The Asus ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming is a good case in point. Rather than pore over the details of each and every feature - and it is chock-full of them - the best course of action is to look at the improvements over the already-reviewed Z270-F Gaming predecessor.
With aesthetics inspired by the sharpest blades and premium colorways to match any mood, the ROG Strix Z370 motherboards are ready to do battle - and infused with all the essential ROG engineering needed to push performance as far as you dare. Ready for the latest 8th Generation Intel Core processors, ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming is loaded with overclocking and cooling innovations to keep your gaming rig's thermals in check as you turn up the clock. Factor in custom Aura RGB illumination and superior SupremeFX audio and you'll know that ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming looks great and sounds amazing - and outperforms every expectation to dominate your game!
Utilising the new Z370 chipset, the Z370-F Gaming hits the mid-range with a distinct yet unassuming monochrome theme. Across this motherboard, we have stunning aesthetics and a good variety of features which include support for up to 4000MHz DDR4, twin M.2 slots with heatsink and trademark ROG features like 5-Way Optimization with Auto-Tuning and FanXpert 4.
- ATX Form Factor
- Intel Z370 Chipset
- LGA1151 Socket
- 4 x Dual-Channel DDR4-4000 (OC) Memory
- 6 x SATA III, 2 x M.2
- 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16, 4 x PCIe 3.0 x1
- USB 3.1 Type-C, USB 3.0, USB 2.0
- HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI-D Outputs
- Aura Sync RGB Lighting
- NVIDIA SLI/AMD CrossFire Support
Back to this board, users planning to install a third graphics card need to note that its bandwidth is muted to x4 and made available from the the heatsink-clad PCH. And anyone requiring even more M.2 support can take advantage of an optional Hyper M.2 card that fits into a x16 slot and interfaces with the CPU instead of the PCH, albeit at the expense of running multiple GPUs.
Our original review found there was little to complain about on the layout and implementation of the Z270-F Gaming. That, of course, remains true here, and Asus does a good job at ensuring that a fully-populated board doesn't block-off easy access to any components. The I/O section, meanwhile, drops a couple of USB ports, strangely, and the archaic PS/2 connector, not so strangely.
- Intel Z370 Chipset
- The Intel Z370 is a single-chipset design that supports 8th-generation Intel Core LGA1151 processors. It provides improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability. Additionally, the Z370 provides a maximum of ten USB 3.0 ports, six SATA 6 Gbps ports, and 32 Gbps M.2 and PCIe 3.0 lane speed support, for faster data retrieval. Intel Z370 also supports integrated-graphics.
- LGA1151 Core Processors
- This motherboard supports 8th Generation Intel Core processors in the LGA1151 package. With integrated graphics, memory, and PCI Express controllers, it supports onboard graphics output with dedicated chipsets, dual-channel (4-DIMM) DDR4 memory, and 16 PCI Express 3.0/2.0 lanes.
- ASUS Aura
- ASUS Aura offers full RGB lighting control with a variety of functional presets for the built-in RGB LEDs and optional RGB strips connected to the onboard RGB headers. It provides Static, Breathing, Strobing, Rainbow, Color Cycle, Comet, Flash & Dash, Wave, Glowing Yo-Yo, Starry Night, Music, and CPU temperature effects. An addressable RGB header and pair of onboard 5050 RGB headers are compatible with lighting strips, fans, coolers, and PC cases, creating new illumination possibilities.
- DDR4 Overclocking
- ASUS OptiMem preserves memory signal integrity by routing memory traces to an optimal PCB layer, and a T-Topology layout ensures time-aligned signals by balancing trace lengths between memory slots. These enhancements offer more overclocking headroom and stability, allowing memory speeds of DDR4-4000 and higher with all slots populated.
- ROG Strix's SupremeFX audio technology delivers a 113dB signal-to-noise ratio on the line-in connection for quality recording and 120dB on the line-out connection for clear sound. There's also a low-dropout regulator for clean power delivery to the SupremeFX S1220A codec. To provide high gain with low distortion, Texas Instruments RC4580 and OPA1688 op-amps are on board. Moreover, an audio cover and line shielding help preserve the audio signal.
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