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Brand - Asus, Model - Asus PRIME Z590-A, CPU Sockets - Intel LGA1200, Chipset - Intel Z590, Supported CPU - 11th Gen Intel Core processors & 10th Gen Intel Core, Pentium Gold and Celeron Processors, Generation - 10th/11th Gen, Memory Type - DDR4, Memory MHz - 5333(OC)/ 5133(OC)/ 5000(OC)/ 4800(OC)/ 4700(OC)/ 4600(OC)/ 4500(OC)/ 4400(OC)/ 4266(OC)/ 4133(OC)/ 4000(OC)/ 3866(OC)/ 3733(OC)/ 3600(OC)/ 3466(OC)/ 3400(OC)/ 3333(OC)/ 3200/ 3000/ 2933/ 2800/ 2666/ 2400/ 2133 MHz, Memory Channel - Dual, Memory Slot - 4, Memory Max. - 128GB, PCI Express Slot - 3 x PCIe 4.0/3.0 x16 slots, 1 x PCIe 3.0 x4 slot, Storage Interface - 6Gb/s, M.2 Slot - 3 x M.2 (1 x M.2 type 2242/2260/2280/22110 PCIe 4.0 x4 mode), (1 x M.2 type 2242/2260/2280/22110 PCIe 3.0 x4 & SATA modes), (1 x M.2 type 2242/2260/22110 PCIe 3.0 x4 & SATA modes), LAN Chipset - Intel I225-V 2.5Gb Ethernet, LAN Speed (Mbps) - 10/100 Mbps, Audio Chipset - Realtek S1220A, Audio Channel - 7.1 channel, USB Port - 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, 3 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1, 6 x USB 2.0 Type-A, HDMI Port - 1, DisplayPort (DP) - 1, SATA Port - 6, BIOS Type - 256 Mb Flash, BIOS Model - UEFI AMI BIOS, Thunderbolt - 1 x Thunderbolt, TPM Port - 1, COM Port - 1, RGB Support - Yes, RGB Sync - Aura sync, RGB Connector - 1 x AURA RGB headers, Form Factor - ATX, Supported Operating System - Windows 10, Special Features - Intel Z590 (LGA 1200) ATX motherboard Aura Sync RGB lighting Intel LGA 1200 socket: Ready for 10th and 11th gen Intel Core processors, Enhanced power solution: 14+2 DrMOS power stages, six-layer PCB, ProCool sockets, alloy chokes and durable capacitors for stable power delivery, AI Overclocking: Optimizes CPU performance based on the CPU and cooler, achieving results that are extremely close to manual tuning by experts, AI Cooling: Manages and controls all motherboard fans, automatically optimizing settings based on current system load and temperature, Two-way AI Noise Cancelation: Reduces background noise from the microphone and audio output for crystal-clear communication in games or video conferences, Comprehensive cooling: Large VRM heatsink, M.2 heatsink, hybrid fan headers and Fan Xpert 4, Others - Supports Intel 14 nm CPU, DisplayPort version: 1.4, HDMI version: 2.0, 5 x Audio jacks, 1 x Optical S/PDIF out port, Fan and Cooling related, 1 x 4-pin CPU Fan header, 1 x 4-pin CPU OPT Fan header 1 x 4-pin AIO Pump header, 3 x 4-pin Chassis Fan headers, 1 x 4-pin VRM HS Fan header, 1 x W PUMP+ header, 1 x 24-pin Main Power connector, 1 x 8-pin +12V Power connector, 1 x 4-pin +12V Power connector, 1 x Clear CMOS header, 1 x Front Panel Audio header, 1 x CPU Over Voltage jumper, 1 x Power button, 1 x SPI TPM header, 1 x Thermal Sensor header, Warranty - 3 Year
Whether you build a new PC or upgrade the existing one, the motherboard is the most vital component to choose when you have already picked the processor of your choice.
It is important to keep a few things in mind while purchasing the mainboard:
You can single out a great CPU from either Intel or AMD, but whatever CPU you choose, make sure your mainboard has the right socket for the selected CPU. The latest mainstream AMD chips use AM4 sockets while current Intel 9th Gen Core CPUs require LGA 1151v2 sockets.
Motherboards typically come in three sizes from largest to smallest: ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ATX motherboards. ATX motherboards offer the highest number of RAM and expansion slots. If you are looking for a budget build, you can use a smaller chassis with the micro or mini boards, but you'll have to settle for fewer PCIe slots, RAM banks, and other connectors.
Most mainstream boards these days have four RAM slots, although Mini-ITX models often have just two, and high-end boards frequently offer eight. The amount of slots, of course, limits the amount of RAM you can install.
It’s essential to check the I/O area on a motherboard to make sure it has the external connection options you need. You may need more USB 3 ports while others may want more audio ports. Among the most common ports, there are USB 3, USB 2, audio, USB type C, USB 3.1 Gen1 and Gen2, HDMI, Display port, PS/2 and Thunderbolt 3 ports. Ports one probably want the most are USB 2 and USB 3 Gen1 ports, as the first one is perfect for keyboard, mouse, and many other devices and the later one work with most peripherals. USB 3.1 Gen2 and USB Type-C ports will come handy in the near future, although most peripherals do not support this standard yet.