ASUS ROG STRIX Z590-E Gaming WiFi Motherboard Review
Ben Enos / 2 years ago
How Much Does it Cost?
Currently available for $380 / £340 makes it a bit of a weird one. Based on features and the likes, I would have pitted the Z590-E against the AORUS PRO AX which comes in at $290 / £300. Interestingly, the US price for the Z590-E is $40 more than the English price, which just doesn’t quite seem right to me. Normally, we see the $/£ prices very similar so if it’s £340 it is normally around $340 as well. Generally, The UK market has a higher price tag so not quite sure what’s going on in America at the moment, but don’t worry, we know exactly how you feel. However, hopefully, things will soon calm down and the prices will get back to a more normalised level.
The ASUS ROG STRIX Z590-E Gaming WiFi has a good feature set and has an appealing look. Consumers purchasing the board will no doubt want to show it off and get to making the most it has to offer instantly. It has plenty of Power Phases, Dual 2.5G LAN, WiFi 6E, four M.2 slots two of which are PCIe 4.0 capable and a whole host of other performance-enhancing feature to make sure you are getting the most from your hardware.
Build Quality & Design
I have absolutely no qualms about the quality or design of the Z590-E. ASUS has been at this a long time as we all know the ROG and STRIX branding brings a certain expectation of quality and design with it. With a 6-Layer PCB design, 14+2 Power Stages and a built-in Digi+ VRM, ASUS have covered your power and overclocking needs effectively. As we saw, there are also FAN/AIO/PUMP 4pin headers on this board meaning ASUS have you covered for whichever type of CPU cooling you want to go with.
Performance-wise, the Z590-E finds itself mostly right in the middle, where it is aimed for. Throwing the price into the mix and the price to performance ratio would likely be better than some of the more expensive boards, making the overall performance seem even better than it already is.
Coming bundled with a trial of AIDA64 and having MemTest86 built into the BIOS are some of the things I would say add a bit of value to the Z590-e motherboard. It may be worth mentioning the whole ROG STRIX Ecosystem, as those with other products may be looking into this for that exact reason. This will fit
Should I Buy One?
This is a tough one and for me, would depend on the price of it. We always expect to pay a bit more for ROG branded items and that is OK, but in America, the Z590-E is currently coming in at $90 more than a similarly SPEC’d AORUS board which makes it hard to recommend over that! If they can get the price sorted out then the Z590-E is definitely worth considering for your next motherboard.