Asus has unveiled the latest Zephyr motherboard for Intel’s new 8th Generation Core i5 processors, which are set to be available in mid-March for the first time.
The board comes with a choice of three DDR4 memory options, a two-way SLI option and a two PCIe x16 slots.
The Asus Zefr4-4200 will ship with a base price of €599 (around £499), and the Zef-4240 will run at €599.
Both boards are powered by a quad-core Intel Atom Z2560 (8.0 GHz, up to 2.4 GHz), while the Zephys are equipped with the same 4GB of RAM as the Zabr4 CPUs.
Asus also has a separate 4GB version for its Zephyrs and Zefs.
Both boards have a similar number of PCIe x4 slots, with the Zafr4 offering up to 32x PCIe 3.0 lanes, while the Asus board will support up to 64x PCIe 4.0.
The Zephries, meanwhile, will offer up to three PCIe 3:0 lanes.
We don’t yet know the exact capacity of the 4GB RAM onboard, though we expect it to be enough to handle a lot of gaming workloads.
The Zephs also support the latest SATA Express 2.0 specification, so that’s something to keep in mind.
While the Zebr4 and Zephry are set for launch around the same time, the Zb5 and Zebp4 will likely be released later, in April.
The boards will launch alongside Intel’s next-gen Xeon E5-2600V CPUs, which will be available for around £849 ($1,099) and £899 ($1.119) respectively.