X370 and B350 chipset

ASUS has been the first manufacturer to come up with AMD AM4 300-series motherboards. Already a few weeks ago, we have seen first details on upcoming mini-ITX models, which are based on AMDs AM4 chipset. Meanwhile, there are finally more details on the ROG Strix X370-I and B350-I motherboards.

With 144 Hz refresh rate

ASUS has updated their gaming monitor lineup with a new curved display which goes by the name ROG Strix XG27VQ. This monitor sports a 27-inch panel with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. Apart from that it has been delayed several times but it should now be finally available.

Two rather similar boards

During the past few days we have covered most of ASUS' motherboards, which are compatible with Intel's latest CPUs. Apparently the company has still a couple of motherboards that will be available soon like the Maximus X Formula and the Maximus X Code. Both models are near-identical, the Formula features liquid-cooling while the Code doesn't.

Almost identical to the previous version

Looking at the Z370 lineup from ASUS not much has changed compared to their Z270 offerings. Once again we find ROG, STRIX Gaming, Prime and TUF series motherboards. Compared to the Maximus IX Hero the latest Maximus X Hero sports a few little differences: the first one regards the M.2 heat sink which is finally included in the bundle of the motherboard, and the second one is the back I/O panel that has been "glued" to the ports.

With Core i7-8700K processor

Meanwhile Intel has finally launched their 8th Gen Coffee Lake processors alongside the Z370 platform. For overclockers this means they can get their hands on a bunch of new hardware, which always something exciting. Overclocker "der8auer" has already posted a max CPU-Z score showing a Core i7-8700K running at 7.3 GHz using the ROG Maximus X Apex motherboard, and the overclocker "Hocayu" managed to set a new DDR4 memory record using the same board.

Designed for extreme overclockers

Looking at the Z370 line-up from ASUS not much has changed compared to their Z270 line-up. There is still the "Code" as well as the “Apex”, which specifically targets extreme overclockers. As it was with the Maximus IX Apex in the beginning, it’s still unclear if this board is actually going to be available to the public or not, since when other vendors launched motherboards, which were basically only made for extreme overclocking it was more of a marketing stunt.

Compatible with up to four M.2 SSDs

ASUS has released its Hyper M.2 x16 PCIe add-in-card, which is a daughter-board that can be equipped with four M.2 SSDs. We have already seen this card in many pictures and videos lately and now it’s finally available. This is a VROC (Virtual RAID on CPU) card and it can be used in VROC modes on compatible motherboards.

Revealed by e-tailer

The Swedish online e-tailer Inet has listed an unannounced ASUS motherboard, which goes by the name ROG Strix B350-I Gaming. This motherboard looks like a downsized version of the ROG Strix B350-F Gaming but it also sports features that can be found on high-end motherboards. For example there is a SupremeFX audio chip as well as the same M.2 heatsink that we can find on the ROG Strix Z270I Gaming.

Up to 45%

The current year has been a great one for motherboard manufacturers since both Intel and AMD have released new platforms. Intel for that matter has released their 200-series and X299 motherboards, while AMD has shown AM4 and TR4 based platforms. For the consumers there is now a lot of different products to choose from.

Up to 165 Hz refresh rate

ASUS has updated their gaming monitor lineup with a new curved display which goes by the name Swift PG27VQ. This monitor sports a 27-inch panel with 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution. Meanwhile ASUS should also release the ROG Swift PG27UQ monitor that has been delayed several times.

The ROG STRIX X299-E but upgraded

The ASUS ROG STRIX X299-XE Gaming is another Intel X299 motherboard that should help filling in gaps in the ASUS X299 lineup. The name of this particular board already suggests that’s it’s been designed with the upcoming Intel Core i9-7980XE processor in mind. Therefore it looks like ASUS updated/reworked the CPU VRM heatsink, making use of a heavier block. This way the VRMs should not cause thermal throttling issues. Besides that, the motherboard is 99% identical to the X299-E.

Leaked on Reddit

Although we are still waiting for a mini-ITX AMD motherboard from ASUS, the company is already working on a model with this form factor for their upcoming Intel Coffee Lake processors. The upcoming ROG STRIX Z370I Gaming looks almost identical to its Z270 counterpart.

With built-in wireless charging

During the IFA 2017, ASUS has expanded its curved monitor lineup with the MX38VC and MX32VQ monitors which feature a 37.5-inch and 31.5" panel respectively. While the first comes with 3840 x 1600 resolution at a 21:9 aspect ratio, the second sports 2560 x 1440 resolution at a 16:9 aspect ratio. Furthermore the solid base comes with a built-in Qi wireless charging pad with a max output of 5W/1A.

Featuring a black and yellow color scheme

The TUF B350M-Plus Gaming from ASUS is a mid-range motherboard that comes with a few interesting features. Compared to the Prime B350M-Plus, which ASUS unveiled a few months ago, the new model belongs to a higher-end series and packs a few more goodies. Like the name suggests, this new model is based on a micro-ATX form factor.

Cryptocurrency mining is having a weird effect

Over the past 15 years that I’ve been running ocaholic I’ve come across quite a few weird products but a board with 20 - I repeat twenty - expansion slots that is definitely very high up on that list, if not at the very top. Well what to say but that’s exactly what ASUS has come up with.

Including factory OC

It appears that ASUS is soon going to launch make their STRIX version Radeon RX Vega series graphics cards available world wide. For the beginning the company will launch a ROG-STRIX-RXVEGA64-O8G-GAMING model. The most important part in the model number is the acronym “O8G”, where the “O” stands for overclocked.

Available next year

A few days ago, Acer announced that their Predator X27 4K HDR monitor is going to be be delayed until the first quarter of next year. Well, something appears to be going on, since ASUS has pushed back the launch of their ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ as well. Both monitors have nearly identical specifications, while featuring the same panel for instance.

Designed for overclockers

During Computex 2017, ASUS has unveiled several upcoming motherboards and they’re all starting to hit the market. This time ASUS introduces the ROG Rampage VI Apex, it features an E-ATX form factor with several PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots and M.2 slots. The motherboard is finally available and listed also on Geizhals.

Based on E-ATX form factor

ASUS has revealed the full specifications of its Prime X399-A motherboard. A few months ago, during Computex 2017, ASUS unveiled their first two AMD X399 based motherboards which are compatible with the AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper processors. Meanwhile it looks like the company is ready to introduce this new platform.

New pictures from Chiphell

The guys from Chiphell have published more pictures on the ASUS X399 ROG Zenith Extreme motherboard. This gallery shows even more details about this upcoming flagship model and reveals the naked PCB. Furthermore we can see the I/O panel with all the connectors.
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