ASUS Announces 20 Z390 Motherboards For Intel 9th Gen Core CPUs – ROG Maximus XI, ROG STRIX, TUF Gaming and PRIME Series Roundup

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ASUS has announced an astonishing 20 new motherboards based on the Intel Z390 chipset which will offer support for the new 9th Generation Core CPU family. The motherboards are part of the different series which include the ROG Maximus XI, ROG STRIX, TUF Gaming, PRIME and also the workstation part which we will be detailing today.

ASUS Z390 Motherboards Arsenal Includes 20 New Products Based on The New ROG Maximus XI, ROG STRIX, TUF Gaming, and PRIME Designs

Just like every Intel platform launch, ASUS will be launching a range of options for users to select from. They have their iconic ROG Maximus XI, the gaming-oriented ROG STRIX, the highly durable TUF Gaming, and the industrial PRIME designs ready for use with Intel’s next generation of CPUs. Out of the 20 motherboards that are launching today, following is the segmentation of products inside their respective brand:

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ASUS ROG Maximus XI Series Motherboards:

ASUS ROG STRIX Gaming Motherboards:

ASUS TUF Gaming Motherboards:

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ASUS PRIME Motherboards:

As you can tell, there are a ton of motherboards that ASUS has introduced with this launch and rather than taking a look at every single motherboard, we will focus on the flagships of each tier while offering specs of the other motherboards below.

ASUS ROG Maximus XI Motherboard Series With ROG Maximus XI Extreme Flagship

The flagship motherboard of the ROG Maximus XI series is the ROG Maximus XI Extreme. This one is a feature-packed behemoth which rocks an E-ATX form factor and comes with the LGA 1151 CPU socket to support the next-generation Intel Core processors. The motherboard has a very high-end VRM design which is powered by dual 8 pin connectors and cooled by two large aluminum blocks with heat pipe integration. The ROG Maximus XI Extreme has a few design elements similar to the ROG Zenith Extreme, the X399 motherboard we all know and love.

From the design scheme, we can see that ASUS has gone with an all-black aesthetic and uses RGB LEDs on the PCH, I/O cover and the back of the PCB for a smooth lighting effect. The motherboard comes with four DDR4 DIMM slots and also a DIMM.2 riser board that allow for two additional M.2 devices to be connected in addition to the two M.2 slots that are directly available on the board itself. Expansion options include three PCI-e 3.0 x16 slots (x16, x8, x4 electrical) while storage ports include 6 SATA III. There are all the handy OC buttons arranged next to the 24-pin ATX connector which comes in handy while overclocking and tuning.

The motherboard does come with an OLED display on the I/O cover which is similar to recent ASUS high-end options. Coupled with the SupremeFX audio solution and great OC capabilities, we can see this motherboard becoming the best option for overclockers but would cost a lot.

ROG Maximus XI Formula

ROG Maximus XI Code

ROG Maximus XI Hero WIFI

ROG Maximus XI Hero BO4

ROG Maximus XI Gene

Model Name

ROG MAXIMUS XI EXTREME

ROG MAXIMUS XI FORMULA

ROG MAXIMUS XI CODE

ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO

ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO (WI-FI)

ROG Maximus XI Hero Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4 Edition

ROG MAXIMUS XI GENE

CPU

Socket 1151 for 9th / 8th Gen Intel Core, Pentium Gold, and Celeron processors

Chipset

Intel Z390 Chipset

Form Factor

ATX

ATX

ATX

ATX

ATX

ATX

mATX

Memory Slots / Maximum

4 / 64 GB DDR4

4 / 64 GB DDR4

4 / 64 GB DDR4

4 / 64 GB DDR4

4 / 64 GB DDR4

4 / 64 GB DDR4

2 / 64 GB DDR4*

Memory Frequency (MHz)

4400+ MHz(O.C.)

4400+ MHz(O.C.)

4400+ MHz(O.C.)

4400+ MHz(O.C.)

4400+ MHz(O.C.)

4400+ MHz(O.C.)

4600+ MHz(O.C.)

Graphics Output

HDMI

HDMI

HDMI

DP / HDMI

DP / HDMI

DP / HDMI

HDMI

Multi-GPU Support

2-Way SLI/3-Way CFX

2-Way SLI/3-Way CFX

2-Way SLI/3-Way CFX

2-Way SLI/3-Way CFX

2-Way SLI/3-Way CFX

2-Way SLI/3-Way CFX

N/A

PCIe 3.0 x16

2
@ x16 or x8/x8

2
@ x16 or x8/x8 or x8/x4+x4

2
@ x16 or x8/x8 or x8/x4+x4

2
@ x16 or x8/x8 or x8/x4+x4

2
@ x16 or x8/x8 or x8/x4+x4

2
@ x16 or x8/x8 or x8/x4+x4

1
@X16

1
max @ x4

1
max @ x4

1
max @ x4

1
max @ x4

1
max @ x4

1
max @ x4

0

SATA 6Gb/s

6

6

6

6

6

6

4

32Gb/s M.2

1 x M.2 2242-2280 (SATA + PCIe 3.0 x 4)

1 x M.2 2242-22110(PCIE3.0 x 4 + SATA)

1 x M.2 2242-22110(PCIE3.0 x 4 + SATA)

1 x M.2 2242-2280 (SATA + PCIe 3.0 x 4)

1 x M.2 2242-2280 (SATA + PCIe 3.0 x 4)

1 x M.2 2242-2280 (SATA + PCIe 3.0 x 4)

2x M.2 2242-22110 ( PCIe 3.0 x 4) from CPU on DIMM.2

3 x M.2 2242-22110
(PCIe 3.0 x 4)

1 x M.2 2242-2280
(PCIe 3.0 x 4)

1 x M.2 2242-2280
(PCIe 3.0 x 4)

1 x M.2 2242-22110
(PCIe 3.0 x 4)

1 x M.2 2242-22110
(PCIe 3.0 x 4)

1 x M.2 2242-22110
(PCIe 3.0 x 4)

2 x M.2 2242-2280
(PCIe 3.0 x 4) from PCH

USB 3.1 Gen 2 Front Panel Connector

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

USB 3.1 Gen 2

1 x Type-C
3 x Type-A

1 x Type-C
3 x Type-A

1 x Type-C
3 x Type-A

1 x Type-C
3 x Type-A

1 x Type-C
3 x Type-A

1 x Type-C
3 x Type-A

1 x Type-C
3 x Type-A

USB 3.1 Gen 1

10

10

10

4

4

4

8

Gigabit Ethernet

Intel I219-V
Aquantia AQC111C 5G LAN

Intel I219-V
Aquantia AQC111C 5G LAN

Intel I219-V

Intel I219-V

Intel I219-V

Intel I219-V

Intel I219-V

Wireless/ Bluetooth

Intel® Wireless-AC 9560
2×2 MU-MIMO 802.11ac

Bluetooth V5.0

Intel Wireless-AC 9560
2×2 MU-MIMO 802.11ac

Bluetooth V5.0

Intel Wireless-AC 9560
2×2 MU-MIMO 802.11ac

Bluetooth V5.0

N/A

Intel Wireless-AC 9560
2×2 MU-MIMO 802.11ac

Bluetooth V5.0

Intel Wireless-AC 9560
2×2 MU-MIMO 802.11ac

Bluetooth V5.0

Intel Wireless-AC 9560
2×2 MU-MIMO 802.11ac

Bluetooth V5.0

Software

GameFirst V

GameFirst V

GameFirst V

GameFirst V

GameFirst V

GameFirst V

N/A

Audio Codec

SupremeFX S1220

SupremeFX S1220

SupremeFX S1220

SupremeFX S1220

SupremeFX S1220

SupremeFX S1220

SupremeFX S1220

Audio Effects

Sonic Studio III
Sonic Radar III
Sonic Studio Link

Sonic Studio III
Sonic Radar III
Sonic Studio Link

Sonic Studio III
Sonic Radar III
Sonic Studio Link

Sonic Studio III
Sonic Radar III
Sonic Studio Link

Sonic Studio III
Sonic Radar III
Sonic Studio Link

Sonic Studio III
Sonic Radar III
Sonic Studio Link

Sonic Studio III
Sonic Radar III
Sonic Studio Link

AI OC tuning

V

V

V

V

V

V

V

5-way Optimization

V

V

V

V

V

V

V

Water Cooling Headers

Water In/Out T-sensor, Water Pump+_1, Water_Pump+_2, WB_sensor

Water In/Out T-sensor, Flow Rate, Sensor, Water Pump+, AIO Pump

Water In/Out T-sensor, Flow Rate, Sensor, Water Pump+, AIO Pump

Water In/Out T-sensor, Flow, Water Pump+, AIO Pump

Water In/Out T-sensor, Flow, Water Pump+, AIO Pump

Water In/Out T-sensor, Flow, Water Pump+, AIO Pump

Water In/Out T-sensor, Flow, Water Pump+, AIO Pump

DIMM.2 Heatsink

V

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

V

M.2 Cooling Solution

1x M.2 Heatsink

1x M.2  Heatsink for 2 x M.2 SSDs

1x M.2  Heatsink for 2 x M.2 SSDs

2 x M.2 Heatsink

2 x M.2 Heatsink

2 x M.2 Heatsink

1x M.2 Heatsink

LiveDash OLED

V

V

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Aura Sync RGB Lighting

V

V

V

V

V

V

V

4-pin RGB Header

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Addressable RGB header

2

2

2

2

2

2

0

ASUS ROG STRIX Gaming Motherboard Series With ROG STRIX Z370-E Flagship

The ASUS ROG STRIX series comes in four motherboard options this time including the ITX one and you can see them along with their details below.

ROG STRIX Z390-I

ROG STRIX Z390-E

ROG STRIX Z390-F

ROG STRIX Z390-H

Model Name

ROG STRIX Z390-E GAMING

ROG STRIX Z390-F GAMING

ROG STRIX Z390-H GAMING

ROG STRIX Z390-I GAMING

CPU

Socket 1151 for 9th / 8th Gen Intel Core, Pentium Gold, and Celeron processors

Chipset

Intel Z390 Chipset

Form Factor

ATX

ATX

ATX

Mini ITX

Memory Slots / Maximum

4 / 64 GB DDR4

4 / 64 GB DDR4

4 / 64 GB DDR4

2 / 64 GB DDR4*

Memory Frequency (MHz)

4266+ MHz(O.C.)

4266+ MHz(O.C.)

4266+ MHz(O.C.)

4600+ MHz (O.C.)

Graphics Output

DP / HDMI

DP / HDMI

DP / HDMI

DP / HDMI 2.0a

Multi-GPU Support

2-Way SLI/3-Way CFX

2-Way SLI/3-Way CFX

2-Way SLI/3-Way CFX

N/A

PCIe 3.0 x16

2
@ x16 or x8/x8

2
@ x16 or x8/x8

2
@x16 or x8/x8

1
@X16

1
max @ x4

1
max @ x4

1
max @x2

N/A

SATA 6Gb/s

6

6

6

4

32Gb/s M.2

1 x M.2 2242-2280 (SATA + PCIe 3.0 x 4)

1 x M.2 2242-2280 (SATA + PCIe 3.0 x 4)

1 x M.2 2242-2280
(SATA + PCIe 3.0 x 4

1 x M.2 2242-2280
(SATA + PCIe 3.0 x 4)

1 x M.2 2242-22110
(PCIe 3.0 x 4)

1 x M.2 2242-22110
(PCIe 3.0 x 4)

1 x M.2 2242-22110
(PCIe 3.0 x 4)

1 x M.2 2242-2280
(SATA + PCIe 3.0 x 4)

USB 3.1 Gen 2 Front Panel Connector

1

1 (Gen1)

0

1

USB 3.1 Gen 2

1 x Type-C
3 x Type-A

1 x Type-C
3 x Type-A

4 x Type-A

2 x Type-A

USB 3.1 Gen 1

6

6

6

1 x Type-C

4 x Type-A

Gigabit Ethernet

Intel I219-V

Intel I219-V

Intel I219-V

Intel I219-V

Wireless/ Bluetooth

Intel Wireless-AC 9560
2×2 MU-MIMO 802.11ac

Bluetooth V5.0

N/A

N/A

Intel Wireless-AC 9560
2×2 MU-MIMO 802.11ac

Bluetooth V5.0

Software

GameFirst V

GameFirst V

GameFirst V

GameFirst V

Audio Codec

SupremeFX S1220A

SupremeFX S1220A

SupremeFX S1220A

SupremeFX S1220A

Audio Effects

Sonic Studio III
Sonic Radar III
Sonic Studio Link

Sonic Studio III
Sonic Radar III
Sonic Studio Link

Sonic Studio III
Sonic Radar III
Sonic Studio Link

Sonic Studio III
Sonic Radar III
Sonic Studio Link

AI OC tuning

V

V

N/A

V

5-way Optimization

V

V

N/A

V

Water Cooling Headers

Water Pump+, AIO Pump

Water Pump+, AIO Pump

AIO Pump

AIO Pump

DIMM.2 Heatsink

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

M.2 Cooling Solution

2 x M.2 Heatsinks

1x M.2 Heatsink

N/A

1 x M.2 Double Decker Heatsink

LiveDash OLED

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Aura Sync RGB Lighting

V

V

V

V

4-pin RGB Header

2

2

1

1

Addressable RGB header

1

1

0

1

ASUS TUF Gaming Motherboard Series With TUF Z390 Pro Gaming Flagship

The ASUS TUF Gaming series comes in five motherboard options this time including the two MATX options and you can see them along with their details below.

TUF Z390 Pro Gaming

TUF Z390 Plus Gaming WiFi

TUF Z390 Plus Gaming

TUF Z390M Pro Gaming WiFi

TUF Z390M Pro Gaming

 

Model Name

TUF Z390-PRO GAMING

TUF Z390-PLUS GAMING (WI-FI)

TUF Z390-PLUS GAMING

TUF Z390M-PRO GAMING (WI-FI)

TUF Z390M-PRO GAMING

CPU

Socket 1151 for 9th / 8th Gen Intel Core, Pentium Gold, and Celeron processors

Chipset

Intel Z390 Chipset

Form Factor

ATX

ATX

ATX

mATX

mATX

Memory Slots / Maximum

4 / 64 GB DDR4

4 / 64 GB DDR4

4 / 64 GB DDR4

4 / 64 GB DDR4

4 / 64 GB DDR4

Memory Frequency (MHz)

4266+ MHz(O.C.)

4266+ MHz(O.C.)

4266+ MHz(O.C.)

4266+ MHz(O.C.)

4266+ MHz(O.C.)

Graphics Output

DP / HDMI

DP / HDMI

DP / HDMI

DP / HDMI

DP / HDMI

Multi-GPU Support

2-Way SLI/2-Way CFX

2-Way CFX

2-Way CFX

2-Way SLI/2-Way CFX

2-Way SLI/2-Way CFX

PCIe 3.0 x16

2
@ x16 or x8/x8 or x8/x4+x4 or x8+x4+x4/x0

1
@ x16 or x8+x4+x4

1
@ x16 or x8+x4+x4

2
@ x16 or x8/x8 or x8/x4+x4

2
@ x16 or x8/x8 or x8/x4+x4

1
max @ x2

1
max @ x4

1
max @ x4

N/A

N/A

SATA 6Gb/s

6

6

6

6

6

32Gb/s M.2

1 x M.2 2242-22110
(PCIe 3.0 x 4)

1 x M.2 2242-22110
(SATA + PCIe 3.0 x 4)

1 x M.2 2242-22110
(SATA + PCIe 3.0 x 4)

1 x M.2 2242-22110
(SATA + PCIe 3.0 x 4)

1 x M.2 2242-22110
(SATA + PCIe 3.0 x 4)

1 x M.2 2242-2280
(SATA + PCIe 3.0 x 4)

1 x M.2 2242-2280
(SATA + PCIe 3.0 x 4)

1 x M.2 2242-2280
(SATA + PCIe 3.0 x 4)

1 x M.2 2242-2280
(PCIe 3.0 x 4)

1 x M.2 2242-2280
(PCIe 3.0 x 4)

USB 3.1 Gen 2 Front Panel Connector

0

0

0

1

1

USB 3.1 Gen 2

2 x Type-A

2 x Type-A

2 x Type-A

1 x Type-A

1 x Type-A

USB 3.1 Gen 1

8

8

8

7

7

Gigabit Ethernet

Intel I219-V

Intel I219-V

Intel I219-V

Intel I219-V

Intel I219-V

Wireless/ Bluetooth

N/A

Intel Wireless-AC 9560
2×2 MU-MIMO 802.11ac

Bluetooth V5.0

N/A

Intel Wireless-AC 9560
2×2 MU-MIMO 802.11ac

Bluetooth V5.0

N/A

Software

Turbo LAN

Turbo LAN

Turbo LAN

Turbo LAN

Turbo LAN

Audio Codec

Realtek S1200A

Realtek S1200A

Realtek S1200A

Realtek S1200A

Realtek S1200A

Audio Effects

DTS Custom

DTS Custom

DTS Custom

DTS Custom

DTS Custom

AI OC tuning

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

5-way Optimization

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Water Cooling Headers

AIO Pump

AIO Pump

AIO Pump

AIO Pump

AIO Pump

DIMM.2 Heatsink

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

M.2 Cooling Solution

1 x M.2 Heatsink

1 x M.2 Heatsink

1 x M.2 Heatsink

1 x M.2 Heatsink

1 x M.2 Heatsink

LiveDash OLED

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Aura Sync RGB Lighting

V

V

V

V

V

4-pin RGB Header

2

2

2

2

2

Addressable RGB header

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

ASUS PRIME Motherboard Series With PRIME Z390-A Flagship

The ASUS PRIME series comes in four motherboard options this time including the three PRIME and a single workstation oriented design which you can see below.

PRIME Z390-A

PRIME Z390-P

PRIME Z390M-Plus

 

Model Name

WS Z390 PRO

PRIME Z390-A

PRIME Z390-P

PRIME Z390M-PLUS

CPU

Socket 1151 for 9th / 8th Gen Intel Core, Pentium Gold, and Celeron processors

Chipset

Intel Z390 Chipset

Form Factor

ATX

ATX

ATX

mATX

Memory Slots / Maximum

4 / 64 GB DDR4

4 / 64 GB DDR4

4 / 64 GB DDR4

4 / 64 GB DDR4

Memory Frequency (MHz)

4266+ MHz(O.C.)

4266+ MHz(O.C.)

4266+ MHz(O.C.)

4266+ MHz(O.C.)

Graphics Output

DP / HDMI

DP / HDMI

DP / HDMI

HDMI / DVI

Multi-GPU Support

2-Way SLI/3-Way CFX/4-Way SLI

2-Way SLI/3-Way CFX

2-Way-CFX

2-Way CFX

PCIe 3.0 x16

4
@ x16, or x16/x16 or x16/x8/x8 or x8/x8/x8/x8

2
@ x16 or x8/x8, x8/x4+x4, x8+x4+x4/x0

1
@ x16 or x8+x4+x4

1
@ x16 or x8+x4+x4

1
max @ x4

1
max @ x4

1
max @ x4

1
max @ x4

SATA 6Gb/s

6

6

4

4

32Gb/s M.2

2 x M.2 2242-22110
(SATA + PCIe 3.0 x 4)

1 x M.2 2242-22110
(PCIe 3.0 x 4)

1 x M.2 2242-2280
(SATA + PCIe 3.0 x 4)

1 x M.2 2242-2280
(PCIe 3.0 x 4)

1 x M.2 2242-22110
(PCIe 3.0 x 4)

1 x M.2 2242-2280
(SATA + PCIe 3.0 x 4)

1 x M.2 2242-2280
(SATA + PCIe 3.0 x 2)

1 x M.2 2242-22110
(SATA + PCIe 3.0 x 4)

USB 3.1 Gen 2 Front Panel Connector

1

1 (Gen1)

0

0

USB 3.1 Gen 2

1 x Type-C or
2 x Type-A

1 x Type-C
3 x Type-A

2 x Type-A

2 x Type-A

USB 3.1 Gen 1

6

4

8

8

Gigabit Ethernet

1 x Intel I210-AT,
1 x Intel I219-LM

Intel I219-V

Realtek 8111H

Intel I219-V

Wireless/ Bluetooth

N/A

N/A

1 x M.2 Socket (Key E), supports type 2230 Wi-Fi/BT and Intel CNVi (Integrated Wi-Fi/BT) module

N/A

Software

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Audio Codec

Realtek S1200A

Realtek S1220A

Realtek ALC887

Realtek ALC887

Audio Effects

DTS Headphone:X

DTS Headphone:X

N/A

N/A

AI OC tuning

V

V

N/A

N/A

5-way Optimization

V

V

N/A

N/A

Water Cooling Headers

Water Pump+, AIO Pump

Water Pump+, AIO Pump

AIO Pump

AIO Pump

DIMM.2 Heatsink

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

M.2 Cooling Solution

2 x M.2 Heatsink

1x M.2 Heatsink

N/A

N/A

LiveDash OLED

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Aura Sync RGB Lighting

V

V

N/A

N/A

4-pin RGB Header

1

2

1

1

Addressable RGB header

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

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