The ASUS TUF B450M is what most of the folks eager to build an AMD system have been waiting for. These B450 boards offer almost all the features of the higher-end X470 chips. The ones that you won’t find are what majority of PC builders are not going to use. CrossFireX in a x16+x8 configuration? Possible on the X470 but an absolute rarity. What’s nice of AMD is that they’ve retained the overclocking capabilities in the B450 chipset unlike Intel which tends to clamp down on such features on the H370 boards. The other prominent feature is AMD’s StoreMI which is a software solution that ships with all 400-series boards. You can use StoreMI to combine your SSD and HDD to get a single drive which offers the best of both worlds. StoreMI intelligently moves the more frequently used files onto your SSD while the less frequently ones are shifted onto the hard drive. What’s better is that StoreMI works with practically every type of non-volatile storage medium and even volatile storage such as RAM.
Coming back to the TUF B450M-PLUS GAMING, it uses a 4+2 power phase VRM and has the bare essentials in terms of rear I/O. However, one thing stands out here as well, and that’s the presence of a Type-C USB port. There isn’t much RGB happening with just one array of LEDs being present in the bottom right corner of the board. As for the TUF branding, we did notice quite a lot of features such as the reinforced PCIe slot, surge protection on I/O slots and a heatsink on the VRM in this price range. Overall, the ASUS TUF B450M-PLUS GAMING shows promise to be a go-to motherboard for the average joe.
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