• Socket: LGA-1151
  • Chipset: Intel B360
  • RAM Slots: 4
  • RAM: 2,666 / 2,400 / 2,133 MHz
  • Ports: 1x PS/2, 1x DVI-D, 1x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI, 1x LAN, 1x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C, 2x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A, 4x USB 2.0, 1x Optical, 5x audio jack
  • Size: ATX
  • Pros:
  • Featured packed
  • Customisability
  • Cons:
  • None

A Gamer’s Pride

In a world filled with mainstream consumers of computer hardware, a lot of users get pulled into buying hardware that they don’t need, either due to misinformation or dubious intentions. Why get a motherboard meant for overclocking when you don’t use an overclockable processor? Why not get a motherboard meant for everyday gamers, something that provides great performance and aesthetics on par with higher end models?

That could be just what the ROG STRIX B360-F GAMING was made for. The motherboard has a dark and mysterious motif, with grey and silver accents decorating the board from top to bottom. Even an enthusiast would take a look at this board thanks to its DIY friendly design with some 3D printing support thrown in, because even without overclocking, the board has features that would attract even the most hardened of case modders. The motherboard has a comprehensive cooling ecosystem revolving around Fan Xpert 4, capable of detecting temperatures from multiple sources as well as sporting multiple fan headers that support PWM/DC fans along with AIO pump fans.

On the board you’ll find four DDR4 DIMM slots that supports up to 64GB of RAM at DDR4 2,400MHz and dual channel memory. With ASUS OptiMem, the motherboard preserves memory integrity by routing traces and vias to the optimal PCB layer, and ASUS T-Topology trace layout ensures perfect stability and performance during gaming sessions. Also something we love to see on motherboards is the PCI-e slot protection, and ASUS’ SafeSlot doesn’t fail to make an appearance and reinforces the PCI-e slot to better support heavy and bulky graphics cards. Storage wise you’ll have plenty of ports to use, with six SATA 6Gb/s ports and two M.2 slots. The M.2 slots are also Intel Optane ready.

For further customisation and modding the motherboard has access to ASUS’ Aura Sync, offering full RGB lighting control with a variety of functional presets for the built-in RGB LEDs, and also for future RGB LED strips that are connected to the onboard RGB header. All of this will seamlessly sync together with all your Aura Sync-enabled devices providing you another avenue to show off your awesome rig.

CHIP CONCLUDE: A motherboard that doesn’t compromise when it comes to features and aesthetics, the ASUS ROG STRIX B360-F GAMING is a motherboard that can be loved by many.

(previously published in issue May 2018)