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We will never get used to the size of the packaging for ITX motherboards. It's extremely difficult when you've been dealing with giant flagship packaging to mention anything but how small both the box and the motherboard itself are. However, credit has to go to the manufacturers these days for not wasting the environment with needlessly large boxes. Some of us remember when games, on a single floppy or CD, came in boxes larger than this.

  
ASUS ROG Strix X370-i Gaming Preview  

If you've seen the Strix Z370-i then much of the design of the X370 AM4 version will seem familiar. It must save them a fortune in tooling now that both the major brands - Intel and AMD - have got similar specifications and thus hardware on their main chipsets. We have WiFi, vital with the flexibility an ITX motherboard affords, M.2 socket for all your blisteringly fast storage needs as well as USB 3.1, USB front panels and SATA ports. Even the CPU area is kept very clean should you want to get into affordable sub-zero cooling.


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

Just because this is an ITX motherboard doesn't mean that ASUS have scrimped on features. Anything with the ROG branding has a certain level of expectation attached and the Strix range has hardly put a foot wrong since it first appeared. So we have AIO pump and fan headers as well as the AURA Sync lighting RGB LED strip headers that so characterise current Strix hardware.

We'll be putting the ASUS AM4 X370-i Strix Gaming through our full review suite soon, but in the meantime let us know your thoughts in our OC3D Forums.


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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