Water cooling and air cooling at same time
With new BIOS update
Intel Optane Memory devices are now compatible with ASUS 200-series motherboards. In the beginning we will only see 16GB or 32GB M.2 caching devices. This new memory type can be used to speed up both SSDs and HDDs. Although it will be only compatible with desktop systems, we might soon find such caching devices in notebooks and mid-range PCs as well.
30.03.2017 - Posted by Luca Rocchi
Still no word on the GTX 1070
Sub 250 dollars
Featuring full cover Bitspower waterblock
Looking at the Z270 line-up from ASUS quite a few things have change compared to the past. There is for example the new "Code" and there is even a model specifically targeting extreme overclockers which goes by the name "Apex". During the launch, ASUS unveiled three models and now, a little later, they’re showing the new ROG Maximus IX Extreme.
ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and TURBO
ASUS has launched two new graphics cards which are based on the new flagship chip from NVIDIA. Right after the announcement of the new GTX 1080 Ti, manufacturers like ASUS have already shown their custom models. The ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1080 Ti should be the new high-end model from ASUS while the GTX 1080 Ti TURBO is a more budget-oriented graphics card.
On ASUS Crosshair VI Hero motherboard
AMD has posted a picture on Twitter of a Ryzen 7 1700 microprocessor running with 16GB of G.Skill 3400MHz DDR4 memory. In past days we have come across many rumors about Ryzen supporting high-speed DDR4 memory. This screenshot finally seems to prove that the IMC of the new AMD chips can perfom. On another note it’s interesting to see that a Ryzen 7 1700 has been used, which apparently is a non-”X” model.
Both based on B350 chipset
A few days ago ASUS has unveiled two new AMD AM4 300-series motherboards. As we already mentioned a few times, the X370 chipset is followed by the B350 and then the A320. While the first addresses the mid-range market the latter targets the entry-level segment. As a result of that the B350 chipset still allows for overclocking while the A320 doesn’t.
On KWASTEK YouTube channel
With PLX chip
The Z270-WS from ASUS is a high-end motherboard that comes with a few interesting features. Compared to the previous model, which goes by the name Z170-WS, we see a similar color scheme but a reworked layout and more connectors. This motherboard is designed for workstation or content creation system, in other words the feature set will be a bit different from what we’re seeing on Maximus and Strix series boards.
Both based on AMD X370 chipset
During AMD’s Meet the Experts webinar yesterday evening, ASUS has unveiled several details on their upcoming AMD AM4 300-series motherboards. Although ASUS only showcased two motherboards both are based the X370 chipset, but apparently they will also release B350 and A320 based products as well. Compared to the old motherboards based on AM3+ or FM2+ we can definitely tell there are several significant upgrades in terms of design and features.
Budget optimized GTX 1070
Designed for extreme overclockers
Looking at the Z270 line-up from ASUS quite a few things have change compared to the past. There is for example the new "Code" and there is even a model specifically targeting extreme overclockers, which goes by the name "Apex". Up until now there has been a lot of guess work going on whether the Maximus IX Apex is really going to be available to the public or not, since when other vendors launched motherboards, which were basically only for extreme overclocking it was more of a marketing stunt.
With built-in wireless charging
ROG Strix design
With their Pascal-based GTX 10-series graphics cards, Nvidia released their new high-bandwidth SLI Bridges. Compared to the first generation of SLI bridges, those new ones offer twice the bandwidth. Meanwhile ASUS has announced that they’re updated their own ROG bridges so they also support the doubled bandwidth.
New heatsink design
Upgrade on the storage side
So far the ASUS Maximus IX line-up consists of five motherboards and two of them are completely new models. Apparently the Maximus IX Formula is the successor of the Maximus VIII Formula and therefore not a new but an upgraded model. At a first glance not much has changed, so we have to look for details to see what has happened.
With armor but no water cooling
Looking at the Z270 line-up from ASUS quite a few things have change compared to the past and one of those things is that with the “Code”, there is a completely new model. While it basically looks like the Maximus IX Formula there are a few features missing, like for example the VRM water cooling block.
STRIX, TUF and standard series