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Asus ROG Strix B660-A Gaming WIFI D4 Review: Sweet-Sounding Budget Bird

Budget Strix comes well-equipped, with premium audio for $239.99.

Asus ROG Strix B660-A Gaming WIFI D4
(Image: © Asus)

Firmware

Asus’ ROG Strix B660-A Gaming BIOS sports a familiar black-and-red theme. The BIOS is loaded with options and menus and the most frequently accessed items are easily accessible and not buried several layers down. There’s also an Easy Mode that’s more of a dashboard with limited functionality. We're fans of the Asus BIOS and its logical layout. It has everything you need, and then some, to tweak your motherboard and component settings. And if you want to know how to access your BIOS (from any system), we can help!

Software

Asus has applications designed to control the motherboard's various functions, ranging from RGB lighting control to audio, system monitoring, overclocking and more. Instead of plodding through each application as if it changes for each review, we’ll capture several screenshots of a few major utilities. In this case, here’s a look at Ai Suite 3, Armoury Crate, Sonic Studio and the Realtek Audio application.

Test System / Comparison Products

We’ve updated our test system to Windows 11 64-bit OS with all updates applied as of October 2021. We kept the same (opens in new tab)Asus TUF RTX 3070 (opens in new tab) video card from our previous testing platforms but updated the driver to version 496.13. Additionally, our game selection was updated, as noted in the table below. We use the latest non-beta motherboard BIOS available to the public unless otherwise noted. The hardware we used is as follows:

Test System Components

CPUIntel Core i9-12900K
MemoryKingston Fury DDR5 5200 CL40 (9KF552C40BBK2-32)
GSkill Trident Z DDR5 5600 CL36 (F5-5600U3636C16GX2-TZ5RK)
ADATA XPG DDR5 6000 CL40 (AX5U6000C4016G-FCLARBK)
GPUAsus TUF RTX 3070
CoolingMSI MEG Coreliquid S360
PSUEVGA Supernova 850W P6
SoftwareWindows 11 64-bit (21H2, Build 22000.282)
Graphics DriverNvidia Driver 496.13
SoundIntegrated HD audio
NetworkIntegrated Networking (GbE or 2.5 GbE)

EVGA supplied our Supernova 850W P6 power supply (appropriately sized and more efficient than the outgoing 1.2KW monster we used) for our test systems, and G.Skill sent us a DDR5-5600 (F5-5600U3636C16GX2-TZ5RK) memory kit for testing.

Benchmark Settings

Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
ProcyonVersion 2.0.249 64
Office Suite, Video Editing (Premiere Pro), Photo Editing (Photoshop, Lightroom Classic)
3DMarkVersion 2.20.7290 64
Firestrike Extreme and Time Spy Default Presets
Cinebench R23Version RBBENCHMARK330542
Open GL Benchmark - Single and Multi-threaded
BlenderVersion 3.0.1
Full benchmark (three sub-tests)
Application Tests and Settings
LAME MP3Version SSE2_2019
Mixed 271MB WAV to mp3: Command: -b 160 --nores (160Kb/s)
HandBrake CLIVersion: 1.2.2
Sintel Open Movie Project: 4.19GB 4K mkv to x264 (light AVX) and x265 (heavy AVX)
Corona 1.4Version 1.4
Custom benchmark
7-ZipVersion 21.03-beta
Integrated benchmark (Command Line)
Game Tests and Settings
Far Cry 6Ultra Preset - 1920 x 1080, HD Textures ON
F1 2021Ultra Preset - 1920 x 1080, HBAO+, RT Med, TAA + 16xAF, Bahrain, FPS Counter ON

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Joe Shields
Joe Shields

Joe Shields is a Freelance writer for Tom’s Hardware US. He reviews motherboards.

  • giorgiog
    This motherboard is dead on arrival at this price range. How much did Asus pay you for this positive "review"?
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  • thisisaname
    giorgiog said:
    This motherboard is dead on arrival at this price range. How much did Asus pay you for this positive "review"?

    Aye $239.99 is hardly budget priced!
    Reply
  • vMax
    I paid that price for the Asus Z690 Strix D4 as they had a cash back offer when it launched and that was the only reason I bought it (and they took an eon to pay it back but still made a difference!). I have to admit the Strix Z690 has been rock solid and easy to overclock but this B660 version is well and truly over priced. Not sure why the Intel series motherboards in this generation are so high in price, yes they have good features but still a good bit more than the previous generation. Is it something to do with PCIe Gen 5 or just trying to squeeze more money out of us?
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  • IceQueen0607
    How is A$350+ for a bottom end under featured board a "budget board"?
    No thanks.
    Reply
  • Giroro
    $240 is, like, 2-3x what I think a B series motherboard should cost.

    My X570 board cost less than that, and that was at the launch of the platform.

    And sure, that's AMD vs Intel. But my last Z-Series Intel board was still under $200.
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