AMD launched their new Ryzen 3 CPUs last May along with details on their latest chipset, the B550. It wasn’t without drama but it is finally time where we can check out some of the new boards. To start things off I have the Asus ROG Strix B550-I which the I, like with past Asus boards, indicates it is an ITX form factor. With the X570 boards from AMD and Z490 boards from Intel all being on the expensive side. I’m really curious to see what AMD’s mid-range ITX option which will support the most recent generation of Ryzen and future Zen 3 CPUs will have to offer. So today I’m going to check out the board and what Asus has given it for features then test it out a little before we see how it fits in the market for pricing.

Product Name: Asus ROG Strix B550-I Gaming

Review Sample Provided by: Asus

Written by: Wes Compton

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Specifications

CPU

AMD AM4 Socket 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ Processors

Chipset

AMD B550

Memory

3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ Processors
2 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR4 5100(O.C)-3400(O.C.) 3200 - 2133 MHz Un-buffered Memory *
Dual Channel Memory Architecture
OptiMem II
ECC Memory (ECC mode) support varies by CPU.

Graphic

1 x HDMI 2.1(4K@60HZ) *

1 x DisplayPort 1.4 *

*Graphics specifications may vary between CPU types.

Expansion Slots

3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ Processors
1 x PCIe 4.0 x16 (x16 mode)

Storage

Total supports 2 x M.2 slots and 4 x SATA 6Gb/s ports
3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ Processors :
1 x M.2_1 socket 3, with M Key, Type 2242/2260/2280 (PCIE 4.0 x4 and SATA modes) storage devices support
AMD B550 Chipset :
1 x M.2_2 socket 3, with M Key, Type 2242/2260/2280 (PCIE 3.0 x4 and SATA modes) storage devices support
4 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s),
Support Raid 0, 1, 10

LAN

Intel® I225-V 2.5Gb Ethernet

ASUS LANGuard

Wireless Data Network

Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX200

2x2 Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax) support 1024QAM/OFDMA/MU-MIMO

Supports dual band frequency 2.4/5 GHz

Supports channel bandwidth: HT20/HT40/HT80/HT160

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v5.1*

*BT 5.1 function will be ready in Windows 10 build 19041 or later.

Audio

SupremeFX 7.1 Surround Sound High Definition Audio CODEC S1220A

- Dual OP Amplifiers

- Impedance sense for front and rear headphone outputs

- Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking

- High quality 120 dB SNR stereo playback output and 113 dB SNR recording input

- Supports up to 32-Bit/192kHz playback *

Audio Feature :

- Rear audio USB Type-C® port

- LED-illuminated design

- Audio Shielding

- Premium Japanese audio capacitors

USB Ports

Rear USB Port ( Total 6 )

4 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 port(s)(1 x USB Type-C® +3 x Type-A)

1 x USB 2.0 port(s)

1 x USB 2.0 port(s)(1 x audio USB Type-C® )

Front USB Port ( Total 5 )

1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 front panel connector port(s)(1 x USB Type-C®)

2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 port(s)

2 x USB 2.0 port(s)

Software Features

ROG Exclusive Software

- RAMCache III

- ROG CPU-Z

- GameFirst VI

- Sonic Studio III + Sonic Studio Virtual Mixer

- Sonic Radar III

- DTS® Sound Unbound

- Overwolf

- Anti-virus software

ASUS Exclusive Software Features

Armoury Crate

- Aura Creator

- Aura Sync

-AI Noise Cancelling Microphone

AI Suite 3:

- 5-way Optimization

TPU

EPU

DIGI+ VRM

Fan Xpert 4

Turbo APP

- EZ update

WinRAR

UEFI BIOS

ASUS EZ DIY

- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3

- ASUS EZ Flash 3

- ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode

FlexKey

ASUS Special Features

Aura Sync

- Standard RGB header(s)

- Addressable Gen 2 RGB header(s)

ASUS Q-Design

- ASUS Q-CODE

- ASUS Q-DIMM

- ASUS Q-LED (DRAM [yellow],CPU [red], VGA [white], Boot Device [yellow green)

- ASUS Q-Slot

ASUS Thermal Solution

- Aluminum M.2 heatsink

ASUS EZ DIY

-BIOS Flashback™ button

-BIOS FlashBack™ LED

-Clear CMOS header

-Procool

-Pre-mounted I/O shield

- SafeSlot

Rear audio USB Type-C® connector

Back I/O Ports

1 x Intel® I225-V 2.5Gb Ethernet

1 x DisplayPort

1 x HDMI

4 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (1 x USB Type-C®+3 x Type-A)

2 x USB 2.0 (one port can be switched to USB BIOS FlashBack™ 1 for audio USB Type-C®)

1 x BIOS FlashBack™ Button(s)

1 x ASUS Wi-Fi Module

3 x LED-illuminated audio jacks

Internal I/O Ports

1 x CPU Fan connector(s)

1 x Chassis Fan connector(s)

1 x AIO_PUMP connector

1 x Aura RGB Strip Header(s)

1 x Addressable Gen 2 header(s)

1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 front panel TypeC™ connector

1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1(up to 5Gbps) connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1 port(s)

1 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 2.0 port(s)

2 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key design, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (Supports both SATA & PCIE SSD)

4 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)

1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)

1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)

1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)

1 x Thermal sensor connector(s)

1 x Clear CMOS jumper(s)

1 x System panel connector

1 x Speaker connector

1 x VRM_HS_FAN Header

Accessories

User's manual

I/O Shield

4 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)

2 x M.2 Screw Package

1 x Supporting DVD

1 x ROG Strix stickers

1 x M.2 bracket

1 x Cable ties pack(s)

1 x Wi-Fi Antenna(s)

1 x Extension cable for Addressable LED

1 x Panel cable

1 x ROG Thank you card

1 x ROG audio USB Type-C® cable

BIOS

256 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS

Manageability

WOL by PME, PXE

Operating System

Windows® 10 64-bit

Form Factor

Mini ITX Form Factor

6.7 inch x 6.7 inch ( 17 cm x 17 cm )

 

 

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