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Brand - Asus, Model - Asus ROG MAXIMUS XIII HERO, Chipset Brand - Intel, Chipset - Intel Z590, CPU Sockets - Intel LGA1200, Supported CPU - Intel Core, Pentium Gold and Celeron Processors, Generation - 10th/11th Gen, Memory Type - DDR4, Memory MHz - 5333(OC)/ 5133(OC)/ 5000(OC)/ 4800(OC)/ 4700(OC)/ 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/ 3000/ 2933/ 2800/ 2666/ 2400/ 2133 MHz, Memory Channel - Dual, Memory Slot - 4, Memory Max. - 128GB, Multi-GPU Support - NVIDIA 2-Way SLI Technology, PCI Express Slot - 2 x PCIe 4.0/3.0 x16, 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 x PCIe 3.0 x1, Storage Interface - 6Gb/s, M.2 Slot - 4 x M.2 slots (1 x M.2 type 2242/2260/2280/22110 PCIe 4.0 x4 mode), (1 x M.2 type 2242/2260/2280 PCIe 4.0/3.0 x4 mode), (1 x M.2 type 2242/2260/2280 PCIe 3.0 x4 mode), (1 x M.2 type 2242/2260/2280/22110 PCIe 3.0 x4 & SATA modes)), LAN Chipset - 2 x Intel I225-V 2.5Gb Ethernet, LAN Speed (Mbps) - 10/100 Mbps, Audio Chipset - ALC4082 Codec, Audio Channel - 7.1-Channel, Wi-Fi - Yes, Wi-Fi Technology - WiFi 6E (802.11ax), USB Port - 2 x Thunderbolt 4 USB Type-C, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C, 6 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1, 4 x USB 2.0 Type-A,, HDMI Port - 2, SATA Port - 6, BIOS Type - 256 Mb Flash, BIOS Model - UEFI AMI BIOS, Thunderbolt - 2 x Thunderbolt 4, RGB Support - Yes, RGB Sync - Aura Sync, RGB Connector - 1 x AURA RGB header, Form Factor - ATX, Supported Operating System - Windows 10, Special Features - ROG MAXIMUS XIII HERO Intel Z590 ATX gaming motherboard with 14+2 power stages, PCIe 4.0, Onboard WiFi 6E (802.11ax), Dual Intel 2.5 Gb Ethernet, Quad M.2 with heatsinks and embedded backplates, Dual onboard Thunderbolt 4, USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 front-panel connector and Aura Sync RGB lighting, ASUS-exclusive software and firmware utilities that simplify setup and improve performance: AI Overclocking, AI Cooling, AI Networking and Two-Way AI Noise-Cancelation, ROG SupremeFX ALC4082 with ESS ES9018Q2C DAC for high-fidelity audio, Others - 5 x Gold-plated audio jacks, 1 x Optical S/PDIF out port, 1 x BIOS FlashBack button, 1 x Clear CMOS button, 3 x AURA Addressable Gen 2 header, 1 x FlexKey button, 1 x Front Panel Audio header (AAFP), 1 x ReTry button, 1 x Speaker header, 1 x SPI TPM header (14-1pin), 1 x Start button, 1 x 10-1 pin System Panel header, 1 x Thermal Sensor header, Warranty - 3 Year Replacement
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.