The TUF series used to be one of the highest end models but with the recent changes at ASUS it seems to be placed around the mid-low range but don’t let that get you down, the TUF gaming board is just as capable as before. The difference? It doesn’t carry the same persona as the old models but it’s still good and the highest spec among them would be the ASUS TUF Z370-PRO GAMING as seen below.
The best part about the ASUS TUF Z370-PRO GAMING is that it is without any form of RGB, yes not a single bit. The I/O panel cover here? It’s as plain as can be, even the TUF Gaming words are barely visible, so is the emblem.
The board is just plain black and yellow themed, a color combo of which I like.
As for the power phase, it’s just 4+2+1 which is a number that won’t impress those who want to get great overclocks out of the board.
Moving to this corner, the ASUS TUF Z370-PRO GAMING has orange LED under the words TUF gaming and along the lines of the front and that’s it – again, no RGB which is a good thing. I can’t even locate any RGB sync connectors around!
Even down to this corner, you’ll see that the SATA ports are kept to a bare minimal. Being a gamer oriented board you do not need that many SATA ports, do you?
Moving upwards to the PCI-E slots, the ASUS TUF Z370-Pro Gaming supports both Nvidia SLI and AMD CrossFire and they can run at x8/x8, x8/x4+x4*, x8+x4+x4/x0. 🙂 Sweet stuff.
Lastly we have the back I/O ports which are
– 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port(s)
– 1 x DVI-D
– 1 x HDMI
– 1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
– 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 (teal blue)Type-A
– 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (blue)
– 2 x USB 2.0
– 1 x Optical S/PDIF out
– 5 x Audio jack(s)
This board is good actually, you can feel that the build quality is not like the ROG models but it certainly doesn’t slack either.
The PRO model here is without RGB so this will hurt your experience a little if you intend to RGBfy your system. The lower spec PLUS model does have RGB LED.
User Interface is ASUS’ bare basic, I’m surprised it’s not even customized to fit the TUF theme.
The features are plenty sufficient for overclocking the system, just don’t expect a gamer oriented motherboard to deliver like their ROG models – albeit also actually gamer oriented but comes with a lot of goodies for overclockers.
ASUS TUF Z370-PRO GAMING …….. nice board but sad to say it’s not available in Malaysia, at least not that I know of. You can get the lesser plus model for around RM 700+ range but this based on the price on the Internet comes to around RM 1k range.
For a board at this price, I would that they have a debug LED rather than just having a color code type. What I like most about this board is that it’s a board that’s without RGB and plenty sufficient for gamers and has good enough features for overclocking.