Value for Money - 76%
Quality - 89%
Look/Feel - 82%
Extra's/Features - 77%
Last year we saw the launch of Intel’s latest CPU line, the Coffee Lake CPU’s. And with the release, we also saw a whole bunch of new motherboards for the new chipsets. We had the opportunity to test drive Asus’s new ROG Strix Z370-E Gaming, a slightly higher priced gaming board(you also get a G, I, F and H board configuration) that is aimed more at the gamer and content creator than Over-clockers and Enthusiast builders.
Coming in about at R4500(just a bit higher than Asus competitions boards) you can look forward to RGB lighting, Intel Optane memory ready, Dual M.2 drive slots and for me the cherry on top is a built-in Aluminium header for your main M.2 Drive slot. So let’s have a quick look at the specks for the board
As you can see it has some awesome specs, one thing to note is that isn’t a lot of USB connection on the rear IO(USB3.1 1x Type-A and 1x Type-C, 2x USB3.1 Gen1 and 2xUSB 2.0). Personally, that was a bit of a let down as almost everything these days run on USB(from your headphones to your Phone) and I was used to it on my older Z170 board. But this is not that bad as you can get more USB port using the internal outputs. Overclocking can also be done on this board, but don’t expect dedicated reset, power or clr CMOS buttons on the board. This is left to it’s bigger cussins in the ROG line. But you still can overlcock with the help of ASUS dedicated application that does it for you safely.
Another cool feature that I loved about the board is that you can 3D print parts for your board to further customize it to your liking, and ASUS even supplies you with the files you need to do it with! As you know almost everything these days are RGB enabled and the ASUS ROG Strix Z370-E Gaming (un)fortunately has been given the same treatment. But, I must say whoever was in charge of it didn’t go too heavy handed with it on the board. They also included 3 RGB headers so that you can control your whole case from there dedicated software called Arura SYNC. It is a pretty nifty program and changing colours didn’t take a degree in rocket science to figure out.
Overall I was really pleased with the board, with the exception being the rear panel that had too little USB ports. The design is eye-catching(black with a light grey/white finish) and the rear shroud looked like it just came out of a battle with a Samurai. I would recommend this board to anybody that is upgrading from the Z170 chipsets or a gamer that is looking for a rock solid motherboard(it also has a 3-year warranty) and that has look for there new custom build. This is your local mad scientist signing out…Looks like it is time for me to upgrade…..
Estimated RRP: R4500.00
Release Date: Sep/Oct 2017
- Love the fact that they didn’t overdo the RGB on the board
- Custom 3D printed parts!
- The battle damaged and overall brushed metal finish of the heat spreaders
- Slightly disappointed with the rear IO in regards to USB connections
- Nothing really else to find fault with on the board or with it