Saturday, February 24, 2018
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ASUS Prime Z370-A Motherboard Review

System Overview & Testing Procedures
We will be running the ASUS Prime Z370-A Motherboard in the following setup.

ASUS Prime Z370-A Motherboard

Test System Specs
Processor: Intel Core i7-8700K
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 3GB
Motherboard: ASUS Prime Z370-A
Memory: 32 GB Crucial DDR4-3000
Storage: Kingston UV400 480GB
Power: Corsair AX860i
Cooling: NZXT Kraken X52
Case: Primochill Praxis Wetbench

For motherboard testing we will running the processor and motherboard and the default optimized settings in the BIOS (as if you would restore the defaults on the board). We feel that this is how most users will have their systems configured. So everything will be on auto, except for setting our XMP profile for our memory. Here are the tests we’ll be running.

Overall System Testing
PCMark 10
PCMark 8
– Home Benchmark
– Work Benchmark
– Creative Benchmark
SiSoftware Sandra
– Overall System benchmark

CPU Testing
SiSoftware Sandra
– Processor Arithmetic
– Processor Multi-Media
CINEBENCH R11.5 64-bit
x264 HD Benchmark 5.0

Graphics Testing
3DMark
– Time Spy Benchmark
– Fire Strike Benchmark

SATA, USB & Network Testing
CrystalDiskMark
SiSoftware Sandra
– Network (LAN) Benchmark

Now let’s get to testing!

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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