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ASUS Prime Z490-A Intel Socket 1200 Motherboard

  • £24999

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  • Socket 1200
  • Intel Z490 Chipset
  • 6 x SATA & 8 x USB Ports
  • DDR4 (max 128GB, 4 slots)
  • HDMI and Display Port
  • ATX Form Factor

 

Intel® Z490 (LGA 1200) 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
  • Intel® LGA 1200 Socket: Ready for 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors
  • 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 optimises 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 optimising settings based on current system load and temperature
  • 5-Way Optimisation: One-click, system-wide tuning delivers optimised 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
Prime Z490-A
ASUS Prime series is expertly engineered to unleash the full potential of 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors. Boasting a robust power design, comprehensive cooling solutions and intelligent tuning options, Prime Z490 series motherboards provide daily users and DIY PC builders a range of performance tuning options via intuitive software and firmware features.
Tune It Your Way
Comprehensive controls form the foundation of the ASUS Prime series. The Prime Z490 motherboard packs flexible tools to tune every aspect of your system, enabling you to tweak performance settings to perfectly match the way you work – maximising your productivity.
ASUS AI Overclocking
ASUS AI Overclocking is an intelligent utility that helps you get the most out of your build by automatically profiling your CPU and cooling system to predict optimal voltage and frequency settings.
Accessible via the AI Suite software in Windows or directly through the UEFI, the intuitive AI Overclocking user interface enables users of all levels. A range of customizable settings are available for seasoned overclockers, and an auto-tuning option is available for beginners.

● AI OVERCLOCKING AT A GLANCE :
Designed by Experts
At the heart of AI Overclocking is a proprietary algorithm developed by ROG R&D engineers who worked with world-renowned overclockers to create a tool for users of all levels.
Predictive Edge
The algorithm analyzes your CPU and cooling system, and based on what it finds, predicts optimal settings. The software then uses these settings to automatically guide the clocking process, balancing frequency and voltage.
Real-time Adjustments
The software monitors workload, system temperature, fan speed and power draw every minute and it makes real-time adjustments to ensure ongoing optimal performance.
AI COOLING
ASUS AI Cooling function will automatically manage and control motherboard-connected fans to ensure optimal settings based on current system load and temperature.

● Self-Adaptive Fan Tuning :
CPU Temperature Detection
AI Cooling detects CPU temperatures and uses a proprietary algorithm to calculate the lowest fan speed required to effectively cool the system and keep fan noise down.
Automated Optimization
Under stable system loads, the software then automatically lowers fan* speed to the optimal setting, decreasing fan noise without compromising performance.
*Fans need to be connected to the following headers for AI Cooling control: CPU_FAN / CPU_OPT / CHA_FAN / M.2_FAN / H_AMP / RAD_FAN
Ongoing Monitoring
AI Cooling continues to monitor the system and adjust fan speed based on current load.
Cool to the Core
Prime Z490 series is engineered with multiple onboard heatsinks and an array of hybrid fan headers to ensure your rig stays cool and stable under intense workloads.
M.2 Heatsink
An M.2 drive sits under a passive heatsink to ward off the throttling that can occur with sustained transfers. The heatsink is held in place by easily-removable captive screws, giving you the flexibility to move it to another M.2 slot.

1. Removable captive screws reduce risk of drops or loss during heatsink removal.
VRM Heatsink and Thermal Pads
Two massive VRM heatsinks with underneath thermal pads improve heat transfer from the MOSFETs and chokes for better cooling performance. A bundled fan holder provides additional cooling options.
Build on a Solid Foundation
Prime Z490 series is built to handle the additional cores and increased bandwidth of 10th Generation Intel® Core™ processors. A Z490 motherboard provides all the fundamentals to boost daily productivity, so your system will be ready for action with stable power, intuitive cooling and flexible transfer options.
Robust Power Design
Stable power is essential to extract every last bit of performance out of 10th Generation Intel Core processors, Prime Z490 motherboard is geared to cater to the demands of these high-core count CPUs.

1. ProCool Connectors : Proprietary connectors augment the motherboard's link to the PSU with 8+4 pin connectors that pass 12 volts of power directly to the processors. Each jack features solid pins that can handle more current than hollow-pin connectors.
2. 12+2 Power Stages : A VRM with 12+2 power stages delivers the power and efficiency that the latest Intel processors demand.
Dual M.2 (up to 32 Gbps)
Dual M.2 slots support data-transfer speeds of up to 32 Gbps via x4 PCI Express® 3.0 bandwidth, enabling quicker boot-up and app load times with OS or application drives.
* Actual transmission speeds will be lower than the theoretical maximum speed.
USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A & Type-C
Numerous USB ports support high-end rigs loaded with peripherals, including a front-panel USB Type-C® connectors with fast USB 3.2 Gen 2 connectivity for compatible cases.
Thunderbolt™ 3 Support
Prime Z490-A supports ThunderboltEX 3-TR, an Intel certified Thunderbolt™ 3 add-on card that enables bi-directional speeds of up to 40 Gbps via a single cable. Additionally, an integrated Thunderbolt 3 header can support up to six devices in a daisy-chain and provide up to 100 watts of power to fast-charge devices.
Intel® 2.5 Gb Ethernet
Intel Ethernet Connection I225-V reduces CPU overhead and offers exceptionally high TCP and UDP throughput for faster, smoother data transfer.

● Lower CPU workload
● High TCP & UDP throughput
    • CPU
      Intel® Socket 1200 for 10th Gen Intel® Core, Pentium® Gold and Celeron® Processors
      Supports Intel® 14 nm CPU
      Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 and Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0**
      * Refer to www.asus.com for CPU support list
      **Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 support depends on the CPU types.
 
    • Chipset
      Intel® Z490
 
    • Memory
      4 x DIMM, Max. 128GB, DDR4 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.)/2666/2400/2133 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
      Dual Channel Memory Architecture
      OptiMem II
      * 10th Gen Intel® Core™i9/i7 CPUs support 2933/2800/2666/2400/2133 natively, Refer to www.asus.com for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).  
 
    • Graphic
      Integrated Graphics Processor
      1 x DisplayPort 1.4 *
      1 x HDMI 1.4b
      *Graphics specifications may vary between CPU types.
      **Support DisplayPort 1.4 with max. resolution of 4096 x 2304 @60Hz. Please refer to www.intel.com for any update.
 
    • Multi-GPU Support
      Supports NVIDIA 2-Way SLI® Technology
      Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX™ Technology
 
    • Expansion Slots
      Intel® 10th Gen Processors
      2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8) *1
      Intel® Z490 Chipset
      1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (max at x4 mode)
      3 x PCIe 3.0 x1 *2
 
    • Storage
      Total supports 2 x M.2 slots and 6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports
      Intel® Z490 Chipset :
      1 x M.2_1 socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)*3
      1 x M.2_2 socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)*4
      6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s)
      Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
      Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready
 
    • LAN
      Intel® I225-V 2.5Gb Ethernet
      ASUS LANGuard
 
    • Wireless Data Network
      M.2 slot only (Key E) (Support CNVI & PCIe interface)*
      *Wi-Fi module is sold separately.
 
    • Audio
      Realtek ALC S1220A 7.1 Surround Sound High Definition Audio CODEC
      - Impedance sense for front and rear headphone outputs
      - Internal audio Amplifier to enhance the highest quality sound for headphone and speakers
      - Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
      - High quality 120 dB SNR stereo playback output and 113 dB SNR recording input
      - Supports up to 32-Bit/192kHz playback *
      Audio Feature :
      - Optical S/PDIF in port(s) at back panel
      - Audio Shielding
      - Dedicated audio PCB layers
      - Premium Japanese audio capacitors
      - Audio Cover
      - Unique de-pop circuit
      - Power pre-regulator: Reduces power input noise to ensure consistent performance
      * Due to limitations in HDA bandwidth, 32-Bit/192kHz is not supported for 8-Channel audio.
 
    • USB Ports
      Rear USB Port ( Total 8 )
      4 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 port(s)(3 x Type-A +1 x USB Type-C®)
      2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 port(s)(2 x Type-A)
      2 x USB 2.0 port(s)(2 x Type-A)
      Front USB Port ( Total 7 )
      1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 front panel connector port(s)
      2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 port(s)
      4 x USB 2.0 port(s)
 
    • Special Features
      ASUS 5X Protection III :
      - ASUS LANGuard: Protects against LAN surges, lightning strikes and static-electricity discharges!
      - ASUS Overvoltage Protection: World-class circuit-protecting power design
      - ASUS Stainless-Steel Back I/O: 3X corrosion-resistance for greater durability!
      - ASUS DIGI+ VRM - Digital power design with Dr. MOS
      - ASUS Enhanced DRAM Overcurrent Protection - Short circuit damage prevention
      - ASUS ESD Guards - Enhanced ESD protection
      AURA :
      - Aura RGB Strip Headers
      - Addressable Gen 2 Header
      ASUS Exclusive Features :
      - Pre- mounted I/O shield
      ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution :
      - Stylish Fanless Design: PCH Heat-sink & MOS Heat-sink & M.2 Heat-sink solution
      ASUS Q-Design :
      - ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
      - ASUS Q-Slot
      - ASUS Q-DIMM
      - ASUS Q-Connector
      DIY Friendly Design
      - Procool
      - SafeSlot
 
    • Software Features
      ASUS Exclusive Software: Armoury Crate: - Aura Creator - Aura Sync AI Suite 3 - 5-way Optimization with AI Overclocking TPU EPU Digi+ VRM Fan Xpert 4 Turbo app - EZ update AI Charger ASUS Turbo LAN DTS:X® Ultra UEFI BIOS: AI Overclocking Guide ASUS EZ DIY : - ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 - ASUS EZ Flash 3 - ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode - EZ Tuning Wizard FlexKey
 
    • Back I/O Ports
      1 x Intel® I225-V 2.5Gb Ethernet
      1 x DisplayPort
      1 x HDMI
      4 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (3 x Type-A+1 x USB Type-C®)
      2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1
      2 x USB 2.0
      1 x Optical S/PDIF out
      5 x Audio jack(s)
 
    • Internal I/O
      1 x CPU Fan connector(s)
      1 x CPU OPT Fan connector(s)
      2 x Chassis Fan connector(s)
      1 x AIO_PUMP connector
      1 x W_PUMP+ connector
      2 x Addressable RGB header
      1 x AAFP connector
      2 x Aura RGB Strip Headers
      1 x USB 3.2 Gen2 connector support additional 1 USB ports(20-pin, Type-C)
      1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1(up to 5Gbps) connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1 port(s)
      2 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 2.0 port(s)
      1 x M.2 Socket 1 with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (SATA mode & PCIE mode)
      1 x M.2 Socket 2 with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)
      1 x M.2 with E key for Wi-Fi module
      1 x COM port(s) connector(s)
      6 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
      1 x Thunderbolt header(s)
      1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
      1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
      1 x 4-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
      1 x System panel(s) (Chassis intrusion header is inbuilt)
      1 x Thermal sensor connector(s)
      1 x Power-on button(s)
      1 x Clear CMOS jumper(s)
      1 x CPU_OV jumper
      1 x M.2 Fan Header
 
    • Accessories
      User's manual
      3 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
      1 x Supporting DVD
      1 x Q-Connector
      1 x CPU Fan Holder
      1 x M.2 SSD screw package(s)
      1 x M.2 Key E screw package(s)
      1 x M.2 Rubber Package(s)
 
    • BIOS
      192 (128+64) Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS
 
    • Manageability
      WOL by PME, PXE
 
    • Operating System
      Windows® 10 64-bit
 
    • Form Factor
      ATX Form Factor
      12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )
 
  • Note
    *1 The PCIe x1_2 slot shares bandwidth with M.2 slot (Key E). *2 Support PCIe bifurcation for RAID on CPU function. *3 The M.2_1 socket shares bandwidth with SATA_2. *4 M.2_2 slot shares bandwidth with SATA_56. When M.2_2 slot is operating in PCIe x4 mode, SATA_56 will be disabled.