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Asus ROG STRIX B250I

The Asus ROG STRIX B250I is compatible with Intel processors with the Not sure socket.

It has 32 GB DDR4 maximum RAM and conforms to the Mini-ITX form factor standard.

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Asus ROG STRIX B250I

help iconCPU SocketNot surehelp iconSLI Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU Compatible MakeIntelhelp iconCrossfire Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU ChipsetB250help iconOnboard GPUno
help iconForm FactorMini-ITXhelp iconPCI Slots
  • 1 x PCIe x16 v2.0
  • 1 x PCIe x16 v3.0
help iconMax RAM32 GB DDR4help iconSATA 1.00
help iconRAM Slots2 x DDR4help iconSATA 2.00
help iconMemory Channels2help iconSATA 3.00
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
  • DDR4 2133 MHz
  • DDR4 2400 MHz
help iconRAID Supportno
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear2help iconInternal I/O
  • 1 x 24 pin power connector
  • 1 x 8 pin power connector
help iconGraphics Card InterfaceNot surehelp iconBack Panel I/O
  • Display Port">Display Port

Asus ROG STRIX B250I compatibility review

The Asus ROG STRIX B250I uses the Intel Not sure CPU socket. Any compatible Intel CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the DDR4 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 2400 MHz, and 0 DDR4 slots allowing for a maximum total of 32 GB RAM.

The Mini-ITX form factor is common for low-power system builds. Lower power requirements allow for less cooling, which in turn means a quieter PC. As such, the Asus ROG STRIX B250I may be ideal for activities that require minimal sound excess, such as watching movies. For a gaming PC, a traditional ATX form factor is recommended, which would be more generally compatible and would provide more expansion options than Mini-ITX, but Mini-ITX is still a solid choice.

The Asus ROG STRIX B250I has 4 SATA 3.0 hard drive slots. These allow for theoretical data transfer speeds of up to 6GB/s, as opposed to the 3GB/s of SATA 2.0. Generally speaking, only high performance hard drives, specifically solid-state drives, will be able to take advantage of the bandwidth potential of SATA 3.0 ports, though it is backwards compatible, so you do not have to take advantage.

The Asus ROG STRIX B250I does not support onboard graphics. Any system build that uses this motherboard therefore requires a separate graphics card, or a processor that has a GPU on the same die, such as AMD APU processors. There are 2 PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard. This means it is perfectly capable of accommodating the latest graphics cards, although it is important to try and use a graphics card with the same graphics card interface of Not sure, as anything below will not reach the motherboard's potential, and anything above will have its performance slashed to the bandwidth maximum of the Asus ROG STRIX B250I's Not sure. The Asus ROG STRIX B250I does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.

The Asus ROG STRIX B250I has 2 USB 2.0 slots but no USB 3.0 slots. While USB 3.0 slots are so far by no means necessary, and with a plethora of USB 2.0 peripherals to choose from, the USB functionality on this motherboard should be fine. With so few slots, however, you would have to use a USB expansion hub. As such, we would highly recommend a different motherboard, preferably with USB 3.0 functionality as well.

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