Asus ROG Strix B450-F Gaming BIOS and Firmware Download
Asus ROG Strix B450-F Gaming Specification
- AMD AM4 B450 ATX gaming motherboard with DDR4-3200MHz support, SATA 6Gbit / s, HDMI 2.0, dual NVMe M.2, USB 3.1 Gen 2 and Aura Sync RGB LED lighting
- AM4 socket: Ready for AMD Ryzen processors
- Support of dual-channel DDR4 3200MHz (OC) and NVM Express RAID.
- Aura Sync RGB: Synchronize the LED lighting with a wide range of compatible PC hardware, including addressable RGB light strips.
- Dual M.2 and USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A ports.
- Intel Gigabit Network, LANGuard and GameFirst Technologies:
- 5-way optimization: overclocking and cooling profiles
Asus ROG Strix B450-F Review
Much has already been written, which is why I would just like to briefly confirm that (as of April 22, 2020) the mainboard is compatible with the Zen2 architecture. I have BIOS version 2901 installed. There is already a new update (version 3003), but this is not relevant for me. Incidentally, there was no sticker on the packaging, but compatibility is guaranteed by an imprint.
If you want to operate an M.2 SSD: The mainboard offers 2 connections, but only the upper one (closer to the CPU) is fully compatible. The lower connection would limit the PCIe x16_1 slot to 8 data lines. While this is not a problem at all if you are running an RX 5500 graphics card (but that's a different topic), it becomes problematic when you have only a small amount of graphics memory. In this case, external memory has to be used more often, the speed of which, however, is limited by the reduced data lines.
As a side note: The new B550 chipset is due to be released this year. This should provide the PCIe 4.0 interface for "cheap" mainboards. So if you are planning to build a gaming PC now and also later use "expensive" graphics cards with maximum performance, it might be worth considering now to wait a bit. Not least because the price of this motherboard could be pushed down with it.
I am basically very impressed with this board, it does what it should and runs stable for me with 2x 16GB Corsair CMK32GX4M2B3200C16 @ 3000Mhz and without any further problems.
I have to adjust this review as I originally mentioned that a Gforce RTX 2080 (Asus ROG) does not fit into the mainboard (PCIe slot 1) as it collides with the SATA ports. That is not right! The card fits into the mainboard, it rests more or less on the SATA ports (= connections on the board).
When installing the RAM (if 2 bars are installed), it is essential to ensure that the recommended slots (= instructions) are used, otherwise performance may be reduced.
I bought the board mainly because of the following considerations: Compatibility with Debian Linux and PS / 2 keyboard connection, because I cannot separate from my old keyboard. And the board fully met all of my hopes / expectations. The hardware is immediately usable under Debian without any nasty elements, including video, sound, network, USB etc. I use a Ryzen 2600, a Radeon graphics card, a red HD and a blue SSD from WD and the combination works as expected .