ASUS ROG Strix X370-i AM4 Ryzen ITX Motherboard Preview

Introduction and Technical Specifications

ASUS ROG Strix X370-i Gaming Preview

Introduction

One of the most unexpected changes with the recent revolution in technology has been the death of the HTPC.

It doesn't seem all that long ago, certainly within the lifespan of this website, that we were extolling the virtues of certain pieces of hardware for their capabilities in running a compact system quietly so you could stream all your films legally obtained content to the television with the minimum of fuss. No sooner had the hardware caught up to the task than the combination of digital streaming services such as Netflix, and smartphones paired to smart Televisions rendered the HTPC obsolete.

Just because having the ability to stick it under the TV isn't something that it's required to do doesn't mean that the market for smaller form factor hardware has evaporated. ITX motherboards have a huge amount of performance far beyond that you would expect from their diminutive form and their compact dimensions enable them to be crammed into all sorts of weird and wonderful cases. Nobody has built a Millennium Falcon from an E-ATX motherboard, but ITX is perfect. 

With the newest AMD chipset, the X370, in place on the AM4 socket, the ASUS Strix X370-i Gaming offers much to those of you looking for a smaller system.

Technical Specifications

Given the small proportions you could be forgiven for thinking that there might be a shorter feature list than we regularly see in this section, but ASUS will have none of that. They don't just stick the ROG logo on anything. Whilst you peruse this lengthy set of specifications we'll move on to look at the board itself.

ASUS ROG Strix X370-i Gaming Preview  
ASUS ROG Strix X370-i Gaming Preview  
ASUS ROG Strix X370-i Gaming Preview  

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Most Recent Comments

26-10-2017, 07:34:43

g0ggles1994
Really hoping this does VRM cooling properly without the need of a top down CPU cooler.

Just wondering though TTL. Has Asus said anything about why the rear IO is so sparse? No video outputs I understand but the lack of USB-C or even some USB 2.0 ports bugs meQuote

26-10-2017, 08:55:25

Digikid
I heavily disagree with the HTPC being obsolete. I make and sell quite a few of them. All of them using Node 302 and Node 202 case and even some Shuttle XPCs.

They are far from obsolete.

Great review though. Looks to be a decent motherboard all around.....as long as you have a GPU. Incredibly stupid that they left that out especially with the newer AMD CPUS w/iGPU ( I refuse to call them APU.....that belongs to the Audio Processing Unit in Sound Cards ) so that is quite dumb IMHO.Quote

26-10-2017, 09:29:57

AlienALX
Looks nice and at least the VRM cooler makes proper contact !Quote

27-10-2017, 03:43:19

Pawel04
Really looking forward to this review! Been waiting patiently to go with the Red Team from my i5 2500k.Quote

27-10-2017, 04:49:40

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by g0ggles1994 View Post

Just wondering though TTL. Has Asus said anything about why the rear IO is so sparse? No video outputs I understand but the lack of USB-C or even some USB 2.0 ports bugs me
Im not sure tbh - maybe there was no room for extra add on chips or something :/Quote
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