Friday, September 29th 2017

Upcoming ASUS Z370 Motherboard Roundup

Normally, motherboards go on shelves at the same time as processors do. In this occasion, Intel has confirmed that their Coffee Lake processors will launch on October 5. As per tradition, images of some of the upcoming motherboards from various brands have been leaked on the web. Meanwhile, we know that many of you are already planning your future Z370 builds or deciding on which motherboard to accompany your PC upgrade. If you're a fan of ASUS products, we have a treat for you. From what VideoCardz have gathered so far, ASUS plans to release sixteen different models from their Republic of Gamers (ROG), The Ultimate Force (TUF), Strix and Prime series.

The ROG line will father five Maximus X models: Apex, Formula, Code, Hero with Wi-Fi AC, and Hero. There is no mention of an Extreme model, but our experience tells us that model usually comes at a later date. It's also possible that it may never see the light of day for this generation. From what we can make of the images, the Maximus X Hero will employ a 10-phase digital VRM design. The motherboard retains the black and grey theme with RGB illuminated heatsinks just like its predecessor. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth functionality were present on the Code models and above in the previous generation. We're happy to see ASUS offering a Hero variant this time with those two functionalities.
Over the last couple of years, the Strix line of motherboards has grown very popular among ASUS aficionados. This generation of Strix motherboards is comprised of various solid performers. The six soon-to-be-released Strix Gaming models include the Z370E, Z370F, Z370G, Z370G (Wi-Fi AC), Z370H, and Z370I. As it may seem, the Z370-F Gaming and Z370-E Gaming motherboards are equipped with a 10-phase VRM too. RGB lighting can be expected on the high-tier models. The Z370I Strix Gaming will certainly be one of the more popular models, since it's the only mini-ITX option in ASUS's entire Z370 at the moment.
Fans of the TUF series get to choose between the Z370-PLUS TUF GAMING and Z370-PRO TUF GAMING at launch. ASUS has chosen a black theme with yellow accents and possibly yellow illumination for this generation of TUF motherboards. The Pro model comes with a 6-phase VRM apparently. The TUF Thermal Armor is nowhere to be seen, hence we suspect that ASUS is holding out on us. There will probably be Mark models later on.
Making our way to the Prime offerings, we find the Z370-A and Z370-P motherboards. It's apparent that the Z370-P will carry a 7-phase VRM. We're only able to count five power phases for Z370-A because of the angle at which the image was taken. Since the Z370-A is a the higher-end model of the two, we can expect the phase count to be higher. Not much has changed In regards to aesthetics. We still find a black PCB with metallic heatsinks and white highlights.
We don't know much about the Dragon motherboards, except that there will be a ASUS Z370 Dragon model. As usual, it will only be available in certain regions.

Update (September 29, 2017): Official renders have been provided by ASUS and used to replace the images used before.Sources: VideoCardz, ASUS
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19 Comments on Upcoming ASUS Z370 Motherboard Roundup

#1
Vayra86
Can barely see the boards through all this branding, jesus
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#2
Rehmanpa
Wow, crappy ports on the back. There's hardly any usb ports, seriously? That's stuff people actually want, not all the branding.
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#3
dicktracy
How does the ITX support faster RAM than the Apex?
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#4
mcraygsx
This looks like ASUS Maximux IX HERO, not even a new HS design ?
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#5
Upgrayedd
dicktracy said:
How does the ITX support faster RAM than the Apex?
I may be wrong, but I thought it was because there are only a max of 2-slots for dual channel and they sit closer to the cpu. I was under the impression the closer sitting RAM boards had better memory support.

EDIT: I haven't had any real problems with my Z97 Hero so far, updated BIOS everytime. I will be switching to ASRock's OC Formula next time around circa 2020 because it seems it has more features and less branding.
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#6
jjxaker
APEX Z370 without competitors ;)



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#7
Nuckles56
jjxaker said:
APEX Z370 without competitors ;)




Damn, a memory divider for 8533MT/s, why? I doubt we'll see speeds like that before we go to DDR5
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#8
oxidized
Honestly this look i prefer over every else
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#9
peche
Thermaltake fanboy
thanks asus for making TUF a complete crap..... taking the thermal armor out these board series was the end of such amazing motherboards,
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#10
jjxaker
Nuckles56 said:
Damn, a memory divider for 8533MT/s, why? I doubt we'll see speeds like that before we go to DDR5
I myself do not understand what Asus thinks, we'll see...
On APEX there are many new settings, but will it help? :cool:






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#12
Brubble
Im done with ASUS. AI-suite III did nothing but ceaselessly BSOD my PC, uninstalled it and all was well. Cant use the software, cant fully utilize the functions of the MB. Brilliant. Tired of the same old black and red logo laden boards too. Meh.
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#13
Tomorrow
Rehmanpa said:
Wow, crappy ports on the back. There's hardly any usb ports, seriously? That's stuff people actually want, not all the branding.
I agree. The most i counted was 7 and that incluides all standards: 2.0, 3.0 and 3.1. I did not include Type-C because most computer peripheralds do not use that yet. For example on my 6 year old P67 board there are 8 USB ports that are all in use (2 are 3.0). It's like no progress has been made in the meantime. Unbelievable!
Goes to show that manufactures even neglected to take advantage of the extra PCI-E lanes on Z370 to allow more ports. Just rehashed Z270 designs.
An in a year these will be obsolete by way of Z390.
peche said:
thanks asus for making TUF a complete crap..... taking the thermal armor out these board series was the end of such amazing motherboards,
Agreed. Bit of nostalgia with SaberTooth included: https://us.hardware.info/reviews/4741/the-20-most-bizarre-and-innovative-motherboards-1999---2010
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#14
mircx
Very disappointing from Asus. Look at all that unused space in the back. Add more ports Asus and then we're talking.

I need at least a couple of extra usb ports, 1 extra lan and 2 more sata connectors compared to say Z370-A Prime. My old P67 mobo has all of these and more.
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#15
uuuaaaaaa
dicktracy said:
How does the ITX support faster RAM than the Apex?
Since both have only two memory slots, maybe the dimms are closer to the socket on the itx?
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#16
dredeziel
Being a fan of the sabertooth line since z77 i must say that the new line of TUF boards look horrific. Cant believe that they would take away the Iconic armor and use that God awful color scheme.
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#18
Vayra86
The Ugliest Fail
Ridiculously Overpriced Gear

Still working on something for STRIX - ideas are welcome :)
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#19
xpredator_13
So, they just killed Sabertooth line...first, by giving it the silly TUF only nomenclature, then launching the meh z170 and z270 edition, now this? Are you serious Asus? Lots of consumers used to wait for these boards, like me, owning a Saber X99 and a silly rgb TUF Z270, have had a X79 and a Z77, i was kind hoping asus would stop cheaping Saber name for gods sake. Its official now...RIP SABERTOOTH branding. No more TUF for me.
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