ROG Z690 Maximus Hero Intel 12th Generation ATX Motherboard
ASUS ROG Maximus Hero Z690 Motherboard
GET READY FOR THE NEWEST GENERATION
Introducing the newest series of Z690 motherboards – ROG Maximus Hero from ASUS. The ROG Maximus Z690 Hero is a quintessential strand of the Republic of Gamers DNA, replete with high-octane components to satisfy users who seek an introduction to the enthusiast-grade Maximus line. Its arsenal of cooling, power delivery and connectivity stands ready to handle whatever the latest 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors throw at it. And with its new animated Polymo lighting display on the I/O cover that dazzles with vibrant RGB logos and patterns, the ROG Maximus Z690 Hero has the looks to match its leverage.
Please note: This motherboard is compatible with Intel® Socket LGA1700 for 12th Gen Intel® Core™, Pentium® Gold and Celeron® Processors. Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 and Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0**
** Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 support depends on the CPU types.
12th Gen Intel®
Teamed Power Architecture and Power Solution
1. Supports the latest 12th Gen Intel® Processors
2. Dual Channel Memory, Max. 128GB, DDR5 / Supports Intel® XMP and OPTIMEM III
3. PROCOOL II Power Connector | 4. 20 1 Power Stages
5. Expansion Slot: 2x PCIe 5.0 x16 slots / 1x PCIe 4.0 x16 slot (x4, x4/x4 via ROG Hyper M.2 Card)
6. Three M.2 Socket: supports PCIe 4.0 x4, 3.0 x4, PCIe 4.0 x4 & SATA modes
Two M.2 Socket via ROG Hyper M.2 Card: supports PCIe 5.0 x4/PCIe 4.0 x4 mode / PCIe 4.0 x4 mode
Experience DDR5 Overclocking Strength
PUSH FREQUENCY AND TIMINGS TO THE MAX
Comprehensive memory tuning options are the cornerstone of ROG motherboards. For DDR5, the Maximus Z690 lineup breaks performance limits by providing a stacked suite of overclocking parameters for not only high-speed kits, but even entry-level memory modules that have a locked power management IC (PMIC).
A DEDICATED CIRCUIT FOR DDR5
Ordinarily, a restricted PMIC that has been unlocked requires the system to be fully power-cycled each time memory voltage is adjusted. ROG motherboards leverage onboard hardware and firmware to cleverly work around this irksome limitation, enabling voltage adjustments to be applied through the same soft system-reset process employed for previous generations of DDR memory.
1. 10K Black metallic capacitors
2. MicroFine alloy chokes
3. The VRM features 20 1 power stages
4. 8 8-pin PROCOOL II power connectors
The latest ROG VRM architecture rises to the challenge by utilizing teamed power stages to rapidly swing current, while maintaining exemplary thermal performance.
AI Overclocking at a Glance
ROG engineers developed and extensively-tested intelligent software solutions to ensure your system stays in optimal condition. Tuning is now faster and smarter than ever before. ASUS AI Overclocking profiles the CPU and cooling to predict the optimal configuration and push each system to its limits.
DESIGNED BY EXPERTS
For each new motherboard platform, ROG in-house experts painstakingly profile thousands of processors and system configurations to hone the highly advanced algorithm of AI Overclocking.
The algorithm analyses your CPU and system cooling, and then defines optimal voltage and frequency settings. Predicted values can be applied manually or engaged automatically to save time.
Once activated, the AI Overclocking utility continually tracks vital system stats, making profile adjustments to account for changes in system usage or ambient temperature.
Top-level PC Performance Demands Exceptional Cooling
COOLER BY DESIGN
The ROG Maximus Z690 Hero is armed with robust VRM and chipset heatsinks that provide the perfect balance of mass and surface area for heat dissipation. Load up with an AIO or custom cooling loop paired with your choice of fans to keep thermals under complete control. Three dedicated heatsinks keep up to three M.2 drives in the optimum operating temperature range for consistent performance and reliability.
1. VRM and aluminium I/O heatsink
2. Three dedicated M.2 heatsinks
3. L-shaped heatpipe
4. High-conductivity thermal pad
5. Dual M.2 slots feature M.2 backplates
6. Dedicated chipset heatsink
Grow your RGB Gaming World
PERSONALIZE AND GEAR UP WITH ROG COMPONENTS
In addition to elite performance, ROG Maximus Z690 Hero introduces the new Polymo Lighting display, gracing the I/O cover with an eye-catching microstructural array of light and color. This intricate design features two RGB patterns, empowering builders to show off a luminous RGB style that they won’t see anywhere else. From graphics card and monitors to mice and keyboards. And up your game with complementary aesthetics, control and compatibility. The ROG ecosystem is more extensive than any competing brand, so you’ll enjoy greater choice as your system expands.
Expert Thermal Management
Multiple Temperature Sources
ROG Water-Cooling Zone
THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE COOLING OPTIONS EVER
Each header can be set to monitor and react to three user-configurable thermal sensors for workload-based cooling, and all settings can be easily managed by Fan Xpert 4 or UEFI. Every onboard header auto-detects any PWM or DC fan, with three chassis fan headers offering ASUS HYDRANODE support. Includes a dedicated PWM/DC header for self-contained water-cooling setups.
Dual water-temperature headers and a flow-rate header feed information straight into the AI Suite utility, allowing you to track coolant temperatures and the flow rate of the entire loop. ROG Maximus Z690 Hero features the most comprehensive cooling options ever.
Need More M.2 Storage or Even Faster Data Transfers?
THREE ONBOARD M.2 SLOTS
ROG Maximus Z690 Hero features three onboard M.2 slots, with two offering support for the latest PCIe 4.0 SSDs.
ROG HYPER M.2 CARD PCIE 5.0 READY
The bundled ROG Hyper M.2 Card features two more slots, one of which is a PCIe 5.0 and ready to perform at up to twice the speed of the accompanying PCIe 4.0 slot.
Supreme Networking Capability
INTEL® WIFI 6E (GIG )
Onboard WiFi 6E technology takes advantage of the newly available radio spectrum in the 6 GHz band, providing up to three times the bandwidth of the 5 GHz band and up to seven 160 MHz bands to deliver ultrafast wireless networking speeds along with improved capacity and better performance in dense wireless environments.
INTEL® 2.5 GB ETHERNET
Onboard Intel® 2.5 Gb Ethernet gives your wired connection a boost, with speeds that are 2.5 times faster than standard Ethernet connections for speedy file transfers, smooth lag-free gaming and high-res video streaming.
Onboard USB Ports and Thunderbolt 4 Connectivity
FRONT-PANEL CONNECTOR WITH QUICK CHARGE 4
USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 adds an additional lane that can boost Type-C data transfers with speeds of up to 20 Gbps. The port also features Quick Charge 4 technology that can quickly charge devices up to 60 W with a PCIe power supply cable plugged into the nearby 6-pin connector.
TWO THUNDERBOLT 4 USB-C® PORTS
Each port delivers up to 40 Gbps of bidirectional bandwidth for the latest high-speed devices and drives. Thunderbolt 4 also supports up to two external 4K displays and extends PCIe bandwidth to up to 32 Gbps.
Fine-quality Components for Exceptional Clarity & Fidelity
UNIQUE DESIGN FEATURES FOR POWERFUL AUDIO
ROG SupremeFX audio technology delivers an exceptional 113 dB signal-to-noise ratio on the line-in connection to provide best-ever recording quality. There’s also a low-dropout regulator for cleaner power delivery to the SupremeFX ALC4082 codec, and an ESS® 9018Q2C integrated DAC capable of reaching -115dB THD N to provide playback that conveys all the subtlety and nuances of the audio track. ROG Maximus Z690 Hero includes a pre-loaded DTS Sound Unbound app that envelops you in audio as never before, conjuring whole new levels of immersion for extraordinary gaming and entertainment experiences. The intuitive Sonic Studio interface also offers a range of EQ options and one-click presets, allowing you to tailor acoustics to suit personal preferences or the characteristics of your headset.
Control your Rig with Armoury Crate
ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE
Armoury Crate is a software utility designed to provide centralized control of supported ROG gaming products. From a single intuitive interface, Armoury Crate puts command of all your Aura gear at your fingertips with the new Aura Creator suite ready. The software also provides control of settings for a growing number of ROG products, making it easier to tune the look and feel of your system. Armoury Crate even offers dedicated product registration and ROG news feeds to help you stay in touch with the ROG gaming community.
Edition ROG MAXIMUS Z690 HERO
Form Factor ATX
CPU Socket 1700
Chipset Intel Z690
RAM Memory Support
Memory Type DDR5
Memory Channel Dual (2)
Memory Type (ECC) Non-ECC
Memory Type (R/U) UDIMM (Unbuffered)
Memory Speed (Mhz)
DDR5 – 4800
DDR5 – 5000(OC)
DDR5 – 5200(OC)
DDR5 – 5400(OC)
DDR5 – 5600(OC)
DDR5 – 5800(OC)
DDR5 – 6000(OC)
DDR5 – 6200(OC)
DDR5 – 6400 (OC)
Max. Memory Capacity 128GB
Audio ROG SupremeFX 7.1 HD Audio
Primary GPU Interface PCIe 5.0 (x16)
NVIDIA SLI Support N/A
AMD CrossFire Support N/A
Integrated Graphics Requires Processor Graphics or Discrete GPU
On-Board Graphics Connectors None
1 x M.2, 22-42/60/80, PCIe Gen3x4
1 x M.2, 22-42/60/80, PCIe Gen4x4/SATA3
1 x M.2, 22-42/60/80/110, PCIe Gen4x4
1 x M.2, 22-42/60/80/110, PCIe Gen5x4
1 x PCIe 4.0 x16
2 x PCIe 5.0 x16
SATA Support N/A
RAID Support via
Storage Mode Support
Intel Optane Memory Ready
Intel Rapid Storage Technology Support
1 x 2-pin W_IN connector
1 x 2-pin W_OUT connector
1 x 24-pin (Power)
1 x 3-pin W_FLOW connector
1 x 4-pin AIO Pump Connector
4 x 4-pin CHA_FAN connector
1 x 4-pin CPU Fan Connector
1 x 4-pin CPU OPT Fan Connector
1 x 4-pin W_PUMP Connector
1 x 6-pin PCIe (Power)
2 x 8-pin (Power)
3 x Addressable Gen 2 Header
1 x Aura RGB Header
1 x FlexKey Button
1 x Front Panel Audio Header
1 x ReTry Button
6 x SATA III – 6Gb/s
1 x System panel connector
1 x Temperature Sensor Header
1 x TPM (SPI_TPM) header
2 x USB 2.0 Header
2 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Header
1 x USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Connector
Network Interface Type
802.11ax WiFi LAN
Wired 2.5 Gigabit LAN
1 x 802.11ax WiFi BT5.2
1 x Intel (2.5GbE LAN)
Rear I/O Connectors
1 x 10/100/1000/2500 (LAN)
5 x Audio I/O
1 x BIOS Flashback Button
1 x Clear CMOS Button
1 x HDMI
1 x S/PDIF-Out (Optical)
2 x Thunderbolt 4
2 x USB 2.0
6 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A
1 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C
1 x WiFi Module
Water Cooled No
QPI Speed N/A
Board Dimensions 305 x 244 x 490 mm