ASUS Prime Z390-P Review

At first glance, the ASUS Prime Z390-P may seem like simply another Prime motherboard from ASUS that caters to new gamers and budget-DIY builders alike. 

True to its Prime roots, the Z390-P is a budget-friendly motherboard. But can it provide more than just an attractive price tag and match the sturdy performance seen in our ASUS Prime Z390-A review?

ASUS Prime Z390-P Review

Is the ASUS Prime Z390-P even a viable option for PC builders and gamers?

This review will determine whether the Z390-P is worthy of the much-lauded Prime title and whether gamers should make use of it or skip it altogether.

ASUS Prime Z390-P LGA1151 (Intel 8th and 9th Gen) ATX Motherboard for...
  • Designed for 9th and 8th Generation Intel Core processors to maximize connectivity and speed with M.2, USB 3.1 Gen2 and Asus optimum II for better DRAM overclocking stability
  • 5x Protection III Hardware-level safeguards with safe Slot Core, LANGuard and overvoltage protection provide component longevity and reliability
  • Fanxpert 4 with AIO pump header delivers advanced fan control for dynamic system cooling
  • Patent-pending Safe Slot Core fortified PCIe Slots prevent damage caused by heavyweight GPUs
  • 8-Channel HD gaming audio featuring Realtek ALC887 high definition Audio CODEC

ASUS Prime Z390-P Motherboard (Our Review) 

Overall Assessment 

Like all the ASUS Prime motherboards, the Z390-P strikes a delicate balance between useful features and affordable pricing.

Backed by Intel’s popular LGA 1151 socket, the Z390-P works well with the latest 8th and 9th generation Intel processors. 

It also comes with 4x DDR4 RAM slots and decent overclocking capabilities. In fact, it offers better overclocking than what we saw in our ASUS Prime Z370-P review, making this a great choice to pair with more powerful Coffee Lake processors. 

Overclocking

Like other ASUS Prime motherboards, the Z390-P also comes with the easy-to-use ASUS O.C. Tuner. This relatively simple interface allows users to fine-tune and automatically overclock the system with a few clicks. 

Peripherals

The Z390-P comes with slightly more features and expansion options compared to what we found in our ASUS Prime Z270-A review.

ASUS included 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16), and 1x 3.0 PCIe x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4) with an additional 4x PCIe 3.0 x1 slot. 

The ASUS Prime Z390-P motherboard has fewer storage interfaces than we would have wanted to see. We have 2x M.2 sockets and 4x SATA 6Gb/s ports with support for RAID.

Unlike its predecessor, the ASUS Prime Z390-P motherboard comes with a satisfying 13 USB ports. ASUS gave us 2x USB 3.1 (Generation 2) ports, 8x USB 3.1 (Generation 1) ports and 3x USB 2.0 ports.

Networking

The Prime Z390-P motherboard comes with a standard Realtek RTL8111H LAN. The popular ASUS LANGuard protects this LAN port against static and power surges.

Graphics

If you use an Intel processor that comes with integrated graphics support, you’ll be pleased to find that the ASUS Prime Z390-P motherboard comes with a single HDMI port. This HDMI output is capable of producing a maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 @ 30Hz.

More serious gamers will be happy to know that this motherboard supports AMD CrossFire technology.

ASUS Prime Z390-P LGA1151 (Intel 8th and 9th Gen) ATX Motherboard for...
  • Designed for 9th and 8th Generation Intel Core processors to maximize connectivity and speed with M.2, USB 3.1 Gen2 and Asus optimum II for better DRAM overclocking stability
  • 5x Protection III Hardware-level safeguards with safe Slot Core, LANGuard and overvoltage protection provide component longevity and reliability
  • Fanxpert 4 with AIO pump header delivers advanced fan control for dynamic system cooling
  • Patent-pending Safe Slot Core fortified PCIe Slots prevent damage caused by heavyweight GPUs
  • 8-Channel HD gaming audio featuring Realtek ALC887 high definition Audio CODEC

Audio

ASUS included a robust Realtek ALC887 8-Channel High Definition audio codec on their motherboard. As a minor, unique Prime feature, ASUS added LED illumination to the 3 audio jack.

Aesthetics

The ASUS Prime Z390-P motherboard looks disappointingly standard in black and silver. If lighting is essential to you, you‘ll be pleased to know that it comes with an RGB header. Gamers can use this RGB header to customize their gaming rig and create a variety of lighting effects.

The ASUS Prime Z390-P sure looks much better than what we saw in our ASUS Prime X370-Pro review.

Conclusion

If you read our Asus brand review, you’ll know that ASUS is a big player in the motherboard manufacturing industry. 

With that being said, the ASUS Prime Z390-P motherboard is a solid motherboard that doesn’t disappoint. This motherboard delivers enough expansion options to satisfy most gamers.

The useful, albeit limited, features and the excellent price range leaves us with a motherboard worthy of being included in the ASUS Prime range. It’s a solid inclusion for a gaming rig for anyone on a tight budget.

If you loved this motherboard, you will also love the ASUS Prime X370-Pro.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Easy overclocking
  • Great support for Intel Core i9 and i8 processors
  • Average audio
ASUS Prime Z390-P LGA1151 (Intel 8th and 9th Gen) ATX Motherboard for...
  • Designed for 9th and 8th Generation Intel Core processors to maximize connectivity and speed with M.2, USB 3.1 Gen2 and Asus optimum II for better DRAM overclocking stability
  • 5x Protection III Hardware-level safeguards with safe Slot Core, LANGuard and overvoltage protection provide component longevity and reliability
  • Fanxpert 4 with AIO pump header delivers advanced fan control for dynamic system cooling
  • Patent-pending Safe Slot Core fortified PCIe Slots prevent damage caused by heavyweight GPUs
  • 8-Channel HD gaming audio featuring Realtek ALC887 high definition Audio CODEC

Cons

  • No smooth overclocking
  • No onboard Wi-Fi or Bluetooth

Common questions about ASUS Prime Z390-P motherboard

What size is the ASUS Prime Z390-P motherboard?

The ASUS Prime Z390-P motherboard is a standard ATX form factor motherboard. That means it’s 12 x 9.6in.

Is the ASUS Prime Z390-P good for gaming?

The ASUS Prime Z390-P motherboard is excellent for gaming. It’s an excellent value motherboard with some nice-to-have features.

Is the ASUS Prime Z390-P better than the ASUS Prime Z390-A motherboard?

Looking only at performance, the ASUS Prime Z390-A is a better choice. The Z390-A motherboard offers more onboard features and more stable overclocking. However, when you consider the value of money spent, then the ASUS Prime Z390-P is the better board for gamers on a budget.

Customer Reviews

“The ASUS Prime Z390-P motherboard is excellent. It even has an RGB strip header, but it seems unprogrammable and set to an orange color. The only negative I have is that this ATX motherboard only comes with six screw holes instead of the usual eight.”

AJ Dalhby

4/5 Stars

“The ASUS Prime Z390-P motherboard is a budget board. This board only has 4 SATA connectors and two M.2 connectors. When the M.2 is used, you lose one of the SATA ports.”

Tech Guy

3/5 Stars

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