No worries dude.
Soundcard? Hmm good question. Honestly not sure. The audio seems decent enough for gaming through the USB but not sure if its using the onboard soundcard. I don't listen to music through this method.
Pretty sure it should support Ryzen 3. Make sure you've got the latest bios/drivers installed as the initial ones were a little hit and miss (as usual with mobos).
Sorry only just seeing this comment.
So far so good for me with this motherboard. Building with it was seamless and very straightforward due to its great layout. Wifi seems a bit weak, thought I may have an issue with my aerial. Need to try a different aerial to be sure.
Overclocking is simple and seems reliable so far. My Ryzen 1600X hits 3.9mhz out of the box using the basic OC tools, and although I had issues initially I've managed to now get my 3000mhz RAM to its advertised speed with the latest bios.
CPU temps seem fine. GPU temps do get high (up to 83 degrees Celsius with a custom fan curve). I would preume its throttling slightly as it doesn't seem to go beyond that temp, but honestly its not noticeable in game. I am not a massive gamer though, and play PUBG (moderate setting for as many frames as possible) non-regularly as well as Ironsight, a free to play and very optimised/light FPS game.
I am soon going to pull the trigger on a couple of slim Cryorig 140mm fans to add some extra circulation, so I will report back on how this affects things. This case definitely isn't a great choice for high TPD GPU's. This is one of the reasons I didn't go higher than a GTX 1070.
Headphones?? I run mine via my monitor audio out. Obviously your monitor needs to have a USB cable back to your system for this function.
If you want to know... For my setup I run a USB cable from my monitor back to my PC and have my keyboard, mouse and headphones all connected into my monitor. I do it this way as I regularly share my monitor between my work lappy and this PC and simply use a USB switch to swap between both PC's. Essentially my monitor acts as the hub for my peripherals if that makes sense (I've got an AOC AG271QX 27" 144hz monitor BTW).
I tried mounting the GPU with fans facing out initially but it didn't fit due to the cards backplate clashing with the radiator fan. I'm looking at moving the 25mm thick fan to under the rad and adding a slim fan (around 15mm, possibly a Cryorig XT140 or Prolimatech Ultra Sleek Vortex 140) on top for push-pull. This would prob give me the clearance i require for flipping the GPU. I might add another slim fan in the lower front vertical position as an intake.
Very few run the GPU facing out tho as it can be difficult with the length of the PCIe riser cable. Depends on GPU height though so YMMV. Then there is the obvious air starvation possibilities for you card.
Cool, just be mindful that these Phanteks Shift cases have quite a few limitations when it comes to a build, and you need to consider your parts to fit (eg: watercooling the CPU due to lack of clearance and airflow). Best of luck.
Hi, cheers for the complement.
The rear mounting of my GPU is case specific, not motherboard specific. This case is very unique in layout. It uses a PCI-E riser cable plugged into the normal PCI-E slot to allow the mounting of the GPU at the rear.
The Asus STRIX B350i motherboard is a conventional Ryzen mITX board, with normal mounting position for the graphics card. Nothing different here, except that its a really well thought out layout (board connections wise, cooling etc). So yeah, go for it! Its an awesome board!
Cheers. Yeah I'm unsure why this motherboard is so hard to come by. Generally Asus stuff is available everywhere! I feel you though man, waiting for the release of this mobo held my build up a couple of months TBH. Best of luck!
Well thanks for the very kind words. Following the car analogy... I wasn't after a Ferrari or Lambo, but more a hot hatch. Lets say a Golf R. Compact, thoughtfully designed, practical, bit if a looker, with more than enough performance for everyday use, with a bit of extra 'poke' for laughts on the weekend. Haha.
I'm thinking this really is the optimum set up in the Shift. I'm still waiting on the fans I want to come into stock (Cryorig XT140's, the slim ones for better clearance) but I'm going to run my fans (two case fans, one as extra on top of my radiator) all as intake like yourself.
On the RAM speed issue, I've got the same Asus motherboard and G.Skill RAM (DDR4-3000) as you and I've tried bumping the RAM clock and voltage but to no avail (BIOS 3401). The machine test boots a couple of times then ends up back in BIOS with the stock/auto clock of 2133. I think perhaps bumping the CPU voltage might help, but I'm unsure. I've not had more time to test this. I'd be very keen on your findings when you get around to trying to obtain the RAM speed you paid for. ;)
Otherwise, great build.
Hey mate, if you have a look at my recent build I posted (also using an Evolv Shift, in silver) I go through a bit of detail of this Ryzen Strix mITX motherboard.
Overall though, its a great board and probably the best yet available for Ryzen mITX builds, at least at this stage.
Nice build, I've just finished a similarly colourful ROG Strix based-build but with Ryzen (mines a lower spec than this beast!).
On your cable management, if you've got the length (looks like you might have) perhaps try and run the GPU power cable down around the bottom of the GPU, along the top/side edge of the radiator, and back up the other side. The bend might be a little trick where you plug in but there is a little bit of space behind the main chassis frame to turn/loop the cable to direct it to the GPU power connector. I've posted a rear photo of mine (see close up photo #11) so check that out to see what I did (I've got a 1070 Strix GPU though, so it runs on less power cables and is perhaps not as big as your card). The cable then is completely hidden by the lower blacked portion of the glass panel.
Apart from that, its a very impressive hi spec build in this case, so well done.
There were a couple of retailers in Oz that listed the mobo, but it seemed only Shopping Express were the ones who actually had any to sell... Usual story of Aussie retailers listing the latest and greatest parts without actual having it. It was the highest price listed but seemed to be the only option.
note that my prices are in AUD and include shipping