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I'm with you on M-ATX. Once I got the 5600x I was eyeing the Tuff B550 wifi right away. Guess I got tunnel visioned by ROG.
I love ROG gear and I dont mind paying a premium previous ROG motherboards I have purchased for my intel CPU's have lasted me 4-6 years before I completely decommissioned them. When you buy bleeding edge it lasts you a long time.

When I took a look at the B550M line it already has all the technology I need thats bleeding edge besides not having multiple PCIE x4 lanes which I dont need in a MATX build. I wanted built in wifi 6 so I got it, I wanted 2.5Gbps cause I run a 2.5Gbps LAN network for my Qnap so my speeds between the QNAP and my computers and other hardwired devices are triple compared to the standard 1Gbps port. What finally sealed the deal was ROG dropped the ball and there was no MATX in their line up....... So TUF 550M + wifi it is, I also being a fan boy bought the TUF gaming case, which cause of all the mesh is pretty cool and basic.
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I read through the reviews and most of them seem to be about a faulty lan port. Is that something easily fixed??
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I read through the reviews and most of them seem to be about a faulty lan port. Is that something easily fixed??
If you happen to be an unlucky person, and get one with a bad lan port, it cant be fixed. Need to swap the whole board at that point. Looking at the reviews there are two types of LAN issues, one where the port does not work at all, and two where it works but starts acting up after being used for a certain amount of time. The second issue in most cases can be fixed with a software update since it looks like its a Intel driver problem. Overall reviews pretty good for it, so while its a possible problem for some I would not count on it happening to you, unless your a unlucky sort. Too many good reviews from verified owners to say its a plague or general problem with the board or it would be a lot less than 4 eggs. Remember people always go and complain when something does not work, they rarely ever leave reviews when it works fine so to be at 4/5 eggs says a lot.
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If you happen to be an unlucky person, and get one with a bad lan port, it cant be fixed. Need to swap the whole board at that point. Looking at the reviews there are two types of LAN issues, one where the port does not work at all, and two where it works but starts acting up after being used for a certain amount of time. The second issue in most cases can be fixed with a software update since it looks like its a Intel driver problem. Overall reviews pretty good for it, so while its a possible problem for some I would not count on it happening to you, unless your a unlucky sort. Too many good reviews from verified owners to say its a plague or general problem with the board or it would be a lot less than 4 eggs. Remember people always go and complain when something does not work, they rarely ever leave reviews when it works fine so to be at 4/5 eggs says a lot.
Thanks for the detailed response. This will be my first AMD build, so I'm puzzled by the whole bios flash stuff and these lan port issues. Appreciate it!
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Thanks for the detailed response. This will be my first AMD build, so I'm puzzled by the whole bios flash stuff and these lan port issues. Appreciate it!
Bios flash will be required before any of the latest ryzen processors are recognized, AKA you wont be able to boot into a operating system or even do a USB boot. To do a Bios flash you need to use an existing computer, download the Bios update to the flash drive and run the file it tells you to run in the download. After that USB is ready you boot up into bios on the new computer go into advanced options and update the bios through the utility menu using EZ Flash. You just hit enter a like twice and it does it all by itself, its pretty simple and straightforward.
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Bios flash will be required before any of the latest ryzen processors are recognized, AKA you wont be able to boot into a operating system or even do a USB boot. To do a Bios flash you need to use an existing computer, download the Bios update to the flash drive and run the file it tells you to run in the download. After that USB is ready you boot up into bios on the new computer go into advanced options and update the bios through the utility menu using EZ Flash. You just hit enter a like twice and it does it all by itself, its pretty simple and straightforward.
On the ASUS boards, you don't even need to start the motherboard. You literally connect it to power, plug the USB into the appropriate BIOs flashback USB port, and hit the button. It has status lights to tell you it's done. Recently did this on the TUF B550M board.

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Near the (1), and the USB port with the outline.
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Would this be good for my Ryzen 5600x and a 30 series Geforce?
Yes, it's what I'm planning on doing. If you have any questions on building PCs though, check out r/buildapc on reddit.
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On the ASUS boards, you don't even need to start the motherboard. You literally connect it to power, plug the USB into the appropriate BIOs flashback USB port, and hit the button. It has status lights to tell you it's done. Recently did this on the TUF B550M board.

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Yep you can also do it that way, I just prefer to get into Bios so I know it works beforehand. Creature of habit. I honestly wish they would just OTA updates to Bios already.
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Now I don't have all my components yet, so I have to wait to try it out... do you guys buy mobo last in case it malfunctions?
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I read through the reviews and most of them seem to be about a faulty lan port. Is that something easily fixed??
It's the network card itself more so - but yes, it can be easily "fixed."

It won't run at its advertised speeds but it will work as well as any other network card once you manually limit the bandwidth on the network card to 1Gbps through the driver settings.

There are 3 versions of the network card, of varying degrees of broken. The first version has severe issues maintaining connection, the 2nd has pretty significant issues, the 3rd I haven't heard much about but I would assume it almost functions.

I have the 2nd version and it was unusable for playing multiplayer games. I mean actually 100% full on - unusable. Every online game would inevitably disconnect causing rather massive problems depending on the game, especially competitive ones.

Updating all BIOS, drivers, and chipset 3 months ago did not fix the issue for me; they might not have fixed it now.

Regardless, manually limiting the bandwidth makes it work fine. It only has problems once it tries to reach its advertised rate.
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Now I don't have all my components yet, so I have to wait to try it out... do you guys buy mobo last in case it malfunctions?
Honestly it varies on sale prices when I am piecing together my stuff. My CPU I purchased first, my Mobo second, but I did not build my computer for about 2 months after I got all the parts. While my computer operates fine unfortunately its not fully complete as I am yet to find a decently priced next gen GPU, so currently am using a very old card cause I ended up putting it together to test all the components.

Right now finding a GPU unless you are willing to pay the scalpers will be the biggest challenge. All other components at least for me were easy to obtain. Even the 5900X is easily obtainable for the most part.
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Building my first pc, should I get the motherboards that have wifi or start this off?Is it worth getting the wifi ones? Looking to get a Ryzen cpu good enough to stream and game so 8 cores?
I stream with a cheap mb 320sh with and r5 3600 cpu with old nvidia 1060 3gb at 1080p 60 fps, I do wanna upgrade my board was on a serious budget at that time oh n 32gb ram
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Would this be good for my Ryzen 5600x and a 30 series Geforce?
I use a 5600x and RTX 3080, previously a 3600 and 3070, and both setups work great with this mobo. I'm not a huge fan of the Asus bios, but I think it's just that I'm used to another brand. I like it a lot, and I paid $20 more for it. There's a version of this same mobo with wifi, but for me, I knew I'd never need it, so I saved the $.

For memory overclocking, it's very stable with standard XMP profiles, or if you're using the Ryzen memory calculator, either works well. The troubleshooting LEDs are useful in diagnosing where the boot issues are so at least you know if CPU/Memory/VGA is the issue, but not as good as a full numerical display like on some other boards. It's my first Ryzen board, and so far it's been a great experience.
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If you happen to be an unlucky person, and get one with a bad lan port, it cant be fixed. Need to swap the whole board at that point. Looking at the reviews there are two types of LAN issues, one where the port does not work at all, and two where it works but starts acting up after being used for a certain amount of time. The second issue in most cases can be fixed with a software update since it looks like its a Intel driver problem. Overall reviews pretty good for it, so while its a possible problem for some I would not count on it happening to you, unless your a unlucky sort. Too many good reviews from verified owners to say its a plague or general problem with the board or it would be a lot less than 4 eggs. Remember people always go and complain when something does not work, they rarely ever leave reviews when it works fine so to be at 4/5 eggs says a lot.
I got mine from Microcenter and I've had no issues. There's definitely a negative bias to online reviews for problems like this, especially since the mobo is rarely something people credit for PC performance vs the GPU/CPU.
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Bios flash will be required before any of the latest ryzen processors are recognized, AKA you wont be able to boot into a operating system or even do a USB boot. To do a Bios flash you need to use an existing computer, download the Bios update to the flash drive and run the file it tells you to run in the download. After that USB is ready you boot up into bios on the new computer go into advanced options and update the bios through the utility menu using EZ Flash. You just hit enter a like twice and it does it all by itself, its pretty simple and straightforward.
A lot of the Asus boards are now shipped with the updated BIOS. I bought the E version of this board that the start of Feb and it worked out of the box with a 5600X. It's a solid motherboard.
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