With the release of Intel’s 13th Generation of processors, manufacturers are busy launching new motherboards to match. One of which is the PRIME Z790-A WIFI by ASUS. Featuring the flagship Z790 chipset in an affordable package, the PRIME Z790-A WIFI is geared for the highest end Intel CPUs of this generation.
These are a list of features that we like, and even hardcore PC builders will appreciate from the ASUS PRIME Z790-A WIFI.
Prime For Overclocking
The PRIME Z790-A WIFI has a 16 + 1 teamed power stages design that combines high-side and low-side MOSFETS and drivers into packages rated for 60 amperes each, allowing for a great amount of overclocking headroom and stability for even the most powerful Intel processors.
Combined with ASUS’ propriety ProCool Connectors that feature solid 8 + 8 pin connectors that can handle more current than conventional hollow pin designs, the PRIME Z790-A WIFI delivers the efficiency and performance needed for high core count processors.
High temperatures are the public enemy of high performance rigs, and the PRIME Z790A-WIFI features smart cooling solutions to keep your beloved PC running cool at all times.
In terms of hardware, heat generating components such as VRMs and chokes are covered with large heatsinks and thermal pads for efficient heat dissipation. The heatsinks extend to M.2 drive slots as well to keep your storage at optimum temperatures.
Multiple 4-pin PWM fan headers are located over the motherboard, allowing you to easily connect multiple chassis fans. An AIO/ Pump header is included as well if you prefer your CPU liquid cooled.
The Z790-A WIFI has a few tricks up its sleeve to squeeze as much performance out of your brand new DDR5 memory as possible. The ASUS Enhanced Memory Profile II (AEMP II) unleashes the latent performance of your RAM by automatically optimising the clock speeds without sacrificing the stability of your system.
The ASUS OptiMem II technology also optimises and maps memory signal pathways across different PCB layers for improved system stability, lower latency and better frequency margins.
M.2 Slots Galore
How many M.2 slots does one need to build a system? One? Two? How about four? The PRIME Z790-A WIFI is equipped with four M.2 slots at up to 64 Gbps speeds via PCIe 4.0 technology. You can enjoy blazing fast loading times every time you boot up the PC.
Latest Connectivity Standards
Connectivity options are aplenty with the PRIME Z790-A WIFI. This motherboard comes equipped with a PCIe 5.0 slot for the latest generation of graphics cards. PCIe 5.0 has double the bandwidth compared to the previous generation, allowing you to maximize the performance out of the newest graphics cards on the market.
To make cable management easier, this motherboard also comes with onboard WiFi 6E technology that utilizes the 6GHz band. It has triple the bandwidth when compared to 5GHz band to deliver fast and stable wireless networking speeds especially in dense wireless environments.
If you prefer wired ethernet connections, this board has got you covered as well. The onboard Intel 2.5 Gb Ethernet adapter offers exceptionally high TCP and UDP throughput for faster, smoother data transfers.
The USB connectivity front of the PRIME Z790-A WIFI also gets an upgrade. This motherboard has two USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports to connect your high end peripherals. On top of that, you get USB4 support via the Thunderbolt header, where you can use an ASUS ThunderboltEX 4 expansion card (sold separately) to allow for bi-directional speeds of up to 40 Gbps. It can even daisy-chain for multiple screens, with support for up to dual displays with 4K resolution.
That just about wraps up our favourite features of the ASUS PRIME Z790-A WIFI motherboard. It presents a great value for users who want to have a taste of what the latest Intel 13th Generation processors can bring to the table.
To learn more about the ASUS PRIME Z790-A WIFI, check out ASUS’ official website here.