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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-16-2020, 09:48 AM - Thread Starter
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ASUS X370-F Strix Paper Thin PCB

Hi all,

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!

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I do not consider the x370 strix a high-end board. Has the same VRM design as a x370 prime. Big difference from the strix to the Crosshair. I do agree it is not the beefiest but should get the job done. Gigabyte did the same for their X370, big difference from the x370 k5 and x370 k7. It literally goes from poop to gold.

X570 is a different story both gigabyte and Asus budget offerings are impressive. The x570 tuf is miles ahead the tuf from the 300 and 400 chipset. Same goes for the gigabyte gaming x570. These are budget boards that are actually good.

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The Strix boards aren't top end. If you wanted the best X370 board from Asus, you should've bought a Crosshair VI Hero or Crosshair VI Extreme.

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