ASUS ROG STRIX X370-F Gaming AMD Motherboard Review: Page 9 of 9
Posted by Damon Bailey on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 8:00am
Final Thoughts & Conclusion
Overall we were quite impressed with ASUS’s latest addition to the STRIX family. AMD might have had some early growing pains when the Ryzen platform launched, but ASUS has been working tirelessly to perfect it, and it shows readily on the STRIX X370-F. After updating to the latest BIOS right out of the gate, we were able to take our ram straight to its XMP rated 3200MHz speeds and never looked back. This particular kit doesn’t overclock well to begin with, so we weren’t too surprised when we couldn’t get any more than the 3200Mhz out of it, but many boards out there struggle to even break the 3GHz mark.
The included Utilities and software are well refined and even someone who won’t install a single ‘extra program’ will want to grab most of the suite. The RGB phase in the computer world is in full swing right now, and the STRIX X370-F delivers enough lights and headers to satisfy those with the hunger for color, but doesn’t look gaudy and tacky like many boards (and every other computer part) are getting to be lately. AURA can quite happily take over the G.Skill TridentZ RGB ram kit, as well as our G.Skill RGB enabled keyboard and make one seamless experience for those who want it.
I was initially a little sad not to see the usual 2 digit POST code readout, but I found the fault lights to actually work quite nicely when I didn’t get the 8-pin CPU power seated all the way (yes, on purpose). The large amount of fan headers and pump headers make any cooling solution a breeze to implement and control directly from the desktop. Plenty of ports and connectivity onboard and on the rear round out a feature set sufficient for all but the most hard core enthusiast.
With everything considered against the $170 street price, The ASUS ROG STRIX X370-F easily wins our Highly Recommended Award and should be on the short list for any gamer looking at a Ryzen build or upgrade. Great job as usual ASUS!