ASUS Announces New Intel Z790, H770, and B760 Motherboards

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Asus was first to get our attention with its CES 2023 motherboard line announcement, but that marketing product was so lengthy that we nearly passed out reading it. Fast readers and those with endless patience can Click Here to see it, for the rest here’s a short version:

Lower Heat Overclocking Mode

We’ve come to accept that everything we buy these days uses a flexible clock to maintain the highest possible performance within thermal and/or power threshholds, but Asus has recently one-upped Intel with its Asus MultiCore Enhancement and Asus Performance Enhancement features. For new models, Asus MultiCore Enhancement will be scaled at a lower 90° (Celsius) threshold, which should improve stability and longevity. Asus claims its 10° reduction reduces performance by 2.8% compared to a 100° threshold.

Asus Extended Memory Profile II

Not to be confused with ISO15143-3 (aka AEMP 2.0) telematics, Asus’s new system boasts the ability to boost memory up to 41.6% beyond baseline DDR5 specs. So it’s an auto-overclocking algorithm designed to work particularly well with memory that hasn’t already had its maximum capability programmed into an XMP profile. See our Sabrent Rocket 4800 Review for an example. And now for a few boards:

  ROG Strix Z790-A Gaming WiFi ROG Strix Z790-H Gaming WiFi Prime Z790M-Plus
Size ATX Micro-ATX
Memory 4 x DDR5
PCIe 1 x PCIe 5.0 x16 (@x16)
2 x PCIe 4.0 x16 (@x4/x4) 1 x PCIe 4.0 x16 (@x4) 1 x PCIe 4.0 x16 (max. @x4)
1 x PCIe 3.0 x1 1 x PCIe 3.0 x1 2 x PCIe 4.0 x1
Storage 2 x 22110 (PCIe 4.0 x4) 2 x 2280 (PCIe 4.0 x4)
1 x 2280 (PCIe 4.0 x4 and SATA)
1 x 2280 (PCIe 4.0 x4)  
Networking 1 x Intel® 2.5Gb Ethernet 1 x Intel® 1.0Gb Ethernet
Intel® WiFi 6E  
Audio ROG SupremeFX ALC4080 CODEC Realtek S1220A Realtek ALC897
Savitech SV3H712 AMP Savitech SV3H712 AMP  
Thunderbolt™ 1 x Thunderbolt™ (USB4®) header
Rear I/O 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C®
4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
2 x USB 2.0 Type-A
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C®  
Front I/O 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C® connector
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A header
2 x USB 2.0 headers
Aura 3 x Addressable Gen 2 headers
1 x Aura RGB header
Cooling 8 x fan headers 6 x fan headers
  TUF Gaming H770-PRO WiFi Prime H770-Plus D4
Size ATX
Memory 4 x DDR5 4 x DDR4
PCIe 1 x PCIe 5.0 x16
1 x PCIe 4.0 x16 (max. @x4)
2 x PCIe 3.0 x1
1 x PCIe 5.0 x16 (@x16)
2 x PCIe 4.0 x16 (@x4/x4)
2 x PCIe 3.0 x1
Storage 1 x 22110 (PCIe 4.0 x4)
2 x 2280 (PCIe 4.0×4)
1 x 2280 (PCIe 4.0 x4 & SATA)
1 x 22110 (PCIe 4.0 x4)
1 x 2280 (PCIe 4.0 x4)
1 x 2280 (PCIe 4.0 x4 & SATA)
Networking 1 x Intel® 2.5Gb Ethernet
Intel® WiFi 6
1 x Realtek 2.5Gb Ethernet
Audio Realtek ALC897
Thunderbolt™ 1 x Thunderbolt™ (USB4®) header
Rear I/O 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C®
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C®
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
3 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
2 x USB 2.0 Type-A
Front I/O 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C® connector
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A header
2 x USB 2.0 headers
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A headers
2 x USB 2.0 headers support 3 USB 2.0 ports
Aura 3 x Addressable Gen 2 headers
1 x Aura RGB header
3 x Addressable Gen 2 headers
2x Aura RGB headers
Cooling 7 x fan headers 5 x fan headers
  ROG Strix B760-A Gaming WiFi D4 ROG Strix B760-F Gaming WiFi ROG Strix B760-G Gaming WiFi D4
Size ATX Micro-ATX
Memory 4 x DDR4 4 x DDR5 4 x DDR4
PCIe 1 x PCIe 5.0 x16
1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (max @x4) 1 x PCIe 4.0 x16 (max @x4)
2 x PCIe 3.0 x1 2 x PCIe 4.0 x1
Storage 2 x 2280 (PCIe 4.0 x4)
1 x 22110 (PCIe 4.0 x4)  
Networking 1 x Intel® 2.5Gb Ethernet 1 x Intel® 2.5Gb Ethernet
Intel® WiFi 6E Intel® WiFi 6E Intel® WiFi 6E
Audio ROG SupremeFX ALC4080 CODEC Realtek S1220A
Savitech SV3H712 AMP
Thunderbolt™ 1 x Thunderbolt™ (USB4®) header
Rear I/O 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A 6 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C   1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C
4 x USB 2.0 Type-A   4 x USB 2.0 Type-A
Front I/O 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C® connector
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A header
2 x USB 2.0 headers
Aura 3 x Addressable Gen 2 headers
1 x Aura RGB header
Cooling 7 x fan headers 5 x fan headers
  ProArt B760-Creator D4 TUF Gaming B760-Plus WiFi D4 TUF Gaming B760M-Plus WiFi D4 TUF Gaming B760M-Plus D4
Size ATX Micro-ATX
Memory 2 x DDR4 4 x DDR4
PCIe 1 x PCIe 5.0 x16
1 x PCIe 4.0 x16 (max @x4) 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (max @x4) 1 x PCIe 4.0 x16 (max @x4)
1 x PCIe 3.0 x1      
Storage 2 x 22110 (PCIe 4.0 x4) 1 x 22110 (PCIe 4.0 x4) 2 x 2280 (PCIe 4.0 x4)
1 x 22110 (PCIe 3.0 x4) 2 x 2280 (PCIe 4.0 x4)
Networking 1 x Realtek 2.5Gb Ethernet
1 x Intel® 1Gb Ethernet Intel® WiFi 6  
Audio Realtek ALC897
Thunderbolt™ 1 x Thunderbolt™ (USB4®) header
Rear I/O 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C
4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A 4 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
4 x USB 2.0 Type-A 3 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
  1 x USB 2.0 Type-A 2 x USB 2.0 Type-A
Front I/O 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C connector 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C connector 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C*** connector
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A header
2 x USB 2.0 headers
Aura 3 x Addressable Gen 2 headers
1 x Aura RGB header
Cooling 7 x fan headers 6 x fan headers
  Prime B760-Plus D4 Prime B760M-A WiFi D4 Prime B760M-A D4 Prime B760M-K D4
Size ATX Micro-ATX
Memory 4 x DDR4 2 x DDR4
PCIe 1 x PCIe 5.0 x16 (@x16) 1 x PCIe 4.0 x16 (@x16) 1 x PCIe 4.0 x16 (@x16)
1 x PCIe 4.0 x16 (max @x4) 1 x PCIe 4.0 x16 (max @x4) 2 x PCIe 4.0 x1
2 x PCIe 3.0 x1 1 x PCIe 4.0 x16 (max @x1)  
Storage 1 x 22110 (PCIe 4.0 x4) 2 x 2280 (PCIe 4.0 x4)
1 x 2280 (PCIe 4.0 x4)
1 x 2280 (PCIe 4.0 x2)
Networking 1 x Realtek 2.5Gb Ethernet 1 x Realtek 2.5Gb Ethernet
  WiFi 6    
Audio Realtek ALC897
Thunderbolt™ 1 x Thunderbolt™ (USB4®) header n/a
Rear I/O 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C® 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A 4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A 4 x USB 2.0 Type-A 2 x USB 2.0 Type-A
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A    
2 x USB 2.0 Type-A    
Front I/O 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C® connector 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C® connector 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A header
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A header 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A headers 2 x USB 2.0 headers
2 x USB 2.0 headers 3 x USB 2.0 headers  
Aura 3 x Addressable Gen 2 headers 2 x Addressable Gen 2 headers
1 x Aura RGB header 1 x Aura RGB header
Cooling 5 x fan headers 4 x fan headers 2 x fan headers
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