ASUS Prime Z490-A Intel Socket 1200 Motherboard

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ASUS Prime series is expertly engineered to unleash the full potential of 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors. Boasting a robust power design, comprehensive cooling solutions and intelligent tuning options, Prime Z490 series motherboards provide daily u..

ASUS Prime series is expertly engineered to unleash the full potential of 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors. Boasting a robust power design, comprehensive cooling solutions and intelligent tuning options, Prime Z490 series motherboards provide daily users and DIY PC builders a range of performance tuning options via intuitive software and firmware features. 

Tune It Your Way

Comprehensive controls form the foundation of the ASUS Prime series. The Prime Z490 motherboard packs flexible tools to tune every aspect of your system, enabling you to tweak performance settings to perfectly match the way you work – maximizing your productivity.

5-Way Optimization

ASUS 5-Way Optimization makes your PC smart, taking care of complex tuning with just one click. It dynamically optimizes essential aspects of your system, providing overclocking and cooling profiles that are tailored for your rig.

5-Way Optimization is an automated tuning utility that optimizes overclocking and cooling profiles for your unique system configuration.

Fans stay whisper-quiet for everyday computing, and deliver optimal airflow when the system is crunching through CPU- or GPU-intensive tasks.

A stress test feature allows you to optimize and overclock for CPU- or memory-centric workloads.TPU

CPU Performance Boost

The TurboV Processing Unit (TPU) is an intelligent system-tuning utility that automatically fine-tunes voltages, monitors system stats, and adjusts overclocking parameters for optimal performance.

EPU

All-Around Energy Efficiency

The Energy Processing Unit (EPU) automatically optimizes power consumption and maximizes energy savings with Away mode — a smart setting that creates an extreme energy-saving scenario by shutting down unused I/O controllers.

Fan Xpert 4

Flexible Air- and Liquid-Cooling Controls

Fan Xpert 4 software provides comprehensive control over fans, water pumps and all-in-one (AiO) coolers. Whether cooling with air or water, an Auto-Tuning mode intelligently configures all parameters with a single click. There’s also an Extreme Quiet mode that reduces all fan speeds to below the default minimum to keep your system whisper-quiet when performing light tasks. Fans, water pumps and AiO coolers can also be controlled via the UEFI BIOS.

Digi+ VRM Control

Precise Digital Power Control

The Digi+ voltage-regulator module (VRM) delivers real-time control over voltage droop, automatically switching frequency and power-efficiency settings. It also allows you to fine-tune your CPU for ultimate stability and performance.

Turbo App

App-Specific Optimization

Turbo App allows you to define CPU overclocking, apply fan profiles, prioritize network data and optimize audio settings at the app level, so your system is set up exactly as needed.

UEFI BIOS

The renowned ASUS UEFI BIOS provides everything you need to configure, tweak and tune your system. It offers intelligently simplified options for PC DIY beginners, as well as comprehensive features for seasoned veterans.

Advanced Mode

Advanced Tuning for Serious Tweakers

An intuitive Advanced mode offered via the UEFI lets you take complete control. A built-in search feature makes it easy to find options, and various Advanced functions let you intelligently make nuanced adjustments so you can dial in performance just the way you want. 

Prediction - AI Overclocking monitors system vitals such as temperature, fan speed, and power draw to estimate overclocking performance.

AI Overclocking Guide - Refer to the guide offered in the UEFI BIOS for step-by-step instructions detailing how to use AI Overclocking.

Search Function - Quickly and easily find the option or setting you need.

ASUS User Profile - Port configuration settings between different BIOS versions or share them with friends.

FlexKey - Remap the reset button on the chassis to toggle Aura lighting, activate the DirectKey to go straight to the UEFI BIOS, or reset the system.EZ Mode

Quick and Simple Setup 

EZ mode displays vital settings and stats and also offers guided wizards, drag-and-drop functionality, and one-click application of important settings — all to help you get your rig up and running in no time.

AI Overclocking - Enable AI Overclocking via a shortcut.

Intuitive Graphical Fan Control - Fine-tune individual fan settings simply by dragging a curve with the mouse.

EZ XMP - Improve DRAM performance with one click.

Aura On/Off Mode (Stealth) - Easily enable or disable Aura RGB lighting or every onboard LED, for a subdued aesthetic touch.Cool to the Core

Prime Z490 series is engineered with multiple onboard heatsinks and an array of hybrid fan headers to ensure your rig stays cool and stable under intense workloads.

Heatsinks

M.2 Heatsink

An M.2 drive sits under a passive heatsink to ward off the throttling that can occur with sustained transfers. The heatsink is held in place by easily-removable captive screws, giving you the flexibility to move it to another M.2 slot.

VRM Heatsink

VRM Heatsink and Thermal Pads

Two massive VRM heatsinks with underneath thermal pads improve heat transfer from the MOSFETs and chokes for better cooling performance. A bundled fan holder provides additional cooling options.

SoC VRM Heatsink

Stack Cool 3+

2-ounce copper layers draw heat away from critical components to keep them at their optimal operating temperatures.

Cooler by Design

Prime Z490 series features comprehensive cooling controls that are configurable via Fan Xpert 4 software or via the UEFI BIOS.

Multiple Temperature Sources - Each header can dynamically reference three thermal sensors. Fan Xpert 4 allows you to map the temperature of supported ASUS graphics cards to optimize cooling for GPU- and CPU-intensive tasks.

Dual-Pump Headers - A dedicated header supplies over 3 amps for high-performance PWM or DC water pumps, plus a second dedicated header for AiOs.

Smart Protection - A dedicated integrated circuit protects each fan header from overheating and overcurrent. 

4-Pin PWM/DC Fan - Each onboard header supports auto-detection of PWM or DC fans.Build on a Solid Foundation

Prime Z490 series is built to handle the additional cores and increased bandwidth of 10th Generation Intel® Core™ processors. A Z490 motherboard provides all the fundamentals to boost daily productivity, so your system will be ready for action with stable power, intuitive cooling and flexible transfer options. 

Robust Power Design

Stable power is essential to extract every last bit of performance out of 10th Generation Intel Core processors, Prime Z490 motherboard is geared to cater to the demands of these high-core count CPUs.

ProCool Connectors

Proprietary connectors augment the motherboard\'s link to the PSU with 8+4 pin connectors that pass 12 volts of power directly to the processors. Each jack features solid pins that can handle more current than hollow-pin connectors.

12+2 Power Stages

A VRM with 12+2 power stages delivers the power and efficiency that the latest Intel processors demand.

ASUS OptiMem II

Revisions to the motherboard’s trace routing provide the latest Intel processors with unrestricted access to memory bandwidth. ASUS OptiMem II technology carefully maps memory signal pathways across different PCB layers to reduce vias and adds shielding zones that significantly reduce crosstalk.

ASUS OptiMem II benefits:

Improved memory stability and compatibility

Allows lower memory latencies at equivalent voltages

Improved memory frequency marginDual M.2 (up to 32 Gbps)

Dual M.2 slots support data-transfer speeds of up to 32 Gbps via x4 PCI Express® 3.0 bandwidth, enabling quicker boot-up and app load times with OS or application drives.

* Actual transmission speeds will be lower than the theoretical maximum speed.

USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A & Type-C

Numerous USB ports support high-end rigs loaded with peripherals, including a front-panel USB Type-C® connectors with fast USB 3.2 Gen 2 connectivity for compatible cases.

Thunderbolt™ 3 Support

Prime Z490-A supports ThunderboltEX 3-TR, an Intel certified Thunderbolt™ 3 add-on card that enables bi-directional speeds of up to 40 Gbps via a single cable. Additionally, an integrated Thunderbolt 3 header can support up to six devices in a daisy-chain and provide up to 100 watts of power to fast-charge devices.

Intel Ethernet

Intel® 2.5 Gb Ethernet

Intel Ethernet Connection I225-V reduces CPU overhead and offers exceptionally high TCP and UDP throughput for faster, smoother data transfer.

Lower CPU workload

High TCP & UDP throughputLANGuard

ASUS LANGuard is a hardware-level network protection feature that integrates advanced signal-coupling technology and premium anti-EMI surface-mounted capacitors to improve throughput and ensure a more reliable connection. 

Turbo LAN

Turbo LAN with cFosSpeed traffic-shaping technology reduces network lag and allows you to adjust application network transmission priorities in just one click. 

Little Things Make a Big Difference

Prime Z490 series adds the nuanced details that improve every experience, from exclusive codecs that provide pristine audio quality to intuitive RGB lighting controls that let you customize your system to create a uniquely personal look. 

Exclusive Codec

Realtek Codec and Unique Design Features for Pristine, Powerful Audio

Prime Z490-A utilizes a unique audio codec designed in close collaboration with Realtek — the Realtek S1220A. It also features an unprecedented 120 dB signal-to-noise ratio for the stereo line out and a 113 dB SNR for the line in, providing pristine audio quality. Additionally, an impedance-sensing circuit automatically adjusts gain to ensure an optimal volume range for your headphones.

DTS:X® Ultra adds a spatial audio feature to boost headphones and speakers for enhanced gaming, VR and extended-reality experiences. DTS:X Ultra supports sound based on channels, scenes, and objects to allow for deeper sonic immersion in enabled content. It also provides post-processing enhancements and device-level tuning for DTS® codecs.

Crystal Sound 3

Flawless Audio that Immerses You in the Game

Power Pre-Regulator - Reduces power-input noise to ensure consistent performance

Audio Shielding - Separates analog/digital signal domains, significantly reducing multi-lateral interference

Separate Layers for Left and Right Tracks - Ensures minimal crosstalk between audio paths

Integrated Amplifier - Capable of driving high-impedance headphones, without rolling-off high or low frequencies

De-Pop Circuit - Reduces start-up popping noise to all audio outputs

Premium Japanese Capacitors - Premium parts provide an immersive sound signature, with exceptional fidelityAura Sync

Outshine the Competition

A well-tuned enthusiast system deserves a matching aesthetic. ASUS Aura offers full RGB lighting control with a variety of functional presets for the built-in RGB LEDs as well as strips and devices connected to the onboard RGB headers - and it can all be synced with an ever-growing portfolio of Aura-capable hardware.

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Addressable Gen 2 RGB Header

Two addressable Gen 2 RGB headers are now capable of detecting the number of LEDs on second-gen addressable RGB devices, allowing the software to automatically tailor lighting effects to specific devices. The new headers also offer backward-compatibility with existing Aura RGB gear.

Armoury Crate

Armoury Crate is a new software utility designed to give you centralized control of supported products. From a single intuitive interface, Armoury Crate allows you to easily customize RGB lighting and effects for every compatible device in your arsenal. The software also provides control of settings for an ever-growing number of ASUS products, including keyboard and mouse preferences. Armoury Crate even features dedicated product registration and highlight to help you stay in touch with the ASUS community.

DIY-friendly

SafeSlot

Protect Your Graphics Card 

SafeSlot is the PCIe slot reinvented by ASUS and engineered to provide superior retention and shearing resistance. Manufactured in a single step using a new insert-molding process, SafeSlot integrates fortifying metal for an inherently stronger slot, which is then firmly anchored to the PCB through additional solder points.

FlexKey

The Chassis Reset Button – Reassigned

FlexKey is a front-panel header that lets you customize the reset button on the front-panel of your chassis to provide quick access to Aura lighting controls, DirectKey or system reset.

Main Features

Intel LGA 1200 socket: Ready for 10th Gen Intel Core processors

Enhanced power solution: 12+2 DrMOS power stages, 6-layer PCB, ProCool sockets, alloy chokes and durable capacitors for stable power delivery

AI Overclocking: Quickly optimizes CPU performance based on the CPU and cooler, achieving results that are extremely close to manual tuning by experts

AI Cooling: Manages and controls all motherboard fans, automatically optimizing settings based on current system load and temperature

5-Way Optimization: One-click, system-wide tuning delivers optimized overclocking and intelligent cooling for CPU or GPU-intensive tasks

Comprehensive cooling: VRM heatsink, M.2 heatsink, hybrid fan headers and Fan Xpert 4

Next-gen connectivity: Intel 2.5 Gb Ethernet, front USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 header support

Key Features:

Socket 1200

Intel Z490 Chipset

6 x SATA & 8 x USB Ports

DDR4 (max 128GB, 4 slots)

HDMI and Display Port

ATX Form Factor

CPU

CPU SocketSocket 1200

CPU BrandIntel

Installed Processors (Max)0 (1)

Supported Processor ManufacturerIntel

Supported Processors10th Gen Intel Core, Pentium Gold and Celeron Processors

64-bit SupportYes

SocketLGA1200

Rear Panel I/O Ports

USB Ports1 x USB 3.1 Type-C3 x USB 3.1 Type-A2 x USB 3.02 x USB 2.0

DisplayPorts1 x DisplayPort

HDMI Port1 x HDMI

RJ-45 Ports1 x RJ-45

Audio Line In Ports1 x 3.5mm Jack

Audio Line Out Ports3 x 3.5mm Jacks

Microphone In Port1 x 3.5mm Jack

S/PDIF Port1 x S/PDIF Optical Out

Internal I/O Connectors

SATA Connectors6 x SATA III

USB Connectors1 x USB 3.1 header1 x USB 3.0 header (supports 2 ports)2 x USB 2.0 headers (supports 4 ports)

Front Panel Connectors1 x Front Panel1 x Front Audio

Cooling Fan Support1 x CPU fan header1 x CPU_OPT fan header2 x Chassis fan headers1 x AIO_PUMP header1 x W_PUMP+ header1 x M.2_FAN header

Thunderbolt Port(s)1 x Thunderbolt header

Serial Connectors1 x COM header

Chassis Intrusion Connector1 x Chassis Intrusion header

Power Connector Port1 x 20+4-pin ATX1 x 4+4-pin EPS1 x 4-pin EPS

Other Connectors2 x M.2, Socket 3, M Key (Type 2242/2260/2280/22110)1 x M.2, E Key for Wi-Fi Module2 x Addressable RGB headers2 x Aura RGB Strip headers1 x Thermal Sensor header

Memory

Memory Bus Speed4600(O.C)/4500(O.C)/4400(O.C)/4266(O.C.)/4133(O.C.)/4000(O.C.)/3866(O.C.)/3733(O.C.)/3600(O.C.)/3466(O.C.)/3333(O.C.)/3200(O.C.)/3000(O.C.)/2933(O.C.)/2800(O.C.)/2666/2400/2133 MHz

Memory TypeDDR4

Maximum RAM128 GB

Memory Slot4 x DIMM

Motherboard

Chipset ManufacturerIntel

NorthbridgeZ490

RAID SupportedYes

RAID FormatRAID 0, 1, 5, 10

SATA SupportedYes

Expansion

Number of PCI Express Slots2 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 (@ x16, x8/x8)1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 (@ x4)3 x PCI Express 3.0 x1

Graphics Device

Integrated Graphics SupportedYes

Sound

Integrated SoundRealtek ALC S1220A 7.1 Surround Sound High Definition Audio CODEC

Warranty

Warranty3 Years

Network

Integrated NetworkIntel I225-V

Network Speeds SupportedUp to 2.5 Gbps

Wireless LANNo

BluetoothNo

System Requirements

Operating Systems SupportedMicrosoft Windows 10 64-bit

System

BIOS192 (128+64) Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS

Special FeaturesASUS 5X Protection IIIAURA SyncASUS Quiet Thermal SolutionASUS Q-DesignDIY Friendly Design

Jumpers1 x Clear CMOS1 x CPU_OV

Software Included (may be trial or restricted)Yes

DriversYes

SLi/Crossfire FeaturesSupports NVIDIA 2-Way SLI TechnologySupports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX Technology

Physical

Form FactorATX Motherboard

In The BoxPRIME Z490-A MotherboardUser's manual3 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)1 x Supporting DVD1 x Q-Connector1 x CPU Fan Holder1 x M.2 SSD screw package(s)1 x M.2 Key E screw package(s)1 x M.2 Rubber Package(s)

Width305 mm

Length244 mm

Key Features

Motherboard ChipsetIntel Z490

ThunderboltNo

Motherboard ModelASUS Prime Z490-A

USB 3.1 SupportYes

Internal USB3.0 HeaderYes

M.2 SupportYes

On-board RGB ControlASUS Aura Sync

Memory Speed4600 MHz

RGB Header Type3-Pin ARGB

Addressable RGBYes

FirewireNo

Wireless NetworkNo

Memory ChannelDual

On-board Audio Type7.1

Number of SATA Ports6 port(s)

Number of USB Ports8 port(s)

SATA III SupportYes

USB 3.0 SupportYes

Multi GPU SupportBoth

VGA ConnectionNo

DVI ConnectionNo

HDMI ConnectionYes

DisplayPort ConnectionYes

Motherboard Form FactorATX

Motherboard Power Connectors4 + 8-Pin

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