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ASUS ROG Strix B550-I Gaming Motherboard Review

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Strix B550-I Sub System Benchmarks (Storage, Audio and Networking)

CrystalDiskMark 5

“CrystalDiskMark 5 is designed to quickly test the performance of your hard drives. Currently, the program allows us to measure sequential and random read/write speeds.”

For Crystal Disk Mark, I tested the M.2 and the USB C performance. The ADATA SX8200NP M.2 drive performed right in line with the specification. For the USB C drive, I used a 1 TB Crucial X8 portable SSD.

 

Audio Testing

To test the on-board audio on the ASUS ROG Strix B550-I Gaming motherboard, I use the Rightmark Audio Analyzer benchmark. To test the onboard audio of any motherboard, I follow the guide on RMAA’s site that talks about how to review Asus Xonar D2 in RMAA 6.0.5.

Asus B550-IWhen I looked at the results I was quite pleased. So far, this is the best result out of any motherboard that I’ve tested and right in line with top-end add-in audio cards.

 

Network Testing

For network testing, I have a QNAP QSW-1208-8C 10 GbE switch that is capable of Multi-gigabit switching. This means the ports on the switch will negotiate at 1 Gb/s, 2.5 Gb/s, 5 Gb/s, and 10 Gb/s. Since the LAN port on the Strix B550-I is 2.5 Gb/s capable I used this switch and another PC that is 2.5 Gb/s capable and tested using Performance Test 9’s network testing tool.

I test both TCP and UDP connections. TCP connections are connection based. This means the server and client talk back and forth to each other for every packet. Typically TCP will never reach line speeds. Still, I was able to average 1771 Mbps over TCP. UDP on the other hand is connectionless. This means the network clients (either server or client) send traffic without any back and forth communication. If the packet gets there, it gets there. UDP typically is a good indication of line speed and it shows here. My testing averaged 2376 Mbps.

 



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Tom Brokaw

Tom is a network and computer hardware enthusiast. He has been reviewing hardware products around for various sites around the net since 1999. He has modded a few cases back in the day.

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