ASUS ROG Strix Z370-G Gam­ing WIFI-AC

More Than A Midrange

HWM (Philippines) - - Test - By Lionell Go Mac­ahilig

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.

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