When you hear "Republic of Gamers", you probably start thinking of high-end parts like the Maximus motherboards and Strix graphics cards. If that's the case, the two new motherboards coming from Asus' ROG division may be a surprise. Check out the B250H Gaming and B250G Gaming. Both of these LGA 1151 mobos use Intel's B250 chipset and provide budget-priced platforms for high-performance gaming rigs.
These actually aren't ROG's first motherboards using the B250 chipset—the B250F Gaming holds that title. The two new offerings skip a few of the niceties on that model (like USB 3.1 ports) in exchange for a spiffy black-and-red color scheme and a lower price. You still get four DDR4 memory slots, six USB 3.0 ports, six 6 Gbps SATA ports, and a pair of PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 sockets. One of the M.2 sockets on each board also supports an Optane cache drive, while the other supports SATA M.2 drives.
Asus opted for Intel-powered Gigabit Ethernet on these boards, while audio comes by way of the ROG "SupremeFX" suite powered by Realtek's excellent ALC1220 codec. The only difference in the two boards is that the B250H Gaming is an ATX motherboard while the B250G fits a microATX form factor. The extra size wins the B250H an extra PCIe x16 slot (only x4 electrically) and an extra PCIe x1 slot.
Of course, all overclocking is locked out on motherboards using Intel's B250 chipset, including memory overclocking. As a result, CPUs will be limited to their maximum turbo frequency, and memory speeds will be limited to 2400 MT/s. However, given the high clock rates on offer from Intel's latest CPUs, we reckon all but the most demanding gamers will be satisfied with the stock speeds.
We couldn't find the B250G Gaming or B250H Gaming at e-tail yet, but the Guru of 3D got word that Asus will be asking €129 (or $137) for the B250H Gaming and just €99 ($105) for the B250G.