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August 31, 2017

ASUS Introduce Their TUF B350M Motherboard

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Asus have revealed a brand new TUF series motherboard for Ryzen. This B350M will be a MATX and I for one will be picking one up when its available to buy. So lets take a closer look and see if its TUF as it looks.

Looking at the design and its really in-keeping with their other TUF series motherboards. Below is their X299 Mark 1 and 2, also their new Z270 Mark 1 and 2 TUF.

tuf-line

The image below shows that the MATX B350M takes heavy influence from the Z270 board. This is no bad thing as its a lovely board. It keeps the Yellow accents that it shares with the Z270, this maybe a good or bad choice depending on your PCs colour scheme.

It also retains a similar IO shield design with the signature TUF emblem and similar branding. The PCB also features Yellow accents too, so its clear that the designers had a distinctive look they wanted to achieve and well they’ve done that. For me it fits nicely with my Zotac GPU which has Yellow accents, but for a wider audience it might have made more sense to keep it colour neutral with Greys and Blacks. But whatever way you look at it, its a nice addition to the lineup and I hope they make a full sized ATX variant as well.

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Onto features and specifications and its not short on any of the latest features found on modern motherboards. Asus have given the B350M what they like to call “TUF components”, these are supposed to be like the name suggests more durable than those found on the none TUF boards. These components include

  • ESD guards
  • DDR4 overvoltage protection
  • Digi+ VRM
  • Stainless stell back IO

There is also a TUF LANGuard, chokes, capacitors and MOSFETs. Whether they actually last longer than traditional offerings is up for debate but it does fit in nicely with their marketing.

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It also features TUF protection on the main PCIe slot which is supposed to provide 1.6x stronger resistance to retention forces and 1.8x stronger for shearing forces. This means that the slot is more resistant to GPU sag and should hold up longer than a traditional slot. I have seen similar from other companies and it works well, especially with heavy GPUs. It doesn’t eliminate GPU sag, but it helps prevent the slot from getting damaged.

tuf-pro

It also supports beefed up ESD protection. Electrostatic discharge can be a mobo killer and Asus have used 2x stronger guards to help prevent this. In theory it sounds great, but will it work? I guess we’ll find out if there is any issues after release.

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The TUF B350M also will support

  • Up to 64GB DDR4 with speeds up to 3200MHz (OC)
  • 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 mode (Ryzen)
  • 6 x 6Gb.s SATA ports with RAID 0, 1 and 10 support
  • 1 x M.2 which will work with types 2242/2260 and 2280. These will work with SATA and PCIe 3.0 x4 mode.

The internal IO is quite impressive and features

  • 1 x RGB header
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 connector
  • 2 x USB 2.0 connectors
  • 1 x M.2
  • 1 x COM port
  • 6 x SATA ports
  • 1 x CPU fan connector (4 pin)
  • 2 x chassis fan connectors (4 pin)
  • 1 x S/PDIF header
  • 1 x 24 pin power connector
  • 1 x 8 pin ATX power connector
  • The usual front panel audio etc

front

To see the rest of the specifications visit Asus listing here .

Rear IO will be pretty solid too. It will feature

  • 1 x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse port
  • 1 x DVD-D
  • 1 x D-sub
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x LAN (RJ45)
  • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2
  • 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
  • 2 x USB 2.0
  • 3 x Audio jacks

rear-io

In the box you’ll get the IO shield, 2 x SATA cables, 1 x M.2 screw, 1 x DVD, documents and a sticker. So pretty much what you’d expect from a motherboard.

in-the-box

There is no word on the price or release date, I have seen a rumour on techpowerup.com that it will be around the $100 mark, but its not confirmed. This means it could be more expensive than its competitors, but I think the improved build quality, IO cover and TUF reputation it should be worth the asking price. That is if its going to priced at $100. But as a whole I’m looking forward to getting my hands on one when it does eventually get released.

Source: www.asus.com

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Weston

Hey I’m Weston and I’d definitely say that I’m a technology enthusiast. I’ve been in the tech space a while and I really love pretty much anything tech or tech related.

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  • scruff_01

    Only 2 fan connectors? Thats not cool

    • Weston

      Yeah, that seems to be a common trait of these types of motherboards. There is three in total (with cpu) but in reality they really could squeeze a few more on the board.