Intel’s new 400-series platform has kicked off with Z490 platform, promising next generation performance, especially when paired with 10th-Generation Intel CPUs. In this case we are looking at ASUS’ latest dive into the world of PC backbones, and the venerated motherboard manufacturer has really pulled a home run with the ROG Strix Z490-E Gaming.
Off the board (hehe, puns), we can see that ASUS, or Republic of Gamers rather, has poured their company motif into their latest Intel rendition, focusing on the needs of the end user in both innovation and design. A quick look around the board, we can see beefed up VRM and CPU heatsinks, improved cooling for the two available M.2_2 slots, and along with the pre-installed I/O shield – which has become the norm (thank goodness) – we see a large focus has been placed on the aesthetics of the ROG Strix Z490-E Gaming motherboard.
The ROG Strix Z490-E Gaming supports Intel’s newest LGA 1200 socket type which has been optimized for 10th Gen Intel processors, and is already 11th Gen-Intel ready, but cannot support lower generations of Intel’s processors, unfortunately. Moving on from the CPU, the ROG Strix Z490-E Gaming offers four DIMM slots, supporting a maximum of 128GB DDR4 RAM at 4600Mhz max overclock. Underneath this, we have two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, one PCIe 3.0 x16 slot, and three additional PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. Towards the rear, we have pre-installed I/O shield, with a BIOS FlashBack Button, and built-in Wi-Fi module.
Design and Aesthetics:
The ROG Strix Z490-E Gaming sports an edgy, Cyberpunk-ish, industrial look, showing off its performance capabilities while maintaining an essence of “I’m here to kick ass and look good doing it”. The perfect way to describe it would be to imagine Arnold in his youth as the Terminator, but with a few scratches to highlight the mechanical inner workings of the ultimate machine, and displayed in such a way that you don’t mind taking a grenade to the face, as long as it comes from him.
However, my favourite element of the board has to be the branding just right of the M.2_2 heatsinks...
Most excitingly, though, is the BIOS FlashBack button and LED that makes BIOS updating so much safer and easier than before.
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