ASUS ROG Strix Z370-E Gaming Review

ASUS has become popular among gamers after the introduction of their ROG line of motherboards and the ASUS ROG Strix Z370-E is a welcomed addition.

ASUS ROG Strix Z370-E Gaming Review

The ASUS ROG Strix Z370-E is said to combine performance with an efficient layout that has been loaded with premium features. While this board isn’t ideal for overclocking enthusiasts, if you’re a gamer or PC builder, it’s probably still worth checking out.

In this review, we put the ROG Strix Z370-E to the test and answer the golden question: is worth the cost?

ASUS ROG Strix Z370-E Gaming LGA1151 (Intel 8th Gen) DDR4 DP HDMI DVI...
  • Designed exclusively for 8th generation Intel Core processors to maximize connectivity and speed with Dual M.2, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Gigabit LAN, USB 3.1 and Intel Optane Memory compatibility
  • 5-Way Optimization with Auto-Tuning and FanXpert 4 automatically tailors overclocking profiles to your unique build for maximum OC performance and dynamic system cooling
  • Unmatched Personalization with ASUS exclusive AURA Sync RGB lighting, two additional RGB headers, addressable RGB header and 3D-printing mounts
  • Two Patent-pending Safe Slots feature an injection molding process that integrates metal framing for a stronger, firmly anchored PCIe slot built for heavyweight GPUs. Intel Optane Technology only supported when using 8th Generation Intel® Processors. Before using Intel Optane memory modules, ensure that you have updated your motherboard drivers and BIOS to the latest version
  • Industry-leading 8-channel HD audio with dual headphone amplifiers and ROG exclusive SupremeFX S1220A CODEC driven by Japanese capacitors

ASUS ROG Strix Z370-E Gaming (Our Review) 

Overall Assessment 

This might sound strange but, although it’s a high-end board, the ASUS ROG Strix Z370-E is considered by many to fall somewhere in the middle when comparing the ASUS ROG series.

Despite not being the most popular board, the ROG Strix Z370-E can hold its own among the other ROG siblings and has many of the same features present in the Maximus series.

There’s little difference between this and the ASUS ROG Strix Z390-E Gaming motherboard.

Right out of the box, the ROG Strix Z370-E comes with four SATA cables, a thermistor lead, a Wi-Fi antenna, RGB LED and addressable-LED extension cables, a CPU fan holder, an HB-SLI bridge, and the standard CPU installation tool.

The board also comes with cable ties, which we assume are meant for you to use for cable management but honestly, there are easier ways to go about it. It also comes with the general installation documentation, a great I/O shield for added protection, the driver/application disc, a few stickers, and a hanger card.

While the ASUS ROG Strix Z370-E shares numerous similarities with its sibling boards, there’s one key downside. When testing the board, we found it lacking in its overclocking abilities, tools, and storage options.

In terms of overclocking, while you will be able to overclock the board, the settings are limiting, and its capabilities aren’t impressive either.

If you’re an overclocking enthusiast, we recommend you check out the ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme motherboard.

The board also lacks in its memory capabilities. If you’re planning on adding numerous RAM or GPU cards, we recommend you check out the ASUS ROG Strix B450-F instead.

Connectivity

The board supports 6 USB ports. 

These include 2 USB 3.1 GEN 2 Type-A and USB Type-C ports, USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, and 2 USB 2.0 ports. Some have complained about the lack of USB ports, but for mainstream users, 6 ports are more than sufficient. 

ASUS ROG Strix Z370-E Gaming LGA1151 (Intel 8th Gen) DDR4 DP HDMI DVI...
  • Designed exclusively for 8th generation Intel Core processors to maximize connectivity and speed with Dual M.2, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Gigabit LAN, USB 3.1 and Intel Optane Memory compatibility
  • 5-Way Optimization with Auto-Tuning and FanXpert 4 automatically tailors overclocking profiles to your unique build for maximum OC performance and dynamic system cooling
  • Unmatched Personalization with ASUS exclusive AURA Sync RGB lighting, two additional RGB headers, addressable RGB header and 3D-printing mounts
  • Two Patent-pending Safe Slots feature an injection molding process that integrates metal framing for a stronger, firmly anchored PCIe slot built for heavyweight GPUs. Intel Optane Technology only supported when using 8th Generation Intel® Processors. Before using Intel Optane memory modules, ensure that you have updated your motherboard drivers and BIOS to the latest version
  • Industry-leading 8-channel HD audio with dual headphone amplifiers and ROG exclusive SupremeFX S1220A CODEC driven by Japanese capacitors

RGB and Aesthetics

The RGB lighting features, while not completely absent, were a bit disappointing especially given the price of the board. The board only has RGB lighting built into the rear of the I/O panel and consists of 4 LEDs which means you’re able to fully customize the color options. While this isn’t that bad, we wonder why ASUS decided to place it on the rear of the board. 

Peripherals

The memory options consist of 6 SATA ports which are all clustered at the same spot. This is great if you struggle with cable management since it’ll make them easier to organize. The PCIe slots do leave something to be desired though. 

The ASUS ROG Strix Z370-E has two aluminum heat sinks around the CPU socket which is great for keeping your motherboard cool.

Two of the PCIe slots are shared with the front panel USB 3.1 header which forces you to choose whether to use the PCIe slots or the USB slots. This is pretty disappointing, especially given how limited USB options are. We found a similar issue concerning the SATA ports. So, if you decide to use two PCIe M.2 drives, you’ll lose access to two SATA ports. 

Given the price of the board, and its gamer target market, the placement of the ports is strange and limiting. We expected better. 

Overall, the board has several premium features however, we wish that ASUS had put a bit more thought into its layout.  

Pros

  • Dual USB 3.1 Gen2 controller
  • Onboard Wi-Fi/Bluetooth controller
  • Minimum amount of shared interfaces
ASUS ROG Strix Z370-E Gaming LGA1151 (Intel 8th Gen) DDR4 DP HDMI DVI...
  • Designed exclusively for 8th generation Intel Core processors to maximize connectivity and speed with Dual M.2, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Gigabit LAN, USB 3.1 and Intel Optane Memory compatibility
  • 5-Way Optimization with Auto-Tuning and FanXpert 4 automatically tailors overclocking profiles to your unique build for maximum OC performance and dynamic system cooling
  • Unmatched Personalization with ASUS exclusive AURA Sync RGB lighting, two additional RGB headers, addressable RGB header and 3D-printing mounts
  • Two Patent-pending Safe Slots feature an injection molding process that integrates metal framing for a stronger, firmly anchored PCIe slot built for heavyweight GPUs. Intel Optane Technology only supported when using 8th Generation Intel® Processors. Before using Intel Optane memory modules, ensure that you have updated your motherboard drivers and BIOS to the latest version
  • Industry-leading 8-channel HD audio with dual headphone amplifiers and ROG exclusive SupremeFX S1220A CODEC driven by Japanese capacitors

Cons 

  • Weak overclocking abilities
  • Poor layout design

Common Questions about ASUS ROG Strix Z370-E

Is the ASUS ROG Strix Z370-E good for gaming?

The ASUS ROG Strix Z370-E is a great option for gaming. While it’s considered mid-range within the Z-series, and is slightly weaker when compared to the ASUS ROG Maximus XI Hero, it is still able to hold its own.

The ROG Strix has most of the features of the ROG Maximus boards and comes at a lower price.

Does the ASUS ROG Strix Z370-E support 9th Gen processors?

The ASUS ROG Strix Z370-E supports the 9th Gen Intel Core processors. The board also supports the coveted Coffee Lake series (8th Gen Intel Core processors) if that’s more your thing.

If you’re looking for a board that works well with the Coffee Lake series, we’d recommend you check out the ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero.

Is the ASUS ROG Strix Z370-E easy to install?

The ASUS ROG Strix Z370-E does take some experience to install, and, in our experience, it isn’t beginner-friendly.

If you’re a newbie, we suggest checking out some installation videos on YouTube.

Customer Reviews 

“I have one major issue with the ASUS ROG Strix Z370-E motherboard and that is with the BIOS. The BIOS doesn’t support ultrawide resolutions well and it also lacks a search function which was annoying especially when I wanted to find specific settings that I wanted to edit. This generally leaves me spending a lot more time looking for settings in the BIOS even though everything is well laid out.

Although I must say the BIOS was surprisingly easy to update and while I had a few issues recognizing both M.2 SSDs reseating and swapping their positions fixed the issue.

The onboard lighting is good and works well even though my trident Z RGB RAM lighting only works a quarter of the time if I’m booting from the window’s “fake off” state.

The onboard Bluetooth functions well enough and is easy to use. The network adapter in general does a good job of keeping up.

The board’s boot times are very strange. I am hoping that over time they will pick up but I’ve had much faster boots with a regular M.2 SSD on my 4690k than I am with this board.”

Riley

5/5 Stars

“Generally, I don’t just take off two stars for this reason, but the installation documents that came with the ASUS ROG Strix Z370-E were pretty useless. The document isn’t clear at all. The components also have strange names that just aren’t self-explanatory.

There were also no written instructions, just bad diagrams, and vague warnings. For example, the “CPU Installation Tool” isn’t a tool at all, it is an adapter that is required to be installed alongside the CPU to fit into the board.

There were also a few rude warnings about how ASUS wouldn’t reimburse you if you mess up the installation. The diagrams also included a few ambiguous parts that weren’t included in my system.

If you’re planning to get this board, I suggest you plan everything carefully and watch a ton of YouTube videos first, even if you’ve done this before.”

Ryan Ward

3/5 Stars

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