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Asus ROG Strix B660-I Gaming WIFI Review: Affordable ITX Excellence

The B660-I Gaming WIFI is the most well-rounded ITX board for B660, and it’s under $220.

Asus ROG Strix B660-I Gaming WIFI
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Firmware

Asus’ ROG Strix B660-I 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 (outside of CPU overclocking options) 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, etc. 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

As of the fall of 2021, we’ve updated our test system to Windows 11 64-bit OS with all updates applied. 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
MemoryGSkill Trident Z DDR5-5600 CL36
ADATA XPG Lancer DDR5-6000 CL40
Skill Trident Z Neo DDR4-3600
GSkill Trident Z Royal DDR4-4000
GPUAsus TUF RTX 3070
CoolingCoolermaster MasterLiquid PL360 Flux
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)

Asus ROG Strix B660-I Gaming WIFI

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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 launch day 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 (all 3 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.

  • dawsman
    Nice review. I have this board and am very happy with it. Just one minor correction on page 1: there is no optical SPDIF port. However, there is a header for it on the board.
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  • SonoraTechnical
    I hope there is a similarly capable counterpart for AM5 / Ryzen 7000 platform. Would love to build a 64GB DDR5-6000, Ryzen 7950 5Ghz 16 core, Radeon RX 7950XT, Dual 4GB PCI4 m.2 system on an ITX board like this... It would work nicely in my modified SUGO-05BB mini-itx case w/ Corsair 750SFX.

    Would be the last custom PC I would build of my professional career... (my current one is an I7-3770K built in 2012 ..I'm not kidding... w/ it's original SSDs in use)
    Reply
  • Why_Me
    Better deal imo.

    https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/Z690I-AORUS-ULTRA-LITE-DDR4-rev-10#kf
    https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16813145397GIGABYTE Z690I AORUS ULTRA LITE $149.99
    Reply