ASUS WS Pro Z390 Motherboard Review



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ASUS WS Pro Z390 Motherboard Review

ASUS WS Pro Z390

All the motherboards we’ve had for the Z390 launch today have one thing in common, they’re built for gaming! From high-end ATX overclocking motherboards to the mini-ITX models. They’re all generally a jack of all trades. However, the WS Z390 Pro from ASUS wants to stand out from the crowd. This monster of a motherboard is built for workstation use, and while it still packs all the same features as their gaming focused models, it goes that little bit further.

PLX

The big feature here is the PLX chip. It allows all of the four full-size PCIe slots to run at higher speeds. On all the usual Z390 motherboards, they’ll be wired, for example, as 16x/8x/4x. However, this board runs at 8x/8x/8x/8. While this isn’t really going to particularly benefit gaming due to the way graphics card SLI/Crossfire, it could help with intensive workstation workflow. From super fast PCIe mounted M.2 storage to rendering graphics cards running in parallel. For complex number crunching that runs from GPU style hardware, and so on. Again, rarely the remit of a consumer, but there’s definitely a use for the professional market.

Extreme Everything

This motherboard is configured with the hardware required for great performance out of the box. However, if you need to quickly overclock and tune your hardware, pretty much all of it can be done at the push of a button with AI Overclocking. If you’re a pro tuner, you can still use the auto mode to provide a stable base level for your own overclocking. Expect more big speed improvements with the heavy implication of fast USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A and Type-C ports, 6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports, dual 32Gb/s M.2 mounts with Optane support, U.2, and 4266+ (OC) memory support.

Features

  • Quad-GPU supports: Fits up to four dual-slot graphics cards and supports NVIDIA® SLI™ or AMD CrossFireX™ GPU configurations.
  • AI overclocking: Quickly optimizes your CPU performance based on the CPU and cooler, achieving results that are extremely close to manual tuning by experts.
  • OptiMem II: Careful routing of traces and vias, plus ground layer optimizations to preserve signal integrity for improved memory overclocking
  • Enhanced power solution: Premium components provide better power efficiency
  • UEFI BIOS: New UEFI options include a search function that allows you to find settings easily
  • Industry-leading cooling options: Comprehensive controls for fans and water pump, via Fan Xpert 4 or the acclaimed UEFI
  • Dual M.2 heatsink: Ultra-efficient heatsink reduces M.2 SSD temperature for unthrottled transfer speeds and enhanced reliability
  • Ultra-fast storage: dual M.2 and U.2, plus USB 3.1 Gen 2 with Type-A and Type-C ports onboard and a front-panel connector.

Specifications

For in-depth specifications, please visit the official product page here.

What ASUS Had to Say

“Designed for compute-intensive workloads, WS Z390 PRO blends tremendous GPU performance, comprehensive tuning options, and robust connectivity for prosumers and content creators.” – ASUS

What’s in the Box

  • User’s manual
  • ASUS Q-Shield
  • 2-Way SLI bridge(s)
  • COM port cable(s)
  • 6 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
  • 2 x M.2 Screw Package
  • CPU installation tool
  • Supporting DVD
  • 3-Way SLI bridge(s)
  • 4-Way SLI bridge(s)
  • Q-Connector
  • 2-port USB 2.0 module(s)
  • Extension Cable for RGB strips (80 cm)

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Comments

3 Responses to “ASUS WS Pro Z390 Motherboard Review”
  1. Brent P says:

    No NVlink SLI benchmarks for the WS Z390 Pro review?

  2. Vorlon says:

    Seriously, what is the point of this board – especially with Skylake-X refresh coming?? New line of S-X will bring also 8/16 chip which will cost exactly the same as 9900K, but it will offer 44 PCIe lanes without any PLX shenanigans. It will offer better connectivity out of the box. Not to mention very convenient LGA2066 cooler mounting mechanism without all that separate backplate rubbish. ~400 GBP for a 1151 board, when you can already get 2066 board for less? Having a laugh. Should be Total Waste of Money Award. S-X will do everything exactly the same and you don’t have to worry if everything will have enough lanes or not. Having first hand experience with multiple X8 VGAs under heavy load. Stupid idea. Period. For gaming yeah, for serious work, just don’t, really.

    • Tore says:

      You forgot the most important thing for gamers, single core performance. The cpu’s for “Z” motherboards have kept the edge against “X” cpu’s.

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