ASUS TUF Z390-Pro Gaming Review 14

ASUS TUF Z390-Pro Gaming Review

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Introduction


Now in spring of 2019, it is hard to believe that the quad-core processor reigned supreme for more than a decade. Since AMD Ryzen launched and Intel responded with the 8700K, the core wars have been heating up. While we anxiously anticipate the newest advancements from both sides in the approaching months, the 9900K remains supreme in mainstream performance for now. When it comes to performance, the biggest name in the game is ASUS.

As the name would suggest, the ASUS TUF Z390-Pro Gaming is part of the TUF Gaming Alliance, a collaboration spearheaded by ASUS to produce a family of hardware with a common visual theme and exceptional quality and durability. Now, if someone had tried to sell me, sight unseen, on a black/gray and yellow color scheme with digital cameo accents, I would have had trouble taking them seriously. On paper, it sounds dated at best. However, I have had the chance to test a few different products from the collaboration and have to say that I would have been wrong. While the theme won't fit everyone's taste, it does not at all feel dated, and in fact, I found myself liking and appreciating the style.

There is a lot more to the TUF brand than looks. Improved performance and industry-leading durability are also major parts of what set the TUF Gaming Alliance apart. The ASUS TUF Z390-Pro Gaming promises exceptionalism and practicality, along with topnotch compatibility.



Specifications

Specifications
CPU Support:Intel Core 9000 series and 8th Gen Intel Core
Power Design: CPU Power: 8 phase
Memory Power: 2 phase
Chipset:Intel Z390
Integrated Graphics:Dependent on installed CPU
Memory:4x DIMM, Support Dual Channel DDR4-4266+(OC) MHz
BIOS:Dual AMI UEFI BIOS
Expansion Slots: 2x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (x16/x0/x0 or x8/x8/x0 or x8/x4/x4)
2x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot (max at x2 mode)
Storage: 6x SATA 6 Gb/s port
2x M.2 port (SATA3/PCIe 3.0 x4)
Networking:1x Intel I219V
Rear Ports: 1x HDMI port
1x Optical SPDIF out port
1x LAN (RJ45) ports
2x USB 3.1 (Gen2) Type-A port
4x USB 3.1 (Gen1) ports
1x DisplayPort 1.2
5x 3.5 mm Audio jacks
1x PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard combo port
Audio:1x Realtek ALC1200A Codec
Fan Headers:6x 4-pin
Form Factor:ATX Form Factor: 12.0 in x 9.6 in, 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm
Exclusive Features:
  • Fan Xpert4
  • ASUS DIGI + VRM: 8+1 Phase digital power design
  • ASUS SafeSlot: Protect your graphics card Investment
  • ASUS ESD Guard: Enhanced ESD protection
  • ASUS Overvoltage Protection: World-class circuit-protecting power design
  • ASUS Stainless-Steel Back I/O
  • ASUS LANGuard: Protects against LAN surges
  • ASUS Optimem II
  • UF Components (Choke, Cap. & MOSFET; certified by military-standard)
  • Aura Lighting Control
  • Aura RGB Strip Headers
  • AI Suite 3
  • Ai Charger
  • Turbo LAN
  • ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
  • ASUS EZ Flash 3
  • ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode
  • ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
  • MemOK! II
  • Q-Installer
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