Asus teases ROG Strix X370I mobo for spiffy Mini-ITX Ryzen builds

Mini-ITX builders with a hankering for AMD's Ryzen CPUs haven't had a lot of high-end motherboards to choose from, but Asus seems set to change that. The company teased its ROG Strix X370I-Gaming motherboard on Twitter today, and it looks like a serious high-end contender for tiny systems.

Although Asus' Tweet is just a teaser, we can take a solid guess at its guts from past AMD AM4 motherboards. The X370I-Gaming likely offers four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports (in red), built-in Wi-Fi, and an M.2 slot cooled by a hefty RGB LED-illuminated heatsink. We can't see a USB Type-C port in the rear cluster, strangely enough.

As an ROG Strix motherboard, the X370I-Gaming doesn't skimp on the blinkenlights. The board inherits LED-illuminated audio jacks from Asus' highest-end boards, and it has a strip of Technicolor lighting under its right edge that should provide a subtle glow in most cases. An apparent 6+1-phase power design should give the board ample overclocking chops for most AM4 CPUs, and we spy at least two system fan headers, two RGB LED strip headers, and four SATA ports, as well. We'll keep an owl eye open for further details as they become available. 

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    • Bauxite
    • 2 years ago

    I like how the top half of the I/O is totally empty. Because using the usb 3.1v2 baked into the chips already would make too much sense. Maybe the left hand didn’t tell the right? [url<]https://rog.asus.com/articles/technologies/your-guide-to-the-ryzen-am4-platform-and-its-x370-b350-and-a320-chipsets/[/url<]

    • firewired
    • 2 years ago

    Nice. It looks like a decent mini-ITX option. I would have preferred some USB 2.0 ports (or more USB 3.0) on the back panel though. The price will be on the high-side given that it unnecessarily uses (for ITX) the X370 chipset.

    I have been using ASRock’s AB350-Gaming-ITX/ac with an R7 1700 without issue for three months and counting. It does everything I need from it and more, and pricing for the motherboard was very reasonable even in Canuck Bucks. I got a good deal on the R7 1700 as well. I know some have complained about the VRM heatsink and its unusually thick thermal pad but mine did not have that problem – mine came with a properly-fitted VRM heatsink with a thin thermal pad beneath it. I still would prefer it to be a beefier VRM heatsink but it works fine for my needs. Just have to be conservative with the overclock – I run mine at 3600 MHz and it has never been a problem.

    • tsk
    • 2 years ago

    Just a friendly reminder that X370 is pointless for itx, B350 is identical in features. But I guess Asus can charge more this way.

      • Chrispy_
      • 2 years ago

      Yeah, with B350 offering overclocking, not sure what the point of the X370 is here.

    • MOSFET
    • 2 years ago

    Finally. Smaller AM4 boards. Can we get a mATX while we’re at it? Maybe by Zen2?

      • stdRaichu
      • 2 years ago

      <nitpick>
      ASRock came out with a pretty nifty-looking mITX board in the way of the [url=http://asrock.com/mb/AMD/Fatal1ty%20AB350%20Gaming-ITXac/index.us.asp<]AB350 Gaming-ITXac[/url<] some time ago and they also have several mATX available. </nitpick> Personally I'm holding out for a definitely-works-with-Raven-Ridge mITX for my next HTPC.

        • MOSFET
        • 2 years ago

        Thanks for that link – B350 and mITX is nifty. I’ve seen a few smaller (mITX and mATX) AM4 boards, but they are frequently not in stock. I didn’t elaborate, but I wasn’t suggesting there had been none so far – just that more selection would be nice.

          • strangerguy
          • 2 years ago

          I would be more interested in these AM4 ITX boards if they didn’t have the gaudy XTREMEGAMERZ design cues.

          I’ll stick with the cheaper B350 MATX ones for AMD.

            • Chrispy_
            • 2 years ago

            Gigabyte has an almost entirely pedestrian-looking [url=https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813145017&cm_re=gigabyte_B350_mITX_wifi-_-13-145-017-_-Product<]B350 mITX board[/url<] that I've used a few times in builds already, going back as far as the end of June, I think. The layout is unusual but it's actually extremely well suited to shoebox mITX cases, with the drives and PSU above the board. Stick with the Asrock or this Asus layout if your case has a vertically mounted board like a standard tower.

    • DPete27
    • 2 years ago

    “We’ve replaced the audio ports with RGB LEDs….cuz we’re courageous.”

      • K-L-Waster
      • 2 years ago

      It’s only courageous if you have a plastic spacer installed where the audio ports would have been.

    • chuckula
    • 2 years ago

    Too much wasted empty space on that board.

    Needs more mITX ThreadRipperiness.

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