ROG Strix B650-A Gaming Wi-Fi: A Mid-Range AMD B650 Motherboard with Impressive Appearance and Great Performance

2023-09-05 08:47:30

In the ROG motherboard family, products with a silver or white appearance are mostly flagship models, such as the Apex series and the Formula series, but the Strix B650-A Gaming Wi-Fi unboxed this time is designed to be considerate for the general public. It is a mid-range model with a budget, let’s see if the details of the appearance of this product can impress you! The fonts on the motherboard are specially designed, and the ROG logo has RGB lighting effects. ROG Strix B650-A Gaming Wi-Fi (hereinafter referred to as Strix B650-A) is a mid-range product using AMD B650 chipset. The silver part of the appearance is mainly concentrated on the metal heat sink, and the PCB maintains the common deep black. What’s more special is that Strix B650-A has specially designed an exclusive font for this motherboard. The style is similar to the 8-bit style of the old-style video games. There is an 8-bit font on the side of the memory slot that is similar to that of pet tamaji. -bit creative bio-printing adds a bit of childishness to the product. In terms of specifications, the motherboard corresponds to AMD Ryzen 7000 series processors, equipped with 8 + 4 CPU power supply slots, with 12 + 2 phase power supply, and can withstand a current power of 60 A. The four sets of DDR5 memory slots on the side can total Support up to 192 GB (48 x 4) and AMD EXPO one-key overclocking function. The motherboard provides two sets of PCIe 4.0 x 16, two sets of PCIe 4.0 x 1, and three sets of M.2 slots. There is a Q-Release button next to the first group of PCIe 4.0 x 16 slots, which is convenient for players to remove the expansion part of the device. Strix B650-A is equipped with 2 groups of PCIe x 16 and 2 groups of PCIe x 1 slots, of which the first group of PCIe The number of channels in the x 16 slot is PCIe 4.0 x 16, and the processor is responsible for the control, and the rest are managed by the B650 chip. In addition, the first group of PCIe 4.0 x 16 slots are additionally covered with metal armor to strengthen the support, and there is an exclusive ASUS Q-Release button on the side, which can release the buckle of the PCIe slot with a single press, allowing the device to be disassembled Easier, it is recommended that players install the graphics card here first to facilitate future maintenance and replacement. In terms of capacity expansion, the motherboard prepares 3 sets of M.2 slots and 4 sets of SATA 6 Gbps connection ports, of which the first set (closest to the CPU) of the M.2 slots can support up to PCIe 5.0 x 4 channels, as for the remaining The number of M.2 channels in the two groups is PCIe 4.0 x 4. It should be noted that because the actual number of channels in the second group of PCIe x 16 is PCIe 4.0 x 4, and it is compatible with the third group of M.2 slots (near the bottom of the motherboard) ) share the channel, when the equipment is installed, only one of them can be inserted. Finally, the configuration of USB and other I/O connections is as follows: Port Version Front Panel Rear Panel USB 2.0 2 4 USB 3.2 Gen 1 1 0 USB 3.2 Gen 2 1 4 (three sets of Type A, one set of Type C) USB 3.2 Gen 2 x 2 0 1 (Type C) Thunderbolt 1 (an additional expansion card is required) 0 Others HDMI, DisplayPort Video output 5 sets of 3.5 mm audio jack BIOS reset button 2.5 Gb Ethernet jack Wi-Fi 6E Network antenna is limited Since the B650 chipset cannot support PCIe 5.0, the product positioning of ROG Strix B650-A Gaming Wi-Fi belongs to mainstream peripherals such as graphics cards and SSDs that currently adopt PCIe 4.0 channels. The overall expansion capability of the motherboard is quite balanced, and the PCIe 5.0 x 4 channels controlled by the processor are also reserved for the M.2 slot, which has not been castrated, giving players the possibility to taste the new generation of M.2 SSD in the future. The current price of the product is about NT$8,000, which is a bit high in the market, but considering that silver white has always been relatively rare in the world of motherboards, sometimes for the ideal appearance in mind, I believe it is worth sacrificing a little purse.

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