Apr 12, 2017 Written by: Geoff_Gasior

Introducing the ROG Strix B250G and B250H Gaming motherboards: micro and full-sized ATX on a budget

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The ROG family of gaming motherboards is expanding to welcome two new members: the Strix B250G Gaming and Strix B250H Gaming. As their names imply, both are based on Intel’s B250 chipset for 7th Generation Core processors, otherwise known as Kaby Lake. They’re affordably priced, so you can invest more in a faster GPU, yet they still retain the critical features you need for your build.

ATX and microATX flavors

To serve different system sizes, the new boards come in different form factors. The Strix B250G Gaming has a compact microATX footprint, while the B250H conforms to the larger ATX standard. The additional real estate lets the Strix B250H Gaming squeeze in more expansion slots, and we’ve added a few more features that aren’t found on its smaller sibling.

Modern graphics cards are getting heavier as GPU coolers incorporate more metal. This puts strain on the PCI Express slot, so we’ve fortified the primary x16s on both boards. Our SafeSlot technology incorporates metal reinforcements into the walls of the slot and secures it to the board with additional solder points. This treatment reduces the potential for damage due to clumsy handling, and it helps protect the motherboard when shipping systems or transporting them to LAN parties.

The Strix B250H Gaming incorporates a secondary PCIe x16 slot, but it’s limited to four lanes of bandwidth and doesn’t feature the full SafeSlot package. Although two-way CrossFireX configurations are supported, the bandwidth is insufficient for SLI certification. As you’d expect, the B250H also has more PCIe x1 slots than the B250G. The integrated peripherals on both boards are good enough that few will need to resort to extra expansion cards.

Fully loaded memory and storage

Form-factor differences don’t affect the onboard memory and storage. Each board has four DDR4 memory slots that can take up to 64GB of RAM, which is more than enough for gamers and even power users. You also get a full complement of SATA ports for 2.5” SSDs and mechanical hard drives.

M.2 drives dominate the storage discussion these days, and the brothers Strix are well-equipped there as well. Both have dual M.2 slots with four lanes of PCIe 3.0 bandwidth primed for the latest NVMe SSDs. One of the M.2 slots supports Intel’s new Optane Memory, which provides an ultra-fast cache that can give hard drives SSD-like load times and responsiveness. The other slot supports SATA-based M.2 drives to ensure broad compatibility with a wide range of storage devices.

External storage is covered by a collection of USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports. Dual internal USB 3.0 headers provide plenty of connectivity for cases with front-panel ports; each one supplies dual ports, allowing up to four SuperSpeed jacks to live up front.

Game-ready audio and networking

ROG’s integrated audio is good enough that there’s no need for a discrete sound card. The Strix B250G Gaming and its B250H counterpart both feature our latest SupremeFX S1220A codec along with multiple Texas Instruments operational amplifiers. This combination produces an impressive 120-dB signal-to-noise ratio for the output, ensuring low-distortion playback that keeps you focused on your game. The 113-dB SNR for the line input improves recording quality, so streamers can communicate clearly with their audiences.

Gamers need fast, low-latency networking to be competitive in multiplayer matches, so the Strix B250G and B250H Gaming are equipped with reliable Intel Gigabit Ethernet controllers. The B250H also includes GameFirst IV software that prioritizes traffic to keep your system’s background downloads and streaming from affecting online gaming.

Along with extra networking software, the bigger board adds audio perks. It comes with Sonic Studio III software that can map audio sources to different outputs for balancing simultaneous gaming and multimedia playback across headsets and speakers. You also get Sonic Radar III, which maps in-game audio on a visual HUD that provides a cheeky advantage over your foes.

Both boards feature our critically acclaimed Fan Xpert 3 cooling controls, which let you easily strike the right balance between temperatures and noise levels. The Strix B250H Gaming also adds RAMCache II software that transforms a slice of system memory into ultra-fast storage.

Pricing and availability

Contact your local ROG representative for details on regional pricing and availability. Hit the link below for the full press release.

Press Release

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Strix B250G Gaming and
 Strix B250H Gaming

Value-packed microATX and ATX Intel B250 gaming motherboards offer bold aesthetics, premier performance, and loads of gaming-oriented features

KEY POINTS

  • Exceptional audio: SupremeFX S1220A codec, plus Sonic Studio III and Sonic Radar III
  • Ultimate connectivity: Intel Gigabit LAN, LANGuard, GameFirst IV, dual onboard M.2 slots, and Intel Optane memory-ready
  • Superior gaming performance: Fan Xpert 3, EPU and Digi+ Power Control, plus RAMCache II
  • Comprehensive protection: Gamer’s Guardian with SafeSlot and other protective features

 

Taipei, Taiwan (11th April, 2017) — ASUS Republic of Gamers today announced the Strix B250G Gaming (microATX) and Strix B250H Gaming (ATX) motherboards, value-packed boards that combine the bold aesthetics of the classic ROG red and black color theme and katana-inspired markings with premier performance and incredible audio to deliver unrivaled gaming experiences and style.

ROG Strix B250 series motherboards are based on the Intel® B250 chipset and support the latest 7th Generation Intel Core™ processors and technologies. With exceptional audio performance from SupremeFX technology and the S1220A codec, ultra-fast connectivity with dual onboard M.2 slots and Intel Optane™ memory support, exclusive ROG innovations for stable, efficient operation, and the comprehensive system protections of Gamer’s Guardian, ROG Strix B250G Gaming and ROG Strix B250H Gaming take performance to the next level to give gamers the edge against opponents.

Exceptional audio: SupremeFX S1220A codec, plus Sonic Studio III and Sonic Radar III

ROG Strix B250G Gaming and ROG Strix B250H Gaming feature the exclusive SupremeFX S1220A codec that delivers an exceptional 113dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) on the line-in connection for the best ever recording performance, and a 120dB SNR on the line-out to ensure crystal-clear sound. ROG engineers have also added Texas Instruments® RC 4580 and OPA1688 op-amps for incredibly high-gain, low-distortion sound that envelops the listener.

ROG Strix B250H Gaming also comes with Sonic Studio III for total audio control and Sonic Radar III, which features a new heads-up display with a three-dimensional in-game arrow that pinpoints enemy positions instantly.

Ultimate connectivity: Intel LAN, GameFirst IV, dual M.2, and Intel Optane

ROG Strix B250G Gaming and ROG Strix B250H Gaming have the very latest Intel Gigabit Ethernet (I219-V) integrated to reduce CPU overhead and deliver exceptionally-high TCP and UDP throughput, freeing up more computing power for gaming and gameplay. They both have ASUS-exclusive LANGuard to provide protection against electrostatic discharges and surges, and ROG Strix B250H Gaming also features GameFirst IV to prioritize gaming-related network traffic for faster, lag-free online gaming experiences.

Both ROG Strix B250G Gaming and ROG Strix B250H Gaming feature dual M.2 slots, giving users maximum flexibility when choosing an SSD for their system. Support for Intel Optane memory — a revolutionary new non-volatile memory that enables SSD-like performance from a hard disk drive (HDD) — lets gamers enjoy dramatically accelerated data transfer speeds for faster launching of their favorite games.

Superior gaming performance: Fan Xpert 3, EPU and Digi+ Power Control, plus RAMCache II

ROG Strix B250G Gaming and ROG Strix B250H Gaming are packed with exclusive technologies that provide gamers with the best system performance, energy efficiency and stability. Fan Xpert 3 provides advanced yet intuitive fan controls that enable gamers to achieve an optimal gaming environment, while the EPU and Digi+ Power Control provide enhanced system stability and utmost energy efficiency. On ROG Strix B250H Gaming, intelligent RAMCache II technology effectively caches an entire storage device to reduce the risk of data loss and ensure faster game loading.

Comprehensive protection: Gamer’s Guardian and easy DIY features including SafeSlot

ROG Strix B250G Gaming and ROG Strix B250H Gaming have a suite of protective features called Gamer’s Guardian, which includes SafeSlot. SafeSlot is the PCIe® slot reinvented by ASUS and engineered to provide superior retention and shearing resistance. Manufactured in a single step, a new insert-molding process integrates the slot with fortifying metal for an inherently stronger slot, which is then firmly anchored to the motherboard through additional solder points.

Gamer’s Guardian also includes Digi+ voltage-regulator modules (VRM) for improved power delivery to the CPU, DRAM Overcurrent Protection for extended motherboard life, and Smart DIY features, including Q-Slot for easy graphics card installation, Q-DIMM memory slots for simple and secure memory module handling, and Q-Shield to prevent against nicks and cuts during system building.

SPECIFICATIONS[1]

ASUS ROG Strix B250G Gaming

Processor/CPU socket

Intel® Socket 1151 for 7th/6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7/i5/i3/Pentium®/Celeron® processors

Chipset

Intel® B250 Chipset

Memory

4 x DIMM, max. 64GB DDR4 2400*/2133** MHz

Dual-channel memory architecture

Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

 

* Due to Intel® chipset limitations, DDR4 2400MHz memory frequency is only supported by 7th Generation Intel® processors. Faster memory modules will run at the maximum transfer rate of DDR4 2400MHz.

** Due to Intel® chipset limitations, DDR4 2133MHz and faster memory modules on 6th Generation Intel® processors will run at a maximum transfer rate of DDR4 2133MHz.

Expansion slots

1 x PCIe® 3.0/2.0 x16 slot (at x16 mode)

2 x PCIe® 3.0/2.0 x1 slots

Graphics (VGA)

Integrated Intel® HD Graphics processor

DVI with maximum resolution of 1920 x 1200 at 60Hz

HDMI 1.4b with maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 at 24Hz

Intel® InTru™ 3D / Quick Sync Video / Clear Video HD Technology / Insider™

Storage

6 x SATA 6Gbps ports

1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices supported (PCIe® 3.0 x4 and SATA modes)

1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices supported (PCIe® 3.0 x4 mode)*

*Supports Intel® Optane™ memory

Networking/LAN

Intel® I219-V Gigabit LAN with ASUS LANGuard

USB

6 x USB 3.0 ports (2 on back panel, 4 mid-board)

6 x USB 2.0 ports (4 on back panel, 2 mid-board)

Audio

ROG SupremeFX S1220A 8-channel high-definition audio codec

- High-quality 120dB SNR output and 113dB SNR recording input

- SupremeFX shielding technology

- Dual headphone amplifiers

- Jack-detection, multi-streaming and front panel jack-retasking

Dimensions / form factor

mATX, 9.6 x 8.6″ (24.4 x 21.8 cm)

 

SPECIFICATIONS[2]

ASUS ROG Strix B250H Gaming

Processor/CPU socket

Intel® Socket 1151 for 7th / 6th Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors

Chipset

Intel® B250 Chipset

Memory

4 x DIMM, max. 64GB DDR4 2400*/2133**MHz

Dual channel memory architecture

Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

 

* Due to Intel® chipset limitations, DDR4 2400MHz memory frequency is only supported by 7th Generation Intel® processors. Faster memory modules will run at the maximum transfer rate of DDR4 2400MHz.

** Due to Intel® chipset limitations, DDR4 2133MHz and faster memory modules on 6th Generation Intel® processors will run at a maximum transfer rate of DDR4 2133MHz.

Expansion slots

1 x PCIe® 3.0/2.0 x16 slot (at x16 mode)

1 x PCIe® 3.0/2.0 x16 slot (at x4 mode)

4 x PCIe® 3.0/2.0 x1 slots

Graphics (VGA)

Integrated Intel® HD Graphics processor

DVI with maximum resolution of 1920 x 1200 at 60Hz

HDMI 1.4b with maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 at 24Hz

Intel® InTru™ 3D / Quick Sync Video / Clear Video HD Technology / Insider™

Multi-GPU

Supports AMD® 2-Way CrossFireX™ technology

Storage

6 x SATA 6Gbps ports

1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices supported (PCIe® 3.0 x4 and SATA modes)

1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices supported (PCIe® 3.0 x4 mode)*

*Supports Intel® Optane™ Memory

Networking/LAN

Intel® I219-V Gigabit LAN with ASUS LANGuard and GameFirst IV

USB/

6 x USB 3.0 ports (2 on back panel, 4 mid-board)

6 x USB 2.0 ports (4 on back panel, 2 mid-board)

Audio

ROG SupremeFX S1220A 8-channel high-definition audio codec

- High-quality 120dB SNR output and 113dB SNR recording input

- SupremeFX shielding technology

- Dual headphone amplifiers

- Jack-detection, multi-streaming and front panel jack-retasking

- Optical S/PDIF-out port on back panel

Dimensions / form factor

ATX, 12 x 9.2″ (30.5 x 23.4 cm)

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About ASUS

ASUS is one of Fortune magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies, and is dedicated to creating products for today and tomorrow’s smart life. Our comprehensive portfolio includes Zenbo, ZenFone, ZenBook and a range of IT devices and components, along with AR, VR and IoT. ASUS employs more than 17,000 people worldwide and over 5,500 world-class R&D talents. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, the company won 4,385 awards and earned approximately US$13.3 billion of revenue in 2016.

 

[1] Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors.

[2] Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors.

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