Not one to be left out of a major motherboard launch, the folks at Asus announced new Z370 motherboards in the ROG, Strix, TUF, and Prime families.
In addition to support for Intel's 8th Generation Core i7 processors, these motherboards are equipped with a wide variety of features that, depending on your budget, intended use, and desired form factor, will most certainly meet your needs.
According to the company, these new Z370 based motherboards are designed with overclocking in mind. Depending on the motherboard, end users can choose between 5-Way Optimization or OC Tuner intelligence that automatically overclocks your system based on the type of CPU you currently have installed. Asus also stated that its Z370 motherboards are capable of memory overclocking up to DDR4-4000 speeds with all slots populated, and some are even capable of reaching DDR4-4333 and higher.
With the exception of the company's mini-ITX motherboard offering, these new Z370 motherboards all support multi-GPU configurations and SafeSlot reinforced PCI-E slot technology that prevents damage from moving a system with heavy graphics cards.
All Asus Z370 motherboards, regardless of family (ROG, TUF, Strix or Prime), are equipped with dual slots for NVMe SSDs. The included M.2 slots work with both standard SSDs and Intel Optane Memory. Asus has designed each motherboard in such a way that the M.2 slots are either covered by heatsinks or situated clear of potential hot spots. Some boards, like the Maximus X Apex and Hero, even have provisions to direct airflow over your drives.
All but one of the motherboards (the Strix Z370-G Gaming) support Aura Sync RGB LED lighting, which can display a range effects through the included Aura Lighting Control software. These motherboards also include a dedicated addressable RGB header that connects to compatible lighting strips, fans, coolers, and PC cases.
Information on pricing and availability is not available at this time.
|Asus||MaximusX Apex||MaximusX Hero||Strix Z370-F Gaming||Strix Z370-IGaming||Strix Z370-G Gaming|
|CPU||8th Generation Intel Core Processors|
|Memory||Dual Channel DDR4 Memory|
|Memory Speed||Up to 4,266MHz||Up to 4,133MHz||Up to 4,000MHz||Up to 4,333MHz||Up To 4,000Mhz|
|PCIeSlots||4 x162 x1||3 x163 x1||3 x164 x1||1 x16||2 x162 x1|
|Storage||2 x M.2SATA 4||2 x M.2SATA 6||2 x M.2SATA 6||2 x M.2SATA 4||2 x M.2SATA 6|
|LAN||Intel 1GAquantia 5G||Intel Gigabit LAN|
|Wireless||N/A||802.11ac WiFi||N/A||802.11ac WiFi|
|USB||1 Type-C1 Type-A||1 Type-AFront||2 Type-A|
|RGB||4 Strip||2 Strip1 Address||1 Address||N/A|
What do you mean by IO cover ?
Optane is useless unless you're using an old school spinning hard drive. ssds are fast enough and optane is too expensive at user friendly sizes(1tb and up) to be practical
optane is dead in the water for user side implementation. only good for server farms with old school HDD so makes sense that asus didn't bother implementing it
Motherboards in the two photos all have an IO cover. That piece that covers the input/output connections. Makes the motherboard look clean. An example of a mATX with a IO cover would be the MSI Z270M MORTAR.