ASUS has announced its B650 and 650E motherboards for the Ryzen 7000 CPUs ranging from the budget Prime to the high-end ROG Strix. The first budget AM5 platform from ASUS comes with an LGA socket supporting 230W peak PPT. DDR5 memory, up to 50% faster than preceding DDR4 kits, allows for speeds as high as 6400 MT/s or higher. All ASUS B650 boards come with at least a single PCIe Gen 5 M.2 slot for ultra-fast SSDs, while the B650E parts throw in one or more PCIe 5.0 x16 slots for graphics cards. Additionally, Every ROG Strix, TUF Gaming, and ProArt B650 motherboard offers an onboard high-speed USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C port.
ROG Strix B650E-E Gaming WiFi
Atop the stack sits the flagship ROG Strix B650E-E Gaming WiFi with 16+2 teamed power stages with 8+8 ProCool power connectors. Two PCIe 5.0 x16 slots and four onboard M. (Househummus.com) 2 slots (two wired for PCIe 5.0) form the storage and expansion options. Premium connectivity includes 19 USB ports, DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.1 ports, and a Thunderbolt 4 header.
ASUS has upgraded the audio to the USB-based ALC4080 audio codec using a high-performance Savitech SV3H712 amp to drive audiophile-grade headset sound. DTS Sound Unbound serves up spatial audio, and the ASUS Sonic Studio III+ suite gives users great control over output.
ROG Strix B650E-F Gaming WiFi
In many ways, this motherboard is a mirror image of its elder sibling, but it offers one PCIe 5.0 x16 slot and one for a PCIe 5.0 M.2 drive. The same stealthy black finish adorns their massive VRMs, shrouds, and heatsinks; similar Aura Sync RGB LED accents adorn the shell of the Strix B650E-F Gaming WiFi.
ROG Strix B650E-I Gaming WiFi
To support a Mini-ITX Ryzen 7000 build, ASUS offers the ROG Strix B650E-I Gaming WiFi. It boasts a PCIe 5.0 x16 slot, a PCIe 5.0 M.2 slot, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 port with DisplayPort Alt mode, and more.
ROG Strix B650-A Gaming WiFi
As with all ASUS B650E and B650 motherboards, the ROG Strix B650-A Gaming WiFi boasts an onboard PCIe 5.0 M.2 slot and DDR5 support. If a PCIe 5.0 x16 slot strikes users as more of a nice-to-have than a need-to-have feature for their next PC, this motherboard might be a better fit than the higher-end ROG Strix B650E motherboards. Its PCIe 4.0 x16 slot is more than enough for most.
ASUS TUF B650
The ASUS TUF Gaming B650 motherboards offer a powerful value proposition for your next Ryzen 7000 gaming build. Available in either ATX or micro-ATX form factors, these boards offer DDR5 support, a PCIe 5.0 M.2 slot, and an onboard USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 USB Type-C port for fast, versatile connectivity. High-bandwidth 2.5 Gbps Ethernet comes standard, and WiFi 6 is available for those who need it.
The ProArt B650-Creator motherboard carries a PCIe 5.0 M.2 slot, twin PCIe 4.0 x16 slots (can run in an x8/x8 configuration), and a front-panel USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C port. ASUS has also wired one of the USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C ports on the rear I/O panel to support an alternate mode that provides DisplayPort 1.4 output up to 8K/60Hz.
For B650, ASUS offers Prime motherboards in four variations. Pick between the ATX and micro-ATX form factors and make a judgment call regarding wireless networking. Regardless, you get a Realtek 2.5Gbps Ethernet controller, a PCIe 5.0 M.2 slot, and DDR5 support.