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    ASUS introduces three Z490 Prime motherboards

    ASUS is releasing three Z490 motherboards under their Prime series. The ASUS Prime Z490-A, Prime Z490-P, ASUS Prime Z490M-Plus, and offers varying takes on the platform while offering it in a white color scheme tailor-made for builders who prefer white-themed builds.

    ASUS Prime Z490-A

    The ASUS Prime Z490-A comes with a 12+2 phase teamed power design with DrMOS integrated circuitry for power delivery. Four DIMM slots are present to house up to 128GB of DDR4 RAM running at 4600MHz. In terms of storage, the board has two M.2 slots with one exclusively for PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe SSDs, while six SATA ports are present for SATA-based SSDs and HDDs.

    Clad in white, the board has a six-layer PCB design that improves passive cooling. For network connections, it has an Ethernet connection at the back capable of reaching 2.5Gb speeds thanks to its Intel I225-V. If you prefer a wireless connection, an M.2 with E-key is also present to add a WiFi network card.

    RGB enthusiasts will be pleased to know that the Prime Z490-A is compatible with the AURA SYNC ecosystem with its integrated lights while RGB strips can be controlled via four RGB LED headers. As far as audio goes, the board ships out with a Realtek S1220A with 120dB signal-to-noise ratio, and support for DTS:X Ultra.

    CPU Support Intel 10th Generation Processors, LGA 1200
    Chipset Intel Z490
    Power Stage 12 + 2 DrMOS
    Memory Frequency Up to 4600MHz
    Memory Slots 4 DIMM Slots
    Maximum RAM 128GB
    RAM Channels Dual Channel
    PCIe Slots 3x PCIe 3.0 x16
    3x PCIe 3.0 x1
    Multi-GPU Support NVIDIA SLI, AMD CrossFireX
    Storage 2x M.2 slots (M-Key)
    ·         PCie 3.0 x4 or SATA III
    ·         PCIe 3.0 x4
    6x SATA III
    Audio Realtek S1220A
    Networking Intel I225-V
    USB Rear USB Port
    ·         4x USB 3.2 Gen2 (3x Type-A, 1x Type-C)
    ·         2x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A
    ·         2x USB 2.0
    Front USB Port
    ·         1x USB 3.2 Gen2 Front panel connector
    ·         2x USB 3.2 Gen1
    ·         4x USB 2.0
    Rear I/O 1x Intel I225-V 2.5G Ethernet
    1x DisplayPort
    1x HDMI
    4x USB 3.2 Gen2 (3x Type-A, 1x Type-C
    2x USB 3.2 Gen1
    2x USB 2.0
    1x Optical S/PDIF
    5x 3.5mm audio jack
    Form Factor ATX

    ASUS Prime Z490-P

    The most affordable of the Z490 Prime series, the ASUS Prime Z490-P has a 10+1 teamed power phase VRM design. Four DIMM slots are available that supports up to 128GB of DDR4 RAM at up to 4600MHz.

    Two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots are present that’s compatible with NVIDIA SLI or AMD CrossFire. The first slot, however, has the brand’s SafeSlot Core+ design in order to comfortably and safely mount heavier graphics cards.

    Like the Z490-A, the Prime Z490-P comes with an M.2 E-key slot for WiFi connectivity as well as a Thunderbolt 3 header for a ThunderboltEX 3-TR expansion card. There’s also three RGB LED strip headers, one of which is Gen2 addressable for full customization.

    CPU Support Intel 10th Generation Processors, LGA 1200
    Chipset Intel Z490
    Power Stage 10 + 1 DrMOS
    Memory Frequency Up to DDR4 4600MHz
    Memory Slots 4 DIMM Slots
    Maximum RAM 128GB
    RAM Channels Dual Channel
    PCIe Slots 2x PCIe 3.0 x16
    4x PCIe 3.0 x1
    Multi-GPU Support NVIDIA SLI, AMD CrossFireX
    Storage 2x M.2 slots (M-Key)
    ·         PCie 3.0 x4 or SATA III
    ·         PCIe 3.0 x4
    4x SATA III
    Audio Realtek ALC887
    Networking Realtek 8111H 1Gb
    USB Rear USB Port
    ·         2x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A
    ·         2x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A
    ·         2x USB 2.0
    Front USB Port
    ·         2x USB 3.2 Gen1
    ·         4x USB 2.0
    Rear I/O 1x P2/2 Keyboard/Mouse
    1x DisplayPort
    1x HDMI
    1x RJ-45 LAN port
    2x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A
    2x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A
    2x USB 2.0
    1x Optical S/PDIF
    5x 3.5mm audio jack
    Form Factor ATX

    ASUS Prime Z490M-Plus

    If you want a smaller white-themed build, the ASUS Prime Z490M-Plus might be for you. With an mATX form factor, it still has the chops to rival larger boards with its 8+1 DrMOS power stages and support for NVIDIA SLI or AMD CrossFire.

    There are four DIMM slots for up to 128GB of DDR4 RAM at 4400MHz. For storage, two M.2 slots are present alongside with five SATA III slots. There’s also a plethora of USB expansion ports to allow you to have as many USB ports as you would like.

    CPU Support Intel 10th Generation Processors, LGA 1200
    Chipset Intel Z490
    Power Stage 8 + 1 DrMOS
    Memory Frequency Up to DDR4 4400MHz
    Memory Slots 4 DIMM Slots
    Maximum RAM 128GB
    RAM Channels Dual Channel
    PCIe Slots 2x PCIe 3.0 x16
    2x PCIe 3.0 x1
    Multi-GPU Support NVIDIA SLI, AMD CrossFireX
    Storage 2x M.2 slots (M-Key)
    ·         PCie 3.0 x4 or SATA III
    ·         PCIe 3.0 x4
    5x SATA III
    Audio Realtek ALC887
    Networking Intel 1219-V 1Gb
    USB Rear USB Port
    ·         2x USB 3.2 Gen2 (1x Type-C, 1x TypeA)
    ·         2x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A
    ·         2x USB 2.0
    Front USB Port
    ·         4x USB 3.2 Gen1
    ·         4x USB 2.0
    Rear I/O 1x P2/2 Keyboard/Mouse
    1x DVI-D
    1x DisplayPort
    1x HDMI
    1x RJ-45 LAN port
    2x USB 3.2 Gen2 (Type-A, Type-C)
    2x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A
    2x USB 2.0
    3x 3.5mm audio jack
    Form Factor mATX

    All the ASUS Prime Z490 motherboards will start to hit store shelves by the end of this month. ASUS will also be releasing their prices in the near future.

     

     

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