When it comes to ASUS motherboards you have quite a lot of choices, many users opt for their Republic of Gamers boards, but their Prime line is actually quite good. We’ve used a “Prime” motherboard as our baseline board for processor testing for both Intel and AMD for the past couple of years. These boards might not have all of the flash that the ROG series does, but they are extremely reliable and are still packed with features. For the Ryzen refresh the main “Prime” board from ASUS is their Prime X470-PRO. This board features a slick design with silver heatsinks and an integrated M.2 cooler as well. You also have support for DDR4 3466 MHz memory, USB 3.1, dual M.2 slots, and even some RGB lighting. Is this the board you need for your Ryzen build? Read on as we find out!
– ASUS 5-Way Optimization: One-click, system-wide tuning for optimized overclocks and intelligent cooling for CPU- or GPU-intensive tasks
– Industry-leading cooling options: Comprehensive controls for fans and water pumps, via the Fan Xpert 4 software or the acclaimed ASUS UEFI
– M.2 heatsink: Ultra-efficient design reduces M.2 SSD temperature by up to 20°C for unthrottled transfer speeds and enhanced reliability
– Next-gen connectivity: Supreme flexibility with dual M.2 support, NVME RAID support, USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports and front-panel header
– ASUS Aura Sync: Industry-leading RGB ecosystem, with controllable onboard LEDs and wide range of Aura Sync-compatible components
The ASUS Prime X470-PRO comes in ASUS’s typical retail packaging for the Prime line so you have a picture of the board on the front as well as large Aura Sync logo letting you know this board does come with RGB functionality.
Flipping over to the back there is an overview of the board with a full list of specifications as well. Also some of the performance the eSports features are detailed.
Besides the motherboard as far as accessories go you have your I/O shield, 2 STAA cables, Qconnector, ROG SLI HB bridge, screws for the M.2 slots, a support and driver CD, user’s guide, and a coupon for 20% off cable mod cables.