Review: Gaming motherboard ASUS STRIX X370-F Gaming [90MB0UI0-M0EAY0]

The ASUS STRIX X370-F Gaming board  is based on the AMD X370 chipset and has a fairly rich functionality and overclocking capabilities, so it is equally suitable for overclockers and gamers. Among the main features of the motherboard: supportinf modern connectors and interfaces, high-quality sound and network controllers, as well as advanced lighting ASUS Aura, a set of Extreme Tweaker features for overclocking.

The item has a very stylish appearance – the black board with a proprietary pattern on the front side looks reserved and strict, has the characteristic chopped forms of cooling radiators with notches, like it was hited by a japanese sword.

Two aluminum radiators are responsible for cooling the processor’s power supply system; contact with the elements made through thermal pads.

The motherboard is made in the ATX form factor, so it is very suitable computer enthusiast: the model has four DIMM DDR4 slots in which up to 64 GB of memory can be installed; two connectors for connecting LED strips; three PCI-E x16 slots (the first two of which have a reinforced metallized case); three PCI-E x1 slots; eight SATA 6 Gb / s connectors. It has support for NVIDIA 2-Way SLI and AMD 3-Way CrossFireX, which is important for present-day gamers. All this is complemented by proprietary mounting holes for 3D add-ons that can be printed on a 3D printer.

Fans of high-quality sound will also be satisfied with the motherboard – the audio processor is based on the 7.1-channel codec SupremeFX S1220A, and high-quality Japanese Nichicon capacitors also involved in it.

The manufacturer made this board with care of overlockers – the special settings Extreme Tweaker in BIOS give the possibility to have some experiments with overclocking components and fine-tuning the system performance.

You can buy ASUS STRIX X370-F Gaming [90MB0UI0-M0EAY0] for the price 133,90 €. Don’t forget to use discount coupon FWNNROU (How to use it?).

Specifications

  • CPU: AMD AM4 Socket AMD Ryzen™ 2nd Generation/Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics/Ryzen™ 1st Generation/7th Generation A-series/Athlon X4 Processors; Supports AM4 Socket 14 nm CPU; Supports CPU up to 8 cores
  • Chipset AMD X370
  • Memory AMD Ryzen™ 2nd Generation/ Ryzen™ 1st Generation Processors
    4 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR4 3200(O.C.)/2666/2400/2133 MHz ECC and non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory AMD Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics /7th Generation A-Series/Athlon X4 Processors: 4 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR4 2400/2133 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory (Dual Channel Memory Architecture)
  • Graphic: Integrated Graphics in the AMD Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics/ 7th Generation A-Series APU; Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DisplayPort ports
    – Supports HDMI 1.4b with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz
    – Supports DisplayPort 1.2 with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 60 Hz
    Maximum shared memory of 2048 MB (for iGPU exclusively)
  • Multi-GPU Support: Supports NVIDIA® 2-Way SLI™ Technology, Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX™ Technology
  • Expansion Slots
    AMD Ryzen™ 2nd Generation/ Ryzen™ 1st Generation Processors: 2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8)
    AMD Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics /7th Generation A-Series/Athlon X4 Processors: 1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x8 mode)
    AMD X370 chipset: 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (max at x4 mode)
    3 x PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Storage
    AMD Ryzen™ 2nd Generation/ Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics/ Ryzen™ 1st Generation Processors : 1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)
    AMD 7th Generation A-series/Athlon™ Processors : 1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (SATA mode)
    AMD X370 chipset : 8 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), Support Raid 0, 1, 10
  • LAN: Intel® I211-AT, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s); Anti-surge LANGuard; ROG GameFirst Technology
  • Audio: ROG SupremeFX 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC S1220A
    – Dual Headphone Amplifiers
    – Impedance sense for front and rear headphone outputs
    – Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
    – High quality 120 dB SNR stereo playback output and 113 dB SNR recording input
    – SupremeFX Shielding Technology
    – Supports up to 32-Bit/192kHz playback *2
    Audio Feature :
    – Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
    – Sonic Radar III
    – Sonic Studio III
  • USB Ports
    AMD Ryzen™ 2nd Generation/ Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics/ Ryzen™ 1st Generation/7th Generation A-Series/Athlon X4 Processors :
    4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 port(s) (4 at back panel, blue)
    AMD X370 chipset :
    1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 front panel connector port(s)
    AMD X370 chipset :
    6 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue, 4 at mid-board)
    AMD X370 chipset :
    4 x USB 2.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, black, 2 at mid-board)
    ASMedia® USB 3.1 Gen 2 controller :
    2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 port(s) (2 at back panel, red, Type-A + USB Type-CTM)
  • ROG Exclusive Features: ROG RAMCache II, ROG CPU-Z, ROG CloneDrive, Overwolf, GameFirst IV
  • Special Features
    5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5
    – Whole system optimization with a single click! 5-Way Optimization tuning key perfectly consolidates TPU, EPU, DIGI+ VRM, Fan Xpert 4, and Turbo App together, providing better CPU performance, efficient power saving, precise digital power control, whole system cooling and even tailor your own app usages.
    TPU
    – Auto Tuning, TurboV, GPU Boost
    Gamer’s Guardian:
    – ESD Guards on LAN, Audio, KBMS and USB3.0/2.0 ports
    – DRAM Overcurrent Protection
    – Stainless Steel Back I/O
    – Highly Durable Components
    – DIGI+ VRM
    – SafeSlot
    ASUS EPU :
    – EPU
    AURA :
    – Aura Lighting Control
    ASUS Exclusive Features :
    – AI Suite 3
    – Ai Charger
    ASUS EZ DIY :
    – ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
    – ASUS EZ Flash 3
    ASUS Q-Design :
    – ASUS Q-Shield
    – ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, Boot Device LED)
    – ASUS Q-Slot
    – ASUS Q-DIMM
    Gaming Aesthetics :
    – 3D printing friendly
    – AURA-RGB Lighting
    Digi+VRM
  • Back I/O Ports
    1 x DisplayPort
    1 x HDMI
    1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
    2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A + USB Type-CTM,
    6 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ,
    2 x USB 2.0
    1 x Optical S/PDIF out
    5 x Audio jack(s)
  • Internal I/O Ports
    2 x RGB Header(s)
    2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1(up to 5Gbps) connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 3.1 Gen 1 port(s)
    1 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 2.0 port(s)
    1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)
    1 x TPM connector(s)
    8 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
    1 x CPU Fan connector(s)
    1 x CPU OPT Fan connector(s)
    3 x Chassis Fan connector(s)
    1 x AIO_PUMP connector
    1 x W_PUMP+ connector
    1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
    1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
    1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
    1 x Thermal sensor connector(s)
    1 x Clear CMOS jumper(s)
    1 x System panel connector
    1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 front panel connector
  • Accessories
    User’s manual
    I/O Shield
    4 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
    1 x M.2 Screw Package
    1 x Supporting DVD
    1 x SLI HB BRIDGE(2-WAY-M)
    1 x ROG Strix stickers
    1 x 10-in-1 ROG cable label
    1 x Cable ties pack(s)
    1 x Extension Cable for RGB strips (80 cm)
    1 x 3D printing mount package
  • BIOS
    128 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 3.0 ACPI 6.1, Multi-language BIOS,ASUS EZ Flash 3, CrashFree BIOS 3, F11 EZ Tuning Wizard, F6 Qfan Control, F3 My Favorites, Last Modified log, F12 PrintScreen, and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) memory information
  • Manageability
    WfM 2.0, DMI 3.0, WOL by PME, PXE
  • Support Disc
    Drivers
    ASUS Utilities
    Anti-virus software (OEM version)
  • Operating System
    Windows® 10 64-bit
  • Form Factor
    ATX Form Factor
    12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )

Motherboard Kit is:

  • motherboard ASUS STRIX X370-F Gaming [90MB0UI0-M0EAY0]
  • stub for rear hull ports
  • 4 SATA cables
  • packing screws for M.2
  • bridge SLI
  • ROG stickers
  • ROG cable labels
  • cable bundle
  • extension cable for RGB

Review of ASUS STRIX X370-F Gaming [90MB0UI0-M0EAY0]

ROG Strix X370-F Gaming motherboards continue the proud legacy of the Pro Gaming series with acclaimed ROG innovations. ROG Strix X370-F Gaming motherboards combine bold aesthetics with premier performance and incredible audio to deliver unrivaled gaming experiences and style. Support for the latest AMD processors and technologies, plus exclusive ROG innovations, take performance to the next level to give you the edge against opponents. ROG Strix X370-F Gaming charges every movement of every game with thrilling energy and equips you with epic speed and agility. Join the Republic with ROG Strix X370-F Gaming and dominate your game!

Main Features

AMD AM4 X370 ATX gaming motherboard with Aura Sync RGB LED, DDR4 3200MHz, M.2, USB 3.1 front-panel connector and Type-A/C

  • The successor to Pro Gaming motherboards
  • Aura Sync RGB LED: Stunning synchronized effects and two Aura 4-pin RGB-strip headers
  • SupremeFX audio: Renowned audio performance with intuitive Sonic Studio III and Sonic Radar III
  • 5-Way Optimization: One-click system-wide overclocking and cooling
  • Gaming connectivity: USB 3.1 front-panel connector, M.2 and both USB 3.1 Type-A and Type-C™
  • Gaming networking: Intel® Gigabit Ethernet, LANGuard and GameFirst technologies
  • Gaming durability: ASUS SafeSlot and premium components for maximum durability

Lighting

AURA LIGHTING CONTROL

Create your own custom LED lighting effects with the intuitive Aura software. Cast a stunning multi-color glow across your build with the powerful RGB LEDs built in to ROG Strix X370-F Gaming, or attach separate RGB strips using the two onboard 4-pin headers. You can even use both at the same time and enjoy perfect lighting synchronization. Fire up Aura and enjoy the creative freedom of nine different lighting themes.

OUTSHINE THE COMPETITION

ASUS Aura Sync RGB LED technology makes ROG Strix X370-F Gaming the control hub for your illumination ambitions — so it’s easy to synchronize incredible lighting effects between compatible components, including RGB LED strips, graphics cards, keyboards and even mice! Change all LEDs in unison or employ dynamic modes to flow the illumination effects smoothly across all synchronized devices.

AUDIO

SUPREMEFX SHIELDED AUDIO, SUPERIOR SOUND

ROG Strix’s SupremeFX audio technology has levelled up, delivering an exceptional 113dB signal-to-noise ratio on the line-in connection for best-ever recording quality — and 120dB on line-out for crystal-clear sound! We’ve also added a low-dropout regulator for cleaner power delivery to the SupremeFX S1220A codec, plus Texas Instruments® RC4580 and OPA1688 op-amps for high gain with low distortion. It all adds up to audio that envelops you as never before!

Audio cover

Effective shielding preserves the integrity of audio signals for the best quality.

Dual Op Amplifiers

With two op-amps onboard you’re able to pump exceptional audio to your favorite cans, with 32-600Ω-headphone impedance for great flexibility.

Premium Nichicon™ audio capacitors

Fine-quality Japanese-made components that produce a warmer, natural sound with exceptional clarity and fidelity.

Audio line shielding

Blocks electromagnetic interference from the motherboard or add-ons to provide cleaner audio.

 

SONIC STUDIO III

ROG Strix’s Sonic Studio III audio-effects station has an intelligent routing feature made for streaming. The new routing feature ports streams to different outputs giving you full control over who hears what. With Sonic Studio III, you now can share your exciting in-game moments without worrying about frivolous DCMA takedown requests. In addition to that, Sonic Studio III also comes with app-level preferences for instant audio profiles, and improved noise filtering for conversations with total clarity!

APP-SPECIFIC PROFILES

Apply customized audio settings to different applications, so everything you do is perfectly tuned to the way you want to listen.

NOISE FILTER

Automatically detects and eliminates unwanted background noises, ensuring that your communications are loud and clear.

SCAN AND DETECT TO DOMINATE

SONIC RADAR III

We’ve given Sonic Radar III an overhaul, evolving the audio engine to process sounds more accurately than ever, ensuring you’re always aware of what’s going on around you — and we’ve even added an onscreen arrow to help you pinpoint the enemy’s position instantly! See the origin of key in-game sounds and hone your enemy-pinpointing skills. Plus the new audio boost feature provides filters that let you hear even the faintest sounds, so you can become the hunter, not the hunted!

Performance

OC DESIGN

ASUS PRO CLOCK TECHNOLOGY

A dedicated base-clock generator designed for AM4 processors allows overclocked base clock frequencies up to or beyond 158MHz*. This custom solution works in tandem with the ASUS TurboV Processing Unit (TPU) to enhance voltage and base-clock overclocking control — providing an exciting new way to boost performance to extreme heights.

THIRD-GENERATION ASUS T-TOPOLOGY

DDR4 OVERCLOCKING STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

With support for DDR4 memory, ROG Strix X370-F Gaming lets you drive memory frequencies to 3200MHz and beyond when overclocked! ASUS-exclusive T-Topology circuit design provides superb memory-overclocking capability to unleash the full power of DDR4 by minimizing coupling noise and signal reflection. With innovative equidistant memory channels, T-Topology delivers balanced control and powerful overclocking compatibility.

5-WAY OPTIMIZATION

GET PERFORMANCE, EFFICIENCY, DIGITAL POWER, FAN CONTROL AND EVEN NETWORKING
AND AUDIO TUNING TAILORED FOR YOU — AND THE WAY YOU PLAY!!

You don’t need to be an expert to max out gaming performance on your ROG Strix X370-F Gaming build — because 5-Way Optimization sorts all the complex settings with a click, for instant, highly-controllable performance boosts! Our exclusive technology dynamically optimizes essential aspects of your system based on real-time use, so you get superb CPU performance, everyday energy savings, ultra-stable digital power, cool and quiet fans and even networking and audio settings that are tailored for the apps that you are using. In short, 5-Way Optimization ensures that your PC is perfect for gaming, entertainment, productivity or just about anything else!

  • Games run swiftly and smoothly with high performance, prioritized bandwidth, and vivid sound.
  • Fans stay whisper-quiet for everyday computing and ensure extreme cooling efficiency when gaming.
  • Stutter is eliminated, ensuring smooth-running apps — even under heavy loading.
  • Energy efficiency is improved, so you’ll save money.

COOLER BY DESIGN

Play quieter and cooler with advanced fan and water-pump controls for the ultimate in undisturbed gaming. With onboard thermal sensors and hardware-level 4-pin/3-pin PWM/DC mode detection, Fan Xpert 4 makes sure every fan achieves the best balance of high cooling performance and low noise — so you enjoy all the performance you demand with none of the racket!

RAMCACHE II

SPEED YOUR GAME LOADS

Uniquely intelligent technology that effectively caches an entire storage device so that favorite games and apps launch at breakneck speeds, getting to work the moment it’s activated. RAMCache II turns milliseconds into microseconds to boost game-load times — and of course it’s compatible with the latest NVM Express storage options!

AWARD-WINNING BIOS DESIGN

The smoothest, slickest mouse-controlled graphical BIOS has been improved to make it even more appealing. Whether you’re a PC novice or a seasoned overclocker, the EZ and Advanced Modes help you find your way. In EZ Mode you can get set up very quickly, applying the date and time, fan profiles and Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory profiles. Switch to Advanced Mode to set up favorites and shortcuts, record and review recent changes with Last Modified or make notes in Quick Notes.

CrashFree BIOS 3

Never again worry about corrupted BIOS, as CrashFree BIOS 3 lets you restore a PC to working order — even when it won’t boot!

EZ Flash 3

Update the latest BIOS via the internet or from within the system BIOS.

 

 

Networking

INTEL GIGABIT ETHERNET

MORE THROUGHPUT AND LESS PROCESSING EQUALS FASTER ONLINE PLAY

ROG Strix X370-F Gaming features the very latest Intel® Ethernet Controller I211-AT for faster, smoother gaming. Intel’s LAN has the serious double advantage of reducing CPU overhead and offering exceptionally high TCP and UDP throughput, so there’s more power for your game and your gameplay.

LANGUARD

PUMPED-UP THROUGHPUT, BEST SURGE PROTECTION

LANGuard means safer, more reliable connections for your battles! Advanced signal-coupling technology and premium surface-mounting processes join forces to protect your ROG Strix X370-F Gaming connection and deliver pumped-up throughput, plus electrostatically guarded and surge-protected components (ESD Guards) for 1.9x-greater tolerance to static electricity and 2.5x-greater protection (up to 15KV) against surges!

GAMEFIRST IV

TEAM UP TO BANISH LAG

GameFirst IV optimizes network traffic for faster, lag-free online gaming — and now we’ve added Multi-Gate Teaming to team all your networks for maximum bandwidth and the smoothest-ever gameplay. You’ll also enjoy all-new Intelligent mode, which automatically compiles a database by parsing new app data to ensure that every game is optimized for the best performance.

USB 3.1 GEN 2 FRONT-PANEL CONNECTOR

SUPER-SPEED CONNECTIVITY, RIGHT WHERE YOU NEED IT

USB-C is the latest USB connector technology — and ROG Strix X370-F Gaming lets you put it right where you need it! You’ll experience ultimate connection and blazing data-transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps – that’s twice as fast as standard USB 3.1 Gen 1.

NVM EXPRESS PCIE 3.0 M.2

LET YOUR SSD SCREAM AT SPEEDS OF UP TO 32GBPS

With x4 PCI Express® 3.0/2.0 bandwidth, M.2 supports up to 32Gbps* data-transfer speeds. It is the perfect choice for an operating system or application drive, making your whole gaming PC or professional apps work as fast as possible.

USB 3.1 TYPE-A/C

ULTIMATE 10GBPS DATA SPEEDS

With one USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A port and one reversible USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C™ port, you’ll experience data-transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps — twice as fast USB 3.1 Gen 1. USB 3.1 Gen 2 is also completely backward-compatible with existing USB devices, so you’ll be set for breakneck USB 3.1 speeds with every connection. And as an added bonus, ASUS-exclusive USB 3.1 Boost technology automatically accelerates USB 3.1 performance even further.

OVERWOLF

STAY IN THE GAME

Overwolf is a clever, unobtrusive overlay that lets you browse the internet, email, IM, and stream or record gameplay – all while you’re in the game. Color-matched ROG skins that display your status as a member of an elite pack are also available for download from the Overwolf App Store.

ROG CLONE DRIVE

IMAGE YOUR DRIVES, THE SMART WAY

All-new ROG Clone Drive is the smart, convenient cloning solution that quickly and efficiently replicates hard drives or SSDs. Clone Drive is so smart that it can clone one drive to two target drives at the same time, or image any file from your disk at breakneck speeds.

3D PRINTING FRIENDLY

MAKE IT YOUR OWN

ASUS is the first motherboard manufacturer to support 3D printing, making it easy to customize your motherboard’s appearance and improve system performance with a range of printable parts.

EXCLUSIVE 3D MOUNT FOR EASY INSTALLATION

Dedicated 3D Mounts on the motherboard makes fitting 3D-printed parts easy. Using the same screws as M.2 drives and standard motherboard mounting holes, you can easily an M.2 fan holder.

Beyond VR ready

ROG Strix X370-F Gaming isn’t just VR Ready — it goes way beyond! The ASUS ROG Beyond VR Ready marque means that ROG Strix X370-F Gaming has been tested with loads of class-leading components to ensure that your productivity, gaming and entertainment needs are tuned for maximum performance after you’ve taken off the headset. ASUS Beyond VR Ready opens up a new way to configure and build your dream system with total confidence.

MD CPU and Chipset Features

Ready for AMD AM4-socket Ryzen, 7th Generation A-series APUs and Athlon CPUs

This motherboard supports AMD® Ryzen™ processors, 7th Generation A-series accelerated processing units (APUs) and Athlon™ CPUs. The high-performance Ryzen™ processor supports up to eight cores, and is based on the innovative Zen core architecture. The 7th Generation A-series APUs feature integrated AMD Radeon R-series graphics. AMD AM4-socket processors feature dual-channel DDR4 memory, native 5Gbps USB 3.0 and 16 PCI Express® 3.0/2.0 lanes for superb performance.

AMD X370 Chipset

The AMD X370 chipset delivers outstanding overclocking capabilities for the latest AMD® AM4-socket Ryzen™ processors, 7th Generation A-series APUs and Athlon™ ACPUs. It is optimized for multiple GPU configurations including NVDIA SLI™ and AMD CrossFireX™. It also provides two 10Gbps USB 3.1 ports and eight 6Gbps SATA ports for faster data retrieval.

Testing of Gaming motherboard ASUS STRIX X370-F Gaming [90MB0UI0-M0EAY0]

The motherboard has been tested in the programs of performance evaluation: Aida64 (Memory Benchmark), 3D Mark TimeSpy Extreme, CPU-Z Benchmark, Cinebench R15 and x.265 Benchmark.

Customer reviews

Users, in addition to the advantages described above, noted some shortcomings, such as a small number of connectors for connecting coolers, bad bios firmware, a rather large radiator on the side of the rear connectors. Some complain of a fairly high price, arguing that ASUS STRIX X370-F Gaming is far from the most budget product, competitors’ products on the AMD X370 can be found much cheaper. Overcockers was  dissatisfied with following bad trend: the acceleration gets worse and worse with each BIOS update.

Some of buyers praise the overclocking potential of the motherboard, low operating temperatures, a good location of M.2 slot, reinforced graphics card slots, good cooling of the processor power supply, a good motherboard’s kit. The another good thing is availability of a special bridge for two video cards, branded cable ties. Some buyers were very satisfied  the design and lighting.

R5 1600x @4ghz; G.Skill kit at 3200mhz 14-14-14-34

Paired with a Ryzen 1600x. Successfully overclocked to 4ghz with G.skill ram operating at 3200mhz (14-14-14-34). Great board. Loved being able to update the bios over LAN. There is some anomaly with the TPU profile that impacted my initial attempt at a stable overclock. Set it to TPU II in the bios and now it’s PERFECT.

Customer review from Amazon

Won’t find a better board for this price

Loving this board, just built a new PC a month ago and this board gave me everything I needed and wanted. My only wish is that it had 2 USB 2.0 headers so I don’t need a internal hub. The BIOS is simple and easy to use, I used the tool in the BIOS to OC and it set my CPU to 4GHz and RAM to 3000MHz without any issues. I was amazed at how much of a difference the M.2 SSD makes, it’s my first SSD and I watched Win 10 install in 13 minutes, and from being off the PC loads into windows with everything loaded and ready to go in less than 10 seconds…

This time I went with the trend of RGB and the board has a strip that compliments the rest of the build nicely. There’s 2 RGB headers on the board and the AURA software works like a charm to control all but one RGB part(the RAM fan is Corsair which requires its own software). The Coolermaster RGB fans are daisy chained and add a nice look to the PC, I thought only having 2 RGB headers would limit my options but a few splitters and I’m golden.

Overall this board is a beast for its price, there’s only a few boards I liked better but were much more expensive. I used the included CD to install the drivers since I didn’t have internet access initially, some reviewers have said that using older drivers would cause issues but it worked perfectly and I updated later.

My setup:
Define R6 Black TG case
This board
AMD Ryzen 1700x
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB)
Corsair H60 Liquid CPU Cooler
Samsung 960 EVO M.2 Internal SSD
Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200rpm HDD
Thermaltake Smart Pro RGB 750W PSU
Corsair Dominator Platinum Airflow RGB LED memory Fan
XPG Storm RGB LED Cooling Heatsink for M.2 SSD
Cooler Master MasterFan Pro 140mm High Air Flow RGB Case Fan- 1 120mm Static Pressure fan on the H60 radiator

PROS:
Price
USB3.1, front and rear
Plenty of USB ports on rear
BIOS is very user friendly
2-way SLI and 3-way Crossfire support
EZ overclocking
M.2 SSD ready
AURA Sync
VR ready- if you want to use VR make sure you GPU also supports it
3D Printer support- I’ll never use it but it’s a cool feature

CONS:
1 USB 2.0 header, taken up by case I/O panel
Manual could be more specific in places but the necessary info is there
No WiFi, I don’t use WiFi on PC’s but it’s a feature that should be on all boards nowadays imo
Wish there were more RGB headers but I’m not sure how many boards have more than 2

Overall I’d recommend this board to anyone, wether it’s for gaming, video editing, or just everyday use and you want to be future proofed. ASUS builds solid products and I’ve never had any problems with their boards in all the builds I’ve done for myself or friends/family

Customer review from Amazon

 

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