New ASUS Z790 Series Motherboards Unveiled, Featuring Wi-Fi 7 and More

Asus has taken the wraps off its latest Z790 motherboards, aiming to get ahead of the curve and prepare for the imminent release of Intel’s 14th Gen CPU lineup. This announcement arrives on the heels of the company’s introduction of the world’s first 4K 240Hz OLED gaming monitor. Let’s dive into the new features and enhancements these motherboards bring to the table.

Asus Introduces Three New Z790 Motherboards

In anticipation of the forthcoming CPU generation and the evolving landscape of computing, Asus has introduced a lineup of new Z790 motherboards, designed to accommodate the upcoming 14th Gen Intel CPUs. These motherboards cater to various price points and offer a host of new features, optimizations, and connectivity options.

At the higher tier, we encounter the ROG Maximus Z790 Dark Hero motherboard. This flagship model boasts support for Dual Thunderbolt 4 connectors, paired with next-gen ROG SupremeFX audio featuring the ESS ES9218 Quad-DAC. With a 20+1 power stage arrangement, this motherboard is well-equipped to handle even the most powerful Intel Core i9 CPUs. A single PCIe 5.0 M.2 slot capable of hosting Gen 5 NVMe SSDs is complemented by an additional 4 M.2 slots for NVMe Gen 4 storage.

Moving on to the ROG Strix Z790-A Gaming WiFi II, this motherboard stands out with an elegant white color scheme. It offers support for up to 5x M.2 NVMe Gen 4 SSDs. Notably, Wi-Fi 7, the latest wireless connectivity standard, is a prominent feature here. Both the ROG Strix and ROG Maximus motherboards boast Wi-Fi 7 compatibility, coupled with the new ASUS WiFi Q-Antenna.

Enter the TUF Gaming motherboard, a series beloved by cost-conscious PC builders seeking value. A notable addition to the TUF Gaming lineup is the introduction of AI overclocking, previously reserved for higher-end ROG motherboards. This feature simplifies CPU overclocking for users who may not be familiar with manual tuning.

The TUF Gaming Z790-PRO also includes the new Wi-Fi Q-Antenna, offering Wi-Fi 6E connectivity with support for the 6GHz band. While it lacks features like Wi-Fi 7 or PCIe Gen 5 SSD support found in pricier models, it compensates with 2x USB Type-C ports at USB 3.2 Gen 2 (20Gbps) and compatibility with 4x M.2 PCIe Gen 4 SSDs.

(Source: Asus)

Curious about the release date of Intel’s 14th Gen CPUs? Asus indicates that Intel will launch its next-gen Core CPUs “soon.” For further details on the impending launch and specifications, you can read our comprehensive coverage of the upcoming Intel 14th Gen CPU lineup. As these new motherboards make their official debut, we’ll be sure to update our best Z790 Motherboards guide accordingly.

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