ASUS STRIX Gaming B650E-F WIFI review
ASUS has released a motherboard in the B650 series priced much better than X670. The STRIX B650E-F Gaming WIFI series has three M2 slots (1x PCIe Gen5), a 2.5 GigE connector, WIFI6E, and a sturdy VRM design, which is reviewed. The ASUS Gaming is one of the many choices available to gamers. Despite being built on the reasonably priced AMD B650 chipset, it offers a wealth of features tailored toward gamers, a handsome aesthetic, and high-end hardware. However, it's a 'mainstream' motherboard hovering above the 300 EUR/USD marker.
The B650 board is equipped with an LGA 1718 socket and can support the entire line of Ryzern 7000 Desktop CPUs. Of course, the new AM5 socket will be applied to B650 and B650E motherboards. The more affordable motherboards for AMD's Ryzen 7000 processors will be available on the B650 and B650E platforms. The X670/X670E platforms will be more costly overall. The B650/B650E should be the more practical choice down the road. While the bells and whistles of these cheaper solutions may be limited, they should still provide many of the premium capabilities that AM5 offers. DDR5 memory and PCI Express 5.0 connectivity are among the new features. There is a clear distinction between the X670 and X670E, with the latter guaranteeing PCIe 5.0 for both graphics card slots and the NVMe slot. The actual method of differentiating B650 and B650E from the X670 is not that hard; X670 and X670E consist of two physical chips, while those of the B650 family consist of only one. As a result, onboard I/O on B650-class motherboards will be cut in half.
The mobo features a 6+8-pin connector for powering the CPU socket, the VRM is responsible for providing a 80-ampere, 12-plus-two-phase processor power supply. Two standard 8+4 EPS power connectors supply the juice the CPU needs. The motherboard features dark heatsinks above the power supply, providing adequate cooling for the electrical components beneath. Regarding procedure memory, the board features four DDR5 DIMM slots that support EXPO overclocking.
There are three 2280 M.2 slots, which all have a thermal heat sink finished in the same brushed dark colour as the rest of the motherboard. One of them is PCIe Gen 5.0 compatible. The PCH heatsink is coated in a dark palette and embossed with the product features. Additionally, the board features four SATA III ports. The rear panel connectors include a wide variety of USB 3.2 Gen 2 slots, including 20 Gbps, HDMI, Display-Port, and a 2.5G Ethernet port based on Realtek's 8125 a seven-channel audio jack array (7.1 (Realtek ALC4080, ASUS SupremeFX), AMP (Savitech SV3H712), DTS Sound Unbound). We'll load this B650 motherboard up with a Ryzen 7 7700X processor and see how well she handles it. Would you like to learn more about it and how it performs in the real world? By reading this review, you can learn more about the ASUS ROG Strix B650E-F Gaming WIFI that can be spotted under product code 90MB1BQ0-M0EAY0.
Note: the test from this review were finished before Intel's Gen 13 Core Raptor lake processors release, so they are missing from the CPU test. Just an FYI.