ASUS ROG Strix Z370-G Gaming WIFI-AC
More Than A Midrange
Motherboard models in the ASUS Z370 lineup are abundant, encompassing a wide mix of users according to their budget and purpose requirements. Apart from the top-of-the-line Maximus, TUF, and Prime, ASUS has the Strix line as its midrange category, and part of it is the ROG Strix Z370-G AC Wifi.
Measuring 244 x 244mm, the board complies with the MATX form factor, which makes it a perfect fit for midtower casings. Given its size, the number of expansion slots on this board is quite limited, consisting only of two PCIE 3.0 x16 and two PCIE 3.0 x1 slots. Nevertheless, it can still support either a two-way NVIDIA SLI or AMD Crossfirex setup. The board’s back I/O area has a set of connectors typically found on today’s Z370 platforms. The most conspicuous element in the area is the presence of two antenna connectors that are linked to the board’s Bluetooth 4.2+Wi-fi 802.11ac module (thus the AC Wifi suffix). In addition, the board may not have visible onboard, multicolor LEDS, but it does support RGB LED through ASUS Aura Sync feature.
Moving on to the testing portion, the ROG Strix Z370-G AC Wifi was grilled along with the following components: Intel Core i7-8700k CPU, MSI GTX 1050 Ti Gaming X 4G graphics card, 40GB Apacer Panther Rage Illumination DDR4-2400 modules, ADATA SP920SS (256GB) SSD, and Seasonic X Series 650W PSU.
Starting off with Futuremark’s synthetic tests, the ROG Strix Z370-G AC Wifi scored 5110 on Pcmark 10 and 7322 on 3Dmark Fire Strike. In CPUcentric benchmarks such as Cinebench R15 (CPU), WINRAR x64, CPUZ, and POV-RAY 3.7, the board yielded 1366cb, 17506Kbps, 3735.4, and 96.63 seconds. In graphics-centric benchmarks like Cinebench R15 (Opengl), Unigine Heaven 4.0,
and the board got the following results: 147.43fps, 1889, 8039, and 12834. The results are pretty close to the numbers which the higher-end ASUS ROG Maximus X Formula got, though the latter scored higher in general. We were able to overclock the Core i7-8700k chip on the ROG Strix Z370-G AC Wifi to 4.625GHZ, quite close also to Maximus X Formula’s 4.68GHZ.
It may not have all the bells and whistles of higherend ROG motherboards, but the ROG Strix Z370-G AC Wifi is a board that can deliver. It assimilates some of the best features found on its bigger siblings. Easy to tweak, its default and overclocking performance shows that it has the potential to compete with higher-priced models. Locally, the ASUS ROG Strix Z370-G AC Wifi reasonably retails for the price of PHP 11,590.