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ASUS Prime Z370-A Motherboard Review

With the launch of Intel’s 8th Generation desktop processors last week and the need for a new chipset (Intel Z370) we have a slew of new motherboards on the block. ASUS has quite a few different Z370 motherboards available right now, from their higher-end Republic of Gamers (ROG) brand to their more affordable Prime series. I am actually a huge fan of the Prime Series. It gives you all of the great features you expect on a motherboard, without many of the extras that cost more and you simply don’t make use of. Today we are taking a look a the new ASUS Prime Z370-A Motherboard. This ATX motherboard has great features including dual M.2 slots, USB 3.1 Gen 2, 2-way SLI and 3-way CrossFire support, and even some cool RGB LEDs. You are going to get all of this for $174.99. Add an affordable “Coffee Lake” processor and you have the makings of a pretty awesome system. Let’s dive in and see what this motherboard is all about.

Special thanks to ASUS for providing us with the Prime Z370-A Motherboard to review.

Main Features
– Designed exclusively for 8th generation Intel® Core™ processors to maximize connectivity and speed with Dual M.2, USB 3.1 Gen2, Intel® Thunderbolt 3 support and Intel® Optane™ Memory compatibility
– 5-Way Optimization with Auto-Tuning and FanXpert 4 automatically tailors overclocking profiles to your unique build for maximum OC performance and dynamic system cooling
– Unmatched Personalization with ASUS exclusive AURA Sync RGB lighting, additional RGB header and 3D-printing mounts
– Two Patent-pending SafeSlots feature an injection molding process that integrates metal framing for a stronger, firmly anchored PCIe slot built for heavyweight GPUs
– Industry-leading 8-channel HD audio enhanced by ASUS exclusive Realtek S1220A featuring Crystal Sound 3 and driven by Japanese capacitors for warm, immersive sound

Packaging
The Prime Z370-A Motherboard comes in a very nice retail box. On the front there is a large photo of the motherboard and many emblems representing different features. The biggest emblem happens to be for ASUS’s Aura Sync, so yes we have RGB LEDs on this board.

ASUS Prime Z370-A Motherboard

Flipping over to the back there is a lot of information. First many of the main features are detailed on the right. On the left there is another shot of the motherboard giving you a run-down of different sections of the board as well as the rear I/O.

ASUS Prime Z370-A Motherboard

Getting everything out of the box we of course have the Prime Z370-A Motherboard as well as three SATA cables, I/O shield, CPU installation tool, 2-way SLI HB bridge, Q-connector, screws for M.2 drives, driver and installation DVD, user’s guide, and a 20% off code for CableMod cables.

ASUS Prime Z370-A Motherboard

Bob Buskirk
the authorBob Buskirk
About 10 years of computer experience. Been messing around with electronics since I was 5, got into computers when I was in highschool, been modding them ever since then. Very interested in how things work and their design.
  • Dwayne1011

    Page 6 System Overview – typo (Gigabyte) Asus Z370 Prime 🙂

    Enjoying the review so far, thanks! I have been a fan of the Asus boards for a long time. This is my choice for the Coffee Lake system. I don’t need WiFi on my desktop and the ROG bling never really thrilled me. I want good power stability and a reliable board, this seems like one to use.

  • Thanks for catching that! Yes this is a very solid board!

  • Rafal Szymaniak

    perfect reviev.
    This is my choice .Briliant price and nice design.My question is about power section-how much power phase is on the board?
    Finally ,power section is ok?

  • Scott F

    Thanks a lot I’m getting this board too. Dam good review. So if I get a 8600K with this board I can use a OC profile and easily OC to 5.0 also ? If yes that’s great I’m just done with manually OC’ing CPU’s these days, I just don’t have the patience anymore.

    By the way when you OC does that automatically disable the turbo ?

    Last question Bob “the six SATA 6GB/s ports” are controlled by Intel® Z370 Chipset right ? Cause on the ASUS website in the spec section it doesn’t say.

  • Dwayne1011

    On overclocking I think you may find that you are better served to do it yourself. From what I have read the boards tend to apply very aggressive voltages, to the point where it may be stable but the cores are being fed much more voltage than is necessary. You can try using the XMP setting for your memory and leaving Multi-Core enhancement on, but I would run a few stress tests and monitor the voltages on the CPU to see what the board’s auto settings are doing. The MCE basically runs the CPU at all cores max Turbo for all tasks, so it disables the scaling Turbo.

    Since I decided on this board too, I did quite a bit of reading up on the VRMs, general stability, and OC ability of the board and I am happy with my choice. I would not buy a board for overclocking without VRM heatsinks, and this board has that covered. All in all a good looking board from my point of view.

  • Scott F

    Well here’s the thing like I said in my post I don’t have the patience nor the time to be testing out overclock settings anymore, either I use the overclocking program or I don’t do it at all. In the review the guy said he had no problems with the automatic overclock. What do I care if if it’s using a little extra voltage an extra $2 a year in the electric bill?

  • karnige

    A shorter cpu life span

  • Ronilacki Klub Danubius

    Hi, Can I used this motherboard for mining?

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