ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-I Gaming Motherboard Review @ [H]

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  1. Kyle_Bennett

    Kyle_Bennett El Chingón Staff Member

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    ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-I Gaming Motherboard Review

    ASUS dominates the mini-ITX market with its various "I" series motherboards. It proved that going to a smaller form factor didn’t mean compromising on performance, only expandability. Even then, ASUS has mitigated a lot of those limitations as well. Does the ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-I Gaming motherboard live up to its predecessors.
     
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    • Two NVMe /M.2 slots supporting Raid, Wow! On a miniITX which is really ideal
    • 8 USB ports on back - Nice
    • It has more power phases for the CPU as far as I can tell then any other miniITX Z370
    • OC/Performance looks to be flawless
    • dual band Wifi, Bluetooth, quality audio . . .
    Only negative or pet peeve for this form factor is one chassis fan, with great OCing ability it would be nice having more of those.

    I am hoping ASUS carries this over to the X470/B470 miniITX line in the near future. Another very good review, only thing
    not in the review I would be interested in, especially in this form factor are thermals of the VRM and board in general.​
     
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    I am looking to upgrade my 2015 Asrock X99E-ITX/ac i7-5960x Titan Xp system but am hesitant with the current CPU's not being fixed.
    This mb sounds right up my alley.
     
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    So yeah, about a high-end MVNe M.2 SSD on a Asus ROG STRIX Z370-I Gaming ... tl/dr: it runs hot!

    That MVNe SSD is screaming fast, like nothing else I have ever had in game-pc at home.
    A benchmark doesn't say a whole lot, but the whole system just feels snappier then the old i7 7700K Intel MVNe U.2 (M.2 wirth a cable) 400GB.

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    I currently have a Samsung 960 Pro 1TB installed on the front M.2 slot of my Asus ROG Strix Z370-I Gaming which is in a DAN A4-SFX v2 case, my i7 8700K is cooled by a Asetek 545LC, so the only fan in my system is the one on the radiator of the latter (and yes, also a fan in my Corsair SF600 PSU).

    The other night I was playing Quake Champions while recording my gameplay via nVidia Shadowplay and downloading Destiny in the background. Both plexi-glass sidepanels were installed.

    When I finally quit Quake Champions my system felt very slow and didn't seem to register any input from mouse or keyboard. After a few seconds Quake Champions quit, and I could see my desktop. I immediately thought there was something wrong with the temperatures of either my CPU or GPU. HWMonitor showed the temperatures of the GPU as somewhere around 80°C, well within the margin of 91°C for a GTX1080Ti. The non-delidded i7 8700K was something around 70°C, very happy with the Asetek 545LC.

    But then I took a look at the temperature of the Samsung 960 Pro, it showed as 91°! Reading the internet there is no official information about thermal throtteling for a Samsung SSD, but test show that it begins to lower performance at around 75°C.

    I rebooted the system and the UEFI bios displayed a message like "consider replacing HDD". I left the system off for a couple of minutes, and it booted just fine afterwards.

    This makes me believe those heatsinks in the Asus ROG Strix Z370-I Gaming are there for a reason. But because of the watercooling there is no airflow around the heatsinks of the SSD.

    So, I'll need to add a fan to blow fresh outside air around the heatsinks of the motherboard.
    Currently have this as solution until I find a more final solution:

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    With the Noctua Fan blowing air on the heatsinks of the SSD, the temperatures now never exceed 40°C. This is after a SSD stresstest of about an hour.

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    Temperatures for SFX is so critical for getting the performance out of the hardware and can be darn right hard to achieve. Looks like you were able get things cool.
     
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    I bought Asus Z370-G Gaming Strix which is a bit bigger. But I swear I will never again buy Asus motherboard.

    I used to hold them in high regard but it was about 4 years since I last time owned Asus motherboard.
    The new motherboard had all type of issues. Unable to flash/too complicated. Asus provides a file but you can't use it because you need to use some app to convert it to a working file type. And that app is bugged and I couldn't get it to work.
    Also, WIFI driver keeps dropping and the WIFI driver Asus provides is wrong and doesn't work.
    I had to extract WIFI driver from Windows update so I can update Windows (I had neither LAN or WIFI working). After that WIFI worked until suddenly the driver disappeared. I was unable to get it working again and now I just have a fucking cable across the rum.

    Man, fuck Asus motherboards.
     
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    I have another experience ... Before installing an OS on my SSD, I plugged in a network cable, and booted in the UEFI bios of this motherboard. After enabling the network stack in the UEFI bios and reboot I was able to download and install the most recent BIOS update directly from Asus's website.
     
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    Not sure why u2 with m2 dongles or "drivebays" isn't a thing yet, would be a lot easier to design boards around (and simple to go up to 3 or 4 off Z370) and you can rgb heatsink bling up m2 stuff which they seem to love. A pair of m2 2280 would readily fit inside a 2.5" drive-sized carrier with plenty of room left over for the rgb sync cable (lol). Its kinda odd because there are plenty of cheap m2 to u2 boards (electrically compatible) hell there are even m2 to x4 pcie on breakout boards.

    The fastest drives are u2 anyways, performance has a power and thermal cost that exceeds m2's laptop design origins.

    Of all the vendors I would expect asus or asrock to do it first, "RGBpimp edition itx with 4 way nvme raid!!!!1111" or whatever.
     
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    Why is XMP such a step daughter nowadays with Asus ?

    My 3600 still wont fire up, 3200 is max :(
     
  11. Kyle_Bennett

    Kyle_Bennett El Chingón Staff Member

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    Is your RAM on the QVL list?
     
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    Kyle,

    yes it is, it's the Corsair 3600-CL16-16-16-36 (red) edition. Now they are marked as 16-17-(17)-36 and have an "R" at the end of their item number, R for RED I guess.

    It's not only me having such issues, our flight forum has a few more members with ( mainly Asus ) new Z370 and RAM problems, mainly XMP wont work.


    I had this same RAM 4-ship config in my Z270 where it wasnt in the QVL and they worked, took a few Bios updates to run via XMP but I was always able to dial in the numbers myself, accept a (much) longer boot time ( time to post ), but they worked.

    With this new Z370 I kept the RAM as it is a 32GB kit and gave my Z270/7700k to my son, along with a new pair of Gskill 16GB-3600-CL16-16-16-36. They worked in the Z270 without any issue, XMP and done. The price of RAM held me back to buy another

    new 32GB kit for me, also my son doesnt need 32GB, he has no use for them. Thats why I kept them.

    I can dial in what I want, go as slow as 19-19-etc.. 1.45v....nothing helps. I get all sorts of error messages,IntelME-FW


    Asus Forum Guru said this to QVL: It only states that we had 1 pair of those listed RAM kits in 1 board and they worked, that is all.

    QVL makes sense for servers and adapter cards. Desktop boards should not follow this trail. it just makes one not want to buy again = bad experience.

    I may have some understanding, others dont, they say " The box says it runs RAM till 4133, says XMP too, now my RAM is 3866 + XMP and it wont even boot"

    How do we please such guys ? Not with a QVL answer, you loose a customer in the long run.

    Don't advertise what you cannot hold comes to my mind.
     
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    The ITX AM4 board Asus just launched has, like, no USB ports on it.

    I believe that board is crying out to be bent over the test bench taking it [H]ard.
     
  14. Kyle_Bennett

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    Yea, don't know what to tell you about that. I have really not had any issues at all with rated RAM on ASUS Intel boards, so I don't know what to tell you, expect, that sucks.
     
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    Me neither, never had any RAM issues on any Asus board since - I don’t know - 1998?
     
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    I have 4x8 Gskill 3600C16-16-16 on the hero z370 using XMP, no problems. These are a pair of 2x8 kits too, were on "sale".

    But yes, QVL has never been much of a guarantee, it just means they tested a handful (or one) sample and it worked. Everything past jedec is technically a crapshoot.

    FWIW I avoid corsair lately, they have little or no samsung chips and constantly change what they use behind every little revision number, probably whatever spot is cheap the day they order them. They have been coasting on "easy intel" compatibility for awhile, ryzen being more picky has shined a light on them.
     
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    It's by far not the first board that makes trouble

    At least in my case, Typhoon says it's a Samsung B-die.

    This was my last Corsair kit, my son already got a 16GB-3600/CL16 kit from Gskill. No more Corsair anywhere tbh, not even the case. Done with that company, relabel, reprint, re-something, but no real value beyond glimmer in many "cases", stee as thin as can be etc..