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Gear up for heavyweight gaming with the ROG Strix B450-F Gaming II AM4 ATX Motherboard from ASUS. This ROG Strix Gaming ATX motherboard utilizes the AMD B450 chipset and supports CPUs that are compatible with the AM4 socket. Four RAM slots accommodate up to 128GB of dual-channel DDR4 memory, with speeds up to 4400 MHz supported when overclocking. Install drives using two M.2 and six SATA III interfaces, and install multiple GPUs and other adapters using the PCIe 3.0 x16, 2.0 x16, and 2.0 x1 slots. The Gaming B450-Plus II is compatible with AMD 3-Way CrossFireX. An E-Key M.2 slot is also present, allowing for an optional, user-installed wireless adapter card.
A rear I/O panel sports two USB 3.2 Gen 2, three USB 3.2 Gen 1, and two USB 2.0 Type-A ports. Additionally, a UBS 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C port is also present. Connect displays via the DisplayPort or HDMI ports. In addition to a Gigabit Ethernet port, five 3.5mm audio jacks, and S/PDIF port, the rear panel also sports a BIOS flashback button. Internal headers support two USB 3.2 Gen 1 and two USB 2.0 ports on the front panel, as well as three RGB connections, a TPM chip, three system fans, and a Clear CMOS. Audio is handled by the SupremeFX S1200A audio codec, which separately supports 7.1 Surround Sound and 32-bit audio. AI Noise-Cancelling mic support provides smart audio pickup for efficient team chat, while VRM and PCH heatsinks ensure smooth operation and system stability. The ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming II AM4 ATX Motherboard is compatible with Windows 10 64-bit operating systems.
This motherboard uses the AMD B450 chipset, and is compatible with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen and Athlon CPUs featuring the AM4 socket.
Doubling the speed of its predecessor, USB 3.2 Gen 2 features a maximum throughput of 10 Gb/s when used with compatible devices and is synonymous with USB 3.1 Gen 2.
DrMOS power stages with alloy chokes and durable capacitors provide reliable power for the AMD high-core-count CPUs.
Take advantage of fanless VRM, PCH, and M.2 heatsinks, multiple hybrid fan headers, and easy fan speed management with the Fan Xpert 2 utility.
This motherboard sports HDMI 2.0b and DisplayPort 1.2 outputs, dual M.2 slots for NVMe SSDs, and USB 3.2 and 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A ports.
Sound Unbound draws you deeper into the action. Communicate clearly with ASUS AI Noise Cancelling Mic technology. Listen to 32-bit audio or 7.1 Surround Sound, thanks to the SupremeFX S1220A audio codec.
An ARGB and two RGB headers, as well as the ASUS Armoury Crate utility make installing and tweaking RGB components a cinch.
Model - Asus ROG Strix B450-F Gaming, CPU Sockets - AM4, Chipset - AMD B450, Supported CPU - AMD Ryzen 1st/2nd/3rd Generation / Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics Processors & Athlon with Radeon Vega Graphics, Memory Type - DDR4, Memory MHz - 3600(O.C.)/ 3466(O.C.)/ 3400(O.C.)/ 3200(O.C.)/ 3000(O.C.)/ 2800(O.C.)/ 2666/ 2400/ 2133MHz, Memory Channel - Dual, Memory Slot - 4, Memory Max. - 64GB, Optane Memory Support - No, Graphic - Integrated AMD Graphics, Multi-GPU Support - AMD 3-Way CrossFireX, PCI Express Slot - 2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or x8/x4), 1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x8 mode), 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16, 3 x PCIe 2.0 x1, Storage Interface - 6Gb/s, M.2 Slot - 1 x M.2 Socket 3 (type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode) / 1 x M.2 Socket 3 (type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode), 1 x M.2 Socket 3 (type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode), LAN Chipset - Intel I211-AT, LAN Speed (Mbps) - 10/100/1000Mbps, Audio Chipset - ROG SupremeFX, Audio Channel - 8-Channel, USB Port - 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2, 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 6 x USB 2.0, HDMI Port - 1, SATA Port - 4 x SATA, CrossFire Support - Yes, RaidSupport - 0, 1, 10, RGB Support - Yes, RGB Sync - Aura Sync, RGB Connector - 2 x Aura RGB Strip Headers, Form Factor - ATX, Supported Operating System - Windows 7, 10, Special Features - ROG RAMCache II, ROG CPU-Z, Pre-mounted I/O Shield, Overwolf, GameFirst IV, 5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5, TPU, Fan Xpert4, Gamers Guardian, ASUS EPU, AURA, AI Suite 3, Ai Charger, ASUS Grid, ASUS EZ DIY, ASUS Q-Design, Digi+VRM, Turbo APP, ATX gaming motherboard with DDR4 3200MHz support, SATA 6Gbps, HDMI 2.0, dual NVMe M.2, USB 3.1 Gen 2, and Aura Sync RGB LED lighting, Others - 2 x M.2 Socket 3, 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x TPM header, 1 x COM port connector, 1 x Thermal sensor connector, 1 x Clear CMOS jumper, 5 x Audio jack, Warranty - 3 Year
Whether you build a new PC or upgrade the existing one, the motherboard is the most vital component to choose when you have already picked the processor of your choice.
It is important to keep a few things in mind while purchasing the mainboard:
You can single out a great CPU from either Intel or AMD, but whatever CPU you choose, make sure your mainboard has the right socket for the selected CPU. The latest mainstream AMD chips use AM4 sockets while current Intel 9th Gen Core CPUs require LGA 1151v2 sockets.
Motherboards typically come in three sizes from largest to smallest: ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ATX motherboards. ATX motherboards offer the highest number of RAM and expansion slots. If you are looking for a budget build, you can use a smaller chassis with the micro or mini boards, but you'll have to settle for fewer PCIe slots, RAM banks, and other connectors.
Most mainstream boards these days have four RAM slots, although Mini-ITX models often have just two, and high-end boards frequently offer eight. The amount of slots, of course, limits the amount of RAM you can install.
It’s essential to check the I/O area on a motherboard to make sure it has the external connection options you need. You may need more USB 3 ports while others may want more audio ports. Among the most common ports, there are USB 3, USB 2, audio, USB type C, USB 3.1 Gen1 and Gen2, HDMI, Display port, PS/2 and Thunderbolt 3 ports. Ports one probably want the most are USB 2 and USB 3 Gen1 ports, as the first one is perfect for keyboard, mouse, and many other devices and the later one work with most peripherals. USB 3.1 Gen2 and USB Type-C ports will come handy in the near future, although most peripherals do not support this standard yet.