DIVERSITY TO THE MAXIMUS. That’s what the latest Formula brings to the acclaimed ROG Maximus series. Its Moonlight White armor and customizable ARGB lighting elements ride alongside a hybrid VRM block designed in collaboration with EK, giving you ample freedom to express your preferred build style. And underneath, circuit pathways illuminated with PCIe® Gen 5.0 and limit-breaking DDR5 support are poised to elevate performance well into the future, driving the Maximus Z690 Formula’s appeal far beyond aesthetics.
Intelligent software solutions help ensure that your system performs at its best. The latest ASUS AI-powered enhancements span four pillars of performance, including overclocking, cooling, networking and onboard audio, making advanced tweaks and optimization accessible to new recruits and savvy PC DIY veterans alike.
The ROG Maximus Z690 Formula CPU VRM is comprised of 105 amp power stages that are strategically teamed to quickly cancel transients. Alongside, the ROG take on DDR5 support frees memory kits to achieve their full potential.
TEAMED POWER ARCHITECTURE
Modern CPU architectures up the ante for motherboard power design by transitioning from deep power saving modes to full load almost instantaneously. The latest ROG VRM architecture rises to the challenge by utilizing teamed power stages to rapidly swing current, while maintaining exemplary thermal.
A brief history
ASUS became the first manufacturer to implement phase doublers when we shipped the A8N32-SLI Deluxe back in 2005. The board’s VRM was lauded for elegantly overcoming the power handling capabilities of components that were available at the time while also reducing voltage ripple. Those benefits lead to phase doublers becoming universally accepted in the industry, and they are still used for similar purposes today.
A shift in CPU demands
Today’s CPUs pack more cores than their predecessors, and the latest instruction sets allow them to crunch computationally dense workloads at an incredible pace. As an added bonus, these processors also consume less power at idle and can transition between loads states much more quickly. These improvements necessitated a re-evaluation of power design priorities, because phase doublers add a propagation delay that hampers transient response.
Bucking the trend
The latest integrated power components can handle higher currents than the devices of yesteryear, making it possible to implement a simple circuit topology that isn’t hamstrung by the processing lag of phase doublers. That’s why the ROG Maximus Z690 Formula utilizes teamed power stages to deliver higher burst current per phase, while maintaining the thermal performance of phase-doubled designs.
Each VRM component serves a specific purpose. PWM controllers control the circuit, and the power stages do the heavy lifting from an electrical and thermal standpoint. That’s why ROG Maximus Z690 Formula utilizes 20 power stages. The high-end power stages feature a low RDSON to reduce switching and conduction losses, helping to improve overall thermal headroom.
DDR5 OVERCLOCKING STRENGTH
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 on the motherboard safely circumvents DDR5 memory PMIC restrictions, allowing you to step past the default 1.1-volt limit and push frequency and timings to the max.
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.
An ambition to maximize performance calls for an appropriately powerful platform. Enter the CrossChill EK III VRM block, empowering enthusiasts to break the limits of conventional voltage regulation with a hybrid cooling system that sails past the core power requirements of 12th Gen Intel Core processors while maintaining rock-steady thermals.
CROSSCHILL EK III
The CrossChill EK III water block leverages a fusion of passive and liquid cooling to keep VRMs operating at high efficiency. The nickel water channel hidden within the block quietly cools the Formula’s MOSFETs up to 63.7°C more than air alone, while the standard G1/4″ threaded fittings are designed to integrate into existing setups with minimal effort.
COOLER BY DESIGN
The ROG Maximus Z690 Formula features upgraded cooling solution.
CrossChill hybrid thermal design
Engineered with a nickel cooling channel that’s incredibly effective at removing heat.
Dual M.2 slots feature backplate blocks that ensure high-performance drives deliver peak performance, even when airflow is restricted.
Three dedicated heatsinks keep up to three M.2 drives in the optimum operating temperature range for consistent performance and reliability.
High-conductivity thermal pad
A high-quality thermal pad improves overall heat transfer from the system by bridging the heat generated by the power stages to the heatsink.
Solid steel backplate
An electro-galvanized, cold-rolled coil construction backplate resists bending and helps draw heat away from the VRM.
A dedicated chipset heatsink draws heat away to maintain optimum operating temperatures.
ROG Maximus Z690 Formula features comprehensive cooling options that are configurable via Fan Xpert 4 or the UEFI BIOS.
ROG WATER-COOLING ZONE
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.
The latest connectivity solutions ? WiFi 6E, PCIe® 5.0 and two Thunderbolt™ 4 USB Type-C® ports ? empower supersmooth networking and blisteringly fast file transfers. And for enthusiasts looking for high-fidelity audio, the SupremeFX ALC4082 codec takes gaming immersion to a whole new level while also saving a PCIe slot.
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.
*WiFi 6E availability and features are dependent on regulatory limitations and co-existence with 5 GHz WiFi. To learn more about the ASUS WiFi 6 ecosystem, please visit: asus.com/content/WiFi6/#WIFI-6E.
MARVELL® AQTION 10 GBPS ETHERNET
Designed to meet the demanding requirements of power users and content creators, 10 Gbps onboard Ethernet provides a new level of home networking. With up to 10 times the bandwidth of standard gigabit Ethernet, you’ll enjoy streaming uncompressed 4K UHD videos and system backups and file transfers that are faster than ever before.
USB 3.2 GEN 2X2 TYPE-C® 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 ONBOARD THUNDERBOLT 4 USB TYPE-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.
Three Onboard M.2 slots
ROG Maximus Z690 Formula features three onboard M.2 slots, with two offering support for PCIe 4.0 SSDs.
ROG HYPER M.2 CARD – PCIE 5.0 READY
If users need more M.2 storage or even faster data transfers, 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.
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 clean power delivery to the SupremeFX ALC4082 codec, and an ESS® 9018Q2C integrated DAC.
ROG Maximus Z690 Formula is packed with intuitive and flexible tools that give builders next-level control of system performance.
LEVEL UP PERFORMANCE
The dashboard-style control panels of AI Suite 3 and Armoury Crate let you fine-tune almost every aspect of your ROG Maximus Z690 Formula system with ease. Get the best balance between performance, cooling, stability, and efficiency via simple and intuitive interfaces.
The renowned ROG UEFI (BIOS) provides everything you need to configure, tweak, and tune your rig. It offers intelligently simplified options for newcomers to PC DIY, as well as more comprehensive features for seasoned veterans.
ACCURATE VOLTAGE MONITORING
Conventional motherboards use single-ended sensing tapped from a location that isn’t ideal, leading to a large disparity between the actual voltage fed to the CPU and the value reported to software. ROG Maximus Z690 Formula features a differential-sensing circuit that simplify overclocking and tuning by allowing you to track voltages more accurately.
ASUS-exclusive Aura Sync RGB customization takes the Formula’s Moonlight White colorway to a new level, and a two-inch OLED LiveDash can take the aesthetic further with a display featuring live system information or user-customizable graphics.
GROW YOUR GAMING WORLD
Gear up with ROG components — 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.
The ROG Maximus Z690 Formula includes LiveDash, a built-in 2-inch OLED panel that shows useful information and features customizable graphics. During the power-on, self-test (POST) phase, the OLED shows key stats in simple language using traditional POST codes. In normal operation, the panel can be programmed to show CPU frequency, device temperatures, fan speeds or water-cooling information. You can also personalize the default OLED GIF with a preferred image or animation.
SONIC STUDIO III
Sonic Studio supports HRTF-based (head-related transfer function*) virtual surround for headsets, casting an immersive aural landscape that draws you deeper into the action. 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.
*A head-related transfer function is an audio algorithm derived from sound data recorded through a dummy head. Test tones are played from a spherical grid around the dummy head to obtain subtle changes in sounds that come from different directions. The results are combined into an algorithm that allows Sonic Studio’s virtual surround to process sound true to life.
DTS : SOUND UNBOUND
The ROG Maximus Z690 Formula 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. By exploiting Windows Sonic spatial technology, DTS Sound Unbound delivers audio in a virtual 3D space — putting you right in the middle of the soundscape, where you can sense the location and direction of every gunshot, footstep or other sound in your virtual environment.
* DTS Sound Unbound requires in-game support. Check with developers for titles that offer support.
Armoury Crate is a software utility designed to give you centralized control of supported gaming products, making it easy to tune the look and feel of your system. From a single intuitive interface, Armoury Crate helps you customize RGB lighting and effects for compatible devices and synchronize them with Aura Sync to create a unified lighting scheme across your system. In addition, Armoury Crate’s Fan Xpert4 tool provides comprehensive control over fans, water pumps and all-in-one (AIO) coolers.
You can also use Armoury Crate to download drivers, software and user manuals, register products, and tap into a special news feed that connects you to the global ASUS gaming community.
*Windows 10 required for full Aura Sync functionality within Armoury Crate. For Windows 8 and earlier versions, standalone Aura Sync software is available for free download from the product support site.
The ROG Maximus Z690 Formula includes a one-year AIDA64 Extreme subscription.?This industry-leading system information tool provides detailed information about installed hardware and software, and it also provides benchmarks for measuring performance of the entire system or individual components. AIDA64 Extreme includes a monitoring and diagnostics feature to detect and prevent hardware issues. All vital system sensors can be tracked in real time, allowing voltage readings, fan speeds, and temperature information to be viewed on the desktop, sent to dedicated displays, or the OLED panels of ROG AIO liquid coolers*.
*Support available for ROG Ryujin II and later models.
GRAPHICS CARD HOLDER
Featuring a magnetic base, adjustable slider and hinge, the ROG Graphics Card Holder banishes sag and provides support where it’s needed most.
Socket LGA 1700 for 12th Gen Intel Core, Pentium Gold and Celeron processors
Intelligent Control: ASUS-exclusive tools including AI Overclocking, AI Cooling, AI Networking and Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation for easy configuration
Robust Power Solution: 20 1 teamed power stages rated for 105 A, ProCool II power connectors, MicroFine alloy chokes and premium metallic capacitors
Optimized Thermal Design: Enlarged VRM heatsinks with EK CrossChill III solution, high-conductivity thermal pads, triple M.2 heatsinks and two M.2 backplates, and ROG Water-Cooling Zone
High-Performance Networking: Onboard WiFi 6E, Marvell AQtion 10 Gb Ethernet, and ASUS LANGaurd
Fastest Connectivity: PCIe 5.0, dual Gen 4 M.2 onboard, ROG Hyper M.2 card with Gen 5 M.2 support, USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 front-panel connector and dual Thunderbolt 4 USB Type-C ports
Industry-Leading Audio: ROG SupremeFX ALC4082 with ESS ES9018Q2C DAC for pinpoint positioning and dynamics
Unmatched Personalization: 2-inch LiveDash OLED, ASUS-exclusive Aura Sync RGB lighting, including one RGB header and three addressable Gen 2 headers
DIY-Friendly Design: Pre-mounted I/O shield, PCIe Slot Q-Release, Q-Latch, BIOS FlashBack, Q-Code, FlexKey, Q-Connector, SafeSlot, ROG Hyper M.2 card, and ROG graphics card holder
Renowned Software: Bundled 1year AIDA64 Extreme subscription and intuitive UEFI BIOS dashboard with integrated MemTest86
CPU Socket Socket 1700
CPU Brand Intel
Installed Processors (Max) 0 (1)
Supported Processor Manufacturer Intel
Supported Processors 12th Gen Intel Core Processors
64-bit Support Yes
Rear Panel I/O Ports
USB Ports 2 x Thunderbolt 4 / USB-C 4.0
1 x USB-C 3.1
6 x USB 3.1
3 x USB 2.0
HDMI Port 1 x HDMI 2.1
RJ-45 Ports 1 x RJ-45
Audio Line In Ports 1 x 3.5mm Jack
Audio Line Out Ports 3 x 3.5mm Jacks
Microphone In Port 1 x 3.5mm Jack
S/PDIF Port 1 x S/PDIF Optical Out
Antenna Connector(s) 2 x Antenna
Internal I/O Connectors
SATA Connectors 6 x SATA III
USB Connectors 1 x USB-C 3.2 header (supports 1 port)
2 x USB 3.0 headers (supports 4 ports)
2 x USB 2.0 headers (supports 4 ports)
Front Panel Connectors 1 x Front Panel
1 x Front Audio
Cooling Fan Support 1 x CPU fan header
1 x CPU_OPT fan header
1 x AIO Pump header
4 x Chassis fan headers
1 x W_PUMP header
1 x Water in header
1 x Water Out header
1 x Water flow header
TPM Header 1 x SPI TPM header
Power Connector Port 1 x 24-pin ATX
2 x 8-pin EPS
1 x 6-pin PCIe
Other Connectors 1 x M.2 slot, Key M, Type 2242/2260/2280/22110 (PCIe Gen4)
1 x M.2 slot, Key M, Type 2242/2260/2280 (PCIe Gen3)
1 x M.2 slot, Key M, Type 2242/2260/2280 (PCIe Gen4 or SATA)
3 x 3-pin ARGB LED headers
1 x 4-pin RGB LED header
1 x Thermal Sensor header
Memory Bus Speed Up to 6400 MHz (OC)
Memory Type DDR5
Maximum RAM 128 GB
Memory Slot 4 x DIMM
Chipset Manufacturer Intel
RAID Supported Yes
RAID Format RAID 0, 1, 5, 10
SATA Supported Yes
Number of PCI Express Slots 2 x PCI Express 5.0 x16 slots (@ x16 or x8/x8)
1 x PCI Express 4.0 x16 slot (@ x4)
Integrated Graphics Supported Yes
Integrated Sound Realtek
Warranty 3 Years
Integrated Network Marvell AQtion
Network Speeds Supported Up to 10 Gbps
Wireless LAN Yes (Wi-Fi 6E)
Wireless Network Speed Up to 2.4 Gbps
Bluetooth Version 5.2
Operating Systems Supported Microsoft Windows 11 / 10 64-bit
BIOS 256 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS
Software Included (may be trial or restricted) Yes
Form Factor ATX Motherboard
In The Box ASUS ROG MAXIMUS Z690 FORMULA Motherboard
1 x ARGB RGB extension cable
1 x RGB extension cable
2 x ROG weave SATA 6G cables
4 x SATA 6Gb/s cables
1 x ROG Hyper M.2 Card
2 x M.2 screw package for ROG Hyper M.2 Card
1 x ASUS Wi-Fi moving antennas
1 x M.2 Rubber Package(s)
1 x M.2 Rubber package
1 x Q-connector
1 x M.2 Q-Latch package(s)
2 x M.2 Q-Latch packages for M.2 backplate
1 x ROG key chain
1 x ROG stickers
1 x ROG thank you card
1 x USB drive with utilities and drivers
1 x User guide
Width 305 mm
Length 244 mm
Weight 2.364 kg
Motherboard Model ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Formula
WiFi Speed 2400 Mbps
USB 3.1 Support Yes
Internal USB3.0 Header Yes
M.2 Support Yes
On-board RGB Control ASUS Aura Sync
Memory Speed 6400 MHz
RGB Header Type 3-Pin ARGB
Addressable RGB Yes
Wireless Network Yes
Memory Channel Dual
On-board Audio Type 7.1
Number of SATA Ports 6 port(s)
Number of USB Ports 10 port(s)
SATA III Support Yes
USB 3.0 Support Yes
Multi GPU Support No
VGA Connection No
DVI Connection No
HDMI Connection Yes
DisplayPort Connection No
Motherboard Form Factor ATX
Motherboard Power Connectors 8 8-Pin
Motherboard Chipset Intel Z690
Manufacturer Code 90MB18G0-M0EAY0
Alternative Part Number ROG MAXMIMUS Z690 FORMULA