ASUS ROG Strix X370i Gaming Review

VRM Temperatures

ASUS ROG Strix X370-i Gaming Review

VRM Temperatures

With all of the Ryzen hardware the key thing to have under control has to be the VRM temperatures. There is nothing worse than the motherboard throttling your CPU back because of inadequate VRM cooling. The Strix doesn't come with a temperature sensor on the motherboard so we had to utilise a combination of a thermal sensor and an infrared thermal probe to monitor the temperatures as close to the VRM's as possible (like a built in thermal probe would have been) until we were satisfied that our results we calibrated correctly.

Indeed we spent particularly long over this element because the results were much better than we would have expected them to be given the size of the heatsink on the Strix. You can get away with passive cooling (!) but even with a 1.4v 4GHz overclock in place you don't need to resort to a direct fan but can simply rely on the natural airflow within your case. These low temperatures guarantee that the board wont thermally throttle and thus we should see some scores that belie its ITX size.

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07-11-2017, 13:51:52

That conclusion was perfectly true and it's about bloody time someone realized that. Well said Tom.Quote

07-11-2017, 14:14:24

Thanks for this review, very thorough as usual! Been waiting quite some time to pull the trigger on a R5 1600 build and i think this is my perfect motherboard for it. The only thing stopping me from getting the Gigabyte board was the VRM temp issues you mentioned in your review and this board doesnt seem to have them.

Just wondering though, did you by any chance get your hands on the b350-i? Wanting to know if its really worth paying extra for the x370 when for all my needs, they offer the same things...Quote

07-11-2017, 18:38:10

Eddie long
um interesting little board , have we got a problem with the upload , or was that deliberate before you threw you teddies guv seems to stop sort be for your conclusionQuote

07-11-2017, 18:57:18

I wondered that too, I was just settled in for a nice juicy TTL conclusion rant and BOOM end of video. I've still got biscuits and half a cuppa left!Quote

07-11-2017, 19:42:41

Great review Tom!
Is there any rumors about an matx board incoming?Quote

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