Saturday, February 24, 2018

ASUS Prime Z370-A Motherboard Review

Lights and Software
When you power on the Prime Z370-A you are going to notice a row of RGB LEDs light up on the front edge of the board. This will create a really cool glow around the board.

ASUS Prime Z370-A Motherboard ASUS Prime Z370-A Motherboard

By default this RGB section will do a rainbow effect, which looks pretty cool. You can download ASUS’s Aura Sync software to customize the lighting as well as t he lighting of the RGB header on the bottom section of the motherboard.

ASUS’s Turbo Lan software allows your to tune and customize your LAN connection by giving applications different priorities.

For some reason both Aura Sync and Turbo Lan are not part of the Ai Suite. Not a huge deal, but I would be nice to just download a single application as well as have one application to open, not three. I’ve really grown to like Gigabyte’s App Center, it seems ASUS is falling behind on the software side a little. Also for some odd reason Aura Sync and Turbo Lan do not scale in Windows 10. So if you have a 4K display running at the full resolution these windows are going to look tiny. We do not have that problem with Ai Suite though. Inside Ai Suite you will find a but of different applications to help you fine-tune your system.

The main screen that will come up is Dual Intelligent Processors 5. You can use the 5-way optimization to do a full-system optimization or you can set a power saving formula. Also you are getting a live view of what is going on inside your PC.

Clicking into TPU you can set your BCLK frequency, CPU ratio, and CPU cache ratio. You can tune a single core, or all cores together. In here you can set your CPU, DRAM, and other voltages.

Fan Expert 4 allows you to tune your connected fans. There is an auto tuning option that will basically calibrate your fans for the best overall performance. You can also set custom fan curves for your fans or run one of the 4 preset fan curves.

Inside DIGI+VRM you can set the CPU Power Phase control, load-line calibration and other power related settings.

EZ update is what you think it is. You can easily download and update your drivers, BIOS, and software. The process is quite easily.

System information will give you information on your motherboard, CPU, as well as SPD information.

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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