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Network & Connectivity
Get ample connectivity without skimping on performance with the ROG Strix B550-A Gaming AM4 ATX Motherboard from ASUS. Designed for use with CPUs using the AM4 socket, this board features the AMD B550 chipset. Install up to 128GB of dual-channel DDR4 RAM across four slots, with speeds up to 5100 MHz supported when overclocking. Storage drives can be installed using six SATA III connectors or two M.2 slots. Up to two graphics cards can be installed using PCIe 4.0 x16 and PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, with support for 2-way AMD CrossFireX. Other adapter cards can be installed in three PCIe 3.0 x1 slots.
A rear I/O panel sports a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A and Type-C port, as well as four USB 3.2 Gen 1 and two USB 2.0 Type-A ports. Connect displays using the DisplayPort or HDMI outputs, or connect audio using a S/PDIF port or five 3.5mm jacks. An RJ45 port supports 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet, while a BIOS flashback button is also present. The ASUS ROG Strix B550-A Gaming AM4 ATX Motherboard utilizes the SupremeFX S1220A audio codec and supports Windows 10 64-bit operating systems.
This motherboard uses the AMD B550 chipset and is compatible with AMD CPUs using the AM4 socket.
The ROG Strix B550-A Gaming features two M.2 slots, one of which supports the PCIe 4.0 standard to provide optimum storage and data speeds via the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen platform. Both M.2 slots support up to the type 22110 socket and NVM Express RAID for a performance boost.
The ProCool socket is built to ensure flush contact with the PSU powerlines, enabling lower impedance and efficient heat dissipation.
ASUS DIGI+ Power Control allows you to tune VRAM and DRAM voltage for optimal system efficiency, stability, and performance.
Alloy chokes and capacitors are designed to resist extreme temperatures.
This layered PCB dissipates heat around the VRM, improving overall system stability while providing overclocking headroom.
Onboard 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet gives your wired connection a boost, with speeds that are 2.5 times faster than standard Ethernet connections for speedy file transfers, lag-free gaming, and high-res video streaming.
Built-in ROG SupremeFX audio technology provides accurate audio and two front-panel op-amp outputs for gaming headsets.
Effective shielding against electromagnetic interference preserves the integrity of audio signals for uncompromised sound quality.
This shielding blocks electromagnetic interference from the motherboard or add-ons to provide cleaner audio.
Two onboard op-amps provide adequate power for headphone impedances from 32 to 600 ohms.
AI noise-canceling microphone software on ROG Strix motherboards supports 3.5mm, USB, or Bluetooth headsets. Utilizing a deep-learning database, this utility preserves the sound of your voice while eliminating distracting keyboard clatter, mouse clicks, and other forms of environmental noise. And it only places a slight load on the CPU, ensuring minimal impact on gaming performance.
Sonic Studio supports HRTF- or head-related transfer function-based virtual surround for VR headsets. The Sonic Studio interface also offers a range of EQ options and one-click presets, allowing you to tailor acoustics to suit personal preferences or the characteristics of your headset.
ROG Strix B550 series motherboards are pre-loaded with the DTS Sound Unbound app. By leveraging Windows Sonic spatial technology, DTS Sound Unbound delivers audio in a virtual 3D space. Requiring in-game support, this function allows users to choose between stereo, surround, or spatial sound according to personal tastes.
A MOS heatsink provides a large contact area for MOSFETs and chokes, while the thermal pad helps transfer heat from the inductor and phase array to the heatsink.
The I/O shield is finished in matte black and comes pre-mounted to make it easy to install on the motherboard.
Four onboard LEDs indicate power status or potential problems with the CPU, memory, graphics card, or boot device, allowing for quick diagnosis.
The reinforced ASUS SafeSlot is designed to provide strong PCIe device retention and shearing resistance.
Users can place a BIOS file onto a FAT32-formatted USB drive and simply plug it into the USB BIOS FlashBack port and press a button to update the UEFI BIOS. Updates can be made even if memory or CPU aren't present.
When you're ready for a deeper dive into the configuration of your system, delve into the UEFI's Advanced mode and take complete control. Each section is intuitively organized, and a built-in search feature makes it easy to find the options you need. Advanced functions are coded with the intelligence to adapt to your settings, and when you're ready to take charge, parameters have the granularity to dial in performance just the way you want.
Designed to simplify setup, EZ mode presents all the vital settings and stats on a single page. With guided wizards, drag-and-drop functionality, and one-click application of important settings, your rig will be up and running in no time.
GameFirst VI features AI-enhanced identification and boost technology to ensure faster and smarter network optimization.
GameFirst VI analyzes your usage patterns and the digital signatures of your applications and compares them to a database of over 200,000 apps. The database is regularly updated to ensure that apps are recognized.
GameFirst VI switches application priority and adjusts bandwidth accordingly, depending on the situation. When gaming, it accelerates and prioritizes game packets for online gameplay, even when you're streaming high-quality video to your audience or transferring large files.
An intuitive graph gives you an overview of the network in real time. Simply click on the tab to view current bandwidth usage of each application, geolocation status of each network connection, and an analysis of each Wi-Fi channel.
Armoury Crate is a new software utility designed to give you centralized control of supported gaming products, making it easy to tune the look and feel of your system. From a single intuitive interface, Armoury Crate lets you easily customize RGB lighting and effects for compatible devices and synchronize them with Aura Sync to create a unified lighting scheme across your system. You can also use Armoury Crate to download the user manual, drivers, and software. In addition, Armoury Crate features a dedicated product registration page as well as a news feed to help you stay in touch with the gaming community.
RAMCache lll software turns milliseconds into microseconds to boost game load times. Compatible with the NVM Express storage options, its uniquely intelligent technology effectively caches an entire storage device so that favorite games and apps launch at breakneck speeds. Furthermore, Smart Mode automatically caches all storage devices to maximize system resources.
Brand - Asus, Model - Asus ROG STRIX B550-A GAMING, CPU Sockets - AM4, Chipset - AMD B550, Supported CPU - AMD Ryzen 5000 Series/ 4000 G-Series/ 3000 Series Desktop Processors, Memory Type - DDR4, Memory MHz - 5100(O.C)/ 4800(O.C.)/ 4600(O.C)/ 4400(O.C)/ 4133(O.C.)/ 4000(O.C.)/ 3866(O.C.)/ 3600(O.C.)/ 3466(O.C.)/ 3200/ 3000/ 2800/ 2666/ 2400/ 2133MHz, Memory Channel - Dual Channel, Memory Slot - 4, Memory Max. - 128GB, Optane Memory Support - No, Graphic - Integrated Graphics, Multi-GPU Support - AMD 2-Way CrossFireX, PCI Express Slot - 1 x PCIe 4.0 x16 (x16 mode), 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x4 mode), 3 x PCIe 3.0 x1, 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16 mode), Storage Interface - 6Gb/s, M.2 Slot - 2 x M.2 Socket 3 (1 x M.2 (M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)), 1 x M.2 (M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode) / 1 x M.2 (M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support(SATA & PCIe 4.0 x4 mode))), LAN Chipset - Intel I225-V, LAN Speed (Mbps) - 2.5Gbps, Audio Chipset - ROG SupremeFX, Audio Channel - 8-Channel, USB Port - 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 6 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 6 x USB 2.0, HDMI Port - 1, DisplayPort (DP) - 1, SATA Port - 6 x SATA, BIOS Type - 1 x 256 Mbit Flash ROM, BIOS Model - UEFI AMI BIOS, CrossFire Support - Yes, RaidSupport - 0,1,10, Thunderbolt - 1, RGB Support - Yes, RGB Sync - Aura Sync, RGB Connector - 2 x Aura RGB Strip Header, Form Factor - ATX, Supported Operating System - Windows 10, Special Features - 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 support, Smooth networking, Intel 2.5Gb 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-LEDs and SafeSlot, Unmatched personalization, ASUS-exclusive Aura Sync RGB lighting, including Aura RGB header and addressable Gen 2 RGB header, Industry-leading gaming audio, AI Noise-Canceling Microphone, SupremeFX S1220A codec, DTS Sound Unbound and Sonic Studio III for immersive audio, AM4 Gaming ATX motherboard with PCIe 4.0, teamed power stages, Intel 2.5Gb Ethernet, dual M.2 with heatsinks, SATA 6 Gbps, USB 3.2 Gen 2 and Aura Sync RGB, Others - 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, 1 x Addressable Gen 2 header(s), 1 x Thunderbolt header(s), 1 x System panel(s), 1 x Thermal sensor connector(s), 1 x Clear CMOS jumper(s), 1 x BIOS FlashBack Button(s), 5 x Gold-plated audio jacks, Warranty - 3 Year, Country of Origin - Taiwan, Made in/ Assemble - China
Whether you build a new PC or upgrade the existing one, the motherboard is the most vital component to choose when you have already picked the processor of your choice.
It is important to keep a few things in mind while purchasing the mainboard:
You can single out a great CPU from either Intel or AMD, but whatever CPU you choose, make sure your mainboard has the right socket for the selected CPU. The latest mainstream AMD chips use AM4 sockets while current Intel 9th Gen Core CPUs require LGA 1151v2 sockets.
Motherboards typically come in three sizes from largest to smallest: ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ATX motherboards. ATX motherboards offer the highest number of RAM and expansion slots. If you are looking for a budget build, you can use a smaller chassis with the micro or mini boards, but you'll have to settle for fewer PCIe slots, RAM banks, and other connectors.
Most mainstream boards these days have four RAM slots, although Mini-ITX models often have just two, and high-end boards frequently offer eight. The amount of slots, of course, limits the amount of RAM you can install.
It’s essential to check the I/O area on a motherboard to make sure it has the external connection options you need. You may need more USB 3 ports while others may want more audio ports. Among the most common ports, there are USB 3, USB 2, audio, USB type C, USB 3.1 Gen1 and Gen2, HDMI, Display port, PS/2 and Thunderbolt 3 ports. Ports one probably want the most are USB 2 and USB 3 Gen1 ports, as the first one is perfect for keyboard, mouse, and many other devices and the later one work with most peripherals. USB 3.1 Gen2 and USB Type-C ports will come handy in the near future, although most peripherals do not support this standard yet.