ASUS ROG Strix X470i Gaming Review

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No matter how often we review mATX or ITX motherboards, their diminutive size continues to be a surprise. It just seems impossible that something this small can compete with the larger models, yet clearly they can. The Strix packaging remains one of the most easily recognisable around thanks to the multi-hued ROG logo.

ASUS ROG Strix X470-I Gaming Review  
ASUS ROG Strix X470-I Gaming Review  

Here it is in all its glory. With such limited acreage it's clear that the ASUS design team have had their work cut out in ensuring that the voltage regulators remain cool under loading, but the thickness and size of the heatsink shows how hard they've tried. We look forward to pushing our Ryzen 7 hard to discover how successful this has been. Otherwise the Strix is exactly what you would expect from an ITX motherboard, with just enough space for every bit of hardware you require.


ASUS ROG Strix X470-I Gaming Review  
ASUS ROG Strix X470-I Gaming Review  

Despite the compact nature of the X470-i there is still the full compliment of fan headers necessary to keep even the beefiest 2nd Generation Ryzen under control. The Strix also has the always popular AURA SYNC LED Strip headers letting you flex your creativity and have a system that reflects your own choice of colour scheme.


ASUS ROG Strix X470-I Gaming Review  

The M.2 heat spreader cleverly incorporates the connectors for the SupremeFX audio, enabling you to have an uncompromised NVMe drive without the board moving into mATX territory. Alongside that we find the WiFi antenna as well as the RJ45 connector for the GigaLAN and the USB 3.1 ports. The Strix X470-I doesn't have any of the latest Type-C connectors, which could be an issue if you've already kept up to date with your USB drives or similar.


ASUS ROG Strix X470-I Gaming Review  

Such is the nature of the format it's very difficult to supply the user with a full compliment of storage connectors in a manner that is easy to use. With the Strix ITX there is one M.2 port on the reverse as you can see from the bottom image, whilst SATA connectors are all the annoying vertical kind that makes cable routing such a pain. Of particular annoyance on the Strix are the two mounted between the DIMM slots and the CPU socket. Those, thanks to the large connector on SATA cables, will be all but impossible to hide away anywhere and you'll be forced to route them over the top of your memory.


ASUS ROG Strix X470-I Gaming Review  
ASUS ROG Strix X470-I Gaming Review  

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Most Recent Comments

30-05-2018, 15:39:47

XPredator
Tom, any news on x470 crossahair extreme?Quote

30-05-2018, 16:18:32

g0ggles1994
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Originally Posted by XPredator View Post
Tom, any news on x470 crossahair extreme?
That won't be for a while yet. The VI Extreme got announced at the end of July last year so a VII Extreme would probably be around the same time-frame. Although I maintain that having it ready for the CPU launch would have sold very well.


TTL, What kind of error did Gears give when you tried running it? Bit weird that it just flat out refused to run at allQuote

30-05-2018, 19:17:02

flowerdealer
Got this board and tried two m.2 drives on the main front slot, and they didn't work. The slot doesn't even appear in the BIOS. Returned it and got an different board instead.Quote

31-05-2018, 05:03:38

AlienALX
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Originally Posted by flowerdealer View Post
Got this board and tried two m.2 drives on the main front slot, and they didn't work. The slot doesn't even appear in the BIOS. Returned it and got an Asrock board instead.
IT would depend on your drive/s and whether you have it set to the right mode. There are two different types of M.2. One is SATA and will need to be set accordingly and the other is NVME which uses PCIE lanes. Usually when you use SATA it knocks out a couple of your SATA ports on the board. However, I would imagine PCIE/NVME needs the controller to be enabled.

Silly question but did you read the manual?Quote

31-05-2018, 06:33:53

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by flowerdealer View Post
Got this board and tried two m.2 drives on the main front slot, and they didn't work. The slot doesn't even appear in the BIOS. Returned it and got an Asrock board instead.

That does sound like user error tbh.Quote
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