X470 and Mini-ITX? Good or bad?Manufacturer : ASUS
Model : ROG Strix X470-I Gaming
RRP : £174.49
Read the HEXUS review on the Asus ROG Strix X470-I Gaming motherboard…
There’s a solid argument to be made that with the relative demise of multi-GPU technology, plus the ever-increasing levels of feature integration into chipsets, smaller motherboards ought to be more in favour.
A quality Mini-ITX board of 2018 doesn’t compromise on much. That is Asus’ thinking too, and it has released said form factor for AMD’s X470 chipset. Enter the ROG Strix X470-I Gaming. Read the full review here.Conclusions :
The AMD X470 chipset is now widely available enough for us to look at a bunch of boards and separate the wheat from the chaff. Most are solid, because the chipset provides plenty of goodness, and the emergence of second-generation Ryzens help performance move up a notch or two.
Looking to appeal to those building a small PC with AMD’s latest and greatest chips, the Asus ROG Strix X470-I Gaming, priced at £175, takes a mid-spec route with a few nice touches. These include a multi-layer audio and M.2 heatshield combo that works well, a second M.2 if you are willing to sacrifice graphics bandwidth, and RGB lighting that is as good as any out there. The BIOS, also, remains excellent.
There are still a few potential stumbling blocks to be aware of. Access to a couple of the SATA ports is limited (though would you really use all four?), and the WiFi isn’t the best.
£175 isn’t cheap for an AM4 motherboard, of course, but Asus probably just does enough to make it on to a prospective shortlist if going small is key to your PC aims.Read Review