Back when AMD released the 990FX chipset, the ASUS Sabertooth 990FX was one of the best boards you could get on that particular chipsets. Since then, the TUF series has evolved into the TUF series we see today and dropped the Sabertooth branding. But that doesn’t mean the quality has dropped, does it? The TUF series boards are still designed with military-grade TUF components such as TUF MOSFETs, Chokes, and Caps. In addition, we now get the benefit of the TUF Gaming Alliance, a partnership between several reputable companies such as Ballistix, Cooler Master, Corsair, G. Skill, In Win and Thermaltake. These companies are also producing TUF branded components and cases. With the TUF Gaming Alliance, you can design and build a fully TUF branded PC. Now, that’s all well and good, but aesthetics aren’t everything. In the end, its all about performance.
The X470 TUF-Plus motherboard sports the AM4 socket and supports second-generation Ryzen processors and seventh generation Athlon processors When the first generation of Ryzen processors launched, they were a massive upgrade from their previous Piledriver architecture. However, the first generation wasn’t without its faults. Any early adopter will remember the memory issues we all suffered, as well as its subpar overclocking capabilities. Now, with the second generation here, we’ll see if these issues were addressed or not. Using AMD’s Ryzen 7 2700, we put the X470 TUF-Plus through our suite of benchmarks.
Review Sample Provided By: ASUS
Product Name and Website: ASUS TUF X470-Plus Gaming
ASUS TUF X470-Plus Gaming AMD Ryzen 2 AM4 DDR4 HDMI DVI M.2 ATX Motherboard
- AMD® Ryzen™ 2 AM4 and 7th generation Athlon™ processors to maximize connectivity and speed with dual NVMe M.2, USB 3.1 Gen2 and gigabit LAN
- Military-grade TUF components like TUF LANGuard, TUF Chokes, TUF Capacitors, and TUF MOSFETs maximize durability
- Gamer’s Guardian with SafeSlot and Fan Xpert 4 Core provides hardware-level safeguards for maximum performance with dynamic system cooling
- Unmatched personalization with ASUS exclusive Aura Sync RGB lighting and additional RGB header
- 3-Year Warranty for guaranteed reliability built on military-grade engineering
AMD AM4 Socket AMD Ryzen™ 2nd Generation/Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics/Ryzen™ 1st Generation/7
th Generation A-series/Athlon X4 ProcessorsSupports CPU up to 8 cores* Refer to
www.asus.com for CPU support list
AMD Ryzen™ 2nd Generation/ Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics/ Ryzen™ 1st Generation Processors
4 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR4 3200(O.C.)/3000(O.C.)/2800(O.C.)/2666/2400/2133 MHz Un-buffered Memory
AMD 7th Generation A-Series/Athlon X4 Processors
4 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR4 2400/2133 MHz Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel Memory Architecture
ECC Memory (ECC model) support varies by CPU.
** Refer to
www.asus.com for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).
Integrated Graphics in the AMD Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics/ 7th Generation A-Series APU
Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DVI-D ports
– Supports HDMI 1.4b with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz
– Supports DVI-D with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
Maximum shared memory of 2048 MB (for iGPU exclusively)
- Multi-GPU Support
Supports AMD CrossFireX™ Technology
- Expansion Slots
AMD Ryzen™ 2nd Generation/ Ryzen™ 1st Generation Processors
1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 mode)
AMD Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics /7th Generation A-Series/Athlon X4 Processors
1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x8 mode)
AMD X470 chipset
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (max at x4 mode)
3 x PCIe 2.0 x1
AMD Ryzen™ 2nd Generation/ Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics/ Ryzen™ 1st Generation Processors :
1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)
AMD 7th Generation A-Series/Athlon X4 Processors :
1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (SATA mode)
AMD X470 chipset :
1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 2 mode)
6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s)
Support Raid 0, 1, 10
Realtek® ALC887-VD2 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
Audio Feature :
– Exclusive DTS Custom for GAMING Headsets.
– Audio Shielding: Ensures precision analog/digital separation and greatly reduced multi-lateral interference
– Dedicated audio PCB layers: Separate layers for left and right channels to guard the quality of the sensitive audio signals
– Premium Japanese-made audio capacitors: Provide warm, natural and immersive sound with exceptional clarity and fidelity
– Audio Cover: Effective shielding preserves the integrity of audio signals to ensure best quality.
- USB Ports
AMD Ryzen™ 2nd Generation/ Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics/ Ryzen™ 1st Generation/7th Generation A-Series/Athlon X4 Processors :
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 port(s) (2 at back panel, , Type-A)
AMD Ryzen™ 2nd Generation/ Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics/ Ryzen™ 1st Generation/7th Generation A-Series/Athlon X4 Processors :
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 port(s) (1 at back panel, , USB Type-C
AMD X470 chipset :
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 port(s) (2 at back panel, )
AMD X470 chipset :
4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 port(s) (4 at mid-board)
AMD X470 chipset :
6 x USB 2.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, , 4 at mid-board)
- Special Features
ASUS TUF PROTECTION
– ASUS SafeSlot: Protect your graphics card Investment
– ASUS ESD Guard: Enhanced ESD protection
– ASUS Overvoltage Protection: World-class circuit-protecting power design
– ASUS Stainless-Steel Back I/O: 3X corrosion-resistance for greater durability!
– ASUS DIGI+ VRM: 6 Phase digital power design
– Aura Lighting Control
ASUS Exclusive Features :
– AI Suite 3
– Ai Charger
– PC Cleaner
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution :
– Stylish Fanless Design Heat-sink solution & MOS Heatsink
– ASUS Fan Xpert 4 Core
ASUS EZ DIY :
– ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
– ASUS EZ Flash 3
– ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode
ASUS Q-Design :
– ASUS Q-Slot
– ASUS Q-DIMM
Overclocking Protection :
– ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
- Back I/O Ports
1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port(s)
1 x DVI-D
1 x HDMI
1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A,
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (blue) USB Type-C
2 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (blue)
3 x Audio jack(s)
- Internal I/O Ports
1 x RGB Header(s)
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1(up to 5Gbps) connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 3.1 Gen 1 port(s) (19-pin)
2 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 2.0 port(s)
1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)
1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 X2 mode)
6 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin)
3 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (3 x 4 -pin)
1 x AIO_PUMP connector (1 x 4 -pin)
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
1 x System panel(s)
1 x Clear CMOS jumper(s)
1 x COM port header
2 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
1 x M.2 Screw Package
1 x Supporting DVD
1 x TUF GAMING Sticker
1 x TUF Certification card(s)
256 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, SM BIOS 3.0, ACPI 6.0, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 3, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3, My Favorites, Last Modified log, F12 PrintScreen, ASUS User Profile,ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) memory information, F6 Qfan Control,F4 AURA ON/OFF,F9 Search
DMI 3.0, WOL by PME, PXE
- Operating System
Windows® 10 64-bit
- Form Factor
ATX Form Factor
12.0 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )
The front of the X470 TUF packaging has the ASUS logo on the top left-hand corner and AURA logo on the right. In the center, there is the TUF X470-Plus Gaming product branding. Across the bottom, they make mention of the AM4 socket and the Z470 chipset, along with the Ryzen logo and various certifications of the X470 TUF such as HDMI and VR Ready to name a couple. On the bottom right-hand corner is the TUF Gaming logo.
The rear of the packaging is where the bulk of the information is held. Across the top is the ASUS logo and TUG Gaming and X470-Plus branding. Underneath that, there is a depiction of the board, as well as an angled view of the I/O. Down the left side of the board are the main specifications of the board. On the far right are depictions of a few of the main features of the board such as TUF Gaming Audio, AURA Sync, TUF Components and their Exclusive SafeSlot PCIe slots.
The left and right sides of the box are the same. Both with the ASUS logo and TUF Gaming logos, as well as the X470 branding. This is also printed on the top and bottom of the box as well. The bottom edge is where we find the serial number, part number, and UPC code. The top edge has the phrase “True USB 3.1 Gen 2, 20x faster data rates. TUF Components certified for TUF Duty.” Printed in several different languages.
The board itself comes in an anti-static bag and have the normal accessories one would expect with a budget motherboard. This includes a user guide I/O shield, driver disk, a couple SATA cables, standoffs and screws for the two M.2 slots TUF Certification of Reliability and a coupon for 20% off a cable mod purchase. For the record, we never used the code. So, the first person to claim it gets the 20% off their next Cable Mods purchase. Last is something I’ve never seen in a motherboard box. Stickers to cover up the CMOS battery. This I like. Plus one for ASUS.
A Closer Look at the TUF X470-Plus Gaming
The X470-Plus TUF Gaming is predominantly black, with some yellow accents. However, the yellow is so subtle, I’d consider this to be a neutral color board. This seems to be a theme with most motherboard manufacturers as of late, especially ASUS. Ever since they dropped the red and black theme of the ROG line, most of their motherboards could be considered neutral colored. This allows their boards to fit in any color scheme. Now, if you like the idea of the TUF components, but can’t find hardware to match the board properly, ASUS has you covered with their TUF Gaming Alliance. This is a collaborative effort between ASUS and several other companies such as Cooler Master, Corsair, G. Skill, Ballistix. In Win and Thermaltake to create a line of TUF branded hardware that includes cases, DRAM, coolers and ever power supplies. This will allow you to build a completely TUF branded system with components that are guaranteed to be compatible.
The X470 TUF is a standard size ATX motherboard. However, the right side flairs out a bit on the top and bottom. This is a feature of ASUS boards over the last couple generations. Other than that, it’s your typical ATX motherboard with two PCIe X16 slots and four DIMM slots. The board has a standard 24 pin power connector and a standard 4+4 CPU connection.
The X470 TUF may look like a budget board. It may be priced as a budget board. However, after tested our Ryzen 7 2700 on the X470 TUF Gaming, I can see it doesn’t really perform like a budget board. Some people will tell you that the motherboard Won’t affect your performance. However, I’d disagree. Some chipsets lock the ability to overclock. Although you can overclock on the X470 chipset, the same chip will perform differently on different boards. For example, when we reviewed the R7 2700 initially, it was on the Aorus Gaming 7 Wi-Fi. It was a great board. However, it costs about 100 dollars more than the TUF Gaming and 2700 performed better on the X470 TUF. This comes down to the components used on the board.
The X470 TUF uses TUF Chokes, TUF capacitors and TUF MOSFETs. All TUF components are Military grade. The TUF Chokes deliver rock steady power to the CPU and help to improve system stability. TUF Capacitors have an increased temperature tolerance of about 20% and have 5 times longer lifespan than your average capacitor. The TUF MOSFETs with lower RDS(on).
This is where it gets a bit technical. MOSFET stands for Metal Oxide Field Effect Transistor. The RDS(on) stands for drain-source on resistance and determines the max current rating of the MOSFET. Essentially, lower RDS(on) reduces heat generation and results in better power efficiency. The TUF LANGuard offers the best protection from ESD or electrostatic discharge. Up to 2.5 times the protection of other motherboards. The ESD Guards offer protection for the LAN Port, keyboard and mouse connections, VGA protection and USB connectors. ESD Guards provide protection for up to +/- 10kV of air discharge and +/- 6kV of contact discharge. This is much better than the traditional industry standards of +/- 6kV and +/- 4kKV.
The I/O of the X470 TUF is simple but has everything you need. There are three 3.5 mm jacks for the Realtek® ALC887-VD2 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC. A single Realtek® RTL8111H with TUF LanGuard. For USB, there are two USB 3.1 gen 2 Type A and a single Type C, two USB 3.0 and @ USB 2.0. There is also a PS/2 Port for old-school peripherals. Lastly, there is a DVI port and an HDMI port if you use one of AMD’s APUs such as the 2200G. The X470 TUF also supports up to four front USB 3.1 gen 1 ports.
The X470 TUF features the X470 chip and the same AM4 socket from the X370 chipset. The X370 and X470 chipsets are very similar, with only a few main differences. These are XFR2, or Extended Frequency Range 2, and Precision Boost 2. Also, StoreMI is only available with X470 Motherboards. StoreMI lets you pair a mechanical hard drive with an SSD or up to 2GB of RAM. StoreIM then combines the storage into a virtual disk for your most used programs to have the fastest speeds. Also, the X470 chipset allows for faster memory speeds at 2933MHz, over the 2667MHZ of the X370 chipset.
We had to mention the differences between the two chipsets. With Precision Boost 1.0, the processor is allowed to increase the speed of a couple of cores, depending on temperature and power limits. However, with Precision Boost 2.0, the second generation of Ryzen processors can boost on several cores, as long as it doesn’t hit the chips thermal limits.
The X470 TUF uses the Realtek® ALC 887 codec. This features shielded audio for superior sound. Audio shielding separates analog and digital audio signals and reduces multi-lateral interference. Each channel left and right has its own layout on the PCB. This helps to eliminate audio degradation. The “TUF Gaming audio cover” helps to ensure the quality of the audio. ASUS uses premium Japanese capacitors for the best quality audio.
The X470 TUF Gaming has two M.2 slots. The top slots lanes comes directly from the CPU and supports PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 SSDs and SATA mode M key SSDs up to 22110 in length. The bottom M.2 gets its lanes from the PCH and supports M.2 SSDs up to 2280 in length. There are also a total of six SATA 6 ports on the X470 TUF. This board supports SATA Raids 0,1, and 10. There is also a single RGB header on this side of the motherboard. This can run either an RGB strip, RGB fans or RGB lighting on a computer case or any RGB peripheral. There is also RGB lighting down the right side of the motherboard, as well as on the chipset heatsink.
The X470 TUF is built using SafeSlots for the PCIe X16 slots on the board. These slots have a 1.6 times stronger retention force over traditional motherboards and were 1.8 times stronger in a shearing test when pulling the slot from side to side. SafeSlots integrate metal throughout the slots that make them stronger. These slots also have additional solder points to attach it to the PCB. For memory, TUF boards are tested with an extensive range of memory form all different price ranges. This allows you to use just about any kit of DDR4, regardless of speeds or manufacturer.
System Configuration, Bios and AI Suite
- Ryzen 7 2700
- ASUS X470-Plus TUF Gaming
- 16 GB of G. Skill Trident Z 3200 MHz
- EVGA GTX 1070 TI FTW2
- Seasonic X-Series 850 Watt 80+ Gold PSU
- 250 GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2 SSD (OS)
- 480 GB SanDisk SSD Plus 2.5” SSD (Programs and Games)
- AlphaCool Custom Loop (45 mm x 240 mm radiator)
- Windows 10 Pro
- Aida64 Engineer
- Cinebench R15
- X264 FHD
- PCMARK 8
- Performance Test 9
- Time Spy
- Latency Monitor
- Right Mark Audio Analyzer.
- ATTO Disk Benchmark
- Crystal Disk Mark 5
- Assassins Creed Origins
- GTA V
- Shadow of War
The BIOS for the X470 TUF looks much like the BIOS for any ASUS motherboard has in recent years. There is both an Easy Mode and an Advanced Mode. The BIOS boots into Easy Mode. You can swap between Easy and Advanced Modes by pressing F7. You can also set it so the BIOS boots in Advanced mode every time you enter the BIOS. Easy Mode gives you a rough overview of the BIOS settings. You can swap around the boot order of your drives, set fan curves of each fan connected to the board and set XMP profiles. There is also an EZ System Tuning section that goes between Normal and ASUS Performance mode. To get more intricate, enter Advanced Mode.
The other sections include My Favorites, AI Tweaker, the Advanced section, The Monitoring section, Boot, Tools, and Exit. AI Tweaker is where you can set XMP, on, in this case, DOCP Profiles. This is also where you can manually overclock the CPU and memory, as well as set the memory timings.
The Boot section allows you to set the boot order of your various drives and even override that order if need be. The Tool section is where you find the EZ Flash Utility for flashing the BIOS. The Last section is the Exit section where you can either save your changes before you exit or load the optimized default settings.
Ai Suite 3
Ai Suite 3 is an all-in-one interface that integrates several Asus utilities and allows you to launch and operate these utilities simultaneously. You can essentially set and test your multiplier and voltage and several other settings, usually only found in the BIOS. Asus allows your system to be automatically overclocked to what the system determines is the safest, most stable overclock. Unlike with the BIOS, the overclock will reset after each reboot of the PC. When I ran the auto-tuning feature in the AI Suite, the R7 2700 we used auto-tuned to 3.4 GHz. However, with manual overclocking, we got much higher.
AURA SYNC Lighting Control.
Aura Lighting Control software controls the lighting for the motherboard, and any components or peripherals compatible with the AURA software. The motherboard, GPU, Memory, many peripherals and Aura RGB strips can be synchronized or set to run independently from each other with 16.8 million different colors and 12 different effects. These effects are listed below.
- Color Cycle
- Flash and Dash
- Glowing Yoyo
Across the top, AURA Sync will list any RGB backlit components it can sync together, In this case, the G. Skill Trident Z RGB memory was synced with the lighting on the motherboard. Where I’m not a huge fan of RGB lighting, I have all lighting set to a static color. However, I do like the Color Cycle effect the best of them all.
General Performance Benchmarks
Testing and Performance
AIDA64 has a set of several 64-bit benchmarks to measure how fast the computer performs various data processing tasks and mathematical calculations. Multi-threaded memory and cache benchmarks are available to analyze system RAM bandwidth and latency. Benchmark pages of AIDA64 Extreme provide several methods to measure system performance. These benchmarks are synthetic, so their results show only the theoretical maximum performance of the system. The AIDA64 suite has various benchmarks for CPU, FPU, GPU, storage and memory testing.
CPU Queen is an integer benchmark that tests branch prediction and misprediction penalties. CPU PhotoWorxx tests the SIMD integer arithmetic execution units of the CPU and the memory subsystem. CPU ZLib is a compression benchmark that tests the combined CPU and memory performance. CPU AES is a multi-core encryption benchmark that uses Advanced Encryption Standard data encryption. CPU Hash is an integer benchmark that measures performance using SHA1 hashing algorithm. FPU Julia measures single precision FP, FPU Mandel measures double precision FP, FPU Sin Julia measures extended precision FP while FPU VP8 is a video compression test utilizing the FPU Julia fractal module. A quick side note, each processor was tested with different memory, running at different speeds. Since each system was different, it’s not a side by side comparison
The memory I used for testing is a 16 GB, 2 x 8 kit G. Skill Trident Z RGB, CAS 16. The first part of the AIDA64 memory test is the latency test. The latency is measured in nanoseconds. I did have some memory issues. I originally used a different kit that, when XMP was enabled, wouldn’t post. With XMP disabled, ran in only single channel mode. So, I swapped kits. The latency was a bit high at 71.9 nanoseconds. On the memory bandwidth test, the G. Skill Trident Z kit we used scored 45331 on the read, 44524on the write and 41346 on the copy. For the L1, L2 and L3 cache, the read, write and copy are on the charts below.
Based on MAXON’s award-winning animation software Cinema 4D, CINEBENCH is a real-world cross platform test suite that evaluates your computer’s performance capabilities. It has both the single thread and full performance test for your CPU, as well as an Open-GL test for your GPU. Cinebench R15 is one of the most widely used benchmarks used to test the performance. It puts the CPU under 100% load, but only for a very short time. It gives a good baseline for your CPU. However, I wouldn’t use it for testing the stability of an overclock. I ran the R7 2700 on both its stock settings and overclocked, as high as I could push them. At its stock speed of 3.2 GHz, the R7 2700 hit 1302 CB on multithread and 141 on a single thread. Overclocked to 4.167 GHz, the 2700 hit 1774 CB on the multi-thread test and 165 CB on the single thread test. I was very pleased with the results on Cinebench R15. I have included results from the R5 2600 for comparison.
Multimedia, Compression and Semi-Synthetic Benchmarks
x264 is a free software library for encoding video streams into the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC format. x264 FHD measures how efficient a system is in encoding H.264 video and produces results in frames-per-second. H.265/HEVC video encoding is the future of video able to compress significantly larger resolution videos including 4K and make streaming a possibility. The 2700 ran the x264 FHD benchmark at an average of 44.04 frames per second.
x265 is an open-source implementation of the H.265 standard and x.265 HD benchmark tests the CPU’s ability to process an HEVC video. This benchmark is run by the processor alone. The 2700 averaged 25.22 frames per second.
The 7-zip benchmark shows a rating in MIPS (million instructions per second). The rating value is calculated from the measured speed, and it is normalized with results of Intel Core 2 CPU with multi-threading option switched off. So, if you have modern CPU from Intel or AMD, rating values in single-thread mode must be close to real CPU frequency. There are two tests, compression with LZMA method and decompression with LZMA method. Once the total passes reach 100, the score is taken. 7-Zip gives the resulting score for decompressing, compressing and an overall score. The Decompressing score for the 2700 was 41906 MIPS, or Million Instructions per Second. The Compression score was 36005 MIPS and the overall score was 38956 MIPS.
WinRAR is a file archiver utility for Windows, developed by Eugene Roshal of win.rar GmbH. It can create and view archives in RAR or ZIP file formats and unpack numerous archive file formats. Both the 2600 and 2700 ran Winrar for about 20 minutes each. The final results for the 2600 were 8987 KB/s. The results for the 2700 was 10301 KB/s. We’ve also included results from the I7 8700k.
HandBrake is a free and open-source video transcoder, originally developed in 2003 by Eric Petit to make ripping a film from a DVD to a data storage device easier. Essentially, it can convert video to almost any modern format. HandBrake is available for Linux, macOS, and Windows. The workload video file is a ~6.27 GB, 3840 x 1714, 73.4 Mbps, 24fps, H.264, .mov video file that is transcoded to a ~1480 MB, 1920×858, ~17.1 Mbps, 24fps, H.264, .mp4 video file. The video file is called Tears of Steel. The R7 2700 encoded the file in 4 minutes and 22 seconds, a bit slower than the 1800x and the I7 8700k. However, it was only off by a bit. Still, overall, a good performance.
The PCMark 8 Storage benchmark is used to test the performance of SSDs, HDDs and hybrid drives with traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and a selection of popular games. You can test any recognized storage device, including local and external drives. Unlike synthetic storage tests, the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark highlights real-world performance differences between storage devices. We ran all three of the conventional benchmarks PCMARK 8 has to offer. These are Work, Creative, Home and we also ran the Storage benchmark. All benchmarks were the conventional, as opposed to the accelerated. For comparison, I’ve added results from my last two reviews. I’ve included results from the I7 8700k as well. As you can see, the 2700 comes in just under the 8700k.
Performance Test 9
Performance Test 9 is a complete system benchmark that tests every main component of your system. The area’s tested are the Disk, Memory, 2D Graphics, 3D Graphics, and CPU. There is also an overall PassMark Rating. On the CPU test, theR7 2700 score of 14680.1. Next was the 2D graphics score of 828.4. The 3D Graphics score was 11872.2. The memory score was 1898.9. The disk score was 11291.8. The overall score was 5277.1. Our test system scored in the 94 percentiles. All of these results are listed in the chart below.
Sub-System Benchmarks (Storage, Audio and Networking)
For Storage benchmarks, We ran two different benchmarks. The first of the two was the ATTO Disk Benchmark. The other being Crystal Disk Mark 5. We also ran the storage test in PCMARK 8. The results for that test were in the PCMARK 8 chart in the General Benchmark section. The storage test in PCMARK 8 tested the OS drive, a 250 GB Samsung 960 EVO. For both ATTO and Crystal Disk Mark, we tested both a 250 GB Samsung 960 EVO and a 480 GB SanDisk SSD Plus.
ATTO Disk Benchmark
The ATTO Disk Benchmark utility was designed to measure regular disk drive performance. However, its more than capable measuring both USB flash drive and SSD speeds as well. The utility measures disk performance rates for various sizes of files and displays the results in a bar chart showing read and write speeds at each file size. The results are displayed in megabytes per second.
In ATTO, the SanDisk SSD Plus did as expected, nearly saturation the SATA interface. It hit 559 MB/s on the read speeds and about 507 MB/s on the write speeds. On the 960 EVO, its hit 3004 MB/s and 1535MB/s on the write. The NVME results were a bit slower than I had expected from other motherboards I’ve tested the same drive on.
Crystal Disk Mark 5
“CrystalDiskMark is designed to quickly test the performance of your hard drives. Currently, the program allows measuring sequential and random read/write speeds.” It’s one of the most commonly used utilities for testing drives.
The results for CrystalDiskMark5 were very similar to the ATTO results. The SanDisk SSD Plus hit 544.3 MB/s on the read and 506 MB/s on the write. Very close to the ATTO results. On the NVME drive, the 960 EVO hit 2910.7 MB/s on the read and 1511.6 MB/s on the write. The Crystal Disk Mark results were close too, but slower than the ATTO results. They were also slower than most results I’ve recorded with these same drives in other reviews.
To test the onboard audio on the X470 TUF, we use the Rightmark Audio Analyzer benchmark. However, before we run the benchmark, we must test the DPC, or Deferred Procedure Call latency. The DPC is checked to ensure the audio can produce useable results in Rightmark. DPC, or Deferred Procedure Call latency, is a Windows function that handles driver efficiency and allows high-priority tasks to defer required, but lower-priority tasks for later execution. We use LatencyMon to test the DPC Latency.
We usually run LatencyMon run for about 10-15 minutes, or until it gives us a result. This will tell us if our system is suitable for handling real-time audio with other tasks running. The highest reported ISR routine execution time was 103.08. The highest reported DCP routine execution was 436.67. At the 4000 microseconds, the system will be unsuitable for real-time audio playback. Since both results were under this range, we can continue to Rightmark Audio Analyzer.
Rightmark Audio Analyzer
To test with Rightmark, you must first plug into both the rear headphone jack and the rear mic jack using a double-ended 3.5 mm jack cable. This creates an audio loop to test the internal audio performance of the onboard audio. We tested using both 16 and 24-bit settings through a range of frequencies from 44 kHz up to 192 kHz. The chart below is to give an idea of what good results for the Rightmark benchmark look like. When compared to the results for the X470 TUF, the results show the board to have pretty good onboard audio.
For network testing, I used my Comcast Business class router from Motorola. I used my test bench system as the server PC and the test system as the client. The Test system has an I7 8700k on an AORUS Z370 Gaming 7, 64 gb of DDR4 3200 and a Quadro P5000. The system We use the Networking Test in the PassMark Performance Test 9. We ran both the TCP and UDP Networking tests, both on IPV4. The results are in the chart below. The networking test records result in Mbit/sec. On the UDP test the minimum was 752, max was 857.3 and the average was 843.5. As for the TCP test, the minimum was 677.2, the max was 922.8 and the average was 715.3.
Gaming and Synthetic Benchmarks
For gaming benchmarks, I chose 4 games, and mostly new titles. Games were tested with an EVGA GTX 1070 TI FTW2. I tested the new Assassins Creed Origins, Shadow of War, the sequel to Shadow of Mordor and Grand Theft Auto 5. Each game was tested in 1080p, 1440p and 4k. All games were played at their very high presets. They were left at their stock settings. Each benchmark run was timed at 120 seconds, ran three times each, then averaged out to get the results.
Assassins Creed Origins is the newest game in my suite, having been released at the end of October. The game is set in ancient Egypt. Ubisoft built a gorgeous open world that’s fun to explore. The game looks amazing. With so much detail, it’s no wonder the game puts a serious strain on your GPU. Shadow of War is the sequel to the very successful, Shadow of Mordor. Taking place in the Lord of the Rings universe, Monolith Productions did an amazing job creating the world of Middle Earth in both games. Shadow of war is beautiful, and one of the best-optimized games I’ve ever played. Although GTA V is the oldest game in the suite, it’s still a very demanding game, especially with the Advanced Graphics on. Although the 1070 TI is more than capable of running the game on its ultra-preset, the games were all run on their very high presets. The one exception was GTA V. For GTA V, the advanced graphics were left on their default settings.
For most people, the 1080p results are the most important. This is because most PC gamers still play in 1080p resolution. All three games did very well with the 1070 TI FTW2. The best being Shadow of War which averaged 93 frames per second (fps). Next was GTA V with 89 fps and last was the newest game in this round of benchmarks, Assassins Creed Origins with 74 FPS. AC origins also had the lowest minimum with 27 fps, followed by Shadow of War with 31 fps and finally, GTA V with 53 fps. For highs, Shadow of War was first with 209 FPS followed by GTA V with 131 fps and AC Origins with 117 fps.
For 1440p, GTA V had the highest average with 69 fps. Next was Shadow of War with 64 fps and last was AC Origins with 58 FPS. For lows, Shadow of War was the lowest with 21 fps followed by AC Origins with 30 FPS. The highest minimum was GTA V with 47 FPS. For the highs, Shadow of War was the best with 187 FPS, next was AC Origins with 92 FPS followed by GTA V with 85 FPS. Overall, it seems that GTA V did best in 1440p. This shouldn’t be a surprise since it is the oldest title in the suite. But GTA V still has one of, if not the most extensive graphics menu this reviewer has ever seen.
In 4k, both GTA V and Shadow of War average 37 FPS. Far from the desired 60 fps, but still playable. AC Origins was just behind the other two with 35 FPS, also very playable. As for the lows, Shadow of was the worst with 17 fps followed by AC Origins with 27 fps. GTA V did best with 28 FPS. For Highs, Shadow of War did best by far with 176 fps. Next was GTA V with 37 and last was AC Origins with 35. I tested Shadow of War with both the in-game benchmark and using Fraps. In both situations, I got these spikes with very high fps. I still have no clue why. Overall, the EVGA GTX 1070 TI FTW2 did an excellent job pair with the R7 2700.
3DMark is a computer benchmarking tool created and developed by Futuremark used to determine the performance of a computer’s 3D graphics rendering and CPU workload processing capabilities. It does this through a series of graphics and physics and or CPU tests. I used 3DMarks most popular benchmark, Firestrike as well as their newest DX12 benchmark, Time Spy to test the EVGA GTX 1070 TI FTW2. The card was tested at both stock and overclocked to +175 on the core and +350 on the memory, using MSI Afterburner.
The R7 2700, both paired with the EVGA GTX 1070 TI FTW2, did very well in both Firestrike and Time Spy. I ran both Firestrike and Time spy several times each and went with the best overall scores. Each benchmark was tested with the 1070 TI at both its stock speed and overclocked to +175 on the core and +350 on the memory. On Firestrike, The R7 2700 scored 15071 on stock speeds and 15950 overclocked. On Time Spy, the 2700 scored 6350 at stock, and 7277 overclocked.
The Heaven Benchmark is a DirectX 11 benchmark designed to stress your GPU under heavy loads. The Heaven Benchmark can be used to determine the stability of a GPU under extremely stressful conditions. I ran the heaven benchmark with the EVGA GTX 1080 SC on a custom Preset, Ultra Quality, Extreme Tessellation, AA X8, in 2560 x 1440p and 1920 x 1080, using the DX 11 API. The setting was kept the same for both resolutions. Our EVGA GTX 1070 TI FTW2 received an overall score of 1501 with an average FPS of 59.6 a minimum of 23.8 and a maximum of 125.6 on 2560 x 1440. On 1920 x 1080, our EVGA GTX 1070 TI FTW2 received an overall score of 2515 with an average FPS of 99.8 a minimum or 30.3and a maximum if 205.2.
Overclocking and Temperatures.
I always try to keep the testing environment the same from review to review. However, with it being summer, that can be difficult as it gets very hot in the North East. I usually have the office between 19°c and 21°c (66°F to 70°F). While testing for this review, the best I could do was 23°c (about 74°F). We use the Aida64 Stability Test to validate the overclock. The stability test runs for about 15 minutes or so. With that, the R7 2700 did rather well both overclocking and with temps. When set to its stock speed of 3.2 GHz, the 3700 idled at around 31°c (88°F) and hit 62°c (144°F) while under load. Keep in mind, this is on a custom loop. Even though the stock speed is 3.2 GHz on the R7 2700, it usually boosts between 3.5 GHz and 3.6 GHz. Even with a higher ambient temperature than usual, I was still able to achieve the highest overclock I’ve got on this specific 2700 processor. The chip maxed out at 4.167 GHz at 1.373 volts. This was higher than it hit on the initial review of the 2700. On that round of testing, this 2700 hit only 4.099 GHz. Temps while overclocked weren’t bad either. The idle temp was around 34°c (93°F) and under load, 73°c (163°F). The second generation Ryzen 7 2700 did far better than its first generation counterpart when it comes to overclocking. If I remember correctly my 1800x only hit 3.974 at something like 1.5 volts. This isn’t the improvement in overclocking we had hoped for, but an improvement, either way, you look at it.
Final Thoughts and Conclusion
This is the first time I’ve used what would be considered a budget board from ASUS in a long time, since the Z97 days. I was surprised to some extent as to how well the board did. Especially when it came to overclocking. This is the third different X470 motherboard I have run a R7 2700 on and it is also the board on which this chip overclocked the best. In my opinion, this is due to the “military-grade”, TUF components used on this motherboard. The board also looks great. Even the budget boards on today have a nice aesthetic to them. The X470 TUF is no exception. I love the mostly all black color scheme of the board. Although I’m not the biggest fan of the yellow accents, I love that ASUS has created the TUF Gaming Alliance, a partnership with several companies to make TUF branded components. This will allow a gamer on a tight budget to build a great PC, and a reasonable price and have it all match. Plus, it has RGB lighting! I know I’ve often spoken ill about RGB lighting. However, I’ve also said it can be a good thing when done right. The TUF X470-Plus Gaming have very little RGB lighting on the board. But, it’s enough that when added to RGB memory, or a cooler, will blend nicely. The TUF Gaming Alliance and the TUF X470-Plus Gaming and a great way to put together a great looking PC that will perform well, and not break the bank.