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Asus Prime X370-Pro Motherboard Review

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Introduction

With the release of Ryzen and the X370 chipset, we’ve received a slew of new motherboards, including the Asus Prime X370-Pro. For those who don’t know, Prime is the new name for the Asus mainstream motherboards. Previously their mainstream motherboards didn’t have conventional naming, but that has changed. Prime motherboards have a much more conventional look compared to their ROG – Republic of Gamers, Tuf, and Pro Gamer lines.

Our focus today is the Prime X370-Pro. It offers everything you’d expect in an Asus motherboard. There is support for AMD Ryzen and 7th Generation A-series/Athlon processors. The four DDR4 memory slots memory that can handle up to 64GB and at speed all the way up to 3200Mhz. There’s Turbo M.2 connectivity with transfer speeds up to 32 Gb/s. Six SATA ports offer even more storage options. There’s a USB 3.1 front panel connector along with three USB 3.1 rear ports. The Intel I211-AT chip provides high quality network connectivity. Indeed Asus has made sure all the basics are here.

Asus has also included all the features enthusiasts have come to expect in an Asus motherboard. 5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5 provides whole system optimization with a single click. 5X Protection III offers SafeSlot Core fortified PCI-E slots, LANGuard LAN protection, overvoltage, stainless steel I/O, and DIGI+ VRM digital power design.  Asus also added their own Aura Sync RGB lighting system with Lighting control, RGB strip header and lighting effects synchronization with compatible Asus products. On top of all that, there’s usual full software suite.

Asus’s take on the Prime X370-Pro

ASUS Prime is the next evolution of the ASUS motherboard, born of a pedigree that stretches back to 1989. Our team of world-class engineers are passionate about empowering everyone to enjoy the benefits of customization and tuning, and the driving force behind the development of Prime is to make advanced enthusiast controls easily accessible — maximizing performance, stability and compatibility for the very best DIY PC experiences. Simply stated: it’s time for Prime.

AMD AM4 ATX motherboard with Aura Sync, DDR4 3200MHz, 32Gb/s M.2, DP/HDMI, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.1

  • 5-Way Optimization: One-click system-wide tuning that now also senses GPU temperatures to ensure cooler gaming
  • ASUS Aura Sync – World’s first synced RGB lighting with easy controls to orchestrate Aura Sync-capable hardware
  • Refined Audio: Realtek ALC1220 codec provides pristine and powerful audio quality
  • ASUS SafeSlot: Patent-pending PCIe with enhanced retention and shearing resistance
  • 5X Protection III: Multiple hardware safeguards to protect components from damage by power or electrical surges

Specifications and Features

CPU

  • AMD AM4 Socket for AMD Ryzen ™/7th Generation A-series/Athlon™ Processors
  • Supports AM4 Socket 14 nm CPU
  • Supports CPU up to 8 cores

Chipset

  • AMD X370

Memory

  • AMD Ryzen ™ Processors

– 4 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR4 3200(O.C.)/2933(O.C.)/2666/2400/2133 MHz ECC and non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory

  • AMD 7th Generation A-series/Athlon™ Processors

– 4 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR4 2400/2133 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory

  • Dual Channel Memory Architecture

Graphic

  • Integrated AMD Radeon™ R Series Graphics in the 7th Generation A-Series APU *1
  • Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DisplayPort ports

– Supports HDMI 1.4b with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz

– Supports DisplayPort 1.2 with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 60 Hz

  • Maximum shared memory of 2048 MB displays

Multi-GPU Support

  • Supports NVIDIA® 2-Way SLI™ Technology
  • Supports AMD CrossFireX Technology

Expansion Slots

  • AMD Ryzen ™ Processors

– 2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8)

  • AMD 7th Generation A-series/Athlon™ Processors

-1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x8 mode)

  • AMD X370 chipset

– 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (max at x4 mode)

  • AMD X370 chipset

– 3 x PCIe 2.0 x1

Storage

Intel® X370 Chipset :

  • AMD Ryzen ™ Processors

– 1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)

  • AMD 7th Generation A-series/Athlon™ Processors

– 1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 2 mode)

  • AMD X370 chipset

– 8 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray,
– Support Raid 0, 1, 10

LAN

  • Intel® I211-AT, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller
  • ASUS Turbo LAN Utility
  • ASUS LAN Guard

Audio

  • Realtek® ALC S1220A 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC

– Impedance sense for front and rear headphone outputs
– Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
– High quality 120 dB SNR stereo playback output and 113 dB SNR recording input (Line-in)
– Front panel audio connector (AAFP)

  • Audio Feature

– Audio Shielding: Ensures precision analog/digital separation and greatly reduced multi-lateral interference
– Dedicated audio PCB layers: Separate layers for left and right channels to guard the quality of the sensitive audio signals
– Premium Japanese-made audio capacitors: Provide warm, natural and immersive sound with exceptional clarity and fidelity

USB Ports

  • AMD Ryzen ™/7th Generation A-series/Athlon™ Processors

– 4 x USB 3.0 port(s) (4 at back panel, blue, Type-A)

  • AMD X370 chipset

1 x USB 3.1 front panel connector port(s)

  • AMD X370 chipset

– 4 x USB 3.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue, Type-A + Type-C, 2 at mid-board)

  • AMD X370 chipset

– 4 x USB 2.0 port(s) (4 at mid-board)

  • ASMedia® USB 3.1 controller

– 2 x USB 3.1 port(s) (2 at back panel, teal blue, Type-A)

Special Features

  • 5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors

– Whole system optimization with a single click! 5-Way Optimization tuning key perfectly consolidates TPU, EPU, DIGI+ VRM, Fan Xpert 4, and Turbo App together, providing better CPU performance, efficient power saving, precise digital power control, whole system cooling and even tailor your own app usages.

  • ASUS 5X Protection III

– ASUS SafeSlot Core: Fortified PCIe Slot prevents damage
– ASUS LANGuard: Protects against LAN surges, lightning strikes and static-electricity discharges!
– ASUS Overvoltage Protection: World-class circuit-protecting power design
– ASUS Stainless-Steel Back I/O: 3X corrosion-resistance for greater durability!
– ASUS DIGI+ VRM: 10 Phase digital power design
– ASUS Enhanced DRAM Overcurrent Protection – Short circuit damage prevention
– ASUS ESD Guards – Enhanced ESD protection

  • ASUS TPU

– Auto Tuning

  • ASUS EPU

– EPU

  • AURA

– Aura Lighting Control
– Aura RGB Strip Headers
– Aura Lighting Effects Synchronization with compatible ASUS ROG devices

  • ASUS Exclusive Features

– AI Suite 3
– Ai Charger
– Turbo LAN
– PC Cleaner

  • ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution

– Stylish Fanless Design Heat-sink solution & MOS Heatsink
– ASUS Fan Xpert 4

  • ASUS EZ DIY
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– ASUS O.C. Profile
– ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
– ASUS EZ Flash 3
– ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode
– Multi-language BIOS

  • ASUS Q-Design

– ASUS Q-Shield
– ASUS Q-Slot
– ASUS Q-DIMM
– ASUS Q-Connector

  • Overclocking Protection

– ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

  • Turbo App

Back I/O Ports

  • 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port(s)
  • 1 x DisplayPort
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
  • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 (teal blue)Type-A
  • 1 x USB 3.0 Gen 1 Type-C
  • 5 x USB 3.0 Gen 1
  • 1 x Optical S/PDIF out
  • 5 x Audio jack(s)

Internal I/O Ports

  • 1 x Aura RGB Strip Header
  • 1 x USB 3.0 Gen 1 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.0 Gen 1 port(s) (19-pin)
  • 2 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 2.0 port(s)
  • 1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (SATA mode & PCIE mode)
  • 8 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
  • 1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin)
  • 1 x CPU OPT Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin)
  • 2 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (2 x 4 -pin)
  • 1 x AIO_PUMP connector (1 x 4 -pin)
  • 1 x W_PUMP+ connector (1 x 4 -pin)
  • 1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
  • 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
  • 1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
  • 1 x System panel(s) (Q-Connector) (Chassis intrusion header is inbuilt)
  • 1 x Clear CMOS jumper(s)
  • 1 x 14-1 pin TPM connector
  • 1 x COM port header
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 front panel connector

Accessories

  • User’s manual
  • ASUS Q-Shield
  • 4 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
  • 1 x M.2 Screw Package
  • 1 x Supporting DVD
  • 1 x SLI HB BRIDGE(2-WAY-M)
  • 1 x Q-connector(s) (1 in 1)s

BIOS

  • 128 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 3.0, ACPI 6.0, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 3, CrashFree BIOS 3, F11 EZ Tuning Wizard, F6 Qfan Control, F3 My Favorites, Last Modified log, F12 PrintScreen, and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) memory information.

Manageability

  • WFM2.0, DMI3.0, WOL by PME, PXE

Operating System

  • Windows® 10 64-bit

Form Factor

  • ATX Form Factor
  • 12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )

Packaging and Unboxing

The ASUS Prime X370-Pro comes in a dark grey, almost black box with blue highlights in the background. The Prime X370-Pro is featured predominately. Quite a few of the key features are highlighted as well; most notably Ryzen, Aura Sync, 5-Optimization, and USB 3.1.

The rear of the box carries over the color scheme from the front. Again the Prime X370-Pro is shown, this time with specific highlights pointed out. There is also the basic specifications listed and an explanation of some its more unique features.

The Prime X370-Pro is tucked away in an antistatic bag and framed by a cardboard tray.

All the accessories are located in the bottom of the box under the motherboard.

There’s very few accessories included. First we find a User Guide, utility disk, M.2 mounting hardware, and NVidia SLI bridge..

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There is also a rear I/O shield, a coupon for 20% off CableMod cables, and Asus Q-Connector.

Four SATA cables round out the included accessories.

A Closer Look

The Prime X370-Pro is part of Asus’s Prime line-up of motherboards. Asus has chosen to give series names to each of its motherboard lines, with Prime added last. Prime is Asus’ mainstream motherboard line.

The white with silver highlight cosmetic design looks clean and easy on the eye.

There are two USB 1.1 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, and one USB 3.1 Type-C port. The RJ-45 port is driven the I211-AT Intel chipset. Four audio out jacks, with a microphone in jack and optical port provide audio connections. There are also HDMI and DVI video connections. A PS/2 ports adds legacy keyboard and mouse support.

Two of the three PCI-E 16x slots feature Asus’ SafeSlot metal reinforcement. TThe front panel audio header, TPM header reside towards the rear of the motherboard. Towards the center are one of two USB 2.0 headers.

The lower front section of the motherboard also contains the second USB 2.0 headers, a thermal sensor header, dual fan headers, and the front panel header.

The area around the CPU socket feels quite roomy. The lower left is a RGB header, a chassis fan header, and an AIO/water pump header.

There are a total of eight SATA 6.0 connectors.

The 24-pin ATX power connector resides towards the top. Just below it is a front panel USB 3.1 connector.  The four memory slots support DDR4 at speeds up to 3200 MHz. The two more fan headers and are located at the very top.

A 8-pin CPU power connector reside on the very top of the motherboard.

The M.2 socket supports both SATA and PCI-E 3.0 x4 M-key 2242/2260/2280/22100 drives.

System Configuration, BIOS, and Software

Testing Hardware

  • Asus Prime X370-Pro
  • Intel Core i7 7700K Processor
  • Kingston HyperX Fury 2666MHz DRR4 Memory
  • Gigabyte Windforce GTX 1070 Graphics Card
  • Crucial M550 256GB Solid State Drive
  • Spotswood Small Tech Station
  • XFX PRO850W XXX Edition 850w Silver Power Supply

Drivers

  • Radeon Crimson 16.4.1

CPU Cooling:

  • Swiftech H320 X2 Prestige AIO

Testing Operating System:

  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home

General System Benchmarks:

  • PCMark 8
  • Super Pi

CPU Benchmarks:

  • Fritz Chess
  • Handbrake
  • Cinebench R15
  • 7-Zip

Memory Benchmarks:

  • AIDA64 Engineer
  • Passmark Performance Test 8.0
  • SiSoft Sandra

Storage Benchmarks:

  • ATTO Disk Benchmark
  • CrystalDiskMark 3.0
  • AS SSD
  • Passmark Performance Test 8.0

Game Benchmarks:

  • 3Dmark
  • Bioshock: Infinite
  • Metro: Last Light
  • Thief
  • Tomb Raider

BIOS

The Asus Prime X370-Pro BIOS has quite a few screens and settings, far too numerous to display all of them here, so we will just take a look at the basics. The screens are fairly self-explanatory.

There’s a reason Asus has received so many awards for its BIOS design. The Prime X370-Pro BIOS is an absolute pleasure to look at and to work with. After a bit of familiarization, I found it easy to navigate a very intuitive. I never had a single issue finding a single setting that I was looking for.

Software

ASUS packages the Prime X370-Pro with a robust software suite. Up first is Asus Command Center. This is utility used for overclocking and tweaking inside the Windows environment.

Asus Aura controls the LED lighting effects of the motherboard. It is also capable for controlling case lighting via a motherboard mounted RGB LED connector and Asus Aura certified components.

Asus Turbo LAN is used for network adjustments. Various profiles can be made for prioritizing the user’s programs.

WebStorage does exactly as the name implies, it allows the user to store files via the Web.

 

Performance Testing

General Performance Testing

All performance testing was done with the AMD Ryzen  1700 and Gigabyte GTX 1070 at stock clocks. Games where ran at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and higher settings enabled.

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PCMark 8

“Use the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark to test the performance of SSDs, HDDs and hybrid drives with traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and a selection of popular games. You can test the system drive or any other recognized storage device, including local external drives. Unlike synthetic storage tests, the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark highlights real-world performance differences between storage devices.”

Super PI Modded 1.5

“In August 1995, the calculation of pi up to 4,294,960,000 decimal digits was succeeded by using a supercomputer at the University of Tokyo. The program was written by D.Takahashi in collaboration with Dr.Y.Kanada at the computer center. This record should be the current world record. (Details are shown in the windows help.) This record-breaking program was ported to personal computer environment such as Windows NT and Windows 95. In order to calculate 33.55 million digits, it takes within 3 days with a Pentium 90 MHz, 40 MB main memory and 340 MB available storage.”

CPU Performance Testing

Handbrake

“HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.”

The workload video file is a ~6.27 GB, 3840 x 1714, 73.4 Mbps, 24fps, H.264, .mov video file that is transcoded to a ~1480 MB, 1920×858, ~17.1 Mbps, 24fps, H.264, .mp4 video file. Transcoding is done using Intel Quick Sync.

Fritz Chess

Fritz Chess is a benchmark in which a fictitious game of chess is played. As each move has to be calculated by the computer, it is an excellent test of CPU muscle.

CINEBENCH R15

“CINEBENCH is a real-world cross platform test suite that evaluates your computer’s performance capabilities. CINEBENCH is based on MAXON’s award-winning animation software CINEMA 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation. MAXON software has been used in blockbuster movies such as Iron Man 3, Oblivion, Life of Pi or Prometheus and many more.

CINEBENCH is the perfect tool to compare CPU and graphics performance across various systems and platforms (Windows and OS X). And best of all: It’s completely free.”

7-Zip

The benchmark shows a rating in MIPS (million instructions per second). The rating value is calculated from the measured speed, and it is normalized with results of Intel Core 2 CPU with multi-threading option switched off. So if you have modern CPU from Intel or AMD, rating values in single-thread mode must be close to real CPU frequency. There are two tests, compression with LZMA method and decompression with LZMA method. Once the total passes reaches 100, the score is taken.

 

Memory Performance Testing

AIDA64 Engineer Edition

“FinalWire Ltd. today announced the immediate availability of AIDA64 Extreme Edition 1.50 software, a streamlined diagnostic and benchmarking tool for home users; and the immediate availability of AIDA64 Business Edition 1.50 software, an essential network management solution for small and medium scale enterprises. The new AIDA64 update implements AVX-optimized benchmarks for the upcoming Intel Sandy Bridge processors, adds a brand new video encoding benchmark, and supports the latest AMD and nVIDIA graphics processors.”

Passmark Performance Test – Memory Mark – Threaded

“Fast, easy to use, PC speed testing and benchmarking. PassMark PerformanceTest ™ allows you to objectively benchmark a PC using a variety of different speed tests and compare the results to other computers.”

SiSoft Sandra

“SiSoftware Sandra provides a robust package of diagnostic tools for testing your system and teasing out its problems–or potential headaches.”

The Prime X370-Pro returned very good results in our memory testing. AMD updated the BIOS between the MSI X370 Gaming Titanium and the Asus Prime X370-Pro reviews. This axplains some of the deviance.

Storage Testing

The Prime X370-Pro features both standard SATA and M.2 storage connections, so both will be included here.

ATTO Disk Benchmark

“As the industry’s leading provider of high-performance storage & network connectivity products, ATTO has created a widely-accepted Disk Benchmark freeware utility to help measure storage system performance. As one of the top tools utilized in the industry, Disk Benchmark identifies performance in hard drives, solid state drives, RAID arrays as well as connections to storage. Top drive manufacturers, like Hitachi, build and test every drive using the ATTO Disk Benchmark”


SATA


M.2

CrystalDiskMark 3.0

“CrystalDiskMark is designed to quickly test the performance of your hard drives. Currently, the program allows to measure sequential and random read/write speeds.”


SATA


M.2

AS SSD

“Test the sequential or random read/write performance without using the cache. AS SSD Benchmark reads/writes a 1 GByte file as well as randomly chosen 4K blocks. Additionally, it performs the tests using 1 or 64 threads and it determines the SSD’s access time.

Two extra benchmark tests examine the drive’s behavior when (1) copying a few big files, a lot of small files and a mixture of file sizes by using cached copy functions of your OS as well as (2) reading/writing data depending on the data’s compressibility.”


SATA


M.2

SiSoft Sandra

“SiSoftware Sandra provides a robust package of diagnostic tools for testing your system and teasing out its problems–or potential headaches.”


SATA


M.2

There typically isn’t much difference between X370 motherboards when it comes to SATA performance. The Prime X370-Pro falls in exactly where is should and doesn’t show any potential issues.

Performance Testing continued

Game Testing

3DMark – Fire Strike

“Fire Strike is a showcase DirectX 11 benchmark designed for today’s high-performance gaming PCs. It is our most ambitious and technical benchmark ever, featuring real-time graphics rendered with detail and complexity far beyond what is found in other benchmarks and games today”

3DMark – Time Spy

“3Dmark Time Spy is a new DirectX 12 benchmark test for Windows 10 gaming PC’s. Time Spay is one of the first DirectX 12 apps to be built “the right way” from the ground up to fully realize the performance gains that the new API offers. With DirectX 12 engine, which supports new API features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading, Time Spy is the ideal test for benchmarking the latest graphics cards.”

CINEBENCH R15

“CINEBENCH is a real-world cross platform test suite that evaluates your computer’s performance capabilities. CINEBENCH is based on MAXON’s award-winning animation software CINEMA 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation. MAXON software has been used in blockbuster movies such as Iron Man 3, Oblivion, Life of Pi or Prometheus and many more.

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CINEBENCH is the perfect tool to compare CPU and graphics performance across various systems and platforms (Windows and OS X). And best of all: It’s completely free.”

Alien: Isolation

“Discover the true meaning of fear in Alien: Isolation, a survival horror set in an atmospheres of constant dread and mortal danger. Fifteen years after the events of Alien, Ellen Ripley’s daughter, Amanda enters a desperate battle for survival, on a mission to unravel the truth behind her mother’s disappearance.”

Grand Theft Auto: V

“When a young street hustler, a retired bank robber and a terrifying psychopath find themselves entangled with some of the most frightening and deranged elements of the criminal underworld, the U.S. government and the entertainment industry, they must pull off a series of dangerous heists to survive in a ruthless city in which they can trust nobody, least of all each other.”

Metro: Last Light

“It Is the Year 2034. Beneath the ruins of post-apocalyptic Moscow, in the tunnels of the Metro, the remnants of mankind are besieged by deadly threats from outside – and within. Mutants stalk the catacombs beneath the desolate surface, and hunt a midst the poisoned skies above.”

Thief

“Garrett, the Master Thief, steps out of the shadows into the City. In this treacherous place, where the Baron’s Watch spreads a rising tide of fear and oppression, his skills are the only things he can trust. Even the most cautious citizens and their best-guarded possessions are not safe from his reach.”

 

 

Overclocking

We’ve recently changed how we test overclocking performance. With newer BIOS and software becoming increasingly more capable of doing overclocking, it seems pertinent to also include those results.

Overclocking – BIOS

The TUF X370 Mark 1 BIOS offers simple CPU overclocking, power consumption tuning, and fan tuning via its EZ Tuning Wizard. Once clicked, EZ Tuning Wizard reboots and does its thing. The only user input that’s required is choosing the computer’s usage, choosing the cooling solution, and clicking next.

The BIOS automatically overclocked the CPU to 4.944 GHz (48 x 103 MHz). The 103 Mhz BCLK also meant that the memory was also overclocked to 2746 Mhz. CPU voltage is a touch high when under 100% load, but perfectly fine the rest of the time.

Overclocking – Software

Asus’ own Ai Suite 3 software took care of the overclocking duties here via its 5-Way Optimization program. There are a few selections when deciding how aggressive the user wants the overclock to be. I chose the most aggressive of all the selections. An option of per core aka Turbo or all core is available. I choose per core to see how high a single or dual core clock could go.

5-Way Optimization automatically overclocked the CPU to 3.8GHz (38×100 MHz ) for all four cores with a 5.0GHz (0 x 100 MHz ) turbo. This is less that the EZ Tuning Wizard overclock and the voltage was higher. Like the EZ Tuning Wizard, 5-Way Optimization program also tuned the system power consumption profile and the fans.

Overclocking – Manual

I started out configuring the Ryzen 7 1700 at its default settings with the BIOS. Once the default settings were in, it was now time to see how high I could push the CPU with our water cooling system and have it still be 100% stable. All cores and SMT were still enabled. The memory was left at XMP default, the Line Load Calibration was changed from setting 1 to setting 7, EZ System Tuning (system power consumption profile) was set to Performance, and the fans were set to maximum.

We managed to squeeze 4.25GHz out of it with the Prime X370-Pro. The voltage is a bit high at 1.44v. Interestingly, the settings I used were identical for what Ai Suite 3’s 5-Way Optimization used, including the voltage.

Out of the 3 solutions, manual overclocking wins, but only if you’re adept at overclocking and you want to achieve the highest results. EZ Tuning Wizard is likely the best solution for most people, thanks to its ease and I was quite happy with the results. The Ai Suite 3’s 5-Way Optimization would be my last choice. It did a fine job, but didn’t quite achieve near the same overclock as we did with the other two solutions.

Final Thoughts and Conclusion

The Prime X370-Pro brings everything from Asus Intel Prime lines to Ryzen. The white with silver highlight color scheme looks good, but an I/O cover would make it look even better. At this price level people start expecting to see an I/O cover. The Aura Sync RGB lighting makes it easy to match the default case lighting or you can add a RGB strip to for a truly customized whole case lighting effects.

The feature list is long. There are plenty of USB 3.1 ports on the back plus a USB 3.1 front panel header. The eight SATA ports combined with the 32Gb/s M.2 port should cover most users. The layout is quite good. Everything seemed to be placed where you’d expect it. The only time I needed to consult the manual was to find out where the RGB header was located. The BIOS and included software are equally intuitive.

Overclocking was somewhat of a mixed bag. While the BIOS overclocking solution yielded acceptable results, the Ai Suite 3’s 5-Way Optimization wizard fell short. Neither could match manual overclocking. I suspect this has more to do to Ryzen being recently released and as the BIOS and software become more mature they both will be better solutions.

The ASUS Prime X370-Pro is listed for $159.99 on Newegg and Amazon at the time of this review. There are plenty of Ryzen X370 motherboards at this price range. This makes it hard for the Prime X370-Pro to stand out. It’s a good option for anyone prefers a motherboard that choses function over form. Asus backs up the Prime X370-Pro with a 3 year warranty.

Likes

  • Understated Color Scheme
  • Excellent UEFI BIOS Design
  • Well Thought-out Features and Utilities
  • RGB LED Lighting with Case Lighting Control
  • Reasonable Price

Dislikes

  • No I/O Cover

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