ASUS' ROG Strix X670E-I Gaming motherboard pushes the ITX form factor to its limit

ASUS has packed a tonne of features into the compact ITX form factor

ASUS' ROG Strix X670E-I Gaming motherboard pushed the ITX form factor to its limit

AMD's X670E chipset has forced ASUS to think out the side of the box for its ITX ROG Strix X670E-I Gaming WIFI motherboard

The Mini-ITX form factor presents unique challenges to motherboard makers. For starters, motherboard designers have less room to work with, and that makes cooling difficult and it makes component placement a challenge. With AMD's AM5 socket and X670E chipset, a dual-chipset design from AMD, these issues are magnified, making the design process for ASUS' ROG Strix X670E-I Gaming WIFI a nightmare.

To create their new X670E-I ITX motherboard, ASUS needed to think outside of the box. By doing that, ASUS's ROG X670E-I Gaming WIFI has become more capable than its ITX predecessors and significantly more advanced. This new motherboard design is a triumph for ASUS, assuming that everything works as intended when the time comes to review this mini monster. 

ASUS' ROG Strix X670E-I Gaming motherboard pushed the ITX form factor to its limit

ASUS has confirmed that the heatsinks included on the X670E-I Gaming WIFI are active coolers, which means that they are fan assisted heatsink designs. This is a necessity given the wattages that modern high-end processors can pull, and this heatsink design should ensure that the X670E-I Gaming WIFI remains cool under load.

ASUS has also moved buttons and ports away from the rear I/O of their new ITX motherboard to leave additional space for more connectivity options. This leaves space for USB4 ports, heatsink vents, and video outputs. Features like audio I/O and BIOS flashback have been moved off-board and onto ASUS' bundled ROG Strix HIVE. 

Using raised sections and vertical daughterboards, ASUS has been able to cram in a lot of features into their new X670E-I Gaming WIFI motherboard, making the most out of the compact ITX form factor.

ASUS' ROG Strix X670E-I Gaming motherboard pushed the ITX form factor to its limit

As mentioned before, ASUS' ROG Strix Hive has moved several buttons and components off-board and onto a convenient connectivity add-on. Now, you no longer need to reach around to access BIOS flashback or similar buttons. The Hive also acts as an audio control hub, offering users a useful audio control knob and mute functions.

The Strix Hive allows ASUS to support more I/O options on their X670E-I Gaming WIFI and improve its cooling potential by leaving ample space for air vents. The Strix Hive is what makes the Strix X670E-I Gaming possible, making it an excellent add-on. 

As a X670E motherboard, the ROG Strix X670E-I Gaming WIFI support a PCIe 5.0 GPU connection and a PCIe 5.0 connection for M.2 storage. This makes ASUS' latest MITX motherboard ready for PCIe 5.0 graphics cards and storage, which should come as great news for forward looking users.

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ASUS' ROG Strix X670E-I Gaming motherboard pushed the ITX form factor to its limit

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Most Recent Comments

23-08-2022, 19:38:40

Going to be expensive I bet. The last three generations of these boards have gotten SUBSTANTIAL price hikesQuote

25-08-2022, 09:50:57

The only thing I like is the external DAC. That is worth at least a 100 extra. But people who are buying this level of hardware probably have their own. So yea... Not excited about the price.Quote

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