The ASUS Z370-lineup: ROG, Prime en TUF
ASUS bets big on Coffee Lake, with nearly fifteen different models. This is the only manufacturer that supplied us with a Mini-ITX motherboard before launch, namely the ROG Strix Z370-I Gaming. In total we already tested six new boards from their new lineup.
The TUF-series or The Ultimate Force was originally positioned in the high-end segment, but suffered from an identity crisis in the last years. The characteristic 'armor' was largely taken over by the ROG-series and only offering a lot of fan headers turned out to be too little to distinguish itself. Therefore ASUS now chooses to present the TUF-series, supplemented by the word 'Gaming', as entry-level models. The TUF Z370-Plus Gaming and TUF Z370-Pro Gaming are the first products in the new series - we have been able to test the latter model already.
In the middle segment we find the unchanged Prime-series, motherboards with reasonable specifications and a neutral design that does not necessarily have an emphasis on gaming. There are two models available here, the Prime Z370-P and Z370-A, where the A is slightly more expensive and has an I/O-cover, among other things. The ROG Strix-boards do have a typical gaming-design and every model differs slightly in colour scheme. In terms of features they offer SupremeFX-audio and addressable RGB-headers, among other things. These addressable RGB-headers allow you to control every led on the strip individually, which means that you can create certain effects.
Last but not least there are the 'true' Republic of Gamers-boards, of which we only tested the Maximus X Hero. Soon, a version of this that supports WiFi will be released and other ROG-models will follow as well in the long term. Examples of this are the Apex overclocking motherboard and the Formula for casemodders.