ASUS ROG Strix X370-i AM4 Ryzen ITX Motherboard Preview
Published: 25th October 2017 | Source: ASUS | Price: |
One of the most unexpected changes with the recent revolution in technology has been the death of the HTPC.
It doesn't seem all that long ago, certainly within the lifespan of this website, that we were extolling the virtues of certain pieces of hardware for their capabilities in running a compact system quietly so you could stream all your films legally obtained content to the television with the minimum of fuss. No sooner had the hardware caught up to the task than the combination of digital streaming services such as Netflix, and smartphones paired to smart Televisions rendered the HTPC obsolete.
Just because having the ability to stick it under the TV isn't something that it's required to do doesn't mean that the market for smaller form factor hardware has evaporated. ITX motherboards have a huge amount of performance far beyond that you would expect from their diminutive form and their compact dimensions enable them to be crammed into all sorts of weird and wonderful cases. Nobody has built a Millennium Falcon from an E-ATX motherboard, but ITX is perfect.
With the newest AMD chipset, the X370, in place on the AM4 socket, the ASUS Strix X370-i Gaming offers much to those of you looking for a smaller system.
Given the small proportions you could be forgiven for thinking that there might be a shorter feature list than we regularly see in this section, but ASUS will have none of that. They don't just stick the ROG logo on anything. Whilst you peruse this lengthy set of specifications we'll move on to look at the board itself.