ASUS TUF X470-Plus Review
The X470 chipset is very much the premium of the AMD offerings and even a cursory glance at the model names that we’ve seen the main players produce emphasises how high end it is; We’ve seen Crosshair and Strix from ASUS, Aorus Gaming 7 from Gigabyte and M7 from MSI. Some heavy hitting options.
ASUS TUF range has been around a while now since we first saw it on the P67 platform where it wowed us with the combination of high quality components for longevity and the TUF Armor that cleverly hid all the uninteresting parts of the motherboard to give a smooth, hewn from a single piece, look to it.
Now ASUS have launched their TUF branded X470 motherboard, the rather obviously named TUF X470-Plus, supporting Aura Sync RGB LED lighting, DDR4 3200MHz, 32Gbps M.2, and native USB 3.1 Gen 2. All the major technologies are in place, so it only remains for us to grab our 2nd Generation Ryzen 7 CPU and see how it stacks up against the competition.
There are all the elements you would expect to find on an X470 motherboard included with the TUF, but it definitely looks a step below the feature rich offerings from the ROG arm of the ASUS brand. Without the TUF Armor or any significant on-board lighting the PCB looks somewhat plain, whilst the IO section has more gaps than a toddlers teeth. But let’s take a proper look at it in the flesh rather than draw any aesthetic conclusions from the specifications overview.