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ASUS B450 Motherboard Models, Features + Prices Revealed!

ASUS B450 Motherboard Models, Features + Prices Revealed!

AMD officially launched their B450 chipset on 31 July 2018, driving further demand for the 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen processors. In this article, we will look at the first ASUS B450 motherboards to hit the market!

 

The Official AMD B450 Tech Briefing

For a primer on the AMD B450 chipset, here is the official AMD B450 tech briefing, conducted by Don Woligroski, AMD Business Development and Desktop Processor Marketing.

And here is a diagram showing what features are provided by the AMD B450 chipset, and what are provided by the AMD Ryzen processor itself.

For more details on the AMD B450 chipset, check out our article – The AMD B450 Chipset Explained!

 

The First ASUS B450 Motherboards Revealed!

Now, let’s take a look at the first ASUS B450 motherboards to hit the market!

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ASUS B450 Motherboard Price + Availability

Although ASUS announced six B450 motherboards, not all are available for purchase globally. Here are some ASUS B450 models that are currently for sale, with their prices :

ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming : US$ 129.99RM 599
ASUS ROG Strix B450-I Gaming : US$ 179.99
ASUS PRIME B450M-A : US$ 79.99
ASUS PRIME B450M-K
 : US$ 88.99 / RM 429
ASUS PRIME B450-Plus Gaming : US$ 119.99
ASUS PRIME B450M-Plus Gaming
 : US$ 99.99 / RM 519

 

ASUS ROG STRIX B450-F Gaming

The ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming is an ATX gaming motherboard with DDR4-3200 support, two M.2 sockets, three PCIe x16 slots and six SATA ports.

Here are the ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming‘s key features :

  • Fast memory and storage : Dual-channel DDR4 3200 MHz (OC) and NVM Express RAID supported.
  • Aura Sync RGB : Synchronize LED lighting with a vast portfolio of compatible PC gear.
  • Gaming connectivity : Dual M.2 and USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A connectors.
  • Gaming networking : Intel Gigabit Ethernet, plus ASUS LANGuard and GameFirst technologies.
  • 5-Way Optimization : Automated system-wide tuning, providing overclocking and cooling profiles that are tailor-made for your rig.
  • Gaming audio : SupremeFX S1220A teams with Sonic Studio III to create an aural landscape that draws you deeper into the action.
  • Gamer’s Guardian : Pre-mounted I/O shield, ASUS SafeSlot and premium components for maximum endurance.

Here are some purchase links and prices for the ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming :

 

ASUS ROG STRIX B450-I Gaming

The ASUS ROG Strix B450-I Gaming is an ITX gaming motherboard with DDR4-3600 support, two M.2 sockets, a single PCIe x16 slot and four SATA ports.

Here are the ASUS ROG Strix B450-I Gaming‘s key features :

  • Fast memory and storage : Dual-channel DDR4 3600 MHz (OC) and NVM Express RAID supported.
  • Aura Sync RGB : Synchronize LED lighting with a vast portfolio of compatible PC gear.
  • Onboard M.2 heatsink : Cools M.2 drive to deliver consistent storage performance and enhanced reliability.
  • Gaming connectivity : Dual M.2 and USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A connectors.
  • Gaming networking : Intel Gigabit Ethernet, 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO support, plus ASUS LANGuard and GameFirst technologies.
  • 5-Way Optimization : Automated system-wide tuning, providing overclocking and cooling profiles that are tailor-made for your rig.
  • Gaming audio : SupremeFX S1220A teams with Sonic Studio III to create an aural landscape that draws you deeper into the action.
  • Gamer’s Guardian : Pre-mounted I/O shield, ASUS SafeSlot and premium components for maximum endurance.

Here are some purchase links and prices for the ASUS ROG Strix B450-I Gaming :

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ASUS PRIME B450M-A

The ASUS Prime B450M-A is a microATX gaming motherboard with DDR4-3200 support, one M.2 socket, one PCIe x16 slot and six SATA ports.

Here are ASUS PRIME B450M-A‘s key features :

  • Fan Xpert 2+ : Flexible controls for ultimate cooling and quietness, plus GPU-temperature sensing for cooler gaming
  • ASUS Aura Sync header : Onboard connector for RGB LED strips, easily synced with an ever-growing portfolio of Aura Sync-capable hardware
  • 5X Protection III : Multiple hardware safeguards for all-round protection
  • Ultrafast connectivity : Supreme flexibility with USB 3.1 Gen 2, Native M.2
  • LED illumination : Lighting control for both PCIe slot and audio trace paths

Here are some purchase links and prices for the ASUS PRIME B450M-A :

 

ASUS PRIME B450M-K

The ASUS Prime B450M-K is a microATX gaming motherboard with DDR4-3200 support, one M.2 socket, one PCIe x16 slot and four SATA ports.

Here are ASUS PRIME B450M-K‘s key features :

  • Fan Xpert : Flexible controls for ultimate cooling and quietness, plus GPU-temperature sensing for cooler gaming
  • 5X Protection III : Multiple hardware safeguards for all-round protection
  • Ultrafast connectivity : Supreme flexibility with USB 3.1 Gen 2, Native M.2
  • LED illumination : Lighting control for both PCIe slot and audio trace paths

Here are some purchase links and prices for the ASUS PRIME B450M-K :

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ASUS TUF B450-Plus Gaming

The ASUS TUF B450-Plus Gaming is an ATX gaming motherboard with DDR4-3200 support, one M.2 socket, two PCIe x16 slots and six SATA ports.

Here are the ASUS TUF B450-Plus Gaming‘s key features :

  • GPU Temperature Sensing & Fan Xpert 4 Core : Ensures every fan achieves the best balance of cooling performance and acoustics
  • TUF Protection : SafeSlot, ESD Guards, DDR4 overvoltage protection, Digi+ VRM, and stainless-steel back I/O for long-term reliability
  • Military-grade TUF Components : TUF LANGuard, TUF Chokes, TUF Capacitors, and TUF MOSFETs for maximum durability
  • Exclusive DTS Custom audio : Delivers positional cues to stereo headphones, helping you to pinpoint enemies and action
  • Aura Sync RGB : Synchronize LED lighting with a vast portfolio of compatible PC gear

Here are some purchase links and prices for the ASUS PRIME B450-Plus Gaming :

 

ASUS TUF B450M-Plus Gaming

The ASUS TUF B450M-Plus Gaming is a microATX gaming motherboard with DDR4-3200 support, one M.2 socket, two PCIe x16 slots and four SATA ports.

Here are the ASUS TUF B450M-Plus Gaming‘s key features :

  • GPU Temperature Sensing & Fan Xpert 2+ : Ensures every fan achieves the best balance of cooling performance and acoustics
  • TUF Protection : SafeSlot, ESD Guards, DDR4 overvoltage protection, Digi+ VRM, and stainless-steel back I/O for long-term reliability
  • Military-grade TUF Components : TUF LANGuard, TUF Chokes, TUF Capacitors, and TUF MOSFETs for maximum durability
  • Exclusive DTS Custom audio : Delivers positional cues to stereo headphones, helping you to pinpoint enemies and action
  • Aura Sync RGB : Synchronize LED lighting with a vast portfolio of compatible PC gear

Here are some purchase links and prices for the ASUS PRIME B450M-Plus Gaming :

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The First AMD B450 Motherboards Revealed!

AMD officially launched their B450 chipset on 31 July 2018. We had earlier shared with you our previews of the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS  PRO WIFI motherboard, as well as the MSI B450 Tomahawk and B450A-Pro motherboards. Today, we will share with you details of the first AMD B450 motherboards to hit the market!

 

The Official AMD B450 Tech Briefing

For a primer on the AMD B450 chipset, here is the official AMD B450 tech briefing, conducted by Don Woligroski, AMD Business Development and Desktop Processor Marketing.

And here is a diagram showing what features are provided by the AMD B450 chipset, and what are provided by the AMD Ryzen processor itself.

For more details on the AMD B450 chipset, check out our article – The AMD B450 Chipset Explained!

 

The First AMD B450 Motherboards Revealed!

Now, let’s take a look at the first AMD B450 motherboards to hit the market!

ASRock – 5 Motherboards

ASUS – 3 Motherboards

GIGABYTE – 3 Motherboards

MSI – 12 Motherboards

 

AMD B450 Motherboard Price + Availability

Although these motherboards have all been announced, not all are available for purchase yet. Here are some models that are currently for sale, with their prices :

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ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming : US$ 129.99RM 599
ASUS PRIME B450M-K
 : US$ 88.99 / RM 429
ASUS PRIME B450M-Plus Gaming
 : US$ 99.99 / RM 519

GIGABYTE B450 AORUS  PRO WIFI : US$ 137
GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO
 : RM 509
GIGABYTE B450M DS3H
 : US$ 69.99

MSI B450 Gaming Plus : US$ 99.99 / RM 470
MSI B450M Gaming Plus
 : RM 390
MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC
 : US$ 119.99
MSI B450 Tomahawk
 : US$ 93.21
MSI B450M Gaming Plus
 : RM 360

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ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming K4

The ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming K4 motherboard is an ATX motherboard that supports DDR4-3200, and comes with two PCIe x16 slots, two Ultra M.2 sockets, and six SATA ports.

Here are the ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming K4‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4 3200+ (OC)
  • 2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 4 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Graphics Output: DisplayPort, HDMI, D-Sub
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec), Supports Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 5
  • 6 SATA3, 1 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4), 1 M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x2 & SATA3)
  • 2 USB 3.1 Gen2 (Rear Type-A+C) with 6 USB 3.1 Gen1 (2 Front, 4 Rear)
  • Realtek Gigabit LAN

 

ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX/ac

The ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX/ac motherboard is a mini-ITX motherboard that supports DDR4-3466, and comes with one PCIe x16 slot, one Ultra M.2 socket, and four SATA ports.

Here are the ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming-ITX/ac‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4 3466+ (OC)
  • 1 PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Graphics Output: DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0
  • 7.1 channel HD Audio (Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec) with Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 5
  • 4 SATA3, 1 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3)
  • 2 USB 3.1 Gen2 (Rear Type-A+C)
  • 4 USB 3.1 Gen1 (2 Front, 2 Rear)
  • Intel Gigabit LAN with Intel 802.11ac WiFi + BT 4.2

 

ASRock B450 Pro4

The ASRock B450 Pro4 motherboard is an ATX motherboard that supports DDR4-3200, and comes with two PCIe x16 slots, two M.2 sockets, and six SATA ports.

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Here are the ASRock B450 Pro4‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4 3200+ (OC)
  • 2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 4 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Graphics Output: HDMI, Display Port, D-Sub
  • 7.1 channel HD Audio (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec), ELNA Audio Caps
  • 6 SATA3, 1 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4), 1 M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x2 & SATA3)
  • 2 USB 3.1 Gen2 (Rear Type A+C) with 6 USB 3.1 (2 Front, 4 Rear)
  • Realtek Gigabit LAN

 

ASRock B450M Pro4

The ASRock B450M Pro4 is the micro-ATX version of the ASRock B450 Pro4 motherboard. It supports DDR4-3200, and comes with two PCIe x16 slots, two M.2 sockets, and four SATA ports.

Here are the ASRock B450M Pro4‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4 3200+ (OC)
  • 1 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Graphics Output:HDMI, DVI-D, D-Sub
  • 7.1 channel HD Audio (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec), ELNA Audio Caps
  • 4 SATA3, 1 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4), 1 M.2 (SATA3)
  • 2 USB 3.1 Gen2 (Rear Type-A+C) with 6 USB 3.1 Gen1 (2 Front, 4 Rear)
  • Realtek Gigabit LAN

 

ASRock B450M HDV

The ASRock B450 HDV motherboard is a micro-ATX motherboard that supports DDR4-3200, and comes with one PCIe x16 slot, one M.2 socket, and four SATA ports.

Here are the ASRock B450M HDV‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4 3200+ (OC)
  • 1 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Graphics Output: HDMI, DVI-D, D-Sub
  • 7.1 channel HD Audio (Realtek ALC887 Audio Codec), ELNA Audio Caps
  • 4 SATA3, 1 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3) with 6 USB 3.1 Gen1 (2 Front, 4 Rear)
  • Realtek Gigabit LAN

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ASUS ROG STRIX B450-F Gaming

The ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming is an ATX gaming motherboard with DDR4-3200 support, two M.2 sockets, three PCIe x16 slots and six SATA ports.

Here are the ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming‘s key features :

  • Fast memory and storage : Dual-channel DDR4 3200 MHz (OC) and NVM Express RAID supported.
  • Aura Sync RGB : Synchronize LED lighting with a vast portfolio of compatible PC gear.
  • Gaming connectivity : Dual M.2 and USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A connectors.
  • Gaming networking : Intel Gigabit Ethernet, plus ASUS LANGuard and GameFirst technologies.
  • 5-Way Optimization : Automated system-wide tuning, providing overclocking and cooling profiles that are tailor-made for your rig.
  • Gaming audio : SupremeFX S1220A teams with Sonic Studio III to create an aural landscape that draws you deeper into the action.
  • Gamer’s Guardian : Pre-mounted I/O shield, ASUS SafeSlot and premium components for maximum endurance.

Here are some purchase links and prices for the ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming :

 

ASUS PRIME B450M-K

The ASUS Prime B450M-K is a microATX gaming motherboard with DDR4-3200 support, one M.2 socket, one PCIe x16 slot and four SATA ports.

Here are ASUS PRIME B450M-K‘s key features :

  • Fan Xpert : Flexible controls for ultimate cooling and quietness, plus GPU-temperature sensing for cooler gaming
  • 5X Protection III : Multiple hardware safeguards for all-round protection
  • Ultrafast connectivity : Supreme flexibility with USB 3.1 Gen 2, Native M.2
  • LED illumination : Lighting control for both PCIe slot and audio trace paths

Here are some purchase links and prices for the ASUS PRIME B450M-K :

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ASUS TUF B450M-Plus Gaming

The ASUS TUF B450M-Plus Gaming is a microATX gaming motherboard with DDR4-3200 support, one M.2 socket, two PCIe x16 slots and four SATA ports.

Here are the ASUS TUF B450M-Plus Gaming‘s key features :

  • GPU Temperature Sensing & Fan Xpert 2+ : Ensures every fan achieves the best balance of cooling performance and acoustics
  • TUF Protection : SafeSlot, ESD Guards, DDR4 overvoltage protection, Digi+ VRM, and stainless-steel back I/O for long-term reliability
  • Military-grade TUF Components : TUF LANGuard, TUF Chokes, TUF Capacitors, and TUF MOSFETs for maximum durability
  • Exclusive DTS Custom audio : Delivers positional cues to stereo headphones, helping you to pinpoint enemies and action
  • Aura Sync RGB : Synchronize LED lighting with a vast portfolio of compatible PC gear

Here are some purchase links and prices for the ASUS PRIME B450M-Plus Gaming :

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GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO WIFI

We showcased the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS  PRO WIFI at Computex 2018. It boasts a hybrid digital PWM, with built-in dual-band Intel 802.11ac WiFi and Gigabit LAN capability, as well as dual M.2 sockets.

Here are the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS  PRO WIFI‘s key features

  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • Intel Dual Band 802.11ac WIFI & BT 4.2
  • HDMI, DVI-D Ports for Multiple Display
  • Integrated I/O Shield of Ultra Durable Design
  • Dual Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe Gen3 M.2 (x4, x2) with Dual Thermal Guards
  • ALC1220-VB Enhanced 114dB (Rear) / 110dB (Front) SNR in Microphone with WIMA Audio Capacitors
  • RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone LED Light Show Design, Supports Digital LED & RGB LED Strips
  • Intel GbE LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Software
  • Smart Fan 5 Features 6 Temperature Sensors and 5 Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP
  • APP Center Including EasyTune and Cloud Station Utilities
  • CEC 2019 Ready, Save Power with a Single Click

Here are some purchase links and prices for the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS  PRO WIFI :

 

GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO

The GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO is basically the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS  PRO WIFI with the Intel WiFi-ac capability removed.

Here are the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO‘s key features :

  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • HDMI, DVI-D Ports for Multiple Display
  • Integrated I/O Shield of Ultra Durable Design
  • Dual Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe Gen3 M.2 (x4, x2) with Dual Thermal Guards
  • ALC1220-VB Enhanced 114dB (Rear) / 110dB (Front) SNR in Microphone with WIMA Audio Capacitors
  • RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone LED Light Show Design, Supports Digital LED & RGB LED Strips
  • Intel GbE LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Software
  • Smart Fan 5 Features 6 Temperature Sensors and 5 Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP
  • APP Center Including EasyTune and Cloud Station Utilities
  • CEC 2019 Ready, Save Power with a Single Click

Here are some purchase links and prices for the GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO :

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GIGABYTE B450M DS3H

The GIGABYTE B450M DS3H is a micro-ATX motherboard that supports DDR4-3200, and comes with two PCIe x16 slots, one M.2 socket and four SATA ports.

Here are the GIGABYTE B450M DS3H‘s key features :

  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • HDMI, DVI-D Ports for Multiple Display
  • Ultra-Fast PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 with PCIe NVMe & SATA mode support
  • High Quality Audio Capacitors and Audio Noise Guard with LED Trace Path Lighting
  • RGB Fusion supports RGB LED Strips in 7-Colors
  • Realtek Gigabit LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Software
  • Smart Fan 5 Features 5 Temperature Sensors and 2 Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP
  • APP Center Including EasyTune and Cloud Station Utilities
  • CEC 2019 Ready, Save Power with a Single Click

Here are some purchase links and prices for the GIGABYTE B450M DS3H :

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MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC

The MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC is an ATX motherboard with built-in Intel 802.11ac WiFI capability. It supports DDR4 memory speeds of up to 3466 MHz, and comes with two PCIe x16 slots, two M.2 sockets and 6 SATA ports.

Here are the MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4-3466+(OC) Memory
  • Mystic Light and Mystic Light Sync : 16.8 million colors / 17 effects in one click. Synchronize RGB/RAINBOW strips and other RGB solutions for customization.
  • Lightning Fast Game experience : TURBO M.2 with M.2 Shield, StoreMI, AMD Turbo USB 3.1 GEN2
  • Audio Boost 4 with Nahimic : Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive gaming experience
  • Set Core Power Free : Core Boost, 8+4 pin CPU power connector, Extended Heatsink Design
  • Core Boost : With premium layout and digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance.
  • DDR4 Boost : Give your DDR4 memory a performance boost with A-XMP
  • GAMING LAN and Wireless support, powered by Intel: The best online gaming experience with lowest latency and bandwidth management.
  • MULTI-GPU : With STEEL ARMOR PCI-E slots. Supports 2-Way AMD Crossfire
  • BIOS FLASHBACK+ : Simply use a USB key to flash any BIOS within seconds, without installing a CPU, memory or graphics card.
  • In-Game Weapons : Game Boost, GAMING Hotkey, X-Boost

 

MSI B450 Gaming Plus

The MSI B450 Gaming Plus is an ATX motherboard that supports DDR4 memory speeds of up to 3466 MHz. It comes with two PCIe x16 slots, one M.2 socket and 6 SATA ports.

Here are the MSI B450 Gaming Plus‘ key features :

  • Supports DDR4-3466+(OC) Memory
  • Lightning Fast Game experience : TURBO M.2, StoreMI, AMD Turbo USB 3.1 GEN2
  • Audio Boost with Nahimic : Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive gaming experience
  • Core Boost : With premium layout and digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance.
  • DDR4 Boost : Give your DDR4 memory a performance boost with A-XMP
  • MULTI-GPU : With STEEL ARMOR PCI-E slots. Supports 2-Way AMD Crossfire
  • VR Ready : Automatically optimizes your system for VR usage, pushing for maximum performance.
  • BIOS FLASHBACK+ : Simply use a USB key to flash any BIOS within seconds, without installing a CPU, memory or graphics card.
  • In-Game Weapons : Game Boost, GAMING Hotkey, X-Boost

Here are some purchase links and prices for the MSI B450 Gaming Plus :

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MSI B450M Gaming Plus

The MSI B450M Gaming Plus is the micro-ATX version of the MSI B450 Gaming Plus. It supports DDR4 memory speeds of up to 3466 MHz, and comes with one PCIe x16 slot, one M.2 socket and four SATA ports.

Here are the MSI B450M Gaming Plus‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4-3466+(OC) Memory
  • Lightning Fast Game experience : TURBO M.2, StoreMI
  • Audio Boost with Nahimic : Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive gaming experience
  • Core Boost : With premium layout and digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance.
  • DDR4 Boost : Give your DDR4 memory a performance boost with A-XMP
  • VR Ready : Automatically optimizes your system for VR usage, pushing for maximum performance.
  • BIOS FLASHBACK+ : Simply use a USB key to flash any BIOS within seconds, without installing a CPU, memory or graphics card.
  • In-Game Weapons : Game Boost, GAMING Hotkey, X-Boost
  • EZ Debug LED : Easiest way to troubleshoot

Here are some purchase links and prices for the MSI B450M Gaming Plus :

 

MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC

The MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC is a mini-ITX motherboard with built-in Intel 802.11ac WiFi capability. It supports DDR4 memory speeds of up to 3466 MHz, and comes with one PCIe x16 slot, one M.2 socket and four SATA ports.

Here are the MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4-3466+(OC) Memory
  • Lightning Fast Game experience : TURBO M.2, StoreMI
  • Audio Boost : Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive gaming experience
  • Core Boost : With premium layout and digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance.
  • DDR4 Boost : Give your DDR4 memory a performance boost with A-XMP
  • Intel Wireless support : Uses smart MU-MIMO technology, delivering AC speeds up to 433Mbps with lower CPU loading and better long-term usage.
  • VR Ready : Automatically optimizes your system for VR usage, pushing for maximum performance.
  • In-Game Weapons : Game Boost, GAMING Hotkey, X-Boost
  • EZ Debug LED : Easiest way to troubleshoot

Here are some purchase links and prices for the MSI B450I Gaming Plus AC :

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MSI B450 Tomahawk

The MSI B450 Tomahawk is an ATX motherboard that supports DDR4 memory speeds of up to 3466 MHz. It comes with two PCIe x16 slots, one M.2 socket and 6 SATA ports.

Here are the MSI B450 Tomahawk‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4 Memory, up to 3466+(OC) MHz
  • Extended Heatsink Design : MSI extended PWM and enhanced circuit design ensures even high-end processors to run in full speed.
  • Lightning Fast Game experience : 1x TURBO M.2, AMD Turbo USB 3.1 GEN2, Store MI technology
  • Core Boost : With premium layout and fully digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance.
  • DDR4 Boost :Advanced technology to deliver pure data signals for the best gaming performance and stability.
  • MULTI-GPU : With STEEL ARMOR PCI-E slots. Supports 2-Way AMD Crossfire
  • Audio Boost : Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive audio experience.
  • Mystic Light and Mystic Light Sync : 16.8 million colors / 10 effects in one click. Synchronize RGB strips and other RGB solutions for customization.
  • BIOS FLASHBACK+ : Simply use a USB key to flash any BIOS within seconds, without installing a CPU, memory or graphics card.
  • In-Game Weapons : Game Boost, GAMING Hotkey, X-Boost
  • EZ Debug LED : Easiest way to troubleshoot

Here are some purchase links and prices for the MSI B450 Tomahawk :

 

MSI B450M Mortar

The MSI B450 Mortar is a micro-ATX motherboard that supports DDR4 memory speeds of up to 3466 MHz. It comes with two PCIe x16 slots, two M.2 sockets and four SATA ports.

Here are the MSI B450M Mortar‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4 Memory, up to 3466+(OC) MHz
  • Extended Heatsink Design : MSI extended PWM and enhanced circuit design ensures even high-end processors to run in full speed.
  • Lightning Fast Game experience : 1x TURBO M.2, AMD Turbo USB 3.1 GEN2, Store MI technology
  • Core Boost : With premium layout and fully digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance.
  • DDR4 Boost : Advanced technology to deliver pure data signals for the best gaming performance and stability.
  • MULTI-GPU : With PCI-E STEEL ARMOR slot. Supports 2-Way AMD Crossfire
  • Mystic Light and Mystic Light Sync : 16.8 million colors / 10 effects in one click. Synchronize RGB strips and other RGB solutions for customization.
  • Audio Boost : Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive audio experience
  • BIOS FLASHBACK+ : Simply use a USB key to flash any BIOS within seconds, without installing a CPU, memory or graphics card.
  • In-Game Weapons : Game Boost, GAMING Hotkey, X-Boost
  • EZ Debug LED : Easiest way to troubleshoot.

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MSI B450M Mortar Titanium

The MSI B450 Mortar Titanium is basically the white version of the B450 Mortar motherboard. It supports DDR4 memory speeds of up to 3466 MHz, and comes with two PCIe x16 slots, two M.2 sockets and four SATA ports.

Here are the MSI B450M Mortar Titanium‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4 Memory, up to 3466+(OC) MHz
  • Extended Heatsink Design : MSI extended PWM and enhanced circuit design ensures even high-end processors to run in full speed.
  • Lightning Fast Game experience : 1x TURBO M.2, AMD Turbo USB 3.1 GEN2, Store MI technology
  • Core Boost : With premium layout and fully digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance.
  • DDR4 Boost : Advanced technology to deliver pure data signals for the best gaming performance and stability.
  • MULTI-GPU : With PCI-E STEEL ARMOR slot. Supports 2-Way AMD Crossfire
  • Mystic Light and Mystic Light Sync : 16.8 million colors / 10 effects in one click. Synchronize RGB strips and other RGB solutions for customization.
  • Audio Boost : Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive audio experience
  • BIOS FLASHBACK+ : Simply use a USB key to flash any BIOS within seconds, without installing a CPU, memory or graphics card.
  • In-Game Weapons : Game Boost, GAMING Hotkey, X-Boost
  • EZ Debug LED : Easiest way to troubleshoot.

 

MSI B450M Bazooka

The MSI B450M Bazooka is a micro-ATX motherboard that supports DDR4 memory speeds of up to 3466 MHz. It comes with one PCIe x16 slots, one M.2 sockets and four SATA ports.

Here are the MSI B450M Bazooka‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4 Memory, up to 3466+(OC) MHz
  • Lightning Fast Game experience : 1x TURBO M.2, Store MI technology
  • Core Boost : With premium layout optimized power design to support more cores and provide better performance.
  • DDR4 Boost : Advanced technology to deliver pure data signals for the best gaming performance and stability.
  • Audio Boost : Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive audio experience
  • PCI-E Steel Armor : Protecting VGA cards against bending and EMI
  • X-Boost : Software that auto-detects and allows you to boost the performance of any storage, Optane or USB device
  • EZ Debug LED : Easiest way to troubleshoot.

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MSI B450M Bazooka Plus

The MSI B450M Bazooka Plus is a micro-ATX motherboard that supports DDR4 memory speeds of up to 3333 MHz. It comes with one PCIe x16 slots, one M.2 sockets and four SATA ports.

Here are the MSI B450M Bazooka Plus‘ key features :

  • Supports DDR4 Memory, up to 3333+(OC) MHz. Supports ECC UDIMM memory.
  • Lightning Fast Game experience : 1x TURBO M.2, Store MI technology
  • Extended Heatsink Design : MSI extended PWM and enhanced circuit design ensures even high-end processors to run in full speed.
  • Core Boost : With premium layout and fully digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance.
  • DDR4 Boost : Advanced technology to deliver pure data signals for the best gaming performance and stability.
  • Audio Boost : Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive audio experience.
  • Mystic Light and Mystic Light Sync : 16.8 million colors / 10 effects in one click. Synchronize RGB strips and other RGB solutions for customization.
  • Audio Boost : Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive audio experience
  • BIOS FLASHBACK+ :  Simply use a USB key to flash any BIOS within seconds, without installing a CPU, memory or graphic cards
  • PCI-E Steel Armor : Protecting VGA cards against bending and EMI
  • VR Ready : Best virtual reality game experience without latency, reduces motion sickness
  • In-Game Weapons : Game Boost, GAMING Hotkey, X-Boost
  • EZ Debug LED : Easiest way to troubleshoot.

 

MSI B450-A Pro

The MSI B450A-Pro is an ATX motherboard that supports DDR4 memory speeds of up to 3466 MHz. It comes with two PCIe x16 slots, one M.2 socket and six SATA ports.

Here are the MSI B450A-Pro‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4-3466+(OC) Memory
  • Audio Boost : Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality.
  • DDR4 Boost : Fully isolated, shielded and optimized DDR4 PCB design to give your DDR4 memory a performance boost.
  • Turbo M.2 : Delivering Speeds Up to 32Gb/s.
  • EZ Debug LED : Easiest way to troubleshoot.
  • PCI-E Steel Armour : Protecting VGA cards against bending for better performance, stability and strength.
  • BIOS FLASHBACK+ : Simply use a USB key to flash any BIOS within seconds, without installing a CPU, memory or graphics card.
  • X-Boost : Software that auto-detects and allows you to boost the performance of any storage or USB device.
  • Core Boost : With premium layout and fully digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance.

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MSI B450M Pro-VDH

The MSI B450M Pro-VDH is a micro-ATX motherboard that supports DDR4 memory speeds of up to 3466 MHz. It comes with one PCIe x16 slot, one M.2 socket and four SATA ports.

Here are the MSI B450M Pro-VDH‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4-3466+(OC) Memory
  • Audio Boost : Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality.
  • DDR4 Boost : Fully isolated, shielded and optimized DDR4 PCB design to give your DDR4 memory a performance boost.
  • Turbo M.2 : Delivering Speeds Up to 32Gb/s.
  • EZ Debug LED : Easiest way to troubleshoot.
  • PCI-E Steel Armor : Protecting VGA cards against bending for better performance, stability and strength.
  • X-Boost : Software that auto-detects and allows you to boost the performance of any storage or USB device.
  • Core Boost : With premium layout and fully digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance.

Here are some purchase links and prices for the MSI B450M Gaming Plus :

 

MSI B450M Pro-M2

The MSI B450M Pro-M2 is a micro-ATX motherboard that supports DDR4 memory speeds of up to 3466 MHz. It comes with one PCIe x16 slot, one M.2 socket and four SATA ports.

Here are the MSI B450M Pro-M2‘s key features :

  • Supports DDR4-3466+(OC) Memory
  • Audio Boost : Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality.
  • DDR4 Boost : Fully isolated, shielded and optimized DDR4 PCB design to give your DDR4 memory a performance boost.
  • Turbo M.2 : Delivering Speeds Up to 32Gb/s.
  • EZ Debug LED : Easiest way to troubleshoot.
  • PCI-E Steel Slot : Protecting VGA cards against bending for better performance, stability and strength.
  • X-Boost : Software that auto-detects and allows you to boost the performance of any storage or USB device.
  • Core Boost : With premium layout and fully digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance.

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Exclusive : Mystery ROG Strix Motherboard Preview!

ASUS just sent us a mystery ROG Strix motherboard. As this ROG Strix motherboard has not been launched yet, we cannot share with you all of the details. Just a few teaser images and some of its specifications. Check them out!

 

Mystery ROG Strix Motherboard Photos

Let’s take a quick tour of the mystery ROG Strix motherboard. At least the parts we are allowed to show.

The CPU Socket + VRM

DDR4 Memory Slots

Chipset + M.2 SSD Heatsinks

ASUS SupremeFX Audio

Back IO Panel

IO Shield + VRM Heatsink

 

Mystery ROG Strix Motherboard Specifications

Here are some specifications of the mystery ROG Strix motherboard for your perusal! 🙂

SpecificationsMystery ROG Strix Motherboard
CPU SupportMystery
ChipsetMystery
Memory Support4 x DDR4 DIMM slots
- maximum 64 GB DIMM
- maximum speed : Mystery
Expansion Slots2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 SafeSlots
- x16 with single GPU
- x8/x8 with dual GPUs
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slot
- x4 mode only
3 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots
Processor Graphics SupportHDMI 1.4b port
- 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz
- 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz

Display Port 1.2 port
- 4096 x 2160 @ 60 Hz
StorageM.2_1
- Socket 3 with M Key (2242 / 2260 / 2280 / 22110
- PCIe 3.0 x4 / SATA mode

M.2_2
- Socket 3 with M Key (2242 / 2260 / 2280
- PCIe 3.0 x2 / SATA mode
LAN CapabilityIntel I211-AT LAN controller
- Anti-surge LANGuard
- ROG GameFirst Technology
Built-In WiFiNo
Audio CapabilitySupremeFX S1220A 8-channel Hi-Definition Codec
- supports up to 32-bit @ 192 kHz playback
- impedance sense for front and rear headphone outputs
- 120 dB SNR stereo playback output
- 113 dB SNR recording input
- SupremeFX Shielding Technology
USB PortsBack Panel
- 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type A ports (Red)
- 5 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports
- 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type C port

Front Panel (Connectors)
- 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 port
- 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports
- 4 x USB 2.0 ports
Form FactorATX
Dimensions24.4 cm x 30.5 cm
9.6" x 12"

 

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The ASUS ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming Motherboard Review

The ASUS ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming (Price Check) is one of the first 11 ASUS Z370 motherboards to hit the market in support of the new 8th Generation Intel Core (Coffee Lake) processors. In this review, we are going to take a close look at the ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming, and see how it performs with the Intel Core i7-8700K processor!

Don’t forget to check out the other ASUS Z370 motherboards in The 11 New ASUS Z370 Motherboards Revealed!

 

The ASUS ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming Specifications

SpecificationsASUS ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming
CPU SocketIntel Socket 1151 V2
CPU Support8th Generation Intel Core Processors (codenamed Coffee Lake)
ChipsetIntel Z370
Memory Support4 x DDR4 DIMM Slots - Up to 64 GB (16 GB x 4)
Standard Memory Speeds2666 MHz / 2400 MHz / 2133 MHz
Overclocked Memory Speeds4000 MHz / 3866 MHz / 3733 MHz / 3600 MHz / 3466 MHz / 3400 MHz / 3333 MHz / 3300 MHz / 3200 MHz / 3000 MHz / 2800 MHz
Integrated Graphics SupportYes (With Intel HD Graphics), with up to 1 GB of shared memory
HDMI 1.4b, DVI-D and DisplayPort 1.2 ports
HDMI Max. Resolution : 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz
DVI-D Max. Resolution : 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
DisplayPort Max. resolution : 4096 x 2304 @ 60 Hz
Multi-GPU SupportSupports 2-way NVIDIA SLI and 3-way AMD CrossFireX
Expansion Slots2 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots (x16 or dual x8)
1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot (x4)
4 x PCI Express 3.0 x1 slots
Storage Options1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280 (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)
1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280 (PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)
6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
Intel Optane Memory Ready
NetworkingIntel I219V LAN
- with Anti-surge LANGuard and ROG GameFirst Technology
Audio CapabilityROG SupremeFX S1220A 8-channel audio codec
- Dual Headphone Amplifiers
- Impedance sense for front and rear headphone outputs
- Supports Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
- High quality 120 dB SNR stereo playback output and 113 dB SNR recording input
- SupremeFX Shielding Technology
- Supports up to 32-Bit / 192kHz playback
USB PortsIntel Z370 Chipset
- 6 x USB 3.0 port(s) (4 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)
- 6 x USB 2.0 port(s)
ASMedia USB 3.1 Gen 2 controller :
- 2 x USB 3.1 ports (Type-A + USB Type-CTM, Support 3A power output)
ROG Exclusive FeaturesROG RAMCache II
ROG CPU-Z
ROG CloneDrive
Overwolf
GameFirst IV
ROG Aura Sync
- Aura Lighting Control
- Aura RGB Strip Headers
Special FeaturesOC Design with ASUS PRO Clock Technology
- Full BCLK range for extreme overclocking performance
5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5
- Whole system optimization with a single click! 5-Way Optimization tuning key perfectly consolidates TPU, EPU, DIGI+ Power Control, Fan Xpert 4, and Turbo App together, providing better CPU performance, efficient power saving, precise digital power control, whole system cooling and even tailor your own app usages.
TPU
- Auto Tuning, TurboV, GPU Boost
- Fan Xpert 4 featuring Fan Auto Tuning function and multiple thermistors
Gamer's Guardian:
- DRAM Overcurrent Protection
- Stainless Steel Back I/O
- Highly Durable Components
- DIGI+ VRM
- SafeSlot
ASUS Exclusive Features :
- AI Suite 3
- Ai Charger
- ESD Guards
ASUS EZ DIY :
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 3
- ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode
ASUS Q-Design :
- ASUS Q-Shield
- ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
- ASUS Q-Slot
- ASUS Q-DIMM
Gaming Aesthetics :
- 3D printing friendly
- AURA-RGB Lighting
Performance Optimization :
- DIGI + VRM
Turbo APP
Back I/O Ports1 x DVI-D
1 x DisplayPort
1 x HDMI
1 x LAN (RJ45) ports
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A + USB Type-CTM
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (blue)
2 x USB 2.0
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
5 x Audio jacks
Internal I/O Ports1 x AAFP connector
2 x RGB Headers
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 connectors support additional 4 USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports
2 x USB 2.0 connectors support additional 4 USB 2.0 ports
1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (SATA mode & X4 PCIE mode)
1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (PCIE mode only)
6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
1 x M.2_FAN connector
1 x CPU Fan connector
1 x CPU OPT Fan connector
2 x Chassis Fan connectors
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
1 x System panel (Chassis intrusion header is inbuilt)
1 x CPU OV
1 x Clear CMOS jumper
1 x 5-pin EXT_FAN (Extension Fan) connector
1 x ROG extension (ROG_EXT) header
1 x 14-1 pin TPM connector
1 x COM port header
1 x T_Sensor Connector
1 x AIO PUMP Header
3 x 3D Mount screw ports
AccessoriesUser's manual
ASUS Q-Shield
1 x ASUS Fan Holder
4 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
1 x M.2 Screw Package
1 x CPU installation tool
1 x Supporting DVD
1 x Strix door hanger
1 x SLI HB BRIDGE(2-WAY-M)
1 x ROG Strix stickers
1 x Cable ties pack(s)
1 x Extension Cable for RGB strips (80 cm)
1 x Extension cable for Addressable LED
1 x Thermistor cable(s)
1 x 3D printing mount package
BIOS128 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 3.0, ACPI 6.0, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 3, CrashFree BIOS 3, F11 EZ Tuning Wizard, F6 Qfan Control, F3 My Favorites, Last Modified log, F12 PrintScreen, and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) memory information.
ManageabilityWfM2.0, DMI3.0, WOL by PME, PXE
Form FactorATX
Size30.5 cm x 24.4 cm / 12 inch x 9.6 inch

 

Unboxing The ASUS ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming

Let’s take a quick look at the ASUS ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming (Price Check) motherboard’s box and unbox it.

Inside the box, you should find the following items :

  • One ASUS ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming motherboard
  • One ASUS ROG CPU installation tool
  • One set of user manual, driver DVD and documentation
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  • One ASUS Q-Shield (I/O shield)
  • One SLI HD Bridge card (2-way)
  • One extension cable for RGB LED strips (80 cm)
  • One extension cable for addressable LED strips
  • One thermistor cable
  • One ASUS fan holder
  • Four SATA 6 Gb/s cables
  • One pack of cable ties
  • One pack of M.2 screws
  • One pack of 3D mounting screws

Now, let’s go take a closer look at the motherboard, and check out its key features!

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The ASUS ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming Up Close

The ASUS ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming (Price Check) is a full-sized ATX motherboard, built around the new Intel Z370 chipset. This is their premium model for the mainstream enthusiast / gamers market. Hence, it boasts premium features like Aura Sync RGB lighting, SafeSlot reinforcement, and SupremeFX audio.

 

 

CPU Power & Overclockability

The ASUS ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming (Price Check) boasts the ASUS Pro Clock technology for greater overclocking capabilities. It combines a dedicated base clock generator, the ASUS DIGI+ VRM design and the ASUS TurboV processing unit.

The base clock generator is designed for the 8th Generation Intel Core processors, extending the base clock frequency up to 432 MHz. The ASUS TurboV processing unit (TPU), on the other hand, delivers enhanced voltage and base clock overclocking controls.

Finally, the ASUS DIGI+ VRM design features a 8+2 digital architecture that is designed to increase overclockability, while reducing electromagnetic interference with minimal power loss. Although high quality (and expensive) analog PWM exists, digital PWM allows for more accurate control of the power frequency and modulation.

The MOSFETs and inductors are kept cool by large aluminium alloy heatsinks, which help to increase reliability and longevity of the VRM. Just in case you plan to operate this in extreme climates, the inductors and capacitors are rated to work within an extended temperature range of -55 ℃ and 105 ℃.

To support CPU coolers with two fans, the ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming (Price Check) has two CPU fan headers placed behind the DIMM slots.

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There is even an optional fan holder, with its own fan header, that can be installed to help increase air circulation, or to blow away fumes while using LN2 (liquid nitrogen) cooling.

If you’re planning to use an AIO water cooler, you will be glad to know that there is even a dedicated PWM / DC header for your AIO pump fan.

If there are any enthusiast-grade features that we regret were not included in this motherboard, it would be the Power and Reset buttons, or an debugging LED display.

 

DDR4 Memory Slots

The ASUS ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming (Price Check) has four DDR4 DIMM slots. The Intel Z370 chipset only supports DDR4 memory up to 2666 MHz, but the Z370-F Gaming allows for overclocked memory clock speeds of up to 4000 MHz, with all four slots populated.

To achieve such high headroom for overclocking, ASUS used their OptiMem design. This combines the optimal routing of memory traces and vias through the optimal PCB layer, and the T-Topology layout which ensures “time-aligned signalling” by balancing trace lengths between the memory slots.

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PCI Express Slots

The ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming (Price Check) motherboard has seven PCI Express slots – three full-sized PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, and four smaller PCI Express 3.0 x1 slots.

The first two PCI Express x16 slots are sheet metal reinforced – what ASUS calls SafeSlot. They greatly increase the rigidity of the PCI Express slots, allowing them to support heavy graphics cards. The third PCI Express slot lacks this SafeSlot reinforcement.

The top-most PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot (PCIE_x16/x8_1) operates at full x16 speed with a single card.

If you have two graphics cards, you will need to install them in the first and second PCIe x16 slots; and they will both run at x8 speed. The third PCIe x16 slot only runs at x4 speed.

 

Dual PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 Sockets

The ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming (Price Check) motherboard has two PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 sockets. They support M.2 solid state drives, with lengths of 42 mm, 60 mm or 80 mm. The third PCI Express x16 slot (which runs at x4 speed) can be used to add a third SSD. You can run them in RAID 0, 1, 5 or 10.

Due to space constraints, only one of the M.2 sockets have a heatsink (seen in the PCI Express picture). The second M.2 socket (seen in the picture above) is “naked”, although you can always install a DIMM cooler to help keep both the memory modules and this drive cool.

 

Limited SATA Ports

The ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming (Price Check) has six standard SATA 6Gb/s ports. There are no SATA Express ports. But what’s really problematic is the stacked side-facing design. They may prove to be troublesome to access in tight cases. If only ASUS made a few vertical in orientation.

Do note that the first M.2 socket (M.2_1) uses the SATA_1 port, if you opt to use it in the SATA mode. In addition, the second M.2 socket (M.2_2) uses both the SATA_5 and SATA_6 ports.

What this basically means is you have limited support for SATA drives with the ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming. It’s not the end of the world, but don’t expect to run two M.2 SSDs with six SATA drives. That’s not happening.

 

ASUS SupremeFX Audio

The ASUS SupremeFX audio technology is a combination of five components :

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  • the ASUS SupremeFX S1220A codec (now with a low-dropout regulator)
  • a shield for the SupremeFX chip – preserves the integrity of audio signals
  • dual op amplifiers – one op amp adds voltage gain, while the second works as a buffer, to drive 32-600 Ω headphones
  • premium Nichicon audio capacitors – produces warmer, more natural sound with exceptional clarity and fidelity
  • audio line shielding – blocks electromagnetic interference from the motherboard and add-on devices, for cleaner audio

ASUS claims that the SupremeFX audio technology delivers 113 dB signal-to-noise ratio on the line-in input, and 120 dB on the line-out output.

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Back I/O Ports

The ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming (Price Check) did not have quite as many back I/O ports as we hoped for. It has three different display ports (DVI-D, DisplayPort and HDMI) that can all be active simultaneously when used with an Intel processor with HD Graphics.

To the left are two USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports – the red Type A port, and the smaller Type C port below it. To the right are two USB 2.0 ports, two blue USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports with the Intel I219V LAN port. Finally, we have the five audio ports and the optical S/PDIF out port.

ASUS used a stainless steel I/O panel that was chromium-plated for corrosion-resistance. The ports are also shielded with a cover that prevents static damage. This is useful if you plan to use this motherboard outside of a chassis. When installed in a chassis, that job is fulfilled by the I/O shield (also included) that is installed into the chassis.

 

ASUS Aura Sync

As its name suggests, the ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming (Price Check) is designed to appeal to gamers. Hence, it supports the ASUS Aura Sync technology, which allows you to control and sync the RGB LED lighting on the motherboard and other ASUS Aura Sync-compatible devices. You can change their colours in unison, or set dynamic modes to change the illumination effects across all devices.

The ASUS ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming (Price Check) also comes with a pair of onboard 5050 RGB headers, and an addressable RGB header. They can be connected to compatible lighting strips, fans, coolers and PC cases.

The addressable RGB header supports WS2812B addressable RGB LED strips (5V/Data/Ground), with a max power rating of 3A (5V) and a max of 60 LEDs.

The Aura RGB-strip header supports 5050 RGB LED strips with a max power rating of 3A (12V). For maximum brightness, strip length should not exceed 3 meters.

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3D Printing Support

The ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming (Price Check) has dedicated 3D mount holes cut into the motherboard. This allows you to easily mount your 3D-printed parts using the same screws for the M.2 drives. ASUS even provides three downloadable 3D printable files for a cable cover, custom nameplate and an M.2 fan holder.

 

ROG RAMCache II

The ROG RAMCache II is a disk caching software that copies the most frequently-used data from your drives into a portion of your system memory. This allows the cached data to be accessed very quickly. This version introduces support for NVMe devices, in addition to standard SATA drives.

It is simple enough to use – just set how much system memory you want to allocate as the disk cache. RAMCache II will automatically cache all of your attached storage devices, according to your usage patterns. Of course, Microsoft Windows already has its own disk cache that dynamically uses free system memory and releases it whenever your apps need more memory.

Now, it is possible that RAMCache II uses better, faster caching algorithms, but it cannot dynamically release the allocated memory. So you best use it only if you have a lot of spare memory.

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Our Verdict & Award

ASUS has decades of experience designing and building excellent motherboards, and that is evident in the ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming (Price Check). It melds the key overclocking features ASUS is well-known for, with the bling factor that gamers and modders love so much.

Hardware enthusiasts will like the enhanced CPU overclocking features that include a base clock frequency of up to 432 MHz, and the combination of a digital VRM design and the ASUS TurboV processing unit. Impressively, the ASUS OptiMem design allows the possibility of overclocking the DDR4 memory modules to 4000 MHz, with all four slots populated!

The ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming (Price Check) also comes with support for a variety of cooling options. You can use an air cooler with dual fans, or an AIO water cooler. ASUS even provides an optional fan holder in case you want to try liquid nitrogen cooling!

Gamers and modders, on the other hand, will love the inclusion of the ASUS Aura Sync technology, with two RGB headers as well as an addressable LED header. Let’s not forget the support for 3D printed parts. That gives them a lot more flexibility in modding and adding bling to their system.

Audiophiles will also appreciate the ASUS SupremeFX audio technology. Not only does it improve the signal-to-noise ratio on both input and output, it has dual headphone amplifiers that can drive a wide variety of headphones with its impedance range of 32 to 600 ohms.

The inclusion of two M.2 sockets is nice, but do note that using them may disable up to three SATA ports. That’s not a big deal if you only intend to run two SSDs and a hard disk drive or two. Also limited are the back USB ports – there are only six of them on the rear I/O panel, and two are USB 2.0.

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There are also no onboard Power and Reset buttons, or a debugging LED display. Of course, these enthusiast-grade features are only useful to those who intend to use this motherboard without a PC case. It’s just odd because the motherboard seems to be targeted at those who want to use LN2 cooling…

That oddity aside, the Z370-F Gaming (Price Check) is a solid Intel Z370 motherboard that offers a nice blend of overclocking and modding features that will really appeal to gamers who enjoy overclocking and/or modding. It is also affordably priced at US$ 194.99.

For those reasons, we think the ASUS ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming (Price Check) deserves our Reviewer’s Choice Award. Great job, ASUS!

Don’t forget to check out the other ASUS Z370 motherboards in The 11 New ASUS Z370 Motherboards Revealed!

 

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The 11 New ASUS Z370 Motherboards Revealed!

Intel have officially launched the 8th Generation Intel Core processors (codenamed Coffee Lake)! In this article, we will share with you details, videos, pictures and specifications of the 11 new ASUS Z370 motherboards you can pair with your Intel Coffee Lake processor of choice! Which of these ASUS Z370 motherboards will fit your requirements? Read on and find out!

Everything You Need To Know About The ASUS Z370 Motherboards

We will go into the details of the individual ASUS Z370 motherboards, including their specifications. Here are their direct links :

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Don’t forget to also check out our video overviews of the 11 ASUS Z370 motherboards :

Finally, we will share with you the ASUS Z370 motherboard prices and availability, as well as purchase links :

But first, let’s take a look at the presentations on the ASUS Z370 motherboards and a special overclocking demonstration by Coolice!

Updated @ 2017-10-06 : Added the ASUS Z370 motherboard prices and availability. Various minor changes.

Originally posted @ 2017-09-29

 

The New ASUS Z370 Coffee Lake Motherboards Revealed!

At an exclusive regional shindig, ASUS gave us the lowdown on their upcoming Z370 motherboards. Let’s start with the ROG Z370 Gaming series of motherboards.

Then ASUS revealed the new TUF Gaming series for casual gamers, and the ASUS Prime Z370-A motherboard.

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Watch Coolice Overclock The Core i7-8700K To 6.6 GHz!

ASUS also brought overclocker Coolice to showcase the overclockability of the 8th Generation Intel Core processor. He paired the Intel Core i7-8700K with the new ASUS Maximus X Apex Z370 motherboard and used liquid nitrogen cooling, to achieve a clock speed of 6.6 GHz!

Now, let’s take a look at the details and specifications of the new ASUS Z370 motherboards!

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The ASUS ROG Z370 Motherboards

The ASUS ROG family of Z370 motherboards is divided into the ROG Maximus series, and the ROG Strix series. The ROG Maximus motherboards offer the best features and performance for gamers and enthusiasts, while the ROG Strix motherboards offer key ROG features at more affordable price points.

Here are the specifications of the ASUS ROG Z370 motherboards :

SpecificationsMaximus X ApexMaximus X HeroStrix Z370-E GamingStrix Z370-F GamingStrix Z370-H GamingStrix Z370-G GamingStrix Z370-I Gaming
Form FactorEATXATXATXATXATXmicroATXMini ATX
Memory Slots2 X DDR4
(4266+ OC)
4 x DDR4
(4133+ OC)
4 x DDR4
(4000 OC)
4 x DDR4
(4000 OC)
4 x DDR4
(3866 OC)
4 x DDR4
(4000 OC)
4 x DDR4
(4333+ OC)
Multi GPU Support2-way SLI
4-way CrossFire
2-way SLI
3-way CrossFire
2-way SLI
3-way CrossFire
2-way SLI
3-way CrossFire
2-way SLI
2-way CrossFire
2-way SLI
2-way CrossFire
NA
PCIe Slots4 x PCIe x16
2 x PCIe x1
3 x PCIe x16
3 x PCIe x1
3 x PCIe x16
4 x PCIe x1
3 x PCIe x16
4 x PCIe x1
3 x PCIe x16
3 x PCIe x1
2 x PCIe x16
2 x PCIe x1
1 x PCIe x16
M.2 Slots2 x NVMe x42 x NVMe x42 x NVMe x42 x NVMe x42 x NVMe x42 x PCIe x42 x NVMe x4
SATA Ports4666664
LAN PortsAquantia 5 Gigabit
Intel 1 Gigabit
Intel 1 GigabitIntel 1 GigabitIntel 1 GigabitIntel 1 GigabitIntel 1 GigabitIntel 1 Gigabit
WiFiNA802.11ac802.11acNANA802.11ac802.11ac
AudioSupremeFX S1220ASupremeFX S1220
ESS Sabre ES9203P
SupremeFX S1220ASupremeFX S1220ASupremeFX S1220ASupremeFX S1220ASupremeFX S1220A
USB 3.1 Gen21 x Type C
1 x Type A
1 x front header
1 x Type C
1 x Type A
1 x Front
1 x Type C
1 x Type A
1 x Type C
1 x Type A
2 x Type A2 x Type A1 x front header
Aura Sync Headers4 Strip2 Strip
1 Address
2 Strip
1 Address
2 Strip
1 Address
NANA1 Address

 

The ASUS ROG Maximus X Apex Motherboard

This is the motherboard Coolice used to overclock the Intel Core i7-8700K to 6.6 GHz. That’s because the ROG Maximus is designed for extreme overclocking. It boasts special operating modes for liquid nitrogen cooling, and even a special fan bracket for the IO heatsink to let overclockers blow away LN2 vapour!

To ensure greater overclockability of the memory modules, the Maximus X Apex uses only two DDR4 memory slots. With the traces slightly more direct with only one slot per memory channel, the memory modules can be overclocked to 4200 MHz and beyond.

SpecificationsASUS ROG Maximus X Apex
Form FactorExtended ATX
Memory Slots2 X DDR4
(4266+ OC)
Multi GPU Support2-way SLI
4-way CrossFire
PCIe Slots4 x PCIe x16
2 x PCIe x1
M.2 Slots2 x NVMe x4
SATA Ports4 x SATA 6 Gbps
LAN PortsAquantia 5 Gigabit
Intel 1 Gigabit
WiFiNA
AudioSupremeFX S1220A codec
USB 3.1 Gen21 x Type C
1 x Type A
Aura SyncVRM heatsink, chipset heatsink, nameplate, PCB backlight, 4 x strip headers
Cooling2 x pump headers
5 x fan headers
3 x full-speed fan headers
4 x thermal sensor headers
1 x flow header
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The ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero Motherboard

The ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero is designed to support both liquid and air coolers, as well as AIO coolers and standalone pumps, with headers for monitoring liquid temperatures and flow. It is also compatible with the ASUS Fan Extension Card, which adds headers for more fans and temperature probes.

Catering to audiophiles, the Maximus X Hero pairs the SupremeFX codec with an ESS Sabre DAC for greater range and an exceptional 120 dB SNR. It also boasts an integrated I/O shield for easier installation and a cleaner look.

Suggested Retail Price At Launch : US$ 289.99

SpecificationsASUS ROG Maximus X Hero
Form FactorATX
Memory Slots4 x DDR4
(4133+ OC)
Multi GPU Support2-way SLI
3-way CrossFire
PCIe Slots3 x PCIe x16
3 x PCIe x1
M.2 Slots2 x NVMe x4
SATA Ports6
LAN PortsIntel 1 Gigabit
WiFi802.11ac
AudioSupremeFX S1220 codec
ESS Sabre ES9203P DAC
USB 3.1 Gen21 x front header
1 x Type C
1 x Type A
Aura SyncIO shield, M.2 heatsink, chipset heatsink, 2 x strip headers, 1 x addressable header
Cooling2 x pump headers
5 x fan headers
1 x high-speed fan header
3 x thermal sensor headers
1 x flow header

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The ASUS ROG Strix Z370-E Gaming & Z370-F Gaming

The ASUS ROG Strix Z370-E Gaming and Z370-F Gaming are almost identical. They both have two PCIe x16 slots with SafeSlot reinforcement, and four DDR4-4000 memory slots. They also have dual M.2 slots – both cooled by a large M.2 heatsink that reduces operating temperatures by up to 15°C.

The only real difference is their colour schemes. The Z370-E has integrated WiFi and a gleaming silver finish on its heatsinks and I/O shroud, while the Z370-F has no WiFi capabilities and subtle charcoal shades.

Suggested Retail Price At Launch : US$ 194.99

SpecificationsASUS ROG Strix Z370-E GamingASUS ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming
Form FactorATXATX
Memory Slots4 x DDR4
(4000 OC)
4 x DDR4
(4000 OC)
Multi GPU Support2-way SLI
3-way CrossFire
2-way SLI
3-way CrossFire
PCIe Slots3 x PCIe x16
4 x PCIe x1
3 x PCIe x16
4 x PCIe x1
M.2 Slots2 x NVMe x42 x NVMe x4
SATA Ports66
LAN PortsIntel 1 GigabitIntel 1 Gigabit
WiFi802.11ac (2x2)NA
AudioSupremeFX S1220ASupremeFX S1220A
USB 3.1 Gen21 x Front
1 x Type C
1 x Type A
1 x Type C
1 x Type A
Aura SyncIO shield, 2 x strip headers, 1 x addressable headerIO shield, 2 x strip headers, 1 x addressable header
Cooling1 x AIO header
5 x fan headers
1 x thermal sensor header
1 x AIO header
5 x fan headers
1 x thermal sensor header

 

The ASUS ROG Strix Z370-H Gaming

The ASUS ROG Strix Z370-H Gaming is an entry-level ROG motherboard with all the essential features. It has dual PCIe x16 slots with SafeSlot protection, and support for 2-way SLI and CrossFire, as well as dual NVMe slots. The Strix Z370-H Gaming has four fan headers, with one AIO cooler header. It only lacks sensor grouping and GPU temperature detection.

Recommended Retail Price At Launch : US$ 169.99

SpecificationsASUS ROG Strix Z370-H Gaming
Form FactorATX
Memory Slots4 x DDR4
(3866 OC)
Multi GPU Support2-way SLI
2-way CrossFire
PCIe Slots3 x PCIe x16
3 x PCIe x1
M.2 Slots2 x NVMe x4
SATA Ports6
LAN PortsIntel 1 Gigabit
WiFiNA
AudioSupremeFX S1220A
USB 3.1 Gen22 x Type A
Aura Sync HeadersNA
Cooling1 x AIO header
4 x fan headers
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The ASUS ROG Strix Z370-G Gaming

The ASUS ROG Strix Z370-G Gaming is a microATX motherboard with two PCIe x16 slots with SafeSlot protection. It even supports 2-way SLI and CrossFire, but cannot fit larger 2.5 slots cards like the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. There are two M.2 slots, but one of them is located under the second PCIe slot.

Suggested Retail Price At Launch : US$ 184.99

SpecificationsASUS ROG Strix Z370-G Gaming
Form FactormicroATX
Memory Slots4 x DDR4
(4000 OC)
Multi GPU Support2-way SLI
2-way CrossFire
PCIe Slots2 x PCIe x16
2 x PCIe x1
M.2 Slots2 x PCIe x4
SATA Ports6
LAN PortsIntel 1 Gigabit
WiFi802.11ac
AudioSupremeFX S1220A
USB 3.1 Gen22 x Type A
Aura Sync HeadersNA
Cooling1 x pump header
4 x fan headers
1 x thermal sensor header

 

The ASUS ROG Strix Z370-I Gaming

The ASUS ROG Strix Z370-I Gaming is a mini ITX motherboard that is capable of overclocking the memory to DDR4-4333 or better. It also has two M.2 SSD slots, but only one has a heatsink to keep it cool. The usual trimmings are there – SafeSlot protection, 802.11ac WiFi, SupremeFX audio and Fan Xpert 4 capability.

Suggested Retail Price At Launch : US$ 189.99

SpecificationsASUS ROG Strix Z370-I Gaming
Form FactorMini ATX
Memory Slots4 x DDR4
(4333+ OC)
Multi GPU SupportNA
PCIe Slots1 x PCIe x16
M.2 Slots2 x NVMe x4
SATA Ports4
LAN PortsIntel 1 Gigabit
WiFi802.11ac
AudioSupremeFX S1220A
USB 3.1 Gen21 x front header
Aura Sync HeadersRight edge, 1 x addressable header
Cooling1 x AIO header
2 x fan headers
1 x thermal sensor header

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The ASUS Prime & TUF Gaming Z370 Motherboards

The ASUS Prime motherboards are targeted at enthusiasts who don’t need gamer-oriented design or features. The new ASUS TUF Gaming series offers entry-level gaming motherboards.

 

The ASUS Prime Z370-A Motherboard

The ASUS Prime Z370-A motherboard has all of the key features like dual PCI Express slots with SafeSlot protection, two M.2 slots with integrated heatsink. There is even a dedicated mount for a fan bracket with a fan header if you are inclined to cool the M.2 SSDs with a fan.

Recommended Retail Price At Launch : US$ 174.99

SpecificationsASUS Prime Z370-A
Form FactorATX
Memory Slots2 X DDR4
(4000 OC)
Multi GPU Support2-way SLI
3-way CrossFire
PCIe Slots3 x PCIe x16
4 x PCIe x1
M.2 Slots2 x NVMe x4
SATA Ports6
LAN PortsIntel 1 Gigabit
WiFiNA
AudioCrystal Sound 3 S1220A
USB 3.1 Gen21 x Type C
1 x Type A
Aura Sync Headers1 Strip
Cooling1 x AIO header
5 x fan headers
1 x thermal sensor header
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The ASUS Prime Z370-P Motherboard

The ASUS Prime Z370-P motherboard is targeted at budget-minded system builders. It has two PCIe x16 slots, but does not support SLI or CrossFire. It has two M.2 slots, which are without any cooling, but placed away from the hot spots. This is the most affordable ASUS Z370 motherboard in the current line-up.

Suggested Retail Price At Launch : US$ 159.99

SpecificationsPrime Z370-P
Form FactorATX
Memory Slots4 x DDR4
(3866 OC)
Multi GPU SupportNA
PCIe Slots2 x PCIe x16
4 x PCIe x1
M.2 Slots2 x NVMe x4
SATA Ports4
LAN PortsRealtek 1 Gigabit
WiFiNA
AudioRealtek ALC887
USB 3.1 Gen22 x Type A
Aura Sync HeadersNA
Cooling1 x AIO header
3 x fan headers

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The ASUS TUF Z370-Pro Gaming Motherboard

The ASUS TUF Z370-Pro Gaming has three PCIe x16 slots, which supports 2-way SLI or 3-way CrossFire. However, the third slot is limited to two PCIe lanes, so a 3-way CrossFire is not a good idea. It has two M.2 slots, that supports the longer 110 mm drives.

Suggested Retail Price At Launch : US$ 159.99

SpecificationsTUF Z370-Pro Gaming
Form FactorATX
Memory Slots4 x DDR4
(3866 OC)
Multi GPU Support2-way SLI
2-way CrossFire
PCIe Slots3 x PCIe x16
3 x PCIe x1
M.2 Slots2 x NVMe x4
SATA Ports6
LAN PortsIntel 1 Gigabit
WiFiNA
AudioRealtek ALC887
USB 3.1 Gen22 x Type A
Aura Sync HeadersNA
Cooling1 x AIO header
4 x fan headers

 

The ASUS TUF Z370-Plus Gaming Motherboard

The ASUS TUF Z370-Plus Gaming is a more affordable version of the TUF Z370-Pro. It lacks SLI support, but it supports 2-way CrossFire. That said, the second PCIe x16 slot only has four lanes of bandwidth to the Z370 chipset. It also supports two M.2 SSDs, with the lower one cooled by a heatsink.

Suggested Retail Price At Launch : US$ 149.99

SpecificationsTUF Z370-Plus Gaming
Form FactorATX
Memory Slots4 x DDR4
(3866 OC)
Multi GPU Support2-way SLI
2-way CrossFire
PCIe Slots2 x PCIe x16
4 x PCIe x1
M.2 Slots2 x NVMe x4
SATA Ports6
LAN PortsIntel 1 Gigabit
WiFiNA
AudioRealtek ALC887
USB 3.1 Gen22 x Type A
Aura Sync Headers1 Strip
Cooling2 x pump headers
3 x fan headers

 

The ASUS Z370 Motherboard Prices & Availability

The ASUS Z370 motherboards are available for purchase beginning 6 October 2017 onwards, at the following prices :

  • ROG Maximus X Hero : RM 1,386 (including 6% GST) / ~US$ 330
  • ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming : RM 999 (including 6% GST) / ~US$ 238
  • TUF Z370-Plus Gaming : RM 899 (including 6% GST) / ~US$ 214
  • PRIME Z370-P : RM 770 (including 6% GST) / ~US$ 183
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