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Wednesday, February 26, 2020
By: Mikey Bikey
Ease of Installation. Ease of configuring UEFI. 6x SATA ports. Good printed manual included though you can download it in PDF format from ASUS web site. Updated drivers and BIOS firmware easily downloadable from ASUS web site, as the ones shipped on the included DVD may not be the latest versions. Runs fine with Windows and Linux Mint co-installed on the same box.
A little pricey. Look for sale if / when it happens. Still using the same old crappy tin I/O shield. There has to be a better way in the future.
In typical ASUS fashion, this is a nice board. It's a breeze to install provided that you are using a decent ATX case and modular P/S. One installation hint is to plug in those case front panel wires to the tiny system panel connectors on the board "before" you mount the board in your case. It will save your eyesight and if you have big hands, the install will be that much easier. This is an ASUS Prime board so the build quality is high and the included print version of the USER GUIDE is well written & comprehensive. The UEFI/BIOS setup utility is a breeze to configure and ASUS includes their EZ Update/Flash utility with the setup if you need to flash your BIOS. Also as part of this feature, there is a tool called ASUS CrashFree BIOS that allows you to restore the BIOS from either the included Support DVD of a USB flash drive if the BIOS file fails or gets corrupted. The flimsy I/O shield as usual (for me) was a bit of a wrestle to allow the board to slip comfortably into the Case (a Corsair ATX tower). Hope the engineers at those Intel/AMD PC committees and case builders, ultimately figure out a better solution than the existing tin-pot one. Am using this with an Intel Z-390 chip (this is a Z-390 board) and the techs at ME for an extra $15 mounted the processor, fan, memory before I exited the store, so I could ensure it was going to boot (first time) when I got home. I am using a CPU which does not have an integrated graphics chip, but this board will support either Intel CPU-excluded and CPU-included processors. The on-board connector sockets for power connections, SATA cables and front panel USB wires are easily accessible and robust. This board supports USB 2 and 3 and contains ports/wiring for front panel and rear panel USB. The on-board network chip connector supports the standard RJ45 interface. Works fine at 80 mb/s with Telus Fibre service There are plenty of connectors for fans in-case and on-board and there are extensions for liquid coolers and external ones. I don't overclock so I can't supply any stats on that. Heat dissipation is good with a stock Artic Alpine cooler (for the installed I5-9600 CPU - 95 watts). I'm using Nvidia Card and S/B Z series, with no issues either on Windows or Linux Mint. This is an LGA 1151v2 board.