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)

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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:

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CPUAMD Ryzen R9 3900XRow 0 - Cell 2
MemoryG.Skill Trident Z Neo 2x8GB DDR4 3600 (F4-3600C16Q-32GTZN)Row 1 - Cell 2
GPUAsus ROG Strix RTX 2070Row 2 - Cell 2
CPU CoolerCorsair H150iRow 3 - Cell 2
PSUCorsair AX1200iRow 4 - Cell 2
SoftwareWindows 10 64-bit 1909Row 5 - Cell 2
Graphics DriverNvidia Driver 445.75Row 6 - Cell 2
SoundIntegrated HD audioRow 7 - Cell 2
NetworkIntegrated Networking (GbE or 2.5 GbE)Row 8 - Cell 2
Graphics DriverGeForce 445.74Row 9 - Cell 2

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

Benchmark Settings 

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Synthetic Benchmarks and SettingsHeader Cell - Column 1
PCMark 10Version 2.1.2177 64
Row 1 - Cell 0 Essentials, Productivity, Digital Content Creation, MS Office
3DMarkVersion 2.11.6866 64
Row 3 - Cell 0 Firestrike Extreme and Time Spy Default Presets
Cinebench R20Version RBBENCHMARK271150
Row 5 - Cell 0 Open GL Benchmark - Single and Multi-threaded
Application Tests and SettingsRow 6 - Cell 1
LAME MP3Version SSE2_2019
Row 8 - Cell 0 Mixed 271MB WAV to mp3: Command: -b 160 --nores (160Kb/s)
HandBrake CLIVersion: 1.2.2
Row 10 - Cell 0 Sintel Open Movie Project: 4.19GB 4K mkv to x264 (light AVX) and x265 (heavy AVX) 
Corona 1.4Version 1.4
Row 12 - Cell 0 Custom benchmark
7-ZipVersion 19.00
Row 14 - Cell 0 Integrated benchmark
Game Tests and SettingsRow 15 - Cell 1
The Division 2Ultra Preset - 1920 x 1080
Forza Horizon 4Ultra Preset - 1920 x 1080


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.


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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • andjayik
    im saying that is my lan on my motherboard but never get more then 1000gig speed