BIOS within seconds, without installing a CPU, memory or graphics card.
  • In-Game Weapons : Game Boost, GAMING Hotkey, X-Boost

 

MSI B450 Gaming Plus

The MSI B450 Gaming Plus is an ATX motherboard that supports DDR4 memory speeds of up to 3466 MHz. It comes with two PCIe x16 slots, one M.2 socket and 6 SATA ports.

Here are the MSI B450 Gaming Plus‘ key features :

  • Supports DDR4-3466+(OC) Memory
  • Lightning Fast Game experience : TURBO M.2, StoreMI, AMD Turbo USB 3.1 GEN2
  • Audio Boost with Nahimic : Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive gaming experience
  • Core Boost : With premium layout and digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance.
  • DDR4 Boost : Give your DDR4 memory a performance boost with A-XMP
  • MULTI-GPU : With STEEL ARMOR PCI-E slots. Supports 2-Way AMD Crossfire
  • VR Ready : Automatically optimizes your system for VR usage, pushing for maximum performance.
  • BIOS FLASHBACK+ : Simply use a USB key to flash any BIOS within seconds, without installing a CPU, memory or graphics card.
  • In-Game Weapons : Game Boost, GAMING Hotkey, X-Boost

Here are some purchase links and prices for the MSI B450 Gaming Plus :

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MSI B450M Gaming Plus

The MSI B450M Gaming Plus is the micro-ATX version of the MSI B450 Gaming Plus. It supports DDR4 memory speeds of up to 3466 MHz, and comes with one PCIe x16 slot, one M.2 socket and four SATA ports.

Here are the MSI B450M Gaming Plus‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4-3466+(OC) Memory
  • Lightning Fast Game experience : TURBO M.2, StoreMI
  • Audio Boost with Nahimic : Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive gaming experience
  • Core Boost : With premium layout and digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance.
  • DDR4 Boost : Give your DDR4 memory a performance boost with A-XMP
  • VR Ready : Automatically optimizes your system for VR usage, pushing for maximum performance.
  • BIOS FLASHBACK+ : Simply use a USB key to flash any BIOS within seconds, without installing a CPU, memory or graphics card.
  • In-Game Weapons : Game Boost, GAMING Hotkey, X-Boost
  • EZ Debug LED : Easiest way to troubleshoot

Here are some purchase links and prices for the MSI B450M Gaming Plus :

 

MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC

The MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC is a mini-ITX motherboard with built-in Intel 802.11ac WiFi capability. It supports DDR4 memory speeds of up to 3466 MHz, and comes with one PCIe x16 slot, one M.2 socket and four SATA ports.

Here are the MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4-3466+(OC) Memory
  • Lightning Fast Game experience : TURBO M.2, StoreMI
  • Audio Boost : Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive gaming experience
  • Core Boost : With premium layout and digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance.
  • DDR4 Boost : Give your DDR4 memory a performance boost with A-XMP
  • Intel Wireless support : Uses smart MU-MIMO technology, delivering AC speeds up to 433Mbps with lower CPU loading and better long-term usage.
  • VR Ready : Automatically optimizes your system for VR usage, pushing for maximum performance.
  • In-Game Weapons : Game Boost, GAMING Hotkey, X-Boost
  • EZ Debug LED : Easiest way to troubleshoot

Here are some purchase links and prices for the MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC :

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MSI B450 Tomahawk

The MSI B450 Tomahawk is an ATX motherboard that supports DDR4 memory speeds of up to 3466 MHz. It comes with two PCIe x16 slots, one M.2 socket and 6 SATA ports.

Here are the MSI B450 Tomahawk‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4 Memory, up to 3466+(OC) MHz
  • Extended Heatsink Design : MSI extended PWM and enhanced circuit design ensures even high-end processors to run in full speed.
  • Lightning Fast Game experience : 1x TURBO M.2, AMD Turbo USB 3.1 GEN2, Store MI technology
  • Core Boost : With premium layout and fully digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance.
  • DDR4 Boost :Advanced technology to deliver pure data signals for the best gaming performance and stability.
  • MULTI-GPU : With STEEL ARMOR PCI-E slots. Supports 2-Way AMD Crossfire
  • Audio Boost : Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive audio experience.
  • Mystic Light and Mystic Light Sync : 16.8 million colors / 10 effects in one click. Synchronize RGB strips and other RGB solutions for customization.
  • BIOS FLASHBACK+ : Simply use a USB key to flash any BIOS within seconds, without installing a CPU, memory or graphics card.
  • In-Game Weapons : Game Boost, GAMING Hotkey, X-Boost
  • EZ Debug LED : Easiest way to troubleshoot

Here are some purchase links and prices for the MSI B450 Tomahawk :

 

MSI B450M Mortar

The MSI B450 Mortar is a micro-ATX motherboard that supports DDR4 memory speeds of up to 3466 MHz. It comes with two PCIe x16 slots, two M.2 sockets and four SATA ports.

Here are the MSI B450M Mortar‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4 Memory, up to 3466+(OC) MHz
  • Extended Heatsink Design : MSI extended PWM and enhanced circuit design ensures even high-end processors to run in full speed.
  • Lightning Fast Game experience : 1x TURBO M.2, AMD Turbo USB 3.1 GEN2, Store MI technology
  • Core Boost : With premium layout and fully digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance.
  • DDR4 Boost : Advanced technology to deliver pure data signals for the best gaming performance and stability.
  • MULTI-GPU : With PCI-E STEEL ARMOR slot. Supports 2-Way AMD Crossfire
  • Mystic Light and Mystic Light Sync : 16.8 million colors / 10 effects in one click. Synchronize RGB strips and other RGB solutions for customization.
  • Audio Boost : Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive audio experience
  • BIOS FLASHBACK+ : Simply use a USB key to flash any BIOS within seconds, without installing a CPU, memory or graphics card.
  • In-Game Weapons : Game Boost, GAMING Hotkey, X-Boost
  • EZ Debug LED : Easiest way to troubleshoot.

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MSI B450M Mortar Titanium

The MSI B450 Mortar Titanium is basically the white version of the B450 Mortar motherboard. It supports DDR4 memory speeds of up to 3466 MHz, and comes with two PCIe x16 slots, two M.2 sockets and four SATA ports.

Here are the MSI B450M Mortar Titanium‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4 Memory, up to 3466+(OC) MHz
  • Extended Heatsink Design : MSI extended PWM and enhanced circuit design ensures even high-end processors to run in full speed.
  • Lightning Fast Game experience : 1x TURBO M.2, AMD Turbo USB 3.1 GEN2, Store MI technology
  • Core Boost : With premium layout and fully digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance.
  • DDR4 Boost : Advanced technology to deliver pure data signals for the best gaming performance and stability.
  • MULTI-GPU : With PCI-E STEEL ARMOR slot. Supports 2-Way AMD Crossfire
  • Mystic Light and Mystic Light Sync : 16.8 million colors / 10 effects in one click. Synchronize RGB strips and other RGB solutions for customization.
  • Audio Boost : Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive audio experience
  • BIOS FLASHBACK+ : Simply use a USB key to flash any BIOS within seconds, without installing a CPU, memory or graphics card.
  • In-Game Weapons : Game Boost, GAMING Hotkey, X-Boost
  • EZ Debug LED : Easiest way to troubleshoot.

 

MSI B450M Bazooka

The MSI B450M Bazooka is a micro-ATX motherboard that supports DDR4 memory speeds of up to 3466 MHz. It comes with one PCIe x16 slots, one M.2 sockets and four SATA ports.

Here are the MSI B450M Bazooka‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4 Memory, up to 3466+(OC) MHz
  • Lightning Fast Game experience : 1x TURBO M.2, Store MI technology
  • Core Boost : With premium layout optimized power design to support more cores and provide better performance.
  • DDR4 Boost : Advanced technology to deliver pure data signals for the best gaming performance and stability.
  • Audio Boost : Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive audio experience
  • PCI-E Steel Armor : Protecting VGA cards against bending and EMI
  • X-Boost : Software that auto-detects and allows you to boost the performance of any storage, Optane or USB device
  • EZ Debug LED : Easiest way to troubleshoot.

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MSI B450M Bazooka Plus

The MSI B450M Bazooka Plus is a micro-ATX motherboard that supports DDR4 memory speeds of up to 3333 MHz. It comes with one PCIe x16 slots, one M.2 sockets and four SATA ports.

Here are the MSI B450M Bazooka Plus‘ key features :

  • Supports DDR4 Memory, up to 3333+(OC) MHz. Supports ECC UDIMM memory.
  • Lightning Fast Game experience : 1x TURBO M.2, Store MI technology
  • Extended Heatsink Design : MSI extended PWM and enhanced circuit design ensures even high-end processors to run in full speed.
  • Core Boost : With premium layout and fully digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance.
  • DDR4 Boost : Advanced technology to deliver pure data signals for the best gaming performance and stability.
  • Audio Boost : Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive audio experience.
  • Mystic Light and Mystic Light Sync : 16.8 million colors / 10 effects in one click. Synchronize RGB strips and other RGB solutions for customization.
  • Audio Boost : Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive audio experience
  • BIOS FLASHBACK+ :  Simply use a USB key to flash any BIOS within seconds, without installing a CPU, memory or graphic cards
  • PCI-E Steel Armor : Protecting VGA cards against bending and EMI
  • VR Ready : Best virtual reality game experience without latency, reduces motion sickness
  • In-Game Weapons : Game Boost, GAMING Hotkey, X-Boost
  • EZ Debug LED : Easiest way to troubleshoot.

 

MSI B450-A Pro

The MSI B450A-Pro is an ATX motherboard that supports DDR4 memory speeds of up to 3466 MHz. It comes with two PCIe x16 slots, one M.2 socket and six SATA ports.

Here are the MSI B450A-Pro‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4-3466+(OC) Memory
  • Audio Boost : Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality.
  • DDR4 Boost : Fully isolated, shielded and optimized DDR4 PCB design to give your DDR4 memory a performance boost.
  • Turbo M.2 : Delivering Speeds Up to 32Gb/s.
  • EZ Debug LED : Easiest way to troubleshoot.
  • PCI-E Steel Armour : Protecting VGA cards against bending for better performance, stability and strength.
  • BIOS FLASHBACK+ : Simply use a USB key to flash any BIOS within seconds, without installing a CPU, memory or graphics card.
  • X-Boost : Software that auto-detects and allows you to boost the performance of any storage or USB device.
  • Core Boost : With premium layout and fully digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance.

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MSI B450M Pro-VDH

The MSI B450M Pro-VDH is a micro-ATX motherboard that supports DDR4 memory speeds of up to 3466 MHz. It comes with one PCIe x16 slot, one M.2 socket and four SATA ports.

Here are the MSI B450M Pro-VDH‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4-3466+(OC) Memory
  • Audio Boost : Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality.
  • DDR4 Boost : Fully isolated, shielded and optimized DDR4 PCB design to give your DDR4 memory a performance boost.
  • Turbo M.2 : Delivering Speeds Up to 32Gb/s.
  • EZ Debug LED : Easiest way to troubleshoot.
  • PCI-E Steel Armor : Protecting VGA cards against bending for better performance, stability and strength.
  • X-Boost : Software that auto-detects and allows you to boost the performance of any storage or USB device.
  • Core Boost : With premium layout and fully digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance.

Here are some purchase links and prices for the MSI B450M Gaming Plus :

 

MSI B450M Pro-M2

The MSI B450M Pro-M2 is a micro-ATX motherboard that supports DDR4 memory speeds of up to 3466 MHz. It comes with one PCIe x16 slot, one M.2 socket and four SATA ports.

Here are the MSI B450M Pro-M2‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4-3466+(OC) Memory
  • Audio Boost : Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality.
  • DDR4 Boost : Fully isolated, shielded and optimized DDR4 PCB design to give your DDR4 memory a performance boost.
  • Turbo M.2 : Delivering Speeds Up to 32Gb/s.
  • EZ Debug LED : Easiest way to troubleshoot.
  • PCI-E Steel Slot : Protecting VGA cards against bending for better performance, stability and strength.
  • X-Boost : Software that auto-detects and allows you to boost the performance of any storage or USB device.
  • Core Boost : With premium layout and fully digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance.

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MSI B450 Tomahawk + MSI B450A-Pro Preview

Excited about the upcoming GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO WiFi motherboard? It’s not the only AMD B450 motherboard we saw at .Computex 2018. Let’s take a look at two upcoming MSI B450 motherboard models – the MSI B450 Tomahawk and the MSI B450A-Pro!

Find out if these are the AMD B450 motherboards to pair with your 2nd Gen Ryzen processor!

 

AMD B450 Chipset

The GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO WIFI motherboard is based on the upcoming AMD B450 chipset slated to launch in July 2018.

The AMD B450 motherboard is an improved version of the B350 chipset, featuring better memory routing and optimised VRM and power layouts, delivering lower idle power. It will also come with AMD StoreMI – a free OEM licensed copy of Enmotus FuzeDrive Basic.

 

The MSI B450A-Pro + MSI B450 Tomahawk Preview

Both the MSI B450 Tomahawk and MSI B450A-Pro are full-sized ATX motherboards. They both have common features like :

  • a 4+2 power phase design
  • four DDR4 memory slots that support speeds of up to 2933 MHz (with 2nd Gen Ryzen processor)
  • two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, albeit only the main one have full x16 performance
  • one M.2 slot (up to 110 mm) and six SATA ports
  • one free AMD StoreMI license

The MSI B450 Tomahawk is a bit more expensive at $150 / €128 / RM 600. It has 26% larger heatsinks, that MSI claims will reduce temperature by 10 °C. It comes with a USB-C portthree PCI Express x1 slots, and DVI and HDMI ports (for use with Ryzen desktop APUs).

The.MSI B450A-Pro is cheaper at $100 / €85 / RM 400, but lacks an I/O cover and a USB-C port. It comes with four PCI Express x1 slots, and VGA, DVI and HDMI ports (for use with Ryzen desktop APUs).

So what do YOU think? Are these MSI B450 motherboards a good fit for your 2nd Gen Ryzen processor, or do you prefer the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO WiFi?

 

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ASUS Announces Strix X370-F & Strix B350-F Motherboards

May 25, 2017 — Since its release back in April, AMD’s Ryzen platform has quickly established itself as a viable option, delivering exemplary performance for daily computing and gaming.

ASUS was ready for the early unveil, releasing an array of motherboards for value-packed PCs to models geared for high-end rigs. However, pressing demand for Ryzen-based systems shows a need for more options in the middle of the ASUS product stack.

So today, ASUS is bolstering their portfolio with two new AM4 motherboards aimed squarely at gamers who wish to utilize Ryzen performance in their next PC build.

 

The Strix X370-F Gaming & Strix B350-F Gaming

The ROG Strix X370-F Gaming and Strix B350-F Gaming are new ATX gaming motherboards with AMD AM4 socket for Ryzen processors, engineered with core ROG features.

Features include 5-Way Optimization with one-click overclocking, third-gen T-Topology, SupremeFX S1220A audio, and Aura Sync illumination. Comprehensive software and firmware controls for fans, AIOs, and water pumps, for intelligently cooled gaming builds.

 

The Strix X370-F Gaming Specifications

Processor/CPU socket AM4 socket for AMD Ryzen / 7th Gen A-series / Athlon processors
Chipset AMD X370
Memory AMD Ryzen processor
  • 4 x DIMM, max. 64GB, DDR4 3200+(OC)/2666/2400/2133 MHz, Ecc and non-ECC, unbuffered memory*

AMD 7th Gen A-series/Athlon processors

  • 4 x DIMM, max. 64GB, DDR4 2400/2133 MHz, non-ECC, unbuffered memory*

Dual-channel memory architecture

Expansion slots AMD Ryzen processor
  • 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (supports x16, x8/x8)

AMD 7th Gen A-series/Athlon processor

  • 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (supports x8)

AMD X370 chipset

  • 1 x PCIe® 2.0 x16 (max. at x4 mode)*
  • 3 x PCIe® 2.0 x1

*PCIex16_3 slot shares bandwidth with PCIex1_2 and PCIex1_3

Graphics (VGA) Integrated AMD Radeon R Series graphics in the 7th Gen A-series APU

Multi-VGA output support: HDMI and DisplayPort

Supports HDMI 1.4b with maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 at 24Hz

Supports DisplayPort 1.2 with maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 at 60Hz

Storage AMD Ryzen processor
  • 1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 (PCIe® 3.0 x4 and SATA modes) storage devices support

AMD 7th Gen A-series/Athlon processor

  • 1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 (SATA mode) storage devices support

AMD X370 chipset with RAID 0, 1, 10 support

  • 8 x SATA 6Gbps ports
Networking/LAN Intel I211-AT with ASUS LANGuard
USB AMD Ryzen/7th Gen A-series/Athlon processor
  • 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (4 ports at back panel)

AMD X370 chipset

  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 front panel connector
  • 6 x USB 3.1  Gen 1 ports (2 ports at back panel[blue], 4 ports at mid-board)
  • 4 x USB 2.0 ports (2 ports at back panel, 2 ports at mid-board)

ASMedia USB 3.1 Gen 2 controller

  • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports (2 ports at back panel, Type-A and Type-C)
Audio SupremeFX S1220A 8-channel HD audio codec
  • 120dB SNR output and 113dB SNR recording input
  • SupremeFX shielding technology
  • Dual headphone amplifiers
  • Jack-detection, multistreaming and front panel jack-retasking
Dimensions / form factor ATX, 12 x 9.6” (30.5 x 24.4 cm)

 

The Strix B350-F Gaming Specifications

Processor/CPU socket AM4 socket for AMD Ryzen / 7th Gen A-series / Athlon processors
Chipset AMD B350
Memory AMD Ryzen processor
  • 4 x DIMM, max. 64GB, DDR4 3200(O.C.)/2933(O.C.)/2666/2400/2133 MHz ECC and Non-ECC, unbuffered memory*

AMD 7th Gen A-series/Athlon processor

  • 4 x DIMM, max. 64GB, DDR4 2400/2133 MHz Non-ECC, unbuffered memory

Dual-channel memory architecture:

* Due to AMD Ryzen processor limitations, only one DIMM per channel is supported for memory faster than DDR4-2666

* Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs

Expansion slots AMD Ryzen processor
  • 2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or x8/x4)

AMD 7th Gen A-series/Athlon processor

  • 1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x8 mode)

AMD B350 chipset

  • 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (max. at x4 mode)
  • 3 x PCIe 2.0 x1
Graphics (VGA) Integrated AMD Radeon R Series graphics in the 7th Gen A-series APU

Multi-VGA output support: HDMI and DisplayPort ports

Supports HDMI 1.4b with max. resolution of 4096 x 2160 at 24Hz

Supports DisplayPort 1.2 with max. resolution of 4096 x 2160 at 60Hz

Storage AMD Ryzen processor
  • 1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices supported (SATA & PCIe 3.0 x 4 mode)*

AMD Ryzen/7th Gen A-series/Athlon processor

  • 2 x SATA 6Gbps ports, gray

AMD 7th Gen A-series/Athlon processor

  • 1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices supported (SATA & PCIe 3.0 x 2 mode)*

AMD B350 chipset

  • 4 x SATA 6Gbps ports, gray (supports Raid 0, 1, 10)

* When a SATA mode M.2 device is installed, the M.2 Socket shares bandwidth with the SATA6G_5/6 ports.

Networking/LAN Intel I211-AT with ASUS LANGuard
USB AMD Ryzen/7th Gen A-series/Athlon processor
  • 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (4 at back panel, blue)

AMD B350 chipset

  • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports (2 at back panel, red)
  • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (2 at mid-board)
  • 6 x USB 2.0 ports (2 at back panel, black, 4 at mid-board)
Audio SupremeFX S1220A 8-channel HD audio codec
  • 120dB SNR output and 113dB SNR recording input
  • SupremeFX shielding technology
  • Dual headphone amplifiers
  • Jack-detection, multistreaming and front panel jack-retasking
Dimensions / form factor ATX, 12 x 9.6” (30.5 x 24.4cm)

 

Price & Availability

The ROG Strix X370-F Gaming is available now in Malaysia at SRP of RM 999 (inclusive 6% GST) / ~US$ 219.

The ROG Strix B350-F Gaming is available now in Malaysia at SRP of RM 697 (inclusive 6% GST) / ~US$ 149.

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The BIOSTAR TB350-BTC Crypto Mining Motherboard Launched

May 8th, 2017 Taipei, Taiwan – BIOSTAR is thrilled to welcome the latest addition to its expanding lineup of specialized cryptocurrency mining motherboard with the introduction of the BIOSTAR TB350-BTC.

 

The BIOSTAR TB350-BTC Crypto Mining Motherboard

This motherboard supports AMD’s latest AM4 socket designed to work with the latest AMD AM4 APUs. With this latest motherboard, BIOSTAR is the first and only brand to offer a complete crypto mining motherboard lineup for any application making it the strongest family of specializing mining motherboards out right now.

Not to mention, BIOSTAR TB350-BTC is the first professional crypto mining motherboard for AMD AM4 platform. This is specially designed for AMD Ryzen lovers. They offer a performance and cost effective solution to make crypto mining easier for all.

BIOSTAR TB350-BTC with six PCI-e slots for enthusiasts who wish to create an ultimate mining rig to be loaded up with six graphics cards to boost up the mining speed for higher hash rate and make the mining performance most efficient. The uniquely designed two extra AUX power connectors support the sufficient power to enhance the performance of graphics cards for more stable operation.

TB350-BTC is designed to withstand extreme operating conditions that can cause stability issues on traditional components. The enhanced nature of the BIOSTAR PRO Series guarantees its motherboard can endure and avoid issues that can cause downtime and profit loss.

The new BIOSTAR TB350-BTC features support for AMD AM4 processors including AMD A-series APUs. The motherboard will support up to 32GB of DDR4-2667 memory in dual-channel configuration. The board features full Gigabit LAN from Realtek for faster and better network performance. The BIOSTAR TB350-BTC also features support for up to six PCI-e devices allowing maximum utilization of the motherboard for excellent ROI per system.

In terms of rear I/O connectivity, the BIOSTAR TB350-BTC has legacy PS/2 connector support, a single DVI for video output. There’s plenty of USB ports in there with USB3.1 ports and USB2.0 ports. There’s also the Realtek GB LAN port and audio output ports.

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The BIOSTAR TB350-BTC Specifications

 

MODEL TB350-BTC
CHIPSET AMD B350
CPU SUPPORT Socket AM4 supports AMD A-Series APU/CPU
Maximum CPU TDP (Thermal Design Power) : 95Watt
MEMORY Supports Dual Channel DDR4 1866/2133/2400/2667

2 x DDR4 DIMM Memory Slot, Max. Supports up to 32 GB Memory

Each DIMM supports non-ECC & ECC 4/8/16 GB DDR4 module

* DDR4 – 2667 only for Ryzen CPU.

Maximum DIMMA1 DIMMB1
DDR4-2667 SR
DDR4-2667 DR
DDR4-2667 SR SR
DDR4-2400 DR DR

SR:Single-rank DIMM, 1R x4 or 1R x8
DR:Dual-rank DIMMs, 2R x4 or 2R x8

EXPANSION SLOT 3x PCIe 2.0 x1 Slot

2x PCIe 3.0 x1 Slot (for Bitcoin mining, please change the speed to PCI-E 1.0 in BIOS setting)

1x PCIe 3.0 x16 Slot : When using APU or NPU, the bandwidth is x8 speed

STORAGE 4x SATA III Connector (6Gb/s)

Supports AHCI & RAID 0, 1, 10

USB 6x USB 3.1 Gen1 (5Gb/s) port (4 on rear I/Os and 2 via internal headers)

6x USB 2.0 port (2 on rear I/Os and 4 via internal headers)

LAN Realtek RTL 8111H

10/ 100/ 1000 Mb/s auto negotiation, Half / Full duplex capability

CODEC ALC887

7.1 Channels, High Definition Audio

 

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The New ASUS AM4 Series Motherboards Announced

Kuala Lumpur, 3rd March 2017 — ASUS and ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced a brand-new lineup of ASUS AM4 motherboards designed to maximize the potential of the latest AMD Ryzen processors.

The exciting new motherboards include ROG Crosshair VI Hero and ASUS Prime X370-Pro, Prime B350-Plus and Prime B350M-A, all loaded with exclusive technologies to enable users to achieve the perfect balance between overclocking and cooling to extract every ounce of gaming performance from AMD’s powerful new CPUs.


The all-new ASUS AM4 motherboards also offer multiple customization and personalization options, heralding a new era for PC DIY. These include ASUS Aura Sync, the world’s first motherboard-synced RGB illumination technology for synchronization with Aura Sync-enabled devices, and 3D-printing-friendly designs that make it easy for users to print and fit their own custom parts to improve both aesthetics and performance.

Commenting on the new ASUS AM4 motherboards Joe Hsieh, ASUS Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Motherboard Business Unit said: “For years ASUS has had a consistent and evolving relationship with AMD. This partnership is based on leveraging each other’s leading technological capabilities to enable an outstanding user experience on the AMD platform. For this generation we’ve innovated in the field of customization, adding personalization options like 3D printing and Aura Sync RGB lighting, so users will never again have to stare into a drab, unexciting computer case. It’s time for users to fully unleash their imaginations and the power of AMD Ryzen processors — and the blazing overclocking performance of a new ASUS ROG Crosshair Series or Prime Series motherboard is the perfect way to do just that!”

 

ROG Crosshair VI Hero: Return of the Hero

The Crosshair VI Hero is the latest high-performance gaming motherboard from the ROG stable, engineered with ASUS-exclusive T-Topology technology to minimize coupling noise and signal reflection. T-Topology’s innovative equidistant memory channels delivers the most balanced control for powerful overclocking potential — enabling Crosshair VI Hero to drive overclocked DDR4 performance up to or even beyond 3200MHz in a four-DIMM configuration. ROG also works with almost every DDR4 memory vendor to ensure the best compatibility.

By pushing the limits with extreme cooling, Crosshair VI Hero fitted with a Ryzen 7 1800X processor reached new heights on Cinebench R15, scoring 2454 cb. For CPU frequency validation, it reaches 5802.93MHz by enabling the eight cores and 16 threads of the processor.

Crosshair VI Hero is also loaded with the latest ROG SupremeFX exclusive S1220 codec, delivering an exceptional 113dB signal-to-noise ratio on the line-in connection and 120dB on line-out. Plus Sonic Studio III’s all-new routing feature ports streams to different outputs, while gamers are able to dominate the battlefield with the newly upgraded Sonic Radar III overlay. Also, ROG GameFirst IV optimizes network traffic for faster and lag-free online gaming, while enabling the bandwidth of up to four networks to be teamed.

ROG’s innovative Water Cooling Zone allows users to monitor system cooling like never before, with dual water-temperature headers and a flow-rate header feeding information directly into ROG’s intuitive Fan Xpert 4 utility

Crosshair VI Hero offers backward compatibility with existing AM3 coolers, enabling users to upgrade easily. The new motherboard also has an onboard USB 3.1 front-panel connector and PCI Express 3.0 32Gbps M.2 for ultra-fast connectivity and data transfers.

ASUS-exclusive 5-Way Optimization dynamically optimizes essential aspects of Crosshair VI Hero systems based on real-time use, including the all-new Stress Test Distribution feature that allows users to adjust the proportion of CPU and DRAM stress for the best overclocking performance. As well, the latest-generation Fan Xpert 4 allows users to monitor the GPU temperature to ensure cooler usage scenarios when the graphics card is under heavy loads, such as during 3D content creation or when gaming.

Crosshair VI Hero also embraces the growing trend for customization, with its 3D-printing-friendly design. ASUS has always strived to make it easier for users to customize the cosmetic appearance of their PC components, and now ROG has become the world’s first motherboard brand to support 3D-printed components — making it easy for users to print their own parts to customize the Crosshair VI Hero’s appearance, improve system performance or manage cables. Dedicated onboard 3D mounts that use the same screws as M.2 and standard motherboard mounting holes make fitting 3D-printed parts easy, so users can quickly add cable covers, or even an M.2 fan holder to lower M.2 temperature by up to 30°C — preventing throttling.

ROG has also designed a series of 3D-printable accessories, including a 2-way SLI bridge cover, fan grille, ROG-font letters and all sizes of cable combs, adding style to any build.

 

ASUS Prime X370-Pro, B350-Plus and B350M-A: Primed to outclass

ASUS Prime X370-ProPrime B350-Plus and Prime B350M-A represent the next evolution of the ASUS motherboard, born of a pedigree that stretches all the way back to 1989. Our team of world-class engineers are passionate about empowering everyone to enjoy the benefits of customization and tuning, and the driving force behind the development of Prime is to make advanced enthusiast controls easily accessible — maximizing performance, stability and compatibility for the very best DIY PC experiences.

Prime X370-Pro features ASUS-exclusive 5-Way Optimization for one-click full-system tuning, with upgraded auto-tuning easily overclock up to 4.07GHz and beyond, plus the newly upgraded Fan Xpert 4 with the ability to monitor GPU temperatures for cooler gaming. Third-gen T-Topology pushes DDR4 up to 3200MHz and beyond, with ultra-consistent quality and minimal crosstalk.

Prime X370-Pro also delivers refined audio experiences with the exclusive S1220A codec. Designed in close collaboration with Realtek, the codec improves performance to provide 120dB signal-to-noise ratio for the stereo line-out and 113dB SNR for the line-in, to capture pristine audio; and has an impedance-sensing circuit that automatically adjusts the gain to ensure the optimal volume range for headphones.

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Ultra-fast connectivity is also a key theme of the all-new Prime X370-Pr, with an M.2 slot to tap into 32Gbps of PCI Express bandwidth, and USB 3.1 Type-A and reversible Type-C front-panel connector. Prime X370-Pro also includes ASUS SLI HB Bridge (2-Way-M), a quick-to-fit expansion card that doubles the available transfer bandwidth to provide silky-smooth surround gaming, and which is compatible with NVIDIA Titan X, GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 graphics cards.

Prime X370-ProPrime B350-Plus and Prime B350M-A benefit from 5X Protection III’s multiple hardware safeguards, now enhanced with SafeSlot Core — the ASUS-exclusive PCI Express slot. With a fortified design that is anchored to the motherboard by a special hook, SafeSlot Core provides 1.6X-stronger retention and 1.3X-greater shearing resistance than standard expansion slots. 5X Protection III also includes LANGuard for safer Ethernet connections, Overvoltage Protection to prevent damage from voltage spikes, the Digi+ voltage-regulator module (VRM) for smooth power delivery, DRAM Overcurrent Protection with resettable fuses, a stainless-steel rear I/O panel to prevent corrosion, and ESD Guards to fend off electrical spikes and surges.

 

Outshine the Competition: Aura Sync RGB illumination

ASUS Aura Sync is the world’s first motherboard-RGB-synchronization technology, and is a feature of both ROG Crosshair VI Hero and Prime X370-Pro. It delivers distinctive light shows across Aura Sync-capable motherboards, graphics cards and peripherals for up to nine effects — all controlled via the simple and intuitive Aura app.

The all-new Music mode is also able to pulse synchronized LEDs in time to the user’s favorite tunes. Users are able enhance their illumination still further, either via the integrated 4-pin/12V Aura RGB header or the included extension cable. Aura offers a brilliant spectrum of colors, and can even change shades to reflect the CPU temperature, providing valuable information at a glance.

 

ASUS AM4 Motherboard Availability and Pricing

Availability and pricing to be announced at a later date.

 

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