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Asus Prime Z390-A vs Z390-P

Introduction

Asus's Prime series in motherboards is the most budget-friendly option which consists of decent motherboards that are loaded with good features and don't need any overspending. Among the Z390 chipset motherboards, Asus has released two Prime series boards that differ in price and specs. So, you need to know what's in the Asus Prime Z390-A and Z390-P. This comparison will show you the advantages and disadvantages of each motherboard to make it easy for you to decide which one should you choose for your PC build.

ASUS Prime Z390-A

ASUS Prime Z390-P

Similarities

VRM

6+3 Power Phases

Memory

Support 64GB DDR4 Max
Have 4x DIMM slots
Support OC Memory up to 4266Mhz

Storage

1x M.2 socket 3(SATA mode & X4 PCI-E mode)
Intel Optane Ready

I/O Ports

1x Ethernet port
1x HDMI port

Onboard Features

1 x MemOK! II switch

Differences

ASUS Prime Z390-A

VRM

Better heatsink

PCI Slots

3x PCI-E x 16 slots
2x PCI-E x 16 slots covered with Armor steel
3x PCI-E x 1 slots

CPU/Fan/AIO headers

5x Fan headers

Storage

1x M.2 socket 3 that supports only PCI-E 3.0 x 4 mode
1x M.2 socket 3 that supports SATA and PCI-E 3.0 x 4 mode
6x SATA ports

Onboard Features

1 x Power-on button
2 x Aura RGB Strip Headers
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 front panel TypeC connector
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1

I/O Ports

1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port
3 x USB 3.1 Gen 2
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
2 x USB 2.0
5 x Audio jack(s)

ASUS Prime Z390-P

VRM

Basic heatsink

PCI Slots

2x PCI-E x 16 slots
4x PCI-E x 1 slots

CPU/Fan/AIO headers

4x Fan headers

Storage

1x M.2 socket 3 that supports SATA and PCI-E 3.0 x 4 mode
1x M.2 socket 3 that supports SATA and PCI-E 3.0 x 2 mode
4x SATA ports

Onboard Features

1 x Lighting Control RGB Strip Header
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1

I/O Ports

1 x PS/2 keyboard
1 x PS/2 mouse
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2
4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
3 x 8-channel Audio I/O

Pros of Asus Prime Z390-A

Better heatsinks on VRM for better overclocking
Inbuilt RGB lighting on the heatsinks
More PCI-E x 16 slots(2 slots covered with Armor Steel)
One more fan header and Power switch
USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 2 port
Two more SATA ports

Pros of Asus Prime Z390-P

✅ Same amount of power phases at a much lower price
✅ Two more USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type A ports
✅ One more PCI-E x 1 slot

Winner

No Clear Winner

Conclusion

The Z390-A is a better choice when it comes to more onboard features and more stable overclocking but when it comes to the value for money spent, then Z390-P is the way to go. Both the boards feature similar specs with some differences in ports, headers, and slots but in the end, they both are good for their prices.

 
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