ASUS has on its hands a good-looking and full-fledged Intel B760 motherboard that is perfect for white micro ATX PC builds.
Intel's 13th generation Raptor Lake processor offerings were first launched for sale to the public on 20th October 2022, with its "K" series CPU offerings (e.g. 13900K, 13600K) hitting the shelves alongside motherboards powered by the top of the line Intel Z790 chipset. Fast forward to today, Intel has finally released the rest of its Raptor Lake CPU and chipset line-up, in the form of products such as the Core i5-13400 CPU, to chipsets such as the Intel B760 and H770. To get in on the launch excitement, we'll be taking a look at a premium Intel B760 motherboard offering that goes on sale today - the ASUS ROG STRIX B760-G GAMING WIFI D4. Sporting an extensive list of features all while serving up support for DDR4 memory, this board in question also has an aesthetic that lends itself perfectly for white-themed PC builds.
Summary of Specifications
- Processor Support: Intel 13th Gen Core processors & 12th Gen Core, Pentium Gold and Celeron processors
- Chipset: Intel B760
- Memory: 4x DDR4 slots, max 128GB, up to DDR4 5333 (OC) support
- Audio: ROG SupremeFX S1220A audio codec with Nichicon Fine Gold capacitors and Savitech SV3H712 amplifier chip
- LAN: Intel I226-V 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet
- WIFI: Intel AX211NGW WIFI 6E module with built-in Bluetooth 5.3
- Expansion Slots: 1x PCIe 5.0 x16, 2x PCIe 4.0 x1, 1x PCIe 4.0 x16 (operates at x4 mode)
- Storage: 4x SATA III, 2x PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 (NVMe mode only)
- Form Factor: Micro ATX
Packaging & Contents
As a product from the Republic of Gamers (ROG) line-up that is targeted at consumers looking to build a white-themed PC build, the box comes in a grey and white colourway with splashes of silver, which is a departure from the usual black and red packaging that has come to be associated with ROG products.
The board comes with the following accessories:
- WIFI antenna
- 2x SATA III cables
- Spare M.2 Q-Latch attachment
- M.2 rubber pads (adds additional height clearance for single-sided M.2 SSDs)
- Spare M.2 drive thermal pad
- Pack of cable ties
- Thank you card
- User manual
- ASUS WebStorage promotional leaflet
- ROG decorative stickers
- ROG keychain
The ROG STRIX B760-G GAMING WIFI D4 sure is a good looking motherboard, where it sports a black-coloured PCB, and comes with silver heatsinks with white-coloured embellishments.
The board comes with an integrated I/O shield design, which also houses a RGB LED accent in the shape of the ROG logo.
The Intel B760 chipset is cooled by a passive heatsink, and ASUS has also included heatsinks for the two M.2 slots that the motherboard comes with. As can be seen, there's no shortage of ROG marketing text on the board, where ASUS's designers have clearly been busy coming up with copy to be plastered all over the B760-G GAMING WIFI D4.
The rear of the board surprisingly, has motifs that are printed directly onto the PCB, which is a nice touch, even though it's rather likely that these motifs would never see the light of day once the motherboard is installed inside of a PC case.
VRM & Memory Support
The board comes with 12+1 power stages rated for up to 60A each, and sports four DDR4 slots that support a maximum of 128GBs of RAM and the DDR4 5333 standard when overclocked. The RAM slots also feature a single-tab design called Q-DIMM, which helps with RAM installation and removal especially for completed builds.
Front Panel USB Headers
In terms of front panel USB 3.2 connectivity, we get a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C front panel header near the RAM slots, as well as a USB 3.2 Gen 1 front panel header that supports up to two front panel USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports.
Two USB 2.0 front panel headers are also included, and they are located near the bottom edge of the board. Each of these USB 2.0 headers provide support for two front panel USB 2.0 Type-A ports.
Expansion Slots & Storage Options
The ROG STRIX B760-G GAMING WIFI D4 comes with a single PCIe 5.0 x16 slot that sports the SafeSlot feature that reinforces the slot against heavy graphics cards.
The PCIe 5.0 x16 slot also comes with Q-Release, which is a great quality-of-life feature that facilitates the easy removal of a graphics card from the PCIe 5.0 x16 slot. With this feature, end-users need only press a button to undo the catch on the PCIe slot, before pulling the graphics card out and away from the slot.
Also included are two PCIe 4.0 x1 slots, as well as a full-length PCIe 4.0 x16 slot that operates at x4 mode.
Moving on to storage connectivity options, the B760-G GAMING WIFI D4 comes with four SATA III ports, with all ports in a right-angled configuration to aid with cable management.
The board also comes with two PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slots that support only M.2 NVMe drives - M.2 SATA drives are not compatible with either of these slots. The slots sport the Q-Latch feature that facilitate the tool-less installation of one's M.2 SSDs.
Audio & Internet Connectivity
For audio, ASUS has included its ROG SupremeFX S1220A audio solution, which comprises of a Realtek S1220A audio codec coupled with premium Nichicon Fine gold audio capacitors. A Savitech SV3H712 amplifier chip is also included to sweeten the deal.
Wired internet connectivity for this board is powered by Intel's I226-V chip, which serves up 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet support.
Wireless connectivity on the other hand, is courtesy of Intel's AX211NGW WIFI 6E module that also serves up Bluetooth 5,3 support.
Fan & RGB Headers
The ROG STRIX B760-G GAMING WIFI D4 comes with five fan headers:
- 1x CPU_FAN
- 1x CPU_OPT
- 2x CHA_FAN
- 1x AIO_PUMP
Also included are three addressable RGB headers, and a single 12V standard RGB header.
Near the RAM slots are a set of Q-LEDs, which are LEDs that help with troubleshooting Power On Self Test (POST) issues.
While the board does not come with onboard Thunderbolt 4 ports, it does come with a Thunderbolt add-on card header, which is to be used in conjunction with a Thunderbolt 4 add-on card that is sold separately by ASUS.
Also included is a thermal sensor header that allows one to connect an optional thermal sensor to monitor the temperature of devices within your PC case.
The B760-G GAMING WIFI D4 comes with an integrated I/O shield design that sports gaming motifs that do lend some visual interest to the rear I/O area of the board. The following ports can be found on the rear I/O:
- 1x DisplayPort 1.4 (supports display output of up to 4K resolution at 60Hz)
- 1x HDMI 2.1 (supports display output of up to 4K resolution at 60Hz)
- 4x USB 2.0 Type-A
- BIOS FlashBack button
- 2x USB 3,2 Gen 1 Type-A (5 Gbps)
- 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet port
- 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A (10 Gbps)
- 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C (20 Gbps)
- WIFI antennae connectors
- 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C (5 Gbps)
- Audio jack connectors
The BIOS Flashback feature allows end-users to update the motherboard's BIOS without needing to install a processor, RAM and graphics card.
That said, eagle-eyed viewers might have noticed that the board appears to have no on-board CMOS battery – the CMOS battery, according to layout diagram in the motherboard manual, is actually located beneath the integrated I/O shield cover and utilises a two-pin style type of battery, as indicated by the illustration shown above in the motherboard manual. Meaning to say, you’ll have to take apart the I/O shield cover to replace the CMOS battery in the future when the battery runs flat, which is hardly ideal.
Conclusion & Pricing
With that, the ASUS ROG STRIX B760-G GAMING WIFI D4 seems to be a pretty solid offering of a microATX Intel B760 motherboard that is positioned at the higher-end, where it sports a really nice looking aesthetic, PCIe 5.0 support for a graphics card, a premium audio solution, 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet with built-in WIFI 6E, a plethora of USB 3.2 connectivity options, and helpful features such as Q-Latch.
One downside worth noting however, is its CMOS battery arrangement, which makes its replacement in the future more of a hassle than it needs to be.
As of the B760-G GAMING WIFI D4's launch in January 2023, the board has a recommended retail price of $429 Singapore dollars for the Singapore market, which converts to roughly $318 US dollars for international readers.
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The motherboard featured in this article was a review unit provided on loan from ASUS Singapore.