Test system: i9-9900K (stock), ASUS ROG Strix Z390-E Gaming Motherboard, NZXT Kraken X72 360mm CPU cooler, 32GB ADATA XPG D41 DDR4-3200 DRAM, NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition, 1TB Samsung 970 PRO NVME SSD, 1TB WD Black NVME SSD, 1TB WD Blue 2.5” SATA SSD, 1TB, Crucial MX500 2.5” SATA SSD, 10TB WD Gold HDD, Corsair HX-1050 1050-watt PSU, Fractal Define R6 Case (open top panel)
Overclocking on the Strix can be overwhelming if you’re new to overclocking. Coming from an MSI motherboard prior to my testing with ASUS products, I was honestly taken back by just how many options there were - and I wasn’t a wet behind the ears overclocker! They simply provide a much greater degree of control than many other manufacturers out there. Thankfully, there are plenty of guides to help you get started.
I tested the Z390-E with an Intel i9-9900K. After disabling multicore enhancement (a kind of “easy overclocking” to put it simply), I was able to apply many of the lessons I’d learned in overclocking the i7-8700K on the Z370 ROG Maximus X Hero, achieving a stable 5GHz all-core overclock at 1.31v. As always, your results will depend on the silicon lottery and I’ve heard of other reviewers netting 5.1-5.2GHz fairly easily.
Temperature wise, we found ourselves with an average load temperature of 76C using our NZXT Kraken X72 CPU Cooler.
Synthetic Gaming Benchmarks
Gaming FPS Tests
Note that our tests are conducted using maximum settings and utilize in-game benchmarking tools wherever possible. Where that is not possible, we find a sequence of repeatable content of approximately 1-2 minutes in length and complete that for each cycle as identically as possible.
The ASUS ROG Strix Z390-E Gaming provides impressive results on our series of benchmark tests. If you’re building a new PC, there’s no reason not to go for a Z390 chipset like the Strix, assuming, of course it’s within your price range.
I’ll admit here that prior to testing the Maximus X Hero, Crosshair, and now Strix Gaming, I always questioned the few extra dollars they always seemed to cost. After going hands on multiple times now, I feel confident in saying that it’s a worthy investment. The sheer amount of features and granular degree of control in the BIOS and software suites really are a cut above any other motherboard brand I’ve used. Being able to fine tune your system pays dividends when you’re pushing every bit of performance out of your PC and the Strix Gaming has that in spades.
That said, if you’re already on a Z370 motherboard, the addition of Wireless A/C and USB 3.1 Gen 2 feel like minor additions to warrant an entire system rebuild. The Strix, however (and really any of ASUS’ ROG boards), actually is likely to represent an upgrade depending on where you’re coming from. The M.2 heatsinks go a long way to keeping your PCI-e NVME SSDs fast and unthrottled and the additionally memory support will also get you closer to the cutting edge than anything on Z370 is currently able. The overclocking potential is robust for the CPU and your DRAM and if custom loop water cooling is in your future, the Strix is ready for that too.
And yeah, it also looks pretty sweet too.
- Looks great - flashy RGB
- Heavy-duty heatsinks across the board (especially on the M.2 drives)
- SupremeFX audio for all your audiophile needs
- Extremely details BIOS with tons over overclock options
- Easily drives 8th or 9th generation Intel CPUs
- Extended memory support
- Headers included for water cooling, advanced overclocking
- Lots of accessories, including a MOS fan
- Like all things 9th gen, it’s pricey
The product discussed in this article was provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of review.