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ASUS ROG STRIX B360-I Gaming Motherboard Review

It seems there is a new mini-ITX motherboard model every time you turn around. We’ve often looked at the higher end of the spectrum on these little power houses. This time we switch gears and look at a more budget oriented option than we are used to, how does this $128 motherboard hold up to its more expensive brethren?

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Overclocking

The ASUS ROG STRIX B360-I Gaming doesn’t overclock because the chipset doesn’t support it. The hardware, such as external clock generators and the like aren’t present, so this is going to be brief to say the least. I won’t be talking about something the system can’t do, but I will talk about memory compatibility, and memory tuning on this motherboard.

Stock - DDR4 2666MHz

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Officially, the motherboard supports DDR4 2666MHz speeds according to ASUS. However, it can actually adjust memory like any other enthusiast motherboard. The voltage ranges presented for memory is rather limited. It works in .5 increments, so you get 1.30v, 1.35, and 1.40v and so on. With Corsair modules, I tend to have to set them for 1.36v or more to make them behave. In this case, none of my Corsair modules behaved and the system wouldn’t even post with most of the kits I’ve got. I ended up using the Team Group T-Force TUF Gaming Alliance Vulkan RAM which did work properly, but couldn’t clock past DDR4 2666MHz on my test bench. Most of my modules are getting long in the tooth and memory compatibility is somewhat fickle on today’s platforms so I’m not going to blame the motherboard too much for this. Needless to say, I’d check the QVL for this motherboard before making a purchase of any RAM.

Conclusions

Dan's Thoughts:

This is a very simple board and we do have a number of forum readers and other readers as well who do not actually overclock, but still want an enthusiast style feature set on a budget. This motherboard would make a great choice for any SFF build without overclocking as a goal. The onboard audio is great and the motherboard just works. Setting it up couldn’t have been easier and there aren’t a bunch of extras that will generally go unused. This is certainly one of those less is more situations. It's not our usual fair as far as motherboard evaluations go, but it’s a solid motherboard nonetheless.

Obviously, if you are an overclocker or you are looking to build a smaller system with a more complex storage configuration, the ASUS ROG STRIX B360-I Gaming isn’t going to be for you. It supports the latest technologies, but its somewhat limited by size and by the lack of RAID support for either SATA or NVMe drives. Some of you guys out there might opt for a total soft RAID solution or utilize Intel’s Optane technology, and that will work fine here.

All in all, the ASUS ROG STRIX B360-I Gaming is a simple motherboard that works well out of the box and delivers a solid feature set for a very low price. At the time of this writing, a quick Google search showed it from several vendors for around $100-$120. While many of you wouldn’t use this for a primary gaming rig, I think there is an additional subset of people who might utilize something like this for a HTPC build or for other purposes where a smaller form factor system makes sense and is desirable. If overclocking isn’t a big concern and your looking to build a tiny PC, the ASUS ROG STRIX B360-I Gaming is well worth a look.

Kyle's Thoughts:

We just wanted to give the ASUS ROG STRIX B360-I Gaming Motherboard a spin, just because we had no hands on with one of these un-overclockable motherboards. It worked as it should from start to finish. It has a great sound implementation and runs nice and cool as you would expect. Not sure what else I truly have to say about it, assuredly nothing negative.

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The Bottom Line

If you are looking for a high-end no-nonsense motherboard that has about as many features as you can pack onto it, the ASUS ROG Strix B360-I Gaming is worth a look. The board is selling for $128 currently, although we have seen it down to around $110 in the past. If you are looking to build a small form factor PC, or just a set-it-and-forget-it system for someone else, and do not need all the overclocking features, this board ran as stable as any other we have used lately that cost $500. The sound implementation on this motherboard is going to also take care of the needs of most of the folks that will purchase this for sure.

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ASUS ROG STRIX B360-I Gaming Motherboard

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