ASUS TUF Gaming B550M-Plus (Wi-Fi) Review

👤by Matthew Hodgson Comments 📅30-06-20
Closer Look
Sporting the trademark black, white, grey and yellow colour scheme, the TUG Gaming B550M-Plus looks rather nice. The heatsink design all across the board is a mix of function and style, particularly around the CPU socket. The B550M-Plus conforms to the Micro-ATX form factor (244mm x 244mm).

Honing in on the CPU socket, here we find an 8+2 DrMOS power stage which can deliver the power that 3rd Gen. Ryzen processors require while remaining efficient. The large metal heatsinks enable stable, consistent power delivery during heavy workloads by preventing excessive heat build up.

Further to the DrMOS power stages we also find a ProCool 8-pin CPU power connector which allows higher current flow with lower impedance to prevent heat build up.

Four DIMM slots enable the board to support up to 128GB of DDR4 memory with frequency support up to 4800MHz.

Dotted around the DIMM slots are a couple of 4-pin PWM fan connections, a 4-pin RGB header, some basic debug LEDs for boot, VGA, CPU and DRAM and a front IO USB 3.2 Gen. 1 connection.

Being a Micro-ATX board, the usual limitation is the total PCI-Express slots. The B550M-Plus is no exception, but it’s not a bad compromise from our perspective.
You get a pair of M.2 NVMe slots, with the top one being capable of PCI-E 4.0 drives but not rocking any kind of attached heatsink. The bottom M.2 slot is limited to PCI-E 3.0 but lands with a lengthy heatsink in situ; it would’ve been nice if they designed the single heatsink to be compatible with either of the slots but something is better than nothing.
In regards to PCI-E slots, there’s a single 4.0 spec’ slot, the grey one, then a 3.0 x16 and 3.0 x1 slot flanking either side of it.

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