Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Asus ROG Strix Z370-G Gaming (WI-FI AC) - Gen. Coffee Lake

A 1 Day Experience & Impression

Everything done within a day - to check out the enduser experience in ease of use, overclocking and testing.

Asus Official Webpage

Intel Z370 mATX gaming motherboard with Aura Sync RGB LED lighting, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, DDR4 4000MHz support , dual M.2, SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.1




UEFI Sample Screenshots

Depop and other esoteric choices that you make in life - well, simply love the change review list in the last screenshot (afaik, an Asus exclusive).

Test Setup

Asus ROG Strix Z370-G Gaming (WI-FI AC)  | Intel Core i7-8700K@4.8GHz | Crucial DDR4-3000@XMP 16GB Kit | Intel 530 SSD | WD Black HDD | Zalman CNPS10X Quiet | Win 10 x64 1803 17134.48 (test OS)

Open air caseless, SG ambient 29C

* settings are neither refined nor finalised due to imposed test time limit

CPU-Z Bench

Just compare the single vs multi core improvements.

7Zip Bench

Nice big numbers.

Cinebench R15

Talk about a well balanced processor... totally dominates in both single and multi-core tasks, gamers rejoice!

HyperPi 32M

Intel still rules in anything Pi, so much faster than AMD. Note the load temps.


Ran just the CPU specific section and left out the GPU portion.


Note AVX in the stress test kicking down the multiplier by using the -2 offset set in the BIOS


Hey, are you OK?


Very well equiped mATX model - bundled wifi, Intel G.LAN, large heatsinks, dual M.2 slots etc...
Super easy overclock, do-able within a day
Ze superb Asus BIOS (imo, still the best)
Fast single cold POST even when overclocked (hooray!)
Current Inspectre utility says a-OK
Ease of using oc DDR4@XMP
Handles 6 core overclocks very well
Runs relatively cool on air
Improved thermal greasing with impressive evenly spread temps (small load variance)


Non-soldered processor prone to load temp jumps with added vcore (Intel, Intel, when har... ?)
Imperceptible practical single core performance improvement, already stock turbo@4.7GHz (good job, Intel)
Intel has made overclocking of this top processor more debatable - is the cost performance still worth it?
The Strix G series, though attractively similar, is still not quite of the old Gene build standard - it's seemingly more budget oriented


More coars yet wickedly fast mainstream platform esp. stock single core performance (many thanks AMD!)
Unmatched Intel DDR4 compatibility and easy use of XMP
Very easy overclocking though many endusers may be happy enough with stock performance esp. gamers
Runs relatively cool with improved thermal greasing, mainstream air cooling possibly adequate for gamers (but no bundled cooler!)
Likely still the top CPU for most gamers at this time

And so, the conclusion for this Asus ROG Strix Z370-G Gaming (WI-FI AC) with i7-8700K@4.8GHz... simply love this smashing setup (despite the dastardly Overlord Intel)! Serious gamers would do well to consider such a powerful portable combo.