Intel Z370 Motherboard Roundup – Featuring Coffee Lake 8th Gen CPU Support, Here’s The Lineup From ASUS, Gigabyte, ASRock, MSI and More

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Introduction

No CPU launch is complete without a full range of motherboards and with the upcoming Intel 8th generation family, manufacturers have prepped up a large army of Z370 motherboards that come with a broad variety of features.

Entire Range of Z370 Motherboards For Intel Coffee Lake Processors Pictured and Detailed

Being part of the 300-series chipset family, the Z370 PCH will be the flagship for 2017. There are other SKUs that arrive early in 2018 and even a replacement 2018 chipset which will be known as the Z390 PCH. There are several manufacturers who will be offering their Z370 PCH boards on launch day including ASUS, ASRock, GIGABYTE, MSI, EVGA, ECS, Biostar, Supermicro and Maxxsun. So before we look at the motherboards, let’s take a quick look at what the Z370 PCH has to offer.

intel-300-series-lga-1151-socketRelatedIntel Coffee lake Uses Different Pin Configuration Than Kaby Lake and Skylake on the LGA 1151 Socket

Intel Coffee Lake Is Only Supported by The 300-Series Chipset – LGA 1151 On Z370 Offers No Backward Compatibility – Full Platform Details

The Z370 motherboards come with a socket known as LGA 1151 and that is the same socket we have seen on the consumer platform since Skylake. But with Coffee Lake, LGA 1151 on Z370 is no longer compatible with older CPUs. Even Coffee Lake processors are not backward compatible to 100 or 200 series motherboards.

The reason cited by Intel is the change in electrical lanes and power delivery that Z370 improves substantially. We did have a word with some motherboard manufacturers and while they reveal that Coffee Lake may work with older motherboards, it won’t deliver the same level of stability or clocking as on the Z370 series motherboards.

intel-coffee-lake-8th-gen-desktop-processors_3RelatedIntel 8th Generation Coffee Lake Desktop Processors Official Prices, Specifications and Performance Detailed – Core i7-8700K Priced at $359 US, Core i5-8600K at $257 US

So with one of the controversies explained, let’s head over to the platform details. The 8th gen desktop platform has a range of new features that mainly include:

  • More Cores
  • More Intel Smart Cache
  • Best In Class Design
  • Enhanced Overclocking
  • Improved 14nm Process

And of course, powering the new platform is the Z370 PCH. The PCH offers the following:

  • Improved Power Delivery for 6 Core processors
  • Enhanced Package Power Delivery For overclocking
  • Memory routing support for DDR4-2666
  • Rec.2020 & HDR Support, HEVC 10-bit HW Decode/Encode, VP9 10-bit HW Decode
  • Integrated USB 3.1 Gen2 (10 Gbps)
  • Support for integrated Intel wireless AC (Wi-Fi 802.11ac R2 & Bluetooth 5)
  • Intel Optane memory support
  • Intel Smart Sound Technology with quad core audio DSP
  • 24 Chipset PCIe 3.0 Lanes
  • 10 USB 3.1 Ports With Up To 6 USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) Ports
  • Up To 6 SATA 3.0 Ports
  • Intel Rapid Storage Technology 16
  • PCIe 3.0 x4 Storage Support

Intel Kaby Lake Refresh and Cannon Lake PCH Features:

Chipset NameCoffee Lake S (KBL-R) PCH / Z370 PlatformCoffee Lake S (CNL-H) PCH / 300 Series
Processor6C, 4C (6 Consumer SKUs at Launch)
Enhanced IA and Memory Overclocking
Gen 9 Intel Graphics GT2 (Up To 24 EUs)
Consumer Only
6C, 4C, 2C (Full corporate/consumer SKU stack at launch)
Enhanced IA and Memory Overclocking
Gen 9 Intel Graphics GT2 (Up To 24 EUs)
Corporate/vPro & Consumer
MemoryUp To DDR4-2666 (Native)Up To DDR4-2666 (Native)
Media, Display & AudioDP 1.2 & HDMI 1.4
HDCP 2.2 (HDMI 2.0a w/LSPCON)
HEVC & VP9 10-bit Enc/Dec, HDR, Rec.2020, DX12
Integrated Dual-Core Audio DSP
DP 1.2 & HDMI 1.4
HDCP 2.2 (HDMI 2.0a w/LSPCON)
HEVC & VP9 10-bit Enc/Dec, HDR, Rec.2020, DX12
Integrated Dual-Core Audio DSP
SoundWire Digital Audio Interface
I/O & ConnectivityIntegrated USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
Thunderbolt 3.0 (Alpine Ridge)
Integrated USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
Integrated Intel Wireless-AC (Wi-Fi / BT CNVi)
Integrated SDXC 3.0 Controller
Thunderbolt 3.0 (Titan Ridge) w/ DP 1.4
StorageNext Gen Intel Optane memory
PCIe 3.0, SATA 3.0
Next Gen Intel Optane memory
PCIe 3.0, SATA 3.0
SecurityIntel SGX 1.0Intel SGX 1.0
Power ManagementC8 SupportC10 & S0ix Support for Modern Standby
Launch20172018

ASUS Z370 Motherboard Lineup

First up, we have ASUS who are one of the top motherboard manufacturers in the world. They will be offering a total of 13 new motherboards ranging from their ASUS ROG Maximus, ROG STRIX, PRIME and TUF series. All motherboards will feature a top model followed by more cost optimized variants.

ASUS ROG Maximus X Apex Motherboard

ASUS ROG Maximus X Formula Motherboard

ASUS ROG Maximus X Code Motherboard

ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero Motherboard

ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-E Gaming Motherboard

ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-F Gaming Motherboard

ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-G Gaming Motherboard

ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-H Gaming Motherboard

ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-I Gaming Motherboard

ASUS PRIME Z370-A Motherboard

ASUS PRIME Z370-P Motherboard

ASUS TUF Z370-PRO Gaming Motherboard

ASUS TUF Z370-Plus Gaming Motherboard

ASUS Z370 Motherboard Lineup:

Motherboard NameASUS ROG Maximus X ApexASUS ROG Maximus X FormulaASUS ROG Maximus X CodeASUS ROG Maximus X HeroASUS ROG STRIX Z370-E GamingASUS ROG STRIX Z370-F GamingASUS ROG STRIX Z370-G GamingASUS ROG STRIX Z370-H GamingASUS ROG STRIX Z370-I GamingASUS PRIME Z370-AASUS PRIME Z370-PASUS TUF Z370-PRO GamingASUS TUF Z370-Plus Gaming
CPU SupportIntel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUsIntel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUsIntel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUsIntel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUsIntel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUsIntel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUsIntel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUsIntel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUsIntel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUsIntel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUsIntel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUsIntel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUsIntel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUs
Form FactorEATXATXATXATXATXATXmicroATXATXMini-ITXATXATXATXATX
Socket TypeLGA 1151LGA 1151LGA 1151LGA 1151LGA 1151LGA 1151LGA 1151LGA 1151LGA 1151LGA 1151LGA 1151LGA 1151LGA 1151
Power Phases101010101010106810767
CPU Power Connectors2 x 8 pin1 x 8 pin1 x 8 pin1 x 8 pin1 x 8 pin1 x 8 pin1 x 8 pin1 x 8 pin1 x 8 pin1 x 8 pin1 x 8 pin1 x 8 pin1 x 8 pin
DDR4 DIMM Slots2 x DDR4 up to 4266+ (OC)4 x DDR4 up to 4266+ (OC)4 x DDR4 up to 4133+ (OC)4 x DDR4 up to 4133+ (OC)4 x DDR4 up to 4000 (OC)4 x DDR4 up to 4000 (OC)4 x DDR4 up to 4000 (OC)4 x DDR4 up to 3866 (OC)4 x DDR4 up to 4333+ (OC)4 x DDR4 up to 4000 (OC)4 x DDR4 up to 3866 (OC)4 x DDR4 up to 3866 (OC)4 x DDR4 up to 3866 (OC)
Multi-GPU2 SLI, 4 CrossFireX2 SLI, 3 CrossFireX2 SLI, 3 CrossFireX2 SLI, 3 CrossFireX2 SLI, 3 CrossFireX2 SLI, 3 CrossFireX2 SLI, CrossFireX2 SLI, CrossFireXNA2 SLI, 3 CrossFireX2 CrossFireX2 SLI, CrossFireX2 CrossFireX
PCI-e 3.0 Expansion Slots4 x16
2 x1
3 x16
3 x1
3 x16
3 x1
3 x16
3 x1
3 x16
4 x1
3 x16
4 x1
2 x16
2 x1
3 x16
3 x1
1 x163 x16
4 x1
2 x16
4 x1
3 x16
3 x1
2 x16
4 x1
M.22 x43 x42 x42 x42 x42 x42 x42 x42 x42 x42 x4 2 x42 x4
SATA III 6 GB/s Ports4666666646466
EthernetAquantia 5G
Intel 1G
Aquantia 5G
Intel 1G
Intel 1GIntel 1GIntel 1GIntel 1GIntel 1GIntel 1GIntel 1GIntel 1GRealtek 1GIntel 1GIntel 1G
WiFiNA802.11ac802.11ac802.11ac802.11acNA802.11acNA802.11acNANANANA
AudioSupremeFX S1220ASupremeFX S1220
ESS Sabre DAC
SupremeFX S1220SupremeFX S1220
ESS Sabre DAC
SupremeFX S1220ASupremeFX S1220ASupremeFX S1220ASupremeFX S1220ASupremeFX S1220ACrystal S1220ARealtek ALC887Realtek ALC887Realtek ALC887
USB 3.1 Gen21 Type-C
1 Type-A
1 front
1 Type-C
1 Type-A
1 front
1 Type-C
1 Type-A
1 front
1 Type-C
1 Type-A
1 front
1 Type-C
1 Type-A
1 Type-C
1 Type-A
2 Type-A1 Type-C
1 Type-A
1 Front1 Type-C
1 Type-A
NA2 Type-A2 Type-A
Aura Sync headers4 strip4 strip4 strip2 strip
1 address
2 strip
1 address
2 strip
1 address
NA1 strip1 address1 stripNANA1 strip
PriceTBCTBCTBCTBC$209.99 US$219.99 US$209.99 US$169.99 US$189.99 US$174.99 US$139.99 US$159.99 US$149.99 US

AORUS Z370 Motherboard Lineup

The GIGABYTE Z370 motherboard lineup consists of 11 new motherboards. GIGABYTE is also preparing AORUS motherboards which is their new division dedicated to gaming products. The AORUS based products feature splendid new designs that would attract many gamers and PC builders to them.

AORUS Z370 Gaming 7 Motherboard:

AORUS Z370 Gaming 5 Motherboard

AORUS Z370 Ultra Gaming Motherboard

AORUS Z370 Gaming 3 Motherboard

AORUS Z370 Gaming K3 Motherboard

AORUS Z370 GAMING WIFI Motherboard

Gigabyte Z370XP SLI Motherboard

Gigabyte Z370 HD3P Motherboard

Gigabyte Z370 HD3 Motherboard

Gigabyte Z370 Motherboard Lineup:

Motherboard NameAORUS Z370 Gaming 7AORUS Z370 Gaming 5AORUS Z370 Ultra GamingAORUS Z370 Gaming 3AORUS Z370 Gaming K3AORUS Z370 GAMING WIFIGigabyte Z370XP SLIGigabyte Z370 HD3PGigabyte Z370 HD3
CPU SupportIntel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUsIntel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUsIntel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUsIntel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUsIntel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUsIntel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUsIntel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUsIntel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUsIntel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUs
Form FactorATXATXATXATXATXATXATXATXATX
Socket TypeLGA 1151LGA 1151LGA 1151LGA 1151LGA 1151LGA 1151LGA 1151LGA 1151LGA 1151
Power Phases10 Phase10 Phase7 Phase7 Phase7 Phase7 Phase6 Phase7 Phase7 Phase
CPU Power Connectors1 x 8 Pin1 x 8 Pin1 x 8 Pin1 x 8 Pin1 x 8 Pin1 x 8 Pin1 x 8 Pin1 x 8 Pin1 x 8 Pin
DDR4 DIMM Slots4 x DDR4 DIMM at 4133 MHz (O.C)+4 x DDR4 DIMM at 4133 MHz (O.C)+4 x DDR4 DIMM at 4000 MHz (O.C)+4 x DDR4 DIMM at 4000 MHz (O.C)+4 x DDR4 DIMM at 4000 MHz (O.C)+4 x DDR4 DIMM at 4000 MHz (O.C)+4 x DDR4 DIMM at 4000 MHz (O.C)+4 x DDR4 DIMM at 4000 MHz (O.C)+4 x DDR4 DIMM at 4000 MHz (O.C)+
PCI-e 3.0 Expansion Slots3 x PCIe x16
3 x PCIe x1
3 x PCIe x16
3 x PCIe x1
3 x PCIe x16
3 x PCIe x1
2 x PCIe x16
4 x PCIe x1
2 x PCIe x16
4 x PCIe x1
3 x PCIe x16
3 x PCIe x1
3 x PCIe x16
3 x PCIe x1
2 x PCIe x16
4 x PCIe x1
3 x PCIe x16
3 x PCIe x1
M.2332222221
SATA III 6 GB/s Ports666666666
Ethernet1 x Intel GbE LAN chip
1 x Rivet Networks Killer E2500 LAN chip
Intel GbE LAN chip Intel GbE LAN chip Rivet Networks Killer E2500 LAN chipIntel GbE LAN chip Intel GbE LAN chip Intel GbE LAN chip Intel GbE LAN chip Intel GbE LAN chip
WiFiN/AWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/acN/AN/AN/AWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/acN/AN/AN/A
AudioRealtek ALC1220 codecRealtek ALC1220 codecRealtek ALC1220 codecRealtek ALC1220 codecRealtek ALC1220 codecCreative Sound Core 3D chipRealtek ALC1220 codecRealtek ALC1220 codecRealtek ALC892 codec
USB 3.1 Gen232222222N/A
USB 3.1 Gen177778101078
USB 2.0 Ports466664466
Price$249.99 US$199.99 US$169.99 USTBDTBDTBD$149.99 US$139.99 US$124.99 US
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