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Review: Asus ROG Strix B360-F Gaming (Intel B360)

by Tarinder Sandhu on 3 April 2018, 08:00

Tags: ASUSTeK (TPE:2357), Intel (NASDAQ:INTC)

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Testing Methodology

Comparison Motherboard Configurations

Model
Asus B360-F Gaming
Asus Z370-F Gaming
Reviewed Price
£140
£180
Firmware Version
0501
0612
Chipset
B360
Z370
CPU
Intel Core i3-8350K
CPU Cores / Threads
4 / 4
CPU Base Clock / Turbo
4.0GHz / -
CPU Cache
8MB
CPU TDP
91W
Memory
G.Skill 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4-3,200
Memory Speed
DDR4-2400
Memory Timings
15-15-15-36-2T
Graphics
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080
Graphics Driver
GeForce 391.24
Storage Device(s)
SK hynix Canvas SC300 512GB
Samsung 950 Pro 256GB M.2 256GB
Power Supply
be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 (1,000W)
Operating System
Windows 10 Home AE (64-bit)

CPU Benchmarks

HEXUS PiFast Our number-crunching benchmark stresses a single core by calculating Pi to 10m places.
Cinebench R15 Using Cinebench's multi-CPU render, this cross-platform benchmark stresses all cores.
wPrime Free-to-use program calculating Pi to 32M places

Storage Benchmarks

CrystalDiskMark Popular free-to-use storage benchmark, used to gauge read and write performance via M.2 (256GB Samsung 950 Pro NVMe), SATA (512GB SK hynix Canvas SC300) and USB 3.1 (512GB SK hynix Canvas SC300).

Memory Benchmarks

AIDA64 v5.80.4569 beta Benchmark that analyses memory bandwidth and latency

Gaming Benchmarks

3DMark Time Spy Graphics test run using the Time Spy default test
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor 2,560x1,440, ultra settings
F1 2017 2,560x1,440, ultra settings

Miscellaneous Benchmarks

Power Consumption Noted at idle, while running the HandBrake video-transcoding test and when playing F1 2017

Notes

Testing was undertaken on a fresh build of Windows 10 with all the relevant patches in place, including protection against Spectre and Meltdown threats. We're here to see if, on a standard build, the B360 can hold its own against the Z370.