18 Jul, 2020   Rakesh Sharma    Reviews . ASUS STRIX B550E Gaming Motherboard Review

So today we got a chance to play with another ASUS’s newest AMD B550 Chipset based motherboard the ASUS ROG STRIX B550E Gaming motherboard. ROG STRIX Gaming series motherboards offers feature sets usually found in high-end motherboard segment and ROG STRIX B550E gaming motherboard is also not an exception as it includes the latest PCIe® 4.0 , Intel® 2.5 Gb Ethernet, WiFi 6 (802.11ax), dual M.2 with heatsinks, USB 3.2 Gen 2 and Aura Sync RGB lighting, which are mostly part of X570 series of motherboards. ASUS ROG STRIX B550E Gaming Motherboard a combination of bold aesthetics with premier performance delivering great gaming experiences with a style.

Now let’s see what ASUS ROG STRIX B550E board have for us.

Features

AMD B550 Ryzen AM4 Gaming ATX motherboard with PCIe® 4.0, teamed power stages, Intel® 2.5 Gb Ethernet, WiFi 6 (802.11ax), dual M.2 with heatsinks, SATA 6 Gbps, USB 3.2 Gen 2 and Aura Sync RGB lighting

  • AM4 socket: Ready for 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ processors
  • Best gaming connectivity: PCIe® 4.0-ready, dual M.2, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C® plus HDMI™ 2.1 and DisplayPort 1.2 output
  • Smooth networking: Onboard WiFi 6 (802.11ax) and Intel® 2.5 Gb Ethernet with ASUS LANGuard
  • Robust power solution: Teamed power stages with ProCool power connector, high-quality alloy chokes and durable capacitors
  • Renowned software: Intuitive dashboards for UEFI BIOS and ASUS AI Networking make it easy to configure gaming builds
  • DIY-friendly design: Includes pre-mounted I/O shield, BIOS FlashBack™, Q-Code and FlexKey
  • Unmatched personalization: ASUS-exclusive Aura Sync RGB lighting, including Aura RGB header and addressable Gen 2 RGB header
  • Industry-leading Gaming Audio: Audio USB Type-C®, AI Noise-Canceling Microphone, SupremeFX S1220A codec, DTS® Sound Unbound™ and Sonic Studio III for immersive audio

Specifications

 

 

CPU

AMD AM4 Socket 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ Processors
* Refer to www.asus.com for CPU support list

Chipset

AMD B550

Memory

3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ Processors
4 x DIMM, Max. 128GB, DDR4 4400(O.C)/4133(O.C.)/4000(O.C.)/3866(O.C.)/3600(O.C.)/3466(O.C.)/3200/3000/2800/2666/2400/2133 MHz Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel Memory Architecture
OptiMem II
ECC Memory (ECC mode) support varies by CPU.
* Refer to www.asus.com for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).

Graphic

Integrated Graphics Processor
1 x DisplayPort 1.2, 1 x HDMI 2.1(4K@60HZ)
*Graphics specifications may vary between CPU types.

Multi-GPU Support

Supports NVIDIA 2-Way SLI® Technology
Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX™ Technology

Expansion Slots

3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ Processors
2 x PCIe 4.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8)
AMD B550 Chipset : 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x4 mode) * 2 x PCIe 3.0 x1

Storage

Total supports 2 x M.2 slots and 6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports
3rd Gen AMD Ryzen™ Processors :
1 x M.2_1 socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support(SATA & PCIe 4.0 x4 mode)
AMD B550 Chipset :
1 x M.2_2 socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)* 6 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

ROG SupremeFX 7.1-Channel 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 :
- SupremeFX Shielding™ Technology
- Rear audio USB Type-C® port
- Audio Shielding
- Premium Japanese audio capacitors
- Audio Cover

USB Ports

Rear USB Port ( Total 8 )
3 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 port(s)(2 x Type-A +1 x USB Type-C
®)
4 x USB 2.0 port(s)(4 x Type-A)
1 x USB 2.0 port(s)(1 x audio USB Type-C
® )
Front USB Port ( Total 7 )
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 port(s)
4 x USB 2.0 port(s)
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 front panel connector 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
3 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (2 x Type-A+1 x USB Type-C
®)
5 x USB 2.0 (1 for audio USB Type-C
®)
5 x Audio jack(s)
1 x BIOS FlashBack
 Button(s)
ASUS Wi-Fi module (Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth v5.0)

Internal I/O Ports

1 x CPU Fan connector(s)
1 x CPU OPT Fan connector(s)
3 x Chassis Fan connector(s)
1 x AIO_PUMP connector
1 x AAFP connector
2 x Aura RGB Strip Header(s)
2 x Addressable Gen 2 header(s)
1 x USB 3.2 Gen2 connector support additional 1 USB ports(20-pin, Type-C)
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1(up to 5Gbps) connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1 port(s)
2 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 2.0 port(s)
1 x M.2 Socket 1 with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support(SATA & PCIe 4.0 x4 mode)
1 x M.2 Socket 2 with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)
6 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
1 x Thunderbolt header(s)
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
1 x 4-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
1 x System panel(s)
1 x Thermal sensor connector(s)
1 x Clear CMOS jumper(s)
1 x Q-Code

Accessories

User's manual
4 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
1 x Supporting DVD
1 x ROG Strix stickers
1 x Cable ties pack(s)
1 x Extension Cable for RGB strips (80 cm)
1 x Extension cable for Addressable LED
1 x ROG Thank you card
1 x Wi-Fi moving antenna
1 x M.2 SSD screw package(s)
1 x M.2 Rubber Package(s)
1 x ROG audio USB Type-C® cable
1 ROG key chain

BIOS

256 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS

Manageability

WOL by PME, PXE

Operating System

Windows® 10 64-bit

Form Factor

ATX Form Factor
12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )

Note

*Share bandwidth with PCIe3.0 x1_1, PCIe3.0 x1_2
** When the M.2_2 Socket 3 is populated , SATA6G_5/6 ports will be disabled.
'* Due to limitations in HDA bandwidth, 32-Bit/192 kHz is not supported for 7.1-Channel audio.

Package

Board comes in a nice black cardboard box with model number, image of the board and details about supporting technology and features.

Inside the box

ASUS ROG STRIX B550E GAMING comes with very nice set of accessories :

Looks

Board made with a black PCB of size ATX Form Factor (30.5 X 24.4 cm) featuring an impressive metallic black color scheme.

Layout

Detailed layout of the board.

Back I/O Panel features BIOS FlashBack Button, Intel I225-V 2.5Gb Ethernet, DisplayPort, HDMI, 3 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (2 x Type-A+1 x USB Type-C), 5 x USB 2.0 (1 for audio USB Type-C), 5 x Audio jack(s), ASUS Wi-Fi module (Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth v5.0)

Removing Heat-sinks

Heatsinks are made up of dense aluminum with thermal pad installed, giving great passive cooling to VRM MOSFET, B550 chipset and M.2 Storage. Armor with back I/O include a LED PCB mounted under

Component Layout

Let’s now see what all components ASUS have planned for this board.

The board offers 14+2 power stages CPU Power VRM Section controlled with ASP2006 DIGI+ Power controller IC with set of MPS (Monolithic Power) MP86992-C787 power stages which is a monolithic half-bridge with built-in internal power MOSFETs and gate drivers capable of 70A output current each along with 60A Ferrite Chokes and 10K Black Capacitors.

Testing

CPUAMD Ryzen 5 3600
Board ROG STRIX B550E Gaming
RAM2 X 8GB Corsair DDR4 2800Mhz
SSD KINGSTON KC2000 500GB NVMe PCIe SSD
CoolerMSI
GFXMSI GTX 1070Ti
PSUCorsair RX650
DisplayAcer S220HQL
OS Windows 10

BIOS

Bundled Software

Benchmarks

Overclocking

Power Consumption

Wattage reading as per displayed by APC Pro 1000VA (Model no. BR1000G-IN) UPS.

Pros

  • 3 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 port along with USB 3.2 Gen 2 front panel connector
  • On board Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
  • Great looks
  • Aura RGB and Addressable Gen 2 ARGB Support
  • ROG SupremeFX 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC S1220A
  • Good bundled Software
  • Easy Overclocking

Cons

  • Nil

Conclusion

The ASUS ROG STRIX B550E Gaming motherboard is a very good motherboard for gamers and mainstream users. The feature-set are similar to that usually found in the higher-end ROG Strix X570 Gaming series, along with robust power delivery and effective cooling ROG Strix B550-E Gaming gives you a head start for a strong overclocking and gaming performance build.

Finally, if you are looking for a new good quality gaming build with solid performance and want to build an AMD B550 chipset platform than the ASUS STRIX B550E Gaming Motherboard is a solid contender and worthy of our PC TeK Reviews CHOICE Award.

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