Choosing a motherboard can be difficult. With so many options from many different manufacturers it can be easy to get lost in the seemingly endless list of model numbers. Just one of these motherboards is the Asus B350-F Strix, a compelling option with an affordable price tag to pair with your Ryzen processor.
This motherboard boasts impressive specifications which place it as a premium B350 motherboard. It offers four DIMM slots (supporting 3200MHz RAM), six SATA ports, M.2 slot with four PCIe lanes and Realtek S1220A Audio. On the rear IO we see a displayport, HDMI, LAN, eight USB and audio output.
What impresses us most is the inclusion of the Realtek S1220A audio codec and Intel LAN controller. The S1220A audio codec is usually absent from budget motherboards however, we are thankful Asus has included this on the B350 Strix as most other B350 motherboards opt for the cheaper Realtek ALC892. The Intel LAN is also a welcome addition which again is usually replaced with a cheaper Realtek alternative on B350 motherboards such as the MSI B350 Tomahawk.
In the VRM department the Strix uses a 4+2 phase design which is typical of B350 motherboards. We wouldn’t want to use the B350 Strix if pushing an AMD Ryzen 1700 CPU to it’s limits however, in our testing we found that the VRM was capable of holding our 3.8GHz overclock. With our voltage set to 1.34v the VRMs remained under 72C (26C ambient) which is perfectly fine. We wouldn’t want to push 1.4v through or aim for 4GHz+ on this motherboard, but if you did want to push your hardware to the extreme then a B350 motherboard probably isn’t on your radar.
When overclocking there is only an offset option for voltage. Not a major concern, though a manual option would make the overclocking process slightly easier. Initially this motherboard did not support power state overclocking (meaning all power saving features were disabled) but with BIOs version 0809 support for this feature was added.
In conclusion the Asus B350-F Strix is an excellent all round AM4 motherboard which will pair well with a Ryzen CPU. It is one of the more expensive B350 motherboards however, it offers several features to justify the higher costs such as better audio over some other competing B350 boards.