Thanks to Asus, we’ll be taking a quick look at their ROG Strix B360-F Gaming Motherboard. It utilizes the latest B360 chipset from Intel and supports all 8th gen Coffee Lake processors using the LGA1151 socket (unfortunately, it is not compatible with 6th/7th gen processors).
The Intel B360 chipset is aimed and targeted at the mainstream/budget market for users who wants an affordable motherboard that’s compatible with Intel’s 8th gen processors. Previously, to much user’s dissatisfaction, only the more expensive Z370 chipset based motherboards were available on the market. But now this is about to change. The B360 chipset motherboards not only offer decent performance, but also amazing value for money. However, it does lack a few features when compared with the Z370 and the H370. With the B360, you only get 12 PCI express lanes, no RAID configurations and a lack of overclocking options in the BIOS. Having said that, it does offer onboard Intel Wifi.
We’ll start by saying a big thanks to Asus ROG for providing the review sample. This is a snippet from what ROG has to say about themselves on their website:
For years since its establishment, ASUS aimed to put an ever-greater emphasis on PC gaming. This process resulted in the 2006 founding of the Republic of Gamers brand (ROG), formed for the sole purpose of delivering the most innovative hardcore hardware for truly dedicated gamers.
Since then, the efforts of the ROG team have led to a constant flow of PC gaming technology that has become legendary among enthusiasts for its performance. ROG is more than just hardware, though – we take an active part in the global gaming community, helping develop the industry by sponsoring events such as PAX and Dreamhack. Worldwide media have recognized ROG as a leader in PC gaming and overclocking performance, with many of our products winning awards and gaining very positive feedback from hardware pros.
With this great response from gamers and the industry, ROG has all the resources it needs to keep working on enabling even better experiences – technology never sleeps, nor should the action!
Take a look at the chart below, which shows all the latest 300-series chipset offerings from Intel. The B360 chipset offers a maximum of 12 x PCIE 3.0 lanes, Optane memory support, as well as support for 2 x M.2 PCIE storage.
We’ll be using an Intel Core i7-8700K processor along with some DDR4-3000 ram from Patriot, as well as a Zotac GeForce GTX 1080.
It will be interesting to see how this motherboard will compare with Z370 motherboards we’ve tested in the past. I’m expecting decent performance from the Asus ROG Strix B360-F Gaming … it is a ROG branded gaming product at the end of the day 😛
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