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The ASUS Z490 series features innovative designs that unleash the power of the latest 10th Gen Intel® Core processors. With intelligent overclocking, revolutionary cooling, robust power solutions, optimized memory and next-gen connectivity, these boards come equipped to help you get the most out of your next Intel Z490 build. Yet, each model has its own distinctive traits, designed with specific segments in mind. Which one suits you?

AI MOTHERBOARD

AI Overclocking

Tuning is now faster and smarter than ever before. AI Overclocking profiles the CPU and cooling to predict the optimal configuration for each system.

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AI Cooling

AI Cooling automatically manages and controls motherboard connected fans, ensuring the most efficient settings depending on the current system load and temperature.

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AI Networking

GameFirst VI optimizes and organizes network bandwidth, effectively reducing jitter and eliminating spike lag to ensure smooth online gameplay.

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Unleash Maximum Performance

With an industry-leading teamed power stage VRM design, a new daisy-chain signalling topology for better DDR4 RAM overclocking, ASUS OptiMem technology, and AI Overclocking to intelligently boost the performance of Intel® 10th Gen Core™ processors, ASUS motherboards provide the rock-solid foundation you need to harness the full potential of the components in your build for top-tier gaming.

ROBUST POWER DESIGN

Extreme reliable power, digitally controlled.

Digital power control and an array of teamed power stages with ProCool II connectors, high-quality alloy chokes, and durable capacitors provide reliable power when pushing CPU performance to the limit.

Boosted Memory

Record-breaking performance with ASUS OptiMem technology.

ASUS OptiMem technology proprietary trace layout allows memory kits to operate at higher frequencies with lower voltages to maximize system performance.

AI Overclocking

Overclocking doesn’t have to involve frequent reboots or complex calculations!

ASUS AI Overclocking can lend you a helping hand in pushing your CPU to its limits. Its proprietary algorithm carefully grades the quality of your CPU’s silicon and predicts its optimal clock speed and voltage settings in a given system. Dedicated control hardware and software keep an eye on temperature, fan speeds, and power draw to ensure there’s enough cooling power when the system is under load.

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Comprehensive Cooling

Maintaining system stability is paramount under high load. ASUS Z490 motherboards employ large VRM and chipset heatsinks that effectively dissipate heat for reliable sustained performance. New AI Cooling technology balances thermals and acoustics by automatically reducing fan speeds under steady-state loads to minimize noise levels while maintaining component temperatures.

Enhanced Heatsink

An array of enhanced cooling solutions, including newly designed VRM heatsinks with heatpipes, effective passive PCH heatsinks, and dedicated M.2 heatsinks ensure ASUS Z490 series motherboards deliver efficient, stable operation even when pushed to the limit.

AI Cooling

AI Cooling is an all-new system that can reduce system fan noise by up to 37% under sustained loads. AI Cooling works in tandem with our industry-leading Q-Fan intelligence and kicks in when the CPU is operating under a steady load. It slows the fan while maintaining a consistent CPU temperature, ensuring that your cooling system isn’t making any more noise than necessary to keep temperatures low.

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Fastest Connectivity

WiFi 6 support from Intel AX201 adapters, abundant USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 ports, and onboard Thunderbolt™ 3 headers ensure you can expand your system as needed and enjoy exceptionally smooth online and LAN play.

WiFi 6 (802.11ax)

The latest WiFi 6 (802.11ax) standard delivers high-efficiency wireless connectivity for better gaming performance on compatible networks. It also offers Bluetooth 5.1 for connections that are up to 2X faster and 4X further-reaching than before.

Intel 2.5G Ethernet

Onboard Intel 2.5G Ethernet gives your wired connection a boost. Up to a 2.5X performance improvement over standard Ethernet connections gives you faster file transfers, the lowest-latency gaming and smoother high-res video streaming.

thunderbolt3

Experience blistering speeds and single-cable convenience.

The THUNDERBOLTEX 3 expansion card adds twin Thunderbolt™ 3 ports that support up to 40Gbps of bi-directional bandwidth. Integrated DisplayPort 1.4 inputs enable single-cable connectivity for displays with up to 8K resolution.

USB 3.2 Gen 2x2

USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C ports provide ultimate flexibility and blazing data-transfer speeds of up to 20Gbps.

CHOOSE YOUR Z490

  • ROG MAXIMUS

    Overclockers & extreme gamers

  • ROG STRIX

    Style-conscious gamers

  • TUF GAMING

    Casual gamers & first-time builders

  • PRIME

    All-round PC builders

  • PROART

    Creative professionals

ROG MAXIMUS

ROG Maximus XII motherboards feature comprehensive cooling to meet the demands of the latest Z490 processors and high-performance memory. And, with premium components and extensive connectivity, these boards are perfect for Intel Comet Lake power rigs.

ROG MAXIMUS XII EXTREME

The Extreme raises the bar for liquid-cooled systems with extreme power, a comprehensive thermal design and premium components to give you the performance edge.

  • EATX

  • 16* Power Stages
    *All for Vcore

  • OptiMem III

  • USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C

  • Marvell® 10Gb, Intel® 2.5Gb Ethernet, Intel WI-FI6

  • AI Overclocking, AI Cooling, AI Networking

ROG MAXIMUS XII FORMULA

The Formula is ready for custom liquid cooling with a CrossChill EK III VRM block and offers extensive styling and customization options for premium builds.

  • ATX

  • 16* Power Stages
    *All for Vcore

  • OptiMem III

  • CrossChill EK III

  • Marvell® 10Gb, Intel® 2.5Gb Ethernet, Intel WI-FI6

  • AI Overclocking, AI Cooling, AI Networking

ROG MAXIMUS XII HERO (WI-FI)

The Hero is the perfect introduction to the Republic of Gamers. It comes loaded with renowned ROG features under a stealthy guise.

  • ATX

  • 14+2 Power Stages

  • OptiMem III

  • Triple PCIe 3.0 M.2

  • Marvell® 5Gb, Intel® 1Gb Ethernet, Intel WI-FI 6

  • AI Overclocking, AI Cooling, AI Networking

ROG MAXIMUS XII APEX

The Apex is the premiere overclocking platform for LN2 enthusiasts looking to unlock the full potential of the 10th Gen Intel Core processors.

  • ATX

  • 16* Power Stages
    *All for Vcore

  • OptiMem III

  • Overclocker's toolkit

  • Intel® 2.5Gb Ethernet, Intel WI-FI 6

  • AI Overclocking, AI Cooling

ROG STRIX

ROG Strix Gaming motherboards pack essential ROG features in cutting-edge designs accessible to all gamers. With guaranteed ROG performance and cyber-punk aesthetics in a wide range of form factors, ROG Strix Gaming motherboards deliver unbeatable performance with a strong dose of style.

ROG Strix Z490-E Gaming

The flagship in the ROG Strix lineup, ROG Strix Z490-E Gaming delivers boosted power delivery, optimized cooling and WiFi 6, and sports stylish cyber-punk aesthetics.

  • ATX

  • 14+2 Power Stages

  • MOS heatsinks with U-shaped heatpipe

  • Dual PCIe 3.0 M.2

  • Intel® 2.5Gb Ethernet, Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (AX201)

  • AI Overclocking, AI Cooling, AI Networking

ROG Strix Z490-A Gaming

This is the first ROG Strix model to sport a stunning white and silver color scheme, giving gamers an all new option for high-performance builds.

  • ATX

  • 12+2 Power Stages

  • Massive MOS heatsinks

  • Dual PCIe 3.0 M.2

  • Intel® 2.5 Gb Ethernet

  • AI Overclocking, AI Cooling, AI Networking

ROG Strix Z490-I Gaming

Tiny but powerful, ROG Strix Z490-I Gaming features a revolutionary miniature active-cooling design and triple-decker heatsinks to ensure powerful performance in a compact package.

  • Mini ITX

  • 8+2 Power Stages

  • Triple-decker Heatsink

  • Dual PCIe 3.0 M.2

  • Intel® 2.5Gb Ethernet, Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (AX201)

  • AI Overclocking, AI Cooling, AI Networking

ROG Strix Z490-F Gaming

As the sibling to ROG Strix Z490-E Gaming, this motherboard features similar up-rated power delivery and cooling design without onboard WiFi.

  • ATX

  • 12+2 Power Stages

  • MOS heatsinks with U-shaped heatpipe

  • Dual PCIe 3.0 M.2

  • Intel® 2.5 Gb Ethernet

  • AI Overclocking, AI Cooling, AI Networking

ROG Strix Z490-H Gaming

Decked out in the classic black and red color combination, ROG Strix Z490-H Gaming is perfect for gamers who prefer the original ROG style in an ATX form factor.

  • ATX

  • 12+2 Power Stages

  • Massive MOS heatsinks

  • Dual PCIe 3.0 M.2

  • Intel® 2.5 Gb Ethernet

  • AI Overclocking, AI Cooling, AI Networking

ROG STRIX Z490-G GAMING (WI-FI)

ROG Strix Z490-G Gaming (Wi-Fi) offers another form-factor choice for gamers who require the trusted power, cooling and WiFi performance of the latest ROG Strix motherboards in an mATX package.

  • mATX

  • 12+2 Power Stages

  • Massive MOS heatsinks

  • Dual PCIe 3.0 M.2

  • Intel® 2.5Gb Ethernet, Intel® WiFi 6 (AX201)

  • AI Overclocking, AI Cooling, AI Networking

ROG Strix Z490-G Gaming

ROG Strix Z490-G Gaming delivers the same no-compromise performance and features of its mATX sibiling, just without on-board WiFi.

  • mATX

  • 16 Power stage

  • OptiMem III

  • Overclocker's toolkit

  • Intel WiFi 6 (AX201)

  • AI Overclocking, AI Cooling, AI Networking

TUF GAMING

The TUF Gaming Z490 series distills essential elements of the latest Intel® platform and combines them with game-ready features and military-grade components for proven durability and stability. You'll also benefit from the TUF Gaming Alliance of trusted component partners that ensure the best compatibility and aesthetics.

TUF GAMING Z490-PLUS (WI-FI)

  • ATX

  • 12+2 DrMOS Power Stages

  • VRM and M.2 heatsinks

  • Intel Wi-Fi 6 (AX201), Intel® 1Gb Ethernet

  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A & Type-C ®, Thunderbolt™ 3 header

  • Dual M.2

TUF GAMING Z490-PLUS

  • ATX

  • 12+2 DrMOS Power Stages

  • VRM and M.2 heatsinks

  • Intel® 1Gb Ethernet

  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A & Type-C ®, Thunderbolt™ 3 header

  • Dual M.2

PRIME

Dressed in a professional attire, the Prime Z490 series caters to users with serious pursuits in mind who prefer to put their 10th Gen Intel processors to productive use. Prime Z490, known for its all-around hardware specs and ASUS signature features, includes a wide range of tuning options for accessible performance.

PRIME Z490-A

  • ATX

  • 12+2 DrMOS Power Stages

  • VRM and M.2 heatsinks

  • Intel® 2.5 Gb Ethernet

  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A & Type-C ®, Thunderbolt™ 3 header

  • Dual M.2

PRIME Z490-P

  • ATX

  • 10+1 DrMOS Power Stages

  • VRM heatsink

  • Realtek 1Gb Ethernet

  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A®, Thunderbolt™ 3 header

  • Dual M.2

PRIME Z490M-PLUS

  • mATX

  • 8+1 DrMOS Power Stages

  • VRM heatsink

  • Intel® 1Gb Ethernet

  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A & Type-C ®

  • Dual M.2


Every aspect of ProArt Z490-CREATOR 10G is built to remove barriers and designed in pursuit of immense performance for professionals in 3D modeling and rendering, animation, media production and game development, letting you concentrate on creativity and push the bounds of the possible.

ATX12+2 DrMOS Power StagesIntel ® 2.5Gb Ethernet + HYPER 10G LAN CARDDual Thunderbolt™ 3 portsDual M.2AI Overclocking, AI Cooling, CreationFirst

ROG MAXIMUS XII EXTREME

The Extreme raises the bar for liquid-cooled systems with extreme power, a comprehensive thermal design and premium components to give you the performance edge.

  • EATX

  • 16* Power Stages
    *All for Vcore

  • OptiMem III

  • USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C

  • Marvell® 10Gb, Intel® 2.5Gb Ethernet, Intel WI-FI6

  • AI Overclocking, AI Cooling, AI Networking

ROG MAXIMUS XII FORMULA

The Formula is ready for custom liquid cooling with a CrossChill EK III VRM block and offers extensive styling and customization options for premium builds.

  • ATX

  • 16* Power Stages
    *All for Vcore

  • OptiMem III

  • CrossChill EK III

  • Marvell® 10Gb, Intel® 2.5Gb Ethernet, Intel WI-FI6

  • AI Overclocking, AI Cooling, AI Networking

ROG MAXIMUS XII HERO (WI-FI)

The Hero is the perfect introduction to the Republic of Gamers. It comes loaded with renowned ROG features under a stealthy guise.

  • ATX

  • 14+2 Power Stages

  • OptiMem III

  • Triple PCIe 3.0 M.2

  • Marvell® 5Gb, Intel® 1Gb Ethernet, Intel WI-FI 6

  • AI Overclocking, AI Cooling, AI Networking

ROG MAXIMUS XII APEX

The Apex is the premiere overclocking platform for LN2 enthusiasts looking to unlock the full potential of the 10th Gen Intel Core processors.

  • ATX

  • 16* Power Stages
    *All for Vcore

  • OptiMem III

  • Overclocker's toolkit

  • Intel® 2.5Gb Ethernet, Intel WI-FI 6

  • AI Overclocking, AI Cooling

ROG Strix Z490-E Gaming

The flagship in the ROG Strix lineup, ROG Strix Z490-E Gaming delivers boosted power delivery, optimized cooling and WiFi 6, and sports stylish cyber-punk aesthetics.

  • ATX

  • 14+2 Power Stages

  • MOS heatsinks with U-shaped heatpipe

  • Dual PCIe 3.0 M.2

  • Intel® 2.5Gb Ethernet, Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (AX201)

  • AI Overclocking, AI Cooling, AI Networking

ROG Strix Z490-A Gaming

This is the first ROG Strix model to sport a stunning white and silver color scheme, giving gamers an all new option for high-performance builds.

  • ATX

  • 12+2 Power Stages

  • Massive MOS heatsinks

  • Dual PCIe 3.0 M.2

  • Intel® 2.5 Gb Ethernet

  • AI Overclocking, AI Cooling, AI Networking

ROG Strix Z490-I Gaming

Tiny but powerful, ROG Strix Z490-I Gaming features a revolutionary miniature active-cooling design and triple-decker heatsinks to ensure powerful performance in a compact package.

  • Mini ITX

  • 8+2 Power Stages

  • Triple-decker Heatsink

  • Dual PCIe 3.0 M.2

  • Intel® 2.5Gb Ethernet, Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (AX201)

  • AI Overclocking, AI Cooling, AI Networking

ROG Strix Z490-F Gaming

As the sibling to ROG Strix Z490-E Gaming, this motherboard features similar up-rated power delivery and cooling design without onboard WiFi.

  • ATX

  • 12+2 Power Stages

  • MOS heatsinks with U-shaped heatpipe

  • Dual PCIe 3.0 M.2

  • Intel® 2.5 Gb Ethernet

  • AI Overclocking, AI Cooling, AI Networking

ROG Strix Z490-H Gaming

Decked out in the classic black and red color combination, ROG Strix Z490-H Gaming is perfect for gamers who prefer the original ROG style in an ATX form factor.

  • ATX

  • 12+2 Power Stages

  • Massive MOS heatsinks

  • Dual PCIe 3.0 M.2

  • Intel® 2.5 Gb Ethernet

  • AI Overclocking, AI Cooling, AI Networking

ROG STRIX Z490-G GAMING (WI-FI)

ROG Strix Z490-G Gaming (Wi-Fi) offers another form-factor choice for gamers who require the trusted power, cooling and WiFi performance of the latest ROG Strix motherboards in an mATX package.

  • mATX

  • 12+2 Power Stages

  • Massive MOS heatsinks

  • Dual PCIe 3.0 M.2

  • Intel® 2.5Gb Ethernet, Intel® WiFi 6 (AX201)

  • AI Overclocking, AI Cooling, AI Networking

ROG Strix Z490-G Gaming

ROG Strix Z490-G Gaming delivers the same no-compromise performance and features of its mATX sibiling, just without on-board WiFi.

  • mATX

  • 12+2 Power Stages

  • Massive MOS heatsinks

  • Dual PCIe 3.0 M.2

  • Intel® 2.5Gb Ethernet

  • AI Overclocking, AI Cooling, AI Networking

TUF GAMING Z490-PLUS (WI-FI)

  • ATX

  • 12+2 DrMOS Power Stages

  • VRM and M.2 heatsinks

  • Intel Wi-Fi 6 (AX201), Intel® 1Gb Ethernet

  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A & Type-C ®, Thunderbolt™ 3 header

  • Dual M.2

TUF GAMING Z490-PLUS

  • ATX

  • 12+2 DrMOS Power Stages

  • VRM and M.2 heatsinks

  • Intel® 1Gb Ethernet

  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A & Type-C ®, Thunderbolt™ 3 header

  • Dual M.2

PRIME Z490-A

  • ATX

  • 12+2 DrMOS Power Stages

  • VRM and M.2 heatsinks

  • Intel® 2.5 Gb Ethernet

  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A & Type-C ®, Thunderbolt™ 3 header

  • Dual M.2

PRIME Z490-P

  • ATX

  • 10+1 DrMOS Power Stages

  • VRM heatsink

  • Realtek 1Gb Ethernet

  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A®, Thunderbolt™ 3 header

  • Dual M.2

PRIME Z490M-PLUS

  • mATX

  • 8+1 DrMOS Power Stages

  • VRM heatsink

  • Intel® 1Gb Ethernet

  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A & Type-C ®

  • Dual M.2

SPECIFICATIONS

Model NameROG MAXIMUS XII EXTREME
CPU SocketLGA 1200
ChipsetZ490
Form factorEATX
Teamed power architecture16+0
Memory#slots, Maximum capacity4 x DIMM, Max. 128GB
Memory speed(MHz)4800+ (OC)
OptiMemOptiMem III
Graphics output-
Multi-GPU support2-way SLI/ 3-way CFX
Expansion slotsPCIe 3.0 x162 x PCIe 3.0 x16 SafeSlots (@x16 or x8/x8)
PCIe 3.0 x41
PCIe x1-
Thunderbolt 3 support1*header
ThunderboltEX 3-TR Card bundled
Storage & ConnectivitySATA 6Gb/s8
M.21 x 2280 (PCIe 3.0 x4 & SATA)
1 x 2280 (PCIe 3.0 x4)
2 x 22110 (PCIe 3.0 x4) @ DIMM.2
front panel TypeC™ connector2
USB 3.2 GEN 2x21 ([email protected])
USB 3.2 GEN 23 (2A1C)
USB 3.2 GEN 110 ([email protected], [email protected])
USB 2.06 ([email protected], [email protected])
WirelessIntel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201
NetworkingEthernetMarvell® AQtion AQC107 10Gb
Intel® I225-V 2.5Gb
AudioAudio codecSupremeFX S1220
Audio AMPESS™ ES9023P DAC + RC4580 OP AMP
Audio effectsSonic Studio III + Sonic Studio Virtual Mixer
Sonic Radar III
DTS® Sound Unbound
CoolingOnboard Fan headers14
Fan ext. card bundledV
FAN EXT Card II
Heatsinked M.24
Water Cooling ZoneWater flow monitoringV
Water temp detectionV
AI OverclockingV
AI Networking (GameFirst VI)V
AI CoolingV
Aura SyncV
RGB header2*ARGB, 2*RGB Headers
Model NameROG MAXIMUS XII FORMULA
CPU SocketLGA 1200
ChipsetZ490
Form factorATX
Teamed power architecture16+0
Memory#slots, Maximum capacity4 x DIMM, Max. 128GB
Memory speed(MHz)4800+ (OC)
OptiMemOptiMem III
Graphics output-
Multi-GPU support2-way SLI/ 3-way CFX
Expansion slotsPCIe 3.0 x162 x PCIe 3.0 x16 SafeSlots (@x16 or x8/x8)
1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (max. @x4)
PCIe 3.0 x4-
PCIe x11
Thunderbolt 3 support1*header
Storage & ConnectivitySATA 6Gb/s6
M.22 x 2280 (PCIe 3.0 x4)
1 x 22110 (PCIe 3.0 x4 & SATA)
front panel TypeC™ connector1
USB 3.2 GEN 2x2-
USB 3.2 GEN 24 (3A1C)
USB 3.2 GEN 110 ([email protected], [email protected])
USB 2.04 ([email protected])
WirelessIntel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201
NetworkingEthernetMarvell® AQtion AQC107 10Gb
Intel® I225-V 2.5Gb
AudioAudio codecSupremeFX S1220
Audio AMPESS™ ES9023P DAC + RC4580 OP AMP
Audio effectsSonic Studio III + Sonic Studio Virtual Mixer
Sonic Radar III
DTS® Sound Unbound
CoolingOnboard Fan headers8
Fan ext. card bundled-
Heatsinked M.22
Water Cooling ZoneWater flow monitoringV
Water temp detectionV
AI OverclockingV
AI Networking (GameFirst VI)V
AI CoolingV
Aura SyncV
RGB header2*ARGB, 2*RGB Headers
Model NameROG MAXIMUS XII APEX
CPU SocketLGA 1200
ChipsetZ490
Form factorATX
Teamed power architecture16+0
Memory#slots, Maximum capacity2 x DIMM, Max. 64GB
Memory speed(MHz)5000+ (OC)
OptiMemOptiMem III
Graphics output-
Multi-GPU support2-way SLI/ 2-way CFX
Expansion slotsPCIe 3.0 x162 x PCIe 3.0 x16 SafeSlots (@x16 or x8/x8)
PCIe 3.0 x41
PCIe x11
Thunderbolt 3 support1*header
Storage & ConnectivitySATA 6Gb/s8
M.21 x 2280 (PCIe 3.0 x4)
2 x 22110 (PCIe 3.0 x4 & SATA) @ DIMM.2
front panel TypeC™ connector1
USB 3.2 GEN 2x2-
USB 3.2 GEN 25 (4A1C)
USB 3.2 GEN 17 ([email protected], [email protected])
USB 2.05 ([email protected])
WirelessIntel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201
NetworkingEthernetIntel® I225-V 2.5Gb
AudioAudio codecSupremeFX S1220A
Audio AMPInternal AMP
Audio effects-
CoolingOnboard Fan headers9
Fan ext. card bundled-
Heatsinked M.23
Water Cooling ZoneWater flow monitoringV
Water temp detectionV
AI OverclockingV
AI Networking (GameFirst VI)-
AI CoolingV
Aura SyncV
RGB header2*ARGB, 1*RGB Headers
Model NameROG MAXIMUS XII HERO (WI-FI)
CPU SocketLGA 1200
ChipsetZ490
Form factorATX
Teamed power architecture14+2
Memory#slots, Maximum capacity4 x DIMM, Max. 128GB
Memory speed(MHz)4800+ (OC)
OptiMemOptiMem III
Graphics outputHDMI 1.4
Multi-GPU support2-way SLI/ 3-way CFX
Expansion slotsPCIe 3.0 x162 x PCIe 3.0 x16 SafeSlots (@x16 or x8/x8)
1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (max. @x4)
PCIe 3.0 x4-
PCIe x13
Thunderbolt 3 support1*header
Storage & ConnectivitySATA 6Gb/s6
M.22 x 22110 (PCIe 3.0 x4 & SATA)
1 x 2280 (PCIe 3.0 x4)
front panel TypeC™ connector1
USB 3.2 GEN 2x2-
USB 3.2 GEN 24 (3A1C)
USB 3.2 GEN 16 ([email protected], [email protected])
USB 2.06 ([email protected], [email protected])
WirelessIntel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201
NetworkingEthernetIntel® I219-V 1Gb
Marvell® AQtion AQC111C 5Gb
AudioAudio codecSupremeFX S1220
Audio AMPESS™ ES9023P DAC + RC4580 OP AMP
Audio effectsSonic Studio III + Sonic Studio Virtual Mixer
Sonic Radar III
DTS® Sound Unbound
CoolingOnboard Fan headers8
Fan ext. card bundled-
Heatsinked M.23
Water Cooling ZoneWater flow monitoringV
Water temp detectionV
AI OverclockingV
AI Networking (GameFirst VI)V
AI CoolingV
Aura SyncV
RGB header2*ARGB, 2*RGB Headers
Model NameROG STRIX Z490-E GAMING
CPU SocketLGA 1200
ChipsetZ490
Form factorATX
Teamed power architecture14+2
Memory#slots, Maximum capacity4 x DIMM, Max. 128GB
Memory speed(MHz)4600+ (OC)
OptiMemOptiMem II
Graphics outputDP 1.4 / HDMI1.4
Multi-GPU support2-way SLI/ 3-way CFX
Expansion slotsPCIe 3.0 x162 x PCIe 3.0 x16 SafeSlots (@x16 or x8/x8)
1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (max. @x4)
PCIe 3.0 x4-
PCIe x13
Thunderbolt 3 support1*header
Storage & ConnectivitySATA 6Gb/s6
M.21*M.2 22110 (PCIe 3.0 x4 & SATA)
1*M.2 22110 (PCIe 3.0 x4)
front panel TypeC™ connector1
USB 3.2 GEN 2x2-
USB 3.2 GEN 24 (3A1C)
USB 3.2 GEN 14 ([email protected], [email protected])
USB 2.08 ([email protected], [email protected])
WirelessIntel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201
NetworkingEthernetIntel® I225-V 2.5Gb
AudioAudio codecSupremeFX S1220A
Audio AMPV
Audio effectsSonic Studio III + Sonic Studio Virtual Mixer
Sonic Radar III
DTS® Sound Unbound
CoolingOnboard Fan headers7
Fan ext. card bundled-
Heatsinked M.22
Water Cooling ZoneWater flow monitoring-
Water temp detection-
AI OverclockingV
AI Networking (GameFirst VI)V
AI CoolingV
Aura SyncV
RGB header2*ARGB, 2*RGB Headers
Model NameROG STRIX Z490-F GAMING
CPU SocketLGA 1200
ChipsetZ490
Form factorATX
Teamed power architecture12+2
Memory#slots, Maximum capacity4 x DIMM, Max. 128GB
Memory speed(MHz)4600+ (OC)
OptiMemOptiMem II
Graphics outputDP 1.4 / HDMI1.4
Multi-GPU support2-way SLI/ 3-way CFX
Expansion slotsPCIe 3.0 x162 x PCIe 3.0 x16 SafeSlots (@x16 or x8/x8)
1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (max. @x4)
PCIe 3.0 x4-
PCIe x13
Thunderbolt 3 support1*header
Storage & ConnectivitySATA 6Gb/s6
M.21*M.2 22110 (PCIe 3.0 x4 & SATA)
1*M.2 22110 (PCIe 3.0 x4)
front panel TypeC™ connector1
USB 3.2 GEN 2x2-
USB 3.2 GEN 24 (3A1C)
USB 3.2 GEN 14 ([email protected], [email protected])
USB 2.06 ([email protected], [email protected])
WirelessM.2 Socket (Key E) only
NetworkingEthernetIntel® I225-V 2.5Gb
AudioAudio codecSupremeFX S1220A
Audio AMPV
Audio effectsSonic Studio III + Sonic Studio Virtual Mixer
Sonic Radar III
DTS® Sound Unbound
CoolingOnboard Fan headers7
Fan ext. card bundled-
Heatsinked M.22
Water Cooling ZoneWater flow monitoring-
Water temp detection-
AI OverclockingV
AI Networking (GameFirst VI)V
AI CoolingV
Aura SyncV
RGB header2*ARGB, 2*RGB Headers
Model NameROG STRIX Z490-A GAMING
CPU SocketLGA 1200
ChipsetZ490
Form factorATX
Teamed power architecture12+2
Memory#slots, Maximum capacity4 x DIMM, Max. 128GB
Memory speed(MHz)4600+ (OC)
OptiMemOptiMem II
Graphics outputDP 1.4 / HDMI1.4
Multi-GPU support2-way CFX
Expansion slotsPCIe 3.0 x163 x PCIe 3.0 x16 SafeSlots (@x16 or x8/x4/ x4)
PCIe 3.0 x41 (x2 mode)
PCIe x11
Thunderbolt 3 support1*header
Storage & ConnectivitySATA 6Gb/s6
M.21*M.2 22110 (PCIe 3.0 x4 & SATA)
1*M.2 22110 (PCIe 3.0 x4)
front panel TypeC™ connector1
USB 3.2 GEN 2x2-
USB 3.2 GEN 22 (1A1C)
USB 3.2 GEN 16 ([email protected], [email protected])
USB 2.06 ([email protected],[email protected])
WirelessM.2 Socket (Key E) only
NetworkingEthernetIntel® I225-V 2.5Gb
AudioAudio codecSupremeFX S1220A
Audio AMPDual Op AMPs
Audio effectsSonic Studio III + Sonic Studio Virtual Mixer
Sonic Radar III
DTS® Sound Unbound
CoolingOnboard Fan headers6
Fan ext. card bundled-
Heatsinked M.21
Water Cooling ZoneWater flow monitoring-
Water temp detection-
AI OverclockingV
AI Networking (GameFirst VI)V
AI CoolingV
Aura SyncV
RGB header1*ARGB, 2*RGB Headers
Model NameROG STRIX Z490-H GAMING
CPU SocketLGA 1200
ChipsetZ490
Form factorATX
Teamed power architecture12+2
Memory#slots, Maximum capacity4 x DIMM, Max. 128GB
Memory speed(MHz)4600+ (OC)
OptiMemOptiMem II
Graphics outputDP 1.4 / HDMI1.4
Multi-GPU support2-way CFX
Expansion slotsPCIe 3.0 x163 x PCIe 3.0 x16 Safeslots (@x16 or x8/x4/ x4)
PCIe 3.0 x41 (x2 mode)
PCIe x11
Thunderbolt 3 support1*header
Storage & ConnectivitySATA 6Gb/s6
M.21*M.2 22110 (PCIe 3.0 x4 & SATA)
1*M.2 22110 (PCIe 3.0 x4)
front panel TypeC™ connector-
USB 3.2 GEN 2x2-
USB 3.2 GEN 22 (1A1C)
USB 3.2 GEN 18 ([email protected],[email protected])
USB 2.05 ([email protected],[email protected])
WirelessM.2 Socket (Key E) only
NetworkingEthernetIntel® I225-V 2.5Gb
AudioAudio codecSupremeFX S1220A
Audio AMPDual Op AMPs
Audio effectsSonic Studio III + Sonic Studio Virtual Mixer
Sonic Radar III
DTS® Sound Unbound
CoolingOnboard Fan headers6
Fan ext. card bundled-
Heatsinked M.21
Water Cooling ZoneWater flow monitoring-
Water temp detection-
AI OverclockingV
AI Networking (GameFirst VI)V
AI CoolingV
Aura SyncV
RGB header1*ARGB, 2*RGB Headers
Model NameROG STRIX Z490-G GAMING(WI-FI)
CPU SocketLGA 1200
ChipsetZ490
Form factorMicro ATX
Teamed power architecture12+2
Memory#slots, Maximum capacity4 x DIMM, Max. 128GB
Memory speed(MHz)4600+ (OC)
OptiMemOptiMem II
Graphics outputDP 1.4 / HDMI1.4
Multi-GPU support2-way CFX
Expansion slotsPCIe 3.0 x161 x PCIe 3.0 x16 SafeSlot(@x16)
1 x PCIe 3.0 x16(max. @x4)
PCIe 3.0 x4-
PCIe x11
Thunderbolt 3 support-
Storage & ConnectivitySATA 6Gb/s6
M.21 x 22110 (PCIe 3.0 x4)
1 x 2280 (PCIe 3.0 x4 & SATA)
front panel TypeC™ connector1
USB 3.2 GEN 2x2-
USB 3.2 GEN 22 (1A1C)
USB 3.2 GEN 16 ([email protected],[email protected])
USB 2.06 ([email protected],[email protected])
WirelessIntel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201
NetworkingEthernetIntel® I225-V 2.5Gb
AudioAudio codecSupremeFX S1220A
Audio AMPDual Op AMPs
Audio effectsSonic Studio III + Sonic Studio Virtual Mixer
Sonic Radar III
DTS® Sound Unbound
CoolingOnboard Fan headers6
Fan ext. card bundled-
Heatsinked M.21
Water Cooling ZoneWater flow monitoring-
Water temp detection-
AI OverclockingV
AI Networking (GameFirst VI)V
AI CoolingV
Aura SyncV
RGB header2*ARGB, 2*RGB Headers
Model NameROG STRIX Z490-G GAMING
CPU SocketLGA 1200
ChipsetZ490
Form factorMicro ATX
Teamed power architecture12+2
Memory#slots, Maximum capacity4 x DIMM, Max. 128GB
Memory speed(MHz)4600+ (OC)
OptiMemOptiMem II
Graphics outputDP 1.4 / HDMI1.4
Multi-GPU support2-way CFX
Expansion slotsPCIe 3.0 x161 x PCIe 3.0 x16SafeSlot(@x16)
1 x PCIe 3.0 x16(max. @x4)
PCIe 3.0 x4-
PCIe x11
Thunderbolt 3 support-
Storage & ConnectivitySATA 6Gb/s6
M.21 x 22110 (PCIe 3.0 x4 )
1 x 2280 (PCIe 3.0 x4 & SATA)
front panel TypeC™ connector1
USB 3.2 GEN 2x2-
USB 3.2 GEN 22 (1A1C)
USB 3.2 GEN 16 ([email protected],[email protected])
USB 2.06 ([email protected],[email protected])
Wireless-
NetworkingEthernetIntel® I225-V 2.5Gb
AudioAudio codecSupremeFX S1220A
Audio AMPDual Op AMPs
Audio effectsSonic Studio III + Sonic Studio Virtual Mixer
Sonic Radar III
DTS® Sound Unbound
CoolingOnboard Fan headers6
Fan ext. card bundled-
Heatsinked M.21
Water Cooling ZoneWater flow monitoring-
Water temp detection-
AI OverclockingV
AI Networking (GameFirst VI)V
AI CoolingV
Aura SyncV
RGB header2*ARGB, 2*RGB Headers
Model NameROG STRIX Z490-I GAMING
CPU SocketLGA 1200
ChipsetZ490
Form factorMini ITX
Teamed power architecture8+2
Memory#slots, Maximum capacity2 x DIMM, Max. 64GB
Memory speed(MHz)4800+ (OC)
OptiMemOptiMem II
Graphics outputDP1.4 / HDMI2.0a
Multi-GPU support-
Expansion slotsPCIe 3.0 x161 x PCIe 3.0 x16 SafeSlot (@x16)
PCIe 3.0 x4-
PCIe x1-
Thunderbolt 3 support-
Storage & ConnectivitySATA 6Gb/s4
M.22*M.2 2280 (PCIe 3.0 x4 & SATA)
front panel TypeC™ connector1
USB 3.2 GEN 2x2-
USB 3.2 GEN 24 (3A1C)
USB 3.2 GEN 14([email protected], [email protected])
USB 2.04 ([email protected], [email protected])
WirelessIntel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201
NetworkingEthernetIntel® I225-V 2.5Gb
AudioAudio codecSupremeFX S1220A
Audio AMPDual Op AMPs
Audio effectsSonic Studio III + Sonic Studio Virtual Mixer
Sonic Radar III
DTS® Sound Unbound
CoolingOnboard Fan headers3
Fan ext. card bundled-
Heatsinked M.22
Water Cooling ZoneWater flow monitoring-
Water temp detection-
AI OverclockingV
AI Networking (GameFirst VI)V
AI CoolingV
Aura SyncV
RGB header1*ARGB, 1*RGB Headers
Model NameTUF GAMING Z490-PLUS (WI-FI)
CPU SocketLGA 1200
ChipsetZ490
Form factorATX
Teamed power architecture12+2
Memory#slots, Maximum capacity4 x DIMM, Max. 128GB
Memory speed(MHz)4600+ (OC)
OptiMemOptiMem II
Graphics outputDP 1.4 / HDMI 1.4
Multi-GPU support2-way CFX
Expansion slotsPCIe 3.0 x161 x PCIe 3.0 x16 safeslot (@x16)
1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (max. @x4)
PCIe 3.0 x4-
PCIe x13
Thunderbolt 3 support1*header
Storage & ConnectivitySATA 6Gb/s6
M.21 x 22110 (PCIe 3.0 x4 & SATA)
1 x 2280 (PCIe 3.0 x4 & SATA)
front panel TypeC™ connector1
USB 3.2 GEN 2x2-
USB 3.2 GEN 22 (1A1C)
USB 3.2 GEN 16 ([email protected],[email protected])
USB 2.03 ([email protected])
WirelessIntel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201
NetworkingEthernetIntel® I219-V 1Gb
AudioAudio codecRealtek S1200A
Audio AMP-
Audio effectsDTS Custom for GAMING Headsets
CoolingOnboard Fan headers6
Fan ext. card bundled-
Heatsinked M.21
Water Cooling ZoneWater flow monitoring-
Water temp detection-
AI Overclocking-
AI Networking (GameFirst VI)-
AI Cooling-
Aura SyncV
RGB header1*ARGB, 2*RGB Headers
Model NameTUF GAMING Z490-PLUS
CPU SocketLGA 1200
ChipsetZ490
Form factorATX
Teamed power architecture12+2
Memory#slots, Maximum capacity4 x DIMM, Max. 128GB
Memory speed(MHz)4600+ (OC)
OptiMemOptiMem II
Graphics outputDP 1.4 / HDMI 1.4
Multi-GPU support2-way CFX
Expansion slotsPCIe 3.0 x161 x PCIe 3.0 x16 safeslot (@x16)
1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (max. @x4)
PCIe 3.0 x4-
PCIe x13
Thunderbolt 3 support1*header
Storage & ConnectivitySATA 6Gb/s6
M.21 x 22110 (PCIe 3.0 x4 & SATA)
1 x 2280 (PCIe 3.0 x4 & SATA)
front panel TypeC™ connector1
USB 3.2 GEN 2x2-
USB 3.2 GEN 22 (1A1C)
USB 3.2 GEN 16 ([email protected],[email protected])
USB 2.04 ([email protected])
Wireless-
NetworkingEthernetIntel® I219-V 1Gb
AudioAudio codecRealtek S1200A
Audio AMP-
Audio effectsDTS Custom for GAMING Headsets
CoolingOnboard Fan headers6
Fan ext. card bundled-
Heatsinked M.21
Water Cooling ZoneWater flow monitoring-
Water temp detection-
AI Overclocking-
AI Networking (GameFirst VI)-
AI Cooling-
Aura SyncV
RGB header1*ARGB, 2*RGB Headers
Model NameProArt Z490-CREATOR 10G
CPU SocketLGA 1200
ChipsetZ490
Form factorATX
Teamed power architecture12+2
Memory#slots, Maximum capacity4 x DIMM, Max. 128GB
Memory speed(MHz)4600+ (OC)
OptiMemOptiMem II
Graphics outputDP 1.4 / HDMI1.4
Multi-GPU support3-way CFX
Expansion slotsPCIe 3.0 x162 x PCIe 3.0 x16 SafeSlots (@x16, x8/x8)
1 x PCIe 3.0 x16(max. @x4)
PCIe 3.0 x4-
PCIe x12
Thunderbolt 3 supportThunderbolt 3 [email protected] I/O (2*Type-C + 2*DP IN)
Storage & ConnectivitySATA 6Gb/s6
M.21 x 22110 (PCIe 3.0 x4 & SATA)
1 x 22110 (PCIe 3.0 x4 )
front panel TypeC™ connector1
USB 3.2 GEN 2x2-
USB 3.2 GEN 26 (4A2C)
USB 3.2 GEN 15 ([email protected], 2A1C; [email protected])
USB 2.04 ([email protected])
Wireless-
NetworkingEthernetIntel® I225-V 2.5Gb Ethernet
HYPER 10G LAN CARD
AudioAudio codecRealtek S1220A
Audio AMPInternal AMP
Audio effects-
CoolingOnboard Fan headers6
Fan ext. card bundled-
Heatsinked M.21
Water Cooling ZoneWater flow monitoring-
Water temp detection-
AI OverclockingV
AI Networking (GameFirst VI)-
AI CoolingV
Aura SyncV
RGB header1*ARGB, 2*RGB Headers
Model NamePRIME Z490-A
CPU SocketLGA 1200
ChipsetZ490
Form factorATX
Teamed power architecture12+2
Memory#slots, Maximum capacity4 x DIMM, Max. 128GB
Memory speed(MHz)4600+ (OC)
OptiMemOptiMem II
Graphics outputDP 1.4 / HDMI1.4
Multi-GPU support2-way SLI/ 3-way CFX
Expansion slotsPCIe 3.0 x162 x PCIe 3.0 x16 SafeSlots (@x16, x8/x8)
1 x PCIe 3.0 x16(max. @x4)
PCIe 3.0 x4-
PCIe x13
Thunderbolt 3 support1*header
Storage & ConnectivitySATA 6Gb/s6
M.21 x 22110 (PCIe 3.0 x4 & SATA)
1 x 22110 (PCIe 3.0 x4 )
front panel TypeC™ connector1
USB 3.2 GEN 2x2-
USB 3.2 GEN 24 (3A1C)
USB 3.2 GEN 14 ([email protected],[email protected])
USB 2.06 ([email protected],[email protected])
WirelessM.2 Socket (Key E) only
NetworkingEthernetIntel® I225-V 2.5Gb
AudioAudio codecRealtek S1220A
Audio AMPInternal AMP
Audio effectsDTS:X® Ultra
CoolingOnboard Fan headers7
Fan ext. card bundled-
Heatsinked M.21
Water Cooling ZoneWater flow monitoring-
Water temp detection-
AI OverclockingV
AI Networking (GameFirst VI)-
AI CoolingV
Aura SyncV
RGB header2*ARGB, 2*RGB Headers
Model NamePRIME Z490-P
CPU SocketLGA 1200
ChipsetZ490
Form factorATX
Teamed power architecture10+1
Memory#slots, Maximum capacity4 x DIMM, Max. 128GB
Memory speed(MHz)4600+ (OC)
OptiMemOptiMem II
Graphics outputDP 1.4 / HDMI1.4
Multi-GPU support2-way CFX
Expansion slotsPCIe 3.0 x161 x PCIe 3.0 x16 SafeSlot Core+ (@x16)
1 x PCIe 3.0 x16(max. @x4)
PCIe 3.0 x4-
PCIe x14
Thunderbolt 3 support1*header
Storage & ConnectivitySATA 6Gb/s4
M.21 x 22110 (PCIe 3.0 x4 & SATA)
1 x 2280 (PCIe 3.0 x4 & SATA)
front panel TypeC™ connector-
USB 3.2 GEN 2x2-
USB 3.2 GEN 22 (2A)
USB 3.2 GEN 16 ([email protected], [email protected])
USB 2.06 ([email protected], [email protected])
WirelessM.2 Socket (Key E) only
NetworkingEthernetRealtek RTL8111H 1Gb
AudioAudio codecRealtek ALC887
Audio AMP-
Audio effects-
CoolingOnboard Fan headers5
Fan ext. card bundled-
Heatsinked M.2-
Water Cooling ZoneWater flow monitoring-
Water temp detection-
AI Overclocking-
AI Networking (GameFirst VI)-
AI Cooling-
Aura SyncV
RGB header1*ARGB, 2*RGB Headers
Model NamePRIME Z490M-PLUS
CPU SocketLGA 1200
ChipsetZ490
Form factormATX
Teamed power architecture8+1
Memory#slots, Maximum capacity4 x DIMM, Max. 128GB
Memory speed(MHz)4400+ (OC)
OptiMemOptiMem
Graphics outputDP 1.4/HDMI 1.4/DVI
Multi-GPU support2-way CFX
Expansion slotsPCIe 3.0 x161 x PCIe 3.0 x16 SafeSlot core+(@x16)
1 x PCIe 3.0 x16(max. @x4)
PCIe 3.0 x4-
PCIe x12
Thunderbolt 3 support-
Storage & ConnectivitySATA 6Gb/s5
M.21* 22110 (PCIe 3.0 x4)
1*2280 (PCIe 3.0 x4 & SATA)
front panel TypeC™ connector-
USB 3.2 GEN 2x2-
USB 3.2 GEN 22 (1A1C)
USB 3.2 GEN 16 ([email protected], [email protected])
USB 2.06 ([email protected], [email protected])
Wireless-
NetworkingEthernetIntel® I219-V 1Gb
AudioAudio codecRealtek ALC887
Audio AMP-
Audio effects-
CoolingOnboard Fan headers5
Fan ext. card bundled-
Heatsinked M.2-
Water Cooling ZoneWater flow monitoring-
Water temp detection-
AI Overclocking-
AI Networking (GameFirst VI)-
AI Cooling-
Aura Sync-
RGB header1*RGB Headers

CHOOSE THE BEST COOLER FOR YOUR BUILD

BIOS Update Steps

  • BIOS FLASHBACK®
  • EZ FLASH 3
    1. BIOS Flashback®

      Requirements:

      • PC Power supply
      • USB flash drive
      • ASUS motherboard with BIOS Flashback®

      Download the correct UEFI BIOS

      Click below support list or visit ASUS support site at www.asus.com to download and extract the latest BIOS .CAP file.

    2. Rename the BIOS file

      Rename the file as instructed within the readme.txt of the zip file, and save it to the top-level (root) folder on the USB storage device.

    3. Shutdown your system and keep power supply connected

    4. Connect the USB storage device, then press the relevant button to complete the BIOS update

      Plug the USB storage device into the motherboard’s USB BIOS Flashback® port; then press and hold the BIOS button for three seconds. When the LED begins to blink, release the button.

    1. EZ FLASH 3

      System requirements:

      • EZ Flash 3 enables BIOS updates via a USB device or the internet. For full support information, please check the relevant support website for your motherboard model.

      Connect Ethernet cable

      Connect a working LAN cable to your system. An active internet connection is required.

    2. Enter EZ 3 Flash setup

      To enter the BIOS, press the Delete (Del) or F2 button during system power-up, self-test (POST) procedure. In the BIOS, press F7 to access Advanced mode. Use the arrow keys to select Tool; hit Enter and then select ASUS EZ Flash 3 Utilities.

    3. Flash the BIOS via the internet

      Select via Internet to update the BIOS. Next, select an active internet connection. Follow on-screen instructions to start downloading and updating the BIOS.

    4. Update automatically

      The following ASUS 400 motherboards can be updated with the listed (or later) BIOS version for compatibility with 11th generation Intel® Core™ processors.

Sours: https://www.asus.com/us/site/motherboards/Intel-Z490/

Best Intel Z490 motherboards

The best Intel Z490 motherboard is a must If you’ve made the decision to jump onto the Intel 10th Gen Comet Lake train and want to get the most out of your new CPU. Intel's Z490 boards are equipped with the new LGA 1200 socket, and even the more affordable B460 options feature improved connectivity, networking, power delivery components and (take this with a grain of salt) future 11th Gen Rocket Lake compatibility.

So while you need a whole new motherboard platform for Intel's new chips, there's a strong chance it will last for a few CPU generations to come. Especially given Intel's propensity for 14nm silicon… While 10th Generation CPUs may not have shaken the foundations of the tech world, they are the fastest gaming chips around. If your current gaming machine is several years old then upgrading right now will get you a faster system in every way. Faster cores and more of them, faster networking, faster and higher capacity memory, faster storage, and faster USB amongst other things. Upgrading from the 7th, 8th or 9th to 10th generation might not be a big leap, but 2nd to 10th Gen sure is!

The K-series CPUs have 125W TDPs, though the higher core count models will actually pull a lot more power than that. This means even budget Z490 motherboards are built with robust power delivery circuitry. One of the areas the Intel Z490 chipset might be seen as lacking in is official PCIe 4.0 support, something which is present on AMD’s competing X570 platform. Some manufacturers, such as MSI, are claiming PCIe 4.0 support on their Z490 motherboards, even though it is not supported by 10th generation CPUs and hence cannot be validated. Intel won’t confirm any details one way or the other about its future products, so for now PCIe 4.0 support on Z490 seems sketchy at best and shouldn’t factor into a purchase decision at this point in time.

While the specs have improved, we’re still not impressed with the upward trend in pricing. Just a year or so ago we were shocked to see $1,000 high-end desktop motherboards for Threadripper or the X-series chips, but now manufacturers are clearly happy to push the envelope with most of them offering boards getting on for $800 even though Z490 is still a mainstream chipset. We’re not dealing with quad channel memory or a ton of PCIe lanes, but these monstrous ~$800 motherboards have everything else thrown at them. They might seem crazy, but people are buying them… and if you want the best Z490 motherboard experience that's what you're aiming for.

1. Asus ROG Maximus XII Extreme

The best Z490 motherboard, for the price of a full gaming PC...

Specifications

Size : E-ATX

Memory support: 4x DIMM, up to 128GB, DDR4-4700 (OC)

Expansion slots: 2x PCIe 3.0 x16 (or x8/x8), 1x PCIe 3.0 x4

Storage: 2x M.2, 2x M.2 (DIMM.2 board), 8x SATA 6Gbps

Rear USB: 10x USB 3.2, 2x USB 2.0

Video ports: 2x Thunderbolt 3 ports on extension card (DP1.4)

Network : 1x 10Gb Marvell ethernet, 1x 2.5Gb Intel ethernet, Intel WiFi 6 wireless

Reasons to buy

+ OC performance + Stunning bundle + Incredible build quality 

I cannot pretend that this makes any sense from a rational standpoint, y'know, one where money actually exists and comes in finite amounts. But if we're talking about the best Z490 motherboard, for me, this is it. The Asus ROG boards have always been high-end offerings—though there are lower-spec options here in this guide too—but I do feel that MSI has been the enabler. Its Godlike boards have really cemented the idea of the ultra-enthusiast motherboard which cost, if you'll pardon the redacted expletive, f*** you money. After the arbitrarily priced £777 X570 Godlike, Asus has obviously decided it has carte blanche to charge whatever it likes.

But if you want a features list as long as the Dead Sea Scrolls then you're going to have to pay for it. What I will say is that features list isn't just stuffed with makeweight extras, things just stuffed into the package to fill it out and try and justify that price. Everything you get with the Maximus XII Extreme is useful for a super high-end Comet Lake build, from the extra fan controller, DIMM.2 storage expansion, to the Thunderbolt card. But I would like to make special mention of two of my favourite things in the package: the multi-head screwdriver and the braided SATA cables. Mmm.

You also get great performance. On the whole, the MSI Z490 Godlike does just about have the edge in straight speeds, but if I'm buying a Core i9 10900K I want to overclock the hell out of it, and I got a result I would be happy running at consistently from the Asus, where the Godlike just got a little too toasty for my taste at 5.3GHz all-core. Both are great high-end boards, but I'm going to side with the Asus for now.

2. MSI MEG Z490 Godlike

The best Z490 motherboard if you want to sell that other kidney too

Specifications

Size: E-ATX

Memory support: 4x DIMM, up to 128GB, DDR4-5000 (OC)

Expansion slots: 3x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16/x0/x4 or x8/x8/x4), 1x PCIe 3.0 x1

Storage : 3x M.2, 6x SATA 6Gbps, 2x M.2 Xpander-Z

Rear USB: 8x USB 3.2, 2x USB 2.0

Video ports: 2x Thunderbolt 3

Network : 1x 10Gb Aquantia, 1x 2.5Gb Realtek LAN, Intel WiFi 6 wireless

Reasons to buy

+ Top CPU performance  + Great bundle + PCIe 4.0 support. Kinda 

The latest MSI Godlike is a fantastic high-end Z490 motherboard. I might still struggle with the naming scheme, and the similarly offensive price tag, but it's tough to argue with the technology that it offers. The power delivery system is something that's going to get seriously stretched by the Comet Lake architecture, and with 16 phases and 90A Smart Power Stage the Godlike has been designed to maintain a steady supply no matter what the Core i9 10900K wants to draw through it. 

And it does an incredible job with the power you give it too. The performance I got out of the Godlike put it a shade ahead of the Maximus XII Extreme in gaming terms, though only by a couple of frames per second at best, but it did stretch that lead a touch when it came to video encoding. At stock speeds it's a touch cooler too, though that didn't translate into the overclocked performance as it peaked at 99°C when running at the 5.3GHz all-core peak I hit with the i9. Still, it wasn't throttling even so, but I wouldn't be happy running at that level consistently.

But the Godlike does offer PCIe 4.0 support. In a fashion. Just not with Comet Lake. The M.2 Xpander-Z will support up to PCI 4.0 bandwidth, though there is a sticker on it which adds the caveat that transfer speed might be limited by the chipset and processor. There is the promise of Rocket Lake bringing PCIe 4.0 support to the Intel ecosystem, and the Z490 is supposedly compatible, so there's a chance a Gen4 NVMe SSD might be able to take advantage down the line.

The overall bundle, build quality, and OC performance have me siding with the ROG board in the head-to-head, but it's a close run thing, and you could also make a convincing argument for the MSI Godlike being the best Z490 motherboard around.

3. MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi

A vaguely affordable Z490 motherboard with competitive performance

Specifications

Size : ATX

Memory support: 4x DIMM, up to 128GB, DDR4-4800 (OC)

Expansion slots: 3x PCIe 3.0 (x16/x0/x4 or x8/x8/x4), 2x PCIe 3.0 x1

Storage: 2x M.2, 6x SATA 6Gbps

Rear USB: 5x USB 3.2, 2x USB 2.0

Video ports: 1x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI

Network : 1x 2.5Gb LAN, Intel WiFi 6 wireless

Reasons to buy

+ More reasonably priced Z490 + Still competitive performance 

The sparse back panel and missing OLED displays will tell you we're back into normal motherboard territory again. The rarified air of the ultra-enthusiast pairing at the top of the test might make one giddy, but the Z490 Gaming Carbon will bring us back down to earth without a bump. Sure, you're never going to get the same level of luxury feature list as you'll find with either the Godlike or Maximus XII boards, but when it comes to the nuts and bolts of pure performance it's right up there. 

Where it matters, in the gaming performance stakes, there's practically nothing between any of the Z490 boards we've tested, and it's only ever a little behind when it comes to the actual CPU performance in productivity apps. When it comes to overclocking, however, the MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi inevitably can't compare to the big boys with our 10900K running at its peak.

The power componentry and cooling isn't enough to stop the thirsty CPU from throttling when it's pushed to its 5.3GHz all-core maximum. But, while that might mean it's not the board you'd choose for an overclocked i9 machine, that's a tiny niche of gamers, and for either i5 or i7 CPUs the MSI Gaming Carbon is still a quality home for your Comet Lake CPU.

4. MSI MEG Z490 Ace

MSI's Z490 ace in the hole.

Specifications

Size : ATX

Memory support : 4x DIMM, up to 128GB, DDR4-4800 (OC)

Expansion slots: 3x PCIe 3.0 (x16/x0/x4 or x8/x8/x4), 2x PCIe 3.0 x1

Storage: 3x M.2, 6x SATA 6Gbps

Rear USB: 6x USB 3.2, 2x USB 2.0

Video ports: N/A

Network : 1x Realtek 2.5Gb, 1x Intel 1GB LAN, Intel WiFi 6 wireless

Reasons to buy

+Subtle looks+Strong VRM design+High-end performance

Another top board from MSI, the Z490 Ace looks great with its subtle gold highlights and metallic elements. It’s good to have the primary M.2 slot above the GPU rather than cooking away underneath it. Other little things like the white post code display, fast booting and excellent fan control makes the Ace a really refined and polished product. Even the M.2 installation is easy, with no need to remove a heap of screws and half of the entire heatsink.

MSI has knocked it out of the park with the Ace’s strong VRM design. Dual 8-pin power connectors feed a 16+1 phase 90A design that’s cooled by big chunks of heatsink. It’s got a small fan that only spins up when it’s required. There’s also rear mosfet baseplates, which all told means you can overclock to your heart’s content. Does any Z490 motherboard have a genuinely better VRM?

Its excellent finish, well laid out BIOS, feature set, top class VRM design, performance efficiency and capable overclocking means all boxes are ticked, as it should be if you’re going to drop nearly $400 on a motherboard. Ace by name, Ace by nature. 

5. Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Master

Gigabyte's best Z490 motherboard is a luxurious Aorus.

Specifications

Size : ATX

Memory support: 4x DIMM, up to 128GB, DDR4-5000 (OC)

Expansion slots: 3x PCIe 3.0 (x16/x0/x4 or x8/x8/x4)

Storage : 3x M.2, 6x SATA 6Gbps

Rear USB: 6x USB 3.2, 4x USB 2.0

Video ports: 1x HDMI

Network : Intel 2.5Gb LAN, Intel WiFi 6 wireless

Reasons to buy

+Built to last+Huge number of USB on backplate+Quality audio

The first thing we noticed when taking the Z490 Aorus Master out of its box was its weight. This is a board gives the impression that it’s built to last, and at $390 we’d certainly hope it does! For the money, it’s clear the Master is a lot of motherboard. Interestingly, where some Aorus boards tend to light up like a laser light show, the Master really dials down the RGB with just a little bit of subtle lighting over the rear I/O and the chipset heatsink. The overall look is very understated, modern and mature.

The Master has no less than 10 USB ports on the back panel, which is impressive, although it’s also the only board to have a single LAN port, though it is a quality Intel 2.5G controller. It does have Wi-Fi 6, but if dual LAN is important to you, you’ll have to look elsewhere. We’re usually impressed with Gigabyte’s audio and that’s also the case here, with an ESS Sabre DAC and quality component choices. You also get the fairly standard 6 SATA ports and triple M.2 slots which distinctively feature thermal padding for both sides of the drive. A nice touch. Note that Gigabyte is also touting its PCIe 4.0 support, though as we said in the intro, it’s not something that should factor into a purchase decision.

Perhaps the only drawback, and honestly it’s hard to even call it that when the differences are so small, was that performance tended to trail the pack in many cases. It’s nothing to worry about, but when you’re comparing motherboards that are all genuinely strong contenders, you have to look for some differentiation, and for the Aorus, this is it. Don't necessarily let that put you off, it’s still a board we’d be proud to own. Heck if it was $50 cheaper, it might have been a winner.

6. ASRock Z490 Taichi

ASRock has moved up to the premium tier.

Specifications

Size : ATX

Memory support: 4x DIMM, up to 128GB, DDR4-4666 (OC)

Expansion slots: 3x PCIe 3.0 (x16/x0/x4 or x8/x8/x4), 2x PCIe 3.0 x1

Storage : 3x M.2, 6x SATA 6Gbps

Rear USB: 8x USB 3.2

Video ports: 1x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI

Network : Dragon 2.5Gb, 1x Intel 1Gb LAN, Intel WiFi 6 wireless

Reasons to buy

+Great-looking board+Decent overclocker

The Z490 Taichi doesn’t deviate too much from its recent siblings in terms of its looks. I mean, why would you though with its lovely retro, almost analogue theme. It looks terrific. You get a nice splash of RGB lighting too of course.

The Taichi has a beefed up 15-phase VRM system fed by dual 8-pin power connectors designed to cope with the demands of 10th Gen processors. Each choke is rated for 60A, which is less than the 90A the MSI, Asus, and Gigabyte offer. The Taichi incorporates no less than three small fans into the heatsink, though thankfully they are all but silent and couldn’t be heard above the sound of our AIO CPU cooler and pump. When the board is presented with a light load, they don’t spin at all.

Asrock is also touting its PCIe 4.0 readiness, though again that’s jumping the gun a bit with Intel not commenting on future compatibility or support at this time. The performance of the Taichi was interesting. It scored very well in bandwidth sensitive applications, indicating that it sets aggressive memory sub timings. Our DDR4-4000 C16 test required a voltage bump in order to achieve stability too. The board didn’t miss a beat when pushing our 10900K to 5.2GHz on all cores, 5.3 is possible, though the heat from the CPU made it unstable, not exactly a fault of the board.

The ASRock Z490 ticks almost all the boxes. It’s got an intuitive, easy to navigate BIOS and a typically strong Taichi feature set. Its VRM isn’t as strong as the other boards in the test and it’s perhaps a BIOS update away from feeling really polished. Saying that is being tough on it, though; the Taichi is a strong offering.

7. Asus ROG Maximus XII Hero Wi-Fi

Typical ROG refinement for a typically high price

Specifications

Size : ATX

Memory support: 4x DIMM, up to 128GB, DDR4-4800 (OC)

Expansion slots: 3x PCIe 3.0 (x16/x0/x4 or x8/x8/x4), 3x PCIe x1

Storage : 3x M.2, 6x SATA 6Gbps

Rear USB: 8x USB 3.2, 2x USB 2.0

Video ports: 1x HDMI

Network : 1x Marvell 5Gb, 1x Intel 1Gb LAN, Intel WiFi 6 wireless

Reasons to buy

+Fantastic Asus BIOS+High build-quality+Good overclocking

It says a lot about Z490 motherboard pricing when the Hero – usually a value offering in the Asus Maximus range – sells for an eye watering $400. When compared to the Maximus XII Extreme though, the Hero feels like a bargain. The Hero comes with a 14+2 phase VRM design with each stage rated for 60A. It’s not inferior so to speak, but the Max XII Extreme, MSI, and Gigabyte boards have a better VRM spec along with dual 8-pin power vs the 8+4 pin of the Hero. There’s a bundled small cooling fan that you should install if you wish to push the board hard.

Asus really goes the extra mile when it comes to BIOS features, though perhaps it can be overwhelming for novice users. If you want to tweak, and then tweak some more, then Asus has you covered. The Hero was effortlessly able to overclock our 10900K to 5.2GHz and our memory to DDR4-4000. Try as we might, 5.3 GHz is a step too far for our cooling. If you’ve got top shelf cooling, then the Hero will handle it. Our memory took exactly one try to get to DDR4-4000 16-16-16 which is a nice performance sweet spot. Don’t forget that Asus offers the Maximus XII Apex if OC is your main game. 

We can’t escape from the fact that the Maximus XII Hero is $400. Economic woes notwithstanding, that’s a lot of money, particularly when the equally strong MSI and Gigabyte Z490 motherboards are a bit cheaper. Having said that, Asus rarely missteps with its ROG boards and the company has rightly earned itself a loyal band of followers who will hardly consider another board. If you choose the Hero you get the advantage of impressive 5G networking, excellent build quality and you’ll have a capable and refined motherboard. Its VRM isn’t class leading though, but that really only applies to extreme overclockers. We wish is was a few dollars cheaper but if you do go for the Maximus XII Hero, it will do your system justice.

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Z490 motherboards are still an excellent option for gaming despite being surpassed by the newer Z590 range. The Z490 range was the first to work with Intel’s LGA 1200 socket chipset and is designed for 10th gen processors. One of the advantages of Z490 motherboards is they are also compatible with Intel’s latest 11th gen processors, which use the same chipset. 

Some Z490 motherboards are designed for more general use, while others are specifically for gaming. Gaming motherboards boast higher performance than regular motherboards, with enough power to run the most demanding processors. Most Z490 gaming motherboards have high RAM capacity and several M.2 and PCIe slots to add NVMe drives and graphics cards. High-end Z490 motherboards even have built-in wireless adapters with up-to-date Wi-Fi 6 capability and optical ports for sound.

These are the five best Z490 motherboards.

Best overall motherboard

MSI MEG Z490 GODLIKE

MSI’s MEG Z490 Godlike is the company’s flagship Extended-ATX motherboard designed for the best gaming performance possible. Everything from the voltage regulator module (VRM) to the networking components is top-notch, and it also has advanced features like an OLED screen to display system information.

Performance is the main reason to get the MEG Z490 Godlike. It has a 16+1 stage VRM to ensure constant, reliable power to the processor. VRMs regulate the power going to the different components of the motherboard, and more phases allow it to run cooler and more efficiently. When examining VRM capacities, the number before the plus sign indicates the phases dedicated to powering the processor. The numbers after the plus sign refer to the phases that power other motherboard components.

There are ample slots on the MEG Z490 Godlike to add components like RAM and NVMe SSDs. This model has four RAM slots that handle up to 128GB of DDR4 RAM and three PCIe 3.0 slots. In addition, three M.2 slots are available on the motherboard, and there are another two on the supplied add-on card. 

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One of this motherboard’s unique features is the OLED screen. This 176-by-48-pixel display is called the Dynamic Dashboard II, and it displays critical system information like temperature and CPU speed. The screen also displays custom GIF files created by the user.

Networking is another strong point of this motherboard. It has two RJ45 ports, with one supporting 10Gbps and the other supporting 2.5Gbps. There’s also Wi-Fi 6 capability with speeds up to 2.4Gbps.

The MEG Z490 Godlike boasts enough features to satisfy the most demanding PC builder, but it has a couple of disadvantages. Its E-ATX format limits the number of compatible cases, and it’s also costly. 

Best high-end motherboard

GIGABYTE Z490 AORUS Xtreme 

The Z490 Aorus Xtreme is Gigabyte’s answer to the MEG Z490 Godlike and shares many features and characteristics. Some of the features carried over from the MEG Z490 Godlike include the number of VRM phases, networking capabilities, and expansion slots. The high price also carries over, and both motherboards sit in a similar price bracket.

When it comes to specs, the Z490 Aorus Xtreme and MEG Z490 Godlike are neck and neck. They both have 16+1 phase VRMs and allow up to 128GB of RAM divided between four slots. Even the networking capabilities are the same, with the Z490 Aorus Xtreme having two LAN ports with speeds of 10Gbps and 2.5Gbps with wireless speeds of up to 2.4Gbps. The Z490 Aorus Xtreme has three M.2 slots, but it doesn’t come with an expansion card like the MEG Z490 Godlike.

One area where the Z490 Aorus Xtreme differs from the MEG Z490 Godlike is the lack of an OLED screen. There’s no OLED screen on the Z490 Aorus Xtreme to display system information, but it makes up for it by including a USB digital-to-analog converter (DAC). The DAC enhances the sound quality and is easy to use. It plugs into the PC’s USB-C port and has a 3.5-millimeter port for users to plug their headsets into. Users can also attach the DAC to mobile phones and tablets with USB-C ports to improve the sound quality.

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Buyers can expect the Z490 Aorus Xtreme to perform similarly to the MEG Z490 Godlike, but it also has similar disadvantages. Both motherboards cost a fortune and use the larger E-ATX form factor. 

Best mid-range motherboard

MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon Wi-Fi 

Those looking for a mid-range option might consider the MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon Wi-Fi. This motherboard doesn’t cost as much as the previously listed motherboards but still has some comparable features like fast network speeds, numerous expansion slots, and a similar RAM capability.

The MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon Wi-Fi has fewer power phases than the Z490 Aorus Xtreme and the MEG Z490 Godlike. Instead of 16 phases, the MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi has 12+1+1 phases, but it’s more than enough to run high-performance processors easily. Unlike the other motherboards on this list, it has a single-phase dedicated to the graphics card.

There are enough RAM and PCIe slots on the MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon Wi-Fi for most users’ requirements, sitting just behind the Z490 Aorus Xtreme and the MEG Z490 Godlike. The MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon Wi-Fi’s four RAM slots with 128GB RAM capability and three PCIe slots put it on par with its more expensive counterparts. Where it lags behind is having two M.2 slots instead of three.

While the network features don’t compare to the Z490 Aorus Xtreme and MEG Z490 Godlike, they are still adequate for most games. There’s no 10Gbps LAN port, so users are limited to 2.5Gbps. Wi-Fi 6 is still included, and users get speeds of up to 2.4Gbps.

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Considering its mid-range pricing, the MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon Wi-Fi punches above its weight. It matches the more expensive motherboards in some areas, like having Wi-Fi 6 capability and handling 128GB of RAM. Another major benefit of the MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon Wi-Fi is its ATX form factor is compatible with most PC cases.

Best budget motherboard

Asus TUF Gaming Z490-Plus (Wi-Fi)

Budget-conscious buyers looking for an affordable Z490 motherboard can take a look at the Asus TUF Gaming Z490-Plus. It’s an ATX motherboard that fits in most cases and supports the latest Intel processors, but it’s in a lower price bracket than the high-end MEG Z490 Godlike and Z490 Aorus Xtreme. 

For a budget motherboard, the TUF Gaming Z490-Plus boasts some features that match the more expensive MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon Wi-Fi. The 12+2 VRM is similar, and so are the four RAM slots with a 128GB capacity. Another shared feature found on more expensive motherboards on this list is Wi-Fi 6 capability.

Asus cut out some features on the TUF Gaming Z490-Plus to keep the price down. Instead of 2.5Gbps LAN speeds like the other motherboards listed here, the TUF Gaming Z490-Plus only goes up to 1Gbps. It also has two M.2 slots and two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots.

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Asus’ TUF Gaming Z490-Plus isn’t quite in the same league as the MEG Z490 Godlike or even the mid-range MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon Wi-Fi when it comes to features and performance. But it costs a fraction of the price and offers an affordable foundation to build a gaming rig.

Best compact motherboard

ASUS ROG Strix Z490-I

Some users prefer compact PCs to save space. The Asus ROG Strix Z490-I has a mini-ITX form factor compared to the other motherboard on this list to fit into smaller cases. The smaller size of the ROG Strix Z490-I means it can’t match the MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon Wi-Fi in terms of performance. But it still has a strong feature set and provides a great platform for smaller builds.

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Considering the size of the ROG Strix Z490-I, it’s understandable that some features are omitted. Compared to the other motherboards listed so far, it only has an 8+2 phase VRM supplying power. When it comes to slots, there is only one PCIe slot and only two M.2 slots. Instead of four RAM slots, the Asus ROG Strix Z490-I only has two slots with a maximum capacity of 64GB.

Despite the sacrifices, the ROG Strix Z490-I has networking capability comparable to the MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi. It includes Wi-Fi 6 capability with a top speed of 2.4Gbps and a 2.5Gbps LAN connection. 

Buyers should only consider the ROG Strix Z490-I if they are building a compact PC. Considering its compact size and affordable price, this motherboard offers outstanding value for small form factor builders despite its reduced features. 

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