ASUS has unveiled three new Intel Z790 motherboards at Gamescom 2023: the ROG Maximus Z790 Dark Hero, ROG Strix Z790-A Gaming WiFi II, and TUF Gaming Z790-Pro WiFi. These motherboards support 12th Gen, 13th Gen, and Next-Gen Intel Core processors and come with a range of features.
- Intel LGA 1700 CPU Socket: These motherboards continue to support the LGA 1700 socket, which is compatible with both 12th and 13th generation Core processors, as well as future Intel CPUs. Users have flexibility in choosing their CPU upgrades.
- WiFi 7 Support: ASUS has introduced WiFi 7 (802.11be) support in these motherboards, offering exceptional networking speeds for gaming and entertainment. WiFi 7 provides faster wireless speeds through technologies like ultrawide 320 MHz channels and Multi-Link Operation (MLO).
- PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 Support: These motherboards feature PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 memory support, delivering high-performance and memory capabilities.
- Fast Storage: ASUS has incorporated PCIe 5.0 M.2 slots on more Z790 boards, allowing users to take advantage of PCIe 5.0 SSDs for fast data access.
- USB Type-C Charging: These motherboards include front-panel USB Type-C connectors with USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 speeds for fast charging and data transfer. They also feature a USB Wattage Watcher to monitor charging wattage.
- Memory Optimization: ASUS offers AEMP II profiles to optimize memory settings, making it easier for users to tune their memory for better performance.
- Intelligent Controls: AI Overclocking optimizes CPU clocks with one click, while AI Cooling II adjusts fan speeds intelligently for effective airflow and quiet operation. Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation enhances audio clarity during gaming and calls.
- DIY-Friendly Features: ASUS has introduced several features to simplify PC building, including the PCIe Slot Q-Release button, single-sided Q-DIMM latching design, and M.2 Q-Latch for easy installation of components.
- ROG Maximus Z790 Dark Hero: This motherboard offers a 20+1 teamed power stage topology, dual Thunderbolt 4 connectors, USB 20 Gbps Type-C port, and WiFi 7 support. It features a striking design with Polymo lighting.
- ROG Strix Z790-A Gaming WiFi II: This motherboard features a white-themed design, WiFi 7 support, five M.2 slots with heatsinks, and improved VRM cooling. It offers twelve USB ports for connectivity.
- TUF Gaming Z790-Pro WiFi: A member of the TUF Gaming family, this motherboard introduces AI Overclocking support, making it easier for builders to enhance performance. It also includes a USB 20 Gbps Type-C connector and ASUS WiFi Q-Antenna for improved signal quality.
These motherboards cater to a wide range of users, from enthusiasts seeking high performance to those looking for reliable and feature-rich options for gaming and productivity.