Saturday, February 24, 2018

ASUS Prime Z370-A Motherboard Review

Final Thoughts
As I said in the introduction of this review I am a huge fan on ASUS’s Prime Series. It gives users all of the essentials of the platform without costly extras. This board is only $174.99, and when you match it with a say Core i5-8400 ($187) you have a very affordable start to a build that is going to have tremendous performance over the previous generation. The Prime Series easily competes with Gigabyte’s Ultra Durable Series and MSI’s Pro Series.

This board does have some really great features. Some of the ones that stick our for me are USB 3.1 (Gen 2) support, two M.2 slots, one of which has the integrated heatspreader, and RGB lighting. I really like that ASUS has incorporated that PCH heatsink into a cooler for one of the M.2 slots. Not only are you going to get great cooling for your M.2 drive it keeps the overall aesthetic of the board. The RGB lighting on the edge of the board is a nice touch as well, it should give some cool under-glow.

ASUS always has a good BIOS and software to back up the features on their board. The Ai Suite allows you to fully tune your motherboard, fans, and more. You can also use it to easily update drivers, software, and your BIOS. Aura Sync allows you to control the LEDs on the board as well as the RGB header if you plan on installing your own RGB strip. The BIOS is extremely easy to navigate and includes a “My Favorites” menu where you can put all of the settings you use the most.

Overclocking on this board is very easy. ASUS makes the overclocking settings very easy to find in the BIOS (Ai Tweaker) and they even have a preset 5.0 GHz OC profile if you don’t want to manually overclock yourself. We were able to take our Core i7-8700K up to 5.0 GHz on this board and I believe we could have gone even higher if it weren’t for the temperatures.

It does have to be said with the release of these boards though, they really do not offer much over Z270 motherboards. Yeah you’ll probably see more M.2 slots and RGB lihgting, but there are not many new technologies on these boards from the previous generation. This is more Intel’s fault than anything, but Z370 seems pretty boring compared to other new chipset launches.

At the end of the day ASUS has a very affordable motherboard in the Prime Z370-A and you can build a great system around it. Overall ThinkComputers gives the ASUS Prime Z370-A Motherboard a 9 out of 10 score and our Good Value Award!

– Price
– Dual M.2 slots (one with a heatspreader)
– USB 3.1 (Gen 2)
– RGB lighting
– Great software
– 5.0 GHz OC Profile in BIOS

– Aura Sync and Turbo Lan not part of Ai Suite
– Not a whole lot of new features

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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