News ASUS STRIX B350I GAMING

TheHig

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Wow. That's what I'm talking about!

Looking foreword to reviews on this one for sure.
 

Hifihedgehog

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Closer look at that strange riser:

It is a custom sound card, completely shielded and separated from the rest of the components so it has very low THD and SNR. ASUS always has done a fantastic job at producing the best sound cards. They have made Creative Labs an irrelevant joke in the consumer space as a result.

EDIT: As masteraleph below states, the ASUS ROG STRIX Z270I Gaming has an m.2 slot directly under the same-looking heatsink. Perhaps the sound card and the m.2 slot share the same cramped quarters and a riser was necessary to fit everything in?

 
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d10ng

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Interesting, the Swedish website link, states 2 x m.2, not bad for ITX. So I think maybe one on top one underneath?
 

masteraleph

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I know the z270i has 2x m.2 for storage- one on the back, one inside of a double-decker heatsink with the PCH underneath (so it's PCH, middle of the heat sink, m.2, top of the heatsink from motherboard level up).
 

Mortis Angelus

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169 EUR? Why is this mobo so expensive compared to the competition (i.e. asrock and gigabyte; biostar is in a different league imo)? What am I missing? And while I like that they removed the on-board video-outputs, I can't understand why they scimped on the Audio interface; why no digital out? Why no support for 7.1?

I do, however, like that Asus sticks with their dual M.2 slots and that they give plenty of USB-ports.
 
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Hifihedgehog

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I can't understand why they scimped on the Audio interface; why no digital out? Why no support for 7.1?
Digital out is hardly ever used anymore even by audiophile types like myself. HDMI passthrough has become the prodominant, go-to technology because it allows for lossless surround sound, something S/PDIF cannot do. The only useful thing I use onboard audio for now is headphone listening and ASUS has some of the cleanest, most powerful headphone output systems in the entire PC industry.
 

meganerid

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Whoa.. makes the ITX boards from others look like they didn't try lol.
2 m.2 slots are great, also finally an R series only board haha..wish they could cram more ports in place of the missing HDMI/DP.
They're really late though, already got my Asrock :\
 

MarcParis

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I don't know why, but I love how its simplified with no hdmi or display ports, even how the sound io is reduced and monotoned to black. $199 quite high no?
Well if there are dual m.2 pcie 3.0 4x....that's worth it...:) i would be even a little bit jealous of that, as none of of atx or micro atx boards have that..:)