The ASUS ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming Motherboard Review

The ASUS ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming (Price Check) is one of the first 11 ASUS Z370 motherboards to hit the market in support of the new 8th Generation Intel Core (Coffee Lake) processors. In this review, we are going to take a close look at the ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming, and see how it performs with the Intel Core i7-8700K processor!

Don’t forget to check out the other ASUS Z370 motherboards in The 11 New ASUS Z370 Motherboards Revealed!


The ASUS ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming Specifications

SpecificationsASUS ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming
CPU SocketIntel Socket 1151 V2
CPU Support8th Generation Intel Core Processors (codenamed Coffee Lake)
ChipsetIntel Z370
Memory Support4 x DDR4 DIMM Slots - Up to 64 GB (16 GB x 4)
Standard Memory Speeds2666 MHz / 2400 MHz / 2133 MHz
Overclocked Memory Speeds4000 MHz / 3866 MHz / 3733 MHz / 3600 MHz / 3466 MHz / 3400 MHz / 3333 MHz / 3300 MHz / 3200 MHz / 3000 MHz / 2800 MHz
Integrated Graphics SupportYes (With Intel HD Graphics), with up to 1 GB of shared memory
HDMI 1.4b, DVI-D and DisplayPort 1.2 ports
HDMI Max. Resolution : 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz
DVI-D Max. Resolution : 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
DisplayPort Max. resolution : 4096 x 2304 @ 60 Hz
Multi-GPU SupportSupports 2-way NVIDIA SLI and 3-way AMD CrossFireX
Expansion Slots2 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots (x16 or dual x8)
1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot (x4)
4 x PCI Express 3.0 x1 slots
Storage Options1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280 (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)
1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280 (PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)
6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
Intel Optane Memory Ready
NetworkingIntel I219V LAN
- with Anti-surge LANGuard and ROG GameFirst Technology
Audio CapabilityROG SupremeFX S1220A 8-channel audio codec
- Dual Headphone Amplifiers
- Impedance sense for front and rear headphone outputs
- Supports Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
- High quality 120 dB SNR stereo playback output and 113 dB SNR recording input
- SupremeFX Shielding Technology
- Supports up to 32-Bit / 192kHz playback
USB PortsIntel Z370 Chipset
- 6 x USB 3.0 port(s) (4 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)
- 6 x USB 2.0 port(s)
ASMedia USB 3.1 Gen 2 controller :
- 2 x USB 3.1 ports (Type-A + USB Type-CTM, Support 3A power output)
ROG Exclusive FeaturesROG RAMCache II
ROG CloneDrive
GameFirst IV
ROG Aura Sync
- Aura Lighting Control
- Aura RGB Strip Headers
Special FeaturesOC Design with ASUS PRO Clock Technology
- Full BCLK range for extreme overclocking performance
5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5
- Whole system optimization with a single click! 5-Way Optimization tuning key perfectly consolidates TPU, EPU, DIGI+ Power Control, Fan Xpert 4, and Turbo App together, providing better CPU performance, efficient power saving, precise digital power control, whole system cooling and even tailor your own app usages.
- Auto Tuning, TurboV, GPU Boost
- Fan Xpert 4 featuring Fan Auto Tuning function and multiple thermistors
Gamer's Guardian:
- DRAM Overcurrent Protection
- Stainless Steel Back I/O
- Highly Durable Components
- SafeSlot
ASUS Exclusive Features :
- AI Suite 3
- Ai Charger
- ESD Guards
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 3
ASUS Q-Design :
- ASUS Q-Shield
- ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
- ASUS Q-Slot
Gaming Aesthetics :
- 3D printing friendly
- AURA-RGB Lighting
Performance Optimization :
Turbo APP
Back I/O Ports1 x DVI-D
1 x DisplayPort
1 x HDMI
1 x LAN (RJ45) ports
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A + USB Type-CTM
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (blue)
2 x USB 2.0
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
5 x Audio jacks
Internal I/O Ports1 x AAFP connector
2 x RGB Headers
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 connectors support additional 4 USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports
2 x USB 2.0 connectors support additional 4 USB 2.0 ports
1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (SATA mode & X4 PCIE mode)
1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (PCIE mode only)
6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
1 x M.2_FAN connector
1 x CPU Fan connector
1 x CPU OPT Fan connector
2 x Chassis Fan connectors
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
1 x System panel (Chassis intrusion header is inbuilt)
1 x CPU OV
1 x Clear CMOS jumper
1 x 5-pin EXT_FAN (Extension Fan) connector
1 x ROG extension (ROG_EXT) header
1 x 14-1 pin TPM connector
1 x COM port header
1 x T_Sensor Connector
1 x AIO PUMP Header
3 x 3D Mount screw ports
AccessoriesUser's manual
ASUS Q-Shield
1 x ASUS Fan Holder
4 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
1 x M.2 Screw Package
1 x CPU installation tool
1 x Supporting DVD
1 x Strix door hanger
1 x ROG Strix stickers
1 x Cable ties pack(s)
1 x Extension Cable for RGB strips (80 cm)
1 x Extension cable for Addressable LED
1 x Thermistor cable(s)
1 x 3D printing mount package
BIOS128 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 3.0, ACPI 6.0, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 3, CrashFree BIOS 3, F11 EZ Tuning Wizard, F6 Qfan Control, F3 My Favorites, Last Modified log, F12 PrintScreen, and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) memory information.
ManageabilityWfM2.0, DMI3.0, WOL by PME, PXE
Form FactorATX
Size30.5 cm x 24.4 cm / 12 inch x 9.6 inch


Unboxing The ASUS ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming

Let’s take a quick look at the ASUS ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming (Price Check) motherboard’s box and unbox it.

Inside the box, you should find the following items :

  • One ASUS ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming motherboard
  • One ASUS ROG CPU installation tool
  • One set of user manual, driver DVD and documentation
  • One set of ROG Strix stickers and door hanger[adrotate group=”2″]
  • One ASUS Q-Shield (I/O shield)
  • One SLI HD Bridge card (2-way)
  • One extension cable for RGB LED strips (80 cm)
  • One extension cable for addressable LED strips
  • One thermistor cable
  • One ASUS fan holder
  • Four SATA 6 Gb/s cables
  • One pack of cable ties
  • One pack of M.2 screws
  • One pack of 3D mounting screws

Now, let’s go take a closer look at the motherboard, and check out its key features!

Next Page > The Z370-F Gaming Up Close, CPU Power & Overclockability, DDR4 Memory Slots


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