The Asus Republic of Gamers STRIX Z370-I Gaming is the first mini-ITX motherboard that to arrive with Intel’s new Z370 chipset and revised LGA 1151 socket – which means it’s the first small board we’ve seen to support Coffee Lake processors. This new mini-ITX board tries to cram in as many features as possible onto its 17cm-square black PCB: there are two M.2 sockets, loads of USB 3.1 ports, improved memory speed support and the ubiquitous RGB LEDs.
This updated Asus ROG Strix Z370-I Gaming costs £193, which is about the same as Z370 ATX boards – there might be less PCB in this product, but the cost of miniaturisation can’t be ignored.
We’ve compared this product to last year’s Asus equivalent board and a couple of ATX contenders from the current ranks to find out if Z370’s mini-ITX debut can earn a place in your PC.
|Asus ROG Strix Z370-I Gaming|
|Form Factor||Mini-ITX, 17cm x 17cm|
|CPU Socket||Intel LGA 1151 Version 2|
|Memory||DDR4, 4 DIMMs, up to 32GB, up to 4333MHz+ with OC|
|Onboard Graphics||Intel HD Graphics (supported CPUs)|
|Expansion Slots||1 x PCIe 3.0 X16 (16)|
|Storage||4 x SATA III 6Gbps
1 x M.2 PCIe 32Gbps or SATA III 6Gbps1 x M.2 PCIe 32GBps
|USB||7 x USB 3.1 (4 Rear, 2 Front, 1 via ASM3142)
6 x USB 2.0 (4 Rear, 2 Front, via Z370)
|Networking||Intel I219V Gigabit LAN
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
|Audio||SupremeFX S1220A Codec (1 front, 5 rear) 7.1 channel HD audio|
|Fan Headers||3, all support 3/4 pin fans (1 CPU, 1 x W_PUMP, 1 x SYS)|
|Rear I/O||4 x USB 2.0 Type-A ports
4 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A ports
1 x HDMI port1 x DisplayPort
1 x LAN (RJ45) port
5 x OFC audio jacks
1 x Optical S/PDIF OUT connector
|UEFI||UEFI AMI, 1 x 128Mb|