New WIFI Controller: The STRIX H370-I Gaming uses Intel's latest Wireless-AC controller that offers speeds up to 1733Mbps if you have a router that supports the 160MHz band. It's a solid controller and should help future-proof the motherboard.
Dual M.2: The motherboard offers two M.2 slots that operate up to x4 PCI-E 3.0. The one on the top side also gets a heat sink to help cool it down, and the one on the underside of the PCB also supports SATA based M.2 drives.
Aesthetics: ASUS put a lot of effort into aesthetics on this motherboard that many people might not realize. They added a dedicated microcontroller solely for the RGB LEDs on the underside of the right side of the PCB. The dedicated controller allows individual control over each RGB LED so that you can produce some cool underside glow effects. The IO shield is also integrated, and the IO area is covered. You do get an addressable RGB header.
Triple USB 3.1: The rear IO panel offers you three USB 3.1 ports, two are type-A, and one is type-C.
Two NICs, but one is Realtek?: It's been quite a long time since I have seen a Realtek NIC on a ROG product, at least a wired NIC. While it's not a huge issue since performance isn't terrible, you should be aware, so you can use the Intel one first.
The ASUS STRIX H370-I Gaming is a stylish H370 motherboard with excellent Intel wireless networking and a bunch of other solid features. We really enjoy how ASUS has shaped the motherboard's aesthetic identity; we like the IO shield, the IO cover, and the push towards addressable RGBs. Just like other products, it's not without its drawbacks; the IO cover does cover up part of the VRM heat sink, and rear USB type-A is a bit low. The VRM should be good enough to handle any non-K CPU, but we would push you towards an air cooler or solid airflow with a water cooler.
We really love how the motherboard's only RGBs sit underneath and provide a neat glow, and the way ASUS has designed the motherboard means it will be a stylish addition to your build that you probably won't want to hide away. Platform features are all present, the UEFI was solid, and the motherboard has pretty much everything you need for an enthusiast non-K Coffee Lake build. So if you are in the market for a stylish high-end mini-ITX H370 motherboard, give the ASUS STRIX H370-I Gaming a look.
Last updated: Jun 16, 2020 at 04:31 pm CDT
The Bottom Line: ASUS's STRIX H370-I Gaming reinforces ASUS's commitment towards making the STRIX brand the go-to for gamers who want features and style in the same more affordable package.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and STRIX H370-I GAMING Overview]
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- Page 9 [Thermal Imaging and Power Consumption]
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