So why are we not seeing big differences in the overclocking results? Two reasons. The first is that we're intrinsically limited by the CPU and memory kits. Our sample Ryzen 9 3900X simply won't scale to an all-core 4.5GHz at the prescribed voltage. Even so, Aorus does better, and we're intrigued to see if it opens up a larger gap when we come to look at the 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X in a watercooled, overclocked state in the coming weeks.
The second reason is that the comparison Asus, albeit a fair bit cheaper, is still a high-quality motherboard in its own right. £400 is hardly mainstream, right?