ASUS TUF Gaming H670-Pro WiFi D4 Motherboard Review

This is one of the first H670 motherboard we’ve tested at Funky Kit, and I have to say it’s quite impressive … meet the Asus TUF Gaming H670-Pro WiFi D4 Motherboard. It utilizes Intel’s H670 chipset and is suitable for all Intel’s 12th Gen Alder Lake processor on the LGA1700 socket, as well as supporting memory speeds of up to DDR4-5333 OC.

The motherboard has a nice matte-black finish, and you can see and well as feel the excellent overall build quality. There are no diagnostic LEDs or onboard power on/off or reset buttons, but it does come with several large heatsinks located around the processor socket and this helps cool the VRM/Mosfets. There’s also 2 RGB design feature on the right-side of the board (top and bottom) and this is controlled via Asus’s AURA Sync software. For extra RGB confogurations, there’s 1 x 4-pin RGB header and 3 x 3-pin RGB headers.

For other expansion slots, there’s 1 x PCIe 5.0 x16 Steel slot for graphics card, 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot, as well as 2 x PCIe 3.0 x 1 slot. For storage, there’s a total of 4 x SATA3 ports, and a total of 4 x M.2 PCIe Gen4 x4 slots for SSDs. The motherboard comes with a load of USB ports on the rear I/O panel including, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 port (1 x USB Type-C), 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports (2 x Type-A), and 4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports (4 x Type-A). And finally for connectivity, you get HDMI, DisplayPort, Intel’s 2.5Gb Ethernet with TUF LANGuard, and integrated onboard Intel WiFi 6e. 

Lastly, you also get all of Asus’s great features which includes, the Realtek 7.1 Surround Sound High Definition Audio, Asus AURA Sync, Asus TUF Protection, military-grade TUF components, 14+1 DrMOS power stages, 6-layer PCB and enlarged heatsinks for enhanced cooling.

 

Intel H670 Chipset

The H670 chipset does not support CPU overclocking according to Intel, but it does offer memory overclocking. It also comes with 8 x DMI 4.0 lanes, up to 12 PCIe 4.0 lanes and 12 PCIe 3.0 lanes, which is almost identical to the higher-end Z690 chipset.

It also supports up to 8 x SATA3 ports for SSDs, and a maximum of 14 USB ports (2 x USB3.2 Gen2x2, 4 x USB3.2 Gen2x1 and 8 x USB3.2 Gen1x1). Other features include the support for WiFi 6e and 1 gigbit LAN. So all-in-all, H670 chipset is not a bad choice in terms of features and specs … it’s definitely more than capable to satisfy both gamers and users.

As far as performance is concerned, I’m not expecting any major differences between the Z690 and H670. In fact, they should be literally identical. Read more to find out …

 

 

What I like about the Asus TUF Gaming H670-Pro WiFi D4 is that it supports your existing DDR4 ram, so there’s no need for expensive DDR5 ram, plus there’s a total of 4 x M.2 PCIE Gen4x4 slots for your SSDs, that’s more than I’ve ever come across on a motherboard. What’s more, you also get all the goodness of Asus’s TUG Gaming features which to be honest, impressed me more than I would have thought.

I would like to thank Asus for providing the review sample. This is a snippet from what Asus has to say about TUF Gaming on their website:

TUF Gaming is the all-new force for those who demand superior durability, dependable stability and great value in PC gaming. We’ve created an extensive range of motherboards, laptop and desktop PCs, cases, keyboards, mice and headsets, with many more exciting innovations on the way.

Every TUF Gaming product is rigorously tested for stability and durability, loaded with gamer-pleasing features, and exhibits unique and distinctive style. We’ve also teamed up with major component manufacturers to form the TUF Gaming Alliance, a burgeoning ecosystem of products that guarantee compatibility and aesthetic harmony.

TUF Gaming Alliance is the marque of collaboration between ASUS and major PC-component brands. A wide range of compliant parts, from PC cases and power supplies to CPU coolers and memory kits, guarantee both compatibility and aesthetic harmony. We’re also continually increasing our partnerships to make the TUF Gaming Alliance ever stronger, and require that components carrying the marque are tested to standards that are higher than the industry standards — for better compatibility, stability and durability.

 

Unfortunately, I was not able to test the motherboard using a GeForce RXT 30-series due to chip shortage/scalpers/overpricing, so the bottleneck would come from the graphics card itself. Yes, I’m stuck with a Radeon RX 6500 XT … *sigh*

To test this motherboard, we’ll be using an Intel Core i9-12900KF processor, along with 16GB of Adata XPG Spectrix D60G DDR4-3600 in dual channel mode, Adata Legend 840 1TB SSD and a Radeon RX 6500 XT graphics card. I’m expecting some decent, if not similar, performance to a Z690 motherboard. The only major bottleneck would come from the graphics card and possibly the DDR4 ram. 

OK, let’s dive straight in and start by taking a look at the specifications and features in our next page.  You can buy the Asus TUF Gaming H670-Pro WiFi D4 Motherboard for around USD $299 from Amazon – https://amzn.to/3IkTKgg

 

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