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Powered exclusively by 10th Generation Intel Core, Pentium Gold, and Celeron processors, the Prime Z490-A LGA 1200 ATX Motherboard from ASUS boasts a robust power design, comprehensive cooling solutions, and intelligent tuning options. It provides daily users and DIY PC builders a range of performance tuning options via intuitive software and firmware features. This motherboard will fit in ATX sized cases, supports the LGA 1200 socket, the Intel Z490 chipset, and is compatible with Windows 10 (64-bit).
The ATX form factor of the Prime Z490-A can support up to 128GB of DDR4 RAM over four dual-channel slots, or 32GB per slot at speeds of 4600 (OC), 4500 (OC), 4400 (OC), 4266 (OC) 4133 (OC), 4000 (OC), 3866 (OC), 3733 (OC), 3600 (OC), 3466 (OC), 3400 (OC), 3333 (OC), 3200 (OC), 3000 (OC), 2800 (OC), 2666, 2400, and 2133 MHz non-ECC unbuffered memory. For storage, there are six SATA III 6 Gb/s ports and two M.2 Key M sockets, both of which support type 2242, 2260, 2280, and 22110 SSDs. One slot slot supports PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA SSDs, while the other supports PCIe 3.0 x2 (x4 mode). The Prime Z490-A supports Intel Optane Memory and allows its storage to be configured as RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10.
There is also one USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port (rear panel), three USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports (rear panel), two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports (rear panel), two USB 2.0 Type-A ports (rear panel), and more internal USB headers that support USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, USB 3.2 Gen 1, and USB 2.0. For those looking to expand their system using PCIe, there is one PCIe 3.0 x16 slot (x16 or x8/x8), one PCIe 3.0 x16 slot (max at x4 mode), and three PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. Network connectivity is achieved using an Intel I225-V 2.5Gb Ethernet port, and there is an empty M.2 Key E slot for a Wi-Fi module.
For delivering sharp, clear graphics, this motherboard supports a maximum resolution of 4096 x 2304 at 60 Hz using DisplayPort 1.4 and HDMI 1.4b outputs. For users looking to take advantage of multiple GPUs, the Prime Z490-A supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX and 2-Way NVIDIA SLI technologies.
Using the Realtek ALC S1200A 8-channel HD audio codec, the Prime Z490-A can support audio with higher fidelity than standard controllers. Audio can also be output using the integrated five 3.5mm audio outputs or optical S/PDIF output. This motherboard is also equipped with features such as AURA RGB headers, DIGI+ VRM, DRAM Overcurrent Protection, ESD Guards, LANGuard, Overvoltage Protection, a Stainless Steel Back I/O, an aluminum heatsink, and more. Protection is provided by a limited 3-year warranty.
The ASUS Prime Z490-A LGA 1200 ATX Motherboard is designed to unleash the maximum performance of 10th Gen Intel Core processors.
This motherboard features 12+2 DrMOS power stages, 6-layer PCB, ProCool sockets, alloy chokes, and durable capacitors for stable power delivery.
A VRM heatsink, a PCH heatsink, hybrid fan headers, and the Fan Xpert 4 utility all help the Z490-A to remain cool.
ASUS built this motherboard with careful routing of traces and vias, plus ground layer optimizations to preserve signal integrity for improved memory overclocking with ASUS OptiMem II.
Built for productivity, this motherboard features Intel 2.5Gb Ethernet, front USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 header support, and dual M.2 slots.
Personalize the Z490-A with ASUS-exclusive Aura Sync RGB lighting, including RGB headers and Gen 2 addressable headers.
The Realtek S1200A codec offers high-quality audio to draw you deeper into the game action or to enhance your favorite music tracks or videos.
Model - Asus PRIME Z490-A, CPU Sockets - LGA1200, Chipset - Intel Z490, Supported CPU - 10th Gen Intel Core and Pentium Gold / Celeron processors, Generation - 10th, Memory Type - DDR4, Memory MHz - 4800(O.C.)/ 4600(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/ 2133MHz, Memory Channel - Dual Channel, Memory Slot - 4, Memory Max. - 128GB, Optane Memory Support - Yes, Graphic - Integrated Graphics, Multi-GPU Support - NVIDIA 2-Way SLI, AMD 3-Way CrossFireX, PCI Express Slot - 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8), 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (max at x4 mode), 3 x PCIe 3.0 x1, Storage Interface - 6Gb/s, M.2 Slot - 2 x M.2 Socket 3 (1 x M.2 (M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)), 1 x M.2 (M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode))), LAN Chipset - Intel I225-V, LAN Speed (Mbps) - 2.5Gbps, Audio Chipset - Realtek ALC S1220A, Audio Channel - 7.1-Channel, USB Port - 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, 4 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 3 x USB 3.2 Gen 1, 4 x USB 2.0, HDMI Port - 1, DisplayPort (DP) - 1, SATA Port - 6 x SATA, BIOS Type - 192 (128+64) Mbit Flash ROM, BIOS Model - UEFI AMI BIOS, CrossFire Support - Yes, Sli Support - Yes, RaidSupport - 0, 1, 5, 10, COM Port - 1, RGB Support - Yes, RGB Sync - Aura Sync, RGB Connector - 2 x Aura RGB Strip Headers, Form Factor - ATX, Supported Operating System - Windows 10, Special Features - 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, ATX motherboard with dual M.2, 14 DrMOS power stages, HDMI, DisplayPort, SATA 6 Gbps, Intel 2.5Gb Ethernet, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, Thunderbolt 3 support, and Aura Sync RGB lighting,, Others - 1 x CPU Fan connector(s), 1 x CPU OPT Fan connector(s), 2 x Chassis Fan connector(s), 1 x AAFP connector, 2 x Addressable Gen 2 header(s), 1 x Thunderbolt header(s), 1 x Thermal sensor connector(s), 1 x Power-on button(s), 1 x Clear CMOS jumper(s), 1 x M.2 Fan Header, 5 x Audio jack(s), Manageability: WOL by PME, PXE, Warranty - 3 Year, Country of Origin - Taiwan, Made in/ Assemble - China
Whether you build a new PC or upgrade the existing one, the motherboard is the most vital component to choose when you have already picked the processor of your choice.
It is important to keep a few things in mind while purchasing the mainboard:
You can single out a great CPU from either Intel or AMD, but whatever CPU you choose, make sure your mainboard has the right socket for the selected CPU. The latest mainstream AMD chips use AM4 sockets while current Intel 9th Gen Core CPUs require LGA 1151v2 sockets.
Motherboards typically come in three sizes from largest to smallest: ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ATX motherboards. ATX motherboards offer the highest number of RAM and expansion slots. If you are looking for a budget build, you can use a smaller chassis with the micro or mini boards, but you'll have to settle for fewer PCIe slots, RAM banks, and other connectors.
Most mainstream boards these days have four RAM slots, although Mini-ITX models often have just two, and high-end boards frequently offer eight. The amount of slots, of course, limits the amount of RAM you can install.
It’s essential to check the I/O area on a motherboard to make sure it has the external connection options you need. You may need more USB 3 ports while others may want more audio ports. Among the most common ports, there are USB 3, USB 2, audio, USB type C, USB 3.1 Gen1 and Gen2, HDMI, Display port, PS/2 and Thunderbolt 3 ports. Ports one probably want the most are USB 2 and USB 3 Gen1 ports, as the first one is perfect for keyboard, mouse, and many other devices and the later one work with most peripherals. USB 3.1 Gen2 and USB Type-C ports will come handy in the near future, although most peripherals do not support this standard yet.