ASUS PRIME Z370-P

Following on from the second of two Prime branded boards at launch, the Z370-P has a completely different emphasis altogether. The priority has been shifted towards a broader focus on pure value, and the Z370-P comes in at the lowest price of all the ASUS Z370 motherboards. In comparison to the Z370-A Prime board, the Z370-P is considerably stripped down from all the bells and whistles, with this board sitting firmly on its laurels of a base Z370 motherboard but with ASUS optimizations.

This entry-level offering features a full sized ATX frame with four DIMM slots supporting up to DDR4-3866 with a maximum capacity of 64GB in total across all four DIMMs. This board is the only across the entire ASUS launched range not to feature Intel’s I219-V Gigabit network controller, instead opting for a more value orientated Realtek controller. Along with the TUF Gaming pairing, the Z370-P makes use of the more cost-effective Realtek ALC887 audio codec, and in this case, there is no EMI shielding. Dotted around the PCB, there is a dedicated header for AIO CPU cooling in addition to three 4-pin PWM compatible fan headers.

For the storage, the board uses a pair of M.2 PCIe x4 slots, with one either side of the full-length PCIe slots. This comes along with four SATA ports sticking out of the board on the bottom right. For PCIe slots, the top slot is a full-length PCIe 3.0 x16 slot whereas the second full-length slot is pulling its lanes directly from the chipset (PCIe x4). This means that only two-way Crossfire is possible using the latency added chipset based PCIe slot. The Prime Z370-P also has four PCI x1 slots in total.

The rear IO has four USB 3.1 (5 Gbps) Type-A ports and two USB 2.0 ports, and the board also has additional headers for four USB 3.1 (5 Gbps) ports and four USB 2.0 ports. The video comes via HDMI and a DVI-D port, which leaves the 2.1 audio jacks, a combination PS/2 port, and a network port. 

While the Z370-P is not the most exciting board in the range, it covers the basics and users will be considering it as one of the cheapest entries into Coffee Lake and the Z370 chipset. While it has lower specifications than the Prime Z370-A, we expect it to be picked up by budget system builders using singular graphics configurations.

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  • Aichon - Friday, October 20, 2017 - link

    Love this writeup. Thank you guys so much for putting it together so that we can make sense of the choices. Reply
  • peevee - Friday, October 20, 2017 - link

    "These motherboards range from $110 "

    AM4 MBs start from $40 on newegg. Yet another way AMD provides better value.
    Reply
  • DigitalFreak - Friday, October 20, 2017 - link

    You want a cookie or something? Reply
  • cap87 - Saturday, October 21, 2017 - link

    Nobody cares, this a Z370 article. Go back to your cave with the rest of you AMD buddies. Reply
  • imaheadcase - Saturday, October 21, 2017 - link

    Apples to oranges. Reply
  • IGTrading - Sunday, October 22, 2017 - link

    Very good comment. Not everybody is going to buy a 8700K and thr cheaper CPUs don't really make sense in a 150 USD motherboard.

    Also, because Intel doesn't guarantee the Boos frequencies anymore, you don't really know what you're going to get with a 8400 for example.

    This was very well exemplified here: https://youtu.be/O98qP-FsIWo
    Reply
  • psychocipher - Sunday, October 22, 2017 - link

    Theres a difference between value and quality. better quality with more features tend to cost more. Dont hate cause amd doesnt get motherboards like the apex. If zen+ increases clock speeds and increases overclocks to where intel is yall will be wishing you didnt buy a cheap $40 b350 motherboard. Yeah you get to keep your cheap b350 motherboard for zen+ but yeah lets buy a new cpu cause amd is providing better value. Reply
  • OFelix - Friday, October 20, 2017 - link

    I haven't read the article yet but I want to say that to make sense of 50+ MBs I'm going to need a comparison system which let's me find all MBs with ThunderBolt for example. Reply
  • Brett Howse - Friday, October 20, 2017 - link

    Check the last page. Reply
  • Ian Cutress - Friday, October 20, 2017 - link

    +1 Reply

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