Asus TUF Z490 Plus WiFi Motherboard Review

Intro

Intel’s 10th generation processors came out and they require a different type of socket than previous processors and need newer chipsets, with the Z490 being the best of them. Most Z490 motherboards are quite expansive but ASUS TUF GAMING Z490-PLUS (WI-FI) promises to deliver top performance and excellent build quality at a mid-range price point. The board offers features like an Intel AX201 Wi-Fi 6 wireless interface with support for BT 5.1 devices and a 12+2 DrMOS Power Stage, Digi+ VRM that can handle any new Intel’s 10th generation processors. So let’s see if is good enough to consider.

Asus TUF Z490 Plus WiFi Motherboard Review

Features

  • Intel® LGA 1200 socket: Ready for 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors
  • Enhanced power solution: 12+2 DrMOS power stages, 6-layer PCB, ProCool sockets, military-grade TUF components, and Digi+ VRM for maximum durability
  • Comprehensive cooling: VRM heatsink, PCH fanless heatsink, M.2 heatsink, hybrid fan headers and Fan Xpert 4 utility
  • Next-gen connectivity: Front header for USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C and Thunderbolt 3™ support
  • Made for online gaming: Intel® WiFi 6, Intel® Ethernet Connection I219-V, TUF LANGuard and TurboLAN technology
  • Realtek S1200A codec: Pristine audio quality with unprecedented 108 dB signal-to-noise ratio for stereo line out and 103 dB SNR for line in
  • Aura Sync RGB: Synchronisable LED effects across a vast portfolio of compatible PC gear, including addressable RGB strips

Asus TUF Z490 Plus WiFi Motherboard Review

Specifications

Processor
Supports 10th Gen Intel® Core™ and Pentium® Gold /Celeron® processors for LGA 1200 socket

Chipset
Intel® Z490 Chipset

Memory
4x DDR4 memory slots, support up to 128GB
Supports: 2133-4600 MHz (OC)
Supports Dual-Channel mode
Supports non-ECC mode, un-buffered memory
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

Expansion Slots
2x PCIe 3.0x 16 slots – Modes: x16, x4 (1 from CPU, 1 from PCH)
3x PCIe x1 slots (from PCH)

Multi-GPU
Supports 2-Way AMD® CrossFire™ Technology

Storage
Intel® Z490 Chipset

6x SATA 6Gb/s ports
1x M.2 slots PCIe 3.0 x4 (Key M) 2242/2260/2280/22110
1x M.2 slots PCIe 3.0 x4 (Key M) 2242/2260/2280
Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready
Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology for Intel Core™ processors

USB
Rear USB Port ( Total 6 )
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 port(s)(1 + Type-A +1 + USB Type-C®)
4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 port(s)(4 x Type-A)
Front USB Port ( Total 6 )
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 front panel connector port(s)(1 x USB Type-C®)
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 port(s)(2 x Type-A)
1 x USB 2.0 port(s)(2 x Type-A)
1 x USB 2.0 port(s)(1 x Type-A)

Audio
– Realtek ALX S1200A
– 7.1 CH HD Audio
– Optical S/PDIF Out

LAN
1x Gigabit LAN (Intel i219V

WiFi & Bluetooth
Intel® WiFi 6 – AX201

Supports 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, MU-MINO Rx, 2.4GHz-5GHz (160MHz) up to 2.4Gbps
Supports Bluetooth® 5.1

Internal connectors
1 x CPU Fan connector(s)
1 x CPU OPT Fan connector(s)
3 x Chassis Fan connector(s)
1 x AIO_PUMP connector
2 x Aura RGB Strip Headers
1 x Addressable Gen 2 header(s)
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)
1 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 1 USB 2.0 port(s)
2 x M.2 Socket 3
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 Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
1 x System panel(s) (Chassis intrusion header is inbuilt)
1 x Clear CMOS jumper(s)
1 x COM port header
1 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 2.0 port(s)

Back panel ports
1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port(s)
1 x DisplayPort
1 x HDMI
1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (1 x Type-A+1 x USB Type-C®)
4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (blue) Type-A
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
5 x Audio jack(s)
1 x ASUS Wi-Fi Module

Dimensions
12 in. x 9.6 in. (30.5 cm x 24.4 cm)
ATX Form Factor

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