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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Oct 5, 2017
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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.

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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.

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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

Expected Intel 300-Series Kaby Lake Refresh and Cannon Lake PCH Features:

Chipset Name Coffee Lake S (KBL-R) PCH / Z370 Platform Coffee Lake S (CNL-H) PCH / 300 Series (Z390/H370, B360, Q370, H310)
Process Node 22nm 14nm
Processor 8C, 6C, 4C (6 Consumer SKUs at Launch)
Enhanced IA and Memory Overclocking
Gen 9 Intel Graphics GT2 (Up To 24 EUs)
Consumer Only
8C, 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
Memory Up To DDR4-2666 (Native) Up To DDR4-2666 (Native)
Media, Display & Audio 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
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 & Connectivity Integrated 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
Storage Next Gen Intel Optane memory
PCIe 3.0, SATA 3.0
Next Gen Intel Optane memory
PCIe 3.0, SATA 3.0
Security Intel SGX 1.0 Intel SGX 1.0
Power Management C8 Support C10 & S0ix Support for Modern Standby
Launch 2017 2018

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 Name ASUS ROG Maximus X Apex ASUS ROG Maximus X Formula ASUS ROG Maximus X Code ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-E Gaming ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-F Gaming ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-G Gaming ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-H Gaming ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-I Gaming ASUS PRIME Z370-A ASUS PRIME Z370-P ASUS TUF Z370-PRO Gaming ASUS TUF Z370-Plus Gaming
CPU Support Intel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUs Intel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUs Intel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUs Intel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUs Intel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUs Intel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUs Intel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUs Intel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUs Intel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUs Intel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUs Intel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUs Intel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUs Intel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUs
Form Factor EATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX microATX ATX Mini-ITX ATX ATX ATX ATX
Socket Type LGA 1151 LGA 1151 LGA 1151 LGA 1151 LGA 1151 LGA 1151 LGA 1151 LGA 1151 LGA 1151 LGA 1151 LGA 1151 LGA 1151 LGA 1151
Power Phases 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 6 8 10 7 6 7
CPU Power Connectors 2 x 8 pin 1 x 8 pin 1 x 8 pin 1 x 8 pin 1 x 8 pin 1 x 8 pin 1 x 8 pin 1 x 8 pin 1 x 8 pin 1 x 8 pin 1 x 8 pin 1 x 8 pin 1 x 8 pin
DDR4 DIMM Slots 2 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-GPU 2 SLI, 4 CrossFireX 2 SLI, 3 CrossFireX 2 SLI, 3 CrossFireX 2 SLI, 3 CrossFireX 2 SLI, 3 CrossFireX 2 SLI, 3 CrossFireX 2 SLI, CrossFireX 2 SLI, CrossFireX NA 2 SLI, 3 CrossFireX 2 CrossFireX 2 SLI, CrossFireX 2 CrossFireX
PCI-e 3.0 Expansion Slots 4 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 x16 3 x16
4 x1
2 x16
4 x1
3 x16
3 x1
2 x16
4 x1
M.2 2 x4 3 x4 2 x4 2 x4 2 x4 2 x4 2 x4 2 x4 2 x4 2 x4 2 x4 2 x4 2 x4
SATA III 6 GB/s Ports 4 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 4 6 4 6 6
Ethernet Aquantia 5G
Intel 1G
Aquantia 5G
Intel 1G
Intel 1G Intel 1G Intel 1G Intel 1G Intel 1G Intel 1G Intel 1G Intel 1G Realtek 1G Intel 1G Intel 1G
WiFi NA 802.11ac 802.11ac 802.11ac 802.11ac NA 802.11ac NA 802.11ac NA NA NA NA
Audio SupremeFX S1220A SupremeFX S1220
ESS Sabre DAC
SupremeFX S1220 SupremeFX S1220
ESS Sabre DAC
SupremeFX S1220A SupremeFX S1220A SupremeFX S1220A SupremeFX S1220A SupremeFX S1220A Crystal S1220A Realtek ALC887 Realtek ALC887 Realtek ALC887
USB 3.1 Gen2 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 front
1 Type-C
1 Type-A
1 Type-C
1 Type-A
2 Type-A 1 Type-C
1 Type-A
1 Front 1 Type-C
1 Type-A
NA 2 Type-A 2 Type-A
Aura Sync headers 4 strip 4 strip 4 strip 2 strip
1 address
2 strip
1 address
2 strip
1 address
NA 1 strip 1 address 1 strip NA NA 1 strip
Price TBC TBC TBC $259.99 US $216.99 US $208.99 US $189.99 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 Name AORUS Z370 Gaming 7 AORUS Z370 Gaming 5 AORUS Z370 Ultra Gaming AORUS Z370 Gaming 3 AORUS Z370 Gaming K3 AORUS Z370 GAMING WIFI Gigabyte Z370XP SLI Gigabyte Z370 HD3P Gigabyte Z370 HD3
CPU Support Intel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUs Intel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUs Intel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUs Intel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUs Intel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUs Intel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUs Intel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUs Intel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUs Intel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUs
Form Factor ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX
Socket Type LGA 1151 LGA 1151 LGA 1151 LGA 1151 LGA 1151 LGA 1151 LGA 1151 LGA 1151 LGA 1151
Power Phases 10 Phase 10 Phase 7 Phase 7 Phase 7 Phase 7 Phase 6 Phase 7 Phase 7 Phase
CPU Power Connectors 1 x 8 Pin 1 x 8 Pin 1 x 8 Pin 1 x 8 Pin 1 x 8 Pin 1 x 8 Pin 1 x 8 Pin 1 x 8 Pin 1 x 8 Pin
DDR4 DIMM Slots 4 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 Slots 3 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.2 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 1
SATA III 6 GB/s Ports 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Ethernet 1 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 chip Intel GbE LAN chip Intel GbE LAN chip Intel GbE LAN chip Intel GbE LAN chip Intel GbE LAN chip
WiFi N/A Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac N/A N/A N/A Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac N/A N/A N/A
Audio Realtek ALC1220 codec Realtek ALC1220 codec Realtek ALC1220 codec Realtek ALC1220 codec Realtek ALC1220 codec Creative Sound Core 3D chip Realtek ALC1220 codec Realtek ALC1220 codec Realtek ALC892 codec
USB 3.1 Gen2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 N/A
USB 3.1 Gen1 7 7 7 7 8 10 10 7 8
USB 2.0 Ports 4 6 6 6 6 4 4 6 6
Price $249.99 US $199.99 US $169.99 US TBD TBD TBD $149.99 US $139.99 US $124.99 US
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