Looking to build an Intel 13th generation Raptor Lake gaming PC on a budget? The ASUS TUF GAMING B760-PLUS WIFI D4 might be worth your while, that is, unless you can find an Intel B660 board for cheap...
Intel's 13th generation Raptor Lake processor offerings were first launched for sale to the public with its "K" series CPU offerings (e.g. 13900K, 13600K) hitting the shelves on 20th October 2022, alongside motherboards powered by the top of the line Intel Z790 chipset. Fast forward to 3rd January 2023, Intel has finally announced and 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 day excitement, we'll be taking a look at an Intel B760 motherboard offering that goes on sale today - the ASUS TUF GAMING B760-PLUS WIFI D4. Targeted at gamers on a budget, all while serving up DDR4 support to keep build costs low, read on to to find out if this board is any good!
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: Realtek ALC897 audio codec
- LAN: Realtek RTL8125BG 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet
- WIFI: Intel AX201NGW WIFI 6 module with built-in Bluetooth 5.2
- Expansion Slots: 1x PCIe 5.0 x16, 2x PCIe 3.0 x1, 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 (operates at x4 mode)
- Storage: 4x SATA III, 3x PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 (NVMe mode only)
- Form Factor: ATX
Packaging & Contents
In keeping with the TUF Gaming line-up's brand identity, the B760-PLUS WIFI D4 comes in a black and silver box with yellow accents.
The board comes with the following accessories:
- WIFI antenna
- 2x SATA III cables
- Pack of M.2 drive screws and standoffs
- 2x packs of M.2. drive rubber pads (adds height clearance for single-sided M.2 SSDs)
- Motherboard manual
- DVD driver disc
- TUF Gaming Certificate of Reliability
- ASUS WebStorage promotional leaflet
- TUF Gaming sticker sheet
With the B760-PLUS WIFI D4, ASUS has gone for a black and yellow colour scheme with touches of light grey, where military-like motifs are aplenty and are very much in-line with the TUF Gaming brand identity. The board comes with an integrated I/O shield design, and has black-coloured heatsinks all around.
RGB junkies rejoice, for ASUS has included a subtle RGB edge lighting accent along the long edge of the motherboard.
A passive heatsink is used to cool the B760 chipset, and it comes adorned with the TUF Gaming emblem. Also included are heatsinks for all three M.2 slots that the board comes with, with the second and third M.2 slots sharing a common heatsink as pictured above.
VRM & Memory Support
The board comes with 12+1 DrMOS power stages, and sports four DDR4 slots that support a maximum of 128GBs of RAM and the DDR4 5333 standard when overclocked. The RAM slots 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 connectivity, ASUS has included 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 can be found near the bottom edge of the board. Each of these USB 2.0 headers provide support for up to two front panel USB 2.0 Type-A ports.
Expansion Slots & Storage Options
The TUF GAMING B760-PLUS WIFI D4 comes with a single PCIe 5.0 x16 slot that sports the SafeSlot Core+ feature that reinforces the slot against heavy graphics cards.
Also included are two PCIe 3.0 x1 slots, as well as a full-length PCIe 3.0 x16 slot that operates at x4 mode.
Four SATA III ports are included with the board, with two ports in a right-angled configuration, and the remaining two ports in a straight-angled configuration.
For M.2. slots, it comes with three PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slots. Do note that all of these slots support NVMe SSDs only – M.2 SATA drives are not supported. That said, the M.2 slots come with the Q-Latch feature that facilitates the tool-less installation of your M.2 SSDs.
Audio & Internet Connectivity
The board's audio is powered by Realtek's ALC897 audio codec, which is an entry-level part. Wired internet connectivity is courtesy of Realtek's RTL8125BG chip that provides support for 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet, while wireless connectivity is by means of an Intel AX201NGW module that serves up WIFI 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 support.
Fan & RGB Headers
The TUF GAMING B760-PLUS WIFI D4 comes with seven fan headers:
- 1x CPU_FAN
- 1x CPU_OPT
- 4x CHA_FAN
- 1x AIO_PUMP
Also included are three addressable RGB headers, and a single 12V standard RGB header.
A set of Q-LEDs are included near the RAM slots - these LEDs can help with troubleshooting Power On Self Test (POST) issues.
The board does not come with built-in Thunderbolt ports. Instead, it comes 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 serial (COM) port header that could come in handy for situations that call for the use of legacy PC hardware.
ASUS goes for an integrated I/O shield design for the TUF GAMING B760-PLUS WIFI D4, with the following ports 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)
- 1x USB 2.0 Type-A
- 3x 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
- Audio jack connectors
Conclusion & Pricing
The ASUS TUF GAMING B760-PLUS WIFI D4 is a value-oriented Intel B760 motherboard offering that serves up just the right mix of features at its price point, where it comes with a PCIe 5.0 x16 slot for a graphics card, alongside a good mix of USB 3.2 connectivity options, 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet, as well as WIFI 6 support.
In view of the board's specs, one can't help but wonder about the value proposition that budget and mainstream Intel B760 boards have against motherboards powered by its predecessor chipset, the Intel B660, which also supports Intel's latest 13th generation CPUs with just a BIOS update. If you’re able to find new B660 boards for cheap, you might find that the incremental improvements from the B760 chipset might not be worth the additional cost, where the money saved from getting a B660 board could be put to use on the other components of your PC build instead.
As of its launch in January 2023, the TUF GAMING B760-PLUS WIFI D4 is available in Singapore for a recommended retail price of $389 Singapore dollars for the Singapore market, which converts to roughly $288 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.