ASUS TUF X470-Plus Gaming AM4 Motherboard Review

A Closer Look

 

ASUS’s TUF X470-Plus Gaming is your standard ATX form-factor with a cutout area on one side that ASUS has started doing more and more. A black PCB is covered with the digital camo pattern as well as some TUF stripped lines here and there. The black coloring is missing along the right edge in a few spots so the translucent board itself can show through as well as allow lighting effects from the rear RGB.

The rear doesn’t have much to show other than the removable AM4 backplate. There are a few RGB lighting zones along the edge to illuminate the TUF logo and markings as well as splash out into your system.

The top of the board has the AM4 socket nearly dead-center. To the right are four DDR4 DIMM slots, an M.2 slot supporting drives up to 110mm in length is below, and the left and top edge are taken up mostly with the 6-phase VRM. A total of four 4-pin fan headers surround the CPU so cooling shouldn’t be an issue.

The bottom of the board has an armored PCIe x16 for your main card, a normal x16 (x8 electrical) for a second card and a trio of x1 slots. A second m.2 slot hides near the bottom of the board. You get six SATA connectors, two of which are along the cut-out area on the right edge. The bottom has your front panel audio header, COM port header, two USB 2.0 and a USB 3.0 header and fairly extensive front panel I/O connections. You get another 4-pin fan header just right of the chipset heatsink.

Rear I/O is comprised of a PS/2 port, twin USB 2.0, 3.0 and 3.1 gen 2 ports as well as a single gen 2 type-C port. You get Dual Link DVI-D and HDMI 2.0 for video outputs with compatible processors. Gigabit LAN and standard audio ports round out the list.

Audio is separated physically from the rest of the board as indicated by the line and the chipset has a metal shield over it with the TUF logo etched. If you need digital audio capabilities, there is an S/PDIF port along the bottom.

We applied one of the stickers included to the CMOS battery to dress it up a little, what do you think? It might seem kind of silly, but it’s the little things that count.

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