|Memory Speed||4800 MHz|
Asus ROG Strix Z490-I Gaming Motherboard, DDR4, 90MB13A0-M0UAY0
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|CPU socket||LGA 1200|
|RAM memory technology||DDR4|
|Memory Speed||4800 MHz|
|Platform||Mac OS X Intel|
About this item
- Intel LGA 1200 socket: designed to unleash the maximum performance of 10th generation Intel Core processors
- Robust power solution: 8 + 2 Dr. MOS power stages with ProCool II power connector, high-quality alloy chokes
- Optimized thermal design: incorporates Delta Superflo VRM fan, Mos heat sink, L-shaped heat pipe and fan heads
- High-performance gaming network: Intel WiFi 6 AX201 (802) integrated. 11 axis), Intel 2. 5 Gb Ethernet with ASUS LANGuard
- Industry-leading gaming audio: Hi-Fi audio with SupremeFX S1220A codec, DTS Sound Unbound and Sonic Studio III
- Warranty: This is an AU version with Australian warranty and support
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Asus ROG Strix Z490-I Gaming Motherboard as its backbone is going to punch well above its weight. With boosted power delivery, innovative active cooling design, plus the all new Triple-decker Heatsink, ROG Strix Z490-I Gaming is the perfect compact platform for the latest Intel Core processors. ROG Strix Z490-I Gaming helps you get the most out of your gaming build with up-rated power delivery and optimized cooling. Intelligent controls let you manage to overclock, cooling and networking settings easily, giving you everything you need to harness the full potential of your build for top-tier gaming performance. ROG Strix Z490-I Gaming provides you with the latest connectivity for super smooth online experiences and blisteringly-fast file transfers. The superior audio performance gives you a massive advantage, allowing you to pick up on the smallest audio cues for a completely immersive gaming experience. The cyberpunk-inspired aesthetics are accentuated by the bold slashes and cybertext. Together with the most diverse ROG ecosystem, Pair your ROG Strix Z490-I Gaming with other ROG products to customize a gaming rig that reflects your personal style. ROG exclusive software utilities deliver intuitive audio tuning and gaming enhancements so you can configure your gaming build the way you want.
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1. The ASUS has better VRM cooling compared to both the MSI and Gigabyte. The MSI has a fan just as the ASUS but it is a high velocity fan which generates a lot of noise but does a poor job of cooling the VRM's compared to the ASUS VRM fan which does a good job of cooling and is silent, Gigabyte lacks a fan completely (MSI allows full control over the fan in the BIOS and ASUS does not).
2. All the fan headers on the ASUS board are PWM headers, the MSI's chassis header is DC 3 pin.
3. RGB/LED headers are on opposite sides of the board on the ASUS and there are two in total, the MSI has one and it is a 3 pin.
4. The ASUS has an illuminated ROG symbol on the NVMe heatsink which is a nice touch and not overpowering, the light is subtle and easy to control, the MSI has nothing of the sort.
5. The ASUS has both NVMe slots on the top side of the board and both are teamed up with individual heatsinks unlike MSI who have one NVMe port on the top side and one of the bottom side of the board which is a pain if something goes wrong and there is no heatsink for that bottom one due to space constraints.
6. ASUS has far superior fan controls within the BIOS and the software within the OS is very good, gives much better control compared to MSI Dragon Centre software.
7. ASUS can control the LED's on my Hyper-X Fury RAM and enable 'Smart' lighting which is set to change colour in a certain temperature range (0 degrees to 50 green light, 50 to 70 degrees yellow light and 70 to 100 red light). but the MSI cannot control the RAM LED's at all, even though it is compatible and stated in the list on MSI's website.
This is what totally killed the MSI for me. Both boards had an i7 10700 CPU fitted with the same Noctua NH-L9i chromax.black heatsink, Corsair SF750 PSU, 32GB Hyper-X Fury DDR4 RAM and Gigabyte 1660 Super OC GPU. I was testing the MSI with a 15 minute 4K movie rendering and the CPU temperature was through the roof, it hit 99 Degrees Celsius and I discovered that the MSI Dragon Centre software was causing that, as soon as I killed the software, the temperature dropped 14 degrees which is still unacceptable, running at 85 degrees while rendering a 4K movie of 15 minutes run time. All the same components, in the same case, with the same chassis fan on the ASUS board never climbed above 70 Degrees Celsius, which is a massive difference. The ambient temperature was 26 degrees for both tests and I was sold on the ASUS.
The one negative of the ASUS board is that it currently cannot overclock the RAM in dual channel mode without crashing, none of the XMP profiles work and no amount of manual tuning fixes the problem. This is a known issue and being spoken about on the ASUS forum, several BIOS revisions were released in the forum for users to test but none of the users had the issue resolved. So if you can wait or are not overly concerned about RAM overclocking, then this board is by far the best Mini-ITX choice.
Update 15th September: The batch of faulty boards can be identified with the revision code A13, which is located on the Serial Number sticker near the CPU socket. On the forums it has now been confirmed that a new revision board is being sent as replacement under RMA which has the revision number A14 and the dual XMP crashes are fixed.
Update 17th September: Received a replacement board from Amazon, same revision (A13), same fault. So Amazon need to send these boards back to ASUS and get the updated ones which are A14. Identifiable from the outside of the box as "MB14A0".
Von Anfang an habe ich die Mainboards der Z490-er verfolgt. Mittlerweile gibt es zig Rezensionen zu den Boards jedoch viele davon sind nicht wirklich professionell bzw. tauchen nicht allzu tief in das Eingemachte, dass letztendlich den Unterschied zwischen den einzelnen Herstellern bzw. Mainboards macht.
Eine sehr gute Übersicht bietet das Video "Z490 Roundup" von KitGuruTech. Leo nimmt die Boards auseinander und analysiert in Detail die Bauweise, Leistungsregler, Kühlung, Schnittstellen usw. was letztendlich meine Entscheidung erleichtert hat.
Die Hauptmerkmale die meine persönliche Entscheidung beeinflusst hatten waren:
- die 16 (14+2) Leistungsstufen und deren hochwertigen Regler
- die Kühlung der Leistungsstufen (das ASUS Board ist, das einzige das einen C-geformten massiven Kühlkörper hat, mit einer langen Heatpipe)
- das Board kommt mit einem kleinen Zusatzlüfter (nicht vormontiert) das auf dem Kühlkörper über die VRM's angebracht werden kann (für die Personen die OC betreiben möchten)
- "Procool II" 8Pin Stromanschluss
- "SupremeFX" Audiotechnologie
- 10 lagige Leiterplatte (kleinere Störquellen und bessere stabilere Signalübertragung)
- BIOS-Flashback Taste
Ich finde das Board nicht nur für Enthusiasten geeignet, sondern allgemein bietet es ein sehr gutes Preis-Leistung Verhältnis.
Für diejenigen die auf einige Ausstattungsmerkmale verzichten möchten wie z.B. das integrierte WiFi, empfehle ich sich die anderen ASUS Mainboards der Strix Gaming Serie anzuschauen. Diese sind abgespeckte jedoch gleich hochwertige Mainboards wie die Gaming-E und haben dementsprechend auch niedrigere Preise.
I had no issues installing and using the board. It has a good amount of ports and even has a m.2 wifi slot in addition to the two m.2 slots for ssd's.
The board certainly looks the part but I was slightly disappointed to see the shroud over the chipset, next to the ssd m.2 slot is plastic. There is a heatsink on the chipset itself, but what you see above is just a piece of plastic, impossible to discern with the eye just looking at it. Regardless the chipset is cooled properly and certainly the VRM stays nice and cool with an overclocked i7-10700k.
I really can't fault the physical layout of the board apart from the small niggle mentioned above. However the bios is buggy. The bios that shipped with the board was the initial version 04** and it had several issues. For example it was impossible to get both my monitors working, running one of a dedicated GPU and one of the CPU. Once I updated to the new version 06** that got fixed.
I also have an issue with the adaptive voltage setting for the CPU, it does not seem to work properly and I am hoping it is just another bios issue. I can not get anything near stable. Inputting a voltage of 1.3v was all of a sudden 1.6v in Windows with temps hitting the 90's just loading Windows. I have always run adaptive voltage on every cpu since the i7 4790 days without issue, but now I am unable to get stable with voltage all over the place.
For now I am running a constant vcore and it work really well. Got 5.1ghz with avx offset of 1 at 1.395v.
The bios needs some work, but I can almost forgive them because it is just after release. I will have to play around some more with the adaptive voltage.
In general a good looking and fast performing motherboard with some bios bugs.
First, the box and motherboard were not sealed in any way, a bit of disappointment there because I wanted to be absolutely sure that the motherboard is actually new. However, the motherboard looks new and all the accessories came in sealed bags.
Then, it puts the memory at 2133 MHz by default (no overclocking). I have 2 x Corsair 3200 MHz and Intel i9 10900K so I'm expecting at least 2933 MHz from this motherboard, specially when it says up to 4800 MHz in the specs and I paid so much for it. Well, it turns out that turning on the overclocking causes a random crash now and then, regardless of heavy load or not. I tried 3200 MHz and 2933 MHz, the same issue. It turns out this is a known issue with this motherboard. I'm assuming no gamer would buy a motherboard with just 2133 MHZ memory frequency, so I don't recommend buying this motherboard. It's a waste of money.
I used the latest BIOS version, upgraded myself. I don't know if an updated BIOS in the future would solve this issue, I'm very pessimistic, but for now I'm staying with 2133 MHz for stability.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 October 2020