Final Thoughts & Conclusion
A combination of legendary ROG engineering prowess coupled with one of AMD’s strongest platforms in many years gives an incredible amount of power in a diminutive package. The ROG Strix X470-I Gaming has anything and everything you could possibly want, minus more PCIe expansion slots. Dual M.2 slots and four SATA ports give a full complement of storage options and USB 2.0 and 3.0 headers take care of front panel duties. You get analog and digital RGB headers as well as plenty of onboard lighting all under the Aura umbrella. To really ice the cake, you even get three onboard fan headers which are rare on the ITX platform. We really enjoy the LED lit headphone ports on the rear, it’s neat but if you are someone that is constantly plugging things into them, it’s incredibly functional as there is zero question which one is what, even in the dark.
Performance wise, it’s really hard to tell the difference between this and full-sized offerings. We might have seen a very slight hit to memory performance overall, but it really only shows in synthetic benchmarks and doesn’t manifest itself in games or other testing. The AMD socket and X470 chipset provides plenty of I/O capabilities so there is zero compromise on any of the slots or ports. Aesthetically, ASUS does great. We love the stacked design of the chipset heatsink, audio solution and M.2 cooling solution. It lights up subtly and will make any M.2 drive look good. It’s also far enough from the PCIe x16 slot to clear most GPU backplates which is surprising given how much ASUS has crammed in an ITX footprint.
Great Job ASUS!