ASUS TUF X470-Plus Review

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ASUS TUF X470-Plus Review

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The TUF range has generally gone for a utilitarian aesthetic and the X470 Plus is no exception. The packaging is definitely of the "no fuss" variety with the model name dominating proceedings.

ASUS TUF X470-Plus Review  

Out of the box the first thing that grabs your attention is the TUF logo which wouldn't look out of place on a 1970s concert poster. Whilst the X470 hasn't got the TUF Armor it does have another entry in the ASUS printed PCB range, something that helps break up the visuals better than a plain black PCB might.


ASUS TUF X470-Plus Review  

At the top end of the motherboard is the familiar AM4 socket alongside the four DIMM slots for the up-to 3200MHz DDR4 that the TUF supports. We're so used to seeing massive rows of chokes that the relatively few on the TUF came as a small surprise, but it means that there is much more room available around the CPU socket, something that will be of interest to the heavy overclocking brigade.


ASUS TUF X470-Plus Review  

It seems curious for a motherboard labelled TUF to not come with fully reinforced slots for either the PCI Express cards nor the DDR4 modules. We are pleased to see that ASUS have included two full size M.2 ports though, perfect to maximise your storage speeds and capacity.


ASUS TUF X470-Plus Review  

The decision to utilise our hated vertical SATA ports doesn't fill us with love for the TUF either. There is something about the combination that just looks a little cheap. Given how impressive older models in the TUF range were, and how much we loved them, we have to say that this particular design doesn't remotely put a tilt in our kilt.


ASUS TUF X470-Plus Review  

One thing that the TUF X470-Plus doesn't lack for is fan headers. With dedicated fan/AIO headers at the side of the TUF and two at the top by the CPU socket you can be sure that there is enough places available on the PCB to let you place your cooling in the most suitable spot.


ASUS TUF X470-Plus Review  
ASUS TUF X470-Plus Review  

There is just the one RGB LED strip header on the TUF, above the ATX 24 pin input. Anybody else feel that the random piece of design in the middle of the DIMM slots looks like someone in a crash helmet twerking or is our pareidolia acting up again?


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Most Recent Comments

11-07-2018, 11:37:27

WYP
... It always annoys me when motherboards ship without full voltage control. I don't like using voltage offsets, they differ far too much from board to board and don't offer the kind of control that I would expect when overclocking. I would have expected more from an X470 motherboard.Quote

11-07-2018, 12:34:07

Bartacus
Damn, Asus appears to be slipping. I'm still not happy with my CH6 Hero, and this looks even worse. Eeek!Quote

12-07-2018, 05:26:10

Gothmoth
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Originally Posted by Bartacus View Post
Damn, Asus appears to be slipping. I'm still not happy with my CH6 Hero, and this looks even worse. Eeek!



why not? i have two of them and they run flawless 24/7.Quote

12-07-2018, 07:44:10

Bartacus
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Originally Posted by Gothmoth View Post
why not? i have two of them and they run flawless 24/7.
Lucky you. I can't even shut off the damn motherboard LEDs without cutting power to the system (and yes the option IS set in the bios). I've also had to revert to stock due to stability issues. Not impressed.Quote
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