ASUS Maximus Z790 HERO (DDR5 7200) review

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The ASUS Z790 motherboard series has many features and designs, ensuring that you may choose an overclocking-ready board that meets your demands and budget. The ROG Maximus Z790 Extreme and the ROG Maximus Z790 Hero are intended for those individuals who like unorthodox aesthetics and features. 


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The look of the ROG Maximus Z790 Hero is a study in contrasts. Its sweeping black surfaces form a captivating landscape of shadows and angles. The illumination in the PMMA nameplate shows out against this backdrop. Exclusive lighting effects make use of the dual-layered lighting design, which allows two distinct patterns to be presented at the same time.



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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 (x4, x4/x4)
Storage 1 x M.2 22110 (PCIe 4.0 x4)
1 x M.2 2280 (PCIe 4.0 x4)
1 x M.2 2280 (PCIe 4.0 x4 & SATA mode)
Networking 1 x Intel 2.5Gb
Intel WiFi 6E
Audio ROG SupremeFX ALC4082 CODEC
ESS ES9218 Quad-DAC
Thunderbolt™ 4 2 x USB Type-C ports
Rear I/O 3.2 Gen 2: 5 x USB Type-A, 1 x USB Type-C
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+ (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
ROG Hyper M.2 Card 1 x M.2 22110 (PCIe 5.0 x4)
1 x M.2 22110 (PCIe 4.0 x4)

A slew of enthusiast-grade features nicely complements the ROG Maximus Z790 Hero's forceful appearance. Dual Thunderbolt 4 connectors on the back panel are ready to support next-generation peripherals at full speed, and next-generation Realtek audio paired with an ESS ES9218 Quad-DAC for front-panel connections delivers crisp, clear gaming audio regardless of the headset or speakers you plug into your PC.


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Three Gen 2 addressable RGB LED headers and one classic four-pin lighting header flawlessly synchronise your build's illumination using Aura Sync.



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