With the arrival of the 8th Generation Intel Core processors, ASUS announced their Z370 boards in style, with motherboards from their ROG Maximus, Prime and TUF Gaming series. TUF is known for their toughness, lasting lifespan and quality – which is now expanded to the gaming community to provide gamers with more toughness in their builds. Now there is a board to suit all tastes, ranging from the prosumer who’s trying to get a board for work and play, the enthusiast overclocker, or the gamer on a budget. ASUS mentions that there will be at least 15 models that will cater to every need.
For the ROG Maximus series, specifically the ROG Maximus X Formula, comes with new features such as the LiveDash OLED, which was previously seen on X299 motherboards. It can be used to display a GIF of your choice, or you can use it to monitor CPU temperature or fan speeds. The Maximus boards are also equipped with an M.2 heatsink, which is a dedicated heatsink that can be used to help with heat dissipation.
Another feature present on most of the boards is the ASUS OptiMem, which routes memory traces and vias through multiple PCB layers, to ensure top signal integrity. Using that along with the T-Topology layout which equalises the trace length for the four-DIMM configs, the DDR4-2666 memory can be overclocked to DDR4-4000 speeds, and even up to DDR4-4333 and higher! As per usual with ASUS, the boards will all be equipped with RGB capabilities, and with Aura Sync, you can sync all your ASUS Aura RGB enabled components together.
At the moment, no pricing or availability have been made public yet, so we will just have to keep our wallets closed for now.