Visual Inspection

The ASUS ROG Strix B550-F Gaming Wi-Fi follows a very flamboyant design with pink highlights on both the rear panel cover and chipset heatsink. The rest of the board follows a black conventional ROG design with diagonal printing on the PCB with Republic of Gamers branding throughout. It blends in from the top of the rear panel cover, all across the PCB and opts for a graffiti-inspired uniformed look. In addition to the illuminated and RGB enabled ROG logo is a pair of Aura RGB headers, with a single addressable RGB header which allows users to add a bit of pizazz to the already unconventional styling.

Focusing on the PCIe, the Strix B550-F Gaming Wifi includes a full-length PCIe 4.0 x16 slot located at the top with metal PCIe slot fortification, with three PCIe 3.0 x1 slots and a full-length PCIe 3.0 x4 slot also present. Flanking both of the full-length PCIe slots is a pair of M.2 slots, both with M.2 heatsinks, with the top slot offering support for up to PCIe 4.0 x4, and the bottom with support for up to PCIe 3.0 x4. Both the top full-length PCIe 4.0 x16 and top PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slot require an AMD Ryzen 3000 series processor to fully utilise this, with anything  else installed will force the slots to operate at PCIe 3.0. There are also six SATA ports which provide support for RAID 0, 1, and 10 arrays. 

In the top right-hand corner is four memory slots with support for DDR4-5100, and a total capacity of up to 128 GB. Located around the edge of the board are six 4-pin headers with two for a CPU fan, one for an AIO pump, and three for regular chassis fans. 

ASUS has opted to used teamed power stages for its power delivery, which ASUS claims improve transient response and efficiency, as well as overall power response when under full-load. The B550-F Gaming Wi-Fi is using a 14-phase design, with twelve teamed Vishay SIC639 50 A power stages for the CPU, and two SiC639 50 A power stages for the SoC. The controller of choice is the ASP1106JGQW which is a 6-phase controller, which looks to be operating at 4+2. This means the signal is being split with three power stages active per channel, as mentioned previously, in teamed mode. Providing power to the CPU is an 8-pin and 4-pin 12 V ATX CPU power input pairing.

Cooling the 14-phase power delivery is a large pair of black aluminium heatsinks. On each part of the power delivery heatsink is a thermal pad strip, with good contact made between the top of the chokes and power stages and the heatsink itself.  

The audio section of the PCB includes a SupremeFX S1200A HD audio codec, with two OP-Amplifiers designed to boost the audio performance. To the right-hand side of the Amps is nine gold Japanese audio capacitors, with a smaller audio capacitor next to the audio codec. It also features a line of PCB separation which should aid in reducing interference from other components on the board. 

Looking at the rear panel, ASUS includes a competitive array of input and output, which includes one USB 3.2 G2 Type-C, one USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, four USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, and two USB 2.0 ports. Representing the mid-range with a solid feature set, the networking on the B550-F Gaming Wi-Fi includes a single RJ45 port powered by an Intel I225-V 2 GbE Ethernet controller, with an Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 CNVi module. ASUS has included a pair of video inputs with a DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 2.1, with five 3.5 mm audio jacks and S/PDIF optical output powered by a SupremeFX S1200A HD audio codec, and a handily located BIOS flashback button.

What's in The Box

The most notable accessories included in the bundle are four black SATA cables, a ROG sticker sheet, a set of cable ties, an Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 antenna, and an M.2 SSD installation screw kit.

  • 4 x SATA cables
  • 1 x M.2 installation screw set
  • 1 x Cable tie set
  • 1 x Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 antenna
  • 1 x Supporting DVD
  • 1 x ARGB extension cable
  • 1 x ROG Strix sticker set
  • ROG Thank you card
ASUS ROG Strix B550-F Gaming Overview BIOS And Software
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  • deadstardragon - Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - link

    Page 4 - Board Features - "For users looking to use compatible Ryzen APUs, there's an HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 1.2 output pairing"

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought this MOBO had an onboard integrated graphics processor thus circumventing the need for a specific Ryzen APU. Given that, could you not use, say, a Ryzen 7 3700X like in your test setup and still take advantage of the onboard HDMI/DP?
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  • npz - Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - link

    No consumer board has onboard gpus built into the mobo chipset anymore for a while now, so you'll need apus to use the display outputs Reply
  • DZor - Thursday, July 23, 2020 - link

    There is one Chinese mobo with soldered nVidia GPU. Reply
  • mr0vka - Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - link

    Has anyone read the article before posting? Are anandtech authors paid based on a numer of characters? This article contains multiple typos, and then (which is really irritating) multiple repetitions of the whole sentences across the article. In one place the only change in the whole paragraph that is being duplicated is “AMD” changed to “AM4”.

    WTH!?
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  • supdawgwtfd - Thursday, July 23, 2020 - link

    You must be new here...

    Has been an ongoing issue for years now.

    It's to be expected when they have no editor.
    Reply
  • PeachNCream - Thursday, July 23, 2020 - link

    Anandtech has been dropping that ball for a good half decade or more. Part of the problem is article and table standardization through the use of prior articles and tables. That invariably results in mistakes when clearing old data before entering new information. Those sorts of errors show up constantly making it very clear there is lots of copy and paste sorts of slapdash happening behind the curtain. Professional writers and good editorial proofing are things you should look elsewhere to find. Reply
  • quantumshadow44 - Thursday, July 23, 2020 - link

    pathetic. With msi x570 tomahawk msrp $210 this board has no chances. Reply
  • danjw - Sunday, August 2, 2020 - link

    I think it would be better to list deltas from ambient in the VRM temperature chart. Since that is the real data, save users from having to do the math in their head. ;-)

    Also, I would really like to see Linux benchmarks added.
    Reply
  • DiYBeast - Thursday, September 17, 2020 - link

    Love it Asus rog makes the best top their boards Reply

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