ASUS RoG Strix X370-I Gam­ing

The Ryzen equiv­a­lent.

APC Australia - - The Lab -

It’s fan­tas­tic to see so many AMD boards on the mar­ket since the re­lease of Ryzen, and this has even ex­tended into the SFF mar­ket. This board uses AMD’s X370 chipset and AM4 socket. It’d be nice if In­tel and AMD hadn’t named their chipsets so sim­i­larly, as it’s bound to be an is­sue for con­sumers when choos­ing be­tween a Z370 or X370 board. It’s com­pat­i­ble with both the ex­ist­ing Ryzen series of CPUs, as well as the up­com­ing A-Series Athlon APU, which in­cludes in­te­grated Radeon graph­ics.

This board uses the same tiny mini-ITX form fac­tor, yet that hasn’t stopped ASUS from load­ing up the PCB with plenty of good­ies. It’s got the same sin­gle PCIe x16 phys­i­cal lane for your chunky graph­ics card, which is a must thanks to the board’s lack of an HDMI out­put. There’s a sin­gle PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slot, along with four SATA 3 ports. The out­puts are not iden­ti­cal though, with no HDMI or Dis­playPort. This is a huge omis­sion con­sid­er­ing it is com­pat­i­ble with the A-series Athlon, which re­quires these to make the most of the iGPU in­side this APU. There’s also only three ex­ter­nal 3.5mm stereo mini­jacks, though it does use the same S1220A au­dio codec. Six USB ports are on the rear I/O port, four of which are USB 3.1 Gen.

Con­sid­er­ing the lack of video out­puts and di­min­ished au­dio out­puts, this puts the AMD ver­sion of the ROG STRIX at a strict dis­ad­van­tage if you’re not us­ing a dis­crete video card to turn it into a gam­ing beast. And if you’re not, you’re bet­ter off with one of the cheaper boards.


Con­sid­er­ing its in­abil­ity to run with­out a dis­crete GPU, this board’s price is hard to jus­tify.

X370 AMD chipset; 4 x SATA 3 ports; 1 x M. 2 port; in­te­grated 802.11ac Wi-Fi

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