Asus Prime X370-PRO AM4 Motherboard Review




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A Closer Look

First impressions of the PRIME are very good, it’s a simple yet stylish design that has a few treats packed in for good measure. The most impactful aspect is the black and white theme, with a few silver highlights to give it some pop, and that should make the RGB lighting stand out just that little bit more too.

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Obviously, it comes with the new AM4 socket, so it’ll support Ryzen, as well as many upcoming AMD CPUs and APUs. The stock AMD bracket mounts are pre-installed but can be easily unscrewed for an aftermarket cooler too.

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There’s a good configuration for power delivery, as well as two screwed on metal heat sinks to help keep the hardware cool, so we’re expecting this board to deliver some good overclocking performance.

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There’s a good amount of PCIe slots, and the two main ones come with some armour to help deal with the immense bulk of modern graphics cards.

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Four DDR4 DIMM slots (dual channel), offering support for up to 3200MHz (OC). You’ll also find the motherboard 24-pin here, as well as a USB 3.1 front panel header.

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The main chipset comes with this lovely heat sink design, with a gloss white and silver finish.

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Connectivity is in no short supply here, with 8 x SATA 6GB/s ports, as well as an M.2 mount to take care of all your storage needs.

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There are plenty of connections here too, with extra fan headers, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, front panel audio and more.

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The board promises high-end audio, and you’ll find a few high-quality Japanese gold capacitors backing up the Realtek S1220A chipset, all mounted on their own PCB layers for extra shielding from interference.

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Around the back, you’ll find a good selection of USB ports, not a huge amount, but enough for most users. There are five audio jacks, with an additional optical out for good measure. There’s also an HDMI and DP output, but keep in mind you’ll need a CPU with an iGPU to use them, Ryzen does not support on-board video outputs.

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Finally, we have the back of the motherboard, where you can more easily see the trace that seperates the audio hardware from the main board (top right), as well as the removable AM4 socket backplate for your cooler.

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