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I am considering doing a rebuild this year.  My last couple builds have been ASUS and I presently have an x99 TUF Ultimate Force MB paired with a 6850K @ 4.1 GHz and it has served me well.  I do not plan to aggressively overclock it (4.9-5.0 across all cores) and plan to use my existing Noctua NH-15S for cooling.   I plan to have 2-3 SSD drives (1-2 existing 500MB and an additional 1T-2T drive....all SATA). 

I am considering going with the TUF Z390-Plus Gaming.   Is there any tangible benefit or detriment to using this in lieu of one of the ROG boards.   The main thing I noticed in my existing board is that my existing board does not use a software overclock in its Ai suite.   This is not a big deal as it is relatively easy to do within the BIOS and I am not looking to be aggressive with it.   Also I noticed it has an 8+1 phase power system as opposed to the 4 phase mentioned elsewhere (may or may not be a big deal)

Any input or experiences would be appreciated.

 

PS: The most disconcerting thing with shopping MBs is that almost all of them have a moderate number of bad experiences in the reviews and it is hard to gauge how good (or bad) it really is

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I am considering going with the TUF Z390-Plus Gaming.   Is there any tangible benefit or detriment to using this in lieu of one of the ROG boards.   The main thing I noticed in my existing board is that my existing board does not use a software overclock in its Ai suite.   This is not a big deal as it is relatively easy to do within the BIOS and I am not looking to be aggressive with it.   Also I noticed it has an 8+1 phase power system as opposed to the 4 phase mentioned elsewhere (may or may not be a big deal)

 

The TUF boards are all about durability and reliability, and are thus made (so Asus say) with very durable components. In that respect they have always been a good buy. The emphasis re software with the TUF boards has always been about cooling and monitoring with temp sensors etc, rather than auto overclocking. 

I cant see many reviews of this board yet. So cant comment on in that respect.

I really like the ROG boards to be honest, have been reliable for me, and designed for overclocking. The new ROG boards for Z390 include, not Five Way Optimisation, but the new auto overclocking tool "Ai Overclock". I've seen reviews that rate it quite highly. As usual though with new boards, it will probably require a few BIOS updates before it's at it's best. 

Whatever you decide, ROG or TUF, I think you will have a good experience, especially as you aren't pushing the overclock to the max. 

JJ covers the new Ai Overclock in this video. Don't even think about the Asus AIO though, it's rubbish. 

 

 

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