Asus Prime X370 pro Motherboard Review.


ASUS Prime X370 Pro>>SOLOMON: Hello and welcome to DS Tech Stuff.
I’m your host Solomon, and he’s>>DAD: DAD!>>SOLOMON: Today, we have the ASUS Prime
X370 Pro motherboard, the Micron 1100 M.2 Flash SSD and the Toshiba 2Terrabyte Harddisk
Drive. But first. [intro]>>DAD: As stated in the last video, the Ryzen
2700X, click on the info card to take you to that video. These videos are a series of
videos on reviewing the parts we’ve bought so Solomon can build his own Desktop PC. Now,
with prices all over the place in the past year, especially the GPU and RAM market. Money
had to be spent carefully. Solomon chipped in. Chipped, you get it? Chips. Micro-chips,
Oh, forget it. Solomon put in 50% of the cost of the build, and we still can’t work out
what 50% he owns. Maybe the keyboard and mouse.>>SOLOMON: No, I didn’t pay for that.>>DAD: The total cost of the build was $1,400US,
but we live in Taiwan so currency conversion may differ. The cost also includes the monitor.
So, for me the desktop build isn’t complete without a monitor, so he got a 27″ Asus monitor
as part of the cost build. Lucky you!>>SOLOMON: Can we just get on with it?>>DAD: So impatient! Children. Anyway, you’ve
probably heard now that a new series of B450 motherboards have or are still coming out,
but they weren’t on the market when we purchased this X370. And it’s been really interesting
when purchasing the parts, as we as a family live in Taiwan, about 2 hours on the High
Speed Train from Taipei. So, the costing has been what you can say head scratching at times
trying to get the best deals. Now, as an example, the Ryzen 2700X cost us $10,300NT, which is
about $336US. The ASUS Prime x370 Pro motherboard we paid $3,990NT, which is about $130US but
at the moment on Amazon it”s $150US. It’s horses for courses. Also, the Asus X370 Strix
is $173 and Asus X470 Pro is 155.00. The question is, at what point do you cap the price before
you start purchasing the other parts? Anyway, let’s take a look in the box at the ASUS Prime
x370 Pro motherboard and see what’s inside.>>SOLOMON: Inside the box we have the Asus
Prime X370 Pro motherboard. Next, we have a little bit of cardboard, but don’t worry
about that. Always recycle the cardboard that comes with the packaging. Next, we have the
user manual. Very detailed very good. Next, we have the Q-shield that clips on the back
of your PC case. Not one. Not two, but four Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s cables. The M.2 screw
package to screw your M.2 drive in place. One SLI High Bandwidth SLI Bridge two way
mount. One Q-Connector. One DVD with all the drivers on it. with Drivers. And the coupon
code that gives you 20% off your cablemods. Now, I mentioned the DVD has all the drivers
but really the DVD is useless as you should ALWAYS once the build is up and running, go
to ASUS’s website and download the very latest drivers, or even better, do it before the
build. Get everything downloaded onto a USB and have them ready when you first switch
on. The DVD is only good for a quick game of frisbee.>>DAD: Oh, so when are we going to have a
game?>>SOLOMON: Later.>>DAD: Awesome! One of the first updates should
be your BIOS, which we will show you on the Build video. We chose the ASUS Prime X370
Pro, as it gives a good balance between the X350 and the X470 Pro. In-fact the cost difference
between the X350 and X370 was only $10US. No idea why, so that was a no brainer, and
the cost difference between the X370 and X470 Pro was about $60US but the difference in
specs is marginal. Yes, the X470 supports higher Memory Bandwidth and more stable with
Over Clocked RAM and the X470 has StoreMI, but in the last video, we mentioned if you
use that it can use 2GB of system RAM to run. You better have enough RAM installed. Let’s
take a closer look at the specs of the Asus Prime X370 Pro Motherboard.
One AM4 socket. 4 Dual Channel DIMM slots Maximum 64GigaBytes of memory. Frequency up
to 3200. Now my son is going to have 16gigs of memory, two sticks of 8 gigs. If you only
got two sticks, always use the grey slots first. If you have fours sticks, then you’ll
use all four. If you’ve got two sticks, use the grey ones first. First stick here. Second
stick here. On the Expansions slots, Or Peripheral Connect
Interface, PCI for short we have 2 PCI Express 3.0/2.0 x16 slots, and these two have been
reinforced. You can connect 1 single GPU card and get
the full 16 data lanes here, or you can connect 2 GPUs cards and get 8 data lanes each. This
is what the CPU will allow. The 16 data lanes allows up to 4GigaBytes
per second of peak bandwidth performance per direction, and up to 8 GB/s of concurrent
bandwidth. If you have 1 GPU here or you have 2 GPUs, the performance difference between
the two is very slim. The board will allows for 2 Way SLI or Crossfire
Multi-GPU Support. Here, we have 1 PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot.
Which is the last long slot. And we have these 3 small ones 3 PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots. These
small expansions slots. These are good for increasing the number of expansion ports on
your PC. So if you’re running out of SATA ports or running out of USB ports, then you
can buy expansion cards and put them on here. Interesting to note is that you can place
any expansion card x16 or less in a PCIe x16 slot. So if you have a GPU in Slot 1, which
is x16 and you have all your x1 slots filled and you still need more expansion cards added,
you can add a x1, x4, x8 card to a x16 slot. It’s all compatible.
Above the 1st PCI Express is a 32Gigabit per second M.2 x4 dual mode slot. Plenty of bandwidth
and it’s above the GPU, which many people like as it means the M.2 drive will run much
cooler than if it was placed under the GPU. The slot will allow up to 11cm modules. And
the module I have has no heat-sink, so it should be quite advantageous.
Here we have the X370 Chipset under its own silver heat sink. This allows you to tweak
and overclock your system to get the best out of it. This is the chip which supports
multi-GPU functionality. AMD’s Crossfire or CFX and Nvidia’s SLI.
At the top we have a 10-Phase or 6+4 Phase configuration DIGI+VRM & EPU, or Energy Processing
Unit. It’s very impressive. It provides total system power management by detecting current
PC loadings and intelligently moderates power in real-time. It automatically provides the
most appropriate power usage for the CPU, VGA card, hard drives, and CPU/chassis fans-
helping to save power and money. So, as an example, it takes the 12volts supplied
by the regular power supply and converts it to the required voltage the CPU needs, in
the region of 1.3 to 1.45v for safe stock and overclocking requirements. This is were
a good quality power supply, or PSU comes into its own. DON’T CHEAP OUT on that.
DIGI is Asus’s set of controllers for Digital Voltage Regular Modules the (VRM) and DRAM,
Dynamic Random Access Memory voltage. A memory chip, which is here, that depends upon a given
voltage to help keep stored data. The DIGI and VRM’s allow very precise memory and voltage
tuning for optimal system efficiency, stability and performance.
An interesting note, Intel moved part of Haswell’s VRM architecture onto the CPU, and this is
part of the reason why Haswell runs hotter than Ivy Bridge. Just a side note.
So, remember, VRMs supply voltage to the CPU. The more you have the less heat you generate
and the more stable your system will be, especially if you really want to overcloak. Quality of
VRMs is important. If you have found a motherboard you like, check out the VRM’s. I’ll post a
few links to forums, which discuss VRMs in detail. My personal advice is, VRMs have a
quality assurance tagged to them running under normal conditions. Once you start to overlock,
then you’re running the VRMs at a hotter temperature and so lifespan can be reduced. Slowly, and
in some cases drastically. Stay away from the B350 boards and if you want to start,
then the Prime x370 is a good one start with. It’s not the best, but it’s a good start.
The much higher end boards such as the Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370-Gaming is rock solid. Make
sure you get advice and do your research first. Also, there are high quality capacitors and
chokes. And 2 huge power circuitry silver heat sinks.
A good place to start when you are looking at power phases on a motherboard is, the more
the better in laymen terms. Because the load on each phase is reduced. If you have a 6+4
then, there’ll be less load on them than if you had a 4+2. It all means the more you have,
less heat is generated and the better power distribution you get.
At the top an 8 pin 12Volt ATX Power connector. This gives you additional power to the CPU.
To the right we have 2 CPU Fan Header connectors. 1 CPU and 1 CPU Optional connector. Here is
where you will plug in your Fan, which comes with your CPU. On this system it is the Wraith
Prism. Here we have the standard 24 pin ATX power
connector. Here we have the USB 3.1 Connector, which
can carry a whopping transfer speed of 10Gbp/s. This will connect to your USB 3.1 connector
on the front of your case. Next to the X370 chipset, we have on the side
8 SATA 6Gb/s Ports all from the X370 Chip and RAID. Support is RAID 0/1/10. These 8
SATA ports will be plenty for Solomon. If you want RAID, RAID 0 needs a minimum of 2
Disks. It has excellent performance. No redundancy, BUT don’t use this for any critical systems.
RAID 1 needs a minimum of 2 disks. Good performance. Excellent redundancy as blocks are mirrored.
RAID 10 needs a Minimum 4 disks. Excellent redundancy as blocks are mirrored. Excellent
performance as blocks are striped. If you can afford the price, this is the best option
for any critical applications, especially databases.
At the bottom we have the System Panel Connector were you connect all those pesky little connectors
from the case, such as the Ground, Reset and +5v connector and the HDD LED connectors.
ASUS has come to the rescue as they provide you with their own Q-Connector. Add all the
pesky little cables to this and then add the Q-Connector to the System Panel connector.
This simply connects to this with all those pesky little connectors connected to this.
2 more Fan headers and one is labelled as a Water Pump header.
Here, these two, we have the Clear RTC RAM Jumper. This jumper allows you to clear the
Real Time Clock (RTC) in CMOS. Here,w e have the Thermal Sensor Connector. You can plug
a Temperature Sensor physically to this motherboard and access the readings via a motherboard
utility. Motherboard manufactures usually provide software to view internal temperatures.
Asus uses their own called Asus PC Probe Suite. Another very good one is called CoreTemp.
On my Asus Sabertooth R2 FX990 Motherboard, I use OpenHardwareMonitor.
Here, we have a USB 3.0 connector. A 20 pin connector for the front Case USB 3.0 Connectors.
Here, we have 2 USB 2.0 connectors. Here, we have a TPM connector, or Trusted
Platform Module. This is a microcontroller that can securely store artefacts used to
authenticate your PC. These artefacts include Passwords. Certificates, or Encryption Keys.
Then use the BIOS Advanced settings to set up the TPM.
Here, we have an old Serial port connector. Just in-case, but USB’s have surpassed this
now. Then we have the Front Panel Audio connectors.
If you have on the front of your Desktop case Audio Jacks, then connect them up to this.
Here, we have the Realtek S1220A 8 channel 7.1 HD Audio codec chipset. It has Audio shielding
and separate layers for left and right tracks. The right track goes here. The left goes here.
Which means both audio channels will deliver consistent, equal quality of sound. With premium
Japanese made audio capacitors. There’s the ASUS RGB Lighting around the edging
of the board. And we have 9 screw holes to screw down the
motherboard. DO NOT screw down too tight. Just a little pressure and that’s it. Oh and
the MB is 12inches by 9.6 inches. Here on the back, we have a PS/2 Combo port.
1 Mouse and 1 Keyboard. 2x USB 3.0 Type A ports
We have a display Port and a HDMI 1.4b. Port. And this Supports 4096px2160p at 24Hz. 3840px2160p
at 24, 25 and 30Hz, and 1920px1080p at 120Hz. We have a USB 3.0 Type A port and a USB 3.0
Type-C port Gen2 We have 2x USB 3.1 Type-A ports Gen2 up to
10Gb/s data transfer. Here we have Intel LAN Port connected to as mentioned before, the
Intel I211-AT Controller on the board. 2x USB 3.0 ports That’s 5 Type-A USB 3.0 ports
altogether. And here, we have 5 3.5mm Audio jacks and
1 optical S/PDIF or Sony/Philips Digital Interface Output port. Used if you want to feed stereo
audio to an outboard Digital to Analogue converter for better quality rather than using your
onboard audio. The S/PDIF cable can carry up to 8 channels depending on the encoding
signal. And there you have it. The ASUS Prme X370-Pro
motherboard in all it’s glory, ready to be installed and have a Ryzen 2700X CPU running
the show. Now, as for storage, we’re going to install
this thing, the Micron M.2 drive 512GB SSD, and also, a Toshiba 2 Terrabyte Hardisk. You
may not be too familiar with Micron, and this is the 1100 series M.2 6GB/s and they are
an international tech company producing many forms of semi-conductors and produce many
consumer products under the brand names of Crucial and Ballistix, and interestingly,
Micron and Intel together created IM Flash Technologies which produces NAND Flash Memory.
Here I have their 1100 series which is 512GB M.2 drive. This will hold the OS’s.One will
be Win10 and the other I think will have Linux Mint. Solomon wants to learn Linux. Now, the
Sequential READ speed of this M.2 drive is 530 MB/s and WRITE speed is 500 MB/s.
Compared to Samsung Pro 850 Read speed is 550MB/s and Write 520 MB/s and SanDisk Extreme
Pro Read 550 and write 520, the Micron is no slouch. And a lot less the price. It cost
me in Taiwan $110US. My kid doesn’t need the greatest latest or fastest SSD. It’s 80mm
x 22mm and has a 5 year warranty. Test benchmarks will come out after the build video. If you’re
interested in very deep specs, check out the link to download the Spec sheet on pdf.>>SOLOMON: When you’re adding the Ryzen 2
CPU, make sure the Motherboard is compatible. The X470 is okay, but the x370s & B350s may
need BIOS upgrades. Which leaves you with another problem, how to load the BIOS if the
motherboard will not recognise the CPU? There are 3 ways. The first is get the seller to
do the job for you. And if the seller is reputable, then they’ll be glad to do just that. All
part of the customer service. Second is getting your hands on an older cpu which will be recognised
by the motherboards old BIOS. AMD has had a service where they will lend you an older
CPU. It’s called a “Bootkit” It’s free on loan and it consists of an AMD AM4 A-series
processor and thermal solution for short term usage so you can get the latest BIOS installed.
Once you’ve done that, you can then swap out the bootkit and put in your shiny new Ryzen
2 CPU. Then send the bootkit back to AMD. In fairness to AMD, it’s not really their
fault. The motherboard manufactures were a little late on the updates. But as you watch
this video, everything should be in place.>>DAD: Yes, the third and final solution is
the manufacturer can do the BIOS update. I was told that ASUS would do the job for me
as well as pay for all shipping to and from my house. I like that. Thankfully the motherboard
I have for the Ryzen 2700X is compatible out of the box. On the box it states, Ryzen 2
compatible.>>SOLOMON: We hope you’ve enjoyed this video.
If you have any comments, ideas, or just want to say hello, pop them down in the comments
box below. We’ll read them all, and the best comment will be pinned by us. Again, please
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get notified every time we post a new video. It’s been a real pleasure and a real learning
curve for me. Thanks once again. Oh! I don’t think Half Life 2 will ever touch this system.
BYE!!>>DAD: Yes it will.>>SOLOMON: No it won’t. Bye

2 thoughts on “Asus Prime X370 pro Motherboard Review.

  1. One more thing, which I have no idea was left out on the editing until I saw the video posted was:

    Above the 1st PCIe there is the Intel I211-AT Controller, which controls the Intel LAN Port connected to the back of the board.
    Next to that, we have and AIO Pump 4 pin connector to connect a water pump, if you’re installing an AIO pump and Radiator to your system. The 4th pin allows a Power Management signal to your Fans on your AIO, to change speed while using full +12V provided by the PWM Header. If you only have a 3 pin header connector, that’s okay, just be aware your 3 pin pump will act as a DC Pump/Fan and the speed will be controlled by variable voltages supplied by the DC Header.
    Next to that is another 4 pin connector for a Fan. Usually the Fan from the back of your case will connect to this, as the fan and connector are close to each other. Again, be aware, if you place a 3 pin connector, it will act like a DC fan and the speed will be controlled by variable voltages from your DC Header.
    And next to that is the RGB header. If you have RGB LED strips you can connect them to this. If not, then what RGB you have built into the system will be controlled by software.

    Many many apologies for that. I think I will make that a small video on that one thing.

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