Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by bit-tech, 1 Nov 2017.
I have to say, that's one feature-packed ITX board. I love it.
Where are all the high-end mATX boards? I need at least 2 PCIe 3.0 slots bigger than x1, for GTX1080 & Intel 900P
But why X370? I know they are doing a cheaper B350 version, but what does (can?!) X370 offer on an ITX board that B350 doesn't cover?
Any idea on when this is available and where?
B350 has 6 PCI-E lanes compared to 8 for X370 but I've asked Asus for clarification on exactly what the differences are between the two boards - as you say, there appears to be very little and Asus has told me the B350 version will cost £25 less too!
Soon, it's already on pre-order at a few etailers
What etailers? I cannot find them.
Clicky - in the UK at least. Can't be certain elsewhere.
Ok, I've heard from Asus on this - (kudos to the UK PR for chasing it for me!). There is no difference basically. The X370 chipset does natively support more USB and SATA ports, but Asus hasn't added any extra to the X370 version of the board above what the B350 version supports/offers so both are essentially the same. Whether that was a physical limitation due to the small form factor or just a brand thing (X370 being seen as more a premium desirable product) I'm not sure. In short, if you can find the B350 version then get it as it should be cheaper, but Asus also told me it's unlikely both boards will be for sale in any one area and the B350 may be focussed on system builders too. Anyway, it's still a great board though in either guise
I'd guess it has everything to do with trying to compete with this:
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