The B360 market should be a battleground for new PC builds: it offers almost all the features needed for everyone. There is a lot of scope for motherboard manufacturers to be creative in this space, and still offer a reasonably priced product: ASUS’ take here is the Strix B360-G Gaming, a microATX offering that dives deep into the ROG Strix branding. For users looking to build a single-GPU gaming system, ASUS thinks they have a board you should be looking at.
ASUS ROG Strix B360G-Gaming Overview
In our continuing series of Coffee Lake motherboard reviews, we take another look at a B360 based offering, but this time from ASUS in the form of the B360-G Gaming. The board is one of the first MicroATX size boards we have reviewed on this platform and promises a number of competitive gaming features at a low overall price. In this case, we see additional slots for RAM taking capacity up to 64GB, as well as multiple PCIe slots for expansion, an integrated rearIO panel, upgraded audio, and gaming related styling. There are two M.2 slots, six SATA ports, and the first PCIe slot is fortified using ASUS’ Safeslot. Between the full-length slots are two x1 slots for expansion purposes. Compared to the Z370-F Gaming, which was a mini-ITX motherboard, we get an increase in the size on the power delivery heatsinks, which should help dissipate the heat better than smaller implementations. The board also includes USB 3.1 (10 Gbps) ports as well.
Hardware highlights out of the way, one of the more obvious design elements here is all of the writing motifs that slice their way onto the PCB. We can see ROG branded sayings in red and grey moving from the top left-hand corner of the board widening and reaching the bottom right corner of the board. Some users may like and want this branding, others however, may not. The design choice is pretty polarizing – either users will like this or stay away from it. Other design features include red (only) LEDs on the bottom side of the board which run along the audio separation line. The style/actions of the LEDs can be changed with software, but the color cannot be changed. Overall, the black and red color scheme can fit into a lot of build themes in a typical ‘gaming’ fashion, but a lack of flexibility on the LEDs and the writing on the board can be a turn-off.