Today we will be taking a look at the ASUS ROG Strix Z790-E Gaming WiFi Motherboard. It’s aimed at the enthusiast gamer and utilises Intel’s Z790 chipet supporting all the latest Intel 13th Gen and 12th Gen processors on the LGA1700 socket.
It features an impressive 18 + 1 power stages each rated to 90A, which delivers ample current to drive the most powerful Intel 13th Gen processors through any workload with ease. For expansion, it comes with 1 x PCIe 5.0 x16 slot, 2 x PCIe 4.0 x16 slots (support x4 mode), and 1 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slot. It also supports XMP profiles for DDR5 ram with speeds of up to DDR5-7800 OC+.
The motherboard comes with a load of enthusiast features wich I really like. These include the diagnostic LEDs, onboard power-on button, ASUS Aura lighting on the I/O hood, VRM heatsink array with built-in heatpipe, PCIE slot Q-Release, M.2 Q-latch, BIOS Flashback and Clear CMOS button.
For storage, it comes with a total of 4 x SATA ports, and 5 x M.2 slots for SSDs. These include 1 x PCIe 5.0 x4 mode, and 4 x PCIe 4.0 x4 mode M.2 slots. It’s defintiely more than enough for any gamer or content creator for sure!
For audio, it features the ROG SupremeFX 7.1 Surround Sound High Definition Audio CODEC ALC408, premium audio caps and gold-plated audio jacks. And for connectivity, it comes with Intel’s 2.5G LAN with Asus LANGuard, as well as WiFi 6E + Bluetooth 5.3.
The motherboard comes with a huge about of USB ports, a total of 21 as listed below.
Rear USB (Total 12 ports)
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 port (1 x USB Type-C®)
7 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports (6 x Type-A + 1 x USB Type-C®)
4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports (4 x Type-A)
Front USB (Total 9 ports)
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 connector (supports USB Type-C® with up to 30W PD Fast-charge)
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 header support additional 4 USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports
2 x USB 2.0 headers support additional 4 USB 2.0 ports
We’ve reviewed several Z790 motherboards in the past, all of which proved to be more than capable to satisfy the most demanding of users, with its performance and features. If you’re not familiar with the Z790 chipset, you can take a look at the overview of the chipset below.
Intel Z790 Chipset
The 13th Gen Intel® Core™ desktop processors, when paired with the Z790 chipset, deliver the breakthrough performance and features that gamers, creators, and professionals need to work at their best. Optimized for overclocking1 and precision tuning when paired with an unlocked processor, the Z790 chipset empowers you with the control and confidence to choose the best performance and thermal characteristics for the task at hand. Harness the processing power, responsiveness, and connectivity of up to 38 high-speed I/O lanes—including 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes, 8 PCIe 3.0 lanes, and 5 USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 (20G) ports—as well as Intel® Killer™ Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+) to take your gaming, content creation, and productivity to the next level.
The Z790 chipset allows a total 20 usable PCIE 4.0 lanes, with upto a maximum memory capacity of 128GB. It’s also capable of up to 10 x USB 3.2 Gen1 5Gbps, 10 x USB 3.2 Gen2 10Gbps and up to 5 x USB 3.2 Gen2x2 20Gbps. Strangley no mention of PCIE 5.0 Gen5 support for NVME SSDs.
Below is the SKU chart of all the available Intel 13th Gen Core processors (Raptor Lake) at launch.
I would like to thank ASUS for providing the review sample. This is what ASUS has to say about themselves on their website:
Our Mission – Delivering the perfect user experience
Unite gamers of diverse backgrounds to achieve their potential together in play. Through innovative technology and exceptional experiences, we can push boundaries to create a world without limits.
Our relentless drive to sharpen the cutting edge has reshaped the world of gaming technology. By leading the charge to adopt the latest technologies, ROG sets standards across the entire industry of gaming systems and PC components
In 2006, an elite team of ASUS engineers and designers committed to creating the world’s best gaming experiences came together to start the Republic of Gamers (ROG). Since its founding, ROG has set new industry standards creating innovative, hardcore gaming gear that empowers gamers and enthusiast everywhere.
The story begins with the groundbreaking ROG Crosshair motherboard, which was the first to put advanced overclocking settings in a user-friendly BIOS. Intuitive tweaking and cooling options enabled experts and novices to easily maximize performance and optimize acoustics. ROG motherboards are still defined by this flexibility, and feature increasingly refined aesthetics with tasteful RGB accents.
Our pursuit of performance led to graphics cards with advanced tweaking and cooling upgrades. ROG started with air cooling, added support for custom loops with the hybrid Poseidon series, and eventually made liquid cooling self-contained. In 2009, we shocked the world by planting two GPUs on a single graphics card to create the Mars series, which set a new standard for graphics power in a single card.
ROG enabled smoother gameplay by working closely with NVIDIA® to co-engineer G-SYNC™ technology that improves how GPUs and displays interact. We were the first to overclock panels up to 165Hz and beyond, and first to pair them with super-narrow bezels that enhance multi-monitor configs and overall immersion. Our diverse display portfolio also brought high refresh rates to 4K and ultra-wide monitors.
Laptops first took ROG DNA on the road in 2008 with the G70, a powerhouse desktop replacement featuring dual GPUs and two displays. The ROG Mothership redefined that form factor with an innovative detachable design. Our latest innovation elevates gaming laptops with a rising secondary screen, and it’s part of growing Zephyrus family that eliminates compromises for smaller and slimmer devices.
ROG got into complete desktops with the massive TYTAN, which opened extra cooling vents and increased CPU clocks at the touch of a button. Since then, our lineup has grown to include an array of machines with complete system cooling optimized for different sizes, like the small form factor ROG Huracan G21, whose magnetic side cover folds away to enhance airflow and achieve higher performance.
Adding peripherals allowed us to complete a full battlestation with the precise input and control hardcore gamers expect. We bring ROG enhancements in every category, from swappable switches that customize the feel of gaming mice, to tweaked layouts that tailor mechanical keyboards for intuitive accuracy, and advanced AI noise cancelling technology that improves vocal clarity for gaming headsets.
ROG’s commitment to perfecting the gaming experience extends to a complete ecosystem of peripherals, components, and devices that communicate with and enhance each other. Examples include Aura Sync, which coordinates RGB lighting across an entire environment, and the ROG Rapture router, which accelerates gaming packets and can combine with other ROG routers to form a whole-home mesh network.
We’ll be testing the ASUS ROG Strix Z790-E Gaming WiFi Motherboard with an Intel 13th Gen Core i9-13900K (Raptor Lake) processor at default speed, along with 32GB of Patriot Viper RGB DDR5-6200, Lexar NM800 Pro 2TB PCIE Gen4 SSD, and an EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 graphics card.
No doubt, I’m expecting excellent performance from Intel’s Z790 platform, especially when it’s paired with their flagship Core i9-13900K processor. What will make this mothebroard really stand out, are the included enthusiast features, so let’s see if the this motherboard will perform as good as it looks.
OK, let’s get right in to it, and begin by taking a look at the specifications and features in our next page. You can buy the ASUS ROG Strix Z790-E Gaming WiFi Motherboard for around USD $499 from Amazon – https://amzn.to/3Czmh0O
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