Nov 06, 2022 Written by:ROG

Three new Z790 motherboards from ROG, ProArt, and TUF Gaming burst onto the scene

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Intel’s latest 13th Gen Core processors have arrived. Ranging from the top-end Core i9-13900K to the mainstream Core i5-13600K, these overclocking-ready chips stand ready to take gamers, creators, and PC enthusiasts of all kinds to the next level. We’ve already announced a wide range of Z790 motherboards for these new CPUs—click here to check out our full Z790 motherboard lineup—but now we’re ready to share details on three additional options.

First up is the ROG Maximus Z790 Apex. The ultimate option for memory overclocking enthusiasts, this motherboard boasts a cutting-edge feature set. For creative professionals of all kinds, we offer the ProArt Z790-Creator WiFi. This motherboard offers a premium connectivity selection and bespoke style, and it’s fully ready for next-gen graphics cards and ultra-fast PCIe 5.0 storage. Finally, we’re bolstering our TUF Gaming lineup with the TUF Gaming Z790-Plus WiFi, which brings DDR5 support to the family.

We’re also scheduling a livestream on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube with in-depth information on our full Z790 lineup—including an introduction of these three new models. Click here to check it out. Additionally, we’ll have a special stream on 10/21 with live overclocking demos, insights on AI Overclocking, DDR5, and XMP, and much more.

Ascend to new heights with the ROG Maximus Z790 Apex

Overclockers know that our Apex motherboards are primed and ready for record-breaking memory performance. The ROG Maximus Z790 Apex continues that tradition with its two DIMM slots ready to overclock your DDR5 RAM up to 8000MT/s. To make sure that you have all the tools you need for testing and monitoring your memory, we include 1-year subscriptions for AIDA64 Extreme and Memtest86+.

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The ROG Maximus Z790 Apex is already proving its mettle as an overclocking powerhouse—it’s earned 14 world records and 13 global first place records. Overclocker Elmor used the Apex to take an Intel CPU up to 8,812.85MHz, shattering a record achieved with an AMD CPU and held since 2012. Using an Intel Core i9-13900K CPU, overclocker lupin_no_musume was able to achieve a new DDR5 memory overclocking frequency record of 5564.8MHz, which translates to 11,130MT/s. That’s nearly 2.3x faster than baseline JEDEC DDR5 RAM speeds. And safedisk set new records in both Cinebench R23 and SuperPi 32M, achieving 56722 points and 3 minutes, 4.054 seconds respectively.

Perhaps you don't have a liquid nitrogen pot in your shopping cart for your next build, but the Apex’s proven overclocking performance will help ensure that you can run your high-end CPU and memory kit at fast, stable speeds.

This motherboard’s robust power solution provides a high-end platform for exceptional performance. Raw power enters the board through 8+8 ProCool II power connectors. The solid pins in these connectors offer better contact with PSU plugs, improved heat dissipation, and better reliability over common hardware. 24+0 teamed power stages rated for 105A deliver stable power to your CPU, and enlarged VRM heatsinks keep the circuitry cool under pressure.

For those using a liquid cooling loop to keep temperatures low, the ROG Water Cooling Zone puts you in command. ROG Water-Cooling Zone’s dual water-temperature headers and flow-rate header feed information straight into ROG’s intuitive Fan Xpert 4 utility, letting you stay on top of the heat and stay cool in every game.

ASUS-exclusive intelligent controls make it easy for you to optimize your experience. AI Overclocking fine-tunes your CPU for high-end performance with just a couple clicks. It uses dedicated onboard microcontrollers to track temperatures and frequency telemetry, and then passes that data through an advanced algorithm coded by experts to overclock your system. AI Cooling II monitors your CPU and uses the data from its stress test to calculate the lowest fan speed required to effectively cool your system—while keeping noise levels low.

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Looking for a platform that’ll give you access to the fastest components of today and tomorrow? The ROG Maximus Z790 Apex offers a pair of PCIe 5.0 x16 slots ready for next-gen graphics cards. A PCIe Slot Q-Release button makes it a breeze releasing a graphics card from the slot. Through the included PCIe 5.0 M.2 card, you can install a blazing-fast PCIe 5.0 SSD. You’ll find two PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots, both with dual M.2 heatsinks with embedded backplates, and you can install two more M.2 SSDs through the DIMM.2 add-in card. Our M.2 Q-Latch system lets you install drives without worrying that you might lose a tiny M.2 screw.

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High-end connectivity rounds out the ROG Maximus Z790 Apex’s feature set. Intel 2.5Gb Ethernet and WiFi 6E give you fast wired and wireless networking. You’ll find an ultrafast USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C® port on the rear I/O panel, and a header to connect another with Quick Charge 4+ (up to 60W) on the front panel of your case.

ROG Maximus Z790 Apex

Size

ATX

Memory

2 x DDR5 up to 8000 (OC)

PCIe

2 x PCIe 5.0 x16 (@x16 or x8/x8)
1 x PCIe 4.0 x4

1 x PCIe 4.0 x1

Storage

1 x PCIE 5.0 M.2 Card (PCIe 5.0 x4)

1 x 2280 (PCIe 4.0 x4)

1 x 2280 (PCIe 4.0 x4 and SATA)

12 x ROG DIMM.2 (2 x PCIe 4.0 x4)

Networking

1 x Intel® 2.5Gb

Intel® WiFi 6E

Audio

ROG SupremeFX ALC4080 CODEC
Savitech SV3H712 AMP

Thunderbolt™ 4

1 x Thunderbolt™ (USB 4®) header

Rear I/O

3.2 Gen 2x2: 1 x USB Type-C®

3.2 Gen 2: 5 x USB Type-A

3.2 Gen 1: 4 x USB Type-A

Front I/O

3.2 Gen 2x2: 1 x USB Type-C® with Quick Charge 4+ (up to 60W)
3.2 Gen 1: 4 x USB Type-A

2.0: 4 x USB Type-A

Aura

3 x Addressable Gen 2 headers

1 x Aura RGB header

Cooling

8 x fan headers

 

The ProArt Z790-Creator WiFi calls to creators

Building a content creation machine ready to harness a 13th Gen Intel CPU? Look no further than the ProArt Z790-Creator WiFi. With a sophisticated style rooted in clean lines, graceful angles, and precise symmetry—and a cutting-edge feature set—this is the motherboard you’re looking for.

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For those with creative workflows that scale with high-end memory kits, the ProArt Z790-Creator WiFi accelerates projects with the massive bandwidth, lightning-quick speeds, and exceptional power efficiency offered by next-generation DDR5 RAM. With data rates 50% faster than previous-generation DDR4 memory, DDR5 unleashes a new tier of performance, and this motherboard offers a host of hardware and firmware optimizations that enable users to overclock capable kits to the absolute limit.

With PCIe 5.0 connectivity, the ProArt Z790-Creator WiFi gives you access to the fastest next-gen graphics cards. This motherboard boasts not just one, but two PCIe 5.0 x16 slots. They can operate in an x8/x8 configuration so that you can take full advantage of a pair of graphics cards. Four onboard M.2 slots let you set up a speedy storage array.

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You’ll also find a comprehensive selection of high-speed ports ready to connect your full creative workstation. A versatile pair of Thunderbolt™ 4 USB Type-C® ports on the rear panel give you many options for connecting peripherals and displays. Flexible front-panel connectivity is essential for many workflows, so the ProArt Z790-Creator WiFi offers a front panel USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 connector with support for Quick Charge 4+ (up to 60W). Make sure to pair this motherboard with a case featuring a front-panel USB Type-C port so that you can have convenient access to 60W charging.*

High-end networking options keep you productive. With a compatible router, this motherboard’s WiFi 6E radio lets you tap the freshly-opened 6GHz spectrum in select regions for truly unhindered wireless connections. Intel 2.5G Ethernet provides rock-solid and reliable wired networking, while a Marvell AQtion 10G Ethernet port opens up even more options, such as connecting to blazing-fast network-attached storage.

ProArt Z790-Creator WiFi

Size

ATX

Memory

4 x DDR5 up to 7200 (OC)

PCIe

2 x PCIe 5.0 x16 (@x16 or x8/x8)
1 x PCIe 4.0 x16 (max. @x4)

Storage

2 x 22110 (PCIe 4.0 x4)

1 x 2280 (PCIe 4.0 x4)

1 x 2280 (PCIe 4.0 x4 & SATA)

Networking

1 x Marvell® 10Gb

1 x Intel® 2.5Gb

Intel® WiFi 6E

Audio

Realtek S1220A

Thunderbolt™ 4

2 x USB Type-C®

Rear I/O

3.2 Gen 2: 6 x USB Type-A

Front I/O

3.2 Gen 2x2: 1 x USB Type-C® with Quick Charge 4+ (up to 60W)
3.2 Gen 1: 2 x USB Type-A

2.0: 4 x USB Type-A

Aura

3 x Addressable Gen 2 headers

1 x Aura RGB header

Cooling

8 x fan headers

 

Jump into the fray with the TUF Gaming Z790-Plus WiFi

With a TUF Gaming motherboard, you know that you’re getting essential gaming features, battle-hardened reliability, and an understated aesthetic that fits in a wide range of builds. We’re bolstering our TUF Gaming Z790 lineup with a higher-end option offering DDR5 support: the TUF Gaming Z790-Plus WiFi.

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