With the launch of the Intel Raptor Lake Refresh just around the corner, ASUS has updated part of its Intel Z790 motherboards. In addition to a facelift at the desEsports Extraslevel, these plates have been updated with more modern technology to adapt to the new times. It must be remembered that these boards maintain the same LGA1700 socket that debuted with the Intel Alder Lake (12th Gen) processors, and that with the Raptor Lake they updated the chipset with small improvements. Now the chipset remains the sameso other aspects of motherboards have been improved.
Of the three updated motherboards, the two highest-performing ones have seen their wireless connectivity revamped. This happens for now to offer connectivity Wi-Fi 7 + Bluetooth 5.4 to keep up. As common improvements, they have improved theheatsinks for storage units NVMe SSD. ports have also been added USB PD 30W and Quick Charge 4+ to facilitate fast charging of devices connected to the PC.
ASUS ROG MAXIMUS Z790 DARK HERO & ROG STRIX Z790-A GAMING WIFI II
The top-of-the-range model supports up to 192 GB of RAM DDR5. We continue with two PCI-Express 5.0 x16 slots (1x @x16 or 2x @x8/8) next to a PCIe 4.0 x4. For SSD storage drives, we have one M.2 PCIe 5.0 x4 along with 4x M.2 PCIe 4.0 x4. Internet by cable?, a [email protected]while in connectivity it offers 2x Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C), 6x USB @ 10 Gbps and 4x USB @ 5 Gbps. For the front of the chassis, it offers you a USB-C @ 20 Gbps with Quick Charge 4+ @ 60W.
Its little sister maintains the ATX size and RAM capacity. Go on to offer 1x PCIe 5.0 x16 but with SafeSlot technology. This is accompanied by a PCIe 4.0 x16 and a PCIe 3.0. When it comes to SSDs, too maintains 5 portYes, but all of them PCIe 4.0. At the connectivity level it is similar, but the USB-C port of your chassis will be limited to a fast charge of 30W.
Finally, the Raptor Lake Refresh will have an ASUS TUF GAMING Z790-PRO WIFI
This is the most affordable model. Save costs with WiFi 6E, a less powerful VRM, and cheaper dissipation for SSDs (smaller ones and one port runs out of heatsink). Nothing changes at the RAM level. so it has opted for DDR5. The biggest change is with offering 1x PCI-Express 5.0 x16 line + 1x PCIe 4.0 x16, + 1x PCIe 4.0 + 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 + 1x PCIe 3.0. For the front port of the chassis, 30W fast charging is maintained.
In essence, it is a more affordable motherboard intended to improve it with expansion cards in the future (if necessary). As Raptor Lake Refresh processors will increase in consumption, ASUS has cured itself on output. This implies that all of them require a connector 24-pin ATX + 2x 8+8-pin EPS for their food. All motherboards have the technology AEMP II. This means natively supporting RAM up to 37.5% faster than base spec DDR5 at 4,800 MHz.
Obviously, the company did not announce its prices. Regarding release dates, most likely is that they arrive in October to accompany the new Intel CPUs.