ASUS ROG STRIX Z390-E Gaming review

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ASUS ROG STRIX Z390-E Gaming review
ROG Z390 with a new eight-core Coffee Lake-S processor

In this review, we look at the ASUS ROG STRIX Z390-E Gaming. We will pair it with the new eight cores, sixteen threads proc, that Core i9 9900K. A motherboard that has very decent looks and carries some interesting features as well. The motherboard has been fitted with the usual suspects, including a Gigabit based Ethernet jack and on that dark themed PCB you may house two M2 SSDs. Being an ROG board, it does offer some pretty sweet tweaking options hidden inside that BIOS. This more affordable ROG will get that 9900K onwards to 5.2 GHz on all corez yo!, get ya sum 'o dat!

With the new Coffee Lake-S refresh you can expect three processors predominantly become popular in demand for the PC gamer, as each and every one of the processors will offer fantastic gaming performance if your graphics card is fast enough. Intel is able to boost the Turbo frequencies towards that 5 GHz domain. And that is a big advantage that Intel has over AMD, which is wedges shut at that 4.2 GHz range with Ryzen 2000 (which is overall really good, but the high per clock core is where it matters in CPU bound gaming; e.g. with super high-end graphics cards like the RTX 2080 Ti).  Intel is releasing these three 9000 series processors initially:

  • Core i5-9600K (6 Core / 6 Threads)
  • Core i7-9700K (8 Core / 8 Threads)
  • Core i9-9900K (8 Core / 16 Threads)
That does not mean you'll only see three processors in the Core 9000 range, word out on the street is that a procs like 9100, 9400 and 9500 Core series processor will be released as well. However, this specific launch invokes three processors. For this review, we'll use the eight-core / sixteen threads Core i9 9900K through our benchmark paces. You'll be able to tweak this proc towards at least 5.0 GHz on all eight cores with this motherboard.
In this review, we look at the ROG STRIX Z390-E Gaming. The board as stated is positioned in a more mainstream region and has that ROG stamp, stuff we like of course. This board as well has some interesting new features, AI overclocking for example? Have a peek and then let's head onwards into the review my man.  


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