As I continue to check out some of the Z490 boards available after Intel’s Comet Lake-S 10th gen mainstream CPU launch we have the flagship model from Asus and their ROG lineup. The ROG Maximus XII Extreme has features like an OLED display 2.5G and 10G ethernet, and four M.2 slots but that only scratches the surface of what Asus packed into the board. So today I’m going to dig in and take a closer look at what else it has to offer. Put the board to the test and also see if that staggering price point is worth the money for those looking for the best of the best Z490 build.

Product Name: ROG Maximus XII Extreme

Review Sample Provided by: Asus

Written by: Wes Compton

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Specifications

CPU

Intel® Socket 1200 for 10th 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

Chipset

Intel® Z490

Memory

4 x DIMM, Max. 128GB, DDR4 4800(O.C) - 3000(O.C.) 2933 - 2133 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory *
Dual Channel Memory Architecture
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
OptiMem III
* 10th Gen Intel® Core™i9/i7 CPUs support 2933/2800/2666/2400/2133 natively,

Multi-GPU Support

Supports NVIDIA 2-Way SLI® Technology
Supports AMD 3-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 x4 

Storage

Total supports 4 x M.2 slots and 8 x SATA 6Gb/s ports
Intel® 10th Gen Processors :
1 x ROG DIMM.2 Module supports 2 M.2 Socket 3 , with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)*2
Intel® Z490 Chipset :
1 x M.2_1 socket 3, with M Key, Type 2242/2260/2280 (PCIE 3.0 x4 and SATA modes) storage devices support*3
1 x M.2_2 socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)
8 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s)
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology supports
Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready

LAN

Intel® I225-V 2.5Gb Ethernet

Marvell® AQtion AQC107 10Gb Ethernet

ASUS LANGuard

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

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v5.1*

*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
LED-illuminated audio jacks
Audio Feature :
- SupremeFX Shielding™ Technology
- Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
- Premium Japanese audio capacitors
- Audio Cover
* Due to limitations in HDA bandwidth, 32-Bit/192kHz is not supported for 8-Channel audio.

USB Ports

Rear USB Port ( Total 12 )
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 port(s)
3 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 port(s)(2 + Type-A +1 + USB Type-CTM)
6 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 port(s)(6 x Type-A)
2 x USB 2.0 port(s)(2 x Type-A)
Front USB Port ( Total 10 )
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 front panel connector port(s)
4 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

- Overwolf

- BullGuard Internet Security (1-year full version)

ASUS Exclusive Software

Armoury Crate

- Aura Creator

- Aura Sync

- OLED Display

AI Suite 3:

- 5-Way Optimization with AI Overclocking

TPU

EPU

Digi+ Power Control

Fan Xpert 4

Turbo app

- EZ update

AI Charger

WinRAR

UEFI BIOS

AI Overclocking Guide

ASUS EZ DIY

- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3

- ASUS EZ Flash 3

- ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode

FlexKey

ASUS Special Features

ROG Extreme OC kit

- EZ PLUG

- FlexKey button

- LN2 Mode

- Probelt

- ReTry button

- Safe boot button

- Start button

- Slow Mode

Extreme Engine Digi+

- 10K Black Metallic Capacitors

- Infineon TDA21490 Power Stage

- MicroFine Alloy Choke

ASUS Q-Design

- 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

- Steel backplate

ASUS EZ DIY

- BIOS Flashback™ button

- Clear CMOS button

- Procool II

- Pre-mounted I/O shield

- SafeSlot

AURA Sync

- ROG Aura sync backplate

- Standard RGB header(s)

- Addressable Gen 2 RGB header(s)

LiveDash OLED 2"

Back I/O Ports

1 x LAN (2.5G) port(s)

1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 port(s) (1 x USB Type-C®)

3 x USB 3.2 Gen 2

6 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 LED-illuminated audio jacks

1 x Aquantia AQC-107 10G LAN port

Internal I/O Ports

1 x CPU Fan connector(s)

1 x CPU OPT Fan connector(s)

2 x Chassis Fan connector(s)

2 x W_PUMP+ connector

1 x WB_SENSOR

8 x Radiator Fan Headers

1 x W_IN header

1 x W_OUT header

1 x W_FLOW header

1 x Node Connector(s)

1 x AAFP connector

2 x Aura RGB Strip Headers

2 x Addressable Gen 2 header(s)

2 x USB 3.2 Gen2 connector support additional USB ports

2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1(up to 5Gbps) connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 3.2 Gen 1 port(s)

2 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 2.0 port(s)

1 x M.2 Socket 1 with M key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)

1 x M.2 Socket 2 with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (PCIE mode only)

8 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)

1 x Thunderbolt header(s)

1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)

2 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)

1 x 4-pin EZ_PLUG Power connector(s)

1 x Slow Mode switch(es)

8 x ProbeIt Measurement Points

1 x Thermal sensor connector(s)

1 x BIOS Switch button(s)

1 x LN2 Mode jumper(s)

1 x Safe Boot button

1 x ReTry button

1 x System panel connector

1 x Speaker connector

1 x DIMM.2 Slot supports 2 M.2 drives (2242-22110)

2 x RSVD Switch

1 x Start button

1 x FlexKey button

Accessories

User's manual

1 x ROG logo plate sticker

3 x M.2 Screw Package

1 x MOS Cooling kit (fan bracket and 40mm x 40mm fan)

1 x Fan Extension Card II (6 x 4-pin Chassis Fan connectors, 3 x RGB headers, 3 x 2-pin Thermal sensor header)

1 x Fan Extension Card II power cable

1 x Fan Extension Card II NODE connector cable

1 x Fan Extension Card II screw package

2 x mini DisplayPort Cable

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 Extension cable for Addressable LED

3 x Thermistor cable(s)

1 x USB drive with utilities and drivers

8 x ROG weave SATA 6G cable

1 x ROG DIMM.2 with heatsink

1 x M.2 Pad for ROG DIMM.2

2 x 2-in-1 Rubber pad

1 x ROG Multi-Bit screwdriver

1 x THUNDERBOLTEX 3-TR Card

1 x ASUS TB header cable

1 x USB2.0 Cable

ROG key chain

BIOS

2 x 256 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS

Manageability

WOL by PME, PXE

Form Factor

Extended ATX Form Factor

12 inch x 10.9 inch ( 30.5 cm x 27.7 cm )

 

 

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