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Eric B.

Eric B.

Joined on 08/13/19

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Smooth and stable, Intel Core i7-9700 right out of the box

ASUS Prime Z390-P LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z390 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard for Cryptocurrency Mining (BTC) with Above 4G Decoding, 6 x PCIe Slot and USB 3.1 Gen2
ASUS Prime Z390-P LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z390 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard for Cryptocurrency Mining (BTC) with Above 4G Decoding, 6 x PCIe Slot and USB 3.1 Gen2

Pros: - 2 PS/2 ports (yes, I still run PS/2 for mouse and keyboard. PS/2 is VERY reliable and saved me when I needed them. A major requirement for my builds) - 2 M.2 slots and a dedicated M.2 for wifi (pretty cool) - Very reasonably priced - ample USB 3.1 gen 1/2 ports - eSATA - Native HDMI and DP (can come in handy if my video card fails) - Pin-outs for COM

Cons: - Not exactly ATX size: industry standards are 12x9.6; this board is 12x9.2. Others mentioned using caution when plugging in the power cords and RAM into the mobo, since excessive force can snap the board. HEED THIS CAUTION! - SATA ports seem loose/flimsy - SATA ports would be better if they faced the front of the computer (I have this board installed in a Rosewill THOR V2 full-size case, so cable management was a bit challenging) - 4 SATA ports instead of 6, however this can be made up with the 2 M.2 ports - I heard that the VRM performance is below average (I haven't noticed any issues) - The placement of the case fan connectors for the front and rear fans do not make sense. The front fan connector should be located towards the front of the mobo, and the rear fan connector should be located towards the rear of the mobo; both are placed in the rear (why?) This resulted me in purchasing a power cable extender for the front fan. - No native USB type C (not a major con- I have a type C connector that I can connect to the mobo header)

Overall Review: Built this PC in August 2019 and after 5 months I am overall very content with this board. I had no issues installing an Intel Core i7-9700 right out of the box. It is great for games (I game occasionally) and excellent for massive amounts of data/imaging processing (LiDAR, ArcGIS/ArcPro). The native 2 PS/2 ports is what gravitated me towards with board (I will hold on to PS/2 for as long as I can). I give this board a 4/5 for the biggest cons I came across: loose SATA ports, slightly smaller than the ATX standard (seriously, without additional support you can snap the board just by putting too much pressure installing the RAM or power cables), and the placement of the front and rear fan connectors.