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ROG MAXIMUS XIII HERO

Intel®Z590 ATX gaming motherboard with 14+2 power stages, PCIe® 4.0, Onboard WiFi 6E (802.11ax), Dual Intel® 2.5 Gb Ethernet, Quad M.2 with heatsinks and embedded backplates, Dual onboard Thunderbolt 4, USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 front-panel connector and Aura Sync RGB lighting

  • Intel® Socket LGA 1200 for 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors and 10th Gen Intel Core, Pentium® Gold and Celeron® Processors
  • Intelligent Control: ASUS-exclusive software and firmware utilities that simplify setup and improve performance: AI Overclocking, AI Cooling, AI Networking and Two-Way AI Noise-Cancelation
  • Robust Power Solution: 14+2 teamed power stages rated for 90 Amps, ProCool II power connectors, MicroFine alloy chokes and 10K Japanese-made black metallic capacitors
  • Optimized Thermal Design: Enlarged VRM heatsinks plus integrated aluminum I/O cover, high-conductivity thermal pad, quad M.2 heatsinks with embedded backplates and ROG Water-Cooling Zone
  • High-performance Networking: Onboard WiFi 6E (802.11ax), dual Intel® 2.5 Gb Ethernet and ASUS LANGaurd.
  • Fastest Gaming Connectivity: PCIe® 4.0, quad M.2, USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 front-panel connector, dual USB Type-C® ports with Thunderbolt™ 4 USB-C®
  • Industry-leading Gaming Audio: ROG SupremeFX ALC4082 with ESS® ES9018Q2C DAC for high-fidelity audio
  • Unmatched Personalization: ASUS-exclusive Aura Sync RGB lighting, including one RGB header and three addressable Gen 2 RGB headers
  • DIY-friendly Design: Pre-mounted I/O shield, BIOS FlashBack™, Q-Code, FlexKey, Q-Connector, SafeSlot and Graphics Card Holder
  • Renowned Software: Bundled 1-year AIDA64 Extreme subscription and intuitive UEFI BIOS dashboard with integrated MemTest86

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ROG Maximus XIII Hero

MAXIMUS XIII HERO

ROG Maximus XIII Hero continues to build on the legacy of its predecessors by packing upgraded power, smart cooling and lightspeed connectivity under a stealthy exterior. Bristling with renowned ROG features such as AI-enhanced controls and customizable Aura Sync illumination, the latest Hero is ready to take the helm of your high-end gaming build.

Intelligent Motherboard

Intelligent software solutions help ensure that your system performs at its best. The latest ASUS AI-powered enhancements span four pillars of performance, including overclocking, cooling, networking and onboard audio, making advanced tweaks and optimization accessible to new recruits and savvy PC DIY veterans alike.

  • AI Overclocking

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

    LEARN MORE
  • AI Cooling

    Balance the thermals and acoustics of any build with a single click. A proprietary ASUS algorithm reduces unnecessary system noise by monitoring CPU temperatures and dynamically adjusting fans to optimal speeds.

    LEARN MORE
  • AI Networking

    GameFirst VI optimizes networking performance by allocating bandwidth in real time based on application usage scenarios and corresponding learning algorithms.

    LEARN MORE
  • Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation

    This utility leverages a massive deep-learning database to reduce over 500 million types of background noise from incoming or outgoing audio, helping ensure crystal-clear communication in games or calls.

    LEARN MORE

SPEC OVERVIEW

  • Performance
  • Cooling
  • Gaming Immersion
  • Connectivity
  • DIY friendly

Extreme Power & Performance

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  1. PROCOOL II POWER CONNECTORS
  2. 14+2 POWER STAGE​S
  3. MULTI-GPU SLI® SUPPORT

    ‧ 2 x PCIe 4.0 x16 slots* (x16, x8/x8, x8/x4)

    ‧ 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot (x4)

    ‧ 1 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slot

  4. Intel® Socket LGA1200

    11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors & 10th Gen Intel® Core™, Pentium® Gold and Celeron® Processors

  5. DDR4, 4 x DIMM

    ・ ASUS OptiMem III
    ・ Dual Channel

  6. 4 x M.2 SLOTS

    ・ 1 x M.2 2242-22110 supports PCIe 4.0 x4 mode

    ・ 1 x M.2 2242-2280 supports PCIe 4.0 x4 mode

    ・ 1 x M.2 2242-2280 supports PCIe 3.0 x4 mode

    ・ 1 x M.2 2242-22110 supports PCIe 3.0 x4 & SATA modes

* Specifications may vary, depending on CPU. Listed specifications are based on 11th Gen Intel® Core™ desktop processors.

Comprehensive Cooling

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  1. VRM & ALUMINUM I/O HEATSINK
  2. Quad M.2 Heatsinks & M.2 Backplates
  3. Multiple 4-pin PWM Fan Headers

    ・ CHA_FAN headers support ASUS HYDRANODE

  4. ROG Water-Cooling Zone

    ・ W_FLOW tachometer

    ・ W_IN/OUT T-sensor

Total Gaming Immersion

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  1. I/O Zone AURA Lighting
  2. SupremeFX ALC4082 CODEC​

    ・ ESS® SABRE9018Q2C high definition DAC​

    ・ 120 dB SNR stereo playback output​

    ・ 113 dB SNR recording input​

    ・ Gold-plated audio jacks

    Sonic Studio III + Sonic Studio Virtual Mixer​ Sonic Radar III​ DTS® Sound Unbound​
  3. 3 x 3-pin Addressable Gen 2 RGB Headers
    1 x 4-pin AURA RGB Header
  4. CHIPSET ZONE AURA LIGHTING

Full Connectivity

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  1. BIOS FlashBack™ Button
  2. Clear CMOS Button
  3. 1 x HDMI™ 2.0
  4. 2 x USB 2.0 Ports
  5. Intel® Wi-Fi 6E AX210
  6. 2 x Thunderbolt™ 4 USB Type-C® Ports
  7. 2 x Intel® I225-V 2.5Gb Ethernet
  8. 6 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Ports
  9. Optical S/PDIF Out
  10. 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2x2

    Front Panel Connector

  11. 6 x SATA 6Gb/s

DIY Friendly

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  1. ROG PATENTED PRE-MOUNTED I/O SHIELD
  2. ESD GUARDS

    Providing greater electrostatic protection than the industry standard, ESD Guards cover the USB, audio and LAN ports.

  3. TRUEVOLT USB

    USB power supplies a rock-steady 5 volts to all USB ports, minimizing power fluctuations for minimal data loss.

  4. 2 x SAFESLOT

    A pair of SafeSlots provide stronger PCIe device retention and greater shearing resistance.

  5. ASUS HYDRANODE

    The three chassis fan headers feature the ASUS HYDRANODE circuit, which utilizes a powerline communication protocol to control up to three daisy chained fans independently through each 4-pin connector.

  6. Q-CODE

    The Q-Code LED provides 2-digit error codes that display system status to help with troubleshooting.

  7. 4 x Q-DIMM

    One-sided clips provide super-simple, super-secure handling of memory modules.

  8. FLEXKEY

    FlexyKey allows you to redefine the role of the chassis reset button. Assignable options include quick Aura lighting control, booting directly into UEFI, or performing a safe boot to recover settings.

  9. Q-CONNECTOR

    Sorts all front-panel cables for a neater set-up.

    Q-CONNECTOR
PERFORMANCE

PERFORMANCE

With tailored power delivery and support for the latest high-performance memory, ROG Maximus XIII Hero easily handles the increased demands of Intel Rocket Lake processors. It features an intelligent VRM design that’s rated for 90 amps, plus quality components and memory layout optimizations to cater to enthusiasts looking to create a battle-ready rig with balanced performance.

  • Power Solution
  • Memory

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. The latest ROG VRM architecture rises to the challenge by utilizing teamed power stages to rapidly swing current, while maintaining exemplary thermal performance.

  • A brief history
  • A shift in CPU demands
  • Bucking the trend
  • Thermal performance
  • High quality components

Teamed
Power Stage Design

12V EPS IN

12V EPS IN

While doublers help extend the number of effective phases, they do so at the cost of a processing delay. The teamed architecture allows two power stages to work in tandem to provide more power to the CPU. The MOSFETs within the power stages generate the most heat as they are responsible for voltage conversion and delivery to the CPU from the 12-volt EPS connector.

Conventional
Phase-doubled Design

12V EPS IN

12V EPS IN

  • ASUS became the first manufacturer to implement phase-doublers with the 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 while 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 XIII 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 XIII 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.

ASUS OptiMem III

With proprietary memory trace layout tweaks that improve signal integrity and mitigate noise, OptiMem III allows memory kits to run at lower latencies, reduced voltages, and operate at higher frequencies. Stack ROG Maximus XIII Hero with your favorite modules and maximize the throughput of the 11th Gen Intel Core Rocket Lake processor for applications that demand massive bandwidth.

  • G.Skill Memory 2x16GB CL17 @4266MHz
  • OptiMem III
    CL 16
  • No OptiMem III
    CL 17
  • Lower the data is better
Test Configuration: 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors | ROG Maximus XIII Hero
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COOLING

COOLING

A high-end battle station needs robust cooling to deliver peak performance. ROG Maximus XIII Hero employs an enlarged cooling array for the VRM and chipset, plus four M.2 sinks teamed with backplate blocks to wick heat away from critical components. That rugged foundation is backed by complimentary headers for fans, AIOs and liquid loops, paired with flexible control options that allow you to keep thermals in check at all times.

  • Heatsinks
  • Headers

Cooling Heatsinks

Cooling Heatsinks Cooling Heatsinks
  1. VRM and Aluminum I/O Heatsink

    A VRM heatsink on the MOSFETs and chokes is connected to the aluminum I/O cover via an embedded heatpipe to increase mass and surface area for dissipation.

  2. M.2 Heatsinks

    Quad dedicated heatsinks keep up to four M.2 drives at the optimum operating temperature for consistent performance and reliability.

  3. L-shaped Heatpipe

    An L-shaped heatpipe allows for rapid and even heat transfer from the VRM.

  4. High-Conductivity Thermal Pad

    A high-quality thermal pad improves overall heat transfer from the system by bridging the heat generated by the power stages to the heatsink.

  5. M.2 Backplates

    All M.2 slots feature backplate blocks that ensure high-performance drives deliver peak performance even when airflow is restricted.

  6. Chipset Heatsink

    A dedicated chipset heatsink draws heat away to maintain optimum operating temperatures.

ROG Maximus XIII Hero
  • Multiple temperature sources
  • 4-pin PWM/DC fan headers and ASUS HYDRANODE
  • AIO pump
  • Water pump+
  • Water in/out
  • Water flow

Cooler by Design

ROG Maximus XIII 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 headers and ASUS HYDRANODE

    Every onboard header auto-detects any PWM or DC fan, with three chassis fan headers offering ASUS HYDRANODE support.

  • AIO pump

    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.

  • Water pump+

    A dedicated header can supply over 3 amps to a high-performance PWM or DC water pumps.

  • Water in/out

    A dedicated header enables monitoring of temperatures at the input/output points of any component.

  • Water flow

    A dedicated header enables constant monitoring of flow rate throughout the entire loop.

CONNECTIVITY

CONNECTIVITY

The latest connectivity solutions including WiFi 6E AX210, dual Intel® 2.5 Gb Ethernet, PCIe® 4.0 and two Thunderbolt™ USB Type-C® ports ensure supersmooth networking and blisteringly fast file transfers. And for enthusiasts looking for high-fidelity audio, the SupremeFX ALC4082 codec takes gaming immersion to a whole new level while also saving a PCIe slot.

  • Networking
  • USB Ports
  • Storage
  • Audio
  • Intel® Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+)

    Onboard WiFi 6E technology takes advantage of the newly available radio spectrum in the 6 GHz band, providing up to three times the bandwidth of the 5 GHz band and up to seven 160 MHz bands to deliver ultrafast wireless networking speeds along with improved capacity and better performance in dense wireless environments.

    WI-FI GIG+ 6 BY INTEL
  • Dual Intel 2.5 Gb Ethernet

    Onboard Intel® 2.5 Gb Ethernet gives your wired connection a boost, with speeds that are 2.5 times faster than standard Ethernet connections for speedy file transfers, smooth lag-free gaming and high-res video streaming.

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  1. WiFi 6E Antenna

    The antenna has two built-in transmitters and receivers to enable faster transmission speeds, and it supports the 2.4, 5 and 6 GHz bands.

  2. Adjustable Design

    Four-way positioning enables better signal reception.

  3. Magnetic Base

    A powerful magnetic base secures the antenna on the top or side of the PC case.

*WiFi 6E availability and features are dependent on regulatory limitations and co-existence with 5 GHz WiFi. To learn more about the ASUS WiFi 6 ecosystem, please visit: asus.com/content/WiFi6/#WIFI-6E.
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Front-Panel Connector

    USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Front-Panel Connector

    The latest USB standard opens another USB 3.2 Gen 2 lane for a maximum data transfer throughput of up to 20 Gbps.

  • Two Onboard Thunderbolt 4 USB Type-C Ports

    Two Onboard Thunderbolt 4 USB Type-C® Ports

    Each port delivers up to 40 Gbps of bidirectional bandwidth for the latest high-speed devices and drives. Thunderbolt 4 also supports up to two external 4K displays and extends PCIe bandwidth to up to 32 Gbps.

USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Front-Panel Connector Two Onboard Thunderbolt 4 USB Type-C Ports
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PCIe 4.0-Ready

  • ROG Maximus XIII Hero is equipped with four onboard M.2 slots, with two offering PCIe 4.0 support for the latest GPUs and high-speed SSDs.

SupremeFX

ROG SupremeFX audio technology delivers 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 ALC4082 codec, and an ESS® 9018Q2C integrated DAC capable of reaching -115dB THD+N to provide playback that conveys all the subtlety and nuances of the audio track.
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  • Audio Line Shielding
  • ESS® SABRE9018Q2C
  • ALC 4082 Codec
  • Switching MOSFETS
  • Nichicon® CAPS
  • Blocks electromagnetic interference from the motherboard or add-ons to provide cleaner audio.

  • The ESS® SABRE9018Q2C integrated DAC amplifier is capable of providing -115 dB total harmonic distortion (THD+N) for playback that conveys all the subtlety and nuances of the audio track. In addition, the 121 dB dynamic range (DNR) provides an extremely low noise-floor, further accentuating dynamics and punch.

  • The ALC4082 codec uses a USB interface instead of the conventional high definition audio (HDA) interface and improves playback audio resolution from 192 to 384 kHz.

  • 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

  • Audio Line Shielding
  • ESS® SABRE9018Q2C
  • ALC 4082 Codec
  • Switching MOSFETS
  • Nichicon® CAPS
OPTIMIZATION

OPTIMIZATION

ROG Maximus XIII Hero is packed with intuitive and flexible tools that give you complete control of system performance.

  • 5-Way Optimization
  • BIOS
  • Differential Sensing

Level Up Performance

The dashboard-style control panel of AI Suite 3 lets you fine-tune almost every aspect of your ROG Maximus XIII Hero system with ease. Get the best balance between performance, cooling, stability, and efficiency via one simple and intuitive interface.

  • TPU
  • EPU
  • Fan Xpert 4
  • Digital power controls
  • Turbo Core App

UEFI BIOS

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 more comprehensive features for seasoned veterans.

  • MemTest86 Pre-InstalledAdvanced Mode
  • EZ Mode

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. ROG Maximus XIII Hero features a differential-sensing circuit and delicate IC that simplify overclocking and tuning by allowing you to track voltages more accurately.

Accurate Voltage Monitoring
PERSONALIZE

PERSONALIZE

In addition to extraordinary performance, ROG Maximus XIII Hero provides extensive styling and customization options to let you build a system that truly stands apart.

  • Aura Sync
  • RAMCache III
  • Gaming Audio
  • Armoury Crate
  • AIDA64 Extreme
  • Graphics Card Holder
  • Aura Sync
  • RGB Header

Grow Your Gaming World

Gear up with ROG components — from graphics card 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 you’ll enjoy greater choice as your system expands.

  • Static
  • Breathing
  • Strobing
  • Rainbow
  • Color cycle
  • Starry night
  • Music effect
  • Smart

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 III

RAMCache III software utility turns milliseconds into microseconds to boost game-load times. Fully compatible with the latest NVM Express® storage options, RAMCache III utilizes uniquely intelligent technology to effectively cache any storage device, so favorite games and apps launch at breakneck speeds.

  • Smart Mode
  • Real-Time Information
  • Health Check
  • Sonic Studio III
  • DTS

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.

Learn more about Sonic Studio III

*A head-related transfer function is an audio algorithm derived from sound data recorded through a dummy head. Test tones are played from a spherical grid around the dummy head to obtain subtle changes in sounds that come from different directions. The results are combined into an algorithm that allows Sonic Studio's virtual surround to process sound true to life.

Learn more
  • Sonic Studio Link
  • App-specific profiles
  • Sonic Studio virtual mixer

DTS : Sound Unbound

ROG Maximus XIII 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.
* DTS Sound Unbound requires in-game support. Check with developers for titles that offer support.

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  • Stereo Sound Stereo Sound
  • Surround Sound Surround Sound
  • Spatial Sound Spatial Sound

Armoury Crate

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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  • AURA SYNC
  • Device Configuration
  • Driver & Manual Download
  • Gaming Highlight
  • Account Management

AIDA64 Extreme

ROG Maximus XIII series includes a one-year AIDA64 Extreme subscription, a tool that provides detailed information about hardware and software, as well as benchmarks to measure the performance of the entire system or individual components. AIDA64 Extreme includes a monitoring and diagnostics feature to detect and prevent hardware issues. All vital system sensors can be tracked in real time, allowing voltage readings, fan speeds, and temperature information to be displayed on the desktop or sent to dedicated displays or to the LCD panels of ROG AIO liquid coolers*.
*Support available for ROG Ryujin II and later models.
Learn More About AIDA64 >

  • ROG x AIDA64 Extreme
  • Hardware Monitor Display

Graphics Card Holder

Featuring a magnetic base, adjustable slider and hinge, the ROG Graphics Card Holder banishes sag and provides support where it’s needed most.

Graphics Card Holder