It looks like ASUS held an event overseas to show off their new Z97 motherboards. At this event they showed off their Republic of Gamers, TUF and Legacy Z97 motherboard lineups. In this post we will be focusing on their Republic of Gamers line.
As I’m sure most of you know ASUS’s Republic of Gamers line is aimed at gamers and enthusiasts alike. The new Z97 ROG board will have features like Intel Ethernet, LAN Guard, GameFirst III, Supreme FX, Sonic Radar, KeyBot, TrueVolt USB and Gamer Guardian. Currently we know that the ASUS Z97 ROG lineup is made up of the following products:
– ASUS ROG Maximus VII Hero
– ASUS ROG Maximus VII Gene
– ASUS ROG Maximus VII Ranger
As we know from the Z87 series the Hero board is more or less a value board, but still offers great features. We are expecting to see a Maximux VII Extreme and Maximus VII Formula board soon enough from ASUS. The Maximus VII Hero will feature a 12 phase DIGI+ VRM design. As far as expansion goes you will have three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (x16/x16/x8 electrical), three PCI-Express 3.0 x1 slots and a M.2 PCI-Express SSD interface. For storage you have 8 SATA 6GB/s ports and a USB 3.0 header. Other features of the board include OC Key, Power On / Off buttons, and a Clear CMOS button. Both the VRMs and PCH are cooled by some very aggressive heatsinks and the board has the normal ROG color scheme of red and black.
The ASUS ROG Maximus VII Gene is of course the Micro-ATX gaming board. It is perfect if you want to build a smaller gaming rig. It will retain the same overclocking features as the Hero board and has two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots and a PCI-Express 3.0 x4 slot. Storage will include 8 SATA 6GB/s ports and there is a USB 3.0 header as well. It does look like there will be a mPCI-E combo card that comes with the board as well. This will most likely have a M.2 interface and allow you to install a WiFi+Bluetooth module. Again both the PCH and VRMs are cooled by some beefy heatsinks.
The ASUS ROG Maximus VII Ranger is a new board that ASUS will be adding to their product stack. It looks to be the extreme value board in the ROG line. We actually saw many motherboard manufacturers add value boards to their gaming and higher-end lineups this past year. In any case this board will be a cut down version of the higher-end boards and will feature an 8 phase DIGI+ VRM. Expansion includes three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots and three PCI-Express 3.0 x1 slots and a single M.2 SSD interface. Storage includes six SATA 6GB/s ports and there is a USB 3.0 header. You will retain features like the SupremeFX audio chip, power and reset buttons and the diagnostic LED.
Of course this is not the entire ASUS Republic of Gamers Z97 lineup. We would expect to see the top of the line Maximus VII Extreme, the Maximus VII Formula and the Mini-ITX Maximus VII Impact. Stay tuned as we get more information as we get closer to the Z97 launch date.