ASUS TUF H370-Pro Gaming motherboard, is it really tuf?
This is a review
of the ASUS TUF H-370-Pro Gaming (Wi-Fi) LGA1151 (300 Series) DDR4 DP HDMI DVI
M.2 ATX Motherboard with Gigabit LAN and USB 3.1 Gen2.
Is it really as tough as advertised?
Time will tell
because I bought one for my new
Custom Computer Build, did I have problems with
the build? A few however these were somewhat self induced, not have built or
even worked on a newer computer system lack of knowledge will bite you every
I did my "due diligence" by researching the latest and
greatest, noting a few things like M2 SSD, Gen2, and other neat tech jargon that
I needed to come up to speed on.
One of the road blocks to the latest and greatest for me
was money, this web site has not produced any income in eight years and the
money left over from the good years has been depleted. So when my Wife offered a
solution I took it. (Being retired is good in most ways, however living on a
fixed income and when one of the income streams stop well for a DIYer it does present
Back to the review...
There were four or five possibilities for the motherboard
in my price range that
I wanted for my new computer, two from Intel, one Gigabit, two from ASUS. The
Intel motherboards were with in the price range however were lacking some of the
"needed" benefits such as more than 16 GB of ram (only two slots for
memory), the fastest memory was 1600 GHz DDR3 . The Gigabit motherboard was an ok motherboard with all the
benefits except one: no up grade path from the i7 to the i9 series processor. One of
the ASUS motherboards also did not have the up grade path from i7 to i9.
picked the ASUS H-370 for the following reasons:
ASUS TUF H-370-Pro Gaming
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A. The CPU, this motherboard has an Intel LGA 1151 socket and will
support 8th Generation processors, the other motherboards I looked at were 7th
Generation, that is they will not support an i9 series processor, this board
After the fact there are some specifications that will bite me, specifically:
B. The Intel H370 chipset, this chipset does not support any Operating
System before Windows 10, that is Windows 7 and 8 will install however the
needed embedded devices will not work: USB Gen 1, 2, or 3, any network device,
graphics, or audio. To use any of these devices you will need to add on those
C. The M2, if you look at this specification you can use only SATA +
PCIe 3.0x2 or only PCIe 3.0x4. The M2 device I bought was SATA only. This took
some reading and understanding to figure out which M2 slot the device I have
will be installed in.
D. The PCIex16 slots, there is only one slot for this type of device,
my EVGA video card is a PCIe x16 only card, fortunately I have one other wise I
would have to use the onboard video or buy one, and if that is the case no
Windows 7 OS.
What I did not expect was the lack of support for older operating systems
such as Windows 7, after trying to get the OS to accept the chipset I did some
research on the Coffee Lake / Kaby Lake chipsets. Chipset drivers add the
necessary information for embedded devices on the motherboard. When Microsoft
announced the end of support for Windows 7 the hardware manufactures promptly
stopped adding support to their hardware device software. Unlike with XP when
support lasted another ten years or so. Anyone with older software that will not
run on Windows 8, 8.1, or 10 will have to stay with Windows 7 until that
software is updated. A lot of older still serviceable hardware will no longer
work, I have one that specifically will not run on Windows 10: a NEAT scanner,
the web site tells me that the drivers necessary to make the scanner work will
not be available for any OS beyond Windows 7. Very short sighted of Intel in my
Other than a few irritations or missing drivers I have a fully operational
H370 motherboard in my new Custom Computer Build
with multi boot for Windows 7 and two Windows 10 installations. Life is good...