ASUS ROG Z390-I Strix ITX Review
Published: 19th October 2018 | Source: ASUS | Price: |
If you've been following along with our Z390 reviews so far then you'll be aware of what they have to offer when compared to their Z370 forebears. If you haven't, then the primary changes are support for the 9th Generation of Intel CPUs, slightly faster DDR4 support, chipset level support for the Gen2 USB 3.1 and Intel's own AC WiFi.
The huge benefit of so many of the modern features we've become accustomed to now being handled at a chipset level is that it allows the smaller form factors to still handle all the desires we have without compromise just because there is a smaller footprint upon which to place the hardware. With less need for extra chips to provide more SATA ports or USB ports the modern ITX is a huge step up from the ones of old.
Having already looked at the Z390 Strix-E when we did our main testing on the new 9th Generation Intel Core i9-9900K it's time to see if the ITX matches up to the great showing the ATX version had. Additionally you get all the features we have come to expect from a Republic of Gamers motherboard. It might be small, but it's perfectly formed.
If you cast even a cursory eye upon the massive list of specifications that form the heart of the ROG Z390 Strix-I then you'll see how much technology is available to you, from some seriously fast overclocked DDR4 through twin M.2 connectors that support the Intel Optane technology, USB 3.1 Gen2 ports and built in 5Gb/s WiFi.