ASUS Prime Z390-A Motherboard

Last updated date: May 9, 2019

DWYM Score
8.0

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 60 expert reviews, the ASUS ASUS Prime Z390-A Motherboard placed 6th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.0
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.1
132 user reviews
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What experts liked
The ASUS Prime Z390-A has been designed specifically for 9th and 8th generation Intel Core processors. It delivers maximum performance with its revamped 5-Way Optimization feature, which automatically overclocks your CPU based on smart predictions and thermal telemetry, saving you days’ worth of manual tuning.
- Easy PC Mod
March 14, 2019 | Full review
Other than the great connectivity, there are also many tuning and protection features, such as the overclockers “dreamland” ASUS AI Overclocking, Overvoltage Protection, Safe Slot Core (intended for safe holding of the heavyweight GPUs in the slot) and a lot more.
- The Tech Lounge
February 4, 2019 | Full review
The Prime Z390-A has three full-length PCIe 3.0 slots with two getting treated to ASUS Safe slot armor protection and the slots operate at x16, x8 and x4 from top to bottom. This means the Prime Z390-A officially supports two-way SLI and up to three-way CrossFire multi-graphics card configurations.
- Anand Tech
October 8, 2018 | Full review
The motherboard supports PCI-Express 3.0, multi-GPU technologies from NVIDIA and AMD, SATA 6Gb/s, M.2 with PCIe/NVMe support, USB 3.1 Gen 2, Intel Optane technology, IRST, high definition audio and more. Naturally, there are some additional features that are specific to ASUS’ design such as their Fan Extension header, overvoltage and overcurrent protection. There are also ESD guards and built in surge protection for the network port.
- Hard OCP
March 2, 2019 | Full review
The Prime Z390-A does not only feature a rich and robust board, but it is also a good looking one. It comes equipped with 2 native RGB strips
- Laurent's Choice
October 30, 2018 | Full review
It has two M.2 slots competent of operating ultra-fast NVMe-M.2 SSDs, resulting in a data transfer rate of nearly 4 GB/s. This gives the M.2 PCIe SSDs up to eight times quicker than SATA 6G SSD.
- Engage Expo
February 23, 2019 | Full review
This motherboard serves fit for rigorous gaming and overclocking. The feature of 5-way optimization helps in enhancing the working capacity of the CPU by minimizing the heat. The overclocking results are instant for the motherboard.
- Guild Cafe
March 24, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Not that great chipset improvement over its predecessor Z370
- The Tech Lounge
February 4, 2019 | Full review
Sadly, ASUS doesn’t use its integrated / built-in I/O shield. This isn’t terribly surprising at lower and even mid-range price points
- Hard OCP
March 2, 2019 | Full review
Nothing new there. Note that there is no PCB back shield on this board.
- Laurent's Choice
October 30, 2018 | Full review
Efficiency is not up to the mark. Lack of efficient power to performance.
- Engage Expo
February 23, 2019 | Full review
Presence of 4 pin headers that are non-accessible. RGB lights are not pluggable
- Guild Cafe
March 24, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Designed for 9th generation Intel Core processors, the Prime Z390-A delivers maximum performance with customizable style. 5-Way Optimization provides AI overclocking and dynamic fan calibration while dual M.2 and USB 3.1 Gen2 delivers maximum transfer speeds. Aura Sync RGB with addressable headers customize your build. The overclocking module of AI Suite's 5-Way Optimization has been revamped for the Z390 platform. With a revised back-end that has the intelligence to overclock a CPU based upon smart prediction and thermal telemetry, this new version quickly delivers overclocking results that would typically take days of manual tuning. With x4 PCI Express 3.0/2.0 bandwidth, M.2 supports up to 32Gbps data-transfer speeds. It's the perfect choice for an operating system or application drive, providing fast access to data. Also, with backward compatible USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A and reversible USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C ports, you'll experience ultimate connection flexability and blazing data-transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps. Our OptiMem II tech carefully maps memory signal pathways across different PCB layers to reduce vias and also adds shielding zones that significantly reduce crosstalk. And to further enhance overclocking headroom for fully stacked memory configurations, we've employed a highly customized T-Topology layout that delivers time-aligned signaling. Each header can dynamically reference three thermal sensors, and via Fan Xpert 4 you can even map the temperature of supported ASUS graphics cards to optimize cooling for GPU and CPU-intensive tasks. Prime Z390-A utilizes a unique audio codec designed in close collaboration with Realtek — the Realtek S1220A. It also features an unprecedented 120dB signal-to-noise ratio for the stereo line-out and a 113dB SNR for the line-in, providing pristine audio quality. Additionally, a new impedance-sensing circuit automatically adjusts gain to ensure the optimal volume range for your headphones. A well-tuned enthusiast system deserves a matching aesthetic. ASUS Aura offers full RGB lighting control with a variety of functional presets for the built-in RGB LEDs as well as strips connected to the onboard RGB headers.* And it can all be synced with an ever-growing portfolio of Aura-capable ASUS hardware.

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