ASUS TUF B450M-Plus Gaming Review

The ASUS TUF B450M-Plus Gaming is a budget micro-ATX offering from ASUS which offers many essential gaming features without the high-end price.

We decided to review the ASUS TUF B450M-Plus because it’s one of the few mid-range boards that currently supports AMD Ryzen processors.

ASUS TUF B450M-Plus Gaming Review

So, if you’re eager to build an AMD system or if you’re a gamer looking to upgrade your rig, keep reading.

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Asus TUF B450M-PLUS Gaming AMD B450 Socket AM4 Micro ATX
  • Supports up to 64GB Dual Channel DDR4-SDRAM
  • Micro ATX form factor
  • Ports: 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse, 1 x DVI-D, 1 x HDMI, 1 x LAN (RJ45), 1 x USB3.1 Gen2 Type-A, 1 x USB3.1 Gen1 Type-C, 2 x USB2.0, 2 x USB3.1 Gen1, 3 x Audio jacks
  • Chipset: AMD B450
  • Backed by 3 years manufacturers warranty

ASUS TUF B450M-Plus Gaming (Our Review)

Overall Assessment  

The ASUS TUF B450M-Plus gaming board has the same military aesthetics and durability that ASUS’s gaming motherboards are known for. While this aesthetic doesn’t work for everyone, if you’re into Call of Duty and Counter Strike, you might appreciate the military-vibe ASUS seems to favor.

The added durability is a welcome addition to the motherboard, especially if you’re aiming to build an intense, jam-packed system.

The board is affordable in comparison to other mid-range motherboards and has features generally seen in higher-end X470 chipset motherboards.

The ASUS TUF B450M-Plus’s winning feature is its AMD Ryzen compatibility which retains the overclocking abilities of the board without clamping, which is a common complaint with Intel boards. However, if you are looking for an ASUS Intel board, we recommend having a look at the ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming board or the ASUS TUF Z270 Mark 1.

Another important feature is the AMD StoreMI which is a software solution that essentially combines your SSD and HDD into a single drive. The aim here is to improve the memory recall, boot speeds, and general functioning of your PC system.

One downside of the board is that it uses a 4+2 power phase VRM and has the bare minimum on the rear I/O. Although it lacks input and output options, the board does sport a reinforced PCIe slot, a heatsink on the VRM, and surge protection on the I/O slots.

If you’d like a board with a more robust I/O, we recommend you check out the ASUS TUF Z370-Plus or the ASUS TUF Z390-Plus gaming boards. Both of these boards are a bit more expensive than the ASUS TUF B450M-Plus.

Overall, the board is average and holds up when compared to other mid-range ASUS boards. It’s one of the few boards that support AMD, which makes it stand out from the crowd. If you’re a casual gamer or user who’d like to switch up their system, this board is more than adequate.

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Asus TUF B450M-PLUS Gaming AMD B450 Socket AM4 Micro ATX
  • Supports up to 64GB Dual Channel DDR4-SDRAM
  • Micro ATX form factor
  • Ports: 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse, 1 x DVI-D, 1 x HDMI, 1 x LAN (RJ45), 1 x USB3.1 Gen2 Type-A, 1 x USB3.1 Gen1 Type-C, 2 x USB2.0, 2 x USB3.1 Gen1, 3 x Audio jacks
  • Chipset: AMD B450
  • Backed by 3 years manufacturers warranty

Features

One of our favorite features of the ASUS TUF B450M-Plus is the flexible cooling controls. The board uses FAN XPERT 2+ software to control the system fans based on an input sensor. This helps keep your system cool which is great for intensive gaming since it prevents your system from overheating after long stretches of overclocking.

The UEFI BIOS is surprisingly adequate, which is damning with faint praise. The BIOS includes the standard simplified mode (EZ Mode) which pops up on the start screen. This mode covers all the basic information concerning any connected devices, such as the SATA drives, fans, memory, RAM, and processors.

In terms of I/O options, the ASUS TUF B450M-Plus has six SATA ports and a single PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slot which supports drives up to M.2 22110 (22 x 110 mm). The SATA ports consist of four straight angled connectors and two right-angled connectors which allows you to use a variety of drivers.

Additional features include TUF protection, which comprises a SafeSlot, and DDR4 overvoltage protection. The board has a stainless-steel back for the I/O which maintains long-term reliability.

The board has an exclusive DTS custom audio which gives positional cues when using stereo headphones. This is an excellent feature if you’re into first-person shooters since it allows you to pinpoint enemies in action.

The military-like components that ASUS has become known for include the TUF LANGuard, TUF Chokes, and TUF MOSFETs which increase the durability and sturdiness of the board. This means that the board can handle a bit of wear and tear without harming its lifespan.

Pros

  • I/O surge protected
  • Shielded PCIe slots
  • SATA ports easily accessible
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Asus TUF B450M-PLUS Gaming AMD B450 Socket AM4 Micro ATX
  • Supports up to 64GB Dual Channel DDR4-SDRAM
  • Micro ATX form factor
  • Ports: 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse, 1 x DVI-D, 1 x HDMI, 1 x LAN (RJ45), 1 x USB3.1 Gen2 Type-A, 1 x USB3.1 Gen1 Type-C, 2 x USB2.0, 2 x USB3.1 Gen1, 3 x Audio jacks
  • Chipset: AMD B450
  • Backed by 3 years manufacturers warranty

Cons

  • Front panel header difficult to access
  • Lacks power and reset switches

Common Questions about ASUS TUF B450M-Plus Gaming 

Does the ASUS TUF B450M-Plus Gaming have RGB?

The ASUS TUF B450M-Plus motherboard comes with an Aura Sync RGB LED lighting that is compatible with a vast array of PC gear.

Given that the TUF B450M has been geared toward gamers, this comes as no surprise. RGB lighting support is pretty much a standard feature with most mainstream motherboards.

Does the ASUS TUF B450M-Plus support Ryzen 7 3700X?

The ASUS TUF B450M-Plus supports the AMD Ryzen 7 3000X eight-core 4.4 GHz.

This is impressive since there aren’t many motherboards that support Ryzen processors.

Does the ASUS TUF B450M-Plus Gaming have Bluetooth?

Unfortunately, the ASUS TUF B450M-Plus Gaming doesn’t come with built-in Bluetooth connectivity.

Instead, you’ll have to purchase an additional Bluetooth component for connectivity. If you’d like an ASUS board with Bluetooth connectivity, we recommend you check out the ASUS Strix z270e. However, keep in mind that the ASUS Strix z270e doesn’t support AMD.

Customer Reviews

“I prefer ASUS motherboards because they are known for their quality and performance. The ASUS TUF B450M-Plus gaming motherboard is a nice, basic board without lots of fancy onboard lighting. There is only one color-changing LED light.

I don’t really need all that fancy lighting, so I just turned it off. I have a Ryzen 5 1600 and a Gigabyte GTX1050 OC 2GB.

I liked that the board has connectors for DVI-I and HDMI on the back panel, but my 1600 processor doesn’t have onboard graphics (like the 2400G with the RX Vega 11 built-in), so I didn’t use those on-board connectors.

For some reason, the manual that came with the board didn’t include the pin-outs for the F.PANEL connector for the power and reset buttons and indicator LEDs. I had to find and scan a QR code and scan it.”

Amzn shopper

5/5 stars

“The ASUS TUF B450M-Plus Gaming board has lots of features for a pretty low price, all in a Micro ATX board.

However, I did end up returning this board since it didn’t work perfectly with the AMD Ryzen 5 3400G with Radeon Vega 11 graphics. The computer was updated to all the latest drivers, and BIOS and Windows updates. However, from the very beginning, it would randomly disconnect all the USB ports and the Ethernet connection.

I also read online that some other users were having the same issues and tried downgrading to the Ryzen 2400g + Radeon graphics and that stopped the issues, so I tried it as well.

The 2400g worked well for a few hours however, then the web browsing issues happened again. I switched to a different manufacturer’s motherboard and my pc has been running without issue.

Sorry ASUS, until you’ve worked out the bugs with the integrated graphics Ryzen processors, I won’t recommend you.”

L. Chang

3/5 Stars

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