After the official reveal of its new laptop lineup powered by the latest Intel chipsets, ASUS has announced the Z490 motherboard series that support Intel’s 10th generation processors. This new motherboard lineup offers various enhancements over their predecessors, making them worthy upgrades for gamers, PC enthusiasts, and working professionals.
Atop the ASUS Z490 series are the ROG Maximus XII motherboards. Composed of the ROG Maximus XII Extreme, ROG Maximus XII Apex, ROG Maximus XII Formula, and ROG Maximus XII Hero (Wi-Fi), this lineup offers maximum performance for gamers who want the best gaming experience. Each of the four motherboards in the Maximus lineup are designed with different use-cases in mind:
- ROG Maximus XII Extreme – For top-end gaming rigs
- ROG Maximus XII Apex – Optimized for overclocking
- ROG Maximus XII Formula – Ideal for liquid-cooled builds
- ROG Maximus XII Hero (Wi-Fi) – Delivers balanced performance
Up next is the ROG Strix Z490 line. Composed of the ROG Strix Z490-E, Z490-F, Z490-A, Z490-G, Z490-I, and Z490-H, the Strix series lets users extract great gaming performance from their CPU/GPU, all with a more accessible price. The first three boards are for full-size rigs while the latter three are designed for more compact builds.
Next is the TUF Gaming Z490 Plus/TUF Gaming Z490 Plus Wi-Fi, another gaming motherboard, though this time made for endurance. This TUF Gaming board packs a six-layer PCB for better heat dissipation, TUF capacitors with high heat tolerance, and ProCool solid-core auxiliary power inputs.
Moving on from gaming, we have the ProArt Z490-Creator 10G. This board is made with creative professionals in mind as it has added connectivity features. The ProArt board’s I/O panel features two Thunderbolt 3 Type-C connectors powered by the latest generation Intel ‘Titan Ridge’ controller, each capable of speeds of up to 40 Gbps. The board also has has three PCIe x16 slots, meaning it can support up to three graphics cards (in up to a x8-x8-x4 lane topology).
Finally, we have the ASUS Prime Z490 series which include the Prime Z490-A, ASUS Prime Z490-P, and Prime Z490M-Plus. The ASUS Prime series are made for all-around use with great bang-for-buck, making them good options for budget-conscious buyers.
The ASUS Z490 motherboards will be available in the Philippines by the end of this month at several ASUS resellers.