ASUS Z370i Strix Gaming Review

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You would imagine after all these years that we'd be used to how much smaller an ITX motherboard is when compared to its ATX brethren, but nope. Because the large majority of the motherboards that are sent to us for review are full size offerings, the tiny size of both the box and the motherboard itself always come as a surprise. We still don't quite understand how they manage to fit everything onto such a tiny PCB, but they do.

ASUS Z370i Strix Gaming Review  
ASUS Z370i Strix Gaming Review  

The heatsinks keeping the MOSFETs cool are very much functional rather than aesthetically pleasing, so hopefully the results will be worth ASUS efforts to commit to something which works, rather than something which looks nice in press photographs.


ASUS Z370i Strix Gaming Review  

The use of vertical SATA ports mean that the Strix probably wont win many "tidy internal cable routing" awards when complete, but trying to fit so much on the PCB whilst remaining within the strict confines of the ITX format will always be a compromise. Would you prefer a tidy system or one that supports all your requirements? Us too. It's nice to see that the PCI Express slot comes with the armour reinforcement, particularly given its placement right on the edge of the PCB.


ASUS Z370i Strix Gaming Review  

With such limited space on the front side of the PCB it is becoming more popular to utilise the reverse for the M.2 drives, and thanks to their thinness there is no danger of fouling on the case.


ASUS Z370i Strix Gaming Review  

Around the back there is a plentiful selection of USB ports, in every type from the Type-C USB 3.1 down to regular old USB 2.0. With both DisplayPort and HDMI outputs alongside WiFi and even a USB 3.1 front panel header, the ASUS Z370i Strix will easily handle most of the tasks that a mainstream userbase will ask of it.


ASUS Z370i Strix Gaming Review  

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Most Recent Comments

26-02-2018, 11:49:08

Avet
Exactly the right question Tom. Why aren't there more ITX builds? Few generations back now ITX boards don't lack in performance, yet the builds are still ATX. Apart from my system every other that i have seen in person has only GPU in it, and no one is even considering ITX, or mATX. Also there aren't many systembuilders that are forcing ITX.Quote

26-02-2018, 12:41:15

Dawelio
I’m on the AMD equilvent of this motherboard Quote

26-02-2018, 12:48:48

AlienALX
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Originally Posted by Avet View Post
Exactly the right question Tom. Why aren't there more ITX builds? Few generations back now ITX boards don't lack in performance, yet the builds are still ATX. Apart from my system every other that i have seen in person has only GPU in it, and no one is even considering ITX, or mATX. Also there aren't many systembuilders that are forcing ITX.
There would be far more ITX builds if SSD storage had matured to very large drives and being affordable. The reason I do not have ITX is because for the 4tb of storage I have it would cost me more than I paid for the entire rig. Now I know you can have a NAS etc but that all just adds extra expense.Quote

26-02-2018, 14:20:34

g0ggles1994
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Originally Posted by Dawelio View Post
I’m on the AMD equilvent of this motherboard
How you liking it? My partner is on the B350 version and it's perfectly sound for what she doesQuote

27-02-2018, 03:40:55

Avet
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Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
There would be far more ITX builds if SSD storage had matured to very large drives and being affordable. The reason I do not have ITX is because for the 4tb of storage I have it would cost me more than I paid for the entire rig. Now I know you can have a NAS etc but that all just adds extra expense.
I am speaking in general. For most people 4 SATA ports are more than enough.Quote
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