ASUS ROG Strix Z490-E Gaming review
STRIX Z490 going at 299 USD
We turn back to the ASUS table where we review the ASUS ROG Strix Z490-E Gaming. A board in the series that is slightly more affordable at 299 USD yet offers some nice features this platform has got to offer.
ASUS ROG Strix Z490-E can accommodate up to two NVMe storage devices, all cooled with heatsinks. This board features an Intel WiFi 6 adapter and one 2.5 GigE Ethernet port. The dark looking and ROG themed motherboard can be customized LEDs wise with Aura Sync and the onboard Gen 2 addressable RGB LED headers. ASUS once again applies that familiar dark design, optimized for cooling and armed with a proper feature set to build around 16 (14+2) power stages and has a nice ROG STRIX LED dash. The motherboard offers your typical x16 PCI-Express slots, extensive rear IO, and power LED configurable options. ASUS kept some stuff relatively simple, ye ol' Realtek S1220 CODEC back again and not to forget, there is also WIFI6 in the form of AX.
With the new Comet Lake-S you can expect a handful of K model processors predominantly become popular in demand for the PC gamer, as each and every one of the processors will offer proper gaming performance if your graphics card is fast enough. Intel is able to boost the Turbo frequencies towards that 5.3 GHz domain for the flagship processor, the Core i9 10900K. Intel is releasing these series processors initially with a spread of CPU core choices:
- Core i5-10500K (4 Core / 8 Threads)
- Core i5-10600K (6 Core / 12 Threads)
- Core i7-10700K (8 Core / 16 Threads)
- Core i9-10900K (10 Core / 20 Threads)