Like moths to a flame, motherboard manufacturers just can't seem to resist the allure of adding configurable RGB LEDs to their latest and greatest products. At CES, Asus has added two new boards to the list of products featuring the company's Aura lighting system: the Asus 970 Pro Gaming/Aura and the Asus B150I Pro Gaming/Wi-Fi/Aura.
The Asus 970 Pro Gaming/Aura's primary claim to fame is that it is the first AMD 970 based motherboard with SLI certification. The other core specs are some of the best you can get from an AMD AM3+ board, including dual USB 3.1 ports, a PCIe 2.0 x4 M.2 slot and an Intel gigabit NIC. We don't yet know how those PCIe lanes will be split up if you want to fully populate the board, though. Asus tops off this board with its SupremeFX audio suite and a dedicated CPU liquid-cooler pump header.
The Asus B150I Pro Gaming/Wi-Fi/Aura is a Mini-ITX part from the Intel side of the fence. The budget-oriented B150 chipset means this board doesn't have all the PCIe lanes you'd expect from a "gaming" motherboard. That doesn't stop Asus from equipping it with an M.2 slot and 802.11ac Wi-Fi, though. The B150I also gets SupremeFX audio and a suite of gaming-specific software utilities.