The world’s biggest consumer electronic show, CES 2017, starts this week and ASUS has fired the first salvo with the announcement of its complete 2017 lineup of Z270 motherboards.
The Z270 motherboards are designed to maximize the potential of Intel’s 7th-Generation processors (also dubbed Kaby Lake processors). The new range includes the the next-generation Republic of Gamers (ROG) Maximus IX gaming motherboards – such as the Maximus IX Apex, which has scored impressively well in some of the world’s toughest benchmarks.
While the Maximus is targeted at the hardcore with its eye-popping price tag, the ROG Strix range of gaming motherboards are targeted at the style-conscious enthuasist without having to break your bank to own one.
The new Z270 comes with some cool new features, and these are some of our favorite highlights:
- Aura Sync: Aura Sync is the world’s first motherboard-RGB-synchronization technology that delivers funky light shows across Aura Sync-capable motherboards, graphics cards and peripherals for up to nine effects — all controlled via the Aura app. The all-new Music mode is also able to pulse synchronized LEDs in time to your favorite tunes.
- 3D-printable components: By supporting 3D-printed components, ASUS is making it easy for gamers to print their own parts to customize their motherboard’s appearance, improve system performance or manage cables. Dedicated onboard 3D mounts that use the same screws as M.2 and standard motherboard mounting holes make fitting 3D-printed parts easy, so that you can quickly add custom nameplates, cable covers, or even an M.2 fan holder to lower M.2 temperatures. For a start, ASUS has also cooperated with Shapeways, the world’s largest 3D-printing service company, to launch the ASUS 3D Printing Store.
- Water-cooling solutions out of the box: The ROG Maximus IX Formula comes with an integrated monoblock made by Bitspower. The monoblock detects the flow rate of the water coolant, and has dedicated circuitry to detect both the inlet and outlet temperatures and leakage. The monoblock also integrates the neighboring M.2 heatsink for better heat-dissipation. The IX Formula’s hybrid heatsink is also redesigned by the cooling masters at EKWB. The new thinner fins offer an improved cooling improvement over the previous design.
The complete list of ASUS Z270 motherboard models launched are right below. Pricing and availability details will be made shortly.
|1||ROG MAXIMUS IX FORMULA|
|2||ROG MAXIMUS IX CODE|
|3||ROG MAXIMUS IX HERO|
|4||ROG STRIX Z270E GAMING|
|5||ROG STRIX Z270F GAMING|
|6||ROG STRIX Z270H GAMING|
|7||ROG STRIX Z270G GAMING|
|8||TUF Z270 MARK 1|
|9||TUG Z270 MARK 2|
|14||PRIME H270 PLUS|
|15||PRIME H270 PRO|