So far I have seen over fifteen motherboards, from various brands, with the Intel Z-370 chipset, but not one of them is what I need. No. Sorry about this, but I want a motherboard without old tech on it. And two of the things I certainly don’t want to see on my next motherboard is:
1.) A D-SUB (DE-9) VGA connector.
2.) PS/2 connectors.
USB 3.1 Gen 2
What I need is proper USB 3.1 Gen 2 support. Not the slower USB 3.1 Gen 1 counterpart. I would also like to see at least two type C ports. Possibly four of them.
Note: the Z-370 chipset only supports USB 3.1 Gen 1. As in. Vendors will have to make use of the Asmedia chip for full Gen 2 support.
Grr. This is depressing. Why is there no Thunderbolt support on the new motherboards? Not even on motherboards with a price tag of (well) over 400 euro. With stupid names like “godlike gaming“. To me the only ‘god like’ part is the price tag. Complete madness. It’s not even the fastest motherboard.
I also want at least one DP port.
Motherboards with one or more HDMI connectors should at least support 2.0. HDMI 1.4 is no longer good enough.
And what’s up with all the plastic (covers) and added LED (strips) on so-called “pro” motherboards?
More importantly. Intel did release the Coffee Lake S/K processors, but it has no real answer, yet, that can compete one-to-one with the AMD Ryzen. Still not.
But hold on. Did you ever wonder why there is no Intel i7-8800(K)?
There may be a good reason for this. Maybe it needs a new chipset. The Z-390 that will become available some time next year, and maybe then we will get to see Intel’s answer to AMD Ryzen. We know that the Intel 8 core/16 threads Coffee Lake models are in the pipe line, but on which chipset they will be supported… I don’t know. But one thing is for sure. It’s just a matter of time that the 8-Core Coffee Lake will be released. I can’t wait, and thus I will skip the current/new motherboards with Z-370 chipset, because it’s not what I need.
Note: while I used “i7-8800(K)”, that may well become “i9-8800(K)” next year.
p.s. The CPUID for the 8-core Coffee Lake processors is: 0x906EC
Edit: The Asus ROG STRIX boards tick a lot of the boxes, but not all of them. This midrange board is sold with a premium, for no apparent reason. With working Thunderbolt 3 it would have been almost perfect. Except maybe for the lock bit-15 on MSR(0xE2). But hey. What else is new.