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Asus TUF Gaming B550M-Plus Wi-Fi Review: TUF enough?

Asus’ TUF B550M-Plus Wi-Fi brings TUF features to B550.

Asus TUF Gaming B550M-Plus A Wi-Fi
(Image: © Asus)

Our test system uses Windows 10 64-bit OS (1909) with all threat mitigations applied. The motherboard BIOS used is the latest non-beta available to the public unless otherwise noted. The hardware used is as follows:

CPUAMD Ryzen R9 3900X (opens in new tab)
MemoryG.Skill Trident Z Neo 2x8GB DDR4 3600 (F4-3600C16Q-32GTZN) (opens in new tab)
GPUAsus ROG Strix RTX 2070 (opens in new tab)
CPU CoolerCorsair H150i (opens in new tab)
PSUCorsair AX1200i (opens in new tab)
SoftwareWindows 10 64-bit (opens in new tab) 1909
Graphics DriverNvidia Driver 445.75
SoundIntegrated HD audio
NetworkIntegrated Networking (GbE or 2.5 GbE)
Graphics DriverGeForce 445.74

For this review, we’ll be comparing the Asus TUF Gaming B550M-Plus Wi-Fi ($179.99 (opens in new tab)) against other B550 motherboards including the Asus Prime B550M-A Wi-Fi ($149.99 (opens in new tab)) we recently reviewed.

Benchmark Settings 

Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
PCMark 10Version 2.1.2177 64
Essentials, Productivity, Digital Content Creation, MS Office
3DMarkVersion 2.11.6866 64
Firestrike Extreme and Time Spy Default Presets
Cinebench R20Version RBBENCHMARK271150
Open GL Benchmark - Single and Multi-threaded
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 19.00
Integrated benchmark
Game Tests and Settings
The Division 2Ultra Preset - 1920 x 1080
Forza Horizon 4Ultra Preset - 1920 x 1080

Software

Asus includes a few applications designed for a variety of functions, including RGB lighting control, audio, system monitoring, and overclocking. Below, we’ve captured several screenshots of AISuite and Armory Crate.

Firmware

To give you a taste of the Firmware, we’ve gathered screenshots showing a majority of the BIOS screens. There’s not much here we haven’t seen before. The theme is different compared to the ROG boards, with a black, white and blue color scheme that’s more in line with the TUF brand. But aside from aesthetic differences, this is still a typical Asus BIOS. Most functions are not buried deep within the menus and it’s generally easy to navigate and find what you’re looking for.
 

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Joe Shields
Motherboard Reviewer

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

  • Soaptrail
    I am jealous this B550 board has 2.5Gbps Ethernet but my TUF Gaming + Wifi X570 only has 1Gbps Ethernet. Ignore the fact that i have no switches and routers to support 2.5Gbp Ethernet.
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  • andjayik
    Ya 2.5gbs u can't get it to run that? I have that too but will never get it to run that speed.
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  • digitalgriffin
    The older TUF series (ie: Sabertooth) represented the highest end components and power delivery systems.

    Given the networking (RealTek) and power delivery (Disappointed in quality of phases) versus the price, it doesn't really deliver on that TUF branding.

    TUF is just branding now and doesn't hold any meaning.
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  • digitalgriffin
    andjayik said:
    Ya 2.5gbs u can't get it to run that? I have that too but will never get it to run that speed.

    2.5G standard cat 6e switches are available at $60 now. PCIe cards are also $50. If you are running large files to a NAS (ie: Gaming/code), it would be worth it.
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  • andjayik
    im saying that is my lan on my motherboard but never get more then 1000gig speed
    Reply