Last month we saw Intel release information that a new chipset was on the horizon, the Z390 chipset, upgrading upon the Z370 chipset with support for up to six USB 3.1 Generation 2 ports at 10 Gb/s, up to ten USB 3.1 Generation 1 ports at the same speed, as well as integrated Wifi with dual band 802.11ac Wave 2 configuration.
Now there are rumors going around the internet that suggest a new line of Asus ROG Maxiumus motherboards that will be including the new chipset which will bump the roman numeral naming from Maximus X up to Maximus XI. An interesting move considering that the Z390 chipset is still part of the Coffee Lake series of processors, but then again, who are we to judge naming schemes?
Supposedly it has been confirmed that the new line of motherboard will hold the same naming format as the previous Z370 motherboards, which means that we’ll be getting a new line of motherboards along the line of:
-ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI CODE
-ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI EXTREME
-ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI FORMULA
-ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO
Along with a new line of STRIX motherboards:
-ASUS ROG STRIX Z390-E GAMING
-ASUS ROG STRIX Z390-F GAMING
-ASUS ROG STRIX Z390-H GAMING
-ASUS ROG STRIX Z390-I GAMING
Looking back at the new Z390 chipset, there are actually very few differences between that and the current Z370 chipset, other than the updated USB Ports, integrated Wifi and Bluetooth, and the option to have an SSD in the PCI express slots. They both share the same basic features of CPU overclocking with K series processors, RAID setups, and support for Optane memory which allows gamers to take full advantage of harddrives without the performance drop. You can check out the diagrams below to see all the differences of the two chipsets.
All in all, we’re still excited for the Z390, though we aren’t sure when we’ll get to see it, if anytime soon, it will be the official high-end chipset we’ve been waiting for. However, with the minor differences being so…well, minor, it’ll be interesting to see who actually goes for the new boards besides the uber-gamers who only want the best in their towers.
Personally, I could go without the improved networking, in fact, I’ve been using the same six dollar USB Wifi card in my computer for the past couple years without any real problem. Of course, having better USB 3.1 ports help for twice the data transfer speed, and if you ever want to run an external harddrive (if you really do need all that space) then doing any backup of your harddrive or even trying to run games out of it will be a piece of cake.