Here are key points about the ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-G GAMING (WI-FI AC).
Designed for Gaming: Many motherboards have the word "Gaming" in their names, but not all of them offer features specifically designed for gaming. The audio on the motherboard has been enhanced more than others in the same price range, which is important for many gamers. The rear IO panel features eight USB ports and even a PS/2 port so it supports all types of gaming mice. The PCI-E layout has also been optimized for two double slotted cards, which is typically what gamers might install.
ROG Features: Many people might not expect to find ROG features on a sub-$200 motherboard, and we didn't either, but we did find a few. The motherboard has one external temperature sensor port and comes with the sensor so you can plug it in and make it work. It also comes with CPU_OV jumper, so you can push very high voltages if you go subzero. It also comes with a VRM fan bracket, so you can install a VRM fan to keep things cool. It also features a clock generator dedicated to BCLK overclocking. You also get the ROG goodies like a door knob hanger and cable stickers.
Solid Aesthetics: Simple is what many want, and the STRIX series typically delivers. With the Z370-G Gaming, we find a simple motherboard that will fade into the background but still maintain a solid aesthetic appeal. The VRM heat sinks spread over a wide area, so they cover up a lot of the PCB. The only integrated RGBs are under the PCH heat sink, so you won't have RGB LEDs glaring at you. The capacitors have also been blacked out.
No RGB LED Header: The motherboard supports RGB LEDs built into products that plug into the motherboard, such as Aura Sync DRAM, but it doesn't offer an RGB LED header. That might be a pro for many people though.
The ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-G GAMING (WI-FI AC) offers a lot of features, including Intel LAN, Wireless-AC, USB 3.1, 120dB SNR audio, and support for SLI/CrossFireX. We were also happy to find two M.2 slots, plenty of USB on the rear IO, and a lack of bandwidth sharing. Overall, the motherboard offered us a solid experience without headaches, and is a great motherboard for those who want a motherboard that just works and doesn't waste resources on things like RGB LEDs.
The Bottom Line: ASUS decided to get rid of the flashy features while maintaining and upgrading useful features on their ROG STRIX Z370-G Gaming (Wi-Fi AC) motherboard.
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