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Review Asus TUF Z390-Pro Gaming motherboard based on Intel Z390 chipset

Review Asus TUF Z390-Pro Gaming motherboard based on Intel Z390 chipset

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Table of contents

  • Form factor
  • Specifications
  • Main functionality: chipset, processor, memory
  • Peripheral functionality: PCI-E, SATA, various "gadgets"
  • Peripheral functionality: USB ports, network interfaces, input-output
  • Audio subsystem
  • Power Cooling
  • Backlight
  • Windows software
  • BIOS settings
  • Overclocking
  • Findings

Despite the fact that the theme of this fall in the field of desktop systems was the new AMD platform (X570 chipset and Ryzen 3xxx series processors), the Intel platform is still very popular, especially among gamers. Indeed, it was in games that the processors of last year's Core 9xxx series still demonstrate a clear advantage over the very modern and profitable Ryzen 3xxx processors (taking into account the latest price drops on Core 9xxx). So the topic of the Z390 will still be relevant for a long time, given that in the next six months AMD only has the output of the top 3950th model. Therefore, the Z390 - as a chipset and platform will still be relevant at least until the spring of 2020, when 4xx series chipsets come to replace it.

I must say that for the already relatively long existence of the Z390, a lot of types of motherboards were released on this hub from different manufacturers. Of course, there are many top models, some of which we have already demonstrated in our materials, because the chipset is top-end (however, it should not be confused with the HEDT segment - which includes processors and chipsets of the X-series).

Since the life of the Z390 has become not only long but has already covered a huge price segment, several Asus TUF motherboards are also based on the same Intel product. Let me remind you that the TUF series is a gaming product, but where the emphasis is not on achieving maximum performance indicators, including overclocking "chips", not on the availability of exclusive "baubles", but simply so that there is stable and durable operation. Actually, the word “TUF” beats the English “tough” in sound - durable, hardy, strong.

We pass directly to the Asus TUF Z390-Pro Gaming.

 Asus TUF Z390-Pro

Since this is not a top-end segment, the packaging here is reduced to fit .. So the Asus TUF Z390-Pro Gaming comes in a small, ordinary box with no frills.

Inside the box, there are traditionally two compartments: for the motherboard, and for the kit.

The delivery set, in addition to traditional elements such as a user manual, software carrier (in this case, a disk), has an Nvidia SLI bridge (old-style, modern NV Link needs to be purchased separately directly from Nvidia), screws for mounting M.2 modules, bonus sticker, plug for rear panel ports and G-connector. But SATA cables (which has been a mandatory set for all motherboards for many years) are not here. Because tough, and such cables for SATA have not yet been invented.

 Asus TUF Z390-Pro

Form factor

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

The Asus TUF Z390-Pro Gaming motherboard is made in the ATX form factor, has dimensions of 305 × 244 mm and 8 (eight!) Mounting holes for installation in the chassis. The ninth hole could not accommodate, because there was a cutout in the PCB. In theory, a cutout is needed to connect SATA cables, in which the connectors are at right angles to the cables themselves (in addition, there are only two SATA connectors near this cutout) so that the cables immediately go through the cutout in the case for the motherboard. However, usually in cases, the corresponding cutout is still lower. In general, there is a feeling that for the sake of design and highlighting a single piece of the board between the two cutouts, all this was started.

 Asus TUF Z390-Pro

On the flip side, there are practically no elements; there is only small logic. The textile was processed well: at all points of soldering, the sharp ends are cut off. It is clear that a board of a non-top level does not have to have anything additional (such as a protective plate).

I must say right away - why there is no battery on the board that helps to save all BIOS settings, but only a place for the battery. The thing is a certain postal service, which is engaged in the transfer of samples: since it is forbidden to transport nth type batteries on aeroplanes, let’s even pick out such small ones from motherboards. After the motherboard arrived at the Asus office, they simply forgot to insert the battery (which, of course, are in large numbers).

Specifications


Asus TUF Z390-Pro

A traditional table with a list of functional features.
Supported Processors8th and 9th Generation Intel Core
CPU socketLGA1151v2
ChipsetIntel Z390
Memory4 × DDR4, up to 128 GB, up to DDR4-4600
Audio subsystem1 × Realtek ALC1200
Network controllers1 × Intel i219V (Ethernet 1 Gb / s)
Expansion slots3 × PCI Express 3.0 x16 (x16, x8 + x8 (SLI / CrossFire) modes, third x2)
3 × PCI Express 3.0 x1
Drive Connectors6 × SATA 6 Gb / s (Z390)
2 × M.2 (Z390, for 1 device in the format 2230/2242/2260/2280/22110 and 1 device in the format 2230/2242/2260/2280)
USB ports2 × USB 3.1 Gen2: Type-A (blue) (Z390)
8 × USB 3.1 Gen1: 4 Type-A ports (blue) on the rear panel; 2 internal connectors, each for 2 ports (Z390)
4 × USB 2.0: 2 internal connectors, each for 2 ports (Z390)
Rear connectors2 × USB 3.1 Gen2 (Type-A, blue)
4 × USB 3.1 Gen1 (Type-A, blue)
2 × RJ-45
1 × PS / 2
5 audio jack type connectors
1 × S / PDIF (optical, output)
1 × HDMI 1.4
1 × DisplayPort 1.2
Other internal connectors24-pin ATX power connector
8-pin ATX12V power
connector 2 sockets for connecting 4 USB 3.1 Gen1 ports
2 sockets for connecting 4 USB 2.0 ports
6 sockets for connecting 4-pin fans
2 sockets for connecting a non-addressable RGB tape
1 socket COM port
1 SPI TPM (Trusted Platform Module)
1 CMOS reset connector
1 MemOK switch!
1 audio jack for output to the chassis
1 contact block for the front panel of the chassis
Form factorATX (305 × 244 mm)

Asus TUF Z390-Pro


Main functionality: chipset, processor, memory

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

By all indications: the number of ports, slots, other "bundles" - we are clearly looking at a semi-budget level product.

And we are smoothly switching to the Z390 chipset and the no less traditional scheme of its interaction with the processor.

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

Remember that unlike the latest AMD sets (CPU + Hub), there are no unallocated and freely reconfigurable PCI-E lines. Everything is clearly delineated: the Z390 chipset supports up to 30 I / O lines, of which up to 24 are allocated to PCI-E 3.0, in total there can be up to 6 SATA 6 Gb / sports and a total of up to 14 USB 3.1 Gen2 / 3.0 / 2.0 ports, from which, in turn, USB 3.1 Gen 2 can be no more than 6, and USB 3.1 Gen 1 - no more than 10.

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

Like all analogues on the Z390, Asus TUF Z390-Pro Gaming supports 8th and 9th generation Intel Core processors, made for the LGA1151v2 socket (socket). Although there are no physical differences from the old LGA1151, the old processors in LGA1151 v2 will not work. Therefore, I remind you once again: only models with indexes 8000 and 9000!

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

There are four DIMM slots for installing memory modules on the Asus board (for working with Dual Channel, if only 2 modules are used, they should be installed in A2 and B2. The board supports unbuffered DDR4 (non-ECC) memory, and the maximum memory capacity is 128 GB (using the latest 32 GB UDIMMs) Of course, XMP profiles are supported.

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

In contrast, again, from more top-end motherboards, in this case, the DIMM slots are not reinforced.

Next, go to the periphery.

Peripheral functionality: PCI-E, SATA, various "gadgets"

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

There are 6 slots on the board: 3 PCI-E x16 (for video cards or other devices) and 3 PCI-E x1.

The processor has 16 PCI-E 3.0 lines, they go only to PCI-E x16 slots. At the same time, it is impossible to fully connect with 16 lines all 3 “long” PCI-E slots, deficits. This is how the distribution scheme looks:

That is, only a single video card will fully receive 16 PCI-E lines, and a “duet” of two video cards in SLI / CrossFire mode will receive 8 lines for each slot. Due to the fact that the third "longest" slot always receives x2, it will not work to create a "trio" of video cards using the AMD CrossFire scheme. Will this decrease in the number of lines per slot strongly affect overall performance? Notably, but not so much.

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

The very first PCI-E x16 slot has a metal “shell” and additional soldering points - this is designed to increase the life of the slots. Well, this is understandable: modern powerful video cards can be very heavy, and only a couple of manufacturers complete their video cardholders with supports.

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

The allocation of PCI-E lines between slots in the case of using more than one video card is performed by ASM1480 multiplexers from ASMedia.

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

The location of the slots is such that you can easily mount the CO of any level and class. It is also worth pointing out the location of the first PCI-Ex1, which is the first one in general, as a plus, so it can always be used for consumer needs, regardless of the availability of a discrete graphics card in the first PCI-Ex16 slot (second in total). And also in many cases, the next PCI-Ex1 will be available as it follows the PCI-Ex16 indented. Yes, of course, now there are not so many PCI-Ex1 expansion devices, and nevertheless, this motherboard has guaranteed places for them.

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

Move on. Next in line drive.

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

In total, the board has 6 Serial ATA 6 Gb / s connectors + 2 slots for drives in the M.2 form factor. SATA ports are spaced: the first pair is on the side, above the characteristic cut in the PCB (as I mentioned above),

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

The remaining 4 ports are located vertically (at right angles to the surface of the board) and are located in the lower right corner (if we place the board vertically - how it will be mounted in the case).

All 6 SATA600 ports are implemented through the Z390 chipset.

Two M.2 slots support all modern types of drives of this form factor, with PCI-E and SATA interfaces. However, there are limitations: only the first M2_1 supports both interfaces, however, it does not allow installing the longest module 22110 in it (only 2242, 2260 and 2280).

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

The longest M.2-modules (22110) can be installed in the lower slot М2_2, however, only with PCI-E interface. And also it should be remembered that due to a lack of system resources, the Z390 (here the AMD X570 wins!), You have to observe the condition “either-or” on almost all motherboards. So in our case: when installing a module with SATA interface in M2_1 (upper), the SATA2 port will be cut down. That is, readers realized that, for example, if we connected a hard drive or SSD to the SATA2 port, then inserting SATA drives into the M2_1 slot is useless.

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

Of course, you can install Intel Optane Memory modules in any slot.

A radiator with a thermal interface is available only in the lower slot M2_2, although this is not bad for a relatively budget motherboard.

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

Now about the "gadgets."

There is no POST-code board on this motherboard, however, there are already no less familiar light indicators that report problems with a particular component of the system.

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

The principle of operation is simple: one or another LED lights up during initialization, then in case of a successful test it goes out. That is, if all 4 LEDs are off during the start/boot process, then everything is in order.

The CMOS cleaning method to return the computer “from heaven to earth” is available only in the form of a jumper.

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

Again, the gaming series, although it is strict, strong and unsentimental tough, should be equipped with a backlight (and not only installed on the board itself but be able to connect RGB-backlight).

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

There are two connectors for connecting non-addressable (12 V 3 A, up to 36 W) RGB tapes/devices. Unfortunately, the addressable backlight cannot be connected to this motherboard.

Asus TUF Z390-Pro
Of course, there is also a traditional set of FPanel pins for connecting wires to the front (and now often the top or side or all at once) panel of the case.

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

However, to facilitate this process, the delivery set includes a Q-Connector, a sort of plastic “blank”, into which you should first plug the wires from the case, and then it itself already in CPanel.

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

There is no less traditional SPI TPM connector for connecting security systems.

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

It seems that they have already forgotten about such a phenomenon as a COM port, but there are still quite a lot of peripherals of narrow sectors connected to a PC only through these ports, so manufacturers are again installing COM ports on some non-flagship motherboards. And here we see this.

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

Well, actually, in the picture above everything is explained why this switch is needed: if suddenly problems with memory modules go (for example, overclocking, or incorrect operation parameters are set).

Nearby there is also an indicator notifying that a problem has occurred, and MemOK technology! she decided.

 Asus TUF Z390-Pro

And on the motherboard, there is a switch in the form of a jumper, which allows more room for choosing voltage on the processor and memory modules. Actually, a piece of flagship overclocking motherboards on this ...

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

Peripheral functionality: USB ports, network interfaces, input-output

Now inline USB ports. And let's start from the back, where most of them are displayed.

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

We know that the Z390 chipset is capable of implementing up to 14 USB ports of all types, but at the same time, USB 3.1 Gen1 / 2.0 should not be more than 10, and USB 3.1 Gen2 - no more than 6.

What do we have? In total, there are 14 USB ports on the motherboard:

2 USB 3.1 Gen2 ports (the fastest for today): all are implemented through the Z390 and are presented on the rear panel to 2 Type-A ports (blue). For stable operation of these ports from any periphery, they are reinforced with Pericom PI3EQX-1004 re-drivers;

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

4 USB 3.1 Gen1 ports: implemented through the Z390 and represented by 4 Type-A ports on the rear panel (blue);

4 USB 3.1 Gen1 ports: implemented through the Z390 and represented by 2 internal connectors on the motherboard (each for 2 ports);

 Asus TUF Z390-Pro

4 USB 2.0 / 1.1 ports are implemented through the Z390 and are represented by 2 internal connectors (each for 2 ports).

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

So, through the chipset 2 USB 3.1 Gen2 + 8 USB 3.1 Gen1 + 4 USB 2.0 = 14 ports are implemented. That is, the capabilities of the Z390 are fully utilized in terms of the number of ports, however, it would be possible to make USB 3.1 Gen2 bigger. It is clear that the internal USB 2.0 ports are now usually used for the internal periphery (for example, for monitoring and controlling the LCD, power supply, backlight, etc.), USB 3.1 for outputting sockets to the panel of the case (although I have not yet seen those with 4 USB sockets on the "face").

Now about network affairs.

Traditionally supported by the system chipset, the Intel GigaPHY i219V network gigabit controller has found its place on this board.

 Asus TUF Z390-Pro

There are no wireless adapters. One of the pictures shows a certain chip covered with the TUF logo - this is Asus' proprietary technology - LANGuard (network connection protection technology), which in the case of TUF motherboards received the corresponding name. It was not possible to check the real benefits of this technology, reviews on the Web about it are contradictory.

Finishing with the back panel, it should be noted that there are still standard video outputs HDMI 1.4 and Display Port 1.2 - in case you want to use the built-in video core available on the vast majority of modern Intel processors.

Now about the I / O unit, connectors for connecting fans, etc. We have 6 connectors for fans (all up to 1 A). Of these: 1 connector for the ZhSO pump (it is not adjustable and set to maximum speed), the remaining 5 connectors are adjustable with PWM (through the Q-Fan technique in the software or BIOS settings).

In principle, very good, and quite enough.

Monitoring, as well as Multi I / O (for example, ensuring the operation of the PS / 2 port) is handled by the Nuvoton NCT6798D controller.

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

As a result, the board provides the ability to monitor all connected fans and pumps, as well as adjust their operation.

Audio subsystem

On all modern high-level motherboards, the audio codec Realtek ALC1220 (with various modifications) manages the sound, on the boards a lower level the audio processor is also put in a simpler way, as in this case: Realtek ALC1200, however, it also provides audio output for circuits up to 7.1. The chip itself is covered with a metal cap that protects it from interference.

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

The audio path is very simple, including Nippon Chemicon “audiophile” capacitors.

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

It is placed on the corner of the board, does not intersect with other elements, the left and right channels are separated by different layers of the printed circuit board. All audio connectors have the usual colour of the connectors (which helps to connect the right plugs without looking at their name).

In general, we can repeat again that this is a standard audio subsystem for a mid-budget motherboard, able to satisfy the needs of many users who do not expect miracles from the sound on the motherboard.

To test the output sound path for connecting headphones or external speakers, we used an external Creative E-MU 0202 USB sound card in combination with the RightMark Audio Analyzer 6.4.5 utility. Testing was conducted for stereo, 24 bit / 44.1 kHz. According to the test results, the audio section on the board received a rating of “Good”.

Sound Test

Device under testAsus TUF Z390-Pro Gaming
Mode of operation24 bit, 44 kHz
Sound interfaceMME
Signal Routeheadphone output - Creative E-MU 0202 USB input
RMAA Version6.4.5
20 Hz - 20 kHz filterYes
Signal normalizationYes
Level change0.1 dB / 0.1 dB
Mono modeno
Calibration signal frequency, Hz1000
Polarityright / right

General results

Frequency response unevenness (in the range of 40 Hz - 15 kHz), dB
+0.01, -0.05
Fine
Noise level, dB (A)
−73.6
Medium
Dynamic range, dB (A)
75.1
Medium
Harmonic distortion,%
0,00641
Very well
Harmonic distortion + noise, dB (A)
−71.2
Medium
Intermodulation distortion + noise,%
0,032
Good
Channel Interpenetration, dB
−69.5
Good
Intermodulation at 10 kHz,%
0,036
Good
Overall rating
Good

Frequency response


 Asus TUF Z390-Pro

 
Left
Right
20 Hz to 20 kHz, dB
−0.35, +0.01
−0.28, +0.08
40 Hz to 15 kHz, dB
−0.05, +0.01
+0.04, +0.08

Noise level

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

 
Left
Right
Power RMS, dB
−74.4
−74.6
Power RMS, dB (A)
−73.4
−73.7
Peak Level, dB
−54.5
−54.3
DC offset,%
+0.0
+0.0

Dynamic range

Asus TUF Z390-Pro


Left
Right
Dynamic range, dB
+75.9
+76.2
Dynamic range, dB (A)
+75.0
+75.3
DC offset,%
+0.00
+0.00

Power Cooling

There are 2 connectors for powering the board: in addition to the 24-pin ATX, there is also an 8-pin ATX12V.

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

The power system is significantly different from what we previously saw on top-end motherboards. If 12-16 phases could be seen there, then a 9-phase scheme is obvious (8 - to the core, 1 - to the integrated video GPU).

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

The digital controller Digi + EPU ASP1400CTB controls this circuit (these Digi + are traditionally included in Asus VRM circuits, of course, these are relabeled processors from other manufacturers, in this case, there is an assumption that the manufacturer is On Semiconductor). He is not able to directly control the nine phases, so the real number of phases is 4 + 1.

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

There are no doublers on the motherboard, so the phases are grouped in pairs, connected in parallel to the PWM controller. And only the phase going to power the graphics core of the CPU goes separately - two MOSFET On Semiconductor NTMFS4C06B are connected to it. The remaining phases have two NTMFS4CC10B + NTMFS4C06B MOSFETs.

This is not the weakest power scheme on motherboards with the top Z390 (there were also simpler ones). However, it is obvious that no one will equip this essentially neo-exclusive series with an expensive power system.

RAM modules have the simplest single-phase power system with a PWM controller UP.

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

Now about cooling. All elements requiring it are cooled only by radiators, there are no fans.

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

The chipset has a large heatsink of a sort of generally triangular shape with stylistic cutouts and is an integral part of the overall design of TUF Gaming (the series logo is also integrated into it).

Power elements of the power converter have their own two radiators.

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

Well, it must be recalled that the lower M.2 slot for drives is equipped with a radiator with a thermal interface.

Usually, plastic covers are placed over the set of sockets on the rear panel, and in this case, this rule remains valid.

Backlight

Now there is no backlight (or it is extremely minimalistic) only on motherboards for workstations or for the budget sector. For the rest, we are already used to seeing beautiful lighting effects from LEDs located on radiators, casings and even the back sides of the PCB. This board shows a very modest logo backlight on the chipset radiator and there is a strip behind the radiator at the end of the PCB.

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

I want to note again that, as a rule, top solutions (whether it is a video card, motherboard or even memory modules) are now almost all equipped with beautiful backlight modules that positively affect aesthetic perception. Modding is normal, it’s beautiful, sometimes it’s just stylish if everything is chosen with taste. And even if it is a mid-budget segment product. Who does not like it - you can always turn it off. And in this case, the backlight is very minimalistic, in fact, you can simply ignore it.

But at the same time, do not forget that the connection of RGB LED strips/devices to 2 connectors on the motherboard itself is still supported. The management of all this complex is carried out through the Asus Aura utility. It is clear that in this case, we can’t talk about impressive lighting effects.

Windows software

All software can be downloaded from the manufacturer's website asus.com.

Once in the previous section we got acquainted with the backlight, then here we will start with the Asus Aura Sync utility, which controls the backlight system.

The program as a whole determines the availability of supported elements (including, for example, video cards, memory modules, third-party RGB drives, which have an agreement with Asus). There is a good set of lighting effects, but this applies more to those ribbons and other RGB devices connected to the connectors on the board than to the backlight on the board itself.

The operating parameters of the motherboard itself, as well as the processor and memory, are controlled by the comprehensive AI-Suite program.


Overclocking functionality is simplified, but there’s still something to experiment with.
Yes, despite the formal positioning of the motherboard for gamers without craving to pull all the potential out of the processor and RAM, there are still modest overclocking options.

Do not forget about the presence of Intel Boost (this technology rigidly prescribes the framework of permissible variations in the operating frequencies depending on the power supply system, and is programmed in UEFI), and the power supply scheme for this board is not bad, therefore the frequency increase from the same i7-9700K to 4.7 GHz this motherboard is easily provided, and the automatic “tuning” was even threatened at 5.0 GHz, but only at 1-2 cores.

BIOS settings

All modern motherboards now have UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface), which, in essence, are miniature operating systems. To enter the settings when loading the PC, traditionally press the Del or F2 key.

By default, the system offers a “simple” menu for fine-tuning, but you can press F7 and get into the “advanced” menu.

The overclocking section, as usual, is a list of terms, meanings and definitions that are understood only by a select few. True, this time there are not so many of this because of the positioning of the motherboard.

As I have said more than once, we will not be introduced into these “jungle”, not even because our motherboard is not so “embarrassed" now, but simply because some kind of relatively easy overclocking is now useless: anyway Intel TurboBoost has done a lot for the user.

Next, are the sections of the "advanced" menu regarding the operation of the periphery.

The monitoring tab simply shows the temperatures and fan speeds, giving you the ability to control the fans (you can also do this through the AI-Suite utility, which I wrote about earlier).

 
The Tools section contains already serving utilities: updating the BIOS firmware (both via the Internet and reading from a "USB flash drive"), writing all the settings to your profiles, and reference guides. You can enable or disable the backlight on the board itself by pressing F4.


In general, the system operation settings are not very different from those generally accepted in all BIOS in recent years.

Usually, in this place, we traditionally move on to overclocking.

Overclocking

Full configuration of the test system :
  • Asus TUF Z390-Pro Gaming motherboard;
  • Intel Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz processor;
  • Corsair UDIMM RAM (CMT32GX4M4C3200C14) 32 GB (4 × 8) DDR4 (XMP 3200 MHz);
  • SSD drive OCZ TRN100 240 GB;
  • Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming;
  • power supply Corsair AX1600i (1600 W) W;
  • Zhao Corsair H115i RGB Platinum 280;
  • LG 43UK6750 TV (43 ″ 4K HDR);
  • Logitech keyboard and mouse
  • operating system Windows 10 Pro (v.1903), 64-bit.
To check the stability of overclocking, I used programs:
  • AIDA 64 Extreme
  • 3DMark Time Spy CPU benchmark
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Physics benchmark
  • 3DMark Night Raid CPU benchmark
  • Hwinfo64
  • Adobe Premiere CS 2019 ( video rendering )
I did not torment the board much overclocking (it makes no sense), I used the standard software features through AI-Suite, running Auto-Tuning. And got 4.7 GHz for all cores.

Asus TUF Z390-Pro

Actually, this is already not bad. Such stress tests have passed such overclocking. I must say that in the default mode of operation (without overclocking), the core frequencies jump from 3.6 to 4.7 GHz. Yes, there are 4.8, but rarely on one core. In principle, 4.7 GHz TurboBoost also puts on 1-2 cores. But here they still got the same frequency on all the cores.

All packages from the test suite worked without problems, which suggests that the power system for this board is at a good level. Of course, I made an attempt to set 5.0 GHz for all cores. But right away, Adobe Premiere didn’t succeed: it immediately overheated during rendering (and, as a result, throttled), and even the ZhSO did not help, although all the fans were threshed 100%. At the same time, the heating of the VRM / chipset elements was within the normal range, it was even possible to easily touch the radiators with your hand.

Findings

Asus TUF Z390-Pro Gaming is an excellent option that implements the capabilities of the top Z390 chipset and Intel's most flagship solutions for the desktop market today, but for consumers who are not fans of overclocking and modding. There are no bells and whistles here, there are simply very durable and high-quality components, so this motherboard is intended for those who need to assemble a PC and put it behind / under the table for several years, loading the computer not only with games but with all sorts of tasks of an unprofessional plan (for the latter are still collected by workstations).

For a board starting at 12 thousand rubles (at the time of the review), the functionality is not bad: 14 USB ports of all calibers, a protected PCI-E x16 slot, two M.2 slots (one of which has full support for all types of drivers, and the second supports the longest modules 22110 and has a radiator). It is worth noting the excellent cooling system on the board - no-frills, but effective. 6 fan slots allow you to organize various cooling options for your PC. Also note the AI-Suite utility, which is very useful, including for setting up the fans.

Once again, it must be emphasized that this motherboard is not intended for avid overclockers. It is more suitable for gamers who do not need serious overclocking (and indeed none).

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