ASUS ROG STRIX Z590-E Gaming WiFi Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅18-05-21

We’ve already feasted our eyes on a number of Z590 models here at Vortez – each having their own strengths and weaknesses, but should the STRIX Z590-E Gaming WiFi compel you to make a definitive move to Intel’s new 11th Gen platform?

We have to firstly say that ROG has done a superb job on the aesthetics with this motherboard, it is definitely up there as one of the most appealing models we’ve seen. It may be adorned in a dark, monochrome theme as many other offerings are, but the design choices on E mark this model out as a step above the rest.

Surprisingly, even though this model is somewhat cheaper than the top of the line offerings, it still arrives with a good assortment of features for you to get the most out of an Intel 11th Gen experience. There are up to 4x M.2 slots with two of them being ready to serve PCIe 4.0 and likewise, there are 3x PCIe x16 slots with two of those being PCIe 4.0. Both of these attributes are rare to see on this platform so ROG should be commended for providing them. There is also a great assortment of USB 3.2 Gen 2 but were slightly disappointed to see USB 2.0 still present and that Thunderbolt 4 ports are absent. However, there are extras such as LED debug, Q-Code and a plethora of fan headers.

Performance from E is solid and consistently good, but we weren’t able to push the Intel Core i9-11900K as far as we’d have liked. Most of our Z590 motherboards have allowed us to hit 5GHz on all-cores but this ROG motherboard only allowed us to achieve 4.8GHz and even required 1.35v which is substantial.

This motherboard may not be the most expensive Z590 out there on the market, but it still costs a pretty penny at GBP £339 | USD $380 | AUD $550.

Packed with some superb features, the STRIX Z590-E Gaming WiFi is a very capable board for Intel’s new platform.

+ Visually impressive design
+ Good layout
+ Features a number of advanced diagnostic features
+ Offers solid performance
+ Plenty of USB connectivity
+ Up to 8 fan headers
+ Support for up to 5300MHz DDR4 memory
+ Provides not one but two PCIe 4.0 x16 slots
+ Offers four M.2 slots (including 2x PCIe 4.0)
+ Extensive accessories bundle

- Still being supplied with USB 2.0 ports
- Overclocking could be better
- No Thunderbolt 4 ports

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