Information about ASUS motherboard with upcoming Intel Z97 Chipset was leaked in a China based website. According to the information, ASUS is preparing to release six new motherboards with LGA 1150 socket.
The motherboard models are Maximus VII Hero, Maximus VII Gene, Z97 Sabertooth Mark 1, Z97 Deluxe, Z97-WS and Maximus VII Ranger.
The information also provides the specifications and features that ASUS have implemented on the respected models of the motherboards. As one would expect, the enthusiast class motherboards will be with an array of overclocking features.
The Maximus VII Hero has overclock buttons and has 3 PCIe 3.0 x16 which can perform in x16, x16, x8 bandwidth. Therefore's also 3 PCIe 3.0 x1 slots and a M.2 PCIe SSD interface. There is a total of 8 SATA 6Gb/s ports, a USB 3.0 header and 4 DIMM slots. It requires power from an 8 PIN connector for the CPU.
The Maximus VII Gene is an m-ATX form-factor motherboard with up to two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots. In essence, its more of an m-ATX version of the Maximus VII Gene. There's also a third Maximus series motherboard with the Intel Z97 chip- The Maximus VII Ranger which will provide 'mid-range' offerings.
The Sabertooth Mark 1 will is paired with its TUF fortifier shielding and its trademark thermal armour plating.
The Z97 Deluxe is coming with a different gold tone, along with its array of implementations such as 16 Phase DIGI+ VRM, six SATA 6Gb/s ports, 1 SATA-Express port, one M.2 connector, dual gigabit ethernet, WLAN, USB 3.0 ports and three PCIe 3.0 x16 slots.
ASUS didn't give much information about the Z97-WS motherboard, but hopefully ASUS should be able to provide with all the required information about this motherboard and more about the rest of its lineups.