ASUS X370-F Strix Paper Thin PCB
I used to have an EVGA X58 SLI3, which was sort of a budget board. It had a really solid PCB, sturdy pins for onboard headers (speaker, USB, jumpers, etc.), colour-coded front panel connectors, and even a debug code indicator. It wasn't even marketed as a "gaming" board, which wasn't a thing back then.
I then was honoured to own the Rampage IV Gene. Well that thing was built like a tank and weighted a ton because of the heatsinks. It was a micro-atx board but even then they installed a heat pipe to connect a tiny heatsink below the socket to the main one on the VRM's. The PCB was rock solid as well.
Now I've bought a Strix X370-F which is called "the best board for X370" because of the VRM (intend to use it with a 3900X) and 6 expansion slots - cmp. Gigabyte Aorus Elite with 4 (four) expansion slots in an ATX form-factor.
The PCB is made out of paper. It literally creaked when I was connecting the 24pin and later the front panel cables. Applying pressure to a point in the center of the board between the mouting screws when the board is already attached to the case results in the PCB giving in easily. There is no color coding on the front panel connector. The pins are made out of butter as well. There is black shiny paper glued to the chipset heatsink that I almost peeled off accidentally when removing the protective film on the chipset.
Guys is this ASUS really?! This called "ROG"? Or is this how AMD boards are made these days, being the "cheaper" alternative? My Rampage IV is what you call ROG, period.
Is there any AM4 board with a real PCB that's not paperweight in a sane price range like $200-$250? Or do they only make decent boards for Intel?
Sorry for the rant but this is beyond sane. It's just a toy, that's being marketed as a top level board. Sigh. The X58 days!