ASUS ROG Strix Z490-I Gaming Preview
Published: 20th May 2020 | Source: ASUS | Price: |
Up Close - Cooling and Lighting
The M.2 heatsink is extremely well designed as you can see from this neat row of capacitors. It matches up perfectly to the looks of the main power phase cooling. Whilst nobody would accuse the CPU area of being spread out, we think that this is an excellent testament to the careful design skills of the ASUS R&D department.
The amount of heatsink that has been squeezed onto the Z490-I footprint is pretty darn impressive. Whilst we don't yet know the ratings of the MOSFETs, we've seen plenty of variance with anything from 45A to 90A used. Given the size of the heatsink, but the usual slightly cautious nature of ITX motherboards, we'd guess around the lower end of that scale.
Lastly that heatsink for the M.2 also has built in lighting, as if its current design wasn't flashy enough. Whilst you await our full review of the ASUS Strix Z490-I Gaming, you can discuss it on the OC3D Forums.