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Analyzing Z370 for Intel's 8th Generation Coffee Lake: A Quick Look at 50+ Motherboards

The launch of Intel’s new 8th Generation ‘Coffee Lake’ processors for desktops is going to be an interesting one. On one side it redefines Intel’s main product stack and its terminology (in a good way), but the motherboard side is going to get somewhat confusing. The new CPUs are using the LGA1151 socket, as found on the previous generation, but it uses the socket differently, making the motherboards and CPUs incompatible with each other. To get around this issue previously, Intel introduces a new name to help with the separation, but no such luck here. The new platform and socket will be supported by the 300-series chipset, with Z370 being the first member of that product family. In this overview, we perform a visual inspection and analysis on 50+ motherboards from the main motherboards manufacturers.

The Z370 Motherboard Spectrum

As part of this piece, we typically reach out to all the motherboard manufacturers and ask for high-quality images and specifications in advance of a launch. But as the official announcement date was moved up due to members of the press leaking the official slide decks in advance, motherboard manufacturers followed suit and have put their entire Z370 motherboard ranges online. This piece goes through all the ones we could find and gives them a thorough inspection, and at the time of writing, we are over 50+ different motherboards.

  • ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero
  • ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero (with WiFi)
  • ASUS ROG Maximus X Apex
  • ASUS Strix Z370-E Gaming
  • ASUS Strix Z370-F Gaming
  • ASUS Strix Z370-G Gaming
  • *ASUS Strix Z370-H Gaming
  • ASUS Strix Z370-I Gaming
  • ASUS TUF Z370-Pro Gaming
  • ASUS TUF Z370-Plus Gaming
  • ASUS Prime Z370-A
  • ASUS Prime Z370-P
  • GIGABYTE Z370 Gaming 7
  • GIGABYTE Z370 Gaming 5
  • GIGABYTE Z370 Gaming 3
  • GIGABYTE Z370 Gaming K3
  • GIGABYTE Z370 Gaming WiFi
  • GIGABYTE Z370 Ultra Gaming
  • *GIGABYTE Z370N WiFi
  • ECS Z370 Lightsaber
  • MSI Z370 Godlike Gaming
  • MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon
  • MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC
  • *MSI Z370I Gaming Pro Carbon AC
  • MSI Z370 Gaming M5
  • MSI Z370 Gaming Plus
  • MSI Z370 Krait Gaming
  • MSI Z370 Tomahawk
  • MSI Z370M Mortar
  • MSI Z370 SLI Plus
  • MSI Z370 PC Pro
  • MSI Z370 A Pro
  • ASRock Z370 Professional Gaming i7
  • ASRock Z370 Gaming K6
  • ASRock Z370 Extreme 4
  • ASRock Z370 Killer SLI
  • ASRock Z370 Killer SLI AC
  • ASRock Z370 Pro4
  • ASRock Z370 Taichi
  • ASRock Z370M Pro4
  • ASRock Z370M-ITX/ac
  • ASRock Z370 Gaming-ITX/ac
  • EVGA Z370 Classified
  • EVGA Z370 FTW
  • EVGA Z370 Micro
  • *Colorful iGame Vulkan X

The list of motherboards is mostly ATX sized products, with a few smaller microATX and mini-ITX in the mix. These motherboards range from $110 all the way up to $500, depending on the features.

*Some new boards still to add to our overview over the next week, stay tuned...

Intel Z370 Chipset

From a high level, the Z370 chipset is identical to the Z270 chipset. The connectivity is the same, the number of supported PCIe 3.0 lanes is the same, the available bifurcation is the same, the controller support is the same: it is the same chipset under a new name, to help identify the new motherboards that support Intel’s 8th Generation processors compared to the previous chipset for the previous generation of processors.

From the chipset directly we get 20-24 PCIe 3.0 lanes, six SATA 6 Gbps ports with support for RAID 0/1/5/10, a total of 14 USB ports (either 2.0 or 3.0, up to a maximum of ten USB 3.0), and support for network controllers, support for Thunderbolt 3, and support for Intel’s Optane memory as a boot drive. It’s critical that we say ‘support’ here, because the diagram above from Intel is misleading: Intel is not supporting Thunderbolt directly from the chipset, and motherboard manufacturers will have to include a Thunderbolt 3 controller in order to do so.

So on the face of it, the chipset is not too different. What will be different is on the motherboard-as-a-whole side.

Intel’s 8th Generation Coffee Lake Platform: CPU

The platform for the new Coffee Lake systems is going to look and feel very similar to the 7th Generation platform, with some minor differences, but this could lead to a lot of confusion.

Intel has made it very clear that the processors for the new generation will work only in Z370 motherboards, and not in the previous generation Z270 motherboards due to how the pins are arranged. In Intel’s 8th Gen datasheet posted online, a full pin-out is provided, showing the difference between the new Coffee Lake processors and the older Kaby Lake processors:

Coffee Lake (left), Kaby Lake (right)
Images from David Schor, Wikichip

With the new CPUs, more pins are converted from RSVD (reserved) to VCC (power) and VSS (ground), specifically, there are 18 more power pins and 14 more ground pins, with a slight rearrangement in how the pins are provided.

So the chips are different, especially with the support for hex-core processors, but that is not a big story. What is a big story is as mentioned at the top of the page - the physical socket is identical to the last platform: both use LGA1151, with processors that have equal notches in the packages, making it very easy to place the wrong CPU in the wrong motherboard.

Whoever thought this was a good idea at Intel needs to be fired. If the new CPU was labeled as LGA1153, still had 1151 pins but slightly different notches, this wouldn’t be an issue because users would not be able to misplace (and potentially damage) their new CPUs by placing them in the wrong motherboards.

Video and HDCP2.2 Support

Blowing up specialized sand aside, there is going to be a few differences in the capabilities of each platform. The new processors will support HDCP2.2 on both DP and HDMI, although an LSPCon is still needed for HDMI 2.0.

The video outputs for Coffee Lake will be similar to that on Kaby Lake, with three display pipes supported for motherboard manufacturers to configure as needed.

Memory Support

For the new processors, Intel is increasing memory support for any chip with a base design of at least six cores. In both single DIMM per channel (1DPC) and dual DIMMs per channel (2DPC), Intel will support up to DDR4-2666. For the quad-core parts, Intel will only support up to DDR4-2400 in both 2DPC and 1DPC mode. This is for both single and dual rank memory, which compared to AMD who has different support for each DPC and DRAM rank, Intel’s solution is a bit simpler.

It gets simple until we talk about AIO designs using the processors, which typically require SODIMM memory. For these parts, for both quad-core and hex-core, Intel is supporting DDR4-2400 at 1DPC and DDR4-2133 at 1DPC. LPDDR3 support is dropped entirely. The reason for supporting a reduced memory frequency in an AIO environment under SODIMMs is because these motherboards typically run their traces as chained between the memory slots, rather than a T-Topology which ensures helps with timing synchronization. Intel has made T-Topology part of the specification for desktop motherboards, but not for AIO or integrated ones, which explains the difference in DRAM speed support.

These supported frequencies follow JEDEC official sub-timings. Familiar system builders will be used to DDR4-2133 at a CAS Latency of 15, but as we increase the speed of the modules, the latency increases to compensate:

Intel’s official sub-timing support at DDR4-2666 is 19-19-19. Outside of enterprise modules, that memory does not really exist, because memory manufacturers can seem to create DDR4-2666 16-17-17 modules fairly easily, and these processors are typically fine with those sub-timings. CPU manufacturers typically only state ‘supported frequency at JEDEC sub-timings’ and do not go into sub-timing discussions, because most users care more about the memory frequency. If time permits, it would be interesting to see just how much of a performance deficit the official JEDEC sub-timings provide compared to what memory is actually on sale.

This Overview, and Why It Took Four Editors

Much like our previous motherboard overviews, the goal here is to go through each motherboard that we know about and do a visual inspection: tell you what goes where, if there's something new, or if there's an odd layout that doesn't make sense.

I (Ian) have to give big thanks to our motherboard review team who worked on this project, especially to Joe Shields who wrote up most of them, and to Gavin Bonshor for taking a day out to travel to ASUS UK and get some hands-on before the launch. Anton applied his usual excellence in his Price Overview.

Introduction and editing by Ian Cutress

ASUS by Gavin Bonshor
Pricing by Anton Shilov

With any luck, we will be firing up our full Z370 motherboard review engine over the next few weeks. If you see a motherboard in this list that tickles your fancy, let us know in the comments. 


Intel Z370 Express Chipset Motherboard List Surfaces

Intel Z370 Express Chipset Motherboard List Surfaces

With the speed of light Intel is prepping the Coffee lake launch with up-to 6-core processors. As you guys have learned these Socket LGA1151 procs will not work on your Z270 motherboard, you'll have to buy a new Z370 motherboard. A new list appeared on the web.

It is still unclear if older processors like 6th and 7th gen LGA1151 are upwards compatible on the X370 chipset as well. Anyhow, you can expect Z370 and B360 Express chipsets for the new Coffee lake processors series. The first series of motherboards for "Coffee Lake" processors has been listed, VideoCardz assembled a list of motherboards. Intel Core 8th Gen will launch in October. The exact date is not yet confirmed


  • PRIME Z370-P
  • PRIME Z370-A


  • ASRock Z370 Fatal1ty Professional Gaming i7
  • ASRock Z370 Fatal1ty Gaming K6
  • ASRock Z370 Extreme4
  • ASRock Z370 Killer SLI/ac
  • ASRock Z370 Pro4
  • ASRock Z370M-ITX/ac
  • ASRock Z370M Pro4



ProcessorCores / ThreadsClock speedTurbo 2.01-core Turbo 3.0 L3TDP
Core i7-8700K6/123.8 GHz4.3 GHz4.5 or 4.7 GHz12MB95W
Core i7-87006/123.2 GHz4.2 GHz4.4 GHz12MB65W
Core i5-8600K6/63.8 GHz4.2 GHz4.4 GHz9MB95W
Core i5-84006/62.8 GHz3.5 GHz3.8 GHz9MB65W
Core i3-83504/44.0 GHznana8MB95W
Core i3-81004/43.6 GHznana6MB65W

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1USB 2.0 Ports


3DVI-D Port


5USB 3.1 Gen 1 Ports



8PCI Express 3.0(GEN3)
CFX Support
ASUS SafeSlot Core support

Audio Features
  • LED-illuminated design
  • Audio shielding
  • Dedicated audio PCB layers
  • Premium Japanese audio capacitors

10AIO_PUMP Header

11DDR4 4000(O.C.) support

12Support 14nm CPU
Intel® LGA 1151 Socket

13Front USB 3.1 Gen 1

1432Gb/s M.2 x 4 support Intel® OptaneTM Memory Ready

15Intel® Z370 Chipset

1632Gb/s M.2 x 4 support Intel® OptaneTM Memory Ready

17SATA 6.0Gb/s Ports

Superb performance


ASUS Prime Z370 Series motherboards provide the solid foundation needed for your first build, plus loads of scope to grow with your ambitions. We've melded all the good stuff that's packed into the latest 8th Generation Intel® Core™ processors with essential ASUS design and engineering, so you benefit from industry-leading technologies — including automated system tuning, comprehensive cooling controls, immersive onboard audio, and support for the ASUS Fan Extension Card. Build smart and easy with ASUS Prime Z370.

Make your memory go faster

ASUS OptiMem preserves memory signal integrity by routing memory traces and vias to the optimal PCB layer, and our T-Topology layout ensures time-aligned signaling by balancing trace lengths between memory slots. These enhancements lead to more headroom for overclocking and improved stability, allowing memory speeds of DDR4-4000 and beyond with all slots populated.

Improved stability and overclocking

with all slots populated

DDR4 – 4000MHz

CPU : Intel LGA 1151 i7-8700K | Motherboard : Prime Z370-P | DRAM : G.Skill F4-4000C18Q-32GTZ*4 | Power : Corsair AX1500i | Water-cooling : Corsair H115i | OS: Windows 10

Reliable stability and compatibility

Prime series motherboards are engineered with industry-leading 5X Protection III, employing the finest components, excellent circuit design and exacting standards to guarantee the quality and long-term durability of your motherboard. That means exceptional protection and stability for your build — thanks to decades of engineering experience from the world's leading motherboard brand.

SafeSlot Core

Fortified PCIe slot prevents damage

SafeSlot Core is the ASUS-exclusive PCIe slot. Featuring a fortified design that's anchored to the motherboard by a special hook, Safeslot Core provides 1.6X-stronger retention and 1.3X-greater shearing resistance than standard expansion slots.

Our Prime Z370 motherboards also have strengthened solder points around both the PCIe and DIMM pins.


Pumped-up throughput, 2.5X-higher surge tolerance

ASUS LANGuard is hardware-level networking protection that employs signal-coupling technology and premium anti-EMI surface-mounted capacitors to ensure a more reliable connection and better throughput.

Overvoltage Protection

World-class circuit-protecting power design

An exclusive circuit design with built-in voltage regulators protects your motherboard from damage caused by unexpected high-level voltages from unstable or inferior power supplies.


Precision control for stable power

ASUS-exclusive DIGI+ VRM intelligently delivers power to the processor based on real-time demands, reducing energy waste and improving system stability.

Stainless-Steel Back I/O

3X corrosion-resistance for greater durability

Corrosion-resistant stainless-steel back I/O panels bonded with chromium oxide assure a lifespan that's 3X longer than ordinary panels.


Compatible devices and components

The superior compatibility of Prime Z370-P is evidenced by our extensive list of supported devices — which includes thousands of compatible components — and our Qualified Vendor List (QVL) that identifies memory compatibility. It all adds up to more choices for worry-free PC-building experiences.

Temperature and humidity tests

Ensures components withstand extreme conditions.

Thermal measurement tests

Ensures that the system remains cool and stable under the heaviest loads.

Insertion tests

Every port and connector is put through repeated installation cycles.

Aging tests

Up to 48-hour aging test ensures reliability.

Power-consumption tests

Checked for world-class energy efficiency.

Temperature and DC margin tests

Ensures that the motherboard is capable of coping with voltages fluctuations caused by varying temperatures.

Thermal-shock tests

Ensures ability to survive temperature changes during transportation.

Non-operation shock tests

Built to withstand jolts that may occur during shipping.

Burn-in tests

Every component is checked to ensure flawless operation.

Installation tests

Connector placement is double-checked to ensure hassle-free installation.

Drop tests

Drop tests from various heights ensure durability.

Salt and spray tests

Tested for I/O reliability, prolonged lifespan and rust-resistance.

One-stop controls

All-round energy efficiency

With the Energy Processing Unit (EPU) you'll enjoy system-wide power savings. The EPU automatically optimizes power consumption and maximizes savings with Away mode — a smart setting that creates an extreme energy-saving scenario by shutting down unused I/O controllers.

Flexible cooling controls for air or liquid

With Prime Z370-P you have comprehensive control over fans, water pumps, and even all-in-one (AIO) coolers ― all via Fan Expert 4 or our me UEFI. Whether you're cooling with air or water, Auto-Tuning mode intelligently configures all parameters with a single click.

Cooler by design

Prime Z370-P features the most comprehensive cooling controls ever, configurable via Fan Xpert 4 Core or the UEFI BIOS.

Each header can monitor and react to dedicated thermal sensors.

A dedicated PWM/DC header for self-contained water-cooling setups.

Each onboard header supports auto-detection of PWM or DC fans.

A dedicated integrated circuit protects each fan header from over-temperature and over-current.

Media-acclaimed UEFI BIOS

The smoothest, slickest mouse-controllable graphical BIOS has been improved to make it even more appealing. Whether you're a PC novice or a seasoned overclocker, EZ and Advanced modes will help you quickly find your way, quickly and easily.

EZ Tuning Wizard Quickly apply a CPU overclock to improve system performance, or configure a RAID array for faster data retrieval and backups

My Favorites Quickly discover tuning options and add preferred tools to the list.

Learn more

EZ mode

Intuitive graphical fan control: Fine-tune individual fans simply by dragging a curve with the mouse.

EZ XMP: Improve your DRAM performance with a click.

SATA Information: Display SATA port details that help you easily recognize drives.

Fast Clock Adjustment: Use mouse controls to change the time and date.

Advanced mode

Last Modified Log: Track last change and save preferred profiles onto a USB drive.

SATA Port Renaming: Rename SATA ports for easy identification.

Ultrafast connectivity


Speed up with onboard M.2 up to 32Gbps

With x4 PCI Express 3.0/2.0 bandwidth, M.2 supports up to 32Gbps data-transfer speeds. It's the perfect choice for an operating system or application drive, providing fast access to data.

Intel Optane memory

Intel Optane memory ready

Intel Optane™ is a revolutionary non-volatile memory technology supported by Prime Z370-P. Intel Optane memory modules accelerate attached storage to reduce boot and load times, so everything feels faster and more responsive.

Learn more >

USB 3.1 Gen 1 front-panel connector

Future-proof conectivity

We've put USB 3.1 Gen 1 right where you need it — with four super-speed headers on the front panel. Experience data-transfer speeds up to 10X faster than USB 2.0 with instant plug-and-play connectivity, and avoid back-breaking contortions in the hunt for hard-to-reach rear ports.

Upgrade to unrivalled audio

Outstanding audio

Combined onboard features deliver elevated audio

Intelligent design and premium hardware create audio quality unlike anything you've ever experienced!

Audio shielding

Separates analog/digital signal domains, significantly reducing multi-lateral interference.

Separate layer for left and right tracks

Ensures minimal crosstalk between audio paths.

Premium Japanese-made audio capacitors

Premium parts provide an immersive sound signature, with exceptional fidelity.

Visual beauty, virtual worlds

Brighten Up Your Build

LED-illuminated control for PCIe slot and trace paths

Built-in LED lighting options illuminate your build in a variety of eye-catching styles.

Beyond VR ready

Complete your immersion

Prime Z370-P isn't just VR ready — it goes way beyond. The ASUS Beyond VR Ready marque means that Prime Z370-P has been tested with loads of class-leading components to ensure that your productivity, gaming and entertainment needs are tuned for maximum performance. ASUS Beyond VR Ready opens up a new way to configure and build your dream system with total confidence.


Intel Z370 chipset The Intel® Z370 is a single-chipset design that supports 8th Generation Intel® Core™ LGA1151 processors. It provides improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability. Additionally, the Z370 provides a maximum of 10 USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, six SATA 6Gbps ports, and 32Gbps M.2 and PCIe 3.0 lane speed support, for faster data retrieval. Intel Z370 also supports integrated-graphics, so you'll enjoy the very latest in graphics performance.

Ready for Socket 1151 for 9th / 8th Gen Intel® Core, Pentium® Gold and Celeron® processors This motherboard supports Socket 1151 for 9th Gen and 8th Gen Intel® Core, Pentium® Gold and Celeron® processors, with integrated graphics, memory and PCI Express controllers to support onboard graphics output with dedicated chipsets, dual-channel (4-DIMM) DDR4 memory and 16 PCI Express 3.0/2.0 lanes for great performance.


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

Analysis  ⋮  Announcement  ⋮  Hardware  ⋮  PC

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.

Several Custom AMD Radeon RX 6600 Graphics Cards From XFX, PowerColor & ASRock Leak Out

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.

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:

Intel Core i9-12900K Spotted Running on Z690 AORUS Tachyon Motherboard & DDR5-8000 Memory

  • 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 Desktop Platform Chipset Comparison

Chipset NameAlder Lake-S (ADL-S) PCH / 600 Serie (Z690)Rocket Lake-S (RKL-S) PCH / 500 Series (Z590)Comet Lake-S (CML-S) PCH / 400 Series (Z490)Coffee Lake S (CNL-H) PCH / 300 Series (Z390/H370, B360, Q370, H310)Coffee Lake S (KBL-R) PCH / Z370 Platform
Process NodeTBA14nm14nm14nm22nm
Processor16C,12C,10C,6C,4C (Full corporate/consumer SKU stack at launch)8C, 6C (Full corporate/consumer SKU stack at launch)10C, 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
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
8C, 6C, 4C (6 Consumer SKUs at Launch)
Enhanced IA and Memory Overclocking
Gen 9 Intel Graphics GT2 (Up To 24 EUs)
Consumer Only
MemoryUp To DDR5-4800 (Native)
Up To DDR4-3200 (Native)
Up To DDR4-3200 (Native)Up To DDR4-2933 (Native)Up To DDR4-2666 (Native)Up To DDR4-2666 (Native)
Media, Display & AudioeDP / 4DDI (DP, HDMI) Display CapabilitiesDP 1.2 & HDMI 2.0, HBR3
HDCP 2.2 (HDMI 2.0a w/LSPCON)
12-bit AV1/HEVC & VP9 10-bit Enc/Dec, HDR, Rec.2020, DX12
Integrated Dual-Core Audio DSP With USB Audio offload
SoundWire Digital Audio Interface
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
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
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
I/O & ConnectivityIntegrated USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 (20G)
Integrated Intel Wireless-AC (Wi-Fi6E/ 7 BT CNVio) with Gig+
Integrated SDXC 4.0 Controller
Thunderbolt 4.0
Integrated USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 (20G)
Integrated Intel Wireless-AC (Wi-Fi6E/ BT CNVi)
Integrated SDXC 3.0 Controller
Thunderbolt 4.0 (Maple Ridge)
Integrated USB 3.2 Gen 2
Integrated Intel Wireless-AC (Wi-Fi / BT CNVi)
Integrated SDXC 3.0 Controller
Thunderbolt 3.0 (Titan Ridge) w/ DP 1.4
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
Integrated USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
Thunderbolt 3.0 (Alpine Ridge)
StorageNext-Gen Intel Optane memory
PCIe 5.0, 6x SATA 3.0
Next-Gen Intel Optane memory
PCIe 4.0, 6x SATA 3.0
Next-Gen Intel Optane memory
PCIe 3.0, 6x SATA 3.0
Next Gen Intel Optane memory
PCIe 3.0, 6x SATA 3.0
Next Gen Intel Optane memory
PCIe 3.0, 6x SATA 3.0
SecurityN/AN/AIntel SGX 1.0Intel SGX 1.0Intel SGX 1.0
Power ManagementC10 & S0ix Support for Modern StandbyC10 & S0ix Support for Modern StandbyC10 & S0ix Support for Modern StandbyC10 & S0ix Support for Modern StandbyC8 Support

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

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ASUS ROG Maximus X Formula Motherboard

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ASUS ROG Maximus X Code Motherboard

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ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero Motherboard

ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-E Gaming Motherboard

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ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-F Gaming Motherboard

ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-G Gaming Motherboard

ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-H Gaming Motherboard

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ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-I Gaming Motherboard

ASUS PRIME Z370-A Motherboard

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ASUS PRIME Z370-P Motherboard

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ASUS TUF Z370-PRO Gaming Motherboard

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ASUS TUF Z370-Plus Gaming Motherboard

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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
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
AudioSupremeFX S1220ASupremeFX S1220
SupremeFX S1220SupremeFX S1220
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
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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
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
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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Top 5 Intel Z370 Motherboards

By Steven Walton

After looking at our selection of the best budget-oriented AMD B350 motherboards, now we're looking at our favorite Z370 motherboards meant to be coupled with Intel's latest 8th-gen Core processors a.k.a. Coffee Lake. There are loads of great Z370 motherboards to choose from and pricing starts at a little over $100.

We've considered multiple options from the likes of Asus, Asrock, MSI, Gigabyte, SuperMicro and Evga, breaking down choices in the categories described below based on budget and form factor. The good news is that for the most part you can’t go really wrong, but as usual we hope these picks can help you narrow down your choices.

Best Entry-Level

MSI Z370-A Pro

The Contenders

For those wanting to save every last dollar on a faster GPU. There are a few candidates here priced between $120 and $130. The Asus Prime Z370-P looks okay, not great but a decent offering. That said we’re going to swipe left on that one, I swear Asus is incapable of competitive pricing their motherboards, $140 for a board with budget audio and networking, and super underwhelming storage options, next.

For $10 less the Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming WiFi is an attractive option with Intel Gigabit networking, Creative Sound Core 3D audio, 6 SATA ports and Wireless networking with Bluetooth. You can also get the Asrock Z370 Pro4 at this price and while that board has a better VRM it does away with WiFi support and offers a cheaper audio solution.

Then we have the cheapest board and arguably the best, the MSI Z370-A Pro. This unassuming Z370 motherboard overclocks like a champ, pushing both 8th-gen CPUs and DDR4 memory to the max. The feature set won’t blow your socks off but overall a high quality board that can’t be beat at this price, so MSI’s Z370-A Pro wins my best entry-level board award.

Coming in second I agonized over the Asrock Z370 Pro4 and Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming WiFi, both selling for $130 right now. The Asrock board is arguably the better overclocker but the Aorus is no slouch either. For us the Gigabyte board is the more well-rounded offering an unbeatable feature set at this price point, so it’s the runner up.

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Best Value All-Rounder

ASRock Z370 Extreme 4

The Contenders

For those willing to spend a little more there’s no shortage of options but the standouts are listed above. Again, the Asus is quite solid but sadly overpriced at $175, this feels more like a $140-ish motherboard.

The other three boards are so evenly matched it’s difficult to make a pick. Though the Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Ultra Gaming has suffered reports of high VRM temperatures and I’ve noticed very mixed reviews online, particularly at Newegg, so with possible issues there I’d look to either the MSI Z370 Gaming M5 or Asrock Z370 Extreme4.

For me the Asrock Z370 Extreme4 is the winner here. The board is not just the most affordable of the bunch but offers a great feature set and very solid VRM. User reviews for this one are also overwhelmingly positive everywhere you look. The Asrock UEFI is easy to navigate and overclocking is a breeze, even for novice users.

Still if you can’t get the Z370 Extreme4 or don't care much for Asrock, a worthy alternative is MSI’s Z370 Gaming M5 which on top of well rounded is an awesome looking motherboard, too.

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Best of the Best, No Compromises

MSI Z370 Godlike Gaming

The Contenders

So you want the best of the best, you don’t care if your motherboard costs more than the CPU, you’ve got money to burn. Well in that case you can skip over Gigabyte and Asrock, at least for now, both are too reserved for the likes of you. $220 for Gigabyte’s Gaming 7 and Asrock’s Taichi... you don’t have time for that mainstream rubbish.

Asus does offer a few high-end boards like the ROG Maximus X Apex, an interesting looking board for $350. The focus for the Apex is on overclocking and that comes with a number of compromises making this specialist too focused for this category. Then there’s the Maximus X Formula, Asus has caked it in that plastic armor and I don’t know about you, but I find that incredibly tacky on a $450 motherboard. I find it tacky on any motherboard to be honest, but at this price point it just seems out of place.

There’s also the MSI Z370 Godlike at an insane $500, but it’s a pretty awesome motherboard that one. Still MSI has gone a bit overboard on the plastic bits here as well and for reasons I’ll never understand they’ve shielded the VRM heatsinks from airflow using plastic covers, they’ve got RGB though, so worth it, am I right?

Seriously though. I really can’t give MSI a hard time over this, the Z370 Godlike is an amazing motherboard. I was able to reach an incredible 5.3 GHz with the 8700K, something no other Z370 board has been able to replicate.

Despite the plastic shrouds the VRM temp under full load remained surprisingly low. We're talking around 70 degrees, which is most impressive. So a well deserved win here for MSI, even if the board does cost $500, though the feature list is unlike anything I’ve seen before.

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Best Micro ATX

Asrock Z370M Pro4

The Contenders

If you’ve got 24.4 x 24.4 cm worth of motherboard tray to fill, which Z370 motherboard should you get? Well, your options here are extremely limited, there are three ways to go that I’m aware of, and just one of them makes sense.

The Asrock Z370M Pro4 is the obvious choice as it’s the MicroATX version of the similar sounding Z370 Pro4 that we looked at earlier. Priced at $130 you get a very solid VRM, 4-DIMM slots, 6-SATA ports, Intel Gigabit LAN and two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, though of course the second is only wired for x4 bandwidth.

For considerably more, the Asus ROG Strix Z370-G Gaming can be had at $185, but you’ll be hard pressed to work out what you’re getting for the extra $55. Asus does have a better audio solution, you also get wireless networking and a few extra USB ports. That said you also get tightly packed PCIe x16 slots and VRM heatsinks without proper fins.

Then there’s the insanely underwhelming EVGA Z370 121-KS-E375-KR. You have to wonder how EVGA came up with that name, but that aside, for an expensive $200 you get Intel Gigabit networking, no wireless, a basic Realtek ALC1220 codec, standard storage and basic a USB configuration, no Type-C. Crazy, but not at this price point, thank you very much.

So Asrock and their practical Z370M Pro4 win this category, almost by default.

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Best Mini-ITX

ASRock Fatal1ty Z370 Gaming-ITX/AC

The Contenders

I know what you’re thinking, MicroATX boards are pretty big, but don’t worry, we do have something smaller. There are a few nice Mini-ITX Z370 boards on offer and the three most expensive and best include the Asus ROG Strix Z370-I Gaming for $190, as well as the Asrock Fatal1ty Z370 Gaming-ITX/ac, and MSI Z370I Gaming Pro Carbon AC for $180.

Of those three boards I don’t think you can go wrong. I like the Asrock for its plethora of USB 3.0 ports including a Type-C on the I/O panel. It also offers all 6 SATA ports along with an M.2 on the back of the board. The VRM is solid and you get Thunderbolt 3, Intel wired and wireless networking along with a nice audio solution.

The MSI model lacks the same degree of USB 3.0 support, drops two SATA ports and the four ports that do exist are poorly positioned on the board. So of the two I’m leaning towards the Asrock model.

Then there’s the Asus ROG Strix Z370-I Gaming which costs just $10 more, arguably looks better in terms of aesthetics and it offers two M.2 ports, though does only support 4 SATA ports. The VRM looks great on this model, too.

I’m not a fan of the Gigabyte Z370N WiFi. At $160, it’s a good bit cheaper than the models just discussed, the VRM isn’t nearly as impressive though the rest of the feature set is quite solid. However you can get a similar level of features from the $135 Asrock Z370M-ITX/ac, so if I was after an affordable Z370 Mini-ITX board, that’s what I’d go with.

So for this category I was going to call it a tie between Asrock and Asus, however after seeing numerous complaints of coil whine with the Asus, I'll favor the Asrock option.

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The Z370 Chipset & Graphics

The Z370 Chipset

Much to the dismay of enthusiasts everywhere, you can't buy a Coffee Lake-based CPU and drop it into the fancy Z270 motherboard you may have purchased a few months ago. Instead, you'll have to pony up for a 300-series motherboard. You also can't bring your Skylake or Kaby Lake processor over to a Z370-based platform, even though both sides employ LGA 1151 interfaces.

Intel makes more money selling CPUs than chipsets, so creating an upgrade path would have made sense. But the company tells us that it needed optimized memory trace routing to support DDR4-2666, and it also improved power delivery to support six-core models. It also beefed up package power delivery for overclocking.

According to Intel's specification sheet, the increased package power delivery consists of 18 pins repurposed to VCC (previously designated as reserve pins). There are also changes to the socket that reassign behaviors to some pins, such as swapping Normal Open (NO) and Normal Closed (NC) settings. Intel also improved power delivery to the graphics engine, and although the specific changes there remain undefined, that might improve HD Graphics overclocking.

The changes mean upgrading to Z370 is a technical necessity, rather than planned obsolescence. Regardless, though, AMD's planned support for Socket AM4 through 2020 makes Intel's Z370 chipset requirement appear all the more painful.

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CPU-based I/O remains unchanged from Kaby Lake; you still get 16 lanes of PCIe 3.0. Again, though, the whole platform supports up to 40 lanes. The extra 24 originate from the PCH, stuck behind a four-lane DMI 3.0 connection that links the core logic and CPU. As you might imagine, this PCIe-like interconnect can become a bottleneck if enough devices (like M.2 SSDs) are working behind it.

The 22nm Z370 chipset is rated at 6W, and is mostly identical to Z270. It offers up to 10 USB 2.0, 14 USB 3.0, and six SATA 6Gb/s ports. Intel added support for Thunderbolt 3, but hasn't provided much detail on the implementation. Z370 also retains support for Intel Optane Memory. Even the ME version 11 is listed similarly on Intel's ARK, though we do know that Z370's Management Engine doesn't allow Kaby Lake processors to boot on the platform. Two memory channels support up to two DIMMs per channel and a maximum of 64GB. Intel does not support ECC on any of its models (compared to AMD, which does allow motherboard vendors to enable ECC support).

Intel offers a few unique benefits to enthusiasts, such as the XTU (Extreme Tuning Utility) and support for XMP 2.0. The Performance Tuning Protection Plan is also available, which covers damage from overclocking. The price for the warranty plan varies per SKU, and Intel hasn't provided a detailed breakdown for Coffee Lake yet. We aren't aware of any AMD-equivalent coverage.

Intel UHD Graphics 630

Intel will have an optimized graphics driver soon after launch, but we don't see any significant improvements (beyond HDCP 2.2 support for DP 1.2a) to the Gen 9 LP (Low Power) engine. We still get subslices with eight EUs each (totaling 24 EUs in a GT2 configuration), accelerated slightly by a 50 MHz maximum frequency increase across the board.

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The biggest change comes from Intel's marketing department, which "upgraded" the High Definition (HD) Graphics 630 brand to Ultra High Definition (UHD) Graphics 630. Apparently, that means the company supports the same legacy VP8 and AVC codecs, HEVC 10-bit decode/encode, VP9 8/10-bit decode, VP9 8-bit encode (no support for VP9 10-bit encode), HDR, and Wide Color Gamut features. The processors now come in 6+2 (i5 and i7) and 4+2 (i3) configurations.


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