ASUS ROG Maximus XIII Hero


    • Intel® Socket LGA 1200 for 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors and 10th Gen Intel® CoreTM, Pentium® Gold and Celeron® Processors
    • Intelligent Control: ASUS-exclusive software and firmware utilities that simplify setup and improve performance: AI Overclocking, AI Cooling, AI Networking and Two-Way AI Noise-Cancelation
    • Robust Power Solution: 14+2 teamed power stages rated for 90 Amps, ProCool II power connectors, MicroFine alloy chokes and 10K Japanese-made black metallic capacitors
    • Optimized Thermal Design: Enlarged VRM heatsinks plus integrated aluminum I/O cover, high-conductivity thermal pad, quad M.2 heatsinks with embedded backplates and ROG Water-Cooling Zone
    • High-performance Networking: Onboard WiFi 6E (802.11ax), dual Intel® 2.5 Gb Ethernet and ASUS LANGaurd.
    • Fastest Gaming Connectivity: PCIe 4.0, quad M.2, USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 front-panel connector, dual USB Type-C® ports with Thunderbolt™ 4 USB-C®
    • Industry-leading Gaming Audio: ROG SupremeFX ALC4082 with ESS® ES9018Q2C DAC for high-fidelity audio
    • Unmatched Personalization: ASUS-exclusive Aura Sync RGB lighting, including one RGB header and three addressable Gen 2 RGB headers
    • DIY-friendly Design: Pre-mounted I/O shield, BIOS FlashBack™, Q-Code, FlexKey, Q-Connector, SafeSlot and Graphics Card Holder
    • Renowned Software: Bundled 1-year AIDA64 Extreme subscription and intuitive UEFI BIOS dashboard with i




Intel didn’t rest on its silicon laurels for long after the release of its Z490 chipset—and neither has Asus. The 2021 launch of the Z590 chipset has brought a wave of fresh motherboards for the 11th Generation Core “Rocket Lake” desktop CPUs. Given the high-end nature of the chipset, many are predictably premium models, and that includes Asus’ Z590 ROG Maximus XIII Hero ($499.99). This board features a number of changes over its predecessor, some good and some not so good, but it’s nonetheless a solid platform packed with features. Other than a few nitpicks, there’s little to complain about; indeed, this is a fairly lucky XIII for discerning Intel upgraders and well-funded DIY builders. (The truly hardcore—and you lottery winners—can also ogle Asus’ ROG Maximus XIII Extreme Glacial, which, far from being glacier-slow, integrates a waterblock from EKWB directly into the Z590 board’s design, plus almost every conceivable luxury, for a mind-bending $1,843 MSRP.)




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