ASUS ROG STRIX Z590-E Gaming WiFi Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅18-05-21
Board layout, features and RGB

Being a high performance model from ROG, the E has quite a few accessories included. Here they are: :

4 x SATA 6Gb/s cables
1 x Assistant fan (40mm)
1 x Screw package for cooling kit
1 x ASUS 2x2 Dual-Band Wi-Fi moving antennas
1 x M.2 Q-Latch package
2 x M.2 Rubber Packages
1 x ROG key chain
1 x cable tie
1 x ROG Graphics card holder
1 x ROG STRIX stickers
1 x ROG STRIX thank you card
1 x Support DVD
1 x User manual

E conforms to the ATX form factor and follows a traditional layout. Compared to other STRIX motherboard bearing the Z590 chipset, E has very similar styling.

Being a Z590 motherboard, we have support for the Intel 11th Gen. Processors (as well as support for 10th Gen. too) with LGA1200. E comes in with a 14 + 2 digital phase design with alloy chokes and black solid caps throughout. Two large heatsinks cover the mosfets and ROG has included a fan in the accessories pack to amplify the cooling ability. Behind the heatsinks there are two CPU power connectors which utilise “Pro Cool II” – steel pins and reinforcement. The connectors here come in the form of an 8+4pin.

There are 8x 4-pin fan headers spread out at the top, side, bottom and middle of the board with designated compatibility for water pumps. 4 RGB LED headers are also present for lighting strips and other devices. This pairs up with ASUS Aura Sync tech.

Memory support sees us able to use up to 128GB of DDR4 and up to 5300MHz. In the memory region there is also Debug LED panel which is a handy diagnostic feature identifying any problems on bootup. Q-Code is also present which is a simple LED pinpointing if there is a problem area.

Connectivity for your computer case comes in the form of 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 header and 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 header for the front panel. In terms of storage, there are up to 6 SATA 6GB/s ports and 4x PCIe M.2 slots. Two of these are PCIe 4.0 x4 ready (the two upper slots) while the other two are PCIe 3.0 x4. The two lower slots are situated side-by-side, allowing space for an additional slot. All M.2 slots feature a corresponding heatsink to control temperatures – ROG has done an excellent job in providing such an array of M.2 storage.

For graphics delivery there is are 2x PCIe 4.0 X16 slots and 2x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots. Most Z590 motherboards only feature a single PCIe 4.0 slot so it’s excellent to see allocation for multiple options. As usual the uppermost X16 is wired for the full 16 lanes and should be used for a single GPU configuration. The second and third slots are wired for 8 and 4. The two upper slots use the ASUS “Safe Slot” which provides steel reinforcement and are wider to stabilise the graphics card.

For audio, boards using the Z590 are coming in with a variety of different audio codecs but E uses the Realtec ALC 4080 processor, which is one of the latest from Realtec. The audio package itself includes:

- Audio line shielding
- Savitech SV3H712 Amp
- Premium nichicon audio CAPs
- Isolated circuitry

The RGB lighting on E is fairly subdued with just the rear IO shield, one of the M.2 heatsink covers and chipset heatsink using illumination – this uses Zone Aura Lighting and of course connects up to Aura Sync lighting.

The back panel of E is loaded with a plethora of connectivity – enough to satisfy the needs of most users. On offer here we have:

1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 port (1 x USB Type-C®)
3 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 port(s) (2 x Type-A, 1 x USB Type-C® )
4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 port(s) (4 x Type-A)
2 x USB 2.0 port(s) (2 x Type-A)
1 x HDMI™ port
1 x DisplayPort
1 x Intel® Wi-Fi 6E
2 x Intel® I225-V 2.5Gb Ethernet
5 x Gold-plated audio jacks
1 x Optical S/PDIF out port
1 x BIOS FlashBack™ button
1 x Clear CMOS button

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