Nov 10, 2015 Written by: MasterC

ASUS Announces B150 Pro Gaming/Aura and B150 Pro Gaming

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The new line of ASUS Pro Gaming motherboards has continued to redefine the meaning of great value.  The performance, features and aesthetics have all gone far beyond your preconception of what a 'great value' motherboard is.  ASUS B150 Pro Gaming/Aura is in its own right a great gamers' motherboard, hardware-wise and software-wise. As you began to read this after looking at the motherboard, it's highly likely your expectations from a great value board had already been changed forever.

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Utilizing the latest platform, ASUS B150 Pro Gaming/Aura is an ATX board based on the Intel B150 Express chipset, while supporting 6th Gen. Intel processors and up to 64GB of DDR4 memory (4 DIMMs).  You're not only getting great performance for gaming, but also the efficiency from the latest platform.  The newest technologies for connectivity haven't been left out, USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A and reversible Type-C, plus an M.2 slot with support for NVM Express (NVMe) are all onboard.

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Features essential for gamers such as great audio and networking have been focal points from the beginning. SupremeFX uses the Realtek ALC1150 codec with an electromagnetic-interference (EMI) cover and illuminated red-line shielding produces incredible sound with remarkable 115dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR).  Sonic Radar II is the exclusive audio software designed to get the most out of the hardware. Intel I219-V Gigabit Ethernet with LANGuard and GameFirst technologies makes sure gaming is uninterrupted, fast and your investment is protected against static electricity and power surges. 

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In terms of aesthetics, it is pretty clear gamers and modders are going to be excited about the new Aura multi-color LED lighting effects on the black and red board. You can choose from a breathing effect, color-strobe or color-cycle effects, customize it to change shades according to the CPU temperature, or even pulsate in time with whatever you're listening to whether music, a movie or a game.  Whether you are opting to go with liquid-cooling or air-cooling, the dedicated water-pump header and Fan Xpert 3 have you covered.  Not a fan of lighting effects? Not a problem, ASUS B150 Pro Gaming will save you some money to go towards other components (Strix GTX 980 Ti perhaps?).

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Press Release

ASUS Announces B150 Pro Gaming/Aura and B150 Pro Gaming

Value-packed B150 Express motherboards with gaming audio, networking and cooling, plus

DDR4 memory, USB 3.1 and M.2 connectivity, and LED-illumination option

 

KEY POINTS

  • Gaming aesthetics: Gorgeous LED illumination casts an endless spectrum of colors across B150 Pro Gaming/Aura builds, with fascinating and fun effects.
  • Gaming-grade audio and networking: SupremeFX and Sonic Radar II, plus Intel I219-V Gigabit Ethernet, LANGuard and GameFirst technologies
  • Gaming-grade cooling: Dedicated water-pump header for instant liquid cooling, plus intuitive control with Fan Xpert 3
  • Gaming-grade transfers and protection: USB 3.1 Type-A and C, M.2, RAMCache acceleration, Gamer’s Guardian durability, plus easy DIY features

 

Taipei, Taiwan (9th November, 2015) — ASUS today announced B150 Pro Gaming/Aura and B150 Pro Gaming, two new ATX motherboards packed with multiple exclusive features for superior gaming experiences, including gaming-grade SupremeFX and Sonic Radar II audio, gaming-grade Intel® Gigabit Ethernet with ASUS LANGuard and GameFirst technologies for fast, safe and lag-free networking — plus awesome illumination technology in B150 Pro Gaming/Aura.

Based on the latest Intel® B150 Express chipset and ready for the newest 6th-generation Intel processors, B150 Pro Gaming/Aura and B150 Pro Gaming also deliver gaming-grade cooling with a dedicated water-pump header plus intuitive Fan Xpert 3 controls. The new boards also have the very latest connectivity built in, including both USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A and reversible Type-C, plus NVM Express (NVMe) M.2.

Exclusive RAMCache technology accelerates game loads, durable Gamer’s Guardian components ensure longevity, and smart DIY features protect users and ease every build.

 

Gaming aesthetics: LED illumination lights up B150 Pro Gaming/Aura builds

Modern gamers are all about style, personality and passion — and B150 Pro Gaming/Aura is the gaming motherboard that enables passionate gamers to illuminate their builds to dominate the battlefield. Aura is an all-new LED-illumination technology from ASUS, capable of lighting up an endless spectrum of color combinations coupled with a selection of fascinating and fun effects.

Aura includes simple software controls for customizing the LED lighting. The intuitive interface lets gamers cast a stunning multi-color glow across their B150 Pro Gaming/Aura builds, including a breathing effect, color-strobing and color-cycling, plus the ability to change shades to indicate CPU temperature, or pulsate in time to the beat of favorite music.

 

Gaming-grade audio and networking: SupremeFX, Gigabit LAN, LANGuard and GameFirst

B150 Pro Gaming/Aura and B150 Pro Gaming are engineered with ASUS-exclusive SupremeFX audio technology for in-game sound that’s alive with realism. The purity and stability of the remarkable 115dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) is assured, with a shielded design, electromagnetic-interference (EMI) cover and voltage-protected 5V power supply.

Supreme FX’s superior components, including the trusted Realtek ALC1150 codec, maximize acoustic performance and eliminate interference – so only the very best audio is enjoyed through either gaming headsets or speakers. The red-line shielding is illuminated for beautiful aesthetics, and it’s even customizable, allowing users to create eye-catching lighting effects.

The new B150 Pro Gaming boards also enable gamers to become hunters rather than the hunted with Sonic Radar II, a stealthy overlay that shows what opponents and teammates are up to on the battlefield — all managed via a simple control panel and customizable game list. Sonic Radar II shows both the direction and origin of key in-game sounds, enabling ASUS gamers to practice enemy-pinpointing skill. It even includes Audio Enhancement technology to clarify every sound detail — providing an audible heads-up to vital events.

Multiple advanced networking technologies to ensure B150 Pro Gaming/Aura and B150 Pro Gaming gamers are victorious, including tournament-level Intel Gigabit Ethernet, ASUS-exclusive LANGuard and GameFirst technologies to keep the connection fast and free from lag.

Intel's LAN technology has the serious double advantage of reducing CPU overhead and offering exceptionally high TCP and UDP throughput, significantly reducing the processor's workload to free up power for the game.

ASUS LANGuard is hardware-level networking protection that employs signal-coupling technology and premium anti-EMI surface-mounted capacitors for rock-solid gaming connections and better throughout for online play, plus electrostatically-guarded and surge-protected components for greater tolerance to static electricity and improved protection against power surges.

All-new and exclusive GameFirst technology prioritizes game-related packets and allocates more bandwidth to games, eliminating laggy gameplay, streaming stutters and file-sharing slowdown — B150 Pro Gaming/Aura and B150 Pro Gaming users need only choose the Optimization, Game, Media Streaming or File Sharing preset to watch their networks fly. GameFirst also includes Multi-Gate Teaming to team all available networks for maximum bandwidth and the smoothest-ever gameplay.

 

Gaming-grade cooling: Dedicated water-pump header and Fan Xpert 3 controls

For the ultimate in cooling and quietness B150 Pro Gaming/Aura and B150 Pro Gaming both include advanced fan and water-pump controls, coupled to onboard thermal sensors and hardware-level 4-pin/3-pin PWM/DC mode detection — all controlled by the intuitive simplicity of Fan Xpert 3.

A dedicated onboard water-pump header ensures that best water-cooling efficiency is instantly accessible, and Fan Xpert 3 ensures that every fan maximizes cooling performance while minimizing noise.

 

Gaming-grade transfers and protection: USB 3.1, M.2, RAMCache, Gamer’s Guardian and easy DIY

B150 Pro Gaming/Aura and B150 Pro Gaming have the newest connectivity built in, with both USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A and reversible Type-C sockets for superb convenience and data-transfer speeds of up to 10Gbit/s — or twice (2X) as fast USB 3.0. USB 3.1 is completely backward-compatible with existing USB devices, and ASUS-exclusive USB 3.1 Boost technology automatically accelerates USB 3.1 performance even further.

A built-in M.2 socket provides access to the latest high-speed solid-state drives (SSDs), while uniquely-intelligent RAMCache technology caches an entire storage device so that favorite games and apps launch at breakneck speeds. RAMCache gets to work the moment it’s activated, minimizing the risk of data loss and turning milliseconds into microseconds — boosting game-load times to stratospheric levels.

B150 Pro Gaming/Aura and B150 Pro Gaming are protected by multiple self-defenses called Gamer’s Guardian, including the Digi+ voltage-regulator module (VRM) for ultra-smooth and ultra-clean power delivery to the CPU, DRAM Overcurrent Protection with resettable fuses to prevent overcurrent and short-circuit damage, and superior chokes.

The new boards also have durable capacitors engineered to resist extreme temperature variations of between -55°C and 105°C — 110% better than the industry standard —  and a corrosion-resistant stainless-steel input/output (I/O) panel that lasts three times (3X) longer than ordinary panels.

Easy-DIY features include the one-clip Q-Slot graphics card installation and Q-DIMM memory slots with one-sided clips for super-simple, super-secure handling of memory modules. Q-Shield prevents nicks and cuts during building, while four Q-LED lamps indicate problems with the CPU, memory, graphics card or boot device for quick diagnosis.

ASUS ESD Guards actively protect against sudden electrostatic discharge (ESD), ensuring USB ports, audio and LAN port protection that's up to twice (2X) as resilient as industry standards.

 

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

 

SPECIFICATIONS[1]

ASUS B150 Pro Gaming/Aura

 

Processor/CPU socket

LGA1151 socket for 6th-generation Intel® Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium® / Celeron® processors

Chipset

Intel B150 Express

LED illumination

ASUS Aura, with the following modes: Static; Breathing; Strobing; Color Cycle; Music Effect; CPU Temperature

Memory

4 x DIMMs, up to a maximum of 64GB DDR4 2133MHz

Expansion slots

1 x PCI Express® 3.0 x16

1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 (maximum at x4 mode)

2 x PCI Express 3.0 x1

2 x PCI

Graphics (VGA)

Integrated Intel HD Graphics processor

HDMI with maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 at 24Hz

D-sub with max. resolution of 1920 x 1200 at 60Hz

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

Multi-GPU support

Two-way/quad-GPU AMD® CrossFireX

Audio

SupremeFX eight-channel high-definition audio codec

Storage

6 x SATA 6.0Gbit/s

1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices supports (both SATA and PCIe 3.0 x2 modes)

Networking/LAN

Intel Gigabit Ethernet, anti-surge LANGuard, GameFirst technology

USB

1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port

1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A port

6 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports

6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports

Dimensions / form factor

ATX 12-inch x 9.6-inch (30.5cm x 24.4cm)

 

SPECIFICATIONS[2]

ASUS B150 Pro Gaming

 

Processor/CPU socket

LGA1151 socket for 6th-generation Intel® Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium® / Celeron® processors

Chipset

Intel B150 Express

Memory

4 x DIMMs, up to a maximum of 64GB DDR4 2133MHz

Expansion slots

1 x PCI Express® 3.0 x16

1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 (maximum at x4 mode)

2 x PCI Express 3.0 x1

2 x PCI

Graphics (VGA)

Integrated Intel HD Graphics processor

HDMI with maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 at 24Hz

D-sub with max. resolution of 1920 x 1200 at 60Hz

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

Multi-GPU support

Two-way/quad-GPU AMD® CrossFireX

Audio

SupremeFX eight-channel high-definition audio codec

Storage

6 x SATA 6.0Gbit/s

1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices supports (both SATA and PCIe 3.0 x2 modes)

Networking/LAN

Intel Gigabit Ethernet, anti-surge LANGuard, GameFirst technology

USB

1 x USB 3.1 Type-C port

1 x USB 3.1 Type-A port

6 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports

6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports

Dimensions / form factor

ATX 12-inch x 9.6-inch (30.5cm x 24.4cm)

 

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About ASUS

ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets, smartphones and wearables. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,326 awards in 2014 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC. ASUS has more than 16,000 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 5,200 engineers. Company revenue for 2014 was approximately US$14.5 billion.

 

[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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