Asus ROG Maximus XII Hero Z490 Chipset Gen 10 LGA 1200 Motherboard with WiFi
Asus ROG Maximus XII Hero (Wi-Fi) Intel Socket 1200 for 10th Gen Intel Core, Pentium Gold and Celeron Processors, Memory: 4 x DIMM, Max. 128GB, DDR4, Expansion Slots: 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8) *1, 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x4 mode) *2, 3 x PCIe 3.0 x1, Storage and USB: 1 x M.2_1 socket 3(SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)*3, 1 x M.2_2 socket 3(PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)*4, 1 x M.2_3 socket 3(SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode), 6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s). Bk * 10USB fnt * 7USB, Multi VGA: Supports NVIDIA 2-Way SLI, AMD 2-Way CrossFireX, AMD 3-Way CrossFireX, Onboard VGA Output Available: HDMI
ROG Maximus XII Hero is the perfect foundation to the Republic of Gamers. It's a motherboard that packs substantial power, smart cooling and faster memory support under a stealthy skin. Loaded with renowned ROG features, from AI overclocking and AI cooling to attention-grabbing Aura Sync illumination, Maximus XII Hero is ready to perform and crafted for customization.
Our ROG engineers developed and extensively-tested intelligent software solutions to ensure your system stays in optimal condition.
Tuning is now faster and smarter than ever before. AI Overclocking profiles the CPU and cooling to predict the optimal configuration for each system.
AI Cooling automatically manages and controls motherboard connected fans, ensuring the most efficient settings depending on the current system load and temperature.
GameFirst VI optimizes and organizes network bandwidth, effectively reducing jitter and eliminating spike lag to ensure smooth online gameplay.
The Intel Comet Lake processor features 10 cores and a peak single-core Turbo speed that exceeds 5.3 GHz right out of the box. To cope with this increased demand on the system, Maximus XII Hero takes advantage of its intelligent VRM design and uses quality components to ensure the best gaming and daily productive computing experience.
Teamed Power Architecture
Today's CPU architectures place incredible demands on motherboard power design by transitioning from deep power saving modes , going from lower-power mode to full load in an instant. Our latest VRM architecture rises to the challenge by utilizing teamed power stages to rapidly swing current, while maintaining exemplary thermal performance.
A brief history
We became the first manufacturer to implement phase-doublers when we shipped our A8N32-SLI Deluxe motherboard, back in 2005. The board's VRM was lauded for elegantly overcoming the power handling capabilities of components that were available at the time and also reducing voltage ripple. Those benefits led to phase-doublers becoming universally accepted in the industry, and they are still used for similar purposes today.
A shift in CPU demands
However, today's CPUs now pack more cores than their predecessors, and the latest instruction sets allow them to crunch computationally dense workloads at an incredible pace. In addition, they consume less power at idle and can transition between load states much more quickly. These improvements necessitate a re-evaluation of power-design priorities because phase-doublers add a propagation delay that hampers transient response.
Bucking the trend
Fortunately, the latest integrated power components can handle higher currents than the devices of yesteryear, making it possible to implement a simple circuit topology that isn't hamstrung by the processing lag of phase-doublers. That's why ROG Maximus XII Hero utilizes teamed power stages to deliver higher burst current per phase, while maintaining the thermal performance of phase-doubled designs.
Each VRM component serves a specific purpose. PWM controllers and phase-doublers control the circuit, and the power stages do the heavy lifting from an electrical and thermal standpoint. That's why ROG Maximus XII Hero utilizes 16 power stages. The power stage sits at the top of Infineon's lineup and features a low RDSON to reduce switching and conduction losses, helping to improve overall thermal headroom.
8-pin ProCool II power connector
ProCool connectors ensure a snug and reliable connection to the EPS 12V power lines.
14+2 power stage
The VRM has 14+2 power stages, each rated to handle 60 amps.
MicroFine alloy chokes
Each Power stage is accompanied by a high-permeability alloy-core choke rated to handle 45 amps.
10K Japanese-made black metallic capacitors
Input and output filtering is provided by solid-polymer capacitors rated to last thousands of hours at high operating temperatures.
ASUS Optimem III
Boasting proprietary memory trace layout tweaks that improve signal integrity and mitigate noise, ASUS OptiMem III is more compatible with 3600 MHz+ memory kits, allowing them to run at higher frequencies. You can opt to optimize memory for high frequency settings, or low latency settings. With higher capacity memory kits, OptiMem III enables you to run at maximum frequency, whereas other motherboards will trade off frequency for capacity. Stack Maximus XII Hero with your favorite modules and maximize throughput of the new 10th Generation Intel® Core™ Comet Lake-S processor for applications that demand massive bandwidth.
Maintaining system stability is paramount under high load, so Maximus XII Hero employs large VRM and chipset heatsinks that strike the right balance between surface area and mass. The extra-large armor heatsinks also cover multiple M.2 slots. Featuring premium components and multiple fan headers, Maximus XII Hero is fully armed to provide the best foundation for gaming systems – enabling higher performance at lower temperatures.
A VRM heatsink is placed on the MOSFETs and chokes, and the embedded heatpipe connects to the aluminum I/O cover.
Large diameter heatpipe
The U-shaped design provides rapid and even heat transfer from the VRM to the extended VRM heatsink.
A dedicated heatsink keeps the triple M.2 SSDs at the optimum operating temperature for consistent performance and reliability.
High-conductivity thermal pad
The high-quality thermal pad improves overall heat transfer from the system by bridging the heat generated by the power stages to the heatsink.
Extended VRM heatsink
The extended heatsink at the end of heatpipe increases thermal mass to offset the additional heat generated by high power consumption.
A dedicated chipset heatsink draws heat away to maintain optimum operating temperatures.
Cooler by design
ROG Maximus XII Hero features the most comprehensive cooling options ever.
Multiple temperature sources
Each header can be set to monitor and react to three user-configurable thermal sensors for workload-based cooling. And all settings can be easily managed by Fan Xpert 4 or UEFI.
4-pin PWM/DC fan
Every onboard header supports auto-detection of PWM or DC fans.
A dedicated PWM/DC header for self-contained water-cooling setups.
ROG Water-Cooling Zone
Dual water-temperature headers and a flow-rate header feed information straight into the AI Suite utility, allowing you to track coolant temperatures and the flow rate of the entire loop.
A dedicated header can supply over 3 amps to high-performance PWM or DC water pumps.
A dedicated header enables monitoring of temperatures at the input/output points of any component.
A dedicated header enables constant monitoring of flow rate throughout the entire loop.
Maximus XII Hero is packed with intuitive and flexible tools to allow customization across all system parameters to deliver the performance you want.
Performance Level Up
The dashboard-style control panel of AI Suite 3 lets you fine-tune almost every aspect of your ROG Maximus XII Hero system with ease. Get the best balance between performance, cooling, stability, and efficiency via one simple and intuitive interface.
The renowned ROG UEFI (BIOS) provides everything you need to configure, tweak, and tune your rig. It offers intelligently simplified options for newcomers to PC DIY, as well as comprehensive features for seasoned veterans.
Accurate Voltage Monitoring
Conventional motherboards use single-ended sensing tapped from a location that isn't ideal, leading to a large disparity between the actual voltage fed to the CPU and the value reported to software. Maximus XII Hero features a differential-sensing circuit and delicate IC that simplify overclocking and tuning by allowing you to track voltages more accurately.
ROG Maximus XII Hero offers advanced connectivity, including WiFi 6 (AX201) and dual Ethernet with intel® 1Gb and Marvell® 5Gb Ethernet port to eliminate bottlenecks so you can enjoy exceptionally smooth online and LAN play. Additionally, the M.2 supports Intel® OptaneTM Memory technology to maximize the speed of your SSD for faster load times, and SupremeFX on-board audio provides superb sound, while saving a PCIe slot.
WiFi 6 (AX201)
Onboard WiFi 6 (802.11ax) supports ultrafast wireless-networking speeds, improved capacity and better performance in dense WiFi environments, providing exceptional online gaming experiences.
Marvell® 5Gbps Ethernet
With up to 5X the bandwidth of standard gigabit Ethernet, you'll enjoy streaming uncompressed 4K UHD videos, backups and file transfers that are faster than ever before. Hero supports intermediate 2.5Gbps connectivity, allowing you to step up to faster networks for maximum flexibility. Choose the bandwidth that meets your needs and enjoy ultra-low latency at any speed.**
Intel® 1Gbps Ethernet
ROG Maximus XI Hero features Intel® Gigabit Ethernet for faster, smoother gaming. Intel Ethernet controllers have a natural synergy with their processors and chipsets, reducing CPU overhead and offering exceptionally high TCP and UDP throughput, so there's more power for games and other tasks.
Maximus XI Hero comes equipped with three M.2 slots to let you take full advantage of Intel IRST and NVMe RAID for ultimate SSD storage speeds. The drives can be found under the aluminum heatsink covers. Integrated PCIe support ensures compatibility with the latest NVMe SSDs to enable ultrafast transfer speeds.
ROG SupremeFX audio technology has levelled up, delivering an exceptional 113 dB signal-to-noise ratio on the line-in connection to provide best-ever recording quality. There's also a low-dropout regulator for cleaner power delivery to the SupremeFX S1220 codec, an ESS® ES9023P digital-to-analog converter for superior front-panel output, and a Texas Instruments® RC4580 op amp for high gain with low distortion — all to deliver audio that envelops you as never before.
Audio Line Shielding
Blocks electromagnetic interference from the motherboard or add-ons to provide cleaner audio.
The ESS® ES9023P digital-to-analog converter creates a perfect balance for top-tier audio clarity capable of 112db DNR /-94dB THD+N for superior front-panel output.
10 DAC channels provide simultaneous 7.1-channel playback, independent 2.0-channel, multiple-stream stereo to front-panel outputs.
Unique design allows the codec's impedance-sensing function to be ported with either the front or rear headphone outputs
Fine-quality Japanese-made components that produce a warmer, natural sound with exceptional clarity and fidelity
In addition to extraordinary performance, Maximus XII Hero provides extensive styling and customization options to let you build a system that truly stands apart.
Grow your gaming world
Gear up with ROG components, from graphics and monitors to mice and keyboards. And up your game with complementary aesthetics, control and compatibility. The ROG ecosystem is more extensive than any competing brand, so enjoy greater choice as your system expands.
Addressable Gen 2 RGB header
The addressable Gen 2 RGB headers now feature software that can automatically tailor lighting effects to specific devices. The new headers also offer backward-compatibility with existing Aura RGB gear.
RAMCache lll software utility turns milliseconds into microseconds to boost game-load times. Fully compatible with the latest NVM Express® storage options, RAMCache lll utilizes uniquely intelligent technology to effectively cache any storage device, so favorite games and apps launch at breakneck speeds.
Sonic Studio III
Sonic Studio supports HRTF-based (head-related transfer function*) virtual surround for headsets, casting an immersive aural landscape that draws you deeper into the action. The intuitive Sonic Studio interface also offers a range of EQ options and one-click presets, allowing you to tailor acoustics to suit personal preferences or the characteristics of your headset.
DTS: Sound Unbound
ROG Maximus XII Hero includes a pre-loaded DTS Sound Unbound app that envelops you in audio as never before, conjuring whole new levels of immersion for extraordinary gaming and entertainment experiences. By exploiting Windows Sonic spatial technology, DTS Sound Unbound delivers audio in a virtual 3D space — putting you right in the middle of the soundscape, where you can sense the location and direction of every gunshot, footstep or other sound in your virtual environment.
Armoury Crate is a software utility designed to provide centralized control of supported ROG gaming products. From a single intuitive interface, Armoury Crate puts command of all your Aura gear at your fingertips with the new Aura Creator suite ready. The software also provides control of settings for a growing number of ROG products, making it easier to tune the look and feel of your system. Armoury Crate even offers dedicated product registration and ROG news feeds to help you stay in touch with the ROG gaming community.
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|CPU||Intel Socket 1200 for 10 Gen Intel Core, Pentium Gold and Celeron Processors|
|Supports Intel 14 nm CPU|
|Supports Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 and Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0|
|**Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 support depends on the CPU types.|
|Memory||4 x DIMM, Max. 128GB, DDR4 4800(O.C.) / 4700(O.C) / 4600(O.C) / 4500(O.C) / 4400(O.C) / 4266(O.C.) / 4133(O.C.) / 4000(O.C.) / 3866(O.C.) / 3733(O.C.) / 3600(O.C.) / 3466(O.C.) / 3400(O.C.) / 3333(O.C.) / 3200(O.C.) / 3000(O.C.) / 2933 / 2800 / 2666 / 2400 / 2133 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory|
|Dual Channel Memory Architecture|
|Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)|
|* 10th Gen Intel Core i9/i7 CPUs support 2933/2800/2666/2400/2133 natively|
|Graphic||Integrated Graphics Processor|
|1 x HDMI 1.4b|
|*Graphics specifications may vary between CPU types.|
|Multi-GPU Support||Supports NVIDIA 2-Way SLI Technology|
|Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX Technology|
|Supports AMD 2-Way CrossFireX Technology|
|Expansion Slots||Intel 10th Gen Processors|
|2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8)|
|Intel Z490 Chipset|
|1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x4 mode)|
|3 x PCIe 3.0 x1|
|Storage||Total supports 3 x M.2 slots and 6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports|
|Intel Z490 Chipset :|
|1 x M.2_1 socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)|
|1 x M.2_2 socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)|
|1 x M.2_3 socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)|
|6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s)|
|Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10|
|Intel Optane Memory Ready|
|LAN||Intel I219-V 1Gb Ethernet|
|Marvell AQtion AQC111C 5Gb Ethernet|
|Wireless Data Network||Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201|
|2x2 Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax) support 1024QAM/OFDMA/MU-MIMO|
|Supports up to 2.4Gbps max data rate|
|Supports dual band frequency 2.4/5 GHz|
|Supports channel bandwidth: HT20/HT40/HT80/HT160|
|Supports CNVI interface|
|*BT 5.1 function will be ready in Windows 10 build 19041 or later.|
|Audio||ROG SupremeFX 7.1 Surround Sound High Definition Audio CODEC S1220|
|- Impedance sense for front and rear headphone outputs|
|- Supports : Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking, up to 24-Bit/192kHz playback|
|- High quality 120 dB SNR stereo playback output and 113 dB SNR recording input|
|- ESS ES9023 DAC + RC4580 OP AMP|
|- Supports up to 32-Bit/192kHz playback|
|Audio Feature :|
|- SupremeFX Shielding Technology|
|- Gold-plated jacks|
|- Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel|
|- Premium Japanese audio capacitors|
|- Audio Cover|
|USB Ports||Rear USB Port ( Total 10 )|
|4 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 port(s)(3 + Type-A +1 + USB Type-C)|
|4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 port(s)(4 x Type-A)|
|2 x USB 2.0 port(s)(2 x Type-A)|
|Front USB Port ( Total 7 )|
|1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 front panel connector port(s)|
|2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 port(s)|
|4 x USB 2.0 port(s)|
|Software Features||[ROG Exclusive Software]|
|- Mem Tweakit|
|- RAMCache III|
|- ROG CPU-Z|
|- GameFirst VI|
|- Sonic Studio III + Sonic Studio Virtual Mixer|
|- Sonic Radar III|
|- DTS Sound Unbound|
|- BullGuard Internet Security (1-year full version)|
|[ASUS Exclusive Software]|
|- Aura Creator|
|- Aura Sync|
|AI Suite 3|
|- 5-way Optimization with AI Overclocking: TPU, EPU, Digi+ Power Control, Fan Xpert 4, Turbo app|
|- EZ update|
|AI Overclocking Guide|
|ASUS EZ DIY|
|- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3|
|- ASUS EZ Flash 3|
|- ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode|
|ASUS Special Features||ROG Extreme OC kit|
|- FlexKey button|
|- ReTry button|
|- Start button|
|Extreme Engine Digi+|
|- 10K Black Metallic Capacitors|
|- MicroFine Alloy Choke|
|- ASUS Q-Code|
|- ASUS Q-Connector|
|- ASUS Q-DIMM|
|- ASUS Q-LED (CPU [red], DRAM [yellow], VGA [white], Boot Device [yellow green])|
|- ASUS Q-Slot|
|ASUS Thermal Solution|
|- Aluminum M.2 heatsink cover|
|ASUS EZ DIY|
|- BIOS Flashback button|
|- Clear CMOS button|
|- Procool II|
|- Pre-mounted I/O shield|
|- Standard RGB headers|
|- Addressable Gen 2 RGB headers|
|Back I/O Ports||1 x Marvell AQtion AQC111C 5Gb Ethernet|
|1 x Intel I219-V 1Gb Ethernet|
|1 x HDMI|
|4 x USB 3.2 Gen 2|
|4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1|
|2 x USB 2.0|
|1 x Optical S/PDIF out|
|1 x Clear CMOS button(s)|
|1 x USB BIOS FlashBack Button(s)|
|1 x ASUS Wi-Fi Module|
|5 x Gold-plated audio jacks|
|Internal I/O Ports||1 x CPU Fan connector(s)|
|1 x CPU OPT Fan connector(s)|
|3 x Chassis Fan connector(s)|
|1 x AIO_PUMP connector|
|1 x H_AMP fan connector|
|1 x W_PUMP+ connector|
|1 x W_IN header|
|1 x W_OUT header|
|1 x W_FLOW header|
|1 x AAFP connector|
|2 x Aura RGB Strip Headers|
|2 x Addressable Gen 2 header(s)|
|1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1(up to 5Gbps) connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1 port(s)|
|2 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 2.0 port(s)|
|3 x M.2 Socket 3|
|6 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)|
|1 x Thunderbolt header(s)|
|1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)|
|1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)|
|1 x 4-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)|
|1 x Thermal sensor connector(s)|
|1 x ReTry button|
|1 x System panel connector|
|1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 front panel connector|
|1 x Speaker connector|
|1 x Start button|
|1 x FlexKey button|
|Addressable LED extension cable|
|1 x ROG logo plate sticker|
|4 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)|
|1 x Supporting DVD|
|1 x MOS Cooling kit (fan bracket and 40mm x 40mm fan)|
|1 x ROG big sticker|
|1 x Q-Connector|
|1 x Wi-Fi Antenna(s)|
|1 x Extension Cable for RGB strips (80 cm)|
|1 x ROG Thank you card|
|2 x M.2 SSD screw package(s)|
|2 x M.2 Rubber Package(s)|
|1 ROG key chain|
|BIOS||256 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS|
|Manageability||WOL by PME, PXE|
|Operating System||Windows 10 64-bit|
|Form Factor||ATX Form Factor|
|12 inch x 9.5 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )|
|Note||*1 Support PCIe bifurcation for RAID on CPU function.|
|*2 The PCIEX16_3 shares bandwidth wih M.2_2. The PCIEX16_3 will be disabled when M.2_2 runs x4 mode.|
|*3 When M.2_1 is operating in SATA mode, SATA6G_2 will be disabled.|
|*4 M.2_2 shares bandwidth with PCIEX16_3. When M.2_2 runs x4 mode, PCIEX16_3 will be disabled. When M.2_2 runs x2 mode, PCIEX16_3 runs x1 mode.|
|*5 M.2_3 shares bandwidth with SATA6G_56. When M.2_3 is populated SATA6G_56 will be disabled.|
|*6 Due to limitations in HDA bandwidth, 32-Bit/192kHz is not supported for 7.1 Surround Sound audio.|
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