• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Socket: PGA 1331
  • Chipset: AMD X370
  • RAM Slots: 4
  • Memory: 3200(OC)/ 3000(OC)/ 2800(OC)/ 2600(OC)/ 2400/ 2133 MHz DDR4
  • Ports: 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort, 1x LAN, 1x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C, 1x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A, 6x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A, 5x Audio port, 1x Optical (SPDIF), 2x PCIe 3.0 x16, 1x PCIe 2.0 x16, 3x PCIe x1, 8x SATA 6Gb/s, 1x M.2
  • Pros:
  • Overclocking stability
  • Lots of fan headers
  • Cons:
  • RAM speeds limited
  • Benchmark Results
  • PCMark Home: 4,051 points
  • PCMark Creative: 5,309 points
  • PCMark Work: 3,386 points

Just About Right

It’s been months after AMD’s launch of its new platform and CPUs. While there has been one in our test labs almost every month, it was less than we expected. But after this year’s COMPUTEX, more than a few more have surface, including the ROG Strix X370-F Gaming.

Looking at its layout, the area around the CPU socketW for this motherboard is relatively spacious, with no RAM clearance issues for all but the largest tower cooler. Then, there’s also four RAM slots, three PCIe slots available (two of them reinforced with metal), a SupremeFX audio chipset and a M.2 slot supporting M-key modules.

In terms of headers, ASUS was quite generous by providing a total of seven for fans – three for case fans, one for an AIO’s pump, another for a water pump, and two for CPU fans. Along with the two RGB headers on the board, this motherboard will be able to control and sync all the lighting with the Aura Sync software. Incidentally, the shroud over the back I/O ports also has RGB lighting installed in it.

In regards to the I/O, there’s plenty to go around here for power users. At the back alone, you get 10 USB ports – two USB 2.0, two USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type-A and Type-C), six USB 3.1 Gen 1, and two USB 2.0. There is also a HDMI and DisplayPort, which will be usable if you installed a Ryzen APU on the system. Finally, there’s the standard array of six audio jacks, allowing you to use surround speakers or high-end ones that require an SPDIF cable.

Another interesting feature on this board is that it’s 3D printing friendly. It has mounts near the M.2 slot, allowing you to either decorate that part of the board with your own 3D-printed objects, or buy pre-built ones from ASUS like the mini cooling fan for the M.2 module.

While limited RAM speeds (max 3,200 MHz) holds it back, the CPU overclocking for this motherboard is still quite good. Depending on individual CPUs and the chosen cooling solution, users can expect stable overclocked base clocks ranging from 101 MHz to up to about 150 MHz. This means that hitting 4.1GHz on a Ryzen 7 1700X isn’t too farfetched; we got about 3.9 GHz on our Ryzen 5 1600 using ASUS 5-Way Optimization feature, which is an automated overclocking feature. Manually doing so with the right hardware will yield greater results.

CHIP CONCLUDE: With a healthy dose of fan headers and plenty of room for overclocking, this board makes for a relatively affordable choice for people who want crank up the performance.

(previously published in issue July 2017)

ASUS ROG Strix X370-F Gaming