May 10, 2017 Written by: Geoff_Gasior

Shrink your PC with the ROG Strix H270I and B250I Gaming Mini-ITX motherboards

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They say good things come in small packages, and that can certainly be true for gaming PCs. The Mini-ITX form factor lets you build remarkably compact systems with enough horsepower for hardcore gaming and cutting-edge VR. We already offer the ROG Strix Z270I for gamers who want to overclock Kaby Lake processors in a small form factor. Now, we’re expanding the family with more affordable options for stock-clocked CPUs. Say hello to the ROG Strix H270I and B250I Gaming motherboards.

Equipped to cool the latest components

The two boards look identical, and they practically are. Both support Intel’s latest 7th Generation Core processors, and they can be loaded with dual-channel DDR4 memory. Each one also has a full-sized PCI Express x16 slot ready for discrete graphics. Modern graphics coolers can be quite heavy, so we apply SafeSlot reinforcements that strengthen the walls of the slot along with its connection to the board. This treatment protects your precious by preventing damage that can occur with clumsy handling or when transporting complete systems to LAN parties.

Effective cooling is crucial within the cramped confines of most Mini-ITX cases, but these boards have you covered. They include a dedicated water-cooling header that’s configured specifically for the pumps in AiO coolers. Two additional headers are provided for fans, and they’re all managed by our critically acclaimed UEFI and software fan controls. With just a few clicks, you can calibrate connected fans and optimize the cooling for your entire system.

Today’s fastest M.2 SSDs typically require dedicated cooling to maintain top performance with demanding workloads, which is particularly challenging within the constrained proportions of the Mini-ITX form factor. To tackle the problem, we added an isolated level to the PCH heatsink that provides dedicated cooling for a single M.2 drive. This double-decker design decreases SSD temperatures by up to 20°C, minimizing performance slowdowns with sustained transfers and other disk-intensive activities.

The ROG Strix H270I and B250I Gaming both feature a second M.2 slot under the board, so you can run dual SSDs without routing power and data cables. They also support Intel’s Optane Memory, which acts as an ultra-fast cache for mechanical hard drives and slower SSDs.

Synchronized full-system lighting

RGB lighting is here to stay, and Aura Sync implements it the right way. Both boards can synchronize lighting with other Aura Sync hardware, including ROG graphics cards, monitors, and peripherals. Compatible memory, cases, and other components are also available from our partners, allowing you to customize harmonious lighting across a complete system.

Our intuitive Aura software has everything you need to create a refined aesthetic with the right tones to match your rig. Or you can opt for a brash array of rainbow effects that assault the senses—the choice is yours. Either way, the motherboards’ monochromatic motifs won’t clash with your preferred colors.

Onboard lighting makes the right edge of the board a playground for linear effects that move from one end to the other. But that pales in comparison to what’s possible with the four-pin Aura header, which supports off-the-shelf RGB LED strips up to two meters long. That’s more than enough length to snake around an entire Mini-ITX chassis, both inside and out. We even include an extension cable that lets you position the strip wherever you want.

Integrated essentials that complete your PC

The limited Mini-ITX footprint inevitably reduces expansion capacity, making onboard peripherals especially important. That’s why we devoted extra attention to the SupremeFX audio, which eliminates the need for a separate sound card, and the integrated networking, which offers ultra-fast wired and wireless options.

ROG’s latest SupremeFX audio is based on a shielded S1220A codec backed by dual op-amps. This combination delivers an excellent 120-dB SNR for output, and it’s potent enough to drive high-end headphones with impedances up to 600Ω. The 113-dB input SNR represents a significant improvement over typical onboard solutions. Audio comes through loud and clear—and with minimal distortion—whether you’re listening to the sounds of the battleground, coordinating strategy with teammates, or streaming commentary to an audience.

Sonic Studio III software brings everything together with thoughtful features that make your PC a more capable multimedia powerhouse. Flexible routing lets you assign audio sources to different outputs, so you can game on your headset while streaming YouTube or Netflix to separate speakers or a big-screen TV. App-specific profiles adjust settings automatically to match your preferences, while noise filtering prevents background sounds from masking your voice.

Both boards integrate dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO support. With the included 2x2 antenna, they can push wireless throughput up to 867MBps—nearly Gigabit speeds. They also feature Intel Gigabit Ethernet controllers with even faster performance and trusted reliability. Bluetooth 4.1 is included, as well, along with enough USB connectivity for room-scale VR setups.

So, what’s the difference?

Although the ROG Strix H270I and B250I Gaming are virtually identical, there are a few minor differences. The H270 chipset supports multi-drive RAID arrays and Smart Response caching that’s unavailable on the B250, giving the H270I options for more elaborate storage configurations. It also has more USB 3.1 Gen1 ports, which is why two of the B250I’s rear USB ports are limited to 2.0 speeds.

Apart from those chipset-related differences, the H270I adds a secondary Gigabit Ethernet controller based on a Realtek chip. But both boards come with our GameFirst IV traffic management software, so you can stream and download without sacrificing ping times.

The last difference is pricing. As you’d expect, the H270I costs a little bit more than the B250I. The precise delta depends on your region, so check with your local ROG representative or retailer for more details.

Hit the link below for the full press release.

Press Release

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Strix H270I Gaming and B250I Gaming

Compact H270 and B250 mini-ITX motherboards feature innovative double-decker heatsink, Aura Sync RGB lighting, exceptional audio and powerful gaming features

KEY POINTS

  • Innovative design: Double-decker heatsink and ASUS Aura Sync RGB lighting
  • Exceptional audio: SupremeFX, Sonic Studio III and Sonic Radar III
  • Ultimate networking: Intel Gigabit LAN, LANGuard and GameFirst IV
  • Superior gaming performance: 2x2 Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO, dual onboard M.2 and RAMCache II
  • Comprehensive protection: Gamer’s Guardian including SafeSlot, Q-LEDs and more

Taipei, Taiwan (5th May, 2017) — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced Strix H270I Gaming and B250I Gaming, compact, mini-ITX motherboards that combine bold aesthetics, premier performance, and incredible audio to deliver gaming experiences with punch and unrivaled style.

ROG Strix H270I Gaming is based on the Intel® H270 chipset and ROG Strix B250I Gaming is based on the Intel B250 chipset. Both motherboards support the latest 7th Generation Intel Core™ processors and technologies. With their innovative double-decker heatsink design and ASUS Aura Sync RGB lighting, SupremeFX and the S1220A codec for exceptional audio, ultra-fast networking with Intel Gigabit LAN, dual onboard M.2 slots, and exclusive ROG innovations for stable, efficient operation and system protection, ROG Strix H270I Gaming and B250I Gaming offer powerful performance in a compact size to give gamers the edge against opponents.

Innovative design: Double-decker heatsink and ASUS Aura Sync RGB lighting

ROG Strix H270I Gaming and B250I Gaming feature an innovative double-decker heatsink design that allows the M.2 SSD to be stacked atop of the PCH heatsink, maximizing board space and improving heat dissipation by up to 20°C for better stability and gaming performance.

ASUS Aura Sync RGB LED lighting technology with one onboard RGB header lets gamers create incredible lighting effects and synchronize them with compatible components, such as RGB LED strips, graphics cards and more.

Exceptional audio: SupremeFX, Sonic Studio III and Sonic Radar III

ROG Strix H270I Gaming and ROG Strix B250I 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.

The Sonic Studio III software suite provides total control of system audio. Sonic Radar III lets gamers pinpoint enemy positions instantly in first-person shooters and features a new heads-up display with a three-dimensional in-game arrow.

Ultimate networking: Intel Gigabit LAN, dual LAN, LANGuard and GameFirst IV

ROG Strix H270I Gaming and ROG Strix B250I 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. Additionally, ROG Strix H270I Gaming features a dual-gigabit-LAN design that adds Realtek® Ethernet to ensure uninterrupted gaming in the event of a single port failure. ASUS-exclusive LANGuard provides protection against electrostatic discharges and surges, and GameFirst IV prioritizes gaming-related network traffic for faster, lag-free online gaming experiences.

Superior gaming performance: 2x2 Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO, dual onboard M.2 and RAMCache II

ROG Strix H270I Gaming and ROG Strix B250I Gaming feature integrated 802.11ac 2x2 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi for reliable, wide-reach wireless connectivity at speeds of up to 867Mbps.

Dual PCIe® 3.0 x4 M.2 slots let users enjoy fast data-transfer speeds of up to 32Gbps, and give them 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.

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 including SafeSlot, Q-LEDs and more

ROG Strix H270I Gaming and ROG Strix B250I Gaming have a suite of protective features called Gamer’s Guardian, which includes SafeSlot, Q-LEDs, Digi+ voltage-regulator modules (VRMs), DRAM Overcurrent Protection and other Smart DIY features. SafeSlot is the PCIe® slot reinvented by ASUS and engineered to provide superior retention and shearing resistance. Q-LEDs provide quick and easy problem diagnosis by indicating where on the motherboard a problem is occurring. Digi+ VRMs improve power delivery to the CPU, and DRAM Overcurrent Protection helps extend motherboard life.

NOTES TO EDITORS

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SPECIFICATIONS [1]

 

 

 

 

ROG Strix H270I Gaming

ROG Strix B250I Gaming

 

CPU

LGA 1151 Socket for Intel® Core™ i7/Core i5/Core i3/Pentium®/Celeron® processors

 

Chipset

Intel® H270 Chipset

Intel® B250 Chipset

 

Memory

2 x DIMM max. 64GB

2 x DIMM max. 64GB

 

DDR4 2400/2133MHz

DDR4 2400/2133MHz

 

Expansion slots

1 x PCIe® 3.0x16 SafeSlot

1 x PCIe® 3.0x16 SafeSlot

 

Audio

SupremeFX S1220A codec

SupremeFX S1220A codec

 

Gigabit LAN

Intel® I219-V
Realtek® RTL8111H

Intel® I219-V

 

SATA

4 x SATA 6Gbps

4 x SATA 6Gbps

 

M.2

1 x M.2 Socket 3 Type M (2242-2280), supports SATA & PCIe® 3.0 x 4 modes

1 x M.2 Socket 3 Type M (2242-2280), supports SATA & PCIe® 3.0 x 4 modes

 

1 x M.2 Socket 3 Type M (2242-2280), supports PCIe® 3.0 x 4 mode

1 x M.2 Socket 3 Type M (2242-2280), supports PCIe® 3.0 x 4 mode

 

Wi-Fi

2x2 MU-MIMO 02.11AC Wi-Fi

2x2 MU-MIMO 802.11AC Wi-Fi

 

USB

8 x USB3.0 ports

6 x USB3.0 ports

 

ASUS Aura Sync

Y

Y

 

4-pin RGB header

1

1

 

Others

Double-decker heatsink

Double-decker heatsink

             

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About ROG

Republic of Gamers (ROG) is an ASUS sub-brand dedicated to creating the world’s best gaming hardware and software. Formed in 2006, ROG offers a complete line of innovative products known for performance and quality, including motherboards, graphics cards, laptops, desktops, monitors, audio equipment, routers and peripherals. ROG participates in and sponsors major international gaming events. ROG gear has been used to set hundreds of overclocking records and it continues to be the preferred choice of gamers and enthusiasts around the world. Learn more about the choice of champions at http://rog.asus.com.


[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. Full specifications are available at http://www.asus.com

 

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