ASUS ROG Strix Z590-E Gaming WiFi Review
Published: 30th March 2021 | Source: ASUS | Price: |
Unquestionably the ROG Strix range is one that has proven a massive success since its launch a few years ago. The whole product range sit in an upper middle ground between the vanilla ASUS products and their performance and feature orientated ROG ones.
With the Strix you're largely getting the features that you would from something like a Maximus or MARS, but with a little more attention paid to the sizzle as well as the steak than pure Republic Of Gamers products have. They still have all the features most of us would use in the real world, but whereas the top end ROG stuff also has some more esoteric options, the Strix range is everything to everybody, and because it's lacking those specialist elements it's usually more affordable too.
The Strix-E has always been a big seller, and with the addition of PCIe 4.0 it should be even more desirable. Let's find out.
So much of the Z590 chipset is locked down to the chipset and processor combination that there isn't a lot to pick between the various motherboards. However, the Strix-E gives you more connectivity options than most, whether it's the incredible four M.2 NVMe slots or just a good selection of USB ports in all the various types we've come to expect on modern motherboards. With 14+2 Power Stages under the heatsink we're expecting good things from the Strix-E.
As befits a motherboard carrying both the ROG and Strix names, the Strix-E has plenty of fan headers to ensure you can have the maximum amount of airflow keeping your new 11th Gen Rocket Lake CPU cool at all times. This is even more important thanks to the addition of PCI Express 4.0, which has enough bandwidth to ensure that good cooling is vital to helping your M.2 NVME drives perform to their utmost.