ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming II WiFi Review

ASUS ROG X570-E Gaming II Preview

Up Close – Packaging and Overview

The Strix itself it’s a very familiar box design with the black main part and the red edges. We get a bit misty eyed remembering the red boxes of old like the famous Rampage II.

ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming II WiFi Review  
ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming II WiFi Review  

The top half is so like the Crosshair VIII it is uncanny. We’re not saying it’s a parts bin special, but there isn’t much to differentiate the Strix II from the other ROG X570 motherboards, beyond that glitched logo which we still hate.

ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming II WiFi Review  

The lower half is similarly familiar. We didn’t realise how used we had got to the 3 or 4 M.2 slots on the very latest PCBs until we saw the Strix and remembered that X570 motherboards largely come with just the two.

ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming II WiFi Review  

Starting off at the top left with the 8+4 12V CPU power inputs. Unlike other ASUS motherboards we’ve looked at recently they haven’t squeezed a fan header into this part of the PCB.

ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming II WiFi Review  

Thankfully for the neat freaks amongst you the fan headers are all grouped together for ease of cable management. The RGB/ARGB headers which form the basis of the AURA lighting ecosystem are split, but not too far apart. Nothing an extension cable couldn’t solve.

ASUS ROG Strix X570-E Gaming II WiFi Review