ASUS Z490 Motherboard Preview




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ASUS TUF Gaming Z490-Plus WiFi

The ASUS TUF Gaming series has proven a huge hit in recent years, as it blends great build quality, affordability and compatibility into a single package. Plus, TUF products typically have the same aesthetic through the range, including partner brands with TUF Gaming Alliance products.

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The motherboard looks fantastic, with a set of larger heatsinks than I was expecting from a TUF board. The diagonal pattern to the metalwork, vents, and even the PCB looks great too as it strikes through the motherboard.

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The board features a 16 Phase design, which is a huge step up from the last generation where a board like this would have had an 8-10 phase. That hardware is topped with some pretty robust-looking heatsinks too and fed from an 8-pin PSU header and an additional 4-pin header.

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Further down the board, you’ll find an exposed M.2 mount at the top of the PCIe lanes, and another further down with a small heatsink on it. There are two full-size PCIe lanes, with armour on the top one, and three 1x slots too, should you need them.

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There are six SATA ports on the board too, with four facing up on the PCB.

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Then a further two on the side.

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Finally, we have the rear I/O, which doesn’t come with the shield pre-installed, but there’s one in the box, of course. There are a few USB ports, but not a huge amount, although it does include a Type-C. There’s both HDMI and DisplayPort, and networking comes from the Intel I219-V 1GbE port as well as the 802.11ax WiFi.

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