ASUS Prime Z790-A WiFi Motherboard Review

3DMark Timespy Extreme

Time Spy Extreme is a new 4K DirectX 12 benchmark test, available in 3DMark Advanced and Professional Editions. You don’t need a 4K monitor to run it, but you will need a GPU with at least 4 GB of dedicated memory. With its 4K Ultra HD rendering resolution, Time Spy Extreme is an ideal benchmark test for the latest high-end graphics cards. The CPU test has been redesigned to let processors with 8 or more cores perform to their full potential

3DMark is available on Steam here.

The first benchmark went exceptionally well, giving us our third-highest score yet, and actually not far off the STRIX motherboard, which scored 51 points more. It’s clear that the CPU and GPU are able to stretch their legs here though.

PCMark 10 Express

PCMark 10 features a comprehensive set of tests that cover the wide variety of tasks performed in the modern workplace. With a range of performance tests, custom run options, Battery Life Profile, and new Storage benchmarks, PCMark 10 is the complete PC benchmark for the modern office.

Available now on Steam.

Right in at third place again, with a score of 7262, and ASUS showed their dominance with the four highest scores in this test. Again, this is just a great score, simple as that.

Super PI 2.1 WP

Super PI is a single-threaded benchmark that calculates pi to a specific number of digits. It uses the Gauss-Legendre algorithm and is a Windows port of a program used by Yasumasa Kanada in 1995 to compute pi to 232 digits

Available now on Super PI.

Not quite the fast time I was hoping for here, but it certainly within acceptable limits, But it was within 0.01 of the STRIX and the MAXIMUM, so it’s hardly lagging behind by much here.

Cinebench R23

Cinebench is a real-world cross-platform test suite that evaluates your computer’s hardware capabilities. Improvements to Cinebench Release 23 reflect the overall advancements to CPU and rendering technology in recent years, providing a more accurate measurement of Cinema 4D’s ability to take advantage of multiple CPU cores and modern processor features available to the average user. Best of all: It’s free.

Available now on Maxon.

The single-core performance is really good here, scoring 2259 points, and the multi-core was 37446, which is not the highest we’ve had, but it’s certainly on the higher end of the spectrum, which is great to see.


AIDA64 is a system information, diagnostics, and auditing application developed by FinalWire Ltd that runs on Windows, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Tizen, Chrome OS and Sailfish OS operating systems. It displays detailed information on the components of a computer.

Available now on AIDA64.

DDR5 memory is obviously well above the DDR4 motherboards at the bottom here, but even then the Prime is also on the high-end for DDR5, even if it’s by a relatively small margin.

Low latency is just as important as overall speed though, and coming in at 77ns is really great to see, and should help with overall system performance.

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Peter Donnell

As a child still in my 30's, I spend my day combining my love of music and movies with a life-long passion for gaming, from arcade classics and retro consoles to the latest high-end PC and console games. So it's no wonder I write about tech and test the latest hardware while I enjoy my hobbies!

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