ASUS RoG Strix Z370-I Gam­ing

Not cheap, and cer­tainly not nasty.

APC Australia - - The Lab -

As the sec­ond most ex­pen­sive In­tel-based moth­er­board in this roundup, we ex­pected great things from this mini-ITX board. It’s sur­pris­ing to see such a high price on such a small board. For such a small size, ASUS has man­aged to squeeze ev­ery­thing but the kitchen sink onto this mini mir­a­cle.

It’s run­ning In­tel’s top Z370 chipset with twin mem­ory mod­ules that can run up to a speed of 4,333MHz with a to­tal of 32GB of mem­ory. Thanks to the small size, there’s a sin­gle PCIe x16 slot, which is all gamers will need for their graph­ics card. Again, due to the tiny size, there are only four SATA 3 ports, along with a sin­gle M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 slot.

Un­for­tu­nately the HDMI out ap­pears to be 1.4, as it only sup­ports 24Hz at 4K res­o­lu­tion, which is a big over­sight at this price; at least the Dis­playPort can run 4K at the full 60Hz. 802.11ac Wi-Fi is in­te­grated along­side a sin­gle Eth­er­net port. An ex­ter­nal an­tenna on a cord is in­cluded to im­prove re­cep­tion.

ASUS has im­ple­mented its re­fined take on the com­mon ALC1220 au­dio codec, known as the S1220A, which is a slight im­prove­ment over the au­dio so­lu­tion found in other boards. A sin­gle SP/ DIF out­put is in­cluded in case you don’t want to use HDMI, along with five 3.5mm mini­jacks. A whop­ping eight USB ports also make the grade, four of which are USB 3.1 Gen 1, with an­other four avail­able via mid-board con­nec­tions.

It might be ex­pen­sive, but for such a tiny board, it packs a punch. How­ever, an HDMI 2.0 would have made this a per­fect gam­ing box.

Z370 chipset, 8 x USB ports (4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1); 4 x SATA 3; 1 x M. 2; in­te­grated 802.11ac Wi-Fi

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