Leverage the power of Intel 12th Gen processors with the ROG MAXIMUS Z690 HERO LGA1700 ATX Motherboard from ASUS. The motherboard is designed for gaming enthusiasts looking for robust functionality, extensive connectivity, and the ability to install resource-demanding components.
The Intel Z690 chipset enables you to take advantage of the LGA 1700 socket, four dual-channel DDR5 RAM slots, six SATA III ports, and three M.2 interfaces. You can use the included ROG Hyper DIMM.2 card to gain an additional two M.2 interfaces, expanding your storage so you can build massive gaming libraries without compromising performance. Two PCIe 5.0 x16 and one PCIe 4.0 x16 slot allow you to equip your system with a wide range of graphics and utility cards. An array of USB ports provides support for resource-demanding peripherals with USB 3.2 Gen 1, Gen 2, and Gen 2x2 Type-A and Type-C ports. Dual Thunderbolt 4 ports provide up to 40 Gb/s data-transfer speeds so you can use high-powered devices like external storage arrays, hubs, and displays while gaining daisy-chain capabilities. The ROG MAXIMUS Z690 HERO enables you to use wireless devices such as headphones, speakers, and mice with Bluetooth 5.2 technology. Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax) provides wireless networking while a 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet port provides you with a wired connection, offering networking options essential for online gaming. Additionally, this motherboard supports Windows 10 (64-Bit) operating system and is Windows 11 (64-Bit) ready right out of the box.
Robust Power Solution
Designed to leverage the power and performance of Intel 12th Gen processors, the ROG MAXIMUS Z690 HERO is focused on enhancing the overall user experience by offering a robust power solution. MicroFine alloy chokes, premium 10K Black Metallic capacitors, 20+1 teamed power stages rated for 90A, and ProCool II connectors all work together to maintain your system's power load and ensure optimal performance while you game.
Gaming for prolonged periods of time can cause heat to build up within your case, so ASUS designed the ROG MAXIMUS Z690 HERO to leverage multiple thermal solutions that efficiently dissipate heat. A VRM heatsink with an integrated aluminum I/O cover, high-conductivity thermal pad, triple M.2 heatsinks with embedded backplates, and ROG Water-Cooling Zone all work together to ensure your components stay cool. ASUS HYDRANODE allows you to connect up to a total of three fans to a single header for greater cooling support.
Whether you prefer wired or wireless networking, the ROG MAXIMUS Z690 HERO includes a 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet port and Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax) wireless capabilities. LANGuard technology ensures you get the strongest wired signal possible with lower latency, essential for competitive online gaming.
Equipped with various ports and headers designed to provide power to external devices, you get USB 3.2 Gen 1 and Gen 2 ports, designed to provide support for resource-demanding peripherals with data-transfer speeds up to 5 and 10 Gb/s, respectively. The USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 port boasts up to 20 Gb/s data transfer speeds, allowing you to use advanced devices such as audio and video interfaces. The USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 port also supports up to 60W charging, ideal for powering up your mobile devices.
Dual Thunderbolt 4 ports located on the back panel of the ROG MAXIMUS Z690 HERO enable you to connect a wide range of power-hungry devices such as storage arrays and displays. You unlock daisy-chaining functionality, allowing you to connect multiple devices together, simplifying your cable management.
Embracing a unique design focused on making installation of components quicker, ASUS Q-Design with Q-DIMM allows you to install memory modules easily with locking mechanisms. Q-Latch makes installation and removal of M.2 storage drives quick and easy. PCIe Slot Q-Release and Q-Slot offer a larger release mechanism so you can remove your graphics and utility cards. Q-LED uses various LEDs that tell you which components are running properly upon startup, while Q-Code uses a two-digit display that gives you error codes, making troubleshooting easier in the event of a failure. Q-Connector makes installing your front-panel cable easier and stress-free.
Whether you are a seasoned builder or brand new, the ROG MAXIMUS Z690 HERO provides you with several additions that make installation easier. BIOS Flashback button allows you to update the BIOS without building your entire system. Clear CMOS button resets your BIOS to default, ideal for resetting your values without going back into BIOS. Pre-mounted I/O shield makes placing the motherboard into the case easier and saves time compared to traditional separated I/O shields. SafeDIMM adds a metal divider on the RAM slots for safer installation of memory modules. SafeSlot fortifies your PCIe 5.0 slot with a metal reinforcement for stronger retention designed to support heavier graphics cards. A graphics card holder provides support for heavier cards and prevents strain on the PCIe x16 slot.
ROG STRIX Aesthetics
Sporting a new ID design, your system will look as impressive as ever. Illuminate your finished product in an array of lighting and effects with integrated RGB and Gen 2 addressable headers, allowing you to use a wide range of RGB and ARGB strips. Aura Sync can unify your compatible devices like mice and keyboards to match your rig for a unique theme that fits your style.
The ROG SupremeFX 7.1-channel surround sound ALC4082 codec and ESS SABRE9018Q2C DAC/AMP deliver high-quality audio experience worthy of your gaming immersion. You get high-quality 120 dB SNR stereo playback output and 113 dB SNR recording input, ideal for content creators and live streamers. Gold-plated 3.5mm audio jacks, rear optical S/PDIF, premium audio capacitors, and an audio cover all assist in providing high-fidelity audio suitable for your games. Sonic Radar III, Sonic Studio III, Sonic Studio Virtual Mixer, Sonic Suite Companion, and DTS Sound Unbound all provide additional audio effects and settings allowing you to fine-tune your audio experience.
ASUS Exclusive Software
Included with your ROG MAXIMUS Z690 HERO is a suite of exclusive software designed to help you monitor, manage, and overclock your system. You get the ASUS Armoury Crate package with AURA Sync, AURA Creator, Fan Xpert 4, and Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation. AI Suite 3 includes performance and power-saving utilities like Turbo app, EPU, TPU, and DIGI+ Power Control. Additionally, you get ROG CPU-Z which detects and monitors your processor and connected devices. You also get limited access to MyASUS, WinRAR, and a one-year free trial version of AIDA64 Extreme and BullGuard Internet Security software.
Manage your system and enable overclocking with UEFI BIOS. Advanced mode allows you to fine-tune your system with a wide range of settings and options while EZ Mode simplifies the experience. EZ Flash 3 allows you to upgrade your BIOS firmware to the latest iteration by using a USB drive to save and upload the file. The CrashFree BIOS 3 rescue function resets your system in the event of an update failure or corruption. You also gain access to an AI Overclocking Guide, FlexKey, and MemTest86, designed to help you achieve new heights with your system.