ASUS WS Z390 Pro Review
Published: 10th December 2018 | Source: ASUS | Price: |
Once upon a time all personal computers were workstations because that was about the only task the manufacturers could consider useful. If you just wanted to game you grabbed one of the early consoles, if you wanted light computing there were plenty of affordable home computers around, and if you needed a PC it was for dBase or Lotus 123.
Although early computers also had some gaming support, it wasn't until the advent of 3D accelerators in the late 90s that a home computer moved from being an Amiga or ST towards being a PC, and indeed that the PC you owned went from just playing Commander Keen to busting out some serious graphical prowess. Yes Doom and the like showed you didn't need a Voodoo Gfx card in your system, but only when 3D acceleration hit the market in earnest did a PC go from being a home computer option to the home computer option.
It took a few years between that point and today before motherboards really took the gaming design philosophy by the collar and adapted their designs to suit, but now the idea of a gaming motherboard is such a part of the PC Hardware world that they are no longer their own separate category of gaming products, but the expected norm. Thus when a motherboard appears which is aimed more at the productivity end of the userbase it now has to be singled out in the way that gaming products were in the past, hence the ASUS WS (Workstation) Z390 Pro that we have on test today.
As a workstation motherboard the WS Z390 Pro is equipped with everything you could require to maximise your productivity, from the more obvious elements like umpteen high bandwidth technologies, through AI overclocking of your CPU. If you're particularly keen on maximising your GPUs for calculations then the support for four GPUs will turn your system into a number crunching machine.